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Let’s Call “Diversity” a Different Word - “Blending”

A whole industry has been built around diversity.  Is that good or bad? 


Obviously when the Diversity industry was formed inside and outside of recruitment, it was critically needed.  Laws were written to make it illegal to discriminate against the protected classes of race, color, gender, religious beliefs, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy or veteran status.  These laws need to stay in place because old habits are hard to break.  However,…


Added by Bill Humbert on May 6, 2012 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Has the Applicant Tracking System Failed Us?

The reason I ask is, nobody seems to be happy with the one they’re using. Having attended many HR and recruiting conferences and events, I’ve noticed a consistent trend. When I ask someone what ATS they’re using, I here, “Unfortunately…[insert ATS name]. The ATS name varies, but the sentiment is the same. It’s rare to find anyone who actually likes using his or her ATS. Why is that? Weren’t ATSs designed to automate processes and make the life of a recruiter easier? They’ve been around for…


Added by Mike Vilimek on May 7, 2012 at 1:06pm — 18 Comments

Karing Enough About Your Kareer Prospects Should Konvince You To Give A Krap About Klout


Wow, here’s another doozy … hopefully an extremely isolated incident, but apparently some poor schmuck actually lost out on a job opportunity because another candidate had a higher Klout score.  

Then once he did who knows what to move it closer to Justin Beiber influencer status, his career prospects magically improved. Amazing what a healthy dose of +K can do!


The following article is brief, but here is a taste:…


Added by Kelly Blokdijk on May 3, 2012 at 10:04pm — 5 Comments

5 Ways To Expand Your Recruiting Search

The economy is growing, companies are hiring and recruiters are swamped in resumes. Do you ever get tired of sourcing and want to get back into networking? Here are 5 ways to better your recruiting efforts by expanding your search and thinking outside the box:


1. Networking Events- Every town has them, and they are definitely becoming the "hip" thing to do. Who doesn't like going to a nice restaurant and meeting new people? Make an effort to attend at least 1…


Added by Katie on May 3, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

Michael Dennis of Findhire.com


Findhire is a combo of contact management, project management and sourcing software for recruiters. Michael Dennis the CEO was a surprisingly candid, easy-going guest and because of that people liked him. It didn't seem as if he was being asked hard questions but he was. He just…


Added by Recruiting Animal on May 2, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Before you can recruit for us.....

.....you'll need to agree to the cut rate, bargain-bin fee the other agencies agreed to.  The position has been open since December and we really need someone ASAP.  Do you have anyone?  The manager is losing his mind - and taking it out on me!



This happens…


Added by Jerry Albright on May 3, 2012 at 9:30am — 14 Comments


I love words.  I am one of those people who hears a new word, looks it up and uses it three times so it becomes part of my spoken and written vocabulary.  There is a name for that but i need to look up that word. :)


Words can and do sell.  One does not have to be a world class journalist to write a cover letter for a resume that inspires your client to want to know more or bring that candidate in or do a phone interview.  Every candidate has "a story".  When i present a…


Added by Sandra McCartt on May 3, 2012 at 7:32pm — 9 Comments

The View from Without


Added by Cindy Cremona, CPC on May 2, 2012 at 7:17pm — 7 Comments

The Top 10 Things Today’s Recruiters Love To See

Anyone can write an article about what recruiters are looking for and suggest their own tips on how to land interviews and job offers, but how many of those articles are written from the heart of an IT staffing and consulting firm where hundreds of applicants are screened daily?

Here’s exactly what today’s recruiters are looking for and how you can be the person that stands out from the crowd:

Integrity- We all knowTop 10 Things Recruiters Love To See recruiters spend mere seconds when sifting…


Added by Ryan Connors on May 2, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Are job boards a waste of time?

Job boards have been around for what seems like forever.  If an internet year is the equivalent of a dog year (seven years to every one human year) then job boards are past their century mark and in some cases approaching dinosaur status.

Do people still use job boards?

Even just a quick online search reveals that yes, people do still use job boards. From brands like Monster, Jobsite and Totaljobs to aggregator sites such as Indeed or Broadbean, the job boards are alive and…


Added by Emily Stevenson on May 3, 2012 at 5:30am — 53 Comments

My dilemma of the day..

OK I got some really good ideas from my last blog that I will give you my dilemma of the day.  I have a search going on for a very prestigious law firm.  They are looking for a very specific type of IP Attorney.  This candidate has to have an Advanced degree, great grades, good undergrad school as well as law school, plus work in either the pharmaceutical or biotechnology fields.  Lo, and behold I found such a candidate.  I presented the candidate on April 17th and was told please send in…


Added by Theresa Hunter on May 2, 2012 at 4:57pm — 11 Comments

Is It Smart to Look for Another Job While Employed?

Even though a number of people when asked would say they are content with their jobs, there are those that have a foot in one office door and the other in the help wanted pages.

For those individuals, trying to balance a full-time job while looking for another job can be a very delicate proposition. In fact, one of…


Added by Dave Thomas on May 1, 2012 at 6:25pm — 1 Comment

3 Ways to stay engaged with your Talent Network

Talent Networks or as they are sometimes called Talent Communities (we explain the difference here) are an important trend developing in the recruitment marketing space.  The ability to capture candidates via opt-in and direct sourcing and internally build your own talent pools and pipelines is a game changer for many organizations.  This is because having…


Added by Chris Brablc on May 1, 2012 at 3:57pm — No Comments

10 Traits of a Successful Recruiter

The Recruiter Files

There are certain traits I think every Recruiter needs to have, to be…


Added by Bruce Rowles on May 2, 2012 at 3:00pm — 22 Comments

Hiring Managers Say The Craziest Things – Lunch Interview

Since 1981, I have worked with over 3000 hiring managers across the United States.  Most of whom have never been trained how to interview.  Therefore, they bring their own unique interview techniques and questions to the interview party.


This is the beginning of a series of quick stories that my candidates have experienced.  The names have been changed - if there is even a name attached.  Of course, the candidates bring their own special treats to the interviewing party and I…


Added by Bill Humbert on May 1, 2012 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

There is no such thing as a ‘passive candidate’

I have to admit I am sick and tired of hearing talk of ‘active’ and ‘passive’ candidates. Even though I admit to freely using the terms myself… until very recently.

But I am going to stop doing that.

People ramble on about ‘passive’ candidates, as if this is a totally fresh breed of human being, that only new-age, especially savvy recruiters know how to connect with. The ‘passive candidate’ has become a mystical ‘super-talent’, somehow superior and different to the bog-standard…


Added by Greg Savage on April 30, 2012 at 9:09pm — 28 Comments

The Angry Young Job Seeker

“Give me a job, give me security… give me a chance to survive…”


I don’t normally let candidates get to me. I’ve recruited in good times and bad, been screamed at, threatened, called names, and Lord knows what else by candidates who don’t handle rejection well. It’s rare, but it happens. I typically respond with a shrug and go on about my business. My experience with frustrated job seekers is, sadly, pretty broad (maybe it’s me?). Even still, this latest meltdown was…


Added by Amy Ala Miller on April 30, 2012 at 3:14pm — 43 Comments

A bull or bear jobs market? Or does it matter?

(this post is a reprint of my article written Jan 2011)


The one thing economists seem to agree on is that people who already have jobs will get pay increases or bonuses this year. (Keep your checkbook ready.) But there are conflicting data in the news about how many companies actually plan to hire in 2011—and I’m not sure that it really matters. Whether it’s a bull or bear jobs market, companies that continually nurture their people will always maintain the…


Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on April 27, 2012 at 11:38am — No Comments

Select with Certainty: A Guide to Candidate Phone Screens

A previous Abacus Group Blog post called Phone Screens: Five Tips to Favorably Impress explained guidelines for successful phone screens from the candidate’s point of view. Equally important to the hiring process is the employer’s thorough understanding of best…

Added by Gregory Saukulak on April 27, 2012 at 4:45pm — 5 Comments

Hiring Managers Say The Craziest Things – Okay, Everything!

Since 1981, I have worked with over 3000 hiring managers across the United States.  Most of whom have never been trained how to interview.  If they haven’t been taught how to interview, they certainly have not been taught how to select the best fit.  Therefore, they bring their own unique interview techniques and questions to the interview party.  Of course, the candidates bring their own special treats to the interviewing party; and I will share some of those also.




Added by Bill Humbert on April 27, 2012 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

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