At the risk of starting a blizzard of spitballs and chewing gum wads, I'm going to bring up a touchy subject. Why the heck not? I never won a popularity contest, was never voted class president (or class anything), and had to invite my own date to my prom. Hell, when I was a kid, even my mother sold my favorite blouse at a garage sale for ten cents.
Ever know when people screen their calls? You just never seem to connect, but the voicemail doesn't pick up… Continue
Added by Amy Renz on August 10, 2009 at 4:30pm —
You hire someone. They don’t work out. They leave. What is it that you remember and say about them in the past tense? It’s rarely the fact that they didn’t know how to work the numbers, or that they couldn’t put the pieces of a widget together. No, it’s almost always their soft skills that generate conversation—their personality, character and values.
Two recent scenarios from my personal experience serve as good examples: A multi-generation family-run, team-oriented company in… Continue
Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on August 10, 2009 at 10:37pm —
Once upon a time there was a magical land where Recruiters made heaps and piles of cash. Pit rooms, placement bells, residual commissions and 400% mark ups grew on every tree. Every day was sunny and every resume was perfect. Every submittal was a fit too, no questions. Then one day….
Depression 2.0 occurred.
We Recruiters couldn’t pay for afford Starbucks and were… Continue
Added by Michael Glenn on August 11, 2009 at 12:00am —
In an interview you will be asked two questions about compensation. If you do not handle them correctly it will be the end of the interview process or cost you a lot of money.
The first question is about earnings history. “What are you earning or what did you earn in your most recent job”?The second question is about your required compensation. “What do you need “? “What are you looking for”?
I have seen lots of bad advice on LinkedIn and other sites about these questions.… Continue
Added by Mark Warren on August 7, 2009 at 11:46am —
Customer Service is an amazing thing. Something which seems so easy and straight forward, you're helpful, friendly and essentially do as you say, providing a service.
This may seem petty to some, but this really got my blood boiling the other day. My 5 year old son was awarded an encouragement award at the local football club a few weeks ago (OK they all get them, but it didn't quell the pride, father and son both felt as he picked up his award.) The award, a… Continue
Added by Dan Nuroo on August 9, 2009 at 10:56am —
Health care leaders need to employ patience and persistence if they're going to create a beneficial, shared culture in a growing system.
Health care systems with a strong culture ensure that their environment is represented in all of its offices or operations. To achieve this, the organization must apply and measure the same processes, policies and rules throughout the field. If there is a significant variance, then the culture will not be seen as important or a… Continue
Added by Vicki Z. Lauter on August 9, 2009 at 4:37pm —
Why is it that the most recruiters focus most of their attention on the need of their clients and give little time to the desires of the candidate? I know that the majority are taught how to take a detailed job order which will enable them to match a candidate’s skills to a vacancy and the better recruiters are competent in understanding the potential career opportunity available. Then, in my opinion, many recruiters lose the plot…. they go out of their way to sell the job vacancy to potential… Continue
Added by Gavin Chase on January 30, 2009 at 4:05pm —
Ask any marketer about search engine optimization and they gladly go to into a dissertation on its benefits. Although marketing is talking purely about sales leads to the website, the same principles can be applied to attracting applicants to positions. Below is a quick guide to SEO and how you can apply it your recruiting process.
What is search engine optimization (SEO)?
According to Wikipedia: Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume or… Continue
Added by Julia on August 6, 2009 at 9:29am —
You hit the snooze button on your alarm clock for just few more minutes. You are not sure if you want to get out of bed and head to your office. It is cold outside and the commute is an hour and half by bus. After all, you know what's going to happen. You will search for candidates for chewed-out "requirements," submit couple of candidates and wait for a feedback. In between, you will email lots of candidates with no responses. You will leave so many voice mails and no call backs. You then… Continue
Added by Tirtis on September 30, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Well, you've heard of baby, engagement and bridal showers. Why not do something nice for yourself and have a Job Shower! Forget Pink Slip Parties which help you network with equally desperate and unemployed folks all vying for the same job. What if you tried a different approach-desperate times, create desperate measures or something like that. Be kind to yourself and allow others to help you and throw yourself a Job Shower!
You might ask, "How would that work exactly if I'm… Continue
Added by Lisa Kaye on August 5, 2009 at 9:20pm —
This is the year of the Cougar, Brah and Bro. Do not hire them! Trust me, these folks will ruin a Recruiting department in a New York minute. Here is how.
The Staffing Cougar
Staffing agencies are crowded with Office Cougars (aka Account Executives). They are fiercest of the Cougar species. They approach their prey (aka Hiring Managers) with little fear and maul them in broad day light. Not a good, especially if your agency has squeaky clean reputation. However,… Continue
Added by Michael Glenn on August 5, 2009 at 4:00pm —
There’s a saying I’ve heard and used over the last several years…
“Making money as a recruiter can be very volatile. When the economy is good, there’s almost nothing better, and when the economy is bad, there’s almost nothing worse.”
I’ve been a recruiter for the last 23 years and have gone through multiple recessions in that time. I’ve been fortunate to begin my career during a recession. It actually taught me how to operate in a difficult environment. I generally… Continue
Added by Harry Urschel on August 4, 2009 at 4:23pm —
I've been reading and writing a lot of blogs, tweets, articles etc about what we all should be doing in our Recruiting efforts of late, and you know what? I think they are all starting to look alike.
Social Media vs Old School
Email, internet vs the phone
Passive vs Active Candidates
Added by Dan Nuroo on August 4, 2009 at 10:00am —
Their eyes met across the room – he was everything she had been looking for: Organized, Responsive to Candidate Needs, Interactive with Her Hiring Managers, Great at managing the recruiting process – even tracked her metrics. She was everything he had been looking for: Someone to give his product a chance.
The time was 2001 – the location was any company in America that was evaluating software. You see, at that time – the “who are your other clients” question was paramount to getting… Continue
Added by Sarah White on August 4, 2009 at 1:21pm —
I know lots of people that only have one way to handle situations. In today's business world it takes flexibity and creativity to build relationships, to win new business and to keep your clients happy.
Basically most recruiting and staffing professional do the same things as each other so how do you stand out? What makes your company different?
As a recruiter you have to have a great reputation in your industry, with your clients and your candidates. Going through all the… Continue
Added by Craig Silverman on August 3, 2009 at 3:00pm —
In a tight job market with people being laid off, it's easy for companies to adopt the attitude of "lay off now, rehire later". Cutting costs NOW trumps future planning and development. In fact, it turns out the lights on everything. But in the background, R & D groups at companies are developing really cool products that are going to save lives and enhance the quality of our lives.
These people aren't worried about their jobs -- but they are likely feeling super stressed at… Continue
Added by Claudia J. Samuelson on November 3, 2010 at 6:05pm —
Increasingly it’s becoming clear that a real recovery in recruitment demand is looming over the horizon. In Australia we are seeing little surges of temp demand, and in Asia our job order flow at Aquent is strengthening slowly but surely. Europe is more problematical for the moment, but certainly the RCSA (Recruitment industry body in Australia and New Zealand) must believe an upswing is probable, as they have asked me to speak on that very topic over the coming months right across the… Continue
Added by Greg Savage on August 3, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Today in Atlanta It’s over 90 degrees and hotter than three hells.
But today in the Silicon Valley, it’s ice cold between Google and Apple.
“OMG! Google and Apple are fighting!” the nerd nation cried out collectively in ASSIC (text messages).
Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) “resignation” from Apple Apple’s Board of Directors today was not a surprise to most of the technology world. Especially after the Google Voice app being pulled from… Continue
Added by Michael Glenn on August 3, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Work is a not exactly a sport. Some people seem to think it is a game. Quite often, I write about places to identify career opportunities or assist with a job search. Let's take a different look today.
Let's look at some strategies regarding work that you might not want to copy.
Not to oversimplify a highly valuable skill, but one of the basic keys to hiring someone is knowing the skills and personality traits you are looking for in a candidate.
Some people are born… Continue
Added by Michael VanDervort on August 2, 2009 at 2:25pm —
How often do we do things that just feel right? We don’t know why we do them, we probably can’t explain why but we just know it’s right. It’s been the same in recruitment for years. Recruitment consultants will tell you they get a gut feel when meeting a candidate; that they somehow know when they find someone who is right for their client, but how reliable is ‘gut feel’?
I must admit, I definitely do experience gut feel. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a woman – after all aren’t we… Continue
Added by Rowan Watkins on July 31, 2009 at 12:15pm —