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Homage to the Electrical Outlet

This is a post that I wrote for my job.  The idea came to me when I was staring at an electrical outlet while feeding my infant son at nap time.  I had never taken the time to slow down and notice the outlet.  Then I started thinking about how recruiters are much like electrical outlets.  Think about it.  We aren't always noticed for what we do, but the connections we make light up the world.  We are on the front lines of business, but the people we bring to the business can make or break…


Added by Kirby Cole on November 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Understanding Your Recruiter Ratios

It amazes me how few recruiters truly understand their recruiting ratios.  Early in my recruiting career I would hear things like “we need to get your deal count up so come in a half hour earlier and stay a half hour later.  That gives you an extra hour a day to work harder.”  For me, “working harder” didn’t get to the root of my recruiting issues.  I was fortunate to have a strong manager/mentor who taught me to understand my recruiting ratios which allowed me to pinpoint the areas that I…


Added by Scott Burgess on November 28, 2011 at 8:08pm — 6 Comments

Searching for new candidates – they may not be like you

As I was training some of our staff on some Boolean searching techniques I was explaining the importance of brackets and the problem if you omitted them

5*3+2, could equal either 17 or 25.


So I mentioned the arithmetic rule brackets  “BOMDAS”, which explained what to do first in an arithmetic sum




Added by Peter Cosgrove on November 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The recruitment database is far from dead....

As the largest recruitment agency in Ireland we place over 4,000 permanent jobs every year. As a snapshot my IT Director took the last 20 professional placements by salary level and analysed where we had found the candidates:I understand this is not a representative sample but here is where we sourced them from:


Only one applied through a job board

Two came from a cv database such as monster

3 came from our own Cpl website

2 were found on…


Added by Peter Cosgrove on November 23, 2011 at 11:51am — 8 Comments

A Thank You To My Mentors

In honor of Thanksgiving here’s a brief tribute to a few of those who made “AlaRecruiter” possible. Now you know who to blame.


Justin – you were my first real recruiting boss. You taught me a very valuable lesson when you grabbed me by the shoulders and said “repeat after me – I f%^&$ed up.” Take the blame and move on – even if it really was the candidate’s fault. I’ve been doing it ever since. We laughed at you when you said you were going to be the…


Added by Amy Ala on November 23, 2011 at 3:39pm — 3 Comments

Shally Steckerl - Recording - Recruiting Animal Show


The Great Shally was on just a few weeks ago but many listeners complained that I didn't treat him right.

You turned a steak into a peanut butter sandwich said my good friend Jerry Albright.

So I said OK I'll bring Shally back and here he is.

I asked people to submit their problem…


Added by Recruiting Animal on November 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

If lips are moving, somebody's being closed

I stopped counting the times I've heard recruiters say, "I have an offer, now I just hope my candidate accepts!"  REALLY?!  My question back has never changed, "why is it you don't already know?"  Clearly, we're not selling major appliances and our product comes complete with opinions, but we can still do better than just hoping can't we?  My philosophy has always been that anything the candidate says can and will be used against them to create a positive close.  To that end…


Added by vinny on November 23, 2011 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Managing Candidate FEAR

Many of us have experienced the logical candidate becoming illogical in a matter of days (or hours) when it comes to making a career decision.   When I was new to the business this happened more frequently than I or my boss liked.  Needless to say I would get pretty upset – never at me of course – but at the candidate who was blowing a career opportunity.  As I matured as a recruiter and as a person I came to understand why candidates would become illogical or irrational - FEAR. 



Added by Scott Burgess on November 22, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Understanding Candidate Lies

I write a lot about lying, mostly because it is happening all the time.  Candidates lie to recruiters for a variety of reasons.  Recruiters have to expect a certain amount of lying.  Some of it is even understandable.  Here are some examples:

George says he is willing to relocate, no problem.  Weeks later, many obstacles materialize that would interfere.  These aren’t…


Added by Mark Bregman on November 22, 2011 at 12:55pm — 4 Comments

Life Keeps Score and FYI, not everyone gets a trophy...

My oldest by a minute was working with his mother on a first grade project the other evening that, for a week, allows him to be the "Superstar" of his classroom.  Pretty heady stuff when you're not quite 7 but also very telling when you're a parent listening to your child describe who they think they are.

"Post your picture and tell us your favorite,…

Added by vinny on November 21, 2011 at 4:28pm — 2 Comments

Stressed recruiter? Take a chill-pill

Stress at work is dangerous. Seriously. I believe it leads to medical issues, and it certainly will harm your relationships and overall quality of life.

And that is bad for us recruiters because we do one of the toughest jobs around. The ‘all or nothing’ nature of what we do is designed to induce stress, it seems.

Over the years I have seen recruiters reduced to highly destructive and…


Added by Greg Savage on November 21, 2011 at 8:24pm — 4 Comments

7 Words I Never Want to See on Your Resume

Recently, I came across a post I highly recommend: “7 Words I Never Want to See in Your Blog Posts”.

That inspired me to think about the words that – for recruiters and team builders – can create a terrible first…


Added by Mark Babbitt on November 22, 2011 at 10:02am — 24 Comments

My Path To Becoming A Recruiter

I did not tell my parents when I was 5 that someday I was going to be a recruiter. After high school I didn’t try to find Recruiting 101 classes. And when I graduated college I wasn’t applying for work at every local recruiting firm I could find. I fell into it. Just like a lot of us. I didn’t want to really sell anything I told myself. Yet every job has a selling side…


Added by Noel Cocca on November 22, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Evaluating a Job Offer

Finally!  The call you have been waiting for, an offer of employment.  You are over-whelmed with excitement and feel valued, but now you are faced with a difficult decision.  Do you accept or decline?  Fortunately, most companies will not expect you to make a decision the day you receive the offer.  You are normally given a week to make a decision.  There are many things to consider when evaluating a job offer.  Is this a good place to work?  Do I see myself there long-term?  Will there be…


Added by Kara Stringer on November 21, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

What Summer Camp taught me about being a Recruiter

When I was a kid I spent my summers at camp in Northern Michigan.  I loved it, and made lifetime friends there. What I didn’t know is that it would shape me into the recruiter I am today. 

If you ever went away for camp you had the preparation of packing, making sure to include just the right items. This was very hard for a teenage girl, guessing what people from all over the country would think were cool clothes, the right music etc. So you would try to prepare by talking to last…


Added by Emily Gordon on November 21, 2011 at 2:26pm — 2 Comments

2 Years Of #Tru

It’s been exactly 2 years since the first #truLondon, which took place in Canary Wharfe on the 18′th November 2009.70 people attended the first time, mostly dressed in suits, (me included), crammed in to the top floor of Barclay’s tower. It was only supposed to be one event, and this blog was only supposed to run for three months to promote the event.

On that day, some…


Added by Bill Boorman on November 20, 2011 at 11:08pm — 3 Comments

Microsoft Has a New "SOCL" Network

Microsoft's SOCL is a social search / social networking site that (at this writing) is in closed beta. Jim Stroud discusses what he knows about SOCL and explores his feelings about another social network. Be sure to download the show notes for links to all of the stories cited in this episode and more:…


Added by Jim Stroud on November 21, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

What is free anymore? Not your time.

In some ways, I pride myself on being able to recruit without having to spend a dime on anything more then the basics. I grew my LinkedIn network to over 11,000 direct connections and became a master at guessing email addresses. Boolean searching is not only tricky, but really fun. It brings a smile on my face to find the right person just from Google. Its that needle in the haystack game in many ways.


But who really knows how to do this? Is this a lost (or never found) art…


Added by Chuck Radcliff on November 18, 2011 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Politeness is alive and well........................

Like most recruiters I rely on email to flag to business leaders the existence of a great candidate. Before you say it or throw a brick bat, I also spend all day on the phone (well most of it anyway). Email is an essential business tool and it allows the transference of quality information such as briefs and CVs etc. that can be considered off-line by our clients.

Too many times, perhaps where the client has no need at the time for my candidate, emails go unanswered and I wonder…


Added by Steve Williams on November 18, 2011 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Can Your Business Strategy Pass the Test?

“Your strategy should be reviewed and updated on a quarterly basis.  Of course, that assumes you went through a disciplined thought process and have a real strategy to start with!”  - Stephen Lynch, COO, Results.com


Does your company have a strategy? Do you…


Added by Nick Tubach on November 18, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments

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