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Failing At Headhunting Calls?

Instead of opening your headhunting calls with “Are you looking for a new opportunity?”  You might consider opening with one of Harley Marketing’s, 10 Valid Business Reason for interrupting someone's day:


1. Solve a problem

The best interruptions rarely have to do with the services you sell. Instead, share information…


Added by Rebecca B. Sargeant on August 22, 2012 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Recruiter as Trusted Advisor: How to Transform Fluffy Job Descriptions into Compelling Job Postings

Step One: Analyze the job description: What are the missing specifics? 

Review the JD to identify additional information and/or clarifications that you need from the hiring manager. Out of this discussion will come the elements to include in your posting. It will be very different and much more effective than the original JD.

These examples are from the Requirements section of a recent job description from a company where I am coaching the recruiting team on these…


Added by katherine moody on August 22, 2012 at 9:14am — 3 Comments

How to Improve Recruiter-Client Relationships

Every relationship, whether it is personal or professional, is maintained by a certain set of behaviors and attitudes. Think about it. Whether you are dating, conducting an interview, or making new friends, you expect the other person to act “properly” whatever that may mean to you. If your blind date is sketchy, spends the evening ignoring you for his or her phone, or stands you up, would you really try to see this person again? Not likely. So why do you, as recruiters, pursue relationships…


Added by Joelle Schoenherr on August 22, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

OMG: new job sites, everywhere you look

Are these really the dog days of summer? Maybe not, judging from the number of new job sites I’m seeing. Granted, some of these have been around in alpha or beta for a while, some have been flying under the radar, and some are simply new to me – but there seems to be no letup in the volume of start-ups in the online recruiting sector.

This is great, in my opinion. Startups force established players to rethink how they do business. They…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 21, 2012 at 9:14am — 6 Comments

What does your desired candidate really want?

While the quick answer to this question probably is a “better job” (or just a job in general), what I’m really going for here is figuring out what really drives your candidate to want a position.  Sure this can be a high salary but there is also a whole other list of factors that can ultimately affect a candidate’s decision to apply from benefits to work/life balance.

While some of these factors will be consistent across disciplines, this hierarchy of wants will most likely change…


Added by Chris Brablc on August 21, 2012 at 11:22am — No Comments

The Best Recruiter I Ever Had (Didn't Help Me Get A Job)

In my job search, six years ago, I thought I knew what recruiters were for: to get me a job.

I thought it was your job to take my resume and find that perfect fit for me.  I found 30 local recruiters and shared my resume with them, sure they would be wowed, impressed, and fall all over themselves to place me so they could get a fat commission.

Sound familiar?  I know job seekers today still think your role is to get them a job, with no-to-little effort on their…


Added by Jason Alba on August 21, 2012 at 10:47am — 2 Comments

Emailing for RESULTS!

The rules haven’t changed, but as we enter the era of mobile communication, it is important to consider email etiquette more than ever. There are several reasons why appropriate email etiquette should be important to you:…


Added by Todd Wilson on August 20, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The very best recruiter I have ever known

Graham Whelan is the best recruiter I’ve ever met.

And he has been that way since before most of you reading this article got to high school.

Last week I went to lunch with Graham, and 2 other long-standing recruiting colleagues, all now competitors, all significant achievers in our industry.

After the usual banter, and a sombre reflection on the fact that between us we had 120 years…


Added by Greg Savage on August 20, 2012 at 8:37pm — 13 Comments

What is the difference between corporate and agency recruiting?

I am new to this field and would like to know a little about everyone's experience as both a corporate recruiter and as an agency recruiter.

Added by Cristina Lewis on August 16, 2012 at 3:42pm — 23 Comments

Trusted Advisor Recruiter: Don’t Write Your Job Postings Alone

It's great we are talking about creating postings that go far beyond the typical job description. I'm sure you can do that without talking to your hiring manager, but getting them involved pays off in multiple ways.

Below are some questions that will pull out some good information from your hiring managers they might not share otherwise. 

It’s especially important to ask your hiring manager these questions to:

a)      Get this info in the hiring manager’s words because…


Added by katherine moody on August 16, 2012 at 8:59am — 4 Comments

5 Reasons Millennials Can't Find Jobs

In this economy, recent college grads are not the only people hopelessly searching for work. Many Gen Xers and Baby Boomers with years of experience under their belts find themselves out of work with the recent recession. The unemployment rate is still miserably high at 8.3% and the number of college graduates returning home is higher than ever, at about 50%. It may seem like a good plan…


Added by Joelle Schoenherr on August 16, 2012 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

A Lesson from Mckayla Maroney in Employer Branding & Social Recruiting

If you have been watching the Olympics as I have over the past month, you have more than likely heard about McKayla Maroney’s story.  But if not, here it is in a nutshell:


After winning a team gold with the US women’s gymnastics team, it was her time to shine in the individual events and her specialty, the vault (for which she was the world champion and overwhelming favorite.)  She had the greatest difficulty (and pressure) of all the competitors and with one mis-step she…


Added by Chris Brablc on August 16, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments


Let’s talk about dating. Some of you are single, and some of you are married, but all of us have gone on a date at some point in our lives. I can remember several instances where I was anxious to get out of that dinner/date because it wasn’t a match and I knew early on in the evening. I know you can…


Added by Will Thomson on August 15, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

The Perfect Recruitment Culture

What is the best recruiter cultural environment?  Of course the answer is not simple because we all respond to different leadership and cultural environments.  Some are more personally motivated and do not need sales pressures – they know and do their job.  Others require a little push to help keep their focus and motivation high.  Neither is better or worse but there is a place where you turn a little push into a hotel environment and that becomes destructive. 

I was reading an…


Added by Darryl Moore on August 15, 2012 at 11:21am — 8 Comments

3 Awesome Examples of Job Descriptions

If your company is struggling to find new talent, is it possible that your job descriptions could be to blame? It’s a question worth asking, because your “now hiring” advertisements determine, in part, just who applies for your position. Craft your ads the right way and you’ll capture the attention of talented innovators.

Write a generic post, on the other hand, and you may as well head to the nearest street corner and shout, “Who wants a job!” If you’re…


Added by Eric Gaydos on August 15, 2012 at 4:20pm — 23 Comments

5 Challenges of Working from Home

For many employees, escaping the routine 9-5 and working from home is a common daydream. This option allows the individual to forgo the cubicle for the comforts of one’s own home, whether to start their own business or partake in freelance opportunities. A home-based job gives the individual the opportunity to become…


Added by Sara Fletcher on August 14, 2012 at 8:01pm — 5 Comments

What are the goals for your recruitment messaging?

Within a given recruitment marketing strategy, you will be crafting and sharing a number of recruitment messages and content that aim to provide value to your overall recruiting performance.  From your job ads, to your Career Site landing pages to your email campaigns, your organization will be interacting with candidates consistently through the messages you produce from a recruiting perspective.


And while job ads are the most talked about form of messaging that people talk…


Added by Chris Brablc on August 14, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

What Offer Letters Are And Are Not

I posted this this week on my regular blog (www.viewfrommadisonave.blogspot.com) but thought it worth sharing with Recruiting Blog readers.

There are many misconceptions about offer letters.  However, before you read this post, please be aware that this is not intended to be legal advice. However, I want my readers and candidates to know what an offer letter is and is…


Added by Paul S. Gumbinner on August 14, 2012 at 4:01pm — 7 Comments

How to Get Companies to Give YOU Their Job Orders

In a fantasy world, when you approach a new company for job orders, they would say "Where have you been? We have been waiting for you!" and give you a couple of solid job orders to fill.

In the real world, you are one of several recruiters trying to get the same job orders from the same companies.  After meeting with "no less than 100 staffing agencies" over the past several years, Matt Lowney, EVP Talent & Operations for the Buntin Group, offers some tips to help recruiters…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 9, 2012 at 2:37pm — 8 Comments

Mending the Recruiter-Candidate Relationship

Recruiters say they are tired of being constantly pestered by unqualified candidates. Candidates are fed up with the lack of feedback from recruiters. There exists a problem on both sides, but rather than place blame, it is important for each side to try to understand the other’s situation. This mutual recognition could help lessen frustrations in the relationship.

From the Recruiter’s Perspective

“We work for clients, not candidates.”

When recruiters…


Added by Joelle Schoenherr on August 10, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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