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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

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

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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…


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…


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

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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…


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…


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

November & December - Time to FINISH STRONG.


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: and felt the message was solid and clear. When we start something, start a search, a commitment, a focal…


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

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

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…


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


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…


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…


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? …


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…


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

Transforming Your Recruiting Purpose & Paradigm

I'm awake late tonight - much on my…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 10, 2013 at 3:46am — No Comments

ADP - 1 Year Recruiting @ One of the World's Most Innovative Companies

It was about this time last year I was…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 2, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Staffing Comes of Age & The Rise of Recruiting "Purple Squirrel" Finding - Sourcing Ninjas

Around December 2012 this scrappy article appeared on and caused a viral stir in recruiting forums, including this one..... - it's premise?  Technology would cause recruiters to go the way of the dinosaur.  Ahh - but you see the author Lior Shamir had interesting points, albeit to me a bit misguided.  What he did get…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on July 23, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

1 Year Anniversary at New Recruiting Job & 10 Year Wedding Anniversary Parrallels

1 year in to the new Recruiting Staffing role and I have a great deal to be pleased about.  I also have some personal reflections about how I can move the proverbial client satisfaction mountain to even new greater heights. Many times there are things to think on, how to maneuver, and how to find your way.  Recently, I had opportunity to view my latest hiring manager surveys, and it caused me to reflect a bit - what is it that I can do to create "Raving Fans", in the…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on July 17, 2013 at 2:00am — No Comments

The Intimidating Hiring Manager and The Bad Candidate Experience That Results

I have had a few of these types of managers in the past - the types that for some reason intimidate and belittle the candidate even before the interview begins OR within the interview goes so far south in the way they question the candidate. Where the interview becomes more like a Sopranos Mob Inquisition, or almost like an FBI interrogation that the candidate is ready to throw in the towel before the interview even completes. 

Let me warn you now - I will say this with all due…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on June 21, 2013 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

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