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Is cold calling dead?

Well, that is a really big question. And the answer completely depends on your definition of a cold call.

If you mean, calling completely cold and hoping to sell your services there and then, well, yes it is.

If you think of cold calling as a business development tool to introduce yourself and…


Added by james nathan on September 21, 2012 at 6:35am — 19 Comments

LinkedIn and Stranger Danger: The risks and rewards of connecting with people you don’t know.


When you reach out to connect with a new person on LinkedIn, there is a warning printed at the bottom of the screen: “Important: Only invite people you know well and who know you.” But, why?

I am a complete supporter of networking via social media, so I do not necessarily condone only connecting with people you know.

There are definite perks to adding…


Added by Angela Gleichsner on September 20, 2012 at 11:53am — No Comments

Fresh off the Reality Machine

Since we all love hearing stories, I figured I'd share this one.  When I say this is fresh, I am talking about 8 minutes ago.  2 Weeks ago, I have a new client approach me, they were referred from a client of a client.  I love those.  Anyways, they have a fulltime need, and I tell them I can definetly help them.  Between you and me, it sounds like an awesome job in an awesome city.  I promplty get 5 very well qualified candidates over to them. 


1 of these candidates, strikes…


Added by Andrew Hanneman on September 20, 2012 at 10:15am — 13 Comments

Dear recruiters and hiring managers, the truth is better than...nothing

A customer came to me exasperated because he hadn't heard from the recruiter who was trying to place him at company for an engineering position. My customer told me the process had been going really well. He and the company were in the final stages, the hiring manager told him it looked promising, it was just a matter of…


Added by Bob McIntosh on September 20, 2012 at 8:09am — 16 Comments

What do Motorcycles and IT have in Common?

They are very loud some literally others figuratively. Many are driven by ego or a lack of attention early in life and yearn now for that recognition. The mechanics of both may be complicated and only those dedicated to the early struggle, can appreciate the current boldness and the excitement of what the future may bring to the table.

I have never owned a Harley and think I’ve only ridden on a motorcycle once.  When growing up my parents would have never given permission to…


Added by Bonnie Brooks on September 18, 2012 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Should job boards and employment sites have these features? Just wondering...

As noted in previous posts, I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a job board good – or not. Below are a few questions to that effect – and yes, some employment sites have these features, but most do not. Maybe there absent features you’ve wondered about?

  • Voice input for search: Hey, if you’re…

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 18, 2012 at 9:08am — 3 Comments

Why Recruiters Get A Bad Rep

Two things have happened in the past couple of weeks that has made me realise why recruiters generally have a poor reputation amongst both clients and job seekers. This poor reputation is not confined to external recruiters but also internal recruiters or Talent Acquisition people. 

Before I talk about the instances let me say from the outset that I am neither perfect or do I believe that every recruiter performs their job without care. What did happen has made me think fundamentally…


Added by Russell White on September 18, 2012 at 9:12am — 30 Comments

50 (half) smart, or (vaguely) controversial things I said at the RCSA Conference (Part 1)

Apparently my presentation at the RCSA Conference caused consternation, irritation, and even inspiration, in equal part. A success then, by my measure. I have had a lot of requests for summaries of the content, so here are 50 things I said that day. Although, in Part 1 we start with the first 25. The rest you can get in next weeks blog. Hope you enjoy this…

  1. My presentation today is so different to…

Added by Greg Savage on September 18, 2012 at 6:29am — 2 Comments

The Rookie Diaries- 10 successes and insights from my first month

I've reached the end of my first 30 days in the recruiting industry. I have achieved several small successes that industry veterans may laugh at.(Or at least I hope they will)

1. I'm still employed.

2. Most of the marbles that were lodged in my throat when I made my first week of recruiting calls to candidates have begun to disappear only to reappear the first week I started making my marketing calls to potential clients.

3. I'm getting really good at recognizing when I…


Added by Jess Marlow on September 15, 2012 at 2:27pm — 7 Comments

LinkedIn 3rd Level Connection Profile Visibility

Here is a clarification on something fellow recruiters have been worried about. This is as of this morning and anything can change at any time, of course.

If you search for LinkedIn profiles on Google or on Bing (EXAMPLE), you might see an incomplete profile for those members who are either your 3rd level connections or are out-of-your-network and a suggestion to upgrade, when you click on the search results in Google. Don't worry;…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on September 17, 2012 at 1:27pm — 7 Comments

8 Tips for the New Recruiter

There are some very important things that every new recruiter needs to learn, like the Boolean operators, how to format a resume and documentation in the database. Looking back on my experience as a new recruiter and from the many recruiters I have trained over the years, there is more to it than just knowing how to find someone and submit them. I’ve come up with 8 tips that I believe are just as important for new recruiters, and may even be good refreshers for some of the more seasoned…


Added by Becky Northrup on September 14, 2012 at 4:30pm — 18 Comments

Zero Comments

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that most of the blogs in the past week or two have zero comments?  Why is that?  Is it because there is now a "like" button to use (FB rip-off) and it's easier to like than to comment?  Duh......yes it is.  But here's the point.  No comments.  No interaction.  It seems that the only posts that get a lot of comments are the very controversial posts that "raise-up" the blood-pressure because they hit hot buttons in most of us.  And I love a great "hot…


Added by Peter Ceccarelli on September 14, 2012 at 3:48pm — 14 Comments

What’s your recruitment metrics story?

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure to listen to three of our clients speak about their recruitment strategies at the Taleo World SIG this past week.  What really hit me is that each organization had their own unique story to tell about their recruitment marketing strategy.  One spoke about their need to innovate despite internal restrictive compliance and regulations.  Another spoke about their focus on…


Added by Chris Brablc on September 13, 2012 at 1:16pm — No Comments

5 Steps to Create a Talent Community

Source: http://blog.gooodjob.com/2012/08/five-steps-to-creating-a-talent-community/

With the development of social recruiting come increased points of engagement with your company’s talent community. This collective of potential candidates needs to be cultivated and maintained, and social media tools and activities make it easy to do so.

Members of your talent community…


Added by Assaf Eisenstein on September 13, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Politicians and Recruiters Make Strange Bedfellows

By Jennifer Brownell, Managing Director, Q4B

I got my political fix over the last few weeks that should carry me for a while, at least until the debates start. I watched some of the proceedings from both conventions, read the analysis from some political wonks that I follow and caught snippets of video from a few of news shows. I like being informed. I am interested in the issues and am willing to listen to those who want my vote as they attempt to explain their solutions, their…


Added by Jennifer Brownell on September 13, 2012 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Everybody has a dream...What's your dream?

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

There you have it.

As working class adults you are witnessing unprecedented times. As many of us are parents, the fear that times may get worse and our children will be suffering the same or worse fate than us a frightful thought. The world in a period of extreme concern. Civil unrest,…


Added by Mark A. Leon on September 13, 2012 at 8:18am — 2 Comments

Recruiters – The World is Bigger Than Your Desk

There are many reasons I adore my current boss – I was reminded of one just the other day. I was coming off an especially grueling couple of weeks. One particular search, which should have been an easy fill, had become nothing short of a nightmare. Without going into all the gory detail (I’d like to keep my job) let’s just say there had been a communication breakdown between me and my client. As a corporate recruiter, my only option is to keep working with this…


Added by Amy Ala Miller on September 12, 2012 at 1:57pm — 25 Comments

Your Social Recruiting Strategy For This Week Should Include…

Every Monday morning brings new opportunities, as well as some old problems. As you look at your week, mark off 1-2 hours to work on your long-term social recruiting strategy. This effort will help you construct  better inbound candidate lead generation. When a recruiter starts to think about "social recruiting", it is easy to become overwhelmed with determining when and where to start. Try to keep it simple, and take one step at a time.

The first thing to establish is time.…


Added by Jason Webster on September 11, 2012 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

The “Non-Existent” Candidate

Back in the old days, as we hiked ten miles to work in the snow with no shoes, when you took a temp, contract, or direct hire order in the staffing and recruiting business you did everything in your power to fill it. Yet, today, I hear leaders complain that staff members often come to them saying they cannot find anyone for some orders. When these leaders take the time to dig in to the details, they often find that “could not find” means that no one could be found in the database, through…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 11, 2012 at 9:20am — 2 Comments

My current favourite interview question

success failure


Yesterday I was directed to an interesting article discussing what the author considers to be the most important interview question (never asked). The focus was asking candidates what they really wanted from the job in order to understand what is truly driving them.

The article (as good articles do) got my mind wandering and led me to think about…


Added by Mark Nelson on September 11, 2012 at 1:00pm — 10 Comments

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