Featured Blog Posts – May 2012 Archive (62)

Which Client Is Your Most Important?

The one you’re talking to of course. Everyone knows this, right? Here’s the thing – I had an epiphany today and it kinda hurt. I was talking with one of my agency partners and offered to send his boss an email to give him some props – he’d sent some great people and really helped me out in the past few weeks. As it turns out he’s up for a promotion so it was very timely. As I was drafting this email and congratulating myself on being such a nice client, I realized why I like this…


Added by Amy Ala Miller on May 30, 2012 at 7:57pm — 9 Comments

Staffing agencies: do they have a future?

I used to work for a staffing agency. A good one at that. One that tried hard to recruit good consultants, who, on the whole, tried hard to do a good job finding the right people for their clients. But I always had the feeling that I was nothing more than a middle man. I didn’t really add much value other than to do the donkey work the client could have done themselves if they had access to our database. My job was really a glorified cv sifter, searching through tons and tons of…


Added by Nick Leigh-Morgan on May 30, 2012 at 7:21pm — 32 Comments

What exactly do you mean when you say "job board"? And, is this question even worth answering?

Almost every week I see another blog post or story about a trend, product, or development that will doom job boards. Let’s be honest – writing about the death of any institution, especially one used by millions of people worldwide, is a great way to gather eyeballs and readers.

But as I was considering my latest snarky…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on May 30, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Hiring Managers Say The Craziest Things – Work Week!!

Since 1981, I have worked with over 3000 hiring managers across the United States.  Most of whom have never been trained how to effectively interview.  If they haven’t been taught how to interview, they certainly have not been taught how to select the best fit.  Therefore, they bring their own unique interview techniques and questions to the interview party.  Of course, the candidates bring their own special treats to the interviewing party; and I will share some of those also.  Doesn’t it…


Added by Bill Humbert on May 29, 2012 at 7:03pm — No Comments

5 Ways Recruiters Sabotage Their Own Careers


As the Recruiter’s Career Coach, I sometimes think that I have seen it all.  Then I get that next phone call from a Recruiter scrambling to find a new position.  As Recruitment Professionals we are the experts on everyone else’s career, but what happens to our own?

Here are just a few…


Added by Rebecca B. Sargeant on May 29, 2012 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

Massage your client's ‘social ego’ for a happy ending

Some things in life are so obvious, we just can’t see them. And it shocks me how few people understand what the important part of ‘social media’ or ‘social networking’ actually is.

The exciting aspect of the boom in social technologies is not the technology at all, (Sorry geeks). It’s the ‘social’ part.

And the core rules of socialising online are the same as socialising face-to-face.

Pandering flattery offline can be easily detected, and only…


Added by Greg Savage on May 28, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Every Company Has A Recruiting Strategy (some just don’t know it!)

“Plan your work.  Work your plan.”  I’ve seen those words attributed to the great Green Bay Packer Football (not futbol) Coach, Vince Lombardi.  Trainers have applied those words to all sorts of training exercises, generally in business.  Why are they universally understood?  The quote applies to all areas of our lives.  It especially applies to successful recruitment programs.


What is the basic premise of Behavioral Interviewing?  Once we find a way to be successful…


Added by Bill Humbert on May 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Clarify Your Purpose

"Our firm's growth was twenty percent last year, and I'm still frustrated," he said. He was a new client, running a $30 Million a year fee-based professional services firm in San Francisco. His frustration wasn't based on a monetary or a revenue issue. It was a performance issue. To his competitors, at least those who were still in business at the end of 2003, his growth was enviable. But he knew his staff wasn't performing at their peak levels. In fact, they were underperforming. "How can I…


Added by Scott Love on May 28, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments

When interviewers don't shut up

Have you experienced a situation like this at an early-stage interview--you're excited to be there, a bit nervous expecting the difficult questions to be fired at you, but the interviewer is doing 100% the talking?

Then toward the end of the interview, you ask if he wants to ask you any questions, to which he replies, "No, I read your résumé. We're good to go." You're…


Added by Bob McIntosh on May 25, 2012 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Social Recruiting Make Way for Mobile Recruiting


Social media and social recruiting are very busy words and phrases as many try to tame the savage beast. However, social recruiting has an appendage that is growing in strength and on the horizon.  In 2011, Potentialpark surveyed more than 30,000 job seekers and 350 employers worldwide.  19% of job seekers used their mobile devices (phones, pads) with a complementing but low 7% of employers having a mobile version of their career website and 3% with a mobile job…


Added by Darryl Moore on May 24, 2012 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

On An Others-Based Reputation

I'm a no excuses kind of guy, I really am. I love sports (die-hard Celtics fan, born and raised in So Cal), and I'm just not the kind of fan to blame losses on officiating or injuries as some fans do. Bad call at the end of the game cost you the W? Maybe you should've built up a bigger lead before the end of the 4th quarter. Your starting center goes down with a knee injury in Game 6 of the Finals (a la Kendrick…


Added by Joel Garcia on May 23, 2012 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

10 Tips to Achieve a High Touch Candidate Experience

Improve your candidate experience during the hiring process with these 10 tips:…


Added by Julia on May 23, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Reminder: Dont Play the Numbers, Build the Relationships

Plato, a great philosopher, student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle called the study of numbers the highest level of knowledge. Numbers can be divided into groups, demonstrate relationships and are used in religion, superstition and mythology.  Numbers have been identified as the purest form of communication that crosses the boundaries of languages, understanding and perception.  Numbers are woven into every aspect of humankind and critical to life on earth.  But have you ever been…


Added by Darryl Moore on May 22, 2012 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

How does your recruiting content affect apply rates and hires?

Your recruiting content and messaging can have a tremendous impact on how many candidates as well as what type of candidates are applying to your company.  It’s important to track and understand what types of content are working in promoting the right behavior and which messaging is falling flat.


When you look at all the content you create in your recruitment marketing strategy it exists in a…


Added by Chris Brablc on May 22, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

The Candidate Experience – Part 3: Transition to Employee

(reposted from Make HR Happen 5/21/2012)

No, you didn’t miss the two preceding parts of this series. They will come later. It appears that most of the discussion whirling around us is about improving the candidate experience during the recruiting and interviewing phase. I contend that Part 2 is important, but there is also…


Added by Tom Bolt on May 22, 2012 at 8:54am — No Comments


This blog has taken me two months to write. I have rewritten it three times and this makes the fourth attempt. The problem is that every time I put my thoughts on paper it looks self-serving and that is not my intention. So, I will start off by asking the reader to take me (as a third party recruiter) out of the equation and try to see the intent of this blog – which is making your company look great while recruiting new hires.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well, let me give you two real…


Added by Cora Mae Lengeman on May 21, 2012 at 8:46am — 5 Comments

A Tiny Roadmap of Their Heart

Our language is important.  Our words matter.  I remind myself of the truth in those statements several times each day.  As a recruiter I find, qualify, and enthuse talented people on behalf of my client companies.  My tools are my words, both written and spoken.

I find many of my recruiter peers focus less on their words than I do. I am a…

Added by lisa rokusek on May 19, 2012 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

10 Tips to Surviving as a Corporate Recruiter

So you want to be a corporate recruiter... I'm not even going to ask why. Now that I’m about a month away from my one year anniversary, I've learned a thing or two about how to survive this adventure. As with any career there are pros, cons, and pitfalls to avoid. One thing I know for sure - recruiting is recruiting - no matter what side of the business you're on. If you're serious about going in house, I hope you're as lucky as I was to find a place that you can actually enjoy…


Added by Amy Ala Miller on May 18, 2012 at 6:51pm — 20 Comments

What Social Recruiting is and What it is not

Each day I speak with recruiters about Social Media who shares their enthusiasm about using this channel for sourcing. The next question is – how soon they should expect to get profiles and where all they can post the jobs. Social Media is being viewed as a next best thing in recruitment as well as a “magic wand” which will produce profiles from thin air!

There is a definite wave about “Social Recruiting” in the air which needs a proper understanding, strategy and implication rather…


Added by Sarang Brahme on May 18, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

5 Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 5.12.12 to 5.18.12

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 mobile recruiting, recruiting on Pinterest and others, Career Sites, disagreeing with Buddha and conference commandments.

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


Added by Chris Brablc on May 18, 2012 at 8:18am — No Comments

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