Way back when I first joined LinkedIn I was considered by many of my (regular, non-HR/recruiter) contacts to be an ambassador and promoter of the site. For several (perhaps hundreds) of my connections, I was their first. Less active networkers, distant colleagues, friends, or acquaintances would often comment to me…Continue
After some recent scheduling inconsistencies causing a few extra absences from the gym, I was pumped to get my sweat on today. My energy level was revved up from the brief break, so I was eager to take advantage of the situation to get back in the groove.
My workout routine started out strong and I…Continue
I get hit up to take a lot of surveys from a lot of different sources.
Sometimes vendors of various products or services lure survey respondents with offers to take a brief survey and receive a free copy of their latest white paper, special report or e-book about the “War for Talent” or some other nonsensical topic.
While I’m not particularly tempted to participate due to publication prizes at the end, I do have certain geeky curiosity about…Continue
Added by Kelly Blokdijk on May 5, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
A few possibilities include:
1) Nosy lookie-loos just curious about what you have going on.
2) You’ve changed…Continue
Added by Kelly Blokdijk on April 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Whatever label anyone identifies with, isn’t recruiting just a series of conversations?
We are all familiar with how the 4 Ps…Continue
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…Continue
I've never found that to be a good "call"
I've been hearing from people that they are getting contacted by companies and staffing firms to come right in for an in-person interview without going through an initial phone screen first. These are educated, experienced mid- to senior-level career workers pursuing professional positions.
In my personal experience as a job seeker I never had a worthwhile interview experience with a company that skipped the phone interview. And,…Continue
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…Continue
Who needs boring book-ish data when you can get cute, colorful, cartoon data? Behold, the rising popularity of image-infused content for the copy-averse crowd. Depicted in this infographic are results from LinkedIn’s December 2013 survey of 18,000 employed professionals in 26 countries.Continue
The bad news: applying and interviewing for jobs is just as cumbersome as ever.
The ugly news: many employers must…Continue
I too have been bored! Not just here, but everywhere online. Too much noise, nonsense and dumbification. There has been a severe suckage situation for quite some time now across multiple venues. Maybe I'm a fool for saying that (more than handful of times) here, over there, or anywhere. Or, perhaps...?
As a regular contributor and commenter within the HR and recruiting blogging community, I was thrilled to be invited to join RecruitingBlogs’ 2014 Editorial Advisory Board. Yeah, I…Continue
A) Call him/her ASAP to discuss
B) Email him/her ASAP to schedule a phone call when…Continue
Although I understand how and why it happens, it is not in my nature to make assumptions, jump to conclusions or surmise. My analytical bent prevents me from forming critical decisions or taking action without adequate evaluation of tangible evidence or factual data.
That proclivity has served me…Continue
When accepting those rapidly accumulating random LinkedIn connection invitations, I generally also scroll down to peruse my timeline. In doing so, I often notice plenty of job opportunities being posted. Some of these are blasted out by automation tools and others are manually added as a person's LI…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Are you making premature assumptions about applicants or candidates? Here’s a few common categories focused on finding the right fit. Do you see anything potentially wrong with these ways of assessing talent?
Once a person’s hard skills are confirmed through visually examining on paper or on screen or verbally over the phone or in person, soft skills almost always become a more prominent factor. Many people place a tremendous amount of credibility…Continue
If you are in a position of interviewing a job applicant, you are by virtue of that role inferring that you believe you are justified in knowing the answer to any questions you decide to ask, relevant or not.
Recently during a twitter chat related to hiring practices I responded to another participant…Continue