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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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Added by Amy Ala on January 26, 2014 at 11:47pm — 8 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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Why I Did NOT Negotiate My Salary

*I’ve written about salary negotiations before here. I’m not against salary discussions, I actually believe they are very important. So important, in fact, that you…

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Added by Amy Ala on July 17, 2013 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

Talent42 Review - @GlenCathey - The Current & Future State of #Sourcing

The most valuable commodity I know of is information, wouldn’t you agree?…

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Added by Amy Ala on July 9, 2013 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Talent42 Review - Hiring World Class Tech Talent with Cheryl Ainoa from Intuit

Here’s a novel idea – NON-Recruiters speaking at a Recruiting conference. What? Is that even allowed? Thank goodness it is or we would never have heard from Cheryl Ainoa – Senior Vice President of Product Development at Intuit. She worked at Yahoo! before that so safe to say she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to tech. In her entire career, with all the great companies she’s worked at, Cheryl has…

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Added by Amy Ala on July 7, 2013 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Talent42 Review - Don't Hang Up! The Art of Telephone Research with Marc Hutto

This was a cool presentation because Marc Hutto, Founder and Managing Principal of Reveal Global Intelligence, actually replayed calls he had made. Most self-proclaimed cold call kings talk in vague generalities – we can’t even get them to share a single…

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Added by Amy Ala on July 7, 2013 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Talent42 Review - How to NOT Suck When Recruiting Candidates From Outside the US

With each recruiting role I’ve taken the world has gotten bigger and bigger. My very first role was hiring delivery drivers in an around my own neighborhood. This week I’m setting up interviews for a guy in Seoul. The times have changed indeed. One of the talented presenters from Talent42 was Kevin Wheeler – hey any guy who’s profile pic appears to have been taken at a winery is ok by me. J I was lucky enough to sit next to Kevin on Day…

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Added by Amy Ala on July 7, 2013 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

Talent42 Review - The Open Web: Recruiting Passive Talent In Today's Competitive Market

I don't know many tech recruiters who don't at least have a grudging appreciation of Dice. Not only was Dice one of the sponsors of Talent42, their new President Shravan Goli gave a presentation on their latest offering, Open Web. I think he said he's been on the job for…

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Added by Amy Ala on July 7, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Talent 42: Turning Non Techie Liberal Arts Majors Into Technical Recruiting Stars: Nerd Crushing on Mark Tortorici

TOR-TO-REEEE-CHEEEEEE.....

This was the talk I was waiting for. Mark Tortorici (@marknexus) of netPolarity just wrapped up an amazing session. Where to begin?

This session was all about turning non-technical liberal arts majors who stumbled into recruiting into TECHNICAL RECRUITERS. That's right guys, there's a RIGHT WAY and a WRONG WAY to call engineers. And developers. Or any other technical person. Side…

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Added by Amy Ala on June 27, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Talent42: Joel Spolsky, Jeff Newburn and Kevin Wheeler! The Tech Recruiting Conference - The First Hour

YOU GUYS. So far we've had two speakers and they are not even the ones that I am excited about. (sorry, I'm new LOL) 

We're off to an amazing start and I can't believe how much I've learned just in the first hour.

Joel Spolsky led…

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Added by Amy Ala on June 27, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Talent42 and a Confession or Two

Have you heard? Talent42 is back! It’s the ONLY conference for tech recruiters AND it’s happening right here in Seattle. I knew a few people who attended last year and raved about it. Some of my Microsoft colleagues are attending this year and I was a little jealous. So you can imagine how excited I was when the good folks here at…

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Added by Amy Ala on June 25, 2013 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

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