Featured Blog Posts – March 2010 Archive (79)

Imagine No Recruiters...I Wonder If You Can?

Every day I go over Putney Bridge on my way to work. This may seem like minutiae of my daily commute in South West London but this weekend Putney Bridge becomes the focus for millions of people all over the world. The reason?...it’s the starting point for the University Boat Race, and has been for 154 years.

Now you may think that two teams of amateur rowers from the UKs top 2 universities battling it out for 20 minutes over 4 ¼ miles is hardly a reason for so many people to be… Continue

Added by Mervyn Dinnen on March 31, 2010 at 6:16pm — 6 Comments

How HR Views Personal Branding

As someone who has worked as a Recruiter I understand how important social media is in finding quality job search candidates. I've used tools like chat rooms, online communities, blogs, Twitter, FaceBook, and even internet dating sites to source and place candidates. As a blogger, I have used Blogging4Jobs, my blog to develop an online personal and… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on March 31, 2010 at 4:40pm — 4 Comments

The Rise of the Micro-Niche in the Great Recession

We've been discussing how the Great Recession started out as a massive credit collapse, resulting in a deflationary cascade. With declining wealth, incomes and revenues, people and corporations have had to embrace some extreme cost-cutting measures. As a result, the significant advances in technology over the last couple of decades are now being deployed in ways that are drastically changing the employment landscape.

Employment is not the only aspect of our economy that is being…


Added by Jay Fenello on March 31, 2010 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

10m UK Mobile Internet Users

Over the last few weeks I have spoken to many people about mobile recruiting strategy. I believe we still have a number of marketing managers who don't believe that Mobile Internet is popular or

mainstream. I have one thing to say to anyone with that view - WAKE UP!

Not only has Mobile Internet arrived, it is growing - rapidly. Today there is an estimated 10m UK Mobile…


Added by David Martin on March 30, 2010 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

The Anti-Sale

Most people dislike being sold to. Gen Y like salesmen even less than baby-boomers. We’ve been interrupted by ads, annoyed by door-to-door and saturated by cold callers. Our mindset is on auto-response-NO…


Added by Rob on March 30, 2010 at 3:15pm — 1 Comment

Sourcing Candidates from Social Media- What's Missing?

So you’ve got the attention of top quality talent, but they’re not ready to apply to your current openings… now what?

Originally published on My Blog on March 26, 2010.…


Added by Jason C. Blais on March 30, 2010 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Is it time to Redesign your Recruitment Marketing Strategy?

Originally posted on SmashFly's Recruitment Marketing Blog.

I’ve been reading Inbound Marketing by Dharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan (of Hubspot fame), and am currently reading their thoughts on when a Website Redesign is needed. They make 3 points that I think…


Added by Chris Brablc on March 30, 2010 at 9:26am — No Comments

Cranky Recruiter: Sense of Urgency or Wasting my Time

I was thinking about putting this up on my career advice blog for job seekers--but thought it was better for my fellow recruiters. Hope you can relate

A few days ago I was talking to a man who was referred to me by a social media friend. He was interested in having me help him find a job. We spoke about his background, and possible jobs.

His background was not similar to positions I recruit on regularly so I gave him a little advice about who he should contact for jobs. I… Continue

Added by Amy Gardner on March 29, 2010 at 6:24pm — 9 Comments

Where to Start in Social Recruiting

"If you could only have one social network to use as your main tool in recruiting, which one would it be?" This question was deftly posed to the panel by Chris Hoyt, the ending keynote speaker for the event at which I presented last week. I was on a Dinner with the panel, keynotes, and Jobing Product Manager Brett Farmiloe (@thatpassionguy) panel for Jobing.com's Spring Symposium with some colleagues,…


Added by Craig Fisher on March 29, 2010 at 5:23pm — No Comments

No Longer With the Company

With trepidation, I dialed the telephone number and asked to be connected to a candidate that I’ve been

working with for the past three months. Upon hearing the candidate’s name and

without hesitation, the receptionist replied: “Oh, he’s no longer with the


As I hung up…


Added by Ken Forrester on March 29, 2010 at 4:39pm — 12 Comments

Social X For Recruiting...

I had the honor of being asked to speak as the keynote at the Dallas Recruitment Symposium presented by… Continue

Added by RecruiterGuy on March 29, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Work your ATS like a Rib Bone

Being a Native Texan, I have eaten my share of ribs and I can tell you that they are one of the more expensive items at your local BBQ establishment. So, when I order them, I make sure I get all the meat off of them. With that being said, there is no easy way to segue from a discussion of Ribs to Applicant…


Added by Kevin Womack on March 29, 2010 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Double Submittals

I've seen an increasing number of double submittals lately. As the job market begins to pick up, I believe that we will see a lot more of this going on. I've received questions about the causes and solutions of this problem and wanted to take a minute to address a few of the issues surrounding this drama fest. When recruiters realize that their candidate just got double submitted, they begin to hear that "fingernails on the chalk board" sound. It's a situation that hurts both the job seeker and… Continue

Added by Ryan McMillan on March 28, 2010 at 1:21pm — 17 Comments

The Best Offense is a Good Defense - Retaining Your Best People By Fostering a Culture of Engagement

Like many pieces of industry jargon, people have been throwing “engagement” around at management meetings for a while now. It was the great new buzzword a few years ago and now it has become part of the corporate lexicon. But what does it really mean? Here’s one definition from the Conference Board's…


Added by Katy Tynan on March 27, 2010 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Social Recruiting IS NOT a New Concept

I find the buzz surrounding "social recruiting" kind of amusing.

I began my recruiting career in 1994. At that time, the only "job board" was Dice.com and even it was a dial-up BB. Online recruiting wasn't even a common concept yet. From 1995 to Y2K the online recruiting space exploded. Nearly every corporate environment became familiar with online recruiting through the use of job boards, primarily. Those were pretty great for a while, because they were extra hands helping to source… Continue

Added by Robin Eads on March 26, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Is SEO simply another Y2K? (Or how Shakespeare would have looked a right idiot if he were around today)

A slightly contentious blog this week, but hey, it's all about opinions. This is mine about SEO....

Hands up who remembers the Y2K ‘problem’, or the Millennium bug, as it was sometimes known? I do, as I had several clients who made a lot of money out of placing contractors into the City to ward off the Y2 evil that was set to haunt companies… Continue

Added by Alasdair Murray on March 26, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

How to Land a Job in 7 Minutes

What does the weather, last night's Raptors game or traffic conditions have to do with landing a job? A lot if you want to make a good impression.…


Added by Tim Collins on March 25, 2010 at 9:44pm — 5 Comments

Please don't apply to this job

That's really what you're telling a potential candidate when you upload your job req to a job board. I came across a blog post the other day on the sad state of job postings and it has had me thinking about what I advise my clients.
The first thing I do when I get a call that they just aren't…

Added by Ginger Dodds on March 25, 2010 at 10:34am — 6 Comments

Fighting the War for Talent? Dont waste your time...

War for Talent? Or the Emperors new clothes?. At risk of offending most people involved in the talent arena, I have to say that the so called war for talent is a totally pointless war because most organisations are fighting over a resource which actually isn't scarce at all.

Lets go back for a minute and look at the origins of this so called war – and where the phrase was first coined – The McKinsey Article. The authors of this paper in…


Added by Gareth Jones on March 25, 2010 at 6:41am — 5 Comments

It’s a Selection Rejection Thing

“I nearly bought one of their products a few weeks ago. I’m glad I didn’t. Won’t be considering buying one again”

So said a candidate to me last week about a company whose brand extends into the High Street. Did he have a bad experience? Bad customer service? Was he let down by faulty workmanship?

Kind of..

He was a rejected candidate...he’d applied for a senior role, had 5 interviews including meeting most of the operating Board, giving a… Continue

Added by Mervyn Dinnen on March 24, 2010 at 7:23pm — 7 Comments

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