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…Continue
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…Continue
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by vinny on November 23, 2011 at 3:19pm — No Comments
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Kara Stringer on November 21, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
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:…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Chuck Radcliff on November 18, 2011 at 2:52pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Steve Williams on November 18, 2011 at 1:08pm — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Nick Tubach on November 18, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments