March 2012 Blog Posts (207)

7 ways to make networking a pleasant experience

They say timing is everything. Nothing illustrated this more than when I entered a hall full of networkers today, and a woman I had never met approached me before I even put my dollar in the contribution jar. It was as if she came out of nowhere like a dive-bombing sparrow from the sky.

Honestly, I can’t remember what this woman said. Something about how one of her…


Added by Bob McIntosh on March 31, 2012 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Recruitment efficiency tracked.

Welcome to this research on recruitment efficiency we launched 3 months back. The results are in, and we're happy to share it with you. Please do check it out and inform us if we could have done something better.

Added by Sanjeev Sarma on March 31, 2012 at 5:33am — No Comments

7 Deadly Resume Writing Sins

There are certain types of information that is better left off of a resume, yet there are people out there who are committing self sabotage by including it on their resume. Here is my list of 7 deadly sins to resume writing:

1. Photograph

Discrimination in hiring still exists today, by adding a photograph; one reveals information about themselves that falls into protected classes which could lead to employment discrimination (age, gender, race, origin, etc…). In…


Added by Ryan McCormick on March 30, 2012 at 3:17pm — 4 Comments

Should People Retire?

An article called 6 Reasons Why You Should Never Retire by Phillip Moeller of US News & World Report appeared last week in Yahoo Finance.  I was alerted to it by a post in one of my LinkedIn Groups.  What surprised me…


Added by Mark Bregman on March 30, 2012 at 2:42pm — 2 Comments

5 Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 3.24.12 to 3.30.12

Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the past week about recruitment marketing, social recruiting and anything else in the recruiting space. In this article, we’ll be talking about what a CRM is, ERE Expo 2012, ways to piss off candidates, common sourcing mistakes, candidate experience and what’s new with LinkedIn.


Here are the articles our that interested us this week (in no…


Added by Chris Brablc on March 30, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments

The Power of Proactive Search (Part 2)

In Part 1 of The Power of Proactive Search we covered a few of the ways Proactive Search can benefit companies looking for the ideal candiate. 

So, what about those candidates?

For everyone out there looking for a change, surfing job boards and tossing resumes into the ether is equivalent to the 'Career' page method; it feels active, and it's not a bad thing in…


Added by Cody Pierson on March 30, 2012 at 9:39am — No Comments

The Power of Proactive Search (Part 1)

"Seize the day!"

"Grab the bull by the horns!" 

"The early bird gets the worm!"

No, I haven't called in your high school gym teacher to write a guest post, but those pep rally staples do neatly encapsulate the main thrust of today's post; the importance of being proactive. This is a lesson for job searchers and hiring managers, and we'll look at specifically how it applies to both, but it really boils down being active rather…


Added by Cody Pierson on March 30, 2012 at 9:35am — No Comments

Do You Need Pinterest in Your Marketing Arsenal?

I’ve been trying to figure out what Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board of recipes, diy projects, paint swatches and style tips has to do with the business of recruiting.

And I really haven’t come up with a good answer...

Gregg Dourgarian of Staffing Talk did a search for “hiring” on Pinterest (see his results).

He came up with hiring infographics,…


Added by Jessica Lunk on March 30, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Recruiting on Facebook with Timeline pt.1

(This is the first article in a 5-part series, to view the rest of the series go to the Identified Employer Solutions Blog)

Cover Images

The first thing you should do when you make the switch to Timeline is update your Cover Image. This is the large image at the top of the page. Try to be creative and choose something that's eye-catching and displays your employer brand…


Added by Lizzie Bluestein on March 29, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Candidate Experience is Interactive not Linear

Much has changed in the candidate experience since the early internet and classified ads days. Not only is it easier to track and capture recruitment metricsfor all the recruitment sources you use but from a candidate viewpoint it’s becoming less and less straight forward.


Let’s take a look back.  Early on when candidates apply it was a very linear process.  A candidate…


Added by Chris Brablc on March 29, 2012 at 4:49pm — 1 Comment

Are Gen Xers Better as Employees or Contractors?

A recent article by Harvard Business Review focuses on how employers can retain their Generation X talent, but it appears that many workers from this generation may be better suited for contract assignments.

According to the article, 70% of Gen Xers surveyed by the Center for Talent Innovation stated that…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on March 29, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

3 Strategies for Your Social Recruiting Efforts

With nearly 95% of people aged 18-35 belonging to at least one social network, HR professionals have turned to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to find job seekers.  If done well, social recruiting can be a powerful way to find the right candidates.  Nearly 80% of companies are using social networks as part of their hiring process.  But are they using them effectively?  Consider these three levels of the Social Recruiting Spectrum.

 1. Putting It Out…


Added by Lauren Smith on March 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Can You Sell Yourself On a Job Interview?

Whether you are applying for a job at the local mini-mart or as a top executive for a small or large business, being able to sell yourself is critically important.

So, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being poor and 10 being great), how would you consider your selling skills when it comes to the job hunt?

While some job applicants find the interviewing process a piece of cake, others sweat their way through it, oftentimes doing something along the way that eliminates them from the…


Added by Dave Thomas on March 29, 2012 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Bitten by a Zombie (Candidate)

I had taken a hot job order from a new client, you know the golden type that always picks up the phone when you call, responds to e-mails almost immediately, instant feedback on candidates, basically the best case scenario. In my initial sourcing efforts, I found three solid candidates. I set up interviews immediately and received instant feedback with an offer for one of them. I was excited as the candidate they selected was a perfect personality fit, had the required skills, background,…


Added by Ryan McCormick on March 29, 2012 at 12:04pm — 3 Comments

5 Buzzwords You Should Know Before You Apply For That Job

This post originally appeared on the SkillStorm blog:

Job announcement
Image courtesy of photologue_np and



Added by SkillStorm on March 29, 2012 at 10:35am — No Comments

Four reasons employers will hire you

Okay, now Forbes magazine in its article, Top Executive Recruiters Agree There Are Only Three True Job Interview Questions,  has confirmed what employers are looking for in candidates. This is not new news. Employers…


Added by Bob McIntosh on March 29, 2012 at 7:59am — No Comments

Tough Social Media Questions

Ms. Nonato reported in PostMedia news that a job candidate in Ontario was asked in an interview to provide his Facebook login and password so the employer to could investigate the interest, photos and people the candidate was involved with.  Most of us would readily question the privacy rights of that candidate and the levels of ethical consideration of the employer; however, the request in Ontario was neither illegal nor immoral.  In fact, temptation exists with the increase of social media…


Added by Darryl Moore on March 29, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

OMG kant believe ths just hapend! LOLz

I had an interesting exchange via email with a VP level candidate while working to coordinate a meeting/ interview with a client. And I quote:

“Kant do it thurz? can Friday?”

My recruitment work is done primarily in the mobile and digital tech space, I’m a texter, a twitter junkie and into Social Media and totally get the language of microblogging.

There has to be a line drawn and adhered to that separates the quick…


Added by Jeremy Spring on March 28, 2012 at 4:41pm — 7 Comments

Diversity Recruitment Problems Over Analyzed

Recently when I presented the “Secrets of a Successful Job Search” at the University of Utah, I asked the participants “How many of you feel you have been discriminated because of your age?” About a third of the people raised their hands.

When you read about diversity recruitment most people discuss systems and solutions but I have yet to see anyone discuss the root problem. Possibly the reason that you do not see the root cause is that most people who write on the subject are outside…


Added by Bill Humbert on March 28, 2012 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

Too good for job boards?

This is an article that Neil Lebovits of Dynamic Scale recently had published in The Fordyce Letter.  Neil is the former president of Ajilon Finance, one of the nations largest Accounting/Finance recruitment firms.

I cannot believe how many of my clients/followers tell me that they don’t or won’t use job boards because their clients either won’t pay for job board candidates or don’t want to see job board candidates. Many tell me with a gleeful condescension that…

Added by Christopher Poreda on March 28, 2012 at 2:18pm — 9 Comments

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