Chad Sowash's Blog (79)

TBI and PTSD in the Workplace

The fog of war or the scent of battle is hard to fathom as are many of the trials our military must face, but imagine when the young men and women who bravely served our country return to this great nation as a civilian and find even more challenges during their job search.

Yesterday DirectEmployers Association was honored to have Megan Krause and… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on July 22, 2010 at 7:25am — 2 Comments

Employers WANT Military!

Over the years I've experienced many companies who have successfully tapped into transitioning military talent pools.

Veterans need jobs and companies want to hire them. So what's the problem?

1) The language barrier:

Military occupations in many ways are similar to civilian jobs although civilians don't understand the military jargon and transitioning military unfortunately do not know how to… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on July 14, 2010 at 8:12am — 17 Comments

Innovation Step 1

"Step 1: Get out of the fetal position!"

I am asked on occasion why companies talk feverishly about innovation but hardly ever (if ever) put solid innovation schemes into play.

FEAR is my answer. Pick whatever flavor you like:

Fear of failure

Fear of loss of…

Added by Chad Sowash on June 10, 2010 at 7:44am — 5 Comments

Death of Cheezhead

I've recently noticed the Cheezhead and HRSEO domains are redirecting to Jobing.

You might ask.. So what?

Well for those of you who compete with Jobing, all of the back links (aka Google Juice) your blog or site was giving Cheezhead and HRSEO are now providing the "CheezJuice" to Jobing, resulting in a healthy heaping helping of "… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on January 25, 2010 at 8:56am — 6 Comments

Job Boards are DEAD! yada, yada, yada...

I've read many times over the years about job boards dying and also the contrary position of how they will emerge from this recession like the Phoenix, stronger than ever.. Yada yada yada..

Let's face it, there are a variety of angles to this story although I tend to side with the one who actually vote with their… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on December 2, 2009 at 9:41am — No Comments

Honor Vets and Vet-friendly Companies

Today is a day set aside to thank veterans for preserving freedom and to remember those who paid the ultimate price for freedom. I want to thank every one of my brothers and sisters at arms and also honor the companies who are hiring them as they come back home and into the workforce, not just today but every day.

DirectEmployers' Members who made the Military Friendly… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on November 11, 2009 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

Breaking the Cycle - Video

In my post on Breaking the Cycle of job board dependency I shared some historical insight to our industry and I believe this video is the pretty cool compliment..

This is one of the most recent edu-marketing videos provided by DirectEmployers… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on November 10, 2009 at 11:53am — No Comments

Funny Tweet Hiring Video

The guys at TweetMyJobs are… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on November 10, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Jobs are FREE - The Comedy

Okay so I had a few minutes of fun with xtranormal a really cool text to movie site.. It's easy and a blast!

This is my "Jobs are FREE" attempt at comedy ;o)…


Added by Chad Sowash on October 30, 2009 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

Is BumpTop the next step?

Even since seeing the movie Minority Report I've been patiently waiting for touch screen computing. Then Microsoft started teasing me with these incredibly cool Surface videos a couple years ago which about sent my… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on October 6, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Breaking the Cycle of Dependency

In the late 90's job boards were a necessity, if you wanted to recruit online. Why? Because many companies didn't have websites let alone career sites. So if recruiting was to be done online it could only be facilitated through the job board, which started a cycle of dependency.

How did it become a cycle based on dependency?

Dependency was inherent in the process where companies would pay to ship their candidates to a community… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on October 1, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

My rant on PRIVILEGE

..Original Post..

We have all noticed HUGE changes in workforce dynamics over the years comparing generation to generation. Well here's a little story, hiding a rather large rant, I thought I would share.

I was having dinner with a group of friends back in March and as the discussion turned away from the failing job market and toward the… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on September 22, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Rocky Mountain High!

If you're a DirectEmployers Association member company and you haven't registered for the Annual Meeting...…

Register Now Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on September 17, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Job Cross Pollination Duplication

The internet has been experiencing a massive amount of duplicate job content over the past couple of years. No question this content has been used to help job seekers find jobs, unfortunately it has also been used to leverage traffic using duplicative content, extract job seeker information and create many other issues not… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on June 25, 2009 at 10:25am — No Comments

Talent STRONG!

In January, before demobilizing back to civilian life, I was honored to speak to a group of over 200 Wounded Warriors in Fort Benning regarding transition into civilian life and what they should convey to prospective employers when trying to separate themselves from the mainly civilian pack when searching for a job. Luckily… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on June 16, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

The year the media died

While sitting back and enjoying your morning cup of joe, take a few minutes and watch Terry Kawaja's "Madison Avenue Blues"..


Thanks… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on June 12, 2009 at 7:55am — No Comments

CareerBuilder is greasing palms again

Can your niche job board afford to take the top executives in the Nation to Pinehurst Golf Resort for an all expenses paid "Executive Golf Trip"?

CareerBuilder can..

CareerBuilder Greased Palms 2009

Oh the fine tradition of greasing the palms continues in the recruiting space. (insert deeply rooted sarcasm… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on June 11, 2009 at 9:48am — 9 Comments

My Thoughts on Job Matching

I've been asked for consult on several occasions about whether or not to use job matching systems. Obviously depending on the system my answers will vary although if I'm asked about job matching in general here's my opinion.

Stand alone job matching platforms do not have a chance against the more traditional models, no matter the economic climate.


In a job seeker rich… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on June 9, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments


Added by Chad Sowash on April 20, 2009 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

Taking advantage of job seekers

The balance has shifted quite dramatically from a market dominated and controlled by talent to recession. Just a few years ago we were all asking ourselves what to do when the Boomers exit the market and how to address the coming void of talent? Now Boomers are competition in a talent rich and jobless market. Competition is high and the opportunity to separate yourself from the pack is sought after daily.

A few weekends ago I spent time at a local church where volunteers helped job… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on April 8, 2009 at 7:52am — 2 Comments


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