On Halloween I took my 3 year old to a local mall for trick or treating. As we went around the different retailers, most gave out stickers, and the candy that was given out was mostly dum-dum's and small tootsie rolls. Clearly not the year of the retailer. What really caught my attention was that several companies decided either to give out coupons (15 off your next 75 dollar purchase at our store) or simply did not participate.
It left such an impression on me, that I found my self… Continue
Added by Julia Stone on November 3, 2008 at 4:53pm —
The concept of getting work samples from potential employees is not new, and in certain industries it’s absolutely the only way to go (artist’s portfolio, etc.). However, in the IT field there seems to be a new wave of companies that are not just asking for, but requiring candidates to submit work samples even prior to any interview process beginning.
This may seem logical and even reasonable to some but in the IT world issues surrounding proprietary work as well as intellectual… Continue
Added by bill martineau on September 19, 2008 at 3:32pm —
We all want feedback from the candidate in an attempt to ascertain how they did during the interview, but from what I’ve seen in my twenty years of recruiting most candidates have an inability to truly separate how they feel about the job opportunity (interest level) from how they did on the interview (performance). So they are the wrong person to ask how they performed.
Let’s face it almost every candidate walks away from an interview interested in the job and wants to communicate… Continue
Added by bill martineau on September 17, 2008 at 9:07am —
, Video Cover Letters
or Video Interviews
- The benefits of video services like Vipe, as shown by Plugged-in Pete
I think that these video resumes, or as I call them, “video cover letters” can be a very good initial representation of a candidate. This is the candidate’s opportunity to get their best foot forward when presenting themselves. Or I guess in this case it’s their best face forward!
Sure, they can be done over and over… Continue
Added by Mark Tortorici on September 5, 2008 at 7:30pm —
On My visit to the Silicon Valley I got to know some really cool recruiters that volunteer their time on the California Professional Staffing Association
. They head up the Silicon Valley chapter and welcomed me to the area with open arms. As we ate, drank fabulous wine and shared many funny stories, I began to make some new friends and feel like I was in my second home (maybe it was the wine?).
Our conversation spun from vacation… Continue
Added by Margaret Graziano on July 28, 2008 at 1:22am —
Previously posted on blog.keenhire.com
In my conversations with recruiters specializing in placing Engineers they are adamant about the point that Engineers get hired for their credentials and not their behaviors. Interestingly enough their corporate counterparts disagree.
Given 50% of all Engineers will retire in the next 10-15 years, there is a mass concern among companies that operate with these people at their helm...They are… Continue
Added by Margaret Graziano on July 24, 2008 at 8:28am —
As I coach recruiters each week on their sales strategies, I often hear the same story..............fighting their way to the top of the many
pile; and desperately attempting to look, sound or feel different. The reality is once you engage in the commodities game.............ITS OVER.
You do not need me to tell you, or harp on you about the world we live in....you all read the paper, watch the news, or have an 'in tune' friend who keeps you up to date on the happenings.… Continue
Added by Margaret Graziano on July 23, 2008 at 11:30pm —
I saw Marcus Buckingham speak at a Willow Creek Leadership event last summer. I was surprised and delighted with his message and it was quite simple. Go do what you do really well, and stop doing anything you don't do well.
While most people view his words as inspirational yet hard to practice; I am at a unique point in my life, maybe it is the double digit 44 thing or maybe it is the 20 odd years I have spent in the staffing and recruiting space. I view his words as a call to… Continue
Added by Margaret Graziano on July 22, 2008 at 4:43am —
In the early spring of this year, the flowers were blooming, birds were singing, and I began to plan my summer garden. The previous year was a complete bust for my container garden. Poor location coupled with an unusually cool and cloudy summer doomed my basil and tomatoes from the outset, and my peppers didn’t fare much better. Relocating the container garden to my back yard would afford it better sunshine (if there was sunshine to be had) and a location that would make it easier to water and… Continue
Added by Nancy Ford on July 21, 2008 at 3:49pm —
I always thought it would be retirement that brought me to No Cal. And then I sold my business. And then my teenager told me that he wanted to go to school in Cali. And then I just so happened to be visiting for 2 weeks. And then I just happened to be launching a software as a service recruiting and selection tool. Holy Cow, maybe this is supposed to be.
I came home and told everyone; kids (one was with me), son in San Antonio, Mother, Brother, Sisters, Friends...and no one is trying… Continue
Added by Margaret Graziano on July 17, 2008 at 12:00am —
When trying to help candidates get the best job most recruiters are prepared to delve into their career hopes and dream and help them divine a path for them to accomplish those goals. However, during just such a conversation the other day it came to me that not only this particular candidate, but most candidates, lack the fundamental knowledge to start the conversation. In fact, most don’t spend any time at all thinking about their careers.
So where are you in your career? Do you… Continue
Added by bill martineau on July 15, 2008 at 2:40pm —
In recruiting, time is of the utmost importance. It is what I tell my clients and my candidates that I won’t waste, and that I’ll respect their time throughout the process as we move to making a placement. However, it seems that both candidates and client companies forget this when it’s time for a telephone screen. Recently I’ve had a rash of no calls from clients and missed calls by candidate requiring us to reschedule it for some later date and not only causing a delay in the process, but… Continue
Added by bill martineau on July 8, 2008 at 9:48am —
I could say that the world of Talent Assessment hit me by storm. I was at first threatended by these new tools being used in the hiring process, and after a short period of time, I became an early adapter. After spending close to 19 years in the 3rd party recruiting sector and enjoying a tremendous amount of success as a big biller and a pinnacle member I embarked on a Talent Management journey that forever changed my perception of recruiter responsiblity. Over a 6 year period I invested over… Continue
Added by Margaret Graziano on June 25, 2008 at 7:30pm —
Everybody has their weakness, that one irrational fear that triggers an uncontrollable-squeal-like-a-little-girl reaction in you. Do you know what I’m talking about? There’s no explaining this fear; it’s primal and undeniable. For some people this fear is manifested in spiders, or snakes, or even squirrels. Mine is frogs.
I’ve always hated frogs, ever since I was a little girl. Strangely and perversely enough, one of my dad’s more “interesting” hobbies was frog jumping. My dad would… Continue
Added by Nancy Ford on June 16, 2008 at 1:50pm —
My wife Sharon and I dated for exactly two years before I proposed to her. Over our two year courtship, I got to know her likes and dislikes. I understood her goals in life and her aspirations. She knew the same about me. On July 24, 1996, in the White House Rose Garden (true story), I asked Sharon to marry me. She excitedly agreed. What might have been her response if she didn't feel like she knew me well enough to make that kind of commitment? Would she still have accepted?
What if… Continue
Added by Lee Salz on April 1, 2008 at 3:27pm —
Some people love them (count me in) and some hate them, but analogies are what assist many people in getting their point across where otherwise it would have fallen on deaf ears.
So it was funny for me to read in the Brazen Careerist the other day as Penelope Trunk was making several very valid points about how people should invest in their careers and make decisions that will help them along the way, and to see her use a rather interesting analogy (that of Ashley Dupre – call girl… Continue
Added by bill martineau on April 1, 2008 at 10:34am —