I rarely ever hear of medium to large sized SMEs ever attempting to develop any kind of 'employment brand' or being bothered about their employer reputation. I also hardly ever see any evidence of it in any of the recruitment communications that these companies put out.
Amazingly, they then compound the problem by treating those applicants who do respond to their self-indulgent job announcements/Internet postings, with very little respect. These applicants are people who invariably… Continue
Added by Mitch Sullivan on September 10, 2009 at 11:01am —
Thank you for the opportunity to interview you this morning for the Director position with my client. I appreciate your having explained to me the number of senior level executives with whom you golf on a regular basis and who are so fond of you. In addition, I apologize for not knowing who you were in advance and remain grateful for your sharing with me how much money you made five years ago.
The hiring manager has requested to only review candidates… Continue
Added by Suzanne M King on September 9, 2009 at 1:19pm —
I had a hiring official call me back on a marketing call to discuss a position that was going to be created in his group just six months after his company had had layoffs and he himself had to let one of his team members go. Unfortunately he told me he wasn’t going to be able to use my services to fill the position, and not for a typical reason like no funding for recruiters fees, but because he was bringing the team member he had let go back in as a contractor.
Sure you’re thinking… Continue
Added by bill martineau on September 9, 2009 at 11:27am —
Often recruiters would send you a good CV, or a thoughtful applicant would send you their CV, thus creating the challenge of figuring out where to place them. It is hard enough to identify and assess current good talent in any business, as well as to elegantly manage the expectations of high-performers and managers’ staffing needs.
is the balancing act of ensuring you have the right people at the right time in the right roles with the right… Continue
Added by Charles Van Heerden on September 9, 2009 at 6:40pm —
Are we on the verge of the best recruiting market any of us has seen before? Or at least a thriving environment for recruiters? Maybe. Conditions have been incredibly tough for our business, but I think it is entirely possible that we will roll into a great period for our business. Here’s why.
My hope through the last year or so has been that it won’t take much of an improvement in general business conditions for those of us left in the recruiting business to do really… Continue
Added by Todd Kmiec on September 8, 2009 at 10:57am —
Everywhere I turn I cannot get away from the ever evolving trend of the social networking process for job searches. Countless comments and posts speaking to the rage and what it does for recruiters and job seekers. The issue I keep finding myself looking at is the lack of a detailed strategy. How do you leverage these networks? What is the best way to connect and get tied into a company you want to work for? What if you do not have a job - how do you use these tools to land your next position?… Continue
Added by Jason Monastra on September 8, 2009 at 11:39am —
Commentaries, articles, posts and emails have been flying left and right in an attempt to clarify and disassemble the falsities being spread about Obama's healthcare reform. Rumors of death panels, promoting euthanasia, cutting Medicaid and bringing about a complete government takeover of healthcare have been flooding the media channels. I’ve watched in wonderment as town hall meetings, editorials and letters escalated to the point of comparing… Continue
Added by Mindy Slobodkin Fineout on September 8, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Buzz buzz. This'll be fun. In the middle of the day from hell I had today, my mind drifted to a more secure, happier place, and began to use itself again to think. Unfortunately those thoughts are always that great. I do amuse myself though...
Here I am neck deep in URGENT requisitions, you know the kind where the world will end or the company will go broke if I don't find a two toed camel herder with 6 years java development skills. I have my C level executives calling me, wondering… Continue
Added by RECPEST - Recruiting Pest on September 4, 2009 at 9:48am —
It has been a pleasure to interview you this past week, and I appreciate how much time you were able to spend with me. Your answers to my probing questions, as well as your stated logic for your career moves and claims of successful track record encouraged me to share your resume with my team.
In taking an extra step of due diligence, we learned that there appears to be a well-documented contradiction of reasons for you moving from one position to the… Continue
Added by Suzanne M King on September 6, 2009 at 5:26pm —
Incorporate the following steps as part of your talent management strategy
and you're sure to have employee retention.
1. Set Expectations; have a clear, concise description of the job and the expectations of the person in that job.
2. Move your talented people around the organization, let them experience other jobs in the… Continue
Added by Vicki Z. Lauter on September 6, 2009 at 3:58pm —
Added by Michael Glenn on September 3, 2009 at 11:14pm —
From $ apropos
This post will be somewhat tangential in terms of the SNS line of thought, although I would like to respond/think about Ken Forrester’s blog post “Searching for the New Recruiting Model”. Ken describes a conversation with a contact about how everything is being turned upside down, and that we now have a need to reassess what constitutes a workable recruiting model.
A lot of information is… Continue
Added by Chuck Hudgins on September 3, 2009 at 11:51am —
Today I met with an exceptional IT professional, a candidate who has extensive experience in healthcare infrastructure (a rare skillset in Canada) who is in between contracts. It was a great conversation, and after a good 90 minutes, I came out of the meeting with my head spinning.
You see, this candidate has had a terrible experience with recruitment agencies in Canada. And for the first half of our interview he was putting me in the same cesspool as the other 'recruiters' he's… Continue
Added by Laura Vezer on September 3, 2009 at 4:30pm —
A few weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night and it was obvious that something was weighing heavily on my mind. Actually, it was this free-to-fee recruiting business model that I read about on a LinkedIn group.
This new model appears very practical, it fulfilled a need, solves a career progression challenges and could possibly stimulate jobs growth and pull the economy out of this downward spiral.
But it was the perception and the lack of clarity on how to sell… Continue
Added by Ken Forrester on August 29, 2009 at 10:30am —
Far too many position descriptions are complicating the recruitment process, rather than helping recruiters to recruit the right person. Good recruitment always starts by having a crystal clear understanding of what the role is (and not is). This is also fundamental for any advertisement, as role clarity is the key for finding the right person.
As I indicated in a previous blog, having a well-written role competency profile is critical - not a flowery or generic description of tasks… Continue
Added by Charles Van Heerden on August 30, 2009 at 5:06am —
I'm not a handy man. I try, but to be bluntly honest... I'm useless, light globes I can do, mow the lawn... OK, cut stuff up.. OK, but anything useful, work on the car, fixing broken things in general.. no way! Much to the distress of my wife and probably embarrassment of my Dad, who is the most MacGyver type guy I know.
However I was partaking in some blokey (for those in the US, read REAL MANLY) outdoor activity, had the women folk inside tending to the young 'uns. OK I was outside… Continue
Added by Dan Nuroo on August 30, 2009 at 11:00am —
I love twitter for a lot of reasons. I'm happy that I am alive in the same era that twitter arrived in because I love it that much. What I love the most about twitter though is how it works and how it enables a lot of possibilities and how it works with job distribution but the great thing is that twitter works I think with almost everything.
About a month ago… Continue
Added by Slouch on September 2, 2009 at 12:30am —
From: $ apropos
In the past couple of posts I have spent some time pondering how SNS can/will be incorporated into recruiting efforts. I looked at how Asurion Mobile Application’s AddressBook might integrate with an ATS, such as Jobvite. Both are focused on making use of and managing SNS based efforts, and therefore offer a way to capitalize on those technologies.
So at this point I feel the need to play devil’s… Continue
Added by Chuck Hudgins on September 1, 2009 at 12:15pm —
Thank you for spending the time to conceive and prepare your resume. The multiple-colored fonts, 24-point type and boldly framed five pages documenting your experiences have, indeed, caught my eye. In addition, I appreciate your sleuthing skills in having found my contact information, and I remain impressed by your initiative to leave me five voicemail messages this week.
Unfortunately, the hiring manager with whom I am working has already selected a… Continue
Added by Suzanne M King on September 1, 2009 at 12:00pm —
The other night I had the pleasure of being on the HR Happy Hour show with Steve Boese. I'm a bit of a fish out of water when getting heavily into HR talk because I'm not an HR guy. I'm a recruiting business guy. However, it was fun and there were several topics that came up that I think are worth exploring in much greater detail. As an aside, one that did not come up was the story of the night Tracy Tran missed the game of the century in order to save the planet. A night I'll never forget and… Continue
Added by Todd Kmiec on August 30, 2009 at 1:11pm —