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The $70,000 Solution

Minimum wage hikes are all the rage these days. My own adopted hometown of Seattle recently approved…


Added by Amy Ala on July 9, 2015 at 4:15pm — 8 Comments

5 Reasons This Job Ad is Pure Brilliance

Man did this ever ruffle feathers… a small company in San Diego is hiring not ONE but TWO awesome developers. Instead of bothering with a laundry list of must haves and educational requirements, they dropped an F-bomb laden missive on…


Added by Amy Ala on April 23, 2015 at 11:43am — 4 Comments

Pillage My Network & Date My Sister


Added by Amy Ala on April 17, 2015 at 4:39pm — 2 Comments

The Passive Candidate Conundrum – Skill vs Luck

Get a room full of recruiters and inevitably the subject of “passive versus active candidates” will come up. Active candidates are the ones who apply – the ones pursuing open roles by completing online applications and such. Passive, on the other hand, are talented folks who would…


Added by Amy Ala on April 4, 2015 at 1:48pm — 9 Comments

Battles Worth Fighting

I shared two very different articles on Facebook this week. One was about a…


Added by Amy Ala on March 24, 2015 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Leave Marshawn Alone!

By now you’ve heard the news… Super Bowl 49 has come to an end. My beloved Hawks fell to the Patriots because of a…


Added by Amy Ala on February 1, 2015 at 11:07pm — 1 Comment

Trust Me, I'm a Professional

Oh RBC how I've missed you... my divorce fueled hiatus has come to an end and in the immortal words of Elton John, the bitch is back.

So much has happened since we last chatted... one thing that hasn't changed? My love/hate relationship with my profession. Don't get me wrong,…


Added by Amy Ala on September 24, 2014 at 7:59pm — 8 Comments

Hey That's MY Candidate!

A recent RBC article shined a light on the concern many recruiters have about connecting with other recruiters on LinkedIn. I was perplexed as I’ve always considered public profiles (on LinkedIn or elsewhere) to be, well, public and therefore easy to…


Added by Amy Ala on May 23, 2014 at 3:35pm — 8 Comments

Life, Interrupted

This is the hardest blog post I’ve ever written. Some will say it’s too personal, and they’re probably right. My regular readers know this blog is a diary of sorts, I generally write about whatever is top of mind and damn the consequences. Others may feel…


Added by Amy Ala on May 19, 2014 at 10:51pm — 18 Comments

I'm a Recruiter. No, a Salesperson. NO, a RECRUITER!

I’ve always thought of my profession as sales. Always. I started recruiting in the early days of the internet, where training was basically “wanna buy a chicken? No? How about a duck?” until I got my hands on some Danny Cahill Placement 2000 VHS tapes.Ahhh then I was in…


Added by Amy Ala on April 3, 2014 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

A Numbers Game: A Corporate Recruiter's Take on the State of Staffing

Bullhorn done did it again. Today, the staffing software giant released its fourth annual Recruiting Trends Report.

In December 2013, Bullhorn polled 1,337 agency professionals to get a sense not only of…


Added by Amy Ala on February 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Stop Trying To Reinvent Recruiting

S eriously. Just stop. STAHP. You’re embarrassing yourself and the community at large. If I see one more ridiculous, self-serving post about the “recruitment agency of the future!” and how y’all are going to CHANGE EVERYTHING I will probably just burst into tears out of pure frustration. You. Are. Full. Of. Crap.…


Added by Amy Ala on February 4, 2014 at 10:55pm — 58 Comments

The Richard Sherman of Recruiting

I love football. I mean I LOVE football. And not in that silly girly way, like I just watch it because I don’t want to be a football widow, or I want to impress my boyfriend or something. No. I LOVE FOOTBALL. There is something very hot about watching a bunch of big tough guys chasing each other around trying to…


Added by Amy Ala on January 26, 2014 at 11:47pm — 9 Comments

The Truth About Social Recruiting

Hey you guys, LinkedIn is DEAD. All the cool kids are recruiting on Facebook and you better have yourself some Pinterest sourcing sessions. I’m serious. So serious, in fact, I Binged “Social Recruiting” (well what did you expect) and got over 42 million results, most of which were a horrifying mix of…


Added by Amy Ala on December 27, 2013 at 3:30pm — 33 Comments

If You Don’t Want My Advice…

Why did you ask?

My husband has a love / hate relationship with my career choice. Always has. I’ve been a recruiter longer than I’ve been Mrs. Ala, so this is not new to him. In fact, at one point early in our relationship I was THE go to recruiter in his field. People would slip him resumes on job sites and ask for my phone number after meetings. It’s not easy being married to me, and that was before all this social recruiting / LinkedIn / Facebook / blogging stardom. Poor Mr.…


Added by Amy Ala on November 8, 2013 at 7:22pm — 28 Comments

Why I Run

I just might be the least athletic person I know. I am surrounded by sports. My nephews and their wives do cross-fit competitions. My husband (in his youth) took part in body building competitions. My niece grew up on the soccer field and my boys have always played baseball with a little soccer and football thrown in as we…


Added by Amy Ala on October 16, 2013 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

SourceCon 2013 - Day 1

The only thing cooler than having a conference in your home city is to have it hosted by your employer. I was lucky enough to snag a seat to the hottest sourcing conference around and the first time ever in Seattle. My day started out like any other, except instead of heading to my office I got to join 400+ recruiters and sourcers from across the country at The Mixer. Need a haircut? New…


Added by Amy Ala on October 3, 2013 at 9:02am — 6 Comments

The Socially Awkward Recruiter

I have a confession to make. I’m a total dork in my everyday life. I know it’s hard to believe – I’ve been called a social butterfly and have at least once been the life of a party. For more than 10 years I’ve gotten a thrill out of calling up total strangers and convincing them to completely change…


Added by Amy Ala on September 4, 2013 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

Help! I’m Being Replaced By Pinterest!

Social Media is the NEXT BIG THING in recruiting. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who sells social media services…

We had a real treat on the Recruiting Animal Show this week. The guest was Jason Ginsberg of Brandemix. Animal started the show by questioning the guest’s previous claim that LinkedIn…


Added by Amy Ala on August 21, 2013 at 8:00pm — 27 Comments

I Hate The Internet

I really, REALLY hate the internet right now. I had just finished reading the latest in a string of bad advice articles (from “experts”, on LinkedIn of course) and my mother pointed out a RIDICULOUSLY inappropriate and unfunny Facebook status on my 16 year old son’s wall. (Yes, he had been hacked by one of his idiot friends. Yes, 16 year old boys have warped ideas about what’s funny. But it’s on the bleeping INTERNET, where your grandmother and just maybe future bosses can read it for God’s…


Added by Amy Ala on August 6, 2013 at 8:51pm — 10 Comments


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