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Started Feb 18, 2009

Where have all the SAP and PeopleSoft resources gone?
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New Grads: Struggling to get hired??

02.25.09New Grads: Struggling to get hired??Posted in Recruitment tagged Compensation, Employee Retention, IT, New Grad, Recession, Recruiter, Recruiting, Recruitment, Retention at 4:36 pm by sweens

I was sitting here in my office today wondering what I could blog about. I got to thinking and what I ended up focusing on was how ‘new grads’ are likely the largest group within the candidacy pool who will have the greatest struggle finding IT employment in the coming months or years. I… Continue

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

Resume Writing: What do I do?

‘What do I do’ is an interesting question you should be asking yourself when you are writing a resume. Let us begin with the following idea:

If you do not know, how is a recruiter going to know?

You may find it amusing that I mention this; however it is not uncommon for me (and many others within the industry) to read the resume of a candidate and come out if it wondering what this person actually does. This person is one who has many skills and tries to convey… Continue

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 5:14pm

Contract VS Permanent: Can I make the switch?

Many people switch career paths between contract and permanent opportunities and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Everyone has different motivations for this move from opportunity to work environment to the lifestyle associated with contracting. I would like to discuss candidates who have been a long time contractor who are interested in permanent opportunities.

This is a trend I have seen more commonly as of late. Most candidates are alluding to the recent economic… Continue

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Who’s running to join the IT sector…

In light of all the lay offs going on within the Information Technology industry as of late, I thought we should briefly discuss the effects that this industry shift will have on the future of the Information Technology labour market. Where I am really trying to take this post is in the following direction – if the Information Technology sector keeps crashing, who’s going to want to join it in the future?

Getting students to join the IT field in school has always been a hot… Continue

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 5:00pm

Recruiting Blog

Hey guys!! Thanks for checking out my page. My name is Tom and I currently work for an IT staffing firm as a technical recruiter. Back in December I started a blog on some of the day to day challenges or experiences I encountered through my job. After going strong for over a month I can say that I have really enjoyed blogging so far. When I first got going I emailed my blog to my 1st Degree LinkedIn connections and it was suggested to me that I bring my blog to… Continue

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 2:00pm

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At 11:28am on June 15, 2009, Ashok said…
Can you help me with this req??

Job Title: Business Analyst
Work Location: Phoenix, AZ
Job Length: 6 months
Interview Type: In Person Interview

Desired Skills/Experience: Triage incoming work requests, ensuring they follow the change management process. Ensure the defined Change Management processes and procedures are adhered to by staff carrying out their tasks and where appropriate initiate appropriate training to rectify non-conformance.

Familiarity with IT Controls and best practices including ITIL, System Development Life Cycle, SAS-70, S-OX. BMC's Remedy Change Management, & Incident/Help Desk modules (prefer version 7.0 or above). Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Excel, Word, InfoPath, PowerPoint. Microsoft SharePoint Services
At 4:47pm on March 12, 2009, Nancy Ford said…
Nope, that's fine. Link away! :)
At 4:38pm on March 12, 2009, Nancy Ford said…
Hey Tom! Thanks for the comment. Yes, I feel that way too about candidates sometimes; I try to remember the "place" where they're coming from, but sometimes a firm hand is required. Feel free to forward my blog post to them though! Maybe they'll get the hint....
At 5:51pm on February 21, 2009, Paul DeBettignies said…

I am the “Admin” for the Recruiters On LinkedIn group, You have recently joined and this is a "welcome" to the group and "here is how it works".

Over the past year I have been experimenting how best to facilitate members being able to connect with each other. Some want to connect with everyone and some are looking for a few meaningful connections.

1-2 times per week I send a group introduction message with 10-15 new members and reintroducing others.

What this means for you is simple, do you wish to be introduced to the group?

You have 4 options from which to choose:

(A) “Open Networker” with name, email address, and LinkedIn URL as you want to connect with anyone and everyone.

(B) “General Introduction” with name and LinkedIn URL as you are specific about who you want to connect with.

(C) “Lurker” no announcement will be made as you want to be on the sidelines connecting with people as you wish.

(D) “Super Open Networker” which is (A) plus having your contact information on the group page.

A caution on the “Open Networker”, you may be inundated with invitations to connect. For some this is exactly what they are hoping for and others this could be a pain.

I do ask, if you receive invitations from members you do not want to connect with that you “Archive” the message versus “I don’t know” so the sender is not penalized by LinkedIn although how you handle this is up to you.

Again your options are (A), (B), (C), (D).

Please include your LinkedIn URL and email address you prefer to receive invitations and send to

Thank you for your time.




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