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Breaking Down The Barriers That Others Impose - It's About Inward Resolve

What was the greatest lesson learned in 2011?  It was breaking down the barriers that others imposed whether that was laying to the dust those who said something couldn't be done, being firm in the resolve that no matter what people said the greatest outcomes came of the audacity to dream, and the inward hope that one could make anything happen that was the greatest of all steps to achievement.

 

As this New Year has come, so too has my inward knowledge that somewhere along the…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 10, 2012 at 2:42am — No Comments

Hitting The Target - Life's Little Moments of Victory

 

I looked back and pulled the Bow up to my ear and pulled back the string as far as it would go, it was a bright sunny day in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with my heart and mind tuned to nature as never before for 2 weeks of fun.  As I pulled the bow string back I let fly the arrow that found it's mark…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 20, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

A Year Of Memories - What Lessons I will Take Into 2012

 

There is much to celebrate as this year draws to a close.  One can look at so many things that the year brings with it - the history, the memories of colleagues who made growth and found new direction in areas of their careers and those who moved on, memories of a year that taught me much about…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on November 29, 2011 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Gratefulness & Thanksgiving - Two Traits That Make for A Great Career

As we come into the end of a very interesting year, with ups and downs, ins, outs and everything in between, it has been enjoying the journey that has been one very important lesson of 2011.  In a unique year where I saw folks come and go in my life, as well folks go on separate paths as they explored career options, new…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on November 2, 2011 at 2:47am — No Comments

Reinvention Is The Ultimate Flower Of Growth

It was on a day where it was overcast and the rain just wouldn't go away, it was at a time where someone doubted my ability to create incredible outcomes even though I had done so dozens if not hundreds of times before.  Yet folks forget, and must be reminded again, and again, and again. 

 

In the case…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 26, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

This October - Staffing Ghouls, Ghosts and Sourcering The Good Old Fashioned Way

It's just so hard to believe it will be 2012 before we know it.  Around the corner - November, December and holidays.

 

As I write this this forum has been developing and evolving just like everything else in staffing land.  Sourcing or as I like to call it sourcering or working the staffing magic has…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 19, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Live Streaming Audio From SourceCon in Silicon Valley

There is some great info being shared over the next couple of days.  Check it out here!

 

http://www.sourcecon.com/2011sv/live/

 

Thanks ERE!!

Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 13, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

What An Incredible Dolphin Named Winter Can Teach Us All

It is without a doubt one of the most inspiring stories of triumph over a life circumstance that I have heard.  Tonight I went and saw an incredible movie.  Dolphin Tale - see trailer here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdpg9NsgEaI

 

In December 2006, in…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 12, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

What The Economic Future Holds

It is anyone's guess.  In the wake of the week I heard many negative diatribes from Monday Morning Quarterbacks who think the US is going to hell in a handbasket.  Among these important and tell tale moments this week:

1.  A sad situation regarding a disgruntled employee who turned guns on fellow co-workers in my home town in Silicon Valley.  It ended with police having to shoot back and eventually leaving the tragedy in an end with the gunman dead.  The news media focused on this…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 7, 2011 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Economic Sage Wisdom For The Ages

It goes without saying - every move you make has the potential to shape your career for years to come.  From time to time, when you are not looking for a new role - well curious folks come knocking on the door and try to lure you away.  In these economic times, many of us have not had that happen for some time and perhaps, we go from place to place, company to company seeking a haven from the economic storm brewing all around us, even facing a unique opportunity or two, where the money may…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 27, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Career Magic - It's About Knowing You

8 years in and I have been there done that.  Although much more is always still to be learned, I spoke with a former boss of mine - we worked together years ago at Venturi Staffing - this evening who still remains to this day a Selling Branch Manager at Manpower one of the largest staffing firms in the world.  He mentored me early on in my days out of college providing the type of role model we all hope to have.

 

Since that time I have been through my own journey discovering…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Indeed.com Reveals New Resume Search Option For Employers

Recently Indeed.com a meta Job Search Engine and Job Aggregator revealed a Resume Search option - a gift for recruiters - which is currently free by the way - check it out here:

www.indeed.com/resumes

 

This new resume search option reads just like a LinkedIn Profile in Feel and has no real phone or email contact information - but employers can sign up for the service and send a secure message to the candidates…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 19, 2011 at 1:35am — 2 Comments

Post September 11 - 10 Years Later Heroes Still Inspire - Let's Roll

There is much going through my mind as we approach this weekend.  Whether it is still the challenges of facing life or remaining steadfast I have to look at those whose lives were changed over 10 years ago.  I am sure the healing continues, the hope needed must be renewed, and life goes on. 

 

On that fateful day I was getting ready for my statistics test, and in Silicon Valley, CA, USA the world was just waking up to the knowledge that something was wrong on the east coast. …

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 9, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

9/11, The Great Recession, & Recruiting - 10 Years Of Lessons - But America Still Stands Strong

USS Hornet

 

On July 4th, 2007, I visited the USS Hornet.  Steeped in History, she sits proudly in the San Francisco Bay.  On that day, we witnessed fireworks over the Bay with a wonderful daylight concert, games, and a fun family outing.  The Hornet sank the Yamato, a Japanese supercarrier in WWII and recovered the astronauts who flew the first mission to the moon.  It was here as I witnessed over the SF Bay…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 3, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Unstoppable - The Quest For Gold of The Best Recruiting Professionals

Unstoppable - its a mojo.  It's a lifestyle.  It's a commitment.

 

Everywhere I go, I keep hearing of folks who are wallowing in the mire of an economic malaise that gets their hopes up, and hits their resolve.  There is an incredible song by the Rascal Flatts which highlights why being Unstoppable is so key.  I have posted it as an update to my LinkedIn Profile....please view:

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 19, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Learn To Be Still....As Much a Part of Success as Anything.

I listened to this song by the Eagles on my way home today, and for just a moment, I found peace as I realized, being comfortable in your own skin, is as much a part of success, as anything.  A simple lesson really, but yet so important.  Sometimes, people have thier opinion of your direction, be it small, be it simple, yet, learning to be still, and just patiently enjoying the moments is so vital and key to every momentous success. 

 

At times, I can't help but be amazed at…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 16, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

When In Doubt: Enjoy The Journey

This was the wise advice of an old manager of mine at Solutions Partners a few years back, when the economic circumstances hit close, after my hours were cut when the permanent job orders that were 70% of my employer's business at Solutions Partners became less and less in demand.  It was on a bright and sunny day walking in Los Gatos, with Nathan North who provided such wisdom at the time, and said the economic storm will pass and "When in Doubt: Enjoy the Journey" - I couldn't help but…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 16, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Power of Your Recruiting Social Networks - Offline and Online

There is power in your direct network.  In fact, every individual, every person you may come in contact with is a potential business partner.  Don't get me wrong, you must tread carefully and watch your privacy and your very safety, but when one begins with the end in mind - career management, long term goals, financial considerations, filling new requisitions, and on and on and on, one must be aware how valuable a network trully is. 

 

The larger one's network the more apt…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 12, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Keeping Your Eye on The Goal In The Midst of The Great Recession

The topic of the economy continues to be at the forefront of every discussion.  Today, I returned from South San Francisco after conducting a workshop entitled Link-up to LinkedIn, LinkedIn Basics - advertised here:

http://www.growbold.com/home/2011/06/bold-roundtable-august-9-2011-south-san-francisco.html#more

 

As I met with great HR Leaders and thinkers in…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 10, 2011 at 1:19am — 1 Comment

Today's Economy - Is There Hope?

It is without a doubt one of the most historic times of our economic windfall.  Everywhere you look there is doom and gloom discussion, individuals getting overwhelmed, and political rumblings, and a historic downgrade of the US credit rating.  The Dow dropped 600+ points, but yet there is still hope.

 

We need to look long and hard these days at giving individuals hope.  Is there any wonder that the Recruiting/Staffing professional of today can be a powerful voice that gets…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 8, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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