on and keep the pipeline going until the job is filled, don't put all your eggs in one basket (something I've done and regretted, when you think your person is perfect and you don't need to send anyone else...big mistake, as all kinds of things can happen to derail the placement, but if you have great backups ready, you can keep the momentum going.)
Always be pipelining, interviewing great candidates, if you don't have a current search that fits them, then those will be the candidates you market to get more searches.
Interview a set number of candidates weekly and commit to it. This business is a numbers game and it starts with interviews, then track sendouts, and placements. Bump up your interviews and the other numbers should follow.
It's really all about smart activity. Be careful not to get caught up in busy work that doesn't lead to production..structure your day, so you're not doing administrative stuff during prime work hours, do it before or after your day, so you can spend the bulk of your time talking on the phone to candidates. Things like creating a research list on LinkedIn for instance, can take time, do it at the end of the day, so you're ready to hit your list the next morning.
Be careful about how much time you spend on watercooler stuff such as coming here. :) It's easy to get drawn into discussions or interesting articles, and then suddenly you've lost an hour...reward yourself with a visit here after you accomplish an hour or two of calls...or come at lunch or day end, anything so it doesn't cut into your productive time.
Anytime I feel things slow a little, this is what I do, just step back from the 'busy work' and focus on heads down activity. The good news is that you can turn things around very quickly.
Senior C/C ++ developer. This individual will work with functional architects and team members on design and implementation of customized, complex programs and software solutions in a multi-platform distributed environment. Consults with IS and Business management to evaluate complex user requests and clarify objectives and functional requirements for new or modified computer programs.
Minimum requirements to competently perform the key responsibilities of this job in terms of educational background, work experience, licenses/certifications or other knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Â¿ College degree in Information Systems or related field, or equivalent work experience
Â¿ 8-10 years experience in applications programming, real-time system development, ESI experience a plus.
Â¿ Has strong experience in C/C++ on an UNIX platform,
Â¿ Strong UNIX skills and well versed in scripts and perls. (AIX, HP)
Â¿ Knowledge of kernel, TCP/IP and network communication, routing topologies (CCNA or CCNP is a plus).
Â¿ Strong OOD/OOO background. Strong knowledge of distributed application architectures
Â¿ Knowledge of java
Â¿ Previous business analysis experience
Â¿ Have a good understanding of MQ Series and web services.
Â¿ Strong understanding of relational databases, SQL language and database tool-sets. (DB2, Oracle)
Â¿ Experience working with the project management cycle
Â¿ Demonstrated ability to develop customized solutions to meet business requirements
Â¿ Advanced problem solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other departments to resolve complex issues with innovative solutions
Â¿ Demonstrated ability to prioritize work load and meet project deadlines
Â¿ Ability to adapt in a dynamic work environment and make independent decisions
Â¿ Extremely detail oriented
Â¿ Strong customer service focus
Â¿ Excellent oral and written communication skills
Â¿ Familiarity with health care or PBM industry very helpful…
my goals. How is it pro? well.. it shifts my thinking with sharing my thoughts and focus my attention to details - opening my eyes to see other perspectives... cons because it can bee quite addictive and can distract yourself away from ur to-do list per se for that hour.. so better managed within a time frame.
Hmm..peaceful approach I attempt to utilize the settings in where I put my efforts to work - some settings def grab my attention (and may motivate) and some do not at all. It all depends on my mood at that particular "time". At the end of the day, I reflect on positive/inner strength as well.. and continue to generate creative ideas.
What motivates me to focus - that's another question I ask myself weekly -- when I find it, I write it down and/or share the details via journaling. Also that first hour of the morning definitely helps if u prioritize on "spending" some quality time to go through the list (within reasons to do a follow up details as well). I recall seeing an interview on one of those early news shows (i mean really early like 5am) -- showcasing this one CEO of a large firm in Asia who got up every single morning at 3AM and first thing he'd do to clear his thoughts and plan for the day would be to soak himself in the icy cold tub, then head to the gym, then off to his office by 5:30AM or something.. Obviously.. I couldn't do that personally however it helped me to focus my attention to those talents out there who tries anything to keep their mind focused.. that impressed me.
ps - music works for me! ;) all depends on what kind..
Thanks for sharing ~…
within which we change the world, fix social ills, build these money making brands and otherwise waste our time with the sound of one hand clapping. I do however appreciate you taking a minute away from brand comparisons to comment here.
I do however agree, I , like the supremes, know porn when I see it. A fat Asian chick spreading her legs and rubbing herself while lying on a desk was very difficult to explain to my grandson when he asked me what she was doing. Rather than address that one, I decided to deflect with something he might be more interested in talking about. I know about 8 yes old boys. I looked him right in the eye and asked,"do you know where babies come from?
At that point the fat girl had quit rubbing, he missed the two guys rolling on each other,
Grandson responded that he knew where babies came from but wasn't sure how they got there.
There went my distraction question that I was prepared to answer with one of those "out of mommy's tummy, inane replies. My thought was, (screw you, you smutty ladders,sick, sleazy bastards,you are gonna hear from me, I have known about you creeps for years but now you have brought your filth into my home in front of little kids in prime time).
Like Jerry, most people with any sense don't see using porn to market job services as brilliant marketing. I don't know about you but I,m not "runnin whores". I place professionals ladies and gentlemen. The Ladders can keep their whores, pimps and pervs. Those of you who think it was funny..you are sick puppies.…
ters and recruitment agencies when they’re business focused as well.
I disagree with your feeling that: “…too many (recruiters) focus on the sales/conversion side of their role and forget that building good solid partnerships,” matter. Partnerships do matter. And aren’t you letting many employers/employer reps off the hook for their tendency to go silent when feedback to external recruiters could be provided on their on candidates? Worse, how about hiring managers, too busy to prioritize filling their open position(s), that they also neglect updating their own internal recruiter? Partnerships require a joint effort not an artful dodger on the employer side of the equation.
And by the way, if any entity is guilty of going "vampire" it is employers who want to under-pay; delay pay or not pay recruiters for jobs well done. I remember waiting over 100 days for payment on several invoices with a client that simply wasn’t concerned about my downsides in not getting paid in a timely manner. And when I pressed for payment I was suddenly the unhappy partner in the partnership.
@Christopher—your grasp of the big picture is well stated in your comment. You have a great sense of business partnership dynamic. Thanks.
@Richard—if there is a hard wire in human beings it is more accurately fitted for “fight or flight” in a survival mode. While there are some who avoid challenges that seem overwhelming--there are some who feed on such challenges or retreat to return when they’re better able to take on such challenges. To that point I believe it does matter how good one is at eventually differentiating themselves as the situation requires and as they develop into viable problem solvers.
@Bill—your insightful comment here is so true. I would also add a “lemming” label would be a promotion for some……
rify its content with the hiring manager--so you're clear on what is required (in writing and what is verbalized). You then start building a target list of places to start looking for viable candidates.
Amy is correct about going to the competition--but start by asking your hiring manager to prioritize a list of competitors you should pursue/or should not pursue. I mention this because sometimes companies have joint ventures, or existing legal issues with a competitor that makes them "untouchables" so be careful (when I was recruiting for Purina we could not pursue two obvious targets for those reasons).
If you don't have an operative Employee Referral Program (ERP) depending on the job/pay level and discipline--ask permission from your hiring manager to interview valued employees who are either in a similar position you're working to fill, or were promoted out of such positions. They can be a gold mine of information on where to look and even whom to look for. Getting introduced to them by the hiring manager is a plus--it sends a message that he wants to include them in a team recruitment effort. This intro will aid in befriending them. Give them a job description and your contact info. Pick their brain on their backgrounds e.g., past employers; professional and technical organizations they may belong to (where membership directories can be accessed).
Post your opening in all the standard places and use your imagination to think-up additional places. I can say more, but I have to assume your making some headway having done some of this homework already.
Good luck to you as you build your network (as Holand recommended) for this and future searches.
Hope this helps.