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The Best Boss I Never Had

If you're like me, you've had quite a few bosses over the years. Some were good, some were bad, some were great, and some you'd rather forget. So what makes a great boss? Now I'm completely aware that the challenges I've faced with my bosses over the years say at least as much about me as it does about them. That being said, let's take a look at the hypothetical best boss I never had.

  • The best boss I never had is extremely loyal to the team.
  • The best…

Added by Simon Meth on May 31, 2010 at 6:15pm — 8 Comments

5 Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Fan Page

Earlier today, I hosted a free teleseminar discussing 5 Ways to Optimize your Facebook Fan Page. Facebook is approaching 500 million users. A recent study tells us that 7% of American households have a Twitter account while 41% have a Facebook account. Facebook is the most accepted form of social media more so than LinkedIn.

If you missed the call, you can always call in and listen to the…

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on May 25, 2010 at 1:32pm — 6 Comments

The Network Effect Applied!

I get asked almost on a daily basis how to create an effective network and minimize networking time all while maximizing results. Giving an example from my everyday life, I will explain how to do just that……


Added by Jenn Francine on May 26, 2010 at 1:57am — 4 Comments

So, is there a differece between Generations? Ah, yeah!

I was having a discussion with an associate about recruiting, managing and retention (you know, the usual stuff) when they said something that I thought summed the challenges that exist in all these realms in a very simple way. It went something like this:

Boomers – were happy with what they got

Gen Xers – worked for what they wanted

Gen Y’s – aren’t afraid to ask for what they want

Tweens – know what they want and just expect it!

As another associate said,… Continue

Added by Corey Harlock on May 28, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Changing a recruitment company and why it won't work.

I recently attended a HR and recruitment forum and listened to speaker, Carron Hinton , talk about Change management. I've never really though about this topic before and as I listened it dawned on me that I really wished I had.

Carron talked about the differences between Operational Management and Change or Project management. It occurred to me that the normal management style of my customers (recruitment agency managers) is that all about Operations management and nothing to do…


Added by Shane McCusker on May 26, 2010 at 5:20am — No Comments

The Triple Bottom Line and Talent Management

Leading authors are writing about it; conferences are featuring it; and many are calling on corporations to report on it. The triple bottom line—people, profits and planet—has unofficially become a leading indicator. Rather than being measured solely on profitability, companies, and their customers, are increasingly adopting “the three pillars” to define business success.

The term “triple bottom line” was first used in 1989 by sustainability consultant John Elkington to define…


Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on May 26, 2010 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Someone in the office caught your eye lately? Think twice! (or, how what seems a good idea at the time can turn into a nightmare)

Way back when, my since dear departed brother and I worked together in the classified advertising department of one of the UK’s leading quality newspapers. No big deal – except that we were the only two men in a team of twenty. Were we tempted? Read on.

You would think perhaps that faced with such odds it would be hard to resist or avoid some kind of romantic liaison with one of our female colleagues. Indeed the guys from next door in production used to… Continue

Added by Alasdair Murray on May 26, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Disasters – Can your EMPLOYEES Recover?

Try to imagine this scenario: You are a BP Oil or Halliburton employee anywhere along the Gulf Coast, attending a friend’s backyard barbecue on a recent Sunday, and in between sips of beer and nibbles of chips and dip, you hear, over and over, “Oh my god, you…


Added by Mark Bregman on May 26, 2010 at 10:50pm — 1 Comment

How many horses should be pulling that résumé cart?

I'd suggest at least two. You've got your Plough Horse (the scanable, aesthetically-bland format for an applicant database), and you have your Show Pony (the one you parade in an interview that just looks dazzling and makes you feel good). I'm talking about formats or structures here, so as not to be confused with different versions…

Added by Laurie Bell on May 21, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Decoding "Recruiter Speak:" 21 Handy Definitions for Candidates

Every industry and profession carries with it its own distinct jargon. In fact, it is the measure of recruiters’ worth to be able to pick up on the unique lexicon of the positions for which they recruit. Being able to spout off the verbal equivalent of Google Adwords also preempts most candidates’ assumptions that as recruiters, we’re slightly above amoeba but slightly beneath bonobo monkeys on the evolutionary ladder. (The monkeys do admittedly win by default,…


Added by Matt Charney on May 24, 2010 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

How to best take advantage of your employees in a poor economy?

I have heard many people's anecdotal accounts of how the poor economy of the past 18-24 months has affected them from a job perspective; but I am particularly interested in this as we emerge from the other side.

I have heard how employers reduced the number of workers to substantially lower levels, seemingly to reduce overhead costs, trimming budgets while hopefully increasing potential profits. This seems like a sound idea, particularly for shareholders looking for strong returns.… Continue

Added by Lisa Howarth on May 24, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Hiring? - Here are the TOP 5 things you NEED to Know.

I have written a lot about how hiring practices affect the size of your current and future candidate pools and thought that this might be a good time to talk about what you CAN do NOW to increase or maintain your current candidate pool.

I have read a lot of articles from other experts in the field and though they have not conducted the extensive surveys that we have, we all seem to share a common opinion; treat all applicants and future employees with respect and meet their… Continue

Added by Corey Harlock on May 21, 2010 at 11:42am — 3 Comments

Payrises in your future with growing skills shortage?

One minute we’re in the midst of the now famously-named GFC (Global Financial Crisis for those of you who have just peered out from under a rock), and everyone’s panicking about job queues,…


Added by Stephanie Bressan on May 20, 2010 at 8:11pm — 2 Comments

The future is agnostic

I had the privilege to moderate a panel discussion on disruptive technologies and innovation at the recent iMedia

Agency Summit
in Brighton and it struck me – not only from the panel discussion, but also from the other excellent speakers and from my own preparation – that we are currently stuck in a channel approach. The

emergence of social media and…


Added by Felix Wetzel on May 21, 2010 at 11:58am — No Comments

Recruiters With Better Things To Do...Than Visit Clients!

With all the pressures facing the recruitment industry at the moment, from the reduced levels of hiring over the last couple of years to skill shortages and the increased threat of direct sourcing posed by social recruiting, you would have thought that any recruiter worth their salt would be doing everything they could to maximise every opportunity.

Which is what makes this story so baffling...

Couple of weeks ago a client invited me in for a briefing. I wasn’t the only… Continue

Added by Mervyn Dinnen on May 23, 2010 at 5:58pm — 10 Comments

25,000 members on

I remember when hit a thousand members. That was a lot. I remember being at a Kennedy show in Las Vegas and there were 30 members on and there was a lot of activity. I remember when there were 300 members on and the lawyer's letter arrived with a cease and desist from Jobster.

This week we passed the 25,000 member mark and I am proud of that. I want to thank everyone who has taken time, even the smallest amount of time to… Continue

Added by Slouch on May 21, 2010 at 2:31pm — 8 Comments merges with to Expand Offerings, run by recruiting blogger and HR technology expert Ryan

is merging with recruiting and HR directory,… Continue

Added by Slouch on May 21, 2010 at 1:47am — 2 Comments

Lebron James and Determining Your Recruiting Value

Originally posted on the SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Blog.

With the Cavs playoff loss to the Celtics, the “Year of Lebron” (more like off-season) has officially begun. Lebron James, the best player in the NBA, is officially a free agent and will have his choice of suitors as… Continue

Added by Chris Brablc on May 19, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Economic Mount Everest - What It Means for Recruiting

The other day, a client called me to check in on my economic journey. I had to pause and explain it had not been easy, but rather a very crazy roller coaster ride. I remember when this all began with the Financial Services Industry meltdown in 2007. It was intriguing to guage the proportional outcome of services demand that affected the outsourcing market, whether that was with Paychex, with the payroll company I worked for, the staffing industry, or the HR outsourcing market. One would…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 20, 2010 at 3:40am — No Comments

Referrals- The Blind Dating of Recruiting

Blind dates.

We've all had them, right? You know, when you're in a slump in between relationships and you just can't seem to meet the "right" person. Suddenly, your mom, sister, or friend knows of someone who "would be perfect for you". You mind begins racing with images of the worst possible people to be paired up with. Are they smart, funny,… Continue

Added by Trish on May 20, 2010 at 12:48pm — 4 Comments

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