Microsoft. Apple. Google. Coca Cola. Virgin. The BBC. What do they have in common? Each of them could advertise on the back of a cigarette packet, put a card in a shop window or float a message in a bottle out to sea and they would still get a good response to their recruitment campaigns. Indeed all of them receive hundreds of unsolicited applications each and every year.
Ahh, this song by Dave Matthews band, it is perhaps a description of February for me. I quote:
So that is a perfect description of how I start my day and how 1 day rolls to the next, and then this as Dave…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on February 9, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments
In the popular thread from yesterday regarding candidate ownership Barbara Goldman brought up an important topic. "But for My Efforts" has always been what us old school recruiters have used as the standard by which we feel our fee is earned. It's always been that way for me.
Over the years though, many agencies have been drafting agreements with their clients that state specific terms of "ownership" for candidates introduced. Usually these are 1 year or 6…Continue
In the beginning, there was the job board, and the candidates rejoiced. So many jobs! So many locations! So much easier than paper.
The employers liked it, too.
But after a while, candidates realized that general boards were, well….general. They discovered that many (er, most) jobs were inapplicable to their interests. So they asked the job boards to make things easier. “Help us find just the jobs we want!”
Job board operators responded in a variety of…Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 8, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments
A recent rumor has been circulating the web and creating a buzz that Facebook is going offline forever on March 15th. Apparently Mark Zuckerberg stated, “Facebook has gotten out of control. The stress of managing this…Continue
There is an ongoing wail from the HR profession. We have heard the clichés and platitudes ad nauseum. “HR needs a seat at the table”, “HR is the key to the future” etc, yet nothing ever changes. Ever.
Why is this? Well, it’s simple. The vast majority of HR roles in companies have developed informally over many years. They have…Continue
Added by Scott Wintrip on February 2, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments
Everybody wants them. Every business leader, talent manager and HR executive tries to recruit and hire them. They are the “A” players, the best of the best, the folks who make your company, your department, your division successful and profitable. They are the reason that your shareholders love you. They can save your job.
But what is an “A” player? Most would answer that an “A” player is the best of the best, the cream of the crop, at the top of their game, pretty much an…Continue
Added by Nick Tubach on January 31, 2011 at 10:35am — No Comments
I must say I get more phone calls from professional IT staff looking for new opportunities this year than we did last. I was asked by one why we do not call every single person that applies back. I thought about it a moment and actually believe that it would be a huge difference between us and other companies if we simply called each and every applicant. But the time involved with the amount of applicants would pull key staff away from tasks that are essential to the operations. I looked…Continue
Added by Jason Monastra on January 31, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments
Having long been an advocate for clear, concise communication, i cringe every time i read or hear anything filled with high sounding, nonsensical bizspeak, jargon and cliches. Throw in acronyms for good measure. Google the word Jargon and you will find several current and well written articles calling for a cease and desist of the current business jargon. In fact it has become so boring that there is now jargon for jargon, "A Gong Show". If you are not old enough to remember the Gong…Continue
Year-over-year increases continue for all but two of the top 25 candidates most in demand. Healthcare jobs continue to be a bright spot along with healthy increases in sales roles, which demonstrates the continued strength of the recovery.
Firms are advised to actively recruit for these roles as 25% or more of the demand will convert into usage of staffing and recruiting firms.
Added by Scott Wintrip on January 27, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments
Ahhhhh…..recruiting. What a life! Some days I wake up and have so many things to do it’s hard to know where to start first….other days I might watch a movie before starting the day. My work comes and goes.
Today I kind of feel like a fireman. You know – always prepared but usually just cleaning equipment. Making sure everything is in order for when the fire breaks out. That kind of feeling.
I guess the difference is – I’m not waiting for the call to…Continue
Recently, someone I know went to a corporate website of a local firm in which they were interested. The company posted a sales position and he clicked ‘apply’. As part of the application process, he was forced to go through a 25 page questionnaire. Inquiring Recruiter? Yes, I HAD to know the details too.
The questions were all multiple choice and many were repeated in different variations. Multiple choice questions are basically someone else’s ‘canned’ answers. Remember…Continue
In case you haven't noticed, the hiring freeze that seemed to overtake the our nation over the last 14 months is thawing, just in time for Spring.
Here are a few of the articles that I've noticed in the past few days that suggest it's time for you to pay attention and get your act together because it's going to be time for you to start RECRUITING instead of…Continue
Added by Jonathan D. Davis on January 25, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments
Added by Kirk Baumann on January 25, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments
As most of you who follow my blogs know, I am an avid reader. I read and re-read many books that are often referenced in my blogs and I am always on the lookout for interesting stories, observations and bits of information from newspapers, magazines and other blogs that I find interesting and that I think others might find interesting as well.
The February issue of Inc magazine is filled with a number of articles and observations that are all blog worthy. Two items…Continue
Added by Nick Tubach on January 24, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments
Can someone please tell me why an organization would invest real money in any new, cutting edge, or industry-leading HR technology? How are value propositions assessed? Are purchasers identifying problems that need to be solved first, or are they being exposed to technologies and then building an argument for why the technology has value?
I think very few new technologies offer actual, realized value to the early adopters. One area of recent growth and expansion of technology…