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The rise and rise of virtual jobs

Remember the quaint old days when it was considered a risky proposition to work from home, given the limitations of technology back in the day? Now, with smart phones, the Internet, video conferencing and widespread acceptance of the work-at-home model, it’s not only entirely possible to operate a successful home business, it’s becoming the way…


Added by Stephanie Bressan on May 17, 2010 at 10:32pm — 2 Comments

When I grow up...I don't know what I want to be or do.

I have been thinking lately and I was wondering if people still have dreams of all the things that they wanted to do or be when they grow up? It seems like people just happens to do the things that they encountered or by chance. I still have dreams of writing a novel, being able to buy lots of people gifts (I love shopping!) having a british short hair kitten, having a motorcycle, having a big hobby room, and the list is too long for this blog.

After reviewing the list of my…


Added by Sally Raade on May 17, 2010 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

The war for other peoples talent

One of my biggest concerns for job seekers around the world is the gap that is opening up between the unemployed and the minimum requirements that surround the jobs that are about. The general global trend seems to be for rising open vacancies, that’s great news. The bad news is that the level of unemployment continues to grow. Not quite at the same rate, but the figures are going up just the same.

What this tells me is that the jobs that are coming…


Added by Bill Boorman on May 15, 2010 at 8:14pm — 5 Comments

Top 50 most Annoying Co-Workers

The jury has spoken!

Top 50 most Annoying Co-Workers:

The loud talkers,

The coughers

The Eavesdropper

The Gloaters,

The Gossipers,

The Open Mouth Chewer

The Blame Shifter

The Cubicle Ninja

The procrastinator

The Rude co-worker

The corporate…


Added by Gavin Redelman on May 16, 2010 at 6:33am — 9 Comments

Race For The Prize? What's Your Hiring Process?

What does your hiring process say about your company?

We talk about culture, employer brands and employee brands...we talk about social recruiting, attraction strategies, talent

pipelines and puddles...but what of the process in between?

You can find the talent and onboard the talent but in between you have the hiring process’s often said ‘you can tell a lot about a…


Added by Mervyn Dinnen on May 13, 2010 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Why cheap isn't always cheerful...

Its not often I experience a first these days – I am after all the wrong side of 40! However, yesterday I was stunned into silence (This does not happen very often with me!) At our weekly ops meeting my colleague wanted to read out an email she had received from a client with whom we are on formal preferred supplier arrangement, regarding fees.

I have to confess that the prospect of listening to yet another set of excuses for driving down the…


Added by Gareth Jones on May 13, 2010 at 6:35pm — 1 Comment

Recruiting 101: Forget 'Active' vs. 'Passive'

For as long as I've been a recruiter (and probably even longer than that) there has been a methodology perpetuated among recruiters that 'passive' candidates are somehow better than 'active' candidates. The truth is, neither of these talent pools is very desirable. At least, not nearly as desirable as an 'Active Passive' candidate.

What's an 'Active Passive' candidate?

This is a candidate who is probably happy in their job but for the sake of making…


Added by Robin Eads on May 13, 2010 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Communication is Key to Recruiting Top Talent

Originally posted on the SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Blog.

After working on a website re-design and some client marketing materials with freelancers over the last few weeks, I’ve begun to realize how important communication is to my ultimate satisfaction with just about anything. When communication is bad, I’m nearly never…


Added by Chris Brablc on May 13, 2010 at 9:51am — 2 Comments

Your Intuition - Don't Let It Be a Hiring OBSTACLE

Many CEOs claim to have exceptional intuition about hiring for their executive team. “I know in my gut if someone will be a fit,” they say. Much like the stories of gamblers, who will brag about their winnings (but not tell you about their losses), you only hear about the successful hires.

Too many executive candidates today are good salespeople. They know how to create a good first impression, and hit the CEO directly in the gut with their personality, and win the job offer. A…


Added by Mark Bregman on May 12, 2010 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

Nix the Laundry List: Job Ads That Kill

Requirements intensive (i.e., laundry list format) job ads serve no purpose other than to undermine your recruiting…


Added by Kevin Jenkins on May 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Tales from the Recruiter Crypt

Tales from the Crypt Tale #1 – All hope is LOST

I receive a phone call from my client; my candidate has yet to arrive for her 12pm interview. It is now 12:13pm. I immediately call the candidate, only to get her voicemail. Maybe I didn’t provide the correct details for the interview, or maybe she had an emergency that prevented her from coming to the interview. Why didn’t she answer her phone? After a few agonizing minutes the client calls to inform me that the candidate had gotten… Continue

Added by Laurie Gentile on May 12, 2010 at 1:55pm — 4 Comments

Does your candidate write-up sound like the Gettysburg Address?

Well mine does, sometimes!

I’ve always had a tough time being succinct. Blame it on being a detail oriented, “transparent with the client”; hate to leave out anything Ms. Perfectionist”. My boss’s boss likes to say my middle name is “one hundred percent”. (Actually I quite like that though am not sure who’s getting the last laugh here) And, on the other hand, one of my managers says I write too much aka The…


Added by Ruth-Dinaz Sarkari on May 12, 2010 at 4:49pm — 5 Comments

Bad day? Boring job? Suck it up! Your customers will care less than I do

Driving into the carpark outside of my office today, I noticed something that as an employer or manager would really annoy me. This carpark has "early bird" prices, you know, in before a certain time, out after another prescribed time, for a cheaper rate. However to validate for this you need to get another ticket from the attendant. Not sure if that is the right term, as the word "attendant" to me gives me the idea of attentiveness. This particular character has none of that. He has himself… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on May 11, 2010 at 7:51pm — 4 Comments

3 Legs to Sales Success

Have you ever heard the following?

My sales reps can’t sell. They don’t prospect for new business. They can’t close. They don’t seem motivated to earn more money.

When I hear these comments from business owners, I ask 3 simple questions.

1) Do you have the right sales people?

2) Do you provide the right sales training?

3) Do you have the right sales management?

It takes all three…


Added by Ann Clifford on May 10, 2010 at 3:04pm — No Comments

The Case for Recruiters in Today's Economy

So it's not the best of times - economically speaking.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that recruiters have hit hard times. But there are a number of significant developments that should encourage recruiters. (See the blue "hires" line from last month in the otherwise dire graph from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS released several positive…

Added by Sean Ryan on May 11, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Shouldn’t HR be able to recruit their own people?

A couple of days ago a Twitter acquaintance of mine Ellison Bloomfield posted in her blog the rhetorical question; shouldn’t an internal HR department have the skills and knowledge to be able to recruit their own people?

Good question. Even though it was rhetorical, I’m going to answer it anyway as it’s a pet topic of mine. My view is this; recruitment AND selection… Continue

Added by Aaron Dodd on May 10, 2010 at 5:34pm — 3 Comments

What happens in Vegas...

I’m 40 years old. Female. A Scorpio. 5’ 4.5” (yes, I included the ½ inch) and weigh 116 pounds. No, this is not a personal advertisement. I love a dog’s soft tender underbelly, extra dark chocolate, cherry red scarves, stick shift convertibles, sauvignon blanc on the beach, and Don Julio 1942 for a really good time. I donate to animal shelters, the Alzheimer’s Association and the…


Added by Amy Renz on May 10, 2010 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Why Won’t You Hire Me? (Part 1)

Screaming at Laptop “You have an open position and I’ve applied, why won’t you hire me”? I’m sure most recruiters have had this conversation before. The possible answers are endless. Let’s start with one: your resume.

My first recommendation to a candidate in the day and age of online job applications is; you MUST submit a… Continue

Added by Amanda Liimatainen on May 10, 2010 at 5:31pm — 6 Comments

It's not about the deal, it's all about the individual...

About 3 years ago I met with a senior HR contact who worked for a FTSE 100. An intelligent, well-rounded and high potential individual and very charming to boot. The sort of individual who rarely stays on the market, if at all, instantly being snapped up by probably any of the other blue chip organisations.

We chatted for about 90 minutes and by the end of the discussion I had drawn a very strong conclusion – that he…


Added by Gareth Jones on May 7, 2010 at 5:05am — 3 Comments

The Cat Herding/HR Connection

Herding is a fine art. Sheep dogs do it. Cowboys too. Security at concerts and high profile events use herding as a part of creating order in confusing, stressful, and complicated situations.

“HR Professionals? Nope, I’m not buying it.”

Those were the exact words out of my mouth when I picked up this pin at a vendor booth at the Oklahoma Human… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on May 7, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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