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Case Study On How To Use Social Media In Recruiting

One of the biggest criticisms of social media is a lack of results. Sure, we know that sites like recruitingblogs.com bring us value, but naysayers want to know how many hires we've made for the time spent.

It's not always easy to get those numbers. It can be hard to track, and when you do track them, you don't necessarily want to pass that number on to competitors. Luckily, Rehabcare was open to me talking about their success.

My latest column is up on ERE.net on… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on February 11, 2009 at 9:35am — 2 Comments

Anyone Know Anything About Jobs.com

What was the story behind Jobs.com, prior to getting purchased by Monster. Anyone got some scoop, public or private?

Added by Jim Durbin on January 29, 2009 at 4:47pm — 3 Comments

Job Application of the Future?

This parody of a job application is pretty good - it's a lot of inside baseball, but you folks tend to be pretty good at that sort of thing.

They're missing one line - Have you ever been paid to work on these accounts (not including AdSense, PayperPost, or Reviewme.


Added by Jim Durbin on January 25, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Another Tired Entry In The Search Firms Suck Category

There's a new blogger on the scene, a rabble rouser from D.C. whose marketing plan seems to be tearing down recruiters as the scum of the earth. How very unique and original!

The Staffing Advisor, who is a search firm owner in D.C. has a new business model - well, he has a business model where he pays a salary instead of commission and charges only 8% a search, including a policy where a company can hire as many people as they… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on January 21, 2009 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Payrolling Service for Contractors? Suggestions?

If I were to start my a new firm and payroll contractors, where would I turn?

Does anyone have any suggestions for people to call, and what kind of rates to expect and cash upfront I would need? Especially in this economy.

Added by Jim Durbin on January 19, 2009 at 4:57pm — No Comments

New LinkedIn Services Will Change Internal Recruiting

Are you making 10% of your hires through social networks? According to Workforce Management, William Uranga is, and he's surprised Facebook hasn't caught on. William is pretty well-versed in social media, but his work is no surprise to third party recruiters, who have dug into the LinkedIn bonanza and made big bucks off the network.

If you're an independent recruiter, LinkedIn is a must. I'm fond of saying that if… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on January 9, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Phoenix Is The Recruiting City In The Sun

I'm writing a post on Phoenix, and if you're from there, write a blog there, or have something to say about the town, now's the time to let me know.

In what will be a regular feature, I'll be covering the landscape of different cities that recruit, working my way across the internet in search of new and exciting trends from a local recruiting level.

If you want your city profiled, or if you have something about Phoenix, please let me know.

So far I've got… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on January 5, 2009 at 12:35pm — 3 Comments

What Makes Me A Smart Recruiter

I'm curious. There is no better quality to have when you're dealing in people.

I'm curious about what people want, what they're paid, why they like and don't like their jobs, what they're willing to do to change their position in the world, what holds them back, what makes them fear change, what makes them desperate enough to create change.

I'm curious about those who stay in a job because it's the right thing to do, and those who leave because life's too short, curious… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on December 28, 2008 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Social Media Headhunter Cafe Launches

I've been hard at work back in my workshop, creating training for recruiters who want to use social media to hire candidates. The Social Media Headhunter Series grew out of my frustration with everyone saying that social media was great for recruiting, but few people actually using social media to hire. The result was a series of trainings where i go inside applications and walk recruiters through a step-by-step program to develop and utilize… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on December 15, 2008 at 10:29pm — 2 Comments

Social Media Hiring Process

I just posted an interview with Scott Monty, the social media go-to-guy at Ford Motors. Scott recently accepted a position with Ford, and I was curious about how it transpired. There are no metrics and few job descriptions for social media positions, so I've been writing them up and trying to interview people who are hiring and getting hired.

Social Media Salaries…


Added by Jim Durbin on November 20, 2008 at 9:07pm — No Comments

JobsInSocialMedia is now mine, all Mine! bwahahahaha!

Sorry about the title - I've always wanted to be an evil genius, but I seem to be missing both the evil and the genius part.

Chris Russell built the JobsinSocialMedia social network for social media folks, and with my focus in the industry, it made sense to reach out and snag it.

Who says that flipping domains is a thing of the past?

Added by Jim Durbin on November 12, 2008 at 7:25pm — 5 Comments

Staying Focused In A Down Economy

I've had the opportunity to chase a couple of searches in the last six months that were out of my specialty. Two companies wanted local marketing experts, a Seattle company wanted a recruiter, two tech firms wanted some high value placements and I worked on some splits with a friend.

The results were mixed, because I found candidates and made a placement, but the time lost in pursuing candidates outside of the social media field was a real drag on my other business, and the social… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on November 6, 2008 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

LinkedIn Recruiting Companion

I'm speaking at a chapter of the MOAPS October 23rd, teaching recruiters how to use LinkedIn for their recruiting needs. The training differs significantly from what you'll see in other places - it's purpose is to convince recruiters that the attitude you take into a network like LinkedIn is more important than the actual number of contacts or the resumes you can uncover.

The training looks like it will be reprised in Springfield, MO later this year, under a new arrangement I've put… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on October 9, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Seattle Recruiting Market - Looking For References on Client Company

I'm performing a recruiting search, and wanted to see if anyone knew the Seattle recruiting market well. Specifically, I have a client that wants to hire a recruiter, and I need to ask some candid questions about the client.

Anyone open to having their brain picked?

Added by Jim Durbin on August 26, 2008 at 11:52pm — 2 Comments

Structural Negotiations In Recruiting Sales

Cross-posted at StlRecruiting.com

I'm reading a book on negotiation, and it covers the importance of negotiating with decision makers. The example given is that of a car dealer, where the salesperson actually has no authority to make the decision on a deal.

If you've ever been annoyed when a car salesman leaves to go speak to the sales manager, it's helpful to remember that the salesperson isn't… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on August 17, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

RecruitingBlgos.com Contest - Add Missouri Members

I don't often make demands of you the readers, but I was looking through RecruitingBlogs.com, and there are only 26 Missouri recruiters (listing Missouri as a state).

That's crazy - I have more Missouri readers than that on StlRecruiting.com. We need to boost that number.

So here's the thing. Contact your Missouri friends, and tell them to join. Add me as a friend when they get here. If we add 50 people from Missouri, I'll put… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on August 11, 2008 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

Let's Turn Recruiting Bloggers Into Syndicated Columnists

As a community, the recruiting blogosphere is very fractured. Even in our social networks, niches are carved out and everyone fights for a little piece of the pie. This is normal in network development, as the amount of information available allows us to specialize, and that leads to fragmentation.

But it shouldn't stop us from working together. I think it's important we work to get voices from the recruiting blogosphere into the mainstream media. Our content is good, and those that… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on August 7, 2008 at 8:09pm — 5 Comments

Social Media Tools You Can Use To Recruit

I'm going to change the way you recruit, in less than 5 minutes a day.

My new webinar on August 12th is about Recruiting 2.0 Tools. We're going to surf the world-wide web and repurpose social media tools to use in recruiting. Calendars, video slideshows, click-to-call sites, and microblogging are all on the menu. This will be like nothing the recruiting world has ever imagined.

Sign up for 1:30 EST, August 12th at Hireability.

Recruiting 2.0 Tools Workshop: 5… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on August 6, 2008 at 7:32pm — 3 Comments

MySpace Recruiting Webinar

I'm hosting the second installment of my Social Media Headhunter series on the use of MySpace for Recruiting. Our last webinar brought in over 250 people who learned hands on techniques to using Facebook to recruit, and we're now turning to the world's largest social network, MySpace. With over 100 million members, and an open network that lets you contact the member profiles, MySpace represents an untapped potential for recruiters to reach… Continue

Added by Jim Durbin on July 15, 2008 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Need a Background Check Company

I have a series of placements coming up, and need a background check vendor to run, uh, background checks. Any thoughts, suggestions, referrals, vendors want to help me out here? I need the first one tomorrow.


Added by Jim Durbin on May 22, 2008 at 5:44pm — 2 Comments


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