Kelly Blokdijk's Blog (57)

Recruiters: Stop What You're Doing (please!)

These days there are a plenty of things demanding our attention. There are plenty of ways to attract attention. And, plenty of subjects and subject-matter that always seem be the center of attention.

In fact, whether or not you realize it, many messages recruiters send (calls, voice mails, emails,…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 26, 2016 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

So, you want qualified applicants to apply, huh?

Attracting the right applicants to a job posting can be challenging, right? 

Sure. Sometimes. Not always. 

But, getting them to apply might be... 

If your "apply now" process starts like the following, I'd like to point out a possible reaction: "ain't nobody got…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 15, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Do crappy job ads = crappy company culture?

I have this theory that job ads reflect the "quality" of a company's culture. Here are a few examples of what I mean... 

Job ads full of typos, misspellings, grammar errors and poor formatting, such as chunks of jumbled text, look sloppy and reflect a place that doesn't value professional…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on February 11, 2016 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

How is writing about millennials still a thing?

In fact, how was it EVER a thing?

If I had a dollar for every time I've read or heard something along the lines of the following, I'd be able to afford lots of lunch items not listed on the Del Taco "buck and under" menu. 

"For the first time in U.S.…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on February 4, 2016 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Recruiters: Are you serious?

Some people don’t appreciate sarcasm, snark or cynicism. And, some people don’t think cheese, bread and wine qualifies as a well-rounded meal. If I told them that’s exactly what I’m consuming for “dinner” while writing this, they’d probably ask: “Are you serious?”

Are you…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on October 23, 2015 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

What if your candidates were suddenly priceless?

For those of you unfamiliar with California's obsession with creating the most complex employment environment EVER, consider yourself fortunate. It seems like every few minutes a new workplace related law gets enacted to dictate what employers can and can't do and how they can and can't do…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on October 9, 2015 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

A blog about my dog (...and recruiting)

Almost exactly one year ago, my husband and I adopted our little fur baby from the local animal shelter. We both grew up with pets, but this was our first (and only child) together as a couple. Our sweet guy, Hurley, immediately became a part of our family and dramatically influenced our official new lifestyle as doggie people.

As his one year adoption anniversary approached, I wanted to come up with a way to celebrate how much love and enjoyment he has brought our…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 3, 2015 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Employment Brand: Must Be Educated For A Job On Our Ignorant Team

For as long as I can remember (probably as long as they've been in existence) one way I've kept tabs on the job market and trends in general is through active job alerts from various job boards.

I know, #NerdAlert right? 

Whether I'm looking or not, I periodically look at posted jobs that come through to see what's up, who's hiring, and of course wonder about the companies posting the same opening every few weeks or month after month. 

I clicked on a…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on February 26, 2015 at 11:17pm — 2 Comments

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 …

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on December 18, 2014 at 10:30pm — 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

Call for Mr. Hole, First Name: Jack

Here’s the recruiting scenario:

An executive search firm principal (let’s call him Jack) searches for and sources potential prospects via LinkedIn

Jack finds and contacts a potential prospect (let’s call her Jenny) through inMail

In his inMail…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 24, 2014 at 7:01pm — 31 Comments

Step Inside the Outhouse That IS LinkedIn

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…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 15, 2014 at 9:00pm — 14 Comments

Grunts & Groans Sound Gross

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…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on June 25, 2014 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

Job Postings Are Not the Enemy

By now you’ve probably heard and maybe even read at least one of the 129,732 industry blogs or news articles about Zappos’ new job…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on June 3, 2014 at 9:30pm — 14 Comments

No job, no expertise, SUCKA!

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…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on May 5, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why "Who's Viewed Your Profile" on LinkedIn Doesn't Matter

There could be any number of reasons why someone looks at your LinkedIn profile and why your profile shows up in a search. 

A few possibilities include:

1) Nosy lookie-loos just curious about what you have going on.

2) You’ve changed…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on April 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No 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

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