If you follow my Twitter stream, you no doubt noticed I spent last week at #truManchester. It was a great experience – I listened to many recruiters and HR pros talk about how they use social media in their recruiting (or hope to), and what they think about job boards. (I also learned that the British have switches on their power outlets, are extremely hospitable, and don’t open their pubs until noon).
The job market has been brutal for a while now. Unfortunately, layoffs, downsizings and closings have all been a major part of today’s society. The unemployed have taken jobs they are over qualified for just to make ends meet. It’s been a trying couple of years. We’ve all been affected in one way or another.
Not surprisingly, recent studies show, the employed are…
" did the technique work? - then it was the right technique".
These words of wisdom came from my martial arts instructor..The point being it is fruitless to worry about adhering to a particular "way", when the goal is survival.
What does this have to do with recruiting you ask? Well, ones recruiting methodology most likely mirrors that of the people who taught you to recruit, and much like habits, methodologies have a direct impact on ones success,
This weekend in the Globe and Mail on the front of the business section was a small article about the stubborn U.S. jobless rate. If you noticed the article, you would have viewed it as an indicator of the first signs that we are moving out of the “Information Age” and into the “Knowledge Economy”. This could be causing that ever talked about talent shortage we as recruiters have been preaching about for years. Raghuram Rajan (a professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School…
I'm planning to be at RecruitFest in Boston on the day before it opens (I'm taking Amtrak up from NJ). So, Wednesday night (perhaps at a wine bar) and, again Thursday during the day I'll be looking for a lively discussion on the pros and cons of the Candidate Experience. I might bring a poster like the one above. Then again, maybe not.…
A few days ago, I told my husband the story of my brother and his unique approach to interviewing and finding a job. With perseverance, creativity, preparation and bit of luck, he landed the opportunity of a lifetime!
Like so many other people adversely affected by the staggering economy, he was laid off several months ago resulting from a reduction in force. Adding insult to injury, the layoff occurred two weeks before Christmas, and the family’s holiday cheer evaporated…
It's a few minutes to midnight and I find myself suddenly stricken with a sense of dread. I haven't done my daily plan for tomorrow! We've all heard the old industry axiom of planning your next day before you leave your desk each evening. The fact is, it's so important (for me at least). It never fails. If I don't plan my day, I still manage to get a few things done, but it's never even close to what I achieve when I take the time to create a plan. With all of the opportunities to get side… Continue
There are few things more daunting than attending a job interview. That's why it's good to prepare by considering some of the questions you might be asked. Just make sure you don't end up giving any of these answers....
Interviewer: What is your greatest accomplishment?
Interviewee: Finishing Phantom Mutant Death Fighter 3 for PC - and in work time too! Have you played it?
Interviewer: Could you sell me this pen?
Interviewee (shouting): Get your pens, only… Continue
I keep everything online from my music to my bills and everything in between. I have practically my life online. Including my resume. I recently asked a candidate if they had a link to their online resume…allI got was silence. No stuttering, no excuses –just silence. My guess is they didn’t know there could be such a…
It looks like the economy is starting to get a pulse again, making employer branding a top priority. Whether the marketplace is raging hot (think 2007) or on life support (think the last 2 years), employer branding is extremely important. How people are treated in the recruitment process should never be underestimated.
Hi, my name's Dan, and I'm quickly becoming an addict for certain varieties of Reality TV shows. No, not the grab the spotlight, Big brother wankfests of the worlds. But the talent show ones. Maybe I'm getting softer as I'm getting older, but how can you watch people hunting and catching their dreams, their passions and not be moved by it.
Sure there is the "look at me, look at me" contestants who just want their heads on TV, and yes, everyone in line will say that, that particular… Continue
...when you're in a pharmacy, do you have a sudden urge to purchase a shovel? No, of course you don't. But hang on a minute, there's a method to what seem a couple of mad and random questions, and it's this...
Everywhere you look these days there is always someone who is happy to preach about how social recruiting is where it's at. Encourage people to be fans on Facebook they say. Establish an online community for your company where everyone… Continue
For years there have been arguments for and against the performance review. There are many who diss the process, wanting to get rid of the actual review itself. There are others who feel it is a bedrock of information for both employee development, self checks, collecting historical data on the employee and as a way to evaluate the way a manager simply manages.
The performance review can be bad but it can also be great.