Added by Todd Kmiec on June 11, 2012 at 5:55pm — No Comments
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Success comes, in large part, from luck. Michael Lewis recently gave a commencement speech at Princeton and this was his theme.
I found the speech and the stories circulating about it interesting. I like Lewis and think he has some good perspective on a number of issues. The circumstances we were born into and much of what affects our lives in a very basic way is certainly just luck. In recruiting we deal with luck all the time. There are so many moving parts and so many issues…Continue
Someone asked me last week how business is. When I told them it was great, they said that is really good because they see us as a leading indicator. I don’t really see us as a leading indicator and after giving it some thought I think there is a general misunderstanding of what our market is.
As third party recruiters, the overall job market is not our market. The overall job market still stinks. Unemployment is way too high and the long-term unemployment numbers are terrible.…Continue
Added by Todd Kmiec on June 5, 2012 at 1:07pm — No Comments
69,000 new jobs added in May really is a pathetic number. This is not great news for those of us in recruiting, but not for the reasons most people see it as a bad report.
The long-term unemployed problem in this country continues and it’s going to continue for a long time. It’s a serious societal issue and it does affect us all. However, we have seen recruiting conditions improve quite a bit with the increased profitability of companies coming off of The Great Recession. Profits…Continue
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In his recent book The Coming Jobs War, Jim Clifton says, “The number one social value in the world is a good job.”
He’s right, and the term Good Job is relative. In some parts of the world a job that pays enough to feed the family is a good job. To someone living in America who has had a decent career, good is something on the same level as their previous positions, and to someone on their way up good is something better. Something that progresses the…Continue
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If you’ve been in recruiting for the last 10 years or 20 years, the chart below will be real interesting. You should see a tremendous correlation between the levels of job growth per year and how business was during that period. The chart is in hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The great take away here is not that job growth is good for business. We all know that. But look how big the numbers were in the 90s. Check out the slow down when the tech bubble burst in…Continue
Added by Todd Kmiec on March 19, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments
The candidate is just thrilled with the offer and says this is the nicest employer they’ve ever dealt with.
How can you not be incredibly happy for this candidate and excited for them in their new position? How about when you’re dealing with someone that you placed there 7 years ago and he’s been through a couple of promotions and is now the hiring manager, having a solid impact on the company. And then there’s the person you know needs a job and a change, a new start, and…Continue
I think Peter Schiff is brilliant. You may or may not agree with that, but he hits on a real hot button for me in a recent blog post:
Everybody has got degrees, so what are they worth?
What people need are real skills, on the job training, acquiring a knowledgeable skill that actually makes them more productive. That`s what a lot of americans lack. - in recent video interview while discussing why isn`t America more competitive.
I live very…
Whether you are working in internal our outside recruiting, when there are too many candidates something is wrong. The problem is that the job specs are off. They are either interpreted and written incorrectly or given incorrectly.
Too many candidates is an enormous time waster and has a numbing effect. Great candidates can be lost in the process. Many times great candidates are left without being reviewed if there are too many. Filling a job is not necessarily…
Tonight we get the State of The Union. I don’t care about the speech or the politics. I do care about the actual state of the country. Here’s how I see the state of the union and a couple of other things.
State of the Union (Country) – Mature and overburdened with debt and a bloated political system.
State of the Economy (Business Conditions) – Pretty good, at least for the time being. Recovered from the bubble burst and moving…
I love all of the stories about Kodak today. Times changed and evolution of digital photography and the end of an Iconic American Brand……..etc….
The hard truth is that management wasn’t smart enough. They weren’t as good as others they were competing with. Kodak is a perfect example of a company that was put in a great position but the people running it were not good enough to evolve, to continue to grow. Is there any doubt that others could have done tons more with…
We’ve still got high unemployment but it sure feels like a candidates’ market out there, at least for the highly desired candidates.
We’ve seen a number of positions lately where candidates are in high demand, and they’ve got options. The sense of urgency is there for clients to schedule interviews quickly and do everything they can to land the right candidates.
This is always the case for unique and valuable candidates, but it has become more normal lately and is…
Added by Todd Kmiec on January 17, 2012 at 4:46pm — No Comments
Strong business conditions for recruiting continue into the new year. When we look at our Best Opportunities and New Jobs each week we see the same industries and types of positions we have seen for a while.
IT, Healthcare, and Heavy Industrial Manufacturing at all levels are still probably the hottest areas. I heard from a client in Civil Engineering / Construction the other day…more layoffs and no real sign of things getting better. We used to do a lot of work for…
Added by Todd Kmiec on January 13, 2012 at 7:47am — No Comments
There is a general thought out there that social media will eventually connect us all. Billions of people.
Here’s the problem I see with this. Most people that I know who use social media really only engage with a small amount of people. Even those using social media (and that’s certainly not most people) tune out the noise and the advertising.
So it appears that most of the population of the world is not any more connected than they used to be. The ones…
Added by Todd Kmiec on January 12, 2012 at 1:36pm — No Comments
A candidate interviewing with two different companies gets two offers. One is comfortably better than the other. But the candidate lets both companies know he is deciding between the two and the company with the lower offer increases their offer to match the other.
Recruiters are on both sides of this situation often, and I think many times we don’t give a clear picture to the candidate. You want the candidate to truly understand what they are looking at and help them…
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