I know - very original title on the Friday before MLK day, but at least I’m current! Usually I try to write about something that touches me or inspires me that is related to recruiting. This week, ESPN did a story on Dr. King and how “whites and blacks” agree and disagree on various race issues in sports. I tried to find it on youtube to post it here for you and was unsuccessful. I get the feeling, knowing ESPN, that they’ll show it again so hopefully you get an opportunity to see the…Continue
It’s not a new saying, but whenever it’s used now everyone instantly agrees, it should be a resourcing mantra, particularly in tougher times.
As recruiters we spend most of our time looking for people with a skillset, with a historical CV that ticks the boxes that clients want.
Job description tick lists are no good, because you will rarely find the people who tick every box, and if you do there is no guarantee that they will succeed.
Okay. So this particular topic has been itching to get out and it has been driving me nuts. Quite frankly, I just can't stand it when I hear people being referred to as Resources, Capital, or anything other than a Human. Does that not bother anyone in staffing. I mean come on now. We are looking for people to fill a project or two, or a long term career interest, and a marriage of two happy customers in a business relationship. We aren't talking about a piece of equipment here…Continue
Seems there are some people absolutely dead set against splits. Others owe their success to incorporating them as a key part of their business.
I for one am a strong advocate of working with other recruiters. In fact I consider my network of trusted split partners to be quite an advantage over my competitors.
What do you think?
was re -reading the fabulous book “ The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner. Found it accidentally when I was clearing our basement! It was written some time ago.…Continue
The time has come. It will be a year unlike any I have seen in my life to date. So full of hope, so full of promise, and with an incredible amount of opportunity. This picture shows one of my favorite places in San Jose. Belgatos Park. It is here on a hill before you reach a San Jose Mountain known as Mt. Umuhnum, you can…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 9, 2011 at 3:54am — No Comments
I am not sure one exists. I do know that there is a shortage of female C level executives. We recently hosted an IFRS update luncheon for CFOs and sent an invitation to every CFO of a publicly traded company in the Boston area and I only came up with 1 female CFO out of 70.
Is it a “glass ceiling” or something else?
I believe it is something else or maybe a combination of these 2 observations...
Added by Scott Wintrip on January 7, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments
Predictions are a dime a dozen – and if you’re lucky, no one goes back at the end of the year to see how accurate your…Continue
About one month ago, I got an email from HR manager of a German automotive company that has a small branch located in Slovakia. He was interested in my services as a recruiter.
This man surprised me with the level of honesty he had, as he wrote me in the very first email that their branch in Slovakia was in serious troubles, and needs someone…Continue
This is less of a Blog and more of a question or request for advice.
I'm 5 years in the business, recently promoted to Director (manage several recruiters), my production has gone up every year and 2010 was my personal best at over 560K (#1 in company) in direct hire contingent fees. I'm staring at my board with 0's across it and I cannot find the motivation/fire to do it again.
I have read through several blogs on the site and there seems to be little conversation on…Continue
I read a blog post and the content got me thinking about the recruitment industry and how much of it appears to be very short term in its outlook. I don't mean to generalise and I know there a lot of good…Continue
Have you been to an amusement park recently? Once you get past the overcrowded parking lots, stand in line for tickets, (just to stand in line more once inside), and finally get to the roller coaster where people of all…Continue
This is the time of the year best spent reflecting on the year passed, On our various successes, on our family, on our chosen career, and to re-commit to the coming year, thankful that for us there will be a tomorrow and a second chance to make the all important first-impression.
Personally, I’m happy that I made it through this transitional year no worse for wear. I’ve had many challenges over the course of the last 12 months, from “finding myself” and my place in this new world, to…Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on December 16, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments
I placed a candidate recently who was struggling about how to give proper notice to his employer. He is an incredibly loyal person who was terrified that he was letting his manager, team, and company down after spending the last six years trying to impress, support, and inspire them. He asked me for many different drafts of resignation letters, advice on whether he should take his boss/team…Continue
It 5am, and of course you are up! As an entrepreneur these 5am, 4am (or my personal favorite: 2am) wake up call times quickly turn into regular patterns. The two little demons, "Fear" and "Worry," are quite happy to push that buzzer for you today. As an entrepreneur, over time you will develop the stamina to…Continue
I found this interesting: in the past couple of months the top keyword search strings that lead people to this blog were often about preparing for a Topgrading Interview. The irony is that you can't really "prepare" for a Topgrading interview. Yes, journaling about your career history, reflecting back on the praise you received or the criticism that challenged you, thinking about your Boss and what you liked or disliked about them -…Continue
Is someone considering the opportunity you’ve just presented to them? When your phone rings – or email buzzes – what are the chances it is someone saying “Let’s move ahead.”? If the chances are good, then keep doing what you’re doing. If not, you better change something pretty quick!
Am I old school? You bet. I’ve survived. Not only have I survived – I’m living the American Dream! I say this not to boast but to make a rather simple…