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Started Feb 16, 2009

ATS vs. paper applications for internal transfers - how to persuade the holdouts.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Gino Conti Jan 21, 2009.

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Who said corporate meant boring?

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Why I Wouldn't Hire My Clone

Having the technical competencies necessary to perform a job function seems to be a pretty universally accepted requirement in order to be considered a viable candidate. However, it is perhaps equally important what the personality and attitude are in the package-deal that is a new hire. With more and more companies adopting behavioral or corporate culture-based interviews it seems the trend is to hire based on soft skills as well. The only question is, what makes a person a good fit for a… Continue

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Maybe those brainless single-celled blobs have it right after all...

It certainly has been a while since I've done any active posting, and while I've enjoyed taking in some of the posts and discussions as a lurker figured it is about time I put something out there of my own again.

Over the past couple of months there have been a couple of big wins and some equally disappointing mishaps. Oddly enough, I find myself crediting and blaming the same thing in both instances...the process. My recruiting team has a very well-defined process by which a manager… Continue

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

Dignity in Downsizing

Having friends and contacts in the industry (both recruiting and automotive) I've been involved in numerous conversations about layoffs recently. One in particular stuck out to me, though. A fellow corporate recruiter at another local OEM was groaning to me about how one of their contract agencies handled a recent round of staff reductions. I'll withhold the name of both companies since I'm not looking to drag any names through the mud, but it is worth discussing what happened.

This… Continue

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 4:24pm

I won't blame them for their ignorance

Being on the corporate side I have both enjoyed the benefits and suffered the frustrations of working directly with hiring managers. I find that the two are very closely related, though, and I have the ability to impact some the of trouble areas. In fact, I feel it is my responsibility in order to be productive and effective in my job.

I speak of the responsibility to educate hiring managers as to what the heck I actually do as a recruiter. Even though the managers and I are on the… Continue

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Exit Interviews

Whether due to a layoff, a firing, or a voluntary separation exit interviews tend not to be very enjoyable. Generally speaking people don't line up to be the company punching bag when an employee sounds off about what upset him/her enough to leave, or how he/she feels about being released. That said, I think as recruiters we need to be the ones making ourselves available for these sessions.

In many cases it was us who brought the employee on in the first place, so it is appropriate… Continue

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 11:59am — 7 Comments

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At 5:12pm on December 15, 2009, Slouch gave Gino Conti a gift
Thanks Gino for letting us use the post you wrote about being a smart recruiter in the eBook we released today. It's a good post.
At 8:40am on April 3, 2009, Bill Meirs said…
Thanks for your comment Gino. I think the cover letter is something that causes way too much undue stress for job seekers. Also, I LOVE the swimsuit analogy. a classic!
At 4:37pm on February 3, 2009, Deborah Denman said…
At 3:08pm on January 27, 2009, Patrick Frost said…
Thank you for your comments Gino. People always associate recruiting with sales. But I completely agree with your point that PR is important as well.

I enjoy connecting with other corporate recruiters. Thank you for the invitation. If I can be of help to you, please feel free to contact me directly.

Best regards,

At 3:11pm on January 21, 2009, Becky Metcalf said…
Hi Gino! Glad to see you posted your ATS/paper app question here!


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