I've been in the recruiting game for a while now. Been in it since 1995. I get that we are in an ungrateful profession. It is always zero- to- hero and vice-verse. "What have you done for me lately" is just a part of what I expect to hear EVERY SINGLE DAY. I get it. I go back for the punishment willingly because…Continue
Remember growing up playing a little backyard football with your neighbors? Two people were selected to pick teams. You always knew the person who was going to be selected first and typically the person who would be selected last. The most athletic, most capable individuals were picked first. I know I always wanted the…Continue
I don't get it. I truly don't understand what LinkedIn is doing. I do know that they are gaining new members at an astounding rate EVERY DAY. They are gaining more market share and becoming more and more invincible. No one can compete with LinkedIn. Google Plus tried to compete with them. Can you say #Fail? I…Continue
The other night I was out having dinner with my wife and friends. It is always interesting when our group gets together. The guys sit on one side of the table and the women sit on the other. The guys talk sports, talk about our favorite beer and whiskey, and work. The women talk about kitchen redesigns and…Continue
Added by Will Thomson on April 1, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Austin. What a great city. I grew up here. I still live here. It is home to me, my wife, and two kids. My parents live in the same house I was raised. They have never moved. My brother, wife, and his two kids live here. This is not something that you see every day. The only time I lived away from Austin was…Continue
"I want to be successful when I grow up". Isn't that what we are taught at an early age? When you are younger you aspire to do so much and achieve so many great things. You are full of vigor and stamina. You have goals, and you start knocking them down one by one. You are determined to be somebody. You are…Continue
In a world consumed by social media we often get consumed with "likes". What in the world is our world coming to? Please tell me! I feel pretty comfortable in my own skin. I have some great friends, an awesome family, a fantastic job and I feel pretty lucky. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you…Continue
I realize it has been some time that I have posted here. I haven't forgotten about all of my beloved friends at RBC. You know I really don't feel like writing about recruiting, social media, or anything HR right now, but since blogging is a way of therapy- I thought you could get a few laughs.
So last year I…Continue
Once a year something magical happens. The world stops. Stores are closed, and when you go outside, you can hardly hear any traffic. I really look forward to this time of year every year.
The world is frantic. We are always in a hurry and there is always something to be done. Our lists are always long and it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done.
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we often forget what the holiday season is all…Continue
How do you build a successful company? There are many answers to this question, but the one that offers the most longevity and continued success is to build a company with depth. You see, having the best talent on your team TODAY does not guarantee that you will have that caliber of talent in…Continue
I have always loved music. I appreciate all kinds. I appreciate the artistry in the different genera’s. Some music is so profound it moves me by the single strike of the chord. I can hear some songs over and over and they never seem to get old. Sometimes, the simplicity of the beat and the lyrics are just…Continue
Last week I wrote a post talking about how candidates need to help themselves FIRST before they solicit advice from a recruiter. You can read that article here: http://bit.ly/17j1FST This post…Continue
Added by Will Thomson on November 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
As a recruiter, I know that recruiters are some of the most well- networked people around the globe. We work hard to make meaningful connections. Yes, we are the gatekeepers. Since I have been in the industry 20 years, I know the chances are that most recruiters know someone that can connect you to…Continue
Added by Will Thomson on November 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Recruiting could be thought of as a fraternity. When you start out as a recruiter, you are a pledge. You have to earn your stripes. If you are smart, you will start with an agency. Recruiting is sales. It is highly competitive and there is no other place to learn the business than in an…Continue
I started my career in recruiting in the mid 1990's. I left in 1998 to pursue a career in sales. I re-entered the recruiting realm in 2008 and have not looked back. Here is a story about one of my sales positions and why ultimately I ended back into recruiting. I truly struggled trying to find my own…Continue
Why did that happen? Why didn't that deal close? Why did the company fail? Why did you get let go?…
I have very fond memories growing up. I had the best father and mother a child could ask for in parents. My mother was always there for me. She had a hot meal ready for our family every night. We always had everything we wanted, and more than we ever really needed. Both parents taught me morally what was…Continue
Today I dropped off Kennedy, my daughter, at Kindergarten just like I do every day. When I was walking her to class, I was deep in thought. Kennedy was holding my hand tightly and my 2 year old son, Trace, was in my arms. I passed the cross-guard and said “hello” just like I do every morning. I walked in…Continue
Added by Will Thomson on September 26, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Blogging. Like all things, it will eventually die. Not totally, but we are witnessing the beginning of it right now. Why? People are growing tired of reading articles from so called “experts” who really have no credentials.
We are beginning to see way too many people attempt to write when they have absolutely…Continue
Every morning I get up and ride the light rail from my house in North Austin to Downtown to go to work. Traffic didn’t used to be a problem in Austin, but as major corporations such as Apple, Ebay, Oracle, VM Ware, Facebook and others came here, the roads got more and more congested. Austin is…Continue
Added by Will Thomson on September 11, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments