As 2009 gasps and wheezes its way to the finish line, all eyes and hopes are on 2010 and the fortunes the coming year may bring. Or not, as the case may be. If you listen to many commentators out there, both within the recruitment industry and outside it, you will hear much talk of recovery; lots of tweeting of potential upsides.
Me? I'm not so sure. And here's why.
For those not around during the last proper recession in the 90's you need to take a close look at what… Continue
Added by Gareth Jones on December 22, 2009 at 2:34pm —
I had a long talk with a group of job seekers recently about how long they have been searching, how they are coping with the challenges they are facing and how they feel about their prospects. It was actually a much more broad discussion than that, but I think those areas sum up a lot of it.
The length of time ranged from 2 months to almost 18 months; and more than one person was at the higher end of that spectrum. To some in the group hearing how long others had been out of work was… Continue
Added by Randy Levinson on December 22, 2009 at 5:30pm —
"So, tell me a little bit about yourself."
"Describe a time when you_____."
"OK, I'll call you."
Think quick - was that a job interview or a date? Not sure? No kidding! That's because interviewing for jobs is as lot like dating, and can be just as awkward. Both scenarios are characterized by two people looking for the "right fit." Both will require a commitment. And all parties want to make sure they're getting the best possible deal.
The average job tenure is 18… Continue
Added by Victoria Schanen on December 22, 2009 at 9:13pm —
For the most of us, the end of the year signifies an opportunity to think, reflect, and remember the life lessons, events, and topics that demanded our attention over the last 12 months. And professionals within the Human Resource and Recruiting industry are no exception. I think that I can speak for everyone that 2009 was a year many businesses, job seekers, and people in general would like to…
Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on December 21, 2009 at 3:11pm —
In my experience, November, December and January have always been the worst of the worst as far as number of candidates in my funnel. But I take heart in the fact that very soon all of the year-end bonuses will be paid out and relocation weather will be here (in the Midwest).
What do you do in January that helps you get through the last of the annual dry spell? How do you attract qualified candidates this time of year? I make a checklist of things that really help build credibility… Continue
Added by Nikole Tutton on December 21, 2009 at 4:44pm —
Isn’t it great when an interview goes according to the script? The interviewer asks the list of question he has and the candidate feeds back the perfect answers. Everyone comes away from the encounter happy and the right candidate gets the right job. That’s of course, when the everything goes right.
Whether you know it or not, if you’re preparing for an interview – whether you’re the interviewer or the candidate, you’re scripting. You’re going over the questions in your mind and… Continue
Added by James Seetoo on December 21, 2009 at 4:22pm —
"It's the most wonderful time of the year"....or so Andy Williams/Johnny Mathis (depending on your preference) would have you believe, but is it the "most wonderful time of the year" for the recruitment world? - this is a question I have been pondering with some interest this year.
In my experience, the topic of Christmas is ordinarily raised at some point during November at most recruitment companies, usually in the form of a manager or management team addressing the troops and… Continue
Added by Gary Melton on December 18, 2009 at 7:35am —
I've been meaning to put together my thoughts about writing recruitment advertisements, or job posts as many call them, for some time. After all, I have written thousands of them down the years and, as many know, I have a real bugbear about bad job ads littering the web. So here goes. My gift to you all for Christmas. Why not resolve to put it into practice in the new year?
Get your understanding of the brief right (I am assuming you take a… Continue
Added by Alasdair Murray on December 19, 2009 at 9:30am —
Good afternoon, Everyone! Recently, I wrote a post over at FistfulofTalent.com (FOT
) about Charlie Weis and his QOH debacle with Notre Dame
. You can see the original article… Continue
Added by Joshua Letourneau on December 18, 2009 at 12:12pm —
You would think that a recruiter's job would be easier than ever right now. Resumes from overqualified candidates coming in by the dozens. Job seekers eager to get back to work. Well, think again!
With 10% of the country looking for work and resumes flooding in, recruiters and human resource professionals are working harder than ever. According to some estimates, an open position that used to bring in 50 resumes is now bringing in as many as 250. Many job seekers are applying for… Continue
Added by David Blanton on December 15, 2009 at 11:42pm —
Shut up and get with the program 15th December 2009 written by Margo Rose
How many times have you heard that one? Well, that’s short hand for “welcome to your next training program,” the beatings will begin. For years, learning in the workplace was seen as punishment that had to be endured. But, then came the magic bullet that would cure all our ills: Learning Management Systems. Oh that was going to fix us alright, I used to hear supervisors whine, until they realized that this… Continue
Added by Margo Rose on December 17, 2009 at 7:10pm —
I went to India to check off one more country on my “bucket list” (not that I plan to kick the bucket anytime soon mind you but I’ve always had a long list of adventures to experience and this is one of the last countries on it).
My colleagues on this trip and I all recognized that the ten days we spent in 3 cities barely scratched the surface of India’s current business practices, culture and history. Ten years wouldn’t be sufficient, but we made the most of our moment and hope that… Continue
Added by Gerry Crispin on December 17, 2009 at 10:30am —
Some of you whispered. Some of you spoke passionately. Some of you should be stuffing bills into this RecruiterGuy's cuss jar. But of the 22 responses (I was hoping for more) that were received via phone, email, and DM's as a result of my "Can I Just Whisper.." article, one… Continue
Added by RecruiterGuy on December 16, 2009 at 11:32am —
It was an ugly, painful year. I haven’t talked to a single job board owner – not one – who saw revenue declines of less than 35 to 70 percent. Many had to lay off employees, cut benefits, or otherwise pull back. They weren’t alone, of course – almost every aspect of our economy (Goldman Sachs excepted) has suffered.
So, we’re agreed – 2009 sucked. But surely we learned a few things, right? Hmmm….
1. Bailouts are for banks, not job boards (unless you’re Monster in… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on December 16, 2009 at 9:04am —
How often do you update your software? For instance, do you update every time there is a new release to take advantage of the latest in technology? Do you update your operating system to gain advantage as soon as it's released, OR do you wait? Like most people you probably upgrade your software every couple years due to a forced change.
I mean why change right? If it's working and current software you have gets you by why change? The time it would take to learn… Continue
Added by William G Morgan on December 16, 2009 at 12:12pm —
Twas right before Christmas the twittersphere was a tizzy
Many recruiters and bloggers discussing how they were starting to get busy
You had recruiters texting how the upcoming new year brought hope
While the bloggers were writing that they think they can cope.
All around there was chatter and twits I could read
But there were a couple of people who seemed to be a different breed
Added by Paul Paris on December 16, 2009 at 2:14pm —
From the beginning of our trip through Monday night’s farewell dinner, our 19 SHRM delegates and guests had little time off – clocking 14 hours on occasion but, not all of it was taking meetings.
Sunday we were tourists (three of our days in India- counting our trip to the Taj, were devoted to tourist activities) and a few of us “shopped til we dropped” whenever we had a chance to do so.
(About the buying of India’s wares, I’m sworn to secrecy- with the holiday season upon… Continue
Added by Gerry Crispin on December 16, 2009 at 9:30am —
Can you imagine what your world would be like if you had a Dwight in your office.
worships and views his boss as model of success. His ultimate goal it to be 2nd only to him and while Dwight craves authority he also takes the authority even when it is not delegated or given. Sound like anyone in you… Continue
Added by Benjamin McCall on December 15, 2009 at 6:30pm —
So we're just a bit closer to Christmas and the time when most people are starting to think about New Year's plans and resolutions. Yeah... Resolutions. The majority of which will likely be attempts to be more like the rest of the world. Attempts at losing weight, to stop smoking, spend more time with friends and family, get along with in-laws, become masters of our domain, etc.… Continue
Added by RecruiterGuy on December 15, 2009 at 9:14am —
Let’s face it – if a consultant is in-between projects or a full time employee has been laid off or in a bad situation; they are not hiding under a rock wanting recruiters/employers to not find them. They’re not hiding their profile only on social media websites where only a highly complex Boolean logic string will discover them.
Now you might say something along the lines of good people are always working & have a network, you don’t want anyone unemployed and passive/referred… Continue
Added by Greg on December 15, 2009 at 12:30pm —