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%).
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…Continue
“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…Continue
Added by Julia on May 25, 2011 at 11:03am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Gordon Basichis on May 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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. …Continue
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’…Continue
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.
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…Continue
Added by Kirk Baumann on May 24, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
“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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Total volume added in the past 90 days and the percentage increase compared to the same period last year.Continue