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The True Definition of a Bad Ass

I have been thinking about writing this post for quite some time.  There are people I encounter in life that I consider a Bad Ass.  I encounter…

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Added by Will Thomson on April 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 25 Comments

Proximity and Relationships in Recruiting

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on April 1, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Austin- The City I Call Home

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on March 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

What the Hell is Success Anyway?

"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…

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Added by Will Thomson on February 17, 2014 at 12:49am — 14 Comments

Do you "Like" It? Seriously, I Don't Care

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on February 2, 2014 at 11:30pm — 22 Comments

I sure as HELL Do feel 41!

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on January 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Time to Pause

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on December 24, 2013 at 12:36am — 6 Comments

5 Ways to Successfully Build a Bench for Your Company

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on December 6, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Death of Blogging Part II

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on November 20, 2013 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Candidates: Second Steps in Landing Your Next Job

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on November 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Candidates: Help Yourself First, Then Ask For Recruiter Advice

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on November 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

What You NEED to Know When Starting a Career in Recruiting

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on November 4, 2013 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Why I Got Back Into Recruiting

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on October 24, 2013 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

Why?

Why?  

Why did that happen?  Why didn't that deal close?  Why did the company fail? Why did you get let go?…



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Added by Will Thomson on October 13, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

The End of the Hunt- When it is Over

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on October 2, 2013 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

The Most Important Job in the World

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on September 26, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Death of Blogging

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on September 15, 2013 at 5:00pm — 33 Comments

The Truth Behind the Truth

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…

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Added by Will Thomson on September 11, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Great Scott! It is Fall (Almost)

There is something about the Fall that puts everyone in a good mood.  After a hot August and a great summer, a new and exciting season is upon us.  Before we know it Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas will be here.  As Kenny Chesney says “Don’t Blink”. 

I put my daughter in Kindergarten this week and…

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Added by Will Thomson on September 3, 2013 at 1:21pm — 3 Comments

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Today was a big day for my family.  My daughter, Kennedy, went to her first day of Kindergarten.  She is our first child, and I remember her being born just like it was yesterday.  Those of you who have children can relate to this experience.   Your kids may be older, but I can guarantee that you…

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Added by Will Thomson on August 27, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

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