Featured Blog Posts – March 2010 Archive (80)

Own The Close; Increase your close rate through candidate prep, not coaching

We've all worked with tough to please Hiring Managers. They're the ones that can find flaws in any and all candidates you bring to the table. Candidates that are rock-stars in phone-interviews or meeting with a recruiter face-to-face crumble in the presence of these managers.

When dealing with these managers,…


Added by Mark Grimwood on March 16, 2010 at 11:17am — No Comments

Innovation and Motivation In The Recruiting Industry

Recently reading a post suggesting that great innovation may be coming soon in recruiting from third party agencies or RPOs brought some great perspective for me. Where does real innovation come from? It comes from motivated individuals and that motivation most of the time is related to profit. So when I look at the recruiting world it makes all the sense in the world that the innovation will come from third party recruiters. Don’t get me wrong, there…


Added by Todd Kmiec on March 16, 2010 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

A job description isn't a sales tool and never will be.

For reasons best known to themselves, many recruiters bemoan the absence of a decent job description and person spec from a client. I agree it’s frustrating when what you get is a series of seemingly unrelated one liners in terms of a job description and just the basic facts about the skills and experience you need in order to do the role, but, the emphasis should be on you, the recruiter to eke out the information from your client that will sell the job, not… Continue

Added by Alasdair Murray on March 15, 2010 at 3:00pm — 21 Comments

Conducting the Interview!!

During the interview your goal is to gather information so you can make a solid hiring recommendation. It is important to remember that candidates come from a variety of sources. Not all candidates want to interview with Your Company. In some cases, we have persuaded them to consider Your Company and come meet with you. Always read the mail from the staffing consultant on the morning of the interview to learn more about the circumstances…


Added by Dean Da Costa on March 14, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Headhunting in Cambridge Wireless-The New rock and Roll?

I love headhunting. I love its challenge and lack of apology. In a world of recycling, electric cars and “save the seals” headhunters stand aloof, beacons for the anti-establishment. Guns for hire dressed in pin stripe.…


Added by Rob on March 12, 2010 at 5:41pm — 3 Comments

Time to re invent the wheel?

Blimey, recruitment can be a tough business can't it! The last year or so has been a real challenge and having seen the use of recruitment agencies decline over the last 10 years (proportionately) - despite the overall growth in the market up to 2008 - its been on our minds that their must be a better way.

Given our business model hasn't changed since I popped out of the womb 40+ years ago I'm convinced it is time for change. For sure, continuing to try and compete in our existing… Continue

Added by Gareth Jones on March 12, 2010 at 4:01am — 7 Comments

Can HR Climb the Corporate Ladder?

I was asked just today to participate in a survey about HR as Leadership. The BIG question the surveying company is trying to drive at here is found as question number nine “Why do so few HR professionals attain the position of CEO?”…


Added by Randy Levinson on March 11, 2010 at 6:17pm — 2 Comments

Social Recruiting and Its Effect on the HR World

As our technologically-advanced recruiting world continues to progress, top talent is more easily accessible than ever before. With the click of a button you can find your next marketing specialist or c-level advisor. Well, that is, if you know where to look.

In recent news, social media sites, in particular social networking sites have seen extraordinary surges in usage levels. According to CNNmoney,… Continue

Added by Karen Bucks on March 11, 2010 at 9:35am — 12 Comments

Corporate Boards’ involvement in Talent Management

Highly influential Boards such as those at GE and Google have always kept talent development in mind when looking at long-term strategy. The Boards of these companies have relevant expertise, but most importantly they have access to several key line managers (the succession pipeline) who provide the raw data needed to construct a long-term strategy. HireLabs study of a recent McKinsey survey has revealed a few very interesting facts about how more and more Boards are actively… Continue

Added by Saleem Qureshi on March 11, 2010 at 6:50am — No Comments

This Is Why You Should Hire Me! - is your CV a Sales Document?

No get No getting away from it, your CV is a sales document. Instead of typing the words ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘CV’ at the top, put in ‘Why You Should Hire Me...’ and see how you write it. There’s little point just creating a list of duties or responsibilities; you will not get hired solely because of what you have done, but more because of what you have achieved within those…


Added by Mervyn Dinnen on March 10, 2010 at 7:02pm — 5 Comments

Why Social Recruiting needs to fail

I was going through some old folders on my laptop the other day and I happened to come across my very first digital recruitment media plan which I wrote for a client way back in 1999. Even though a lot has

happened in the last 11 years I still remember this particular project

fondly. This might seem quite strange when I tell you that it was an

abject failure from both mine and the client's point of view!

The client needed to recruit four permanent software engineers and…


Added by Matt Alder on March 9, 2010 at 1:34pm — 25 Comments

Great Companies

For those of you who don’t know me or don’t know me well I am a trainer for Monster Canada. I have an amazing job that is absolutely perfect for my personality – I get to talk for a living! I am passionate about my brand, my company, candidate experience and improving the recruitment process. Even with all of this wonderfulness I too get sucked into the daily grind from time to time.…


Added by Samantha on March 9, 2010 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Diversity Sourcing Part 2!!!

We already looked at Women so now let's focus on Hispanic. As I said in my previous post remember diversity sourcing is a very special skill. You need to have knowledge of were to search or as I have said in my " Top Ten Rules for Successful Internet…


Added by Dean Da Costa on March 9, 2010 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

Awkward, My Interviewer Facebook Friended Me

I’ve been watching the massive growth of Facebook just like everyone else. From a small idea in a Harvard dorm room to over 400 million global users, Facebook is huge. As a Facebook user for the past several years, I’ve successfully dealt with some interesting friend requests. First, people from high school that I used to be friends with but by graduation we were no longer speaking. Accepted, we’re all adults now. Then, my ex-girlfriends asked to be my friend. Declined, too hard to explain to… Continue

Added by Omowale Casselle on March 9, 2010 at 10:49am — 19 Comments

What differentiates your recruiting model?

I attended an HR Conference in Fort Worth, Texas at the tail end of 2009 and had the opportunity to meet with dozens of exhibitors and attendees who work in the HR space. Par for the course; the event coordinators placed all of the staffing and recruiting exhibitors in the same row, which enabled me to listen to the presentations/elevator pitches of a…


Added by Travis Furlow on March 8, 2010 at 3:57pm — 23 Comments

Inverse Recruiting for "The Greatest Employee in the World"

Hey Team,

I'll be honest here, I don't know much about recruiting. What I do know more than my fair share about is job hunting. Although, now that I think about it, I could sum up all that knowledge pretty easily with two little words...

It sucks.

In today's world of Craigslist, Monster and CareerBuilder the 21 million Americans that faced unemployment last year… Continue

Added by Brett Rounsaville on March 8, 2010 at 1:51am — No Comments

How to follow up after the telephone interview

In today’s economy, there are a lot of people applying for the few jobs available. I know this because I’m one of the people doing the applying.

My question is: How long should I wait after a first telephone interview before concluding the employer isn’t interested in me?

Let’s assume I’ve already sent an appropriate thank you note and called a couple days after to confirm it was received (I do). What then?

On the one hand, I don’t want to be pestering the… Continue

Added by Eric Raynard on March 7, 2010 at 6:27pm — 4 Comments

Diversity Sourcing!

Diversity Sourcing

Diversity sourcing is a very special skill. You need…


Added by Dean Da Costa on March 7, 2010 at 12:57pm — 4 Comments

The Challenge Of Running A Lean Operation

There is a link to a post by Kevin Wheeler on my Interesting Reads page http://bit.ly/6Efmse that I think is really worth reading for those of us in the third party recruiting world as well as those in corporate recruiting. It's a short…


Added by Todd Kmiec on March 7, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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