March 2011 Blog Posts (253)

Blogs, Responses & Hurt feelings …

I had the pleasure of being invited as a Guest on the Recruiting Animal Blogtalk Radio Show – after getting thoroughly prepped by Animal the day before and listening to previous episodes;  it seemed that I would have to adopt an aggressive stance- not my normal calm consulting demeanour.   But I loved it – I brought my…


Added by Paul Alfred on March 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — 30 Comments

HR and Social Media - Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Social Media has become an integral part of the way we live and work. It is hard to imagine that it is only twenty years since the Internet was created. According to Nielsen research, social network traffic grew by 43% from June 2009 to June 2010. Social network activity now dwarfs online games, email and search as the number one activity. Every single day more people are also now turning to their social networks, as the preferred way to find jobs.

Managers need to realise that social…


Added by Charles Van Heerden on March 31, 2011 at 7:15pm — 4 Comments

Shortage of Technically Skilled Workers Looming

With the unemployment rate still hovering around 9 percent, it may seem like an odd time to talk about worker shortages. But many companies are fearing an upcoming technically skilled worker shortage, and others are already struggling to fill certain positions, according to a recent article by…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 31, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

How to Get More Contract Job Orders from Hiring Managers

We asked recruiters who are successfully doing contracting to share some of their best marketing tips. The main thing to keep in mind when trying to get contracting job orders is that, while you may be used to dealing with human resources when filling direct-hire job orders, contracting job orders are more often coordinated through the hiring manager

Here are just a few things recruiters can do to sweep hiring managers off their…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 31, 2011 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Technology to Aid I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Efforts

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) appears to be on a big technology kick lately. Earlier this week, we reported on the agency's proposed advanced registration system for filing H-IB petitions. Now the agency is pursuing technologies aimed at making…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 31, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Proposed USCIS Rule Could Ease H-1B Petition Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a new rule that could prove to be a time-saver for businesses seeking to file H-1B petitions in the coming years. 

H-1B visas allow employers to temporarily…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 31, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Mobile Recruiting Arrives

Recruiting software – and recruiting strategy in general – needs to make the leap into the mobile age sooner than later.

The reason for this is simple: recruiters need to go where the candidates are. Thirty years ago, candidates routinely looked at the classified jobs section of the…


Added by Tim Giehll on March 31, 2011 at 2:54pm — 1 Comment

Do Objectives Really Matter on Resumes?

Ah, the age-old debate of the objective. Everyone wonders about it. A decade ago, no resume was complete with out a resume objective. Nowadays, resume objective statements are gradually becoming obsolete, and we (hiring professionals) do recommend omitting or replacing them with well-written professional profile summaries.


A Deeper Dive into the Debate

It’s one of those sticky questions that divides career experts everywhere. If you got 100 of them in a room, 50…


Added by Ty Abernethy on March 31, 2011 at 2:46pm — 5 Comments

Staffing Agencies Vital to Recovery

In a free-market economy like ours, staffing agencies perform the invaluable function of matching job seekers with employee seekers. Given the staffing software and other tools at their disposal, staffing agencies save both ends of the employment spectrum lots of time and money. That’s why in good and bad economic times, there never seems to be a shortage of people or…


Added by Tim Giehll on March 31, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Why Men Earn More than Women

I agree that you should be paid for the job you do, if you are a Doctor you should be compensated as such, if you are a mid-level manger or a fast food employee you should be compensated as such.  In 2011, male or female can hold many of the same positions, but women only earn 80% as much as men.  It could be for traditional reasons but studies show that the gap is closing and women are no longer accepting these statistics. stated that a MBA study showed that men and…


Added by Jason Monastra on March 31, 2011 at 1:25pm — 16 Comments

The Story Behind "2011 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award"

On March 24th, 2011 my client, Informatica was recognized with the 2011 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award for the category of as "Most Strategic Use of Technology." The award was based on the talent strategy architecture I developed this past year to establish a sustainable talent library founded upon a robust, competitive intelligence model. More significantly, the… Continue

Added by Dave Mendoza on March 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Social Media Time Sink and How to Avoid it


Social Media is great for many things, for networking, branding your image, or just staying up to date on what’s going on in the world.  The problem is that you can lose hours being on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or…


Added by Shana Borwegen on March 31, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

Split Fees in 2011 to Increase Your Revenue

OK, raise your hand if the last few years have been something less than wonderful for your recruiting business. Happy New Year!!! Keep that hand waving if you have the feeling that 2011 is going to be a breakout positive year. If you put your hand down, get it back up if you feel 2011 will be better than either 2009 or 2010.

So what does this have to do with split fees? Here’s the connection…I believe you will be busier than ever this year and filling open positions will be more…


Added by Dave Nerz on March 31, 2011 at 9:50am — No Comments

Does anyone really deliver offers, anymore?

In my 12 years recruiting I've never delivered an offer...ever!  And in my 12 years recruiting I've never had a company and a candidate arrive at the decision (commonly known as the "offer"stage) without my candidate accepting...ever!  Why?  'Cause I've never delivered an offer...ever!


I know many a recruiting trainer who preach client/candidate control.  I also know there is no such thing...however, you can control the process to a great degree and if…

Added by Christopher Poreda on March 31, 2011 at 7:40am — 8 Comments

The Importance of Candidate Experience - part 1

In the current climate, you can understand that many people are currently unemployed. These people vary from fresh new graduates, to laid off experienced professionals, to potential go getters from school. However, having more potential future employees around doesn’t change the fact that companies still want the best candidates.

In this day and age of the rising influence of social media and online recruitment, it is understandable that these people’s application process of choice is…


Added by Emily Stevenson on March 31, 2011 at 7:03am — 5 Comments

How do you identify a 'hallway' file when vetting a candidate

Here's a recurring problem we're facing for cleared candidates.  Great candidate, good mix of skills and seems like a good fit...only to find out after all the time developing that recruiter/candidate rapport, that the management team and or government end customer has a 'hall way file' on the person from past experiences and will not consider them for placement.    Looking for techniques to help drive those out with the candidate other than "anything  you wish to confess before I submit you to… Continue

Added by randall.s.wright on March 30, 2011 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Women & perception: the ugly truth

First impression thoughts and opinions are an unsightly reality of the society we live in.  I’m writing this post because I believe it’s relevant for women to remain continually aware of how much they can and cannot control.

I follow a fun blog called Corporette that’s geared to women in the corporate world and it has…


Added by Kimberly Roden on March 30, 2011 at 8:56pm — 36 Comments

Recruiting With Facebook


Followers of this blog know that 1) I thinkrecruiting software should be augmented with active participation in social networks and 2) I love it when readers contribute to the ongoing conversation here by sending me a comment or an email. So I was quite happy when a reader…


Added by Tim Giehll on March 30, 2011 at 4:49pm — No Comments

A Toast To A Great Contributor

A Toast To A Great Contributor

I wrote some weeks back about the phenomenal spirit of the recruiting community at large and how it has positively influenced my work and my desire to be a contributing member of that community. I would like to highlight the contribution of one exceptional leader in the field. Kathleen Smith heads up ClearedJobsNet (…


Added by Doug Munro on March 30, 2011 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

When both candidates and companies are misinterpreting the market

With all the recent ups and downs in the market over the last three years there have been many shifts in perspective for both hiring manager and the potential employees looking for a career switch. One of the most interesting and most destructive comes when there has been a significant and extended downturn in the market that is…


Added by Chris Short on March 30, 2011 at 1:56pm — No Comments

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