Featured Blog Posts – July 2011 Archive (53)

Staffing X Factors - As The Times Change So Do We

X - it's a variable that leads to multiple scenarios.  In math x is the number or goal we are trying to uncover to lead to the balance of the equation, in life x is often the hurdle or problem, solution or scenario that gives life it's most interesting choices, options and sometimes leads us to do more research to look at past variables, and similar scenarios to uncover what may need to be done.  In old pirate films, and The Pirates of The Caribbean or in popular culture, x marks the spot -…


Added by Mike Rasmussen on July 31, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How to get started with Social Recruiting!

Social Recruiting is the hot (relatively) new recruiting method in the recruiting space.  There are a number of companies that have had success and are doing cool things with social but there are also others that are struggling to make it a part of their recruitment marketing efforts.  This article is…


Added by Chris Brablc on July 28, 2011 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

Job Seekers: Stop Working So Hard!

Job Seekers: Stop Working So Hard!


I had someone apply for 15 of our job openings the other day. Fifteen! And all the job openings called for completely different skill requirements. Before even opening this person’s resume I’m thinking: What a waste of my time. Just seeing those 15 messages in my inbox, I was completely turned off. I didn’t even want to look at his resume,…


Added by Julie Link on July 27, 2011 at 10:40am — 22 Comments

What makes a Candidate Qualified?

While all recruitment marketing efforts are focused on hires, it's qualified candidates that we really want or need.  And the more, the better.  I've talked before on how to measure qualified candidates in your recruitment funnel but that only works if you know what a…


Added by Chris Brablc on July 26, 2011 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Staying excited as a Recruitment Boss

What is the number one challenge for a recruitment company owner, or for that matter, any owner of their own business, whose business is established and successful?


Jobs are being filled, good placements have covered targets for the next few months, candidates & clients are passively rolling in. Sounds like recruiter heaven, doesnt it?

But this is the time the Owner needs to be careful because complacency sets in quickly and then mistakes get made, client &…


Added by Dr Linda Pakshong on July 26, 2011 at 1:56am — 2 Comments

"Eat with us before we starve" or High Value vs Low Value Social Networking

Once in a while I have seen signs in front of restaurants that state some variety of "eat with us before we starve". Normally it is the type of place that buys a cake from Costco and resells the pieces. 

I am guessing (and hoping) it is a lame attempt at humor but always found it to be a bit unappealing. Their business being slow (and possibly going away) was not my issue. 

This makes me think of high value vs low value use of social networking to get a job.

Your… Continue

Added by Marcus Ronaldi on July 25, 2011 at 1:50pm — 1 Comment

Social Media strategy is not about “Control”, it’s about “Steering” the message

I was speaking to someone the other day and I was saying that an organizations’ Social Media practice needs to be free, without barriers and with a heavy reliance on the community to build. He was saying that there are policies, procedures, protections, etc. in place to control the interaction and content around anything the “organization” is doing. Then it hit me, I need to balance my free spirit attitude towards Social Media recruitment with the organizations reluctance to get too deep in…


Added by Granite Consulting on July 25, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Bill Would Ban Discrimination Against Unemployed In Hiring

Sad but true, earlier this year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had to hold a public hearing because of a disturbing trend: several companies, nationwide, had been excluding unemployed applicants from hiring consideration. Their ads specifically stated that they would only consider employed job candidates, using phrases like “No unemployed candidates will be considered at all” and “Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed, regardless of the reason.”



Added by Tim Giehll on July 25, 2011 at 10:52am — 8 Comments

Asking the Why Question

Asking the Why question makes the How, What, Where, When and Who that much easier to answer.

At a recent TEDx conference, Jeffrey Fox, the NYT best selling author of How to Become a Rainmaker, How to Become a CEO and Rain to name just a few, was speaking to an audience of sales people, sales…


Added by Nick Tubach on July 25, 2011 at 10:36am — 10 Comments

Fall Offs - Is it the recruiter's fault OR is it your organization that has problems

I've been recruiting for a little over 8+ years now. Fall Offs (Candidates that recruiters place into their client's job where the candidate quits within 8 weeks of start date) is something recruiter's dread as it effects their overall compensation.


My question is the following? Is it the recruiter's fault that the recruiter did not find the perfect fit candidate for the client (which resulted in a fall off) OR is there a problem with the client's…


Added by Brian Pho on July 22, 2011 at 12:32pm — 8 Comments

Candidate Experience - the REST of the story...

About a month ago I blogged about a job seeker I was working with.  Find the story here.  Well as it turns out, Joe did continue through the process with Company A and B.  Here's how it went down...


Company B did everything they said they would.  There were some hiccups along the way; a couple of dates changed, but ultimately he did fly to their offices and was…


Added by Amy Ala Miller on July 21, 2011 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

Speed Dating, Meet the Interview Process

In a world where job candidates are in abundance, how do you find the best and the brightest among a sea of eager seekers?

Well, perhaps some of the nations top medical schools are onto something. Virgina Tech Carillion is among a group of top medical schools looking beyond the grades, MCAT scores, and resume and placing a huge value on interpersonal and communication skills. As such, they are implementing a new form of evaluation for its applicants- the Multiple… Continue

Added by Caitlin Wells on July 21, 2011 at 2:11pm — 4 Comments

A tale of social recruiting, employer branding and the candidate experience

Picture the scene. Its mid-December 2010. I’m happily minding my own until the mobile rings.  “We’ve seen your profile on LinkedIn,” an in-house recruiter explains, “and we’re wondering if you’d be interested in a new role we’re recruiting for in the UK?”


Now, in my opinion this company manage their employer brand extremely well. For me they’ve got the engagement piece nailed so when I was asked if I’d be interested in working for them, internally I’m screaming, “Hell yeah…


Added by Ben on July 20, 2011 at 4:43pm — 16 Comments

Recruit or Hire: YOU decide

In the off season leading up to the 2011 Major League Baseball season, Clifton Pfifer Lee shocked the almighty bottomless pocketbook bearers of the New York Yankees and the down home, feel-good Texas Rangers by signing a below-market-value deal to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies. The move was not solely motivated by money or warm fuzzy feelings. He took less money and moved to a city with a traditionally aggressive fan-base where players with large contracts who don’t meet…


Added by Jeremy Spring on July 20, 2011 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Extending Job Offers Too Late

With the demand for technical talent these days I wonder why, after completing many rounds of interviews and deciding to hire a candidate, it takes more than three days to come out with an offer. Why wait? You lose momentum from the last interview with every minute that goes by. Take advantage of the moment and make the offer you intend to make within 24 hours of the candidate’s final interview. Otherwise you run the risk of stunting the momentum you’ve worked so hard to create and souring the… Continue

Added by Timothy Yandel on July 19, 2011 at 9:31pm — 14 Comments

Now that we understand each other......


The comparison between marriage and recruitment has been made over and over. For two things that have no intrinsic link, they offer a multitude of similarities, and not just because 1 in 3 ends in failure. It is probably not surprising then that one of my colleagues moonlights as a marriage celebrant by the weekend. A good chunk of our Monday morning team meeting is usually dedicated to her…


Added by Luke Collard on July 19, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

3 Great Cloud Apps for Instant Collaboration

Being that CATS offers a highly collaborative cloud system, we thought it would be fun to look at some other SaaS offerings that can greatly improve communication, sharing of information and overall productivity.

“The Cloud” has already done wonders for providing a common workplace for groups of people spread across the state, country or Globe. We wanted to share a few more that we think anyone could find… Continue

Added by Louis Bina on July 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Discrimination in recruitment. Not only good – essential!

Last week I blogged on the importance of “job order triage”. Great recruiters ruthlessly prioritise the briefs they work on, and put most effort into the highly fillable few.

Well, what about the candidates to invest time in?

Some recruiters take the view that as there is a talent shortage, every candidate…


Added by Greg Savage on July 18, 2011 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Client or not, behaving like a jerk… means you are a jerk!

Recently I was asked by one of our Sydney Talent Agents to join her on a client visit to a high profile Ad Agency group. I jumped at the chance because I love speaking with clients, and we were booked to meet two very senior people, both at Executive Creative Director level.

We arrived on time (5 minutes early actually, as is my wont) and waited in the trendy, borderline pretentiously creative reception.

And we waited.

And waited.

At 10 past the meeting hour we…


Added by Greg Savage on July 16, 2011 at 7:52am — 7 Comments

Four Reasons to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Count

I know, you made that LinkedIn account months ago and never went back. You’re content at your job, and since you’re not looking for a new one you haven’t put much effort to updating or maintaining it. What’s the point right? The point is that you may be missing opportunities! Even if you’re not looking for that “ideal job” anymore, it could definitely be looking for you (trust me, I’m the one looking!) and you don’t want to be passed over because you haven’t added a Current Position since…


Added by Caitlin Wells on July 15, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments

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