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US Job Market grows only 2.1% in May

It is getting slower out there. Over the past four months, growth rates of US job postings have been on a slide downwards with the latest addition in May of only 2.1%. Employers posted a daily average of 2,600,000 job openings (estimate) during the last 30 days, just 55,000 more than in April. Four of the five largest metro area posted gains. Employers in the New York Metro area added just 1.0% while the Los Angeles job market remained virtually unchanged (down 0.4%).

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Added by Henning Seip on May 31, 2011 at 9:25am — 14 Comments

You Get The Service You Deserve: What Your Recruiting Process Says About You

Recruitment consultants make a pretty easy target for criticism. Poorly briefed,

lacking insight, superficial assessment of candidates, poor feedback, difficult

to get hold of, won't return calls etc.  These are oft-repeated criticisms of

the industry and this list is neither new nor exhaustive. But is it always fair

to land all the blame at the feet of the consultant?



I don't want to defend the recruitment industry in general because there is genuinely much to… Continue

Added by Ian Harvey on May 26, 2011 at 11:45am — 3 Comments

So you think you’re a “Recruitment Consultant” do you?

 

A few weeks back I started a discussion thread on LinkedIn titled “In-house recruiters rejoice! The cold call is dead. Long live Social Recruitment – Discuss” – It turned out to be a bit of a monster and with 129 comments was the biggest topic in the IOR (Institute of Recruiters) group for approximately 3-4…

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Added by Ben on May 27, 2011 at 8:28am — 13 Comments

Bob Dylan – On Recruiting, Hiring and the Candidate Experience

“The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind”.

-          Bob Dylan

 

In case you missed it, or were just too busy waiting for the rapture, Bob Dylan turned 70 this past Tuesday, May 24th. In honor of that milestone, I decided to go back and listen again to my extensive collection of Dylan albums and CDs. Every time I listen to Dylan I hear something that I didn’t hear before, a subtle phrase, the…

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Added by Nick Tubach on May 26, 2011 at 4:07pm — 10 Comments

Formatted to Fit your Mobile Screen

I admit, I'm addicted to my phone. So, when our CIO mentioned that we were going to make myStaffingPro's candidate experience mobile, I was more than excited, I was thrilled. I was eagerly anticipating the mobile candidate experience, what it could do, how it would look, how much information it would provide, etc.



After much anticipation, the mobile candidate… Continue

Added by Julia on May 25, 2011 at 11:03am — No Comments

Education Verifications Continued or Better Known as Reality 101

Last week I posted an article. The Process and Pitfalls of Education Verification, about the ins and outs of education verification.   I directed it toward recruiters and staffing groups as well as to human resources managers.  Among other things, I wrote about various instances where employment candidates try to fudge on their degrees.   I wrote about the different ways they may stretch the truth. 

Alright, sometimes they just downright lie about having a degree when that…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on May 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

HR and internal recruiters, YOU need to lift your game too

There has been a great deal of criticism of Agency recruiters lately, quite a bit of it from me.

But a recent theme is emerging where Corporate HR managers and internal recruiters have launched some scathing attacks on the process followed by recruiters. A recent blog, Dear John, from…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 25, 2011 at 7:21pm — 22 Comments

5 Tips on Recruiting or Working with Asian-Americans

1. Ask us how long we have lived in the area. Do not ask us where we are REALLY from. Do not ask us what our nationality is when you mean ethnicity.  Aside from EEO issues in the US, these questions show  that you have already put us in a box as "other" and we are tired of hearing it.  Also, for Asian orphans, this can be a painful question. Some do not know. One woman I met was abandoned in Saigon as a toddler speaking Chinese in 1968. …

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Added by Bert Shimabukuro on May 24, 2011 at 8:30pm — 20 Comments

Retained Recruitment: What are you scared of?

A couple of weeks ago I had a Twitter discussion with a well known NZ recruitment industry figure Jonathan Rice about selling retained versus contingent recruitment. Jonathan made the point that, “[many recruiters] provide an excellent service but are too scared to ask for some money up front, probably missing a trick somewhere there!”

It was immediately obvious to me then that many recruiters’…

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Added by Aaron Dodd on May 24, 2011 at 10:59pm — 9 Comments

Delivering Tremendous Value – The StaffingU Market Demand Report

The simplicity of selling is believing you provide tremendous value to your clients and engaging in conversations to help economic buyers fully understand the value you delivery. One powerful way to deliver value right now is to help prospects and customers anticipate the market and edge-out their competitors through active hiring strategies. Their win will be in having temp and fulltime talent who are ready for the continuing influx of business in this recovery.



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Added by Scott Wintrip on May 25, 2011 at 8:40am — 9 Comments

Do Good, Do It Now (Please)

Experience: It’s a word that can either help or haunt you.  Everyone seems to be looking for experience, yet there are so many people without it.  It’s a catch-22.  You need someone to give you a chance (you having no experience) in the first place to…

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Added by Kirk Baumann on May 24, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments

Your Unemployed Friends and Relatives

In our line of work, underemployed and unemployed friends and relatives seek out our advice.  Usually a resume rewrite, LinkedIn account, and updated resume on a job board will get them further in a hour than 6 months of blindly applying for jobs. For my two nephews, this helped them land in 3 weeks in a down market.  "Uncle Bert, people were calling me the next day." Way to go Patrick and Aaron!

 

I have a…

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Added by Bert Shimabukuro on May 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Great recruiters are 'talent-pickers'

In financial markets they talk about canny investors being “stock-pickers”, which refers to an ability to select ‘diamonds in the rough’; investments that will outperform over time.

Great recruiters are “talent-pickers”.

We would love to place every person who approaches us, or who we interview. But that is not going to happen.

In fact, spreading your talent activity too thin will dilute your ability to find people work. Candidate selection is key. Selecting the best…

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Added by Greg Savage on May 23, 2011 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Hot Girls

“I like hot girls,” shared a four-year-old boy with his Mom. After her initial shock at these words from her son, Suzanne decided to explore the meaning of this statement. “What’s a hot girl,” she asked? “A sweaty girl,” he said nonchalantly. After breathing a sign of relief, Suzanne saw the clear logic in his statement given her son’s normal frame of reference centered around vigorous, age-appropriate, playful activities with both boys and girls.



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Added by Scott Wintrip on May 23, 2011 at 9:06am — 9 Comments

“I Want to Help People”

My 2 ½ year old granddaughter is fascinated by what Mommy, Daddy, Grandpa and Grandma do when they are at work.  When told “He/she is at work”, she persists, and asks repeatedly “What he/she doing?”  Ultimately we have to simplify the explanation, and it often comes down to… Continue

Added by Mark Bregman on May 23, 2011 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

An Extra Serving of Grandma’s Chicken Soup - LinkedIn's Historic IPO

First, I would like to congratulate the employees and executives at LinkedIn.  What a tremendous day for your company.

The LinkedIn IPO has and will spark up the debate about an impeding Social Media Bubble.  But, if you are involved in the recruiting space in any way, you should be excited…

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Added by Scott Ryan on May 20, 2011 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

I Want You to Want Me!!!!

“People will hate you, rate you, break you, and shake you; How strong you stand is what makes you”- Judy Reynolds, Facebook 2011.

Interesting comment I received via Facebook the other night. And how timely and true it could really be. Everyone wants to be number #1, sometimes so much so, that they forget the things they felt were important at one time, or feel that success is the be all and end all. To me, this all comes down to merit, how much faith we place in ourselves; and how…

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Added by Daniel J Smith on May 20, 2011 at 10:12am — 2 Comments

Out of the Box - Sourcing Strategies That Find the Hard To Find

Here are some ideas that I have tried recently that have found the hard to find needle in a haystack - trust me they work the miracles when the chips are down and you need to find your rock star diamond hidden in the rough:

 

Candidate pipelining - build the network and they will come - on LinkedIn join user groups of which you can have 50 - create a compelling blog which lists your latest opportunities and post to the user groups every two weeks.  Soon compelling candidates…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 20, 2011 at 11:15am — 7 Comments

Ask the right questions

So it seems that al-Qaeda is struggling to find a new leader.

It is apparent that all interviews have gone well, until the last minute when the candidate has asked

“So…how did this vacancy come about?”

 

Asking the right question at the right time is the difference between taking on a great vacancy and taking on a dog. A dog, will lead you all over the place, take you up the garden path and then leave an awful stench when it goes wrong.

 

We have all…

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Added by Jimi Matthews on May 20, 2011 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

Top 25 Jobs – The StaffingU Market Demand Report

Total volume added in the past 90 days and the percentage increase compared to the same period last year.

Data: WANTED Analytics | Analysis: StaffingU…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on May 18, 2011 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

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