Jerry Albright's Blog (64)

Stopped in to say hello, now I'm once again ready to go off....

Dang it!  I really wish I had a different frame of mind here, but I don't.

Stopped in to see if anything interesting was going on.  Saw quite a few posts with no conversation.  Then I noticed one about Mobile Recruiting.  So I checked it out.  Turned out to be one posted by someone with a title of "Content…

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Added by Jerry Albright on December 13, 2013 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

All this talk about sourcing....a morning rant.

" Our world" is consumed with sourcing.  More to the point - it seems as if the only matter of importance is sourcing with social media.  Faux careers are being made daily by pumping out the latest white paper, infographic or conference keynote on how to approach your "social" strategy.

Feel free to source/recruit however you want.  I don't really find it that difficult in most cases.  To me…

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Added by Jerry Albright on June 26, 2013 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

If you want to find me....

Added by Jerry Albright on June 20, 2013 at 1:47pm — 6 Comments

I see it's spamming season - must be something in the water....

I've been busy.  I think quite a few of us have - hopefully.  So lately I haven't been able to drop in as much.

The past few days I've visited hoping to join in on the fun and I notice the spammers are back.  Bummer.......

Note to "social recruiting training marketing resume coaches" just now finding this wonderful, treasusred community:

Please consider just hanging out, jumping in to the discussion, and make new friends.  We don't need your spam.

Better yet, let…

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Added by Jerry Albright on May 31, 2013 at 9:00am — 19 Comments

Why "Temp to Direct" is the worst way to go

I'll make this quick:  Temp to Direct is a bad choice.  It's a "we really want to hire someone, I think, but it would be great if we didn't have to make a firm decision - so let's roll a few unemployed people through here and see if someone knocks it out of the park."

 

Dear Client - here are your choices:  Unemployed people who have no other choice or contractors who will happily "pretend" they "may" be interested in a full time role.

 

Contractors contract. …

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Added by Jerry Albright on May 15, 2013 at 9:06am — 30 Comments

It's been a while since I've asked for help - Recruiting Forms please

Not a day goes by that I don't get an email or two letting me know someone appreciated the forms available in the Recruiting Library.  It's a project well worth my time and effort - to give back to the community.

 

I need your help.  I have all kinds of requests for various forms/letters, etc. that are just not in my day to day business.  Got an email last night asking if I had an "Exclusive Contingency" agreement. …

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Added by Jerry Albright on October 30, 2012 at 1:11pm — 4 Comments

What a wonderful life

I must admit - I lose perspective at times.  I have a home office, loyal team members working in their own offices and plenty of opportunity to pursue my destiny each day on my own terms.

This morning I stopped into the gas station for a fill up.  I just happened to notice the last guy stopped at $5.  How can that even get you down the street?  It was an odd thing - for me to consider really.  Maybe he was just filling up a gas tank for the lawn mower?  That could be.  But I don't…

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Added by Jerry Albright on October 26, 2012 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

It's up to US - the RBC Community - to bring back the discussions here

This is not another rant.  Rather - I'm really hoping to have a discussion about the trend we're all seeing here AND what WE can do about it.

 

I've retired my "Nice Ad" pic for a while, though it seems more and more appropriate of late.  I'd rather see if the non-self promoters, the non-syndicate posters, the veteran community here BLAST THIS junk off the front page with a few great discussions.  I really can't stand it any more.  Can you?

 

In review of the…

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Added by Jerry Albright on September 27, 2012 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Can anybody give me ONE GOOD REASON to moderate your blog here?

Yes I've brought this up in the past.  Yes - I am still P.O.d by the idea.

I am SICK AND TIRED of writing a reply only to find out my comment is now under some sort of consideration.  This is usually (almost always) some sort of ad/marketing/follow these links type of post. 

Shouldn't there be some sort of indicator on the blog itself letting us know our comments may (or most likely may not) be approved by the blog writer?

Added by Jerry Albright on September 13, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

We need a button on here....

File this one in the "Another Jerry Rant" section......

 

Here's what has happened to me about half the time I've had a chance to catch up on the latest here:

 

I see an inviting title and click.  Right off the bat I realize "Yep - another self-promo blog" and back out.  I'll give a few of them a shot - but still find myself wondering why this junk was posted.  I mean - for many of them it's hard to even find a way to kick-start a conversation.  Just plain old…

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Added by Jerry Albright on September 10, 2012 at 1:25pm — 4 Comments

Strike 1 - You're Out!

This just happened.

 

We're recruiting for a C# developer (in Michigan).  We've had a few candidates interview and the process is moving along.  The first step in the interview process involves a WebEx meeting with the hiring manager just to get a bit of "who are we? - who are you?" in place.  Simple enough, right?

 

The starting point for that is an email from the manager to the candidate with the WebEx details - the link, password, etc.

 

So our…

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Added by Jerry Albright on August 29, 2012 at 10:02am — 41 Comments

I could/should/would take today off - but I cant....

Only a handful of my friends work for themselves.  The rest are employed.

Some of the employed folks are taking today off - getting a jump on the weekend.  At times I envy that.  Being able to remove yourself from the job for the day or week.  It sure would be nice I guess.

I could take today off though....if I wanted to....if only to prove "I can do whatever I want cuz I'm my own boss!"

But I can't.  Thank the good Lord…

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Added by Jerry Albright on May 25, 2012 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Before you can recruit for us.....

.....you'll need to agree to the cut rate, bargain-bin fee the other agencies agreed to.  The position has been open since December and we really need someone ASAP.  Do you have anyone?  The manager is losing his mind - and taking it out on me!

 

 

This happens…

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Added by Jerry Albright on May 3, 2012 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

A gradual shift toward more "Applicant Targeted" content here?

For the past few months I've noticed more and more self-promo stuff geared toward candidate enlightenment, job hunting tips, etc.

Do the posters have any idea what so ever this is a place for recruiters?  Or do they come here, think "Hey - this is a great place to spam with my candidate BS" and post away?

Yes - I'm an old dog.  Perhaps one of the new tricks I should learn is "How to get business by joining the job hunting and resume writing tips club and…

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Added by Jerry Albright on April 24, 2012 at 10:30am — 17 Comments

For the vast majority of us, Talent Communites are a pipe dream...

Another installment in my series of UnModerated blogs:

By and large I reject the notion of Talent Community all together. The very idea that people are inclined to "connect" with a company over a long period of time - hanging out backstage like groupies at a Rolling Stones concert, hoping to get the call to join the team, is nonsense.



Sorry - but this is primarily a pipe dream for most employers. Most employers are not cool, hip spots like Google or Starbucks.…

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Added by Jerry Albright on April 10, 2012 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Survey shows only 28% of jobs found through networking (an Unmoderated post)

I trust Gerry Crispin.  So should you.  He is not a career branding "expert" or any other type of new media blow hard.  He has data.  Real data. Dare I say "Big Data"?    He doesn't make up stats and figures to promote his business.

Why do I bring this up?  Well - it seems some people in the "how to network" coaching business want you to believe that 80% of the job openings are being filled through networking.  And where does that stat come from?  Who knows....?  Not Gerry…

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Added by Jerry Albright on April 2, 2012 at 11:33am — 38 Comments

I get so frustrated with "your reply must be approved" on blogs....

Nothing bugs me more than entering a comment only to find the blog is moderated and my comment must be approved.


Do you want conversation?  If so - conversation is the free flow of dialogue.  That means - you say something, I say something, you reply, I reply and so on.

If you moderate your blog here - it more or less says "I am here to tell you what I think" which is not the way a thriving community continues to grow.

Thank you.

Added by Jerry Albright on March 28, 2012 at 2:11pm — 43 Comments

I think I might be able to get you some global exposure in the Recruiting Community (if you want it.)

There is a ton of crap vying for our attention on a minute by minute basis.  Facebook.  Linkedin.  Email.  Your cell phone alerts.  Phone ringing.  The list is endless.

You know what you need to do on Wednesday between 12 and 1 EST? You need to listed to The Recruiting Animal Show!

Here is an even cooler idea:  Be a guest!  Numerous careers have been made using an appearance on this show as a…

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Added by Jerry Albright on January 24, 2012 at 2:35pm — 9 Comments

I don't work with HR.....

........and I have the Little Mrs. wait in the car while I go into the bank and talk about the important stuff.

 

How old are you?  Where have you been the past decade?  Watching All in the Family reruns every night?  They call me old school – but I’m starting to wonder if I no longer deserve that label.  Perhaps you’re the one more deserving…….

 

Don’t work with HR?  What clients do you work with?  The mechanic down the street?  Your cousin’s Insurance agency? …

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Added by Jerry Albright on October 20, 2011 at 10:36am — 16 Comments

Are you a good fit for this job?

Who – me? You’re asking me if I’m a good fit for your job?

 

Well gimme a minute. You know what I do, right? I’m a recruiter! Nearly every person who follows you is a recruiter, resume coach, PR firm, ATS guy or HR lady. This is one giant fishbowl of people who DO NOT do what your client needs. So why do you keep up the exercise?

 

Remember waaaaaaaayyyy back a few years ago before social media? Remember how you actually had to put together a…

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Added by Jerry Albright on October 3, 2011 at 8:32am — 25 Comments

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