All Blog Posts Tagged 'blokdijk' (21)

Recruiting Stuff That Made Me SMH This Week

Most likely I’ve shared before that I consume A LOT of content (daily) on various business topics – a hefty chunk of it being HR and recruiting related articles, blogs and social media conversations. Earlier today I came across this post describing 5 Things a Candidate’s Salary History Reveals about Their Personality.

My Salary Means WHAT?

It’s…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on December 18, 2014 at 10:38pm — No Comments

You're Darn Tootin: Out with the New, In with the Old

There’s something rather entertaining about retro slang and sayings. Perhaps it’s due to the over-saturation (as if it’s been raining cats and dogs or ice buckets) or overuse of the latest industry buzzwords or pure exhaustion from the endless auto-play videos of any fashionable Internet fad.

Though…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on September 4, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Add This Guy to the Recruiter Wall of Shame

Usually when a recruiter contacts someone via LinkedIn, it’s because s/he saw something of interest on that person’s profile. Then there’s THIS GUY that apparently liked what he saw enough to plagiarize…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 30, 2014 at 8:06pm — 28 Comments

Talent Shortage or Trust Shortage?

A significant percentage of people involved with screening and selecting job candidates fancy themselves detectives, mind-readers, psychics and psychologists. They’re almost always willing to trust their own gut. But not much else slips unscathed through the scrutiny of these trust deficient evaluators of talent.…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on April 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 20 Comments

Recruiting: just a series of conversations?

Want to get recruiters all riled up? Tell them they ARE sales people. Or, tell them they ARE NOT sales people. Then watch the PASSION ignite. 

Whatever label anyone identifies with, isn’t recruiting just a series of conversations?

We are all familiar with how the 4 Ps…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on April 8, 2014 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Who should we blame for poverty, debt, obesity & ROBOTS?

Poverty, debt and obesity are complex and serious societal issues with multiple potential causes and no simple solutions. That’s why society looks for easy targets to blame.

Robots are also complex and serious, yet in a dramatically different way. Depending on the perspective, robots are either credited…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on April 3, 2014 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

What does it mean to be employable?

A few of us non-traditional, mold-breaker, non-conformist, square pegs in a land of round holes occasionally jokingly refer to ourselves as unemployable. And, in certain ways that isn’t far from accurate.

If we look throughout history we find plenty of well-known business and leadership success stories that…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on March 11, 2014 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Refried Beans and Recruiting Blogs

As a Southern California native, consuming (and/or cooking) mass quantities of Mexican cuisine is a way of life. One of the more delectable ingredients in many tasty recipes is refried beans. Ironically, the way these beans are made involves…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on December 18, 2013 at 12:00am — 11 Comments

The Best Person For The Job

In practically all cases, an organization strives to identify and select the best person for the job.

Ads for open positions are overflowing with lists of requirements for experience and education in an effort to prevent those that don’t meet stated criteria from applying. Nevertheless, various statistics reveal the low ratio of qualified applicants versus immense volumes of unqualified…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on November 26, 2013 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

These recruiters must be crazy to be so lazy

Automation is wonderful if it helps you become more efficient and productive with your time. There are a plenty of tools and technology that do just that. So far, however, there aren’t any such advancements completely capable of hiding overt laziness. A few examples:

Bullhorn Reach job postings – Being a prominent fixture in the recruiting world, Bullhorn is widely used as a job ad…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 30, 2013 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Is there any responsibility to educate or enlighten your hiring managers?

A friend and former colleague recently told me about a frustrating conversation with a recruiter. Come to think of it I rarely, if ever, hear from anyone telling me about a fantastic interaction with a recruiter. Why is that?

Anyway, my friend saw one of their connections “like” that recruiter’s LinkedIn status about a search they were working on. Thinking it looked appealing, my friend…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 16, 2013 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Fooling Around with Candidates Everyday

A person recently contacted me through LinkedIn and requested some time to speak with me about their “complicated” 

employment situation. I wasn’t sure whether they were seeking my advice about their current employment or how to approach the search for something else. (They are currently…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on April 1, 2013 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Admit it, the big "O" stimulates quite a reaction

You clicked to read about your idol Oprah, didn’t you? No, expecting some other big “O” content… Well, then you’re on the wrong website, buster!

Badge of honor, source of pleasure, reason for pride, satisfaction to scream about or maybe just something to accept quietly and celebrate contently in your own mind. The big O in all of its glory. Whether solo, with a best buddy or as a group, it’s something we’ll all experience - if we’re lucky to last that long.

What, you’re not…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on March 17, 2013 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Does this thing come with an instruction manual?

Earlier this week I posted a few profile-enhancing tips on a LinkedIn discussion group frequented by active job seekers. One of the things I constantly notice when helping newcomers get up to speed on the essential functionality of LinkedIn is how poor they tend to be at populating their profiles with meaty, search-friendly information.

This is especially noticeable in the job seeker community. Rather than placing career relevant and recruiter magnet content, they fill their headline,…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on March 8, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

follow-up flubs, fiascoes and failures that frustrate candidates

Plenty of explanations or excuses exist for why many in the recruiting industry decide to put minimal effort into creating a quality candidate experience. One of the most common gripes job seekers have is lack of follow up after they’ve applied for a position. Even worse, many applicants never hear any feedback whatsoever after interviewing. Or, the communication they receive along the way is vague, mystifying, and in some cases downright unprofessional.

 

The following are…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on February 18, 2013 at 11:47pm — 3 Comments

Turds on my freshly washed windshield and similar annoyances

One of my contacts shared this vent with me. Thought it pretty much sums up some of the lazy, sloppy, clueless types that somehow found their way into the recruiting realm.

 

I honestly have a ton of recruiters that contact me, the majority are very bad at their job and I would never work with them but this specific recruiter keeps sending me positions where I do not fulfill what is identified in the job description and/or requirements, so after being nice on about…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on November 16, 2012 at 12:23am — 9 Comments

Awkward Placement Approach

For some bizarre reason, I seem to attract more than anyone’s fair share of random inquiries, peculiar requests for assistance and other assorted mystery messages on a regular basis. One such recent item that caught my attention was the following snippet from a person presumably running some sort of “recruiting” service…  

 

As you will notice, this was a generic message sent to my email but not addressed to me by name – probably because I was only one of the thousand or so…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on September 5, 2012 at 1:02am — 7 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:…

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

Everyone on the Planet Should Have a Blog

That is an outrageous and absurd idea, right?

Yet, countless career related experts continue to suggest that to job seekers. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read and heard that exact piece of advice, but it is a prevalent theme amongst the rapidly reproducing “build your brand” and “brand yourself as an expert” contingent.

They may not be saying it quite like the title above, but essentially when they advise anyone who is looking for a job to start a blog, that IS what…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on April 4, 2012 at 11:00pm — 22 Comments

Special Delivery: Who Ordered the Spam?

I was silently hoping that someone had finally sprayed enough insecticide on the pests that continue to propagate terrible job search advice. Alas, plenty of evidence of their insidious and obnoxious existence still emerges regularly.

There are a number of sources in my local area that sponsor workshops, seminars and other events directed at job seekers. From what I can tell, the vast majority of the sponsors and presenters have literally zero relevant background to justify providing…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on March 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

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