I attended an HR Conference in Fort Worth, Texas at the tail end of 2009 and had the opportunity to meet with dozens of exhibitors and attendees who work in the HR space. Par for the course; the event coordinators placed all of the staffing and recruiting exhibitors in the same row, which enabled me to listen to the presentations/elevator pitches of a…
I heard it again today, “I’ve applied to 300 jobs in the last month.”
Why would anyone waste their time like that? Sounds to me like this person was simply doing the “Click and Go” dance with his computer. I certainly understand the desperation that comes with the economic climate we all live in today, but I’m concerned.
I'll be honest here, I don't know much about recruiting. What I do know more than my fair share about is job hunting. Although, now that I think about it, I could sum up all that knowledge pretty easily with two little words...
All the recent furore about the alleged bullying culture at No. 10, coupled with statistics that say that 14 % of the UK’s workforce are bullied at work and 21% aware of bullying going on at their workplace, reminded me of a few encounters with office bullies and how I dealt with them.
My first encounter with an office bully happened when I was working as part of a sales team and this new guy joined as Director. From day one we didn’t really… Continue
I have been sick for the past several days from a cold that seems to be making it around the city. While I was at work the other day pale as a ghost I was told to go home and rest before I make others sick as well. Rest sounded great as it is exactly what I needed to help get rid of this cold however, my Blackberry that I love so much has become my greatest enemy in my quest for rest.…
We all know that technology has made it very easy to advertise and receive applications. My belief is that it has made it too easy. Anyone can and will apply for every job that you post regardless of education/experience required and salary.
It is exciting to see the “number” of new applicants to your job post and that excitement soon turns to frustration when you realize that most if not all of them are not nearly qualified and/or live across a national border. I get it, but now is… Continue
There is a link to a post by Kevin Wheeler on my Interesting Reads page http://bit.ly/6Efmse that I think is really worth reading for those of us in the third party recruiting world as well as those in corporate recruiting. It's a short…
The creators of LinkedIn developed this Social Media Business Network to allow its users to connect to a network of your Trusted Professional contacts where you can make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. They also go on to say:
“We believe that in a global connected economy, your success as a professional and your competitiveness as…
I’ve been amazed of late as to the how people engage and interact with others on Linked In. I’m thinking in this instance specifically of the prolifigate of requests to contact, answer questions and for testimonials etc and how people make these requests.
With this in mind, I thought I’d share my top three tips for how you can use Linked In more effectively:
New Contact Requests – When you make a request to be a contact with me, I expect you to be known to me. If… Continue
The cliché “Hiring the right person for the right job” continues to be loosely used by the HR industry. In order for HR to recruit “mister/miss right”, HR would need to put emphasis of conducting a job analysis, which will help HR in understanding the current and future situations that impact the position. Unfortunately, this seldom happens.
Once HR understands the situations that surround a position, they will be able to reduce the risk…
Before I got into recruitment I spent a period of time developing and implementing technology solutions for the recruitment industry. For years ‘the database’ has been a key competitive edge, the USP for many recruitment businesses, especially those that operate in a niche. They guarded it fiercely and bragged about it in equal measure.
If you ever start thinking that you are bigger than your people – stop! You’re not. I have written about companies who say “their people are their biggest asset” and then proceed to talk about the bottom line and guest complaints with no mention of their people (remember that oh so valuable asset we just talked about?). I have been in way too many of those meetings.
You can’t manage what is inherently within someone. Yes people who are passionate about what they do and “live”… Continue
I am entering my 17th year in recruiting and it still amazes me to hear how corporate recruiters will not utilize the sources that are most readily available to them but only focus on new or trendy sources. In addition, over the years I have read articles about best sources, and how if I didn't use a certain source before…
Chris Anderson's The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More describes how shifting technologies create opportunities for some businesses and ruin others. It turns out that when we have unlimited access to everything for nearly free we purchase more niche products and less blockbusters. How has the Long Tail influenced the job market?
At the gym I go to there's a particularly dedicated young man who is a
competitive basketball player. How do I know this? I know this because
I observed this guy strapping on some extremely ungainly shoes and
jumping up and down off of a static wooden box for 30 minute stretches.
These shoes are extraordinary - they give you a 6" lift on the ball of
your foot but no heel equivalent, so you can't stand back. The result
is that you are strengthening your calf muscles… Continue
Added by Nancy Ford on March 3, 2010 at 7:58pm —
The above video is supreme. It has nothing directly to do with recruitment, but it made me think hard about recruitment, especially what would happen if there was more revolutionary, transformational and original thinking within the recruitment industry. It also follows on from my…
The telephone has become mobile, and it has transformed recruiting from a 9-5, to a 24/7 work day! But it is also an irony that this effective device is vastly becoming the most overlooked tool in recruiting passive candidates.
The content of this blog post did not start out as a study; it started out as a mission of a fast start in 2010 and to erase some of the bad memories…
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