Featured Blog Posts – March 2010 Archive (80)

LinkedIn... Its’ Unorthodox Use Revealed!

The creators of LinkedIn developed this Social Media Business Network to allow its users to connect to a network of your Trusted Professional contacts where you can make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. They also go on to say:





“We believe that in a global connected economy, your success as a professional and your competitiveness as…

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Added by Paul Alfred on March 6, 2010 at 9:00am — 16 Comments

No time for the Price is Right

I have been sick for the past several days from a cold that seems to be making it around the city. While I was at work the other day pale as a ghost I was told to go home and rest before I make others sick as well. Rest sounded great as it is exactly what I needed to help get rid of this cold however, my Blackberry that I love so much has become my greatest enemy in my quest for rest.…

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Added by Chuck Summerland on March 5, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

"3 Reasons I'll Read Your Resume"

I heard it again today, “I’ve applied to 300 jobs in the last month.”

WHAT????

Why would anyone waste their time like that? Sounds to me like this person was simply doing the “Click and Go” dance with his computer. I certainly understand the desperation that comes with the economic climate we all live in today, but I’m concerned.

If a…

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Added by Steven Coyne on March 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — 22 Comments

Resume Roulette - Paper does not = people.

We all know that technology has made it very easy to advertise and receive applications. My belief is that it has made it too easy. Anyone can and will apply for every job that you post regardless of education/experience required and salary.



It is exciting to see the “number” of new applicants to your job post and that excitement soon turns to frustration when you realize that most if not all of them are not nearly qualified and/or live across a national border. I get it, but now is… Continue

Added by Corey Harlock on March 5, 2010 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Linked In - my three top tips

I’ve been amazed of late as to the how people engage and interact with others on Linked In. I’m thinking in this instance specifically of the prolifigate of requests to contact, answer questions and for testimonials etc and how people make these requests.



With this in mind, I thought I’d share my top three tips for how you can use Linked In more effectively:



New Contact Requests – When you make a request to be a contact with me, I expect you to be known to me. If… Continue

Added by Michelle Fischer on March 4, 2010 at 5:04pm — 8 Comments

Is the recruitment database dead...?



Before I got into recruitment I spent a period of time developing and implementing technology solutions for the recruitment industry. For years ‘the database’ has been a key competitive edge, the USP for many recruitment businesses, especially those that operate in a niche. They guarded it fiercely and bragged about it in equal measure.



How ironic then that…

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Added by Gareth Jones on March 4, 2010 at 9:03am — 9 Comments

You're not bigger than your people - seriously you're not!

If you ever start thinking that you are bigger than your people – stop! You’re not. I have written about companies who say “their people are their biggest asset” and then proceed to talk about the bottom line and guest complaints with no mention of their people (remember that oh so valuable asset we just talked about?). I have been in way too many of those meetings.



You can’t manage what is inherently within someone. Yes people who are passionate about what they do and “live”… Continue

Added by Corey Harlock on March 4, 2010 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

The art of Situation-based Hiring

The cliché “Hiring the right person for the right job” continues to be loosely used by the HR industry. In order for HR to recruit “mister/miss right”, HR would need to put emphasis of conducting a job analysis, which will help HR in understanding the current and future situations that impact the position. Unfortunately, this seldom happens.





Once HR understands the situations that surround a position, they will be able to reduce the risk…

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Added by Saleem Qureshi on March 4, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Jumping - Success Through Repetition

At the gym I go to there's a particularly dedicated young man who is a

competitive basketball player. How do I know this? I know this because

I observed this guy strapping on some extremely ungainly shoes and

jumping up and down off of a static wooden box for 30 minute stretches.

These shoes are extraordinary - they give you a 6" lift on the ball of

your foot but no heel equivalent, so you can't stand back. The result

is that you are strengthening your calf muscles… Continue

Added by Nancy Ford on March 3, 2010 at 7:58pm — No Comments

The conversation that never sleeps…

Social media is a conversation; it’s a number of platforms, a set of tools that enables conversation, engagement, transferal of thoughts, ideas and information……

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Added by Mervyn Dinnen on March 3, 2010 at 5:55pm — 3 Comments

I Don't Care...Are They A Fit?

Originally posted on my blog "Let's Talk Recruiting" (www.letstalkrecruiting.wordpress.com).

I am entering my 17th year in recruiting and it still amazes me to hear how corporate recruiters will not utilize the sources that are most readily available to them but only focus on new or trendy sources. In addition, over the years I have read articles about best sources, and how if I didn't use a certain source before…

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Added by Mark Sullivan on March 3, 2010 at 1:50pm — 7 Comments

The Job Market Longtail

The Long Tail Book Jacket Chris Anderson's The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More describes how shifting technologies create opportunities for some businesses and ruin others. It turns out that when we have unlimited access to everything for nearly free we purchase more niche products and less blockbusters. How has the Long Tail influenced the job market?



New…
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Added by Tim Collins on March 3, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Six Key Elements of Social Recruiting

About 6 months ago I wrote a post on www.recruitingfuture.com which was a first attempt to group together some of the key elements and themes of social recruiting. For my first post on UK Recruiting Blogs I thought it would

be worth revisiting them to see if they are still relevant and to see if

anything has changed. This is what I came up with last July -…





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Added by Matt Alder on March 2, 2010 at 4:54pm — 9 Comments

How Do I Get The Phone to Ring?

The telephone has become mobile, and it has transformed recruiting from a 9-5, to a 24/7 work day!

But it is also an irony that this effective device is vastly becoming the most overlooked tool in recruiting passive candidates.



The content of this blog post did not start out as a study; it started out as a mission of a fast start in 2010 and to erase some of the bad memories…

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Added by Ken Forrester on March 2, 2010 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Recruitment and addictive gaming

Video link.

The above video is supreme. It has nothing directly to do with recruitment, but it made me think hard about recruitment, especially what would happen if there was more revolutionary, transformational and original thinking within the recruitment industry. It also follows on from my…

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Added by Paul Jacobs on March 2, 2010 at 5:27am — 2 Comments

Behavioural Descriptive Interviews: A chainsaw where a scalpel is needed.

As an example of using a chain saw when a scalpel is needed, is there a better one in HR than Behavioural Descriptive Interviews? Most people in HR have no idea what the background is on these ubiquitous interviews, don't understand why they were developed, and, as a result, advocate their use in the wrong places. Before I start my rant, some disclosure, I am Certified in Behavioural Descriptive Interviews, right from the source, DDI themselves. But that doesn't mean I have joined the cult,…

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Added by Kim Bechtel on March 1, 2010 at 6:47pm — 2 Comments

Why Should You Care?: Blogging

So many blog entries - so little time. It's the blessing and the curse of the internet: You get to hear a lot of voices.



Personally, my head hurts. I'm guessing I'm not alone.



So what can make a blog entry stand out from the masses? I ask not only because I'm curious - but also because I'm interested in hearing your thoughts of my interpretation of creating a "Purple Cow" of a blog entry - using TV News rules.



I used to work as a reporter in television news.… Continue

Added by Sean Ryan on March 1, 2010 at 6:36pm — 3 Comments

Referrals pay, so don't get cheap.

I’m sure that many of you Recruiters have worked in an organization that provides some type of referral program to encourage more qualified candidates. Unfortunately, most of these programs limit your ability to provide a flexible referral dollar or incentive to the referring party.…

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Added by Kevin Womack on March 1, 2010 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Future of Learning: Learning HOW to LEARN

I am a lifelong learner. I will continue to fill my plate with whatever quenches my appetite.



“The people that are the most passionate about what they do

never, ever stop learning”



Many people are… Continue

Added by Benjamin McCall on March 1, 2010 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

What smart leaders know about talent management and strategy

Smart leaders know that strategic hiring and deployment of their top talent are essential to managing risk, achieving business outcomes and ensuring future sustainability. It’s the strength of your people that drives the rise or fall of your business—especially in hard times.



If your talent management philosophy consists of finding and hiring people when you need them, it’s time to make a paradigm shift. Capabilities and leadership gaps need to be filled in order to grow…
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Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on March 1, 2010 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

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