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5 Tools for Taking Your Site Mobile in 2014

In case you haven’t noticed yet, the web is going mobile. More and more users are surfing your staffing or career site from their mobile phones and looking at it with a tiny 4 or 5 inch screen. Up to 30% of your traffic now comes from mobile devices. Which means you need to optimize it for their viewing pleasure.…

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Added by Chris Russell on January 6, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Every job description online should have a picture in it

The web is a visual medium. We all love to see pictures along with a story so why dont we put more visuals into job descriptions? 

Its such as easy thing to do, or perhaps not since ATS's dont really let you upload an image. But employers need to start showing off their work environments is a more visual way since it can be a differentiator and a way to brand yourselves. This is especially true for companies who have that "cool" office space. 

Even the most mundane building can…

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Added by Chris Russell on October 1, 2013 at 9:12am — 3 Comments

Hertz seeking Corporate Recruiter in New Jersey & Florida

The new RecruitingBlogs job board has launched along with its newest job posting.

The Hertz Corporation needs to hire Corporate Recruiter in two locations:

The primary mission of the Corporate Recruiter role is to provide leadership in the assessment of recruitment needs, government compliance requirements, and staff supervision. Position Hertz as the employer of choice attracting the…

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Added by Chris Russell on September 30, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

3 things you'll learn from Stacy Zapar

I had the privilege of interviewing Linkedin's most connected woman. Stacy Zapar has been on the platform for 10 years and amassed 38,000 connections and counting. I thought I was doing good with 2000+ connections but her network just blew me away

If you listen you will…

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Added by Chris Russell on August 27, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

InstaJob app makes your jobs on social media more 'visual'

Those of you with an iPhone or iPod Touch can now create visual job ads on the fly with a new app called InstaJob. It's available for download - $2.99 in the app store until August 31st when the price goes to $4.99. I've been working with employers like Amtrak on testing it and you can check out their Instagram…

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Added by Chris Russell on August 8, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Cold Calling Tips For Recruiting with @Georges.Janin (audio podcast)

Are you a cold calling machine? Well you could be if you listen to Georges Janin's advice. I recently had him as a guest 

on CareerCloud Radio where I recorded him speaking at a NYC recruiter meetup. I'm not much of a cold caller but I thought…

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Added by Chris Russell on July 5, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The statistics behind getting referred

If you are a recruiter in transition are you properly leveraging your personal and professional networks to land your next gig? If not, why not? Look at these stats I found;

  • Referred candidates are twice as likely to land an interview (NY Times)
  • Referred candidates are three to four times more likely to be hired (…
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Added by Chris Russell on July 1, 2013 at 8:54am — No Comments

The Hybrid Staffing Agency Job Board

I have always thought that most staffing agencies could use their own job board. Today I discovered the Jobspring Partners website. Its a combination job board and company site that really showcases their open technology rec's.

Their design is top notch, and they use the homepage as the job board piece showcasing jobs in an easy to read format. The color scheme is simple and powerful. They make great use of their social…

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Added by Chris Russell on March 18, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Is it time for a "social only" ATS?

I've been thinking a lot about Applicant Tracking as it relates to social. There is a clear trend towards social networking profiles becoming more widely used to evaluate talent. A Linkedin profile + Twitter stream + Facebook Likes can tell you a lot more about a candidate than just a plain paper resume.

So the question is, is it time for an ATS that lets you apply via social only? What if you just required the candidate to submit…

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Added by Chris Russell on February 14, 2013 at 1:54pm — No Comments

3 New Sites to find Tech Talent

Tech talent is hard to find. Whenever you have a strong demand in a certain industry, new sites will launch to try and help employers find that talent. We are now witnessing a new crop of techie job sites that have a fresh approach on recruiting tech talent. As a recruiter would you try these? Here’s a look at three that caught my eye.

1. Headhuntable

http://www.headhuntable.com/

This is a free job board that…

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Added by Chris Russell on November 8, 2012 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

Can you name the major sources of recruiting news?

Recruiting news is scattered across the web. I've been trying to put together a list of the best and most trusted news and blogs that help us all to keep track of whats happening out there. What else am I missing from this list?

I'm specifically looking for the 'news-type sites' that write about the industry.

ERE.net…

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Added by Chris Russell on September 25, 2012 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

What recruitment software do you wish existed?

Is there a certain type of recruiting software that you wish existed right now but doesnt?

Does any of the software you use today make you want to punch the screen?

What part of your day is frustrating or costs you money or time?

I'm curious whats on recruiters minds...reply back with a comment and I just might build it for…

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Added by Chris Russell on September 4, 2012 at 3:04pm — 6 Comments

ESPN's awesomely designed mobile job descriptions

Recently I stumbled across some pretty great 'mobile friendly' job descriptions on ESPN's career site. Check these out. These are the best designed jobs I've ever seen for a mobile device.

1) great logo placement and clicking arrows leads to the full text of the job description.

2) What job seekers want to know...link to a employer branding video and info about what its like to work…

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Added by Chris Russell on August 14, 2012 at 1:42pm — No Comments

What I Learned from Selling My Business

Back in January I decided to sell my baby, the local job board network AllCountyJobs.com. A company that I've grown and nurtured for almost 14 years. I had been thinking about selling it for the past few years but the Great Recession put an end to those dreams. 

My sales dropped over 50% by 2009 from their highs in 2007. So I was stuck with nothing left to do but keep at it and try to bring…

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Added by Chris Russell on June 8, 2012 at 8:04am — 6 Comments

A simple but effective recruitment auto-response

I was emailing a prospect the other day when I got their auto-responder email they send to candidates. It immediately caught my eye as a simple but effective message. I like the casual tone it sets for potential candidates and and how they encourage you to like them on social media. The flickr account is a nice touch. Every employer should showcase their offices with photos.

So you want…

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Added by Chris Russell on January 24, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Context and Job Titles

I have to write about this every year so lets start 2012 by resolving to write better job descriptions. 

It starts with your JOB TITLE.

The title is the first thing a job seeker sees when searching online so its important to give it context. It must inform the job seeker, not confuse them. And its a chance to add keywords which will help make it…

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Added by Chris Russell on January 3, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Tried & True: the Job Board Still Delivers

Job boards have gotten a bad rap over the past few years. A lot of it has to do with the reputation of the big boards like Monster and social media fairies exclaiming the end is near. The naysayers could not be farther from the truth.

Now, I have all the proof I need to know that job boards are…

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Added by Chris Russell on December 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Hey you, Occupy this job!

I love creative advertising strategies so when this came across my desk I just had to share. If your company's location has traffic going by you SHOULD be taking advantage of it for hiring.

CNC Industries of Indiana is…

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Added by Chris Russell on December 20, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Recruit on Twitter? follow Google's lead

Thought for the Day: If you are going to have a twitter account for your recruiting I suggest you follow Google's lead.

Check out https://twitter.com/#!/googlejobs

 

Entitled "Life at Google" their twitter account is a living, breathing, active communication tool for their recruitment strategy. They link to job openings but they also COMMUNICATE WITH CANDIDATES! Something many…

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Added by Chris Russell on November 14, 2011 at 9:11am — 2 Comments

IF I RAN RECRUITING

I've often wondered what I'd be doing if I didnt run AllCountyJobs.com any longer. I could probably do a variety of different things and one that comes to mind is a corporate recruiting department. I would bring a fresh perspective and shake things up.

 

Here's what I would do if I ran recruiting...

 

  • I would hire a director of recruitment marketing to create an…
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Added by Chris Russell on September 13, 2011 at 11:48am — 19 Comments

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