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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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

The 10 Things The Olympics Can Teach Us About Recruiting & Staffing

Sochi 2014 Company Olympics

Image courtesy of Mediabistro.com

Alright folks, I've been watching the Winter Olympics and rather enjoy this time of year for the vital lessons that the Olympics can teach us - specifically about recruiting/staffing, I'll get to that.

I remember watching Apolo Anton Ono - who won multiple Gold Medals in his sport, and Shaun White, whom has suffered a medical injury only to be back on the world stage.  These athletes and others across the world are…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on February 11, 2014 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Staffing Karma - A Reality of Recruiting Professionalism

They say "what goes around comes around" and I suppose this is a universal truth.  This blog post has been on my mind for sometime, with much to think on and put forth. 

The reality of every interaction is this, we are blessed by what we put in, and what we get back.  Nothing more was readily apparent in this past week than this…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on February 7, 2014 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

ADP - AIRS Training - Still The Best Recruiting Training In The Business

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-The AIRS Brand is a Registered Trademark of ADP.

I have to give a shameless plug, my…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 21, 2013 at 4:04pm — 3 Comments

What Recruiters Can Learn From Outplacement - A Conversation with Orville Pierson - Former SVP - Program Design Lee Hecht Harrison

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search - The Proven Program Used by the World's Leading Career Services Company - by Orville Pierson Highly Effective Networking

What Recruiters Can Learn From Outplacement - A Conversation with Orville Pierson - Former SVP - Program Design Lee Hecht Harrison

Abstract and Summary from Mike Rasmussen, PHR - Recruiter @ ADP: Recently - I sat down with Orville Pierson whom agreed to interview with me for a view on outplacement in the United States and some…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 19, 2013 at 6:35pm — No Comments

20 Reasons Why Staffing Is A Great Place To Be in 2014

It's been one of those years.  Lots of activity, lots of change, and lots to think about.

I find myself in a good position, having come full circle in my career - finding strengths and passion in the profession - staffing - that I love. It is a pleasure in having part in multiple placements, seeing satisfied clients and…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 18, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

November & December - Time to FINISH STRONG.

WELCOME NEW YEAR & HOLIDAYS.

It is time - 2 months to go.  We are now officially in November, and December is just around the corner.  I recently watched this video about Finishing Strong in any endeavor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syIm5MHG4O4 and felt the message was solid and clear. When we start something, start a search, a commitment, a focal…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on November 1, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Don't Stop Believin' - The Staffing Journey - Economic Metrics/Analysis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOEKsQVvqfM

It was one of those weeks that describes, facilitates, and encompasses the staffing journey.  It never ceases to amaze me - the increasing importance of knowing, controlling, and bringing to pass great staffing outcomes.  In the short space of 1 week, I realized that in the past 3 months - 40 hires have been brought into my company or were impacted…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 12, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

UNSTOPPABLE - THE POWER BEHIND STAFFING OUTCOMES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1xF1L8ZS7s 

It is without a doubt something I greatly find incredible - there are few things in staffing more imaginable that can create maximum outcomes - in so many words bring to pass the hires, fills, offers, and matches that are necessary for staffing success.  What is it that creates this?  The Rascal Flatts have uncovered the very key with one word - UNSTOPPABLE.

During the 2010…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 3, 2013 at 3:32am — 1 Comment

When Change Comes To Staffing

Much is good about change I must admit, but with it comes some very interesting tailwinds to your flight pattern.  It can take your best laid course and transform it.  It can add to your plate.  It can take it's course to different directions when a new leader arrives.  It can - and will form new business cultures.

Some may move in a direction that enables the crosswinds of your flight pattern, and staffing flight plan to find a course correction - which is needed of…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 1, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Finding "The One" in Recruiting - It's all About Fit.

It's nearing the end of a very interesting week.  There were offers, an offer rescind, a few twists and turns, and moments where I look back to say I still love my job, and yet the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

What is it about staffing that keeps us up at night?  What is it that propels us to come to work each day, slog out a few more screens, try to keep offers coming, and keep all links and cogs in the moving pattern of our staffing momentum up? …

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 12, 2013 at 8:32pm — 1 Comment

Recruiting & Staffing Fundamentals - A Series About Rising to the Top

There are literally hundreds if…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 23, 2013 at 3:24am — No Comments

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