I have to write about this every year so lets start 2012 by resolving to write better job descriptions.
It starts with your JOB TITLE.
The title is the first thing a job seeker sees when searching online so its important to give it context. It must inform the job seeker, not confuse them. And its a chance to add keywords which will help make it…Continue
Added by Chris Russell on January 3, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
What I love about recruiting is that every day I learn something new. Both good and bad. Would love your opinion about this.
About ten months ago, I got two fee paid assignments from a foreign company with offices in the US. One was a general manager, the other a director of digital. I placed both candidates.
Last week I got a call from one of the GM candidates. He had been approached by another recruiter to interview for a digital…Continue
So the world is supposed to end in 2012. The only real reason that I know about this is, when I asked my daughter if she was excited about the new year, she told me the world is supposed to end. If the Mayan calendar is correct, this is it.
No need to worry, she doesn’t believe it. We don’t need counseling at this point. However, the world as we know it is ending. Change is constant, and looking back at recruiting over the past 10 years or so you see that we are…
Most businesses review their progress on a yearly basis and publish or print an annual report – the status of the business – for the past year. They also go through a formal planning process and create formal plans for the future. You need to treat your career as a business: with annual reviews and formal planning.
Once a year you can evaluate your career progress using the following criteria. Evaluate each area on a scale of 1 (awful) to 5 (fantastic). Assess the weak spots (scored 3…Continue
Added by Cora Mae Lengeman on January 2, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments
When it comes to qualifying, there are 3 questions I live by. The first is "Why is this position open?" The second is "What are the details of the job?" And last, but certainly not least, "What is the budget for the project?" These seem simple enough, and easy to say...but so many people I have worked with don't ask these questions, and then wonder why their candidate doesn't get hired or the company goes dark on them.…Continue
For those who read my blog, you'll know I've recently changed jobs, and I've been pretty slack in posting here in the last year. Some will say "again?" others have been congratulatory, I have to say it has been an interesting experience. I'm 37 years old and I'm into my 5th professional job (not counting the moss farming, kitchen hand and service station attendant during University and high school). Being the new boy again, facing those nerves of the unknown, will they like me? will…Continue
Added by Dan Nuroo on December 29, 2011 at 7:39am — No Comments
Like thousands of people around the world you may be contemplating updating your CV whilst you enjoy a spot of R&R this Christmas but will you get it right?
Speak to three recruiters and you’ll get three opinions as to how to lay it out, what to include, etc. There is no correct answer as we all have our preferred style because we believe it works.
However, some things are fundamental and you should get them right so here is a short list of…Continue
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In this Christmas Special, Jim Stroud remembers previous Christmases and ponders what is really important. Special thanks to the Stroud Family for pitching in on this episode.
DO THIS NOW!…Continue
Picture the scene.
A leading consumer goods company with a well known portfolio of brands. A key brand in their portfolio has been identified for investment, an element of which is to be targeted in a new advertising campaign to communicate and deliver the key brand benefit (KBB) and core message.
They want to appoint an expert (advertising agency) to work with them to develop the best and most effective, relevant way of communicating the message to their target…Continue
If you are like me, you are excited for Season 5 of Mad Men to start in 2012. While I can’t wait for the 1960′s chic, Don Draper’s next life escapades and what happens to Sterling, Cooper & Draper, I’m most excited to see the creative process and new advertising campaigns they create. (Yes, I’m a marketing nerd!…)
After re-watching the past few seasons, I once again came across one of my favorite themes from Mad Men. Whether it is determining the direction of a new ad…Continue
Added by Chris Brablc on December 21, 2011 at 3:06pm — No Comments
Have you ever gotten the call from a friend because you are a recruiter and they need a job? As the conversation unfolds and you hear the woes of the market, the reason the current job has wronged them, and all the other reasons the work world is not kind to them. Admit it, in the back of your mind you are thinking… NO WAY is this person getting a new job anytime soon. They have to change their mindset.
Why then do we exude the same behaviors and expect to be that GO TO person for…Continue
Added by Emily Gordon on December 21, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments
There is an increasingly troublesome trend creeping into UK recruitment this month and that is sending in a CV without first talking to the candidate who owns it. Who owns the CV, then? I firmly believe it is the candidate and them alone. It is their life story after all, and I think they’ve lent it to us to advertise their wares but not without limitations.
Twice this last month I have received advice from clients saying that they already had the CV from another…Continue
Cast your eye over any article, blog or tweet regarding 'social media' platforms and pretty much every time you will hear LinkedIn included in the list, especially when talking about 'social' recruiting. I don't know about you though, but I don't see LinkedIn as social technology at all, certainly not in the same way as…Continue
So you are on the lookout for that hardcore technology developer with the 2 skills your Client is calling you down every day about; “Paul where are you on that search …? We are really under a lot of pressure …” You drop everything again, to re-focus on the…Continue
During this holiday season please remember that friends do not let friends get drunk and sing Christmas Karaoke.
For some smiles let's play you know you are a recruiter if...
You know you are a recruiter if you go to a party, meet a new person ,when they tell you what they do for a living you ask them how long they have been there. If it's less than a year you immediately think..not recruitable yet, then ask them how long they worked for the commpany they…Continue
The holiday slow down is here. At least for us it is. Every year around this time we see things slow down in recruiting.
Many companies shut down the process of hiring for certain positions until after New Years, many have budget and needs analysis going on, and of course many in recruiting/HR along with hiring managers are on vacation or wrapping up to end the year. So things slow down. Fewer new job orders, fewer things in early stages moving forward.
Looking back at…Continue
How to make video job descriptions (and why you should be producing your own) is the topic when Jim Stroud interviews Will Staney of VMware and investigates how they are successfully using video job descriptions to recruit active and passive candidates online. If you are not using video job descriptions in your recruitment strategy, no doubt you will consider it after this episode of The Jim Stroud Show. At the very least, video job descriptions are an employer branding opportunity your…Continue
Added by Jim Stroud on December 13, 2011 at 8:59pm — No Comments
This is the second in a short series of tales that all left me with the same feeling; that I need to increase people’s respect for me and what I do.
The scattergun candidate
All recruiters want to work with great candidates and we all want to find that particular jewel of a person that has not worked with any other recruiter and is not generally known to our clients.
Added by Steve Williams on December 15, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments
If you are waiting to start using Google-Plus for sourcing and recruiting, you will soon find yourself falling behind your competition. Google-plus is still smaller than major social networks but its size doesn’t matter that much. It is also a moving target in terms of its functionality, but that makes it even more interesting!
Here are just a few tips.
Identifying/Cross-Referencing Prospects. If you know someone’s…
“We are getting too many applicants as it is”. This is a phrase I’m hearing more and more from recruitment marketing organizations. Organizations feel this way for a few reasons:
1. They feel their recruiters are swamped as it is and additional screening would just add to the work pile.
2. They are currently hiring candidates that are good or acceptable for…
Added by Chris Brablc on December 14, 2011 at 2:03pm — No Comments