When I first stepped (or more accurately fell) into recruitment 10 years ago, the agency that employed me said they were impressed with my sales background and that is why they hired me. I thought that was odd because recruitment is all about interviewing, matching candidates to clients and helping people find a job...isn't it?
I went on their induction course and it was full of people similar to me with no recruitment experience that had worked in telesales or had…Continue
Added by Luke Collard on June 27, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments
Hello RBC –
I wanted to just take a quick moment to offer a hello to everyone. It has been quite hectic since last week as you can all imagine, but I really wanted to express my sincere appreciation for all the kind words and feedback both Noel and I received. It means a great deal to us and illustrates the true value of the RBC, which is the community.
I wanted to also take a moment to thank Jason. His time and insights since the beginning of this process have been…Continue
BeKnown is good news! There are lots of posts out there with facts and screen shots, so I skip that.
Here some initial thoughts.
1) It’s fantastic to see potential competition to LinkedIn; Moster has been one of the few big players capable of that. LinkedIn’s quality has been hurt by not having…
Initial thoughts from a Corporate Recruiter on Monster’s new product announcement:
“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear”
My Tweet stream was inundated on Saturday evening by an onslaught of messages heralding the new job seeker application developed by Monster on the Facebook platform, “BeKnown”. Because I follow several Monster Marketing folks, this wasn’t much of a surprise. The surprise was the “canned” messages being…Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on June 23, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments
It is interesting how much stress there can be over the salary discussion in the interview process. If you ask me, it is the one question that should be easy to answer because it is factual. The recruiter should ask, “How much do you make?” And the candidate can answer with a number. Easy, right?
When we are socializing or networking we don’t talk about money. We are very comfortable asking someone what they do for a living, but we would never say, “Wow, that sounds interesting. …Continue
New York City area employers and staffing agencies posted more than 80,200 new online job ads jobs in May, up 23% over May 2010. Demand has now rebounded from the drop in April and has gained 46% since the beginning of this year.
Hiring Demand for NYC Metro Area — 4 Years:Continue
Added by Carolyn Menz on June 24, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments
You have less than half a minute to catch the attention of recruiter going through your resume. I am not exaggerating, that’s how busy the recruiters are and that’s what they (think) can afford on scanning through each of those dozens of resumes on a typical day.
And if you fail to get them interested in you through your resume you just end up missing many good career opportunities. It does not matter how capable, committed and accomplished professional you are.. what matters is how…Continue
Added by Kiran Gali on June 23, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments
Most recruiters are still trying to get candidates to switch to bullet points instead of paragraphs, and use one font consistently.
One sector that has gone way beyond bullet points is the media business. Just for the fun of it, take a look at this article…Continue
Manufacturers have increased the number of online job ads steadily in 2011. Despite being nowhere near the industry high in 2007, they are ramping up recruiting in several fields, including Engineering. In May 2011, the manufacturing sector placed more than 13,000 new online job ads for Engineers and broke a 4-year record number of ads by manufacturers for this field.
Hiring Demand for Engineers in the US over the past 4…Continue
Added by Carolyn Menz on June 22, 2011 at 10:16am — No Comments
There are no such things as active or passive candidates in the recruitment market, there are only good candidates and the rest. OK, I know that at any one time there are people out there who are actively scouring the market for a new job, and many more who are not. But the point is that this is a candidate perspective, not a recruiter one. Where recruiters can go wrong is in looking for sources of new candidates who are not looking for a new role or may be unavailable to their competitors,…Continue
I use this analogy quite often with candidates and the reaction is pretty intense. All of a sudden, they get it. That company won’t return your calls? Listen, they’re just not that into you. Blabbing all over Facebook that you nailed your phone interview and expect an offer any day now? Discretion people… discretion. (Honestly it was a phone interview… you’ve got a ways to go, friend.)
For me, this analogy was born during my agency days after a…Continue
I’ve written a lot about LinkedIn…Continue
Added by Tim Giehll on June 20, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments
Ages ago, when I was in Architectural school, modernism ruled the day, and most students embraced the motto “Less Is More” (Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe). This aesthetic of minimalism had a foundational philosophy of simplicity – don’t surround people with too…Continue
The final stage of nailing the interview is the follow up. After doing all the hard work of preparing for the interview, dressing correctly and being able to answer all the questions which the interviewer asks, the final stage is to follow up from the interview.
Find below a list of the best follow up tactics to use to continue to show your enthusiasm for the role.
Follow up with a letter or email thanking the interviewer for their time and re-expressing your…Continue
I answered the following question on LinkedIn today, and thought I’d publish my thoughts on whether a home address is on resumes.
Q: There is a growing concern among employment candidates with putting their home addresses on their resumes. Would you consider a candidate who sent you a resume with only a…Continue
What do you say to a friend who wants your ‘real’ opinion on a matter of some sensitivity? You know, “Do you think I should marry him?” or showing off a new pair of jeans, “Does my butt look big in this?”
It’s a tricky dilemma. You don’t want to rock the boat. You certainly don’t want to hurt your friends’ feelings. But on the other hand, being honest, while painful, is almost certainly in their best interests.
To answer these questions well, it takes courage. It takes…Continue
I’ll say up front that the subject matter of this post is a bit unreal. Great interviewing can’t be boiled down to a list of questions. It’s a combination of helping a candidate feel at ease, listening, observing, talking and, yes, asking the right questions. And what a recruiter or potential employer does (or asks) in any given interview depends,…Continue