Mike Rasmussen's Blog (140)

Why The "Human" in Human Resources & Talent Acquisition Will Remain At The Forefront

It may come as a surprise or not, but there are multiple writers these days whom seem to think that the "Human" element in Staffing is going the way of the dinosaur.  It seems a popular writing technique to bring out the sensational, the "gotcha" headline, and the "Automation is Coming" & "Your Recruiting Function…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 25, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

What It Takes To Succeed - The Recruiter's Perspective.

It was 8 years ago in July 2008, where I found myself reflective, hopeful, pondering from a bird's eye view my Career vantage point while overlooking Lake Tahoe in a year where I had steered my career back to the staffing landscape.  It was a welcome reprieve from what up until that point had been a busy year.  Lake…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 18, 2016 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Purple Squirrel Syndrome - May it Rest In Peace

A few years ago this interesting article appeared on Accuweather.com about a mysterious purple squirrel that a Pennsylvania couple had captured:  …


Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 20, 2016 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

10 Ways to Have Championship Focus in the New Year & Always

Having been born and raised in the Bay Area - I remember rooting for the Bay Area sports teams.  The Golden State Warriors - NBA Champions and their remarkable MVP - Steph Curry have been on the dream roller coaster ride of Wins 32-2 on the back of a Championship Season. Within reach perhaps is the legendary regular season…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 5, 2016 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Why Does One Recruit? What Joy Comes of It?

At times we may ask ourselves this question.  Why do we recruit?  What joy comes of it?  Why do we do this day in and day out.  What is it that drives those of us whom have chosen staffing as our chosen venture to do what we do?  Well - let me give you 10 reasons.  I was recently out in Silicon Valley again -…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on June 25, 2015 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

Why Those Whom Say Recruiters Will Be Replaced By Technology are Wrong.....

Ok big venting post coming. You have been warned.

Read this article real quick which was posted recently on www.ere.net - go ahead I will wait:


Okay - now let's get 15 things straight about why this is…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 22, 2015 at 3:30am — 6 Comments

Emerson's Self Reliance - What we can All Learn.

Daniel Chester French's sculpture of Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was a few years ago when I first read Emerson's Self Reliance.  It was recently I re-read it. It is a brilliant master-piece of writing that has given me hope and focus when I need that extra push and motivation to…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 19, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Keeping Your A game and "A Attitude"

I must admit I am quite a jolly and happy fellow, but every now and then we get hit with a VERY interesting set of circumstances.  Friday the 13th and Recruiting.  Where do I even begin.

Every now and then you are pulled in so many different directions, you are striving to deliver great talent, balance internal working relationships and power through the expectations of a multiplicity of players.  How does one do this with an "A Player" attitude even when the chips are down, the…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on March 14, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

Staffing: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Recently, I had a flash back to the '80s and Tina Turner's song - "What's Love Got to Do With It?", which I found playing on the radio one day while driving.  Appropriate because it is Valentine's Day this week.  As I listened I got a clue into a theme which plays out every day, 365 days a year, not just in…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on February 11, 2015 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Full Sprint To the End of The Year - Happy Holidays

It has certainly been one of "Those" years.  One can't help but imagine where the time has inevitably gone.  Rounding out the year, there were moments where change was in full throttle with moments that created within it as a trajectory those little pressure cooked moments where you had to "buckle up, hold on tight, and go through several rounds of ups and downs, twists and turns and a roller coaster going about the speed of light." 

Enter December.  It has been such…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 2, 2014 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

The Essence of Fit

We have all been there. Stressful recruiting situations demand the quest for finding fit. It is the essence of all we do. Regardless of what fit is defined as, the real truth is there are so many with a different understanding of what it truly means, the reality of the process is that quest for fit really comes down to a few factors quite honestly. And defining "Fit" in your organization is really the backbone of each and every hire, fill, and staffing outcome…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on November 22, 2014 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Reigniting Your Staffing Desk

gerund or present participle: reigniting…

Added by Mike Rasmussen on November 7, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Ever Changing Landscape of Talent Acquisition Will Require Recruiting Pioneers

Well - I find that the end of summer has finally come, and what a memorable one it was.  As I joined my family this Monday for a nice and relaxing movie at our local Library, I ventured upon this statue in the courtyard of that venue.  It is a Pioneer memorial.…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 2, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

The Elusive, Ever Hard To Find Purple Squirrel

Scenario - 1 week to schedule nearly 30 interviews, gain multiple momentum steps on many requirements, and making simultaneously multiple offers, screening more candidates to keep pipelines full, all while getting ready to move your 30-40 requirement desk to the point where manageability might even be realizable.  How can you do it?  How do you find the elusive, hard to find, perpetual purple squirrel time and again, or do you need to - will the candidate with those coach-able soft skills, and… Continue

Added by Mike Rasmussen on July 23, 2014 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Your Staffing Resiliency

It happened in a weak moment, I looked at everything in front of me, the emails, the open requisitions, the Instant Messenger, the weight of perceived change, the choice to pursue a home after renting for so many years, the shifts of staffing momentum and the shifts of personal choices in my friends, church, home life, et al.  I pushed back and told myself I need to take a walk.  For 10 minutes I just took a walk and took everything in.  It was a moment where I was overwhelmed.  It was a…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on July 17, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Finding Your Niche - 6 Years Later On The Staffing Career Journey

On a bright morning in Lake Tahoe I reached a moment of inward reflection thinking about what I personally needed to do to get to the next level in my career - and on Tuesday June 24th woke up bright and early to take the drive to Emerald Bay with my daughter on the Lake's West side.  It was looking out on this amazing "Jewel of the Sierras" that it hit me. It was 6 years ago in 2008 in the midst of the Great Recession I found myself thinking about my recruiting niche and…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on July 2, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Where Shall Your Search Begin? 10 Steps Every Company Can Do Today.

The beginning is the most important part

The Recruiting, Staffing and Search cycle must begin somewhere.  How does one begin the most important phase of the search or the entire life-cycle? If you are like most organizations talent/recruiting/HR functions are aligned to a "cost center." This to me is a core mistake. Where do you start the most basic effort to align your talent outcomes to superstar proportions?  What is it that launches your magical sourcing engine, value add, and effort to become a whole,…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 23, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Sourcing - Still Recruiting & Staffing's Core Strength

It's wizardry in action, it's the core staffing inner fight, it's the need that comes when a recruiter finds their desk swamped with 40+ Requisitions, as I find my desk these days.  

It's when you have delivered everything you have and then some, only to be side-stepped by the reality that, individuals, free…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 6, 2014 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Staffing - Bound By Change

Along the path in staffing is one inevitable constant, and that is change.  I will not get into the changes in my work world but they have been varied of late, such that I can only think of one universal truth. 

As shifting winds of macro-economic fluctuations, business conditions, governmental regulations,…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on April 10, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Where Do We Go From Here?

It's a question that begs an answer.  Where do we go from here?  On any given day you will find recruiters pondering this same question.  You will find multiple scenarios which may require your focus.  You will find candidates, colleagues, friends, neighbors, careerists, others, all…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on March 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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