It’s no challenge to place a “great candidate” – you know the typ: the right education, the right career history, cookie cutter objective, perfect fit. But what about a “great candidate” who doesn’t tick the conventional boxes but you know could deliver on the job?
The biggest leap story we heard was from a nationwide recruiter who said one of her most satisfying placements was rebranding a vicar as a sales executive. He successfully made the transition and was able to use his… Continue
Added by Adam Lewis on July 7, 2010 at 1:21am —
It's the summer. Job seekers are facing dismal unemployment rates as the United States economy starts down the long road to improvement. If you're lucky enough… Continue
Added by Kirk Baumann on July 6, 2010 at 9:49am —
With fireworks and the good times of Independence Day fading in the rear view mirror, it’s time to gear up for the busy summer ahead in recruiting. The interesting part of this summer will be the unique challenges employers face building a plan for recruiting during the rest of 2010 while thinking strategically about recruiting in 2011.
Should you be optimistic? Should you be conservative?
Whether you are bullish or bearish on the future, the growing competition for talent… Continue
Added by Neil Costa on July 6, 2010 at 12:30pm —
The poor cousin of the recruitment process is the obligatory reference check. Too often it is nothing more than a perfunctory procedure to conclude an exhausting number of interviews.
Most reference checks are the outcome of a telephone conversation, as most recruiters will attach little weight to any written references. Many companies have policies prohibiting managers from providing written references,… Continue
Added by Charles Van Heerden on July 5, 2010 at 9:30pm —
From our first day on this earth we're working and learning about finding our place where we feel comfortable, most ourselves. While I feel comfortable in my own skin, I'm facing a new and old kind of advisory which I thought I had left behind.
While I'm a shrewd competitor, I'm also one who is a very social and positive person. No, I'm far from Pollyanna, but I do always… Continue
Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on July 5, 2010 at 1:02am —
S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L. of the fittest.
Over the past decade we’ve seen boom and bust, feast and famine in the recruiting industry. The good news is that this cycle tends to cull the flock. The strong survive. The weak don’t.… Continue
Added by Brian Keith on July 3, 2010 at 2:58pm —
Pennabarkers are running social media workshops in different parts of the country for HR professionals, to help them understand where it fits with their working lives. I attended the Bristol workshop but today and tomorrow they are in London and Jon Davies, Digital Stategist, gives a great demonstration and talk about the importance and impact of social media. I’ve gathered some of his tips below for you:
Jon has a wide definition of social media. It would certainly… Continue
Added by Charlie Duff on July 1, 2010 at 10:34am —
There is currently a lot of “talk/noise” about mobile recruiting and in my humble opinion it will be huge, more of that later but for me it is not just about recruiting….mobile has the ability to aid many areas of HR. Why? I hear a cry, well here is my take;
- Mobile is NOT a technology but a channel.
- Mobile is about personal one 2 one ENGAGEMENT.
- Mobile is about PUSH and PULL…
Added by Keith Robinson on July 1, 2010 at 9:16am —
Originally posted on the SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Blog.
It is becoming abundantly clear that the recruiting landscape is increasingly changing. Companies are becoming more competitive and creative in the ways that they attract top talent. It's no… Continue
Added by Chris Brablc on June 30, 2010 at 1:45pm —
Five years on using social media: have recruitment agencies learnt to interact?
We have all seen the power that social media has. Most recruiters, whether a recruitment agency, HR department or a hiring line manager will use sites like LinkedIn to identify candidates and, more often than not, Facebook and Google to vett them. However, they do not always contribute to this online community. This one sided approach to social… Continue
Added by Leah Mahtani on July 1, 2010 at 5:35am —
Honesty. It is the cornerstone of trust. Without it all else is lost.
Failure is not an option mindset. When I was brand-new recruiter (under 90 days) my manager came to me and asked, "So, you ready to quit yet Keith?" I replied, "There's only one of two ways you're gettin' rid of me: a. If you just flat-out fire me OR b. You carry me out of here on a stretcher because I'll eat… Continue
Added by Brian Keith on June 30, 2010 at 11:45am —
On the car ride home from seeing Sex and the City 2, I decided two things:
These decisions were inspired by… Continue
- I, Ali Webster, will commit to a more rigorous exercise routine.
- I, Ali Webster, will make my own rules in terms of my career, love and life.
Added by Ali Webster on June 29, 2010 at 4:28pm —
One thing I can guarantee is that the first time anyone gets into Continue
recruiting they viewed it as a more noble position than just sales. I
thought this too at first. “I am going to help others” and “people are
going to need this service”. And the first thing I learned is that…
Added by Noel Cocca on June 29, 2010 at 6:30pm —
We had an interesting scenario in our office the other day. A new-ish Consultant had a complaint from a candidate about not being contacted in what he perceived to be a timely manner. And perception is what it is all about. We throw around this word a lot but really it is the crux of what we do. In such an subjective job, although every Consultant is theoretically doing the same job, we are identifying different skills in our candidates and relating differently to each of… Continue
Added by Anna Hodges on June 29, 2010 at 5:39pm —
People have dreams when starting with professional social networking. There is one common dream most networkers do not speak about, but it can be easily read from their activity.
We could formulate it like this: “When I have 1000 (5000) connections, everything will change! I will use my network… Continue
Added by Matej Valuch on June 29, 2010 at 2:56pm —
OK – I have to say I work for a cool company. Not trying for brownie points here (can’t hurt) but a company that invests in the future to me – is awesome. So Aquent sponsored/is sponsoring some
great events in 2010 and I was a very lucky attendee for two of them.
- An Event Apart – for those of you not familiar with A List Apart – An Event Apart is an intense 2…
Added by Kelly Moeller on June 29, 2010 at 1:32pm —
Is there a best way to recruit? What makes some recruitment agencies more successful than others? With competition amongst candidates and agencies rapidly increasing, the solution is surely a holy grail for the recruitment consultant.
We think we have the answer – Recruitment is an artform not a science: and understanding that is what puts one agency above another.
Why do we think that? Well simply because the process of recruitment – call it the science of recruitment -… Continue
Added by Adam Lewis on June 29, 2010 at 12:55pm —
I raised many questions in my previous blog post, too many questions, perhaps. So to show that I've not learned my lesson, I'm going to raise some more.
In that post, I analyzed a CNNMoney.com article titled "Say Good-Bye to Full-Time Jobs With Benefits," especially the part of the article predicting that… Continue
Added by Matt Deutsch on June 29, 2010 at 10:06am —
With the first time weekly unemployment claims still hovering above 400,000; I have more Applicant Tracking System annoyances.
As I said in my previous post, I get it because I am a Recruiter who has used ATS. And… Continue
Added by Becki Dunaway on June 28, 2010 at 2:04pm —
In the course of the staffing portion of our business, occasionally we are asked to be part of a VMS (vendor management system) program. While we normally decline the business at that point, for a variety of reasons we have chosen to be part of a few of these over the years. Nearly every time I regret being convinced that this next account will be different. Now I will say, with my finance background, I get the logic that managing rogue spend is important and a system can be a good way to do… Continue
Added by Shannon Russo on June 28, 2010 at 2:00pm —