To many in the business world, recruiters are the cowboys of the wild west, swaggering into the bar, a cocky tilt to their hat, six shooters blazing, while HR the barkeep stands protectively behind the bar, dressed in conservative fashion, running a tidy shop, trying to conserve the peace and keep any ruffians under…Continue
I work in a busy RPO office, we make dozens of employment offers on behalf of our clients every single day and 9 times out of 10 these offers are accepted. Candidates are grateful for the offer and excited to start a new job and hiring managers get a brand new person on board.
I have noticed though, that there seems to be a small percentage of candidates who wait until the very last moment to demand a very unreasonable change to their offer. In my previous firm someone's…Continue
Abraham Lincoln said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe". This is the way any successful person should prepare for every battle. Don’t get me wrong I haven’t always been someone…Continue
If you are involved in resourcing, whether in house or on the supply side, you won't have failed to have noticed the big shift and conversation around direct resourcing. You will also, I’m sure, have come across many conversations about the candidate experience, or lack of it – …Continue
Last week, to put it mildly, was a difficult week. Several weeks of sourcing, countless phone screens, a job description that changed more times than Lady Gaga changes hairstyles and a group of hiring managers that think they’re the Second Coming culminated in a hiring event on Thursday. Six open positions and eight prescreened/qualified applicants. The odds were in my favor, or so I thought.
By the end of the day I was feeling pretty good about what we had accomplished. …Continue
“Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview. So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they’re challenged? I ask everybody that: ‘Why are you here?’ The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data.” – Steve Jobs
Finally someone has come out and said what we in the business of recruiting and talent acquisition have known all…Continue
Added by Nick Tubach on September 26, 2011 at 6:18pm — No Comments
A colleague got me going on this blog idea...and after a little research I love it!. For those of you who don’t know who Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is, he’s one of the main characters in Full Metal Jacket and is…Continue
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, about Facebook. And as a result, I found myself watching the “Social Network” movie for a second time!
It’s interesting because I do have a Facebook page, but only because friends & family and those from the past continued to send invites to connect. Very seldom do I log in. I don’t play games, write on someone’s wall or read updates.
So it’s obvious that I am not yet a real fan or user of Facebook! I see it as the old beer…Continue
There has been a few posts recently on refferal recruiting, and whether technology and employer branding initiatives will make every employee a recruiter for the company.That's not a view I hold. The best people to recruit are recruiters, Their job is to identify the best candidates for a post, manage the hiring manager and both sides of the process and close all parties…Continue
Our Executive Search work is done primarily in Software, Mobile, and Interactive media and as such we’re often engaged in nationwide searches that require a Skype or other Video Conference call. With each virtual interview that we facilitate I offer coaching and general pep-talks to our…Continue
What’s the point with references ? After all, people will only give you the names of referees who will say good things about them (unless they are really stupid) and (if they are smart) will have prepped them to say what they think the recruiter will want to hear. With this in mind how much value do references really add to the recruitment process ?
If your approach to referencing is to just go through the motions because you have to take references, then there is…Continue
Added by Luke Collard on September 22, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments
8 years in and I have been there done that. Although much more is always still to be learned, I spoke with a former boss of mine - we worked together years ago at Venturi Staffing - this evening who still remains to this day a Selling Branch Manager at Manpower one of the largest staffing firms in the world. He mentored me early on in my days out of college providing the type of role model we all hope to have.
Since that time I have been through my own journey discovering…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments
For many recruiters, the knee-jerk reaction to this question is a resounding "Yes!" After all, your clients don't want to pay you good money to place…Continue
By Karen Bucks, iCIMS Blogger
A couple of weeks ago, I got this notice in the mail that brightened my day, well week, well actually a good month. It was a jury summons! Wait what? Yes, you’ve heard me correctly…jury…Continue
Added by Karen Bucks on September 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
“You say you want a revolution, well, you know, we’re all doing what we can.” – The Beatles
“We’re pinheads all, jocko homo.” -DEVO
These lyrics really get to the two extremes of what recruiters, employers, and job seekers think might happen with job boards. On the one hand, there are those who think job boards are on the way out, ‘devolving’ into lowest common denominator sites that carry fake jobs and offer little…Continue
I seem to have spent a significant amount of this last year back in the field of a subject that occupied my working life some 13 years ago - recruitment technology. More specifically, new technology in the form of start ups and new entrants which is always more interesting. However, as those with way more experience of…Continue
So what happens when your prime candidate lies to you? I am not talking about some modest little fibs here but some outright whoppers that when detected leave you twisting in the wind. As a recruiter, this doesn't bode well for your relationships with different clients. Most prefer to know the goods are genuine authentic, not some counterfeit designer
But in this difficult economy with a highly competitive job market, some employment candidates might be selling you a bill of…Continue
Recently Indeed.com a meta Job Search Engine and Job Aggregator revealed a Resume Search option - a gift for recruiters - which is currently free by the way - check it out here:
This new resume search option reads just like a LinkedIn Profile in Feel and has no real phone or email contact information - but employers can sign up for the service and send a secure message to the candidates…Continue
Back in the day…… one of the most important obstacles in securing your dream job (other than skills, interviews & receiving the offer) was getting a good reference from your previous employers. These days there’s an extensive social media list of obstacles to consider aswell i.e. Google,…Continue
Added by Lipton Fleming on September 19, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments
“Facebook and Sourcing? Nah…”
The debate about Facebook’s revolutionary role in online sourcing rages on. Some recruiters, citing the site’s reputation as a purely social networking site, claim that its informal atmosphere seemingly precludes any serious professional networking (a niche filled by LinkedIn). Simply put, they say, Facebook users log-on to have fun, not to look for jobs.
On the contrary. As a corporate recruiter,…Continue