April 2011 Blog Posts (211)

Do We Really Need Personal Pages?

I'm not talking about Facebook or other forms of social media, I am referring to the people that think designing a web page or home page to find a job using services like about.me and flavors.me.  Enough is Enough! Employers are not looking for flashy pizzazz, they are looking for someone that can do the job.  Technology is integrating itself into our lives more and more everyday but the workforce and hiring managers, they still use a calculator and pick up the phone.   It's not that using a…

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Added by Jason Monastra on April 28, 2011 at 11:40am — 4 Comments

Trust

One word, Five letters, Able to do a lot of good or create a lot of damage. Something usually given too early and withdrawn too late.It’s hard to give at first, and real scary to receive. My question today: When do you know the time is right to “use” Trust ? This is open-ended as it could pertain to people, to jobs, to life-situations; basically to anything or anyone you feel will help you accomplish your end-goal in life.

Sure I understand that we must have enough respect for…

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Added by Daniel J Smith on April 28, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

What’s More Important When Hiring: Passion or Skills?

Unfortunately, passion and drive are sometimes overlooked qualities of a job candidateduring the search and interview process.

Generally, when people are being interviewed, the hiring manager uses a task-and-experience job description to find candidates. Then they focus on a resume, whichhighlights skills acquired through school and job experience. While skills and experienceare important attributes that should always be considered, talent and passion are equally--if not more--vital…

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Added by Ty Abernethy on April 28, 2011 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

DEAR KATIE,

Rather than bury this in a serious discussion thread on Katie's Dear John post i thought it might be kind of fun to make it a response to her Dear John letter.  Please understand it's for fun...sort of.

 

Dear Katie,

Thank you so much for your letter.  It is at least nice to know that you are well and something bad had not happened to you. I respect your position and your budget constraints.  Actually the reason for my call was three fold.  I really wanted to discuss all…

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Added by Sandra McCartt on April 27, 2011 at 5:49pm — 39 Comments

One of the most important blogs you will read

One of the most important blogs you will read is a blog that shows how to protect yourself and your company for the hassle not to mention the expense of a negligent hiring law suit.  When another person feels they have been injured as a direct result of an action by an employees (an employee your recruited or hired)  they have the right to file a negligent hiring suit.   As a recruiter, business owner, or employer you can reduce the possibility of an incident happening in the FIRST place IF…

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Added by Sandy on April 27, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Top 25 Jobs – The StaffingU Market Demand Report

Total volume added in the past 90 days and the percentage increase compared to the same period last year.

Data: WANTED Analytics | Analysis:…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 27, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Activity versus Result... the task driven recruiter

In an agency recruitment environment, the old adage is activity = revenue.  I would say that any recruiter worth their salt is doing the required amount of activity to reach their targets and meet their commission goals, but what happens in a mature environment where the focus is switched from result - to activity?

 

So often we see the task driven recruiter tick the pages of their KPI sheet, feeling they have achieved something, even when it has not led to any new…

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Added by Sarah Calverley on April 27, 2011 at 7:23am — 20 Comments

What If?

A great question that has come to mind for me in successive months is - what if? 

 

I have pondered the reasons why certain things happen and why others apart from every controlled factor I put into place don't go according to plan? 

 

And then I ponder what if.....dot, dot, dot, or fill in the blank.....

 

I have to sit back and ponder this very remarkable question, why do certain things happen when everything I put into place and desired can only…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on April 26, 2011 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Networking – a recruiters dream (or nightmare)

Going to industry functions is an important part of immersing yourself in an industry sector. It’s a great way to meet new contacts, and people are there to network.  It never ceases to amaze me though how often I will introduce myself to a group of people only to find that they all work at the same company! What a wasted opportunity. Here are a few tips to get you started:

 

  1. Remember your etiquette. There are a few golden rules when attending a networking function to…
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Added by Ineke Read on April 26, 2011 at 8:26pm — 4 Comments

You Get Hired for What You Know, You Get Fired For…

Great article this week on Psychology Today website called You Get Hired for What You Know; You Get Fired For….  Spoiler alert:  They authors claim you get fired for WHO YOU ARE. The subtitle of the article is:  Lessons from our favorite leadership… Continue

Added by Mark Bregman on April 26, 2011 at 6:56pm — 2 Comments

Web 2.0 - Social media Organizational tips

Web 2.0 organizing your hiring resources –Original publication 2008, update 2009

Are you unemployed and looking for a position on every job board and social network under the sun?

Are you a company looking to brand and market your goods or services in online media?

Do you have so many resumes coming in that you don't know how or where they came from?

Are you seeking some talent for a niche job, and can't seem to get a pool of qualified candidates?

Are you on…

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Added by Susan Hand on April 26, 2011 at 2:03pm — No Comments

#RecruitingFAIL : Everybody's Doing it..."

It’s no secret.  To be successful in your recruiting strategy, you will need to continually innovate and adapt your strategy to the resources and initiatives that enable you to bring in the best talent.  In order to do this, not only do you have to brainstorm and think of new recruiting initiatives internally but you need to analyze other successful recruiting organization initiatives within the industry.



Do some research.  Find companies that are considered the best in…

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Added by Chris Brablc on April 26, 2011 at 1:33pm — No Comments

#RecruitingFAIL : Everybody's Doing it, so I should to!"

It’s no secret.  To be successful in your recruiting strategy, you will need to continually innovate and adapt your strategy to the resources and initiatives that enable you to bring in the best talent.  In order to do this, not only do you have to brainstorm and think of new recruiting initiatives internally but you need to analyze other successful recruiting organization initiatives within the industry.

 

Do some research.  Find companies that are considered the best in their…

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Added by Chris Brablc on April 26, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Less Dynamic More Productive....Social Media phrase I just read

When I saw this title BE LESS DYNAMIC AND MORE PRODUCTIVE Re: Social media on a co-workers (Jeff Balentine) Blog (http://www.ust-global.com/blog/less-dynamic-more-productive.aspx), I jumped to read the news.  Social Media and all my Web 2.0 experience boils down to this phrase.  Be Less Dynamic and More Productive.  Why hadn't I thought of that? 

 

For all those who are getting started using social…

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Added by Susan Hand on April 26, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Did Rube Goldberg Invent Our Modern Day Hiring Process?

For those of you who may never have heard of Rube Goldberg, here is a brief bio,

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author with a degree in engineering from the University of California Berkeley. He was a founding member of the National Cartoonist Society.

Best known for his “inventions”, Rube’s early years as an engineer informed his most acclaimed work. A Rube Goldberg contraption – an elaborate set of arms, wheels, gears, handles,…

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Added by Nick Tubach on April 26, 2011 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

When In Doubt...Just be Yourself!!!

In this day and age where every little look means something, and every little phrase or #tweet means something else, where do we draw the line? At work, we are expected to achieve certain goals and carry a certain aura around us, In our personal life we spend an equal amount of time (or more) trying to distance ourselves from our work persona to lead a relatively happy home life. My question is this….What would happen if we just chose to put forth one (1) image and let the chips fall where…

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Added by Daniel J Smith on April 26, 2011 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

1.7 Million Employees Hired! And counting…

McDonalds recently held a recruitment campaign where recruiters were tasked to hire 50,000 new hires nationwide all in one day! That is a lot of resumes and candidate information to collect.

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Added by Karen Bucks on April 26, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

3 great ideas to steal for your job board or career site

I’m a great believer in stealing ideas. Think about it: are most successful businesses truly original? Not often – instead, they take an idea and perfect it, then execute skillfully. (This applies to art, music, and literature, too – if you listen carefully, you’ll hear Matthew Sweet stealing from The Beatles, who stole from Buddy Holly, who stole from Hank Williams, who stole from….).

Are there ideas out there that are worth stealing for your job board? You bet! And…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 26, 2011 at 9:09am — 8 Comments

Kids these days.....

I am fascinated by some of the discussions I see taking place either on Facebook or Twitter.  Something caught my eye last night during a job hunting chat that made me wonder just where in the world this is all going.

 

The "what do employers look for on your Facebook page?" topic came up.  Many participants jumped right in with what they suspect companies might be finding - and how they react to those findings. 

 

Being someone who sees many of these issues in…

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Added by Jerry Albright on April 26, 2011 at 9:00am — 22 Comments

Life Lessons from Airline Delays

These days, if you travel frequently by plane, you know that delays happen.  They happen to just about everyone.  For me, the airline delays are just a way of life at this point.  There’s no avoiding it.  Whether you’re going through Dallas-Ft. Worth, Atlanta, or Chicago’s O’Hare, you’re going to end up waiting at some juncture.  Expect the unexpected.  While I was on… Continue

Added by Kirk Baumann on April 26, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

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