March 2012 Blog Posts (219)

Fear of Foursquare + 2 Other Social Networking Platforms I Can't Seem to Embrace

I consider myself tech savvy and pretty open minded when it comes to embracing social media. I have profiles around the World Wide Web on LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook and Twitter. But there are a few "hot" trending platforms that I am, admittedly, reluctant to embrace for personal use.

1. Foursquare



Added by Maisha Cannon on March 26, 2012 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Are you a LinkedIn Liar?

Don't get me wrong. I use LinkedIn a lot, and of course so do all the recruiters at Firebrand.

But there are issues with LinkedIn. Flaws.

One of the most obvious is that LinkedIn appears to have no system to monitor accuracy of data on their network. Indeed, they freely admit that many profiles are bogus, and that many people have several LinkedIn profiles.

Only last week I was at a the…


Added by Greg Savage on March 26, 2012 at 5:28pm — 19 Comments

Now Playing: The Recruiter Games

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Jamie Horton

Community Management Intern at Work4 Labs, L.A. Native,…

Added by Jamie Horton on March 26, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Help Job Seekers Stay Relevant

In this ever-changing global economy, it’s more important than ever before to continually find ways to stay relevant in the workplace. The uncertain economy, outsourcing, downsizing and mass layoffs present a challenging and precarious work environment. You need to keep your skills fresh, which has the dual purpose of investing in yourself and adding value to your company. Today’s employee must constantly keep a finger on the pulse of his or her industry. Adapt or perish.



Added by Patrick Richard on March 26, 2012 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Things candidates do to market themselves out of a job opportunity

I read an interesting article today about ways that people market themselves out of a job.

I'm curious to hear whats the oddest way you have seen a candidate drop the ball to get themselves kicked out of the running or shortlist!


Added by Amos on March 26, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why are some geographic regions using staffing services more than others? Culture vs. Economics?

Where hiring exists, usually you can find staffing services, however, some geographic area seem to use staffing services more than others.  Is there a business reason for this or perhaps a cultural propensity of the area to lean heavily on staffing services?  Time to find out!  While my data is Canadian, for our US recruiting colleagues, the same information may exist and may be a worthy exercise to determine the hot beds of staffing. 


Quick and Dirty Data…


Added by Darryl Moore on March 26, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Top 10 Facebook Timeline Covers of Recruitment Companies

While conducting our research in time for our Facebook Pages Timeline: Essential Workshop for Recruiters event last Friday, we came across a number of Facebook pages of recruitment companies that had rather lovely Timeline covers. We also came across the 99% of company pages that haven't yet migrated to Timeline before the March 30th deadline (if your company page is one of them and you're in Dublin on Friday morning, then…


Added by Johnny Campbell on March 26, 2012 at 5:49am — 9 Comments

Are You Using LinkedIn's 'Signal' Feature? One of the Hidden Gems of Social Recruitment

For those that are using LinkedIn to have an on going discourse with your connections, one of the hidden gems is their 'signal' feature. Basically, the feature allows you to navigate the status stream more specifically then what you can do on your home page. For any of your connections (2nd connections etc.), you can pinpoint conversations/shares/status updates based upon key words, location, etc. (ie. CEO in Greater Atlanta Area). You can find it under 'News' up on the top menu. Is anyone…


Added by Doug Schade on March 25, 2012 at 8:47am — 13 Comments

9 tips for successful networking

It’s no surprise that when you read articles like Nine Tips for Networking for Business Success they apply nicely to the job search—as in nine tips for networking for job search success. This is because the job search is like running a business…namely yours. That’s right, you have a marketing campaign which heavily relies on your ability to network your way to…


Added by Bob McIntosh on March 24, 2012 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

28,000 Green Jobs Indexed since January 1, 2012

Today's blog sounds like a broken record... we've been saying the same thing for many weeks... we've broken our record!  We indexed 2,844 new green jobs this week.

2012 will be a record year for green jobs. And it's an easy prediction... we've already indexed 28,000 since the beginning of the year, compared to 63,000 for the whole of last year. So in less than…


Added by Bernard Ferret on March 24, 2012 at 1:57pm — No Comments

February Another Record Month for Green Jobs

Green Jobs February was another record month for green jobs with over 11,500 green jobs indexed, following our previous record in January with almost 11,000.

The number of current green jobs again reached a record today with over 10,800 green jobs that are less than 60 days old.…


Added by Bernard Ferret on March 24, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Are Video Resumes a Good Idea?

It seems that just about everything is moving to an online medium, and this is no different in the field of recruiting. LinkedIn is a great electronic resume, and other social networks can really add a new dimension to the hiring process. What could be better? As it turns out, video can be better.

More and more companies are asking for video resumes from candidates if…


Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on March 23, 2012 at 5:37pm — 21 Comments

Thinking TOO Much... breaking the requistion / application connection

Today is Friday and often my thoughts turn to the what if!  This week, I have been thinking about how it would be to break the requisition to application connection. Let me tell you why.

One of my biggest fears is that a uniquely qualified candidate comes to our website and searches for jobs and doesn't see one that fits them and then clicks away and I never know they were even there.  We can solve for some of it with "mock" postings but what if...

An candidate could come to…


Added by Molly on March 23, 2012 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Successful Resume Format for IT Candidates

There are many ways to write a resume, some that work and some that don't. My guidelines for building a winning resume focus on relevancy and content placement.

Resume Design

A. Summary

Focus on drafting your resume around your Target Job. Start off with a summary that is no more than 3 sentences. Be sure to clearly define what you are looking for. For instance, if you are looking for a position as a helpdesk analyst, your summary should read something…


Added by Ryan McCormick on March 23, 2012 at 1:56pm — No Comments

5 Effective Job Search Strategies You Might Have Overlooked

In the words of American singer-songwriter Randy Newman, “It's a jungle out there.” A stagnant economy, an unemployment rate exceeding nine percent and fourteen million unemployed Americans looking for work, presents one of the most challenging environments for job seekers in decades. The uncertain economy has made hiring managers jittery and cautious. Competing candidates are just as qualified as you are, or more so. And more than ever before, companies are now dispassionately evaluating…


Added by Patrick Richard on March 23, 2012 at 12:47pm — No Comments

5 Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 3.17.12 to 3.23.12

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 lessons from Jay-Z, employment branding, recruiting collaboration, job advertisements and sharing Facebook passwords.


Here are the articles our that interested us this week (in no particular order),…


Added by Chris Brablc on March 23, 2012 at 11:13am — No Comments

Do recruiters need to become more Pinteresting?

I am a Social Media and Marketing Exec and I work for a recruitment company called Lipton Fleming (LF). Here at LF we try to change with the ever adapting media landscape, not only by being a recruitment consultancy that “Places people first” (our slogan and for all intents and purposes our mission statement but) by moving with the times.

This does not mean jumping on the bandwagon and following the latest…


Added by Lipton Fleming on March 23, 2012 at 7:04am — 7 Comments

Bracing for Another Tight Labour Market

Western Canada is about to brace itself for another labour market crunch.  Search assignments are up but candidates are not available to fill.  After a two-year run in an employee market, employees are back on top as the industry once again struggles to find the right people from a finite group.  The effects to hiring practise start to change again, taking new dynamics requiring that we clarify for our clients and potential clients the following changes to their recruiting…


Added by Darryl Moore on March 23, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Five Tips to Increase Job Prospects for Your Clients

The economic climate and unemployment rate remains stubbornly sour. There are six candidates for every one job. But, guess what? Despite the challenging economy, cautious recruiters and skittish hiring managers, the business world is humming along like it always has. Money is being made, products are being sold, business deals are being made and innovative disruptive startups are the talk of Silicon Valley. There are job prospects and job opportunities galore out there for the determined…


Added by Patrick Richard on March 22, 2012 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Testing Twitter Embed Feature


Added by Recruiting Animal on March 22, 2012 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

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