Chris Russell's Blog (102)

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

Recruiter Rants about job seekers (podcast)

I received a call last week from my recruiter friend Maureen Mackey. She wanted to rant about the bad job seekers out there she is seeing too many of these days. I'll bet more than a few of you also have complaints so listen to hers and add a comment about what job seekers are doing wong.

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Added by Chris Russell on September 6, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments

How to spot a good job board

There are thousands of job boards to choose from if you need to post a job. But not all are created equal. Here are some telltale signs that the job board you are about to post on is worth using.

 

1. It Looks Good: If the job board has good design, meaning a nice logo and well done interface with clearly spelled out call to actions and navigation.

 

2. Contact Info: If the job board puts their phone and email in a prominent place…

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Added by Chris Russell on August 16, 2011 at 9:10am — 14 Comments

Should recruiters start their own job board?

Lately my job board consulting business is getting calls from a particular audience: third party recruiters. Usually it's a one or two person team that has been recruiting for many years who now want to broaden their offerings through a job board to serve whatever niche they work in. They also want to make more money which a job board can be good for in terms of a supplemental…

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Added by Chris Russell on August 3, 2011 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Who's hiring? New leads for Iowa, Indiana, North Carolina, Conn, Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas & More

Here are some job leads from companies who recently announced expansion plans. They are a good source of leads for recruiters. Get more with the Hidden Jobs app for Android or Apple devices.

 

350 Hidden Jobs at Various Companies in Iowa […
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Added by Chris Russell on August 1, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Jobs in Pods Celebrates 4 years and 800,000 downloads

“If you podcast they will come”



That is what I believed would happen when I launched this jobcast service 4 years ago in the online recruiting world. And that is what happened. Listeners came in droves and our clients reaped the benefits of humanizing their companies. One podcast (aka jobcast) at a time.



Today I am proud to… Continue

Added by Chris Russell on July 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Next Generation Job Listing

When it comes to introducing new products in the online recruiting space, innovation is an over used word. I’ve seen too many press releases that claim to be the “be all, end all” tool that you need. It’s now just a word with hollow meaning.



So I won’t be using it to describe JobSpeek, my new mobile…

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Added by Chris Russell on June 7, 2011 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

A job board owners view of LinkedIn

There’s a post on Forbes entitled ‘Linkedin is about to put job boards out of business‘. Although I know the author Dan Schwabel and like him, he is off-base with his assumptions.

 

LinkedIn just announced a new feature that allows job seekers to ‘apply with linkedin’. Its a button that companies can put on their career pages and let job seekers submit…

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Added by Chris Russell on June 2, 2011 at 9:16am — 25 Comments

Podcast with Jennifer Scott @hireeffect

Last week I attend the Career Planning on a Napkin conference where I recorded some of the career coaches speaking.
Jennifer Scott - Owner of HireEffect, LLC - “Beyond the Profile - The Job Search / Corporate Marketing Connection”. Find her on twitter @hireeffect

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Added by Chris Russell on May 24, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Do you really want to post that job on Craigslist?

I talked to a job seeker the other day and asked her how her job search was going. She replied 'its tough out there' but who can blame her. The competition is stiff and job hunting aint what it used to be.

 

We started discussing my local job boards (which she uses) and someone in the group mentioned looking for jobs on Craigslist. "Ugh" she said, "there's a lot of crap on craigslist".  

 

CL seems to be attracting anything and…

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Added by Chris Russell on May 23, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Candidate software suggestions

A friend of mine who runs a small staffing firm in Connecticut asked me if I could recommend a software package that is not too expensive and can handle their candidate and client data. 

 

It needs to store lots of notes on people, have good skill set sorting, etc.

 

Any suggestions? What does your firm use?

Added by Chris Russell on May 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Seeking recruiters with iphones or ipad2 to beta test new mobile recruiting app

I'm looking for any recruiters who own an iPhone, iPod Touch or the iPad2 to become part of a beta test for a new mobile recruiting app. Please contact me for details via RecruitingBlogs or shoot me an email 'chris at allcountyjobs dot com'.

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Added by Chris Russell on April 20, 2011 at 7:08pm — No Comments

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