Lisa rokusek's Blog (14)

Dopamine and Desire

This week I had a conversation with a colleague about how essential crisp well-positioned communication is in business, how much effort it takes, and how rare it is. Later, I had a twitter interaction about new graduates trying to get traction in job searches and how important it is for them…


Added by lisa rokusek on January 12, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Heidegger? Are you kidding me? Recruiting as narrative and the power of our words.

In college I read my first Heidegger and my first Foucault and my first Audre Lorde. It was the first time I had heard of any of them. This was in the mid 80's and yes I know I am old, but you kids can stay on my lawn - I mostly like you.

Heidegger, Foucault and Lorde would be a lot for any young mind to…


Added by lisa rokusek on August 11, 2014 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Be the Recruiter You wish to See...

Super cheesy title, right? I know. But hold on to your rotten tomato, okay? Don't pelt me with it just yet. I've been thinking about recruiting in general and my business in particular, and now more than even I understand that the business we do is a reflection of who we are. I often say, "All business - but recruiting in particular - is a contact sport." As I've gained experience, that phrase means different things. Sometimes a contact sport is bloody conquest, a war of egos and control…


Added by lisa rokusek on July 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

What Do You Assume?

Another day another twitter discussion about how resumes are unnecessary and anyone who is anyone has a reputation and no need of a paper representation of his or her work.

I don't think that is true.  I really, really don't think that is true.  



Not captured in that…


Added by lisa rokusek on March 30, 2014 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

YOU MAKE ME SICK! (said the candidate to the recruiter).

I like words. I probably like them too much. I spend a lot of time thinking about words and the meanings they hold. But thinking about words and their impact is not a waste of time for me as a recruiter.   So often words, either spoken or written, are all I have in my arsenal as I strive to engage and…


Added by lisa rokusek on March 5, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

The Context of Content (what's a resume anyway?)

Recruiters will use any kind of information to find candidates.  I once literally got contact information off of a bathroom wall once and, yes, I made a placement.

We won't discuss the industry.

Recruiters seek out the people we place, and we find them anywhere they are. It is what we do -…


Added by lisa rokusek on February 11, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Cognitive Bias and Recruiting - How Employers Decide Who Get the Job

I was reading this article from Jim Stodgill the other day, it is really good - make sure you bookmark it and read it. I came across this statement and had to take a beat:

Well, anger in the face of ill-considered…


Added by lisa rokusek on February 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

We can't please everyone all of the time. AKA They don't understand us.

I think a lot of people don't understand what we do, or how we work.  Which is why I got a cranky email on Friday from a guy who couldn't believe I called him and emailed him at work.

Which made me laugh, and then I thought about it all weekend.  Then I wrote…


Added by lisa rokusek on September 22, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Dirty Movies and Hiring

You might think that pornography and hiring have little to do with each other.   You'd be wrong.

In essence, looking for a job (or looking for specific talent) is a type of mating dance, and I often compare both endeavors  to dating - the comparison works well.  I think hiring is broken right now - I've felt that way for a while.  It still happens; I am still making a living finding people that companies will pay a fee to hire (thank goodness). But I see more broken processes than…


Added by lisa rokusek on December 13, 2012 at 6:16pm — No Comments

A Tiny Roadmap of Their Heart

Our language is important.  Our words matter.  I remind myself of the truth in those statements several times each day.  As a recruiter I find, qualify, and enthuse talented people on behalf of my client companies.  My tools are my words, both written and spoken.

I find many of my recruiter peers focus less on their words than I do. I am a…

Added by lisa rokusek on May 19, 2012 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

It ain't rocket science, folks. Or is it?

Sometimes I think too much. 

I know this about myself and counter that tendency by focusing on the slogan (yes another one) "Action breeds action" every single day. "When in doubt send them out!" is another one that rings true in my ears.

However, that doesn't mean we should present a candidate without thinking, it doesn't mean our job is to fling crap at the wall without preparation. 

On this board we sometimes talk about how we should prep candidates for interviews,…


Added by lisa rokusek on September 14, 2011 at 10:41am — 5 Comments

Reflections of a Headhunter - The Mental Game

I find what we, collectively, do to be amazing.  We headhunters are the envoys of employment, the captains of commerce, the of potentates of potential!!  We help our clients accomplish their challenging goals by finding and securing for them the talent they need to succeed.

It really is a beautiful thing, man.

I've been feeling especially reflective because I am heading into my 5th year of being in business for myself. I've been a recruiter for wow, 17 years, I can…


Added by lisa rokusek on August 17, 2011 at 12:37pm — 18 Comments

"HEADHUNTER: Bounty Hunters for Talent" Episode 1 - Causality

Most normal people don't know what recruiters do. Sadly, I have also encountered a disturbing number of recruiters that don't know what they themselves are doing, which is not helpful. However, it does provide grist for the storytelling mill.

Most hiring managers seem to think that we have lists of people with a variety of characteristics at our fingertips, ready to be packaged and shipped at a moments notice. Some candidates have a tendency to ring us up after an extended absence… Continue

Added by lisa rokusek on August 1, 2009 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment

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Added by lisa rokusek on February 27, 2008 at 2:47pm — No Comments


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