March 2009 Blog Posts (231)

Blind dates and retention metrics

Recruiting and matchmaking - not entirely the same, but not so different either.

A friend is single, yet can't manage to find a guy/girl because work/school/life is too hectic - just like the customer who has a vacancy yet can't seem to find the right candidate on their own. You get to work thinking about who you know that would be interested and has a personality that will mesh with your single pal - sounds like sourcing a qualified candidate to me. You set up some sort of meeting,… Continue

Added by Gino Conti on March 31, 2009 at 2:19pm — 1 Comment

Spring Forward. Tally-ho!

How’s the market? I can’t even begin to guess how many times that I have been asked this question. Having worked in and around recruiting for over a dozen years, people assume that I see trends in the labor market that can indicate the overall health of the economy. To a great extent this is true. The companies that I have helped start and run for the past 10 years are proven leading indicators of market conditions, especially for the technology markets: people stop hiring when things get… Continue

Added by Joel Passen on March 31, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments


Recruitment sessions for the upcoming 2009 college scholarship

recipients for the San Onofre Career Preparation Program are scheduled

in April. If you would please forward this information to your contacts

that would be a great help in reaching potential candidates for the

program. We also have the May 5th recruitment date tentatively planned

at the Escondido Workforce Career Center in Escondido.

Southern California is offering:

* Full… Continue

Added by Heather Phillips C.A.C. CIR on March 31, 2009 at 12:04pm — No Comments

I Hate Your Guts but I'll Represent You, You Stupid Dick.

I am finding that one of my biggest challenges of late is finding and having to represent the most abhorent, rude, arrogant, pompus, skilled, intelligent, well-educated, experienced jerks with inflated senses of self-worth. Originally when I came across these people I parked them in my database and said, "the hell with you, you stupid dick! I hope you never get another job again." However, I realized that my approach is immature. In real life I can decide to cut jerks out of my life (and do,… Continue

Added by See_Jane_Recruit on March 31, 2009 at 11:08am — 14 Comments

March 31, 2009

Above the Fold

Recruiting software that users want to use and gets...high productivity? No Web 1.0 blues. Is this crazy-talk?

Read Michael Johnson today...Why User Interface Matters

Tutorial Tuesday

You mean you can search for stuff on something other than Google. Mo' crazy talk?

Read Glen Cathey...… Continue

Added by Amitai Givertz on March 31, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments OK I tried it and guess what...

About 2 weeks ago I got an email from the guys over at

I've been a member of TL for a while so it was nothing new, they send out a weekly email with a link to the db with all the new "inductees" so you can send invites to them via linkedin.

Anyho, in the weekly update they mentioned that they started a new "" type database but now you can also grow your network on any (or all!) of the world's top 20 social networking sites including LinkedIn, Facebook,… Continue

Added by Jeff Weidner on March 31, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

The end of employment contracts

Who would have figured that the employment contracts that have been written about ad naseum in the recruiting blog spaces would now be under attack? It's time to raid, raid, raid!!!!

Added by Steve Levy on March 31, 2009 at 7:04am — 3 Comments

Happy Birthday Steve Levy!

Added by Maureen Sharib on March 31, 2009 at 5:48am — 10 Comments

Direct-Dial Directories: How to Research Staff via Phone Numbers

Tricks of the Trade

ERE Article: Direct-Dial Directories: How to Research Staff via Phone Numbers

THAT will be our class subject today (T, Mar 31) - how to "listen" for (and interpret) the nuances in research like that. Read the article (it's short!) and then come to class at noon EST to discuss the variegated ways building out a company's… Continue

Added by Maureen Sharib on March 31, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

Day 1(ish) of the Social Media Project

Well, it really isn't day 1 but it just sounded like a good title. Journeys should always start with a Day 1. The last post was a preface.

A portion of my time... I mean focus... today was mostly on LinkedIn. Of all the social media tools suggested for recruitment purposes I see the most value in LinkedIn without any hesitations.

My hesitation - I am struggling with the idea that as corporations use these social media tools for professional purposes those of us that have… Continue

Added by Veronica A on March 30, 2009 at 9:22pm — No Comments

When your governor really doesn't want a robust state economy

Some knucklehead from another state with one of country's worst economic situations posted a Linkedin status that they supported Gov. Patterson's plan to raise New York state income tax rates on AGI income above $300,000 for joint filers and $200,000 for single filers. If only this person understood business instead of despising people who are successful!

The new plan by an inferior governor is sure to… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on March 30, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Organic Branding for Employers

I was recently asked by international employer branding news journal, Universum Quarterly, to be the guest writer for this quarter's edition. Subscribers in HR organizations worldwide will receive the publication this week.

Universum Quarterly began in 2006 and is the world’s first periodical for Employer Branding. Each issue brings feature…


Added by Craig Fisher on March 30, 2009 at 5:24pm — No Comments

The Money Dance, Part 2: “The Discussion”

flyingmoney OK, you did all your homework and preparation so you understand your value in the marketplace, now you need to make the best of it when speaking to employers.

First rule of thumb: Don't ever be the first one in the conversation to speak about compensation. More than likely, your first contact with the employer will get around to asking. If you bring it up early in the game, it is a big… Continue

Added by Bill Meirs on March 30, 2009 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Why user interface matters and why you should care

Having spent the last nine months building our Recruiting CRM application to interface with many different systems I've been given the unique opportunity to look inside many different HR and recruiting software applications commercially available on the market. I've also had the chance to respond to many RFP's, RFI's, and product bake-offs with competitors. I'm continually blown away at how poorly designed many of these applications are from a users perspective (but not entirely surprised given… Continue

Added by Michael Johnson on March 30, 2009 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Hello World.

Hello World.

Added by Jonathan McLeod on March 30, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments

March 30, 2009

Above the Fold

When it comes to managing the message one wonders if the tail isn't wagging the dog, or something like that.

Read Rich Becker on the front page...Be careful what you believe about Social Media

Mendoza's Monday Member Showcase

And on the subject of dogs, where are have all the smart recruiters gone?

Read...… Continue

Added by Amitai Givertz on March 30, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

MagicMethod News


Thursday’s MagicMethod Phone Sourcing Class Chat was a great success! We had about twenty people show up on pretty short notice including Shally Steckerl and Glenn Gutmacher to give us some great advice regarding LinkedIn’s most recent (and some hints at coming!) changes. You can read through the Class Log here.

There's some great new content posted on the MagicMethod site that you might find interesting. Among… Continue

Added by Maureen Sharib on March 30, 2009 at 7:08am — No Comments

Pie night clarity

Wow... what a night.

A night of mayhem, madness, excitement, order and anarchy, and let's not forget, pride and fun and smiles.

That was my night tonight. I attended my son's first football club meeting, in the form of a jumper presentation and pie night (A great Aussie tradition). It was Zach's first involvement in a footy club, and his excitement all… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on March 29, 2009 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Be Careful What You Believe About Social Media

Eric Clemons, professor of operations and information management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, drew some fire with his argument that the Internet shatters all forms of advertising. Enough so that he updated his post in an attempt to quell the criticism (or perhaps fan the flames) on TechCrunch, telling people how to properly frame their rebuts, ridiculing them for how they… Continue

Added by Rich on March 29, 2009 at 11:45am — No Comments

“3 email rule” improves communication immediately!

One of my MAJOR pet peeves is abuse of email. Way too often, email is used as a passive aggressive way of spouting off. The sender wants to tell you something, but they really don’t want to hear what you think, because if they did they would have called you and SPOKEN to you. Don’t get me wrong, I think email is a great communication tool - when used properly.

So, today I am going to share my “3 email rule” with you in the hope that I can do my small part to… Continue

Added by Cathy McCullough on March 28, 2009 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

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