A few months ago I found myself looking down on an incredible valley that almost 150+ years ago had been settled by one Brigham Young and new Mormon Pioneers whom had travelled 1000+ miles on their way to settling the Salt Lake Valley. The place where I stood is known as Ensign Peak. It is the same spot where 150+ years ago a small party of explorers led by Brigham Young first surveyed the wide expanse below and decided how to plan the city that would come to be known as Salt Lake City.…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on March 20, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments
It all began almost 9 years ago. In 2003 at the end of that year just coming into the final leg of my final 2 years journey in college and looking at options in the future, I looked to an incredible option that opened it's doors by taking on an internship for an ADT Security Alarms Dealership - Rhino Security Services. I had made the decision to explore HR and found it to be to my liking - never realizing that this would open vast doors along the way.
When I began this…Continue
On December 31st, I returned to my desk at work for a short day that would see me set up several interviews, coordinate with my more active hiring managers, and still have enough time to take a moment and breathe.
In the previous week I had enjoyed some very interesting and fun AIRS training provided by the Right Thing, an ADP company where I now work having joined them less than 6 months ago.
The whirlwind end to 2012 caught me and made me just dwell on some…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 3, 2013 at 2:15am — No Comments
Within our current economic outlook, there are those companies, including Staffing Companies, which have forgotten what it means to be an employer of choice. These days, some managers act as though the employee is a widget, a piece of machinery, whose "intellectual property" is a company asset, and whose very existence is…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on March 20, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments
19 miles south of Monterey Bay in CA one comes around a high cliff and while winding around a bend comes across a curious sight. A volcanic rock jutting out from a small peninsula topped with a light station, and buildings of the utmost beauty. As one notices the blue water and changing tides, the journey…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 26, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
As I write this this forum has been developing and evolving just like everything else in staffing land. Sourcing or as I like to call it sourcering or working the staffing magic has…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 19, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
On July 4th, 2007, I visited the USS Hornet. Steeped in History, she sits proudly in the San Francisco Bay. On that day, we witnessed fireworks over the Bay with a wonderful daylight concert, games, and a fun family outing. The Hornet sank the Yamato, a Japanese supercarrier in WWII and recovered the astronauts who flew the first mission to the moon. It was here as I witnessed over the SF Bay…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 3, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments
This was the wise advice of an old manager of mine at Solutions Partners a few years back, when the economic circumstances hit close, after my hours were cut when the permanent job orders that were 70% of my employer's business at Solutions Partners became less and less in demand. It was on a bright and sunny day walking in Los Gatos, with Nathan North who provided such wisdom at the time, and said the economic storm will pass and "When in Doubt: Enjoy the Journey" - I couldn't help but…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 16, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments
There is power in your direct network. In fact, every individual, every person you may come in contact with is a potential business partner. Don't get me wrong, you must tread carefully and watch your privacy and your very safety, but when one begins with the end in mind - career management, long term goals, financial considerations, filling new requisitions, and on and on and on, one must be aware how valuable a network trully is.
The larger one's network the more apt…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 12, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments
X - it's a variable that leads to multiple scenarios. In math x is the number or goal we are trying to uncover to lead to the balance of the equation, in life x is often the hurdle or problem, solution or scenario that gives life it's most interesting choices, options and sometimes leads us to do more research to look at past variables, and similar scenarios to uncover what may need to be done. In old pirate films, and The Pirates of The Caribbean or in popular culture, x marks the spot -…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on July 31, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
A few days ago I visited Belgatos Park in Los Gatos. Los Gatos literally means the cats. It is in this park where Mountain Lions, Deer, Bobcats, Boar, Hawks, Coyotes and a whole host of wildlife call home near the perennial Silicon Valley. It is interesting to return to nature, and view from a distance the downtown of the valley that has been at the forefront of so much change.
Wikipedia has this to say:…
Added by Mike Rasmussen on July 6, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
Bzzzzzzz. Bzzzzzz. That's the sound of a busy bee. Click, send, click, send, click, send, new string, new search, click, send, click, send, all while rocking out to some good country music. Now that is the fun of being a busy sourcing bee. These days my desk is full from 1 side to the other with Job Descriptions galore, and highlighter gone haywire on every keyword, and key point in my VMS client's good and bad written JD's.
Ahh, the Job Description - welcome to…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on February 2, 2011 at 1:39am — No Comments
Okay. So this particular topic has been itching to get out and it has been driving me nuts. Quite frankly, I just can't stand it when I hear people being referred to as Resources, Capital, or anything other than a Human. Does that not bother anyone in staffing. I mean come on now. We are looking for people to fill a project or two, or a long term career interest, and a marriage of two happy customers in a business relationship. We aren't talking about a piece of equipment here…Continue
Earlier this year, I analyzed what I called the Economic Mt Everest. I find it interesting to keep an eye out on very key economic indicators. The economy has certainly been a challenge for many, with frustrated job seekers seeking assistance. I know I have been one of those staffing professionals turned career counselor, and using my knowledge of social media techniques to help job seekers find their way. It has been a very interesting time. There are some interesting statistics that both…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 22, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments