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What IS a talent community anyway?

I keep hearing so much hot air and bluster from social media 'experts' about how talent communities are the way to go. But what does it all mean?

My understanding is that the idea is that companies try and make their customers, or in this instance, potential candidates, talk to each other. Engage in a cosy little chat within an online community with the notion of sharing information,opinion, ideas etc. But why???

Overshadowed only by marriage and buying a home, an individual's…


Added by Alasdair Murray on March 1, 2011 at 11:43am — 7 Comments

US Job Market grows 6.1% in February 2011

Okay, here we are in March 2011 and the job market in the US has finally begun to expand again. After a promising start in 2010, activity was fairly lackluster during the second half of the year running up to the mid-term elections. When we entered 2011 employers did not increase their postings for the first two weeks and we thought the recession may come back (has it actually ended yet?). Then, towards the end of January things started to move and postings increased. It continued through…


Added by Henning Seip on March 1, 2011 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

Gatekeepers, Telephones & Targets


I recruit niche, in demand technical skills across the UK and Europe, technical skills that companies are continually looking to hire, as well as wanting to retain.


It is becoming more evident that companies do not want their prize technical assets taken away from them by “head hunters” and are implementing a variety of methods to ensure their technical staffs are not being poached.


Here are some of the ploys companies are using to make sure their…


Added by Sourcing Apprentice on March 1, 2011 at 8:37am — 11 Comments

Beware of Thieving Employees and Increased Industrial Espionage

Make no mistake, industrial espionage is on the rise.  That and an increase in employee theft have given more than one executive premature gray hairs.   Large multi-national corporations and smaller business entities are all vulnerable.  All you need is something the other guy wants.   It can be everything from advanced, first in your space technology to intellectual property.  It can be sensitive databases, customer rosters, proprietary data.

Call it a sign of the times or the…


Added by Gordon Basichis on March 1, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Social Media Potholes for Temp Staffing

Social Media, recently and over the past few years, has gotten bigger and bigger. With websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others, a whole new path of interaction for staffing businesses has been opened. It gives companies a chance to make new connections with potential candidates and customers. Just like with anything, there are many great ways it can be utilized by Temporary Staffing firms, but there are also a number of things to look out for if you want to make sure to use…


Added by Tim Giehll on March 1, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

The End of the South African Recruitment Industry.

New Legislation proposed in South Africa could see the end of the Recruitment industry as we currently know it. It is proposed to outlaw all forms of temporary and contract recruitment forcing all employers to employ staff on a permanent basis only.

This will of course have very dramatic effects for the industry and the millions of temporary and contract workers currently employed in South Africa whose employers will be forced to offer permanent employment or terminate…


Added by Shane McCusker on March 1, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

.jobs in breach of ICANN Registry Agreement

"The recently launched universe.jobs appears to be a job board that advertises job openings for multiple employers. It is our understanding that one registrant, who is a member of SHRM, registered forty thousand second-level domain names in the .JOBS TLD for use on this job board. It appears that Employ Media and SHRM, through the Direct Employers Association, intend to use the .JOBS TLD primarily to compete with other internet job boards. Such use is inconsistent with the purpose stated in the… Continue

Added by Suresh on February 28, 2011 at 7:42pm — 3 Comments

A Word on Split Placements and the Continuity of the Close

Just a quick thought here for us split recruiters. 

Once the handoff has taken place – it is very important to let the recruiter who is working directly with the client also be the one who the candidate talks to. 

Why is this?  I have found the phrase “too many cooks in the…


Added by Jerry Albright on February 28, 2011 at 1:19pm — 21 Comments

RSS and Recruitment

RSS and Recruitment


RSS, or really Simple Syndication is a group of web feed formats used to publish constantly updated content, like blog posts, news captions, audio or video; all in a standard format. These documents call feeds or channels benefit a web publisher by allowing a simple means to syndicate their content. They benefit the reader, in…


Added by TM Claude on February 25, 2011 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Is it really that much of an imposition to extend a little professional courtesy?

A fellow HR–industry colleague, Andrew just checked in to run something by me about an interesting experience he recently had. He wanted to get my take on whether “we” collectively as peers in the same talent acquisition, talent development and talent management realm, have a shared obligation to support each other career-wise.


Prior to this particular conversation, my…


Added by Kelly Blokdijk on February 26, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Jobboard futurology...

I have been thinking a lot about job boards recently, as both a customer and a jobseeker.   In these socially enabled times, it strikes me that the job board user experience should be something like this:

Jobs are displayed in easy on the eye tag clouds, instead of ordered lists we know are manipulated by the recruitment organisations who post them.  Jobs are highlighted to me by other job seekers and I can rank them by most viewed, highest rated or…


Added by Gareth Jones on February 27, 2011 at 3:22pm — 38 Comments

Hmmmm Recruiting Dilemma.... or not

Wow... it's been a while since I've blogged on here. It's not that I haven't been writing, it's just that I've had some other outlets, which make the something's Dan says a little quiet.. not my normal style. October 2010 it tells me... oops

So today it is... a quiet house, a busy mind and the need to write something has made this happen.


I've been Recruiting for a number of years now... maybe too many, but I heard something the other day which I hadn't heard…


Added by Dan Nuroo on February 27, 2011 at 7:10am — 15 Comments

The unexplained behaviour....

Being in search and recruitment for a while now I have met and spoken to different strange people here and there but there are some interactions that will stay with me for the rest of my life.


About a year ago we had a candidate that we were representing to one of our clients at the time. Let's call the candidate John.


After several interviews John decided not to proceed with the role (or the client decided not to proceed, I can't exactly…


Added by Navid Sabetian on February 24, 2011 at 5:50am — 13 Comments

Succession Planning Doesn't Work: Just Ask Mubarak and Gadhafi

Aren't you amazed that senior executives of major companies still believe that succession planning works! I know I am. From the looks on the faces of Hosni Mubarak and Colonel Gadhafi during their last televised rants to their street side citizens, I can tell they are surprised their sons won't be succeeding them in the family business.

Why is it we (meaning just about every large company) aren't able to develop and plan our successors any better than the average tinpot Middle East…


Added by Kim Bechtel on February 23, 2011 at 6:09pm — 7 Comments

Which technologies are changing the job board industry?

Although it may not seem like it at times, the job board industry is a technology-driven industry. After all, it was the combination of a database and the web that gave it birth so many years ago. After a fairly lengthy period of incremental and erratic technical growth, the industry is seeing lots of change – and I suspect that those sites that ignore these changes may suffer.

So, which technologies (and technology trends) are changing job…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 22, 2011 at 9:03am — 6 Comments

What Message is Your Sales Strategy Sending?

Nancy, a current member of my coaching program, shared with me the following success story…

“I called on a new prospect for a number of weeks. Each time, I got his voicemail and left him the Front-of-the-Box message you taught me. Within two months, he called me back to give me an order. He said he picked me because I had called him six times (WOW, he counted the number of messages I left!). And he said that he appreciated my follow-through and that this made him hopeful that I’d be… Continue

Added by Scott Wintrip on February 21, 2011 at 8:49am — 3 Comments

Talent war? It’s time to banish this cliché

If you pay attention to some commentators on recruiting and human capital management, we’re at war.  No, I don’t mean the one in Afghanistan, or even the one against terror. I mean the War for Talent.

I s there anyone out there who, with me, sees this metaphor as tired and tastelessly inaccurate in today’s…


Added by Bob Duffy on February 16, 2011 at 1:40pm — 16 Comments

Candidates! Be basic with your email address

I had to write this little blog because I just got an email from someone looking for a position with my company.  


There are a lot of tips and advise that I can give to job seekers. but this is a piece of advise that seems so basic that I feel like it should be well known. Unfortunately, many people don't do it.  The advise is....be basic with your email address.   Or maybe not basic, but try not to be so off the wall.  


If you are applying for a position,…


Added by Matthew Murr on February 14, 2011 at 12:23pm — 10 Comments

Is It All About the Benjamins?

Over the years I have read numerous surveys regarding the reasons that job seekers use when looking for a job, considering a career change or deciding on a job offer. When job seekers are asked why they are looking for a new job or a career change or when asked what was their reason for leaving (RFL) their last…


Added by Nick Tubach on February 14, 2011 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Will Social Recruiting Dig the Job Board Plot Next to the "Help Wanted" Grave

I find this whole recruiting train of thought amusing...

With Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, and myriad other avenues of engagement - worrying about where the best site to place a job ad...well, er - it sounds like a discussion from a 100 years ago listening to two buggy whip salesmen chatting about which blacksmith to…


Added by K.C. on February 14, 2011 at 9:00pm — 20 Comments

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