As posted on the MN Headhunter blog:

Below is a press release I just received from my friends at Arbita. Surely this will make some noise in the Recruiter and HR industry.

Way to go Don and Shally!!!

Arbita and JobMachine Join Forces

Merger Enhances Recruiting Capabilities for Customers

Minneapolis, MN - May 22, 2008 - The March Continues

Global organizations are well aware that dedication to acquiring top–quality candidates will enable them to thrive and grow in the midst of fierce competition. Finding efficient ways to directly recruit the best candidates are needed to stay ahead in the war for talent and control the cost of recruiting in today’s market.

Arbita, the Internet Recruitment Powerhouse, headquartered in Minneapolis, has merged with JobMachine to further empower its customers to hire more and better people faster. The merger will give customers access to an integrated line of services, combining job ad distribution and recruitment solutions with alternative methods for candidate sourcing.

Arbita’s customers will have access to workforce development and consulting services designed to add value to their sourcing and recruitment teams by developing their research skills. JobMachine’s renowned seminars, onsite workshops, webinars and strategic sourcing consulting will help customers to implement long–term internet recruitment capabilities. Customers will be better equipped to consistently mine top candidates using the best available techniques – enabling them to find talent not obtainable from mainstream sources.

“JobMachine delivers real value to the recruitment market by empowering practitioners and organizations with workforce development programs and consulting services that transform individuals and organizations,” says Don Ramer, Arbita’s CEO. “Shally’s research and thought leadership have changed the way that thousands of recruiters and hundreds of companies view Talent Acquisition Strategy and Recruiting Tactics,” he continued. “This merger flows from strategic alignment of vision for the industry our companies serve and the shared values of our leadership teams,” Ramer concluded.

“Arbita is defining industry standards through recruitment best practices,” says Shally Steckerl, Founder and Chief CyberSleuth of JobMachine. “The merger will further expand the ways in which customers pipeline talent. Our combined products and services will bring recruitment to the next level by adding core competencies in research and facilitating just-in-time sourcing from every possible channel. Through the merger we will enable our customers to obtain world class talent globally, and bring premium candidates to the right jobs with a high level of precision,” he continued.

About JobMachine

Founded in 1998, JobMachine provides consulting and training solutions for recruiters and recruiting agencies. JobMachine focuses on helping its customers build organizational capabilities around sourcing and research. It has architected sourcing and research teams at well over 160 Global 500 corporations and top Search Firms worldwide. JobMachine is based in Atlanta, GA and is located at

About Arbita

Since 1993 Arbita has posted jobs to job boards globally. It has provided services and recruitment advice to hundreds of customers. These include General Dynamics, eBay, Pfizer, and Cox Communications. Arbita partners with the HR-XML Consortium, the International Association for Human Resource Information Management, and the International Association of Employment Web Sites or IAEWS. Arbita is based in Minneapolis, MN and is located at

Media Contact:

Don Ramer, CEO & Founder
(612) 278-0078|

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It great for both of them. i talked to Don and to shally last week in vegas and they were both feeling very good about the decision to go at it together.

I'll be talking to Shally tomorrow about this at 12:30 am EST live on Blog Talk Radio. I'll get the details up on the site shortly so if you want to listen, you can. Don may be able to get on the call as well.
This is outstanding news and I want to send a heartfelt Congratulations to both Don, Shally, and all the members of JobMachine and Arbita.

In today's economy, the way to success is through small businesses that collaboratively ally to create amazingly killer value propositions . . . each leveraging what they're the best in the world at. In the world we live in today, that's the definition of "Winning" :)

It's difficult to convey the amount of blood, tears, and sweat equity that goes into building a small business, but it's moments like these that form lasting memories that endure the test of time. Toast to the possibilities.

Congratulations, Gentlemen and All Involved.

Joshua Letourneau
Mg Director, Strategic Sourcing Framework (SSF) Implementation
LG & Assoc Search / Talent Strategy

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