I’m into tools. I’m not talking the software kind
, but the kind you can hold in your hand. I like the weighty feel of a 22 oz. framing hammer. The kind you can really use to bash stuff, with the life-saving pick-axe-like claw at the end. (In the event you start falling, you slam that sucker into the roof and then hold on!) Or, the fluid motion of a chop saw. Or, the rhythmic-clicking of a socket wrench. All that may sound funny… Continue
Added by Amy Renz on July 27, 2009 at 5:01pm —
Recruitment and staffing has been around a long time. And I have had the fortune to witness its evolution for almost 30 years. I have worked in many countries and recruited across many sectors.
And guess what I have learned.
The more things change… the more they stay the same!
It was not that long ago that if you walked into a successful recruitment office, every person you saw was on the phone. And why not? There was no computer to tap away on. There was no… Continue
Added by Greg Savage on July 25, 2009 at 8:27am —
I've been working like a dog and I was not feeling particularly motivated today so I put the question out on Twitter.....
Has anyone made a placement today?
I was promptly reminded by Jerry Albright (the Twittering Maniac) that, of course not, not this crowd. Everyone on Twitter is coaching or sharing advice, not making placements. The people making placements are busy doing the placement making work. So I thought if I wanted to find someone who made a placement today,… Continue
Added by Todd Kmiec on May 29, 2009 at 1:36pm —
Awhile back I wrote a blog about the “Green Collar Jobs” and it looks like green sector is here to stay. The new administration is committed to reducing carbon emissions in an effort to fight global climate change. These new investments have the potential to provide economic benefits that go way beyond the primary one of emissions reduction.
We lost over 5.1 million jobs over the past 15 months. The new administration commits $100 billion annually in new public investments over the… Continue
Added by Luigi Lupo on July 23, 2009 at 10:16am —
Last time I wrote for Recruitingblogs.com, I suggested you pull your sourcing skeleton out of the closet. This month I have rehab on my mine. And that Amy Winehouse song is echoing...
Rehab occurs to me because I run. Or lately, I hobble. Had a series of minor injuries this year with the last being a pulled hip muscle. Every time I get an injury, there's a rest period, rehab and rebuilding my running program, from square one. I hate it. I like to run, it helps me focus and is a huge… Continue
Added by Kelly Dingee on July 14, 2009 at 7:00am —
Recruiting is a misunderstood art form. For the shortsighted hiring managers out there, the word recruiting brings to mind hours of distraction that could be better spent on their “real job”. One thing the recession has taught us (particularly the mortgage crisis) is that any decision based solely on short term ramifications will generally get us nowhere in the long run. This tendency to hunker down and avoid any tasks not directly associated with… Continue
Added by Darwin Redshield on July 14, 2009 at 2:20pm —
Who is (or was) the greatest guitarist ever
? I asked that question on recruitingblogs.com two years ago. It was a serious question. Someone recently replied Dolly Parton.
Think about it for a second. If you had to come up with a list of ten bands that really kicked ass where would you start?
Look, everyone has got an opinion here. But,… Continue
Added by Michael Glenn on July 16, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Wetpaint and the Altimeter Group released a study today that confirms what seasoned communicators with several years of experience already know. Deep engagement with consumers through social media channels correlates to better financial performance. How much?
Companies engaged in social media grew company revenues by 18 percent over the last 12 months. The least engaged saw revenues sink 6 percent over the same time period.
"The closer any company is to its… Continue
Added by Rich on July 20, 2009 at 11:54am —
The most important part of sales is going out into the field and getting new customers. In recruiting we call this marketing or business development. The next thing is to keep them once you get them to give you a try.
Think about the last time you had friends over for a get together. The next day you got a call from a friend who was there you to tell you what a good time they had. Didn't that make you feel good?
If you call your client the day after you start working on… Continue
Added by Craig Silverman on July 20, 2009 at 3:55pm —
This happened today when I called the Recruiting Animal
– Hey Animal
– Got a second?
– You have a real problem
– Ya JD, tell me something new.
- Ok I will
– Have you heard of… Continue
Added by Slouch on July 20, 2009 at 11:30pm —
This month Lance Armstrong's comeback to the Tour de France is big news in the world of sport.
For those of you unaware of Lance Armstrong, he's the only man in history to have won 7 Tour de France's, road cycling's holy grail.
Just in case this isn't impressive enough, he won them consecutively and also fought back from a life-threatening bout of testicular cancer a germ cell tumour that metastasised to his brain and lungs when he was in his mid… Continue
Added by Ross Clennett on July 21, 2009 at 3:11am —
News flash - these are challenging days! OK, that's sooo old news by now, but nonetheless it still garners headlines. As a profession that relies on a healthy job market, well....need I say more?
Working in a consultancy firm - our clients have always been important to us, but in times like these they are all the more so. I am reminded of that classic little ditty, "Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold". Not to say we think of our clients as merely… Continue
Added by Maria DiLisio on July 22, 2009 at 5:14pm —
Admittedly, I like to tell stories, and if I may say so, this is one of my strengths as a recruiter. Storytelling can be a powerful tool in the recruitment process.
If you are embarking on a search to find a new team member for your own company or on behalf of a client, one of the first things I recommend (if you haven’t yet done so) is to think about the company’s story. If the company is a startup, you won’t have a lot of history to fall back on, but you can still have a compelling… Continue
Added by Donna Brewington White on July 23, 2009 at 3:13am —
I admit, I have a fear of commitment on so many things and an unwavering loyalty to certain things that I commit to.
Example #1 Commitment Fear – I am almost OCD when it comes to making decisions on no brainer things in my life (at work, no issues w/this – odd? yes) like flavor of ice cream (do I do vanilla, vanilla bean, french vanilla? AND YES there is a difference) where to go on vacation, etc. because I don’t want to commit to any one thing and always be questioning if the other option… Continue
Added by Sarah White on July 23, 2009 at 10:46am —
To meet today’s challenges, companies world-wide are searching for ways to do more with less. While many strategies offer streamlined processes and ways to add value, the biggest opportunities to meet this challenge lie within the talent themselves and are critical to future success:
• Finding the right talent
• Retaining your top performers
• Ensuring your best employees have the opportunity to thrive
Managing talent can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. The… Continue
Added by Vicki Z. Lauter on July 23, 2009 at 10:43am —
This was a thought provoking question posted on LinkedIn. What do you think? here's my answer:
“I believe that many so called recruiters and job boards are capitalizing on the high numbers of people ACTIVELY seeking work in order to somehow make it through, themselves. For me, I'm not doing this because I think it dilutes a brand. People should never have to pay for a job. EVER. Job boards are for lazy agency recruiters who don't have time to actually research and source to find… Continue
Added by Claudia J. Samuelson on July 23, 2009 at 10:31am —
I had an interesting conversation today with one of my clients. Over the last seven years I have been witness to Marks setbacks and successes, his layoffs and his promotions. I've met his wife, his kids, and he has met my sons. I consider him a friend.
This past Friday he was laid off from a software firm that had difficulty securing an additional line of credit. At best, the firm has another 6-8 weeks before they close up shop. Mark called me… Continue
Added by Christopher McCann on July 22, 2009 at 9:12am —
Just over a year ago the buzz in the market was all about how much today is a buyer’s (candidate’s) market and how there were more jobs than there was talent to fill the openings. From about 2001 to the end of 2007 the economy was souring and the number of jobs being created was increasing at fast rates. It was a time when such statistics as "44 million Gen “X”ers in the workforce to replace 77 million retirees" and "11,000 people are reaching age 55 every day" were staggering numbers that… Continue
Added by Stephanie Huff on July 22, 2009 at 8:16pm —
There are only two ways to generate new business and I'm not talking about placing an ad on a website or doing some other kind of marketing. To drive business development and in recruiting talk that means getting new signed fee agreements or job orders, you either have to reach a hiring manager by phone or get out into the field and meet with them face to face.
The worst thing that can happen to an account manager is to not be out meeting with prospects and for a recruiter to not be… Continue
Added by Craig Silverman on September 2, 2010 at 4:00pm —
In our business we are constantly putting together plans; sales plans, call plans, recruiting plans, marketing plans. Recently we initiated a huge marketing campaign complete with timelines, brochures and touch points. Now all we required was a list from our sales team of their top 20 prospects. Easy enough, the lists are compiled and released to marketing!
But one questions jumped out to me; “Do our top prospects know that they are our top prospect? Campaigns are great, they get the… Continue
Added by Alex Putman on July 21, 2009 at 10:40am —