July 2012 Blog Posts (129)

Is resume optimizing cheating?

Is resume optimizing cheating?


So recently I reposted a few posts to help people looking for work. One of the posts was about optimizing a resume for ATS and resume databases. I posted or reposted it, and got some interesting feedback form a few recruiters. One said I was telling their secrets, that by telling candidates how to optimize their resumes it will mean they will have more junk resumes to read.  Another said it was…


Added by Dean Da Costa on July 31, 2012 at 10:30pm — 17 Comments

Considering the Times Editorial on Background Checks

Last week,  the New York Times ran an editorial regarding employment screening and how employment background checks are often inaccurate and cause otherwise innocent people their chances for employment.   The editorial requested that the supervising agencies get a tighter control around the CRA's or Consumer Reporting Agencies.    Upon reading the editorial, more than a few recruiters and employers, to say nothing of Consumer Reporting Agencies,  had their proverbial bowels in a…


Added by Gordon Basichis on July 31, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Do You Speak My Language? Or Further Reflections of a Rookie Recruiter

By Jennifer Copley, Rookie Recruiter, Q4B

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”  - Charlemagne

I am not sure when I first fully appreciated the importance of having learned a second language. I took French in high school and college and most of my friends and peers took some language as part of their course requirements. For many of us it was just another subject, sometimes required, that we needed to pass in order to graduate.

In college I took…


Added by Jennifer Copley on July 31, 2012 at 4:37pm — 10 Comments

How Valuable Are Your Employees?

Read the latest iCIMS blog post from Erin Smith:

I recently read an article titled “Our Employees Are Our Most Valuable Asset”, which was proceeded by the sentence “This (standard)…


Added by Samantha on July 31, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Candidates (and recruiters) do Stupid Things

The first staffing lesson I learned was, “Candidates do stupid things”. My boss at the time was a tough and cynical agency recruiter (headhunter) with 10 years experience. Wally had been rode hard with had plenty of stories to prove his point. That lesson was driven home yesterday in a most painful…


Added by Tony Palm on July 31, 2012 at 12:16pm — 8 Comments

3 Recruiting Lessons that we can learn from the MLB Trade Deadline

If you haven’t learned by now, I’m kind of a sports geek.  Not only do I geek out for the NBA Draft but I also find the Major League Baseball trade deadline to be incredibly interesting.


It’s at this point in the MLB season that can make or break a team’s playoff chances.  General Managers are currently deciding where their team stands in the playoff race and if they…


Added by Chris Brablc on July 31, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

US Online Job Market declines 1.4% in July 2012

Online labor continued to decline in July. Employers posted 1.4% fewer job openings than in June. Year-over-year the online job market declined 4.1%. The current number of posted job openings is 32.7% below peak demand in August 2007.

United States Job Openings (Online Postings) and Unemployment Rate

January 2007 – July 2012…


Added by Henning Seip on July 31, 2012 at 9:09am — 4 Comments

5 top tips to get the most from video interviewing

What exactly is a video interview?

In recent months the subject of video in recruitment has become quite a hot topic amongst recruiters, so what exactly is a video interview?

For the purpose of this article, we’re looking at automated or asynchronous video interviews. This is where a candidate records their answers to questions set by the recruiter, but without the recruiter or hiring manager being there live.

It may sound obvious, but a video…


Added by Tom Stroud on July 31, 2012 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

Always Interview, Sometimes Hire

Scott shares a solution for avoiding empty seats in your business.











Added by Scott Wintrip on July 31, 2012 at 8:11am — No Comments

How to avoid joining the wrong business

15 questions you need to ask before accepting an offer.

This year we have seen a significant increase in the number of candidates returning to the job market, albeit relatively passively in a lot of cases. Surprisingly, while the reasons can be poles apart such as redundancy or a lack of career progression, it can often drive similar behaviours amongst candidates. I have commented previously…


Added by AdMore Recruitment on July 31, 2012 at 7:21am — No Comments

Add LinkedIn PPC to Your Sourcing Toolbox

Source: http://blog.gooodjob.com/2012/06/add-linkedin-ppc-to-your-sourcing-toolbox/

Publishing your job openings as pay-per-click (PPC) ads on LinkedIn offers an extensive reach to a career-centric audience (earlier this year, its user-base reached the 150…


Added by Assaf Eisenstein on July 31, 2012 at 7:10am — No Comments

LinkedIn: a List of Challenges

I love LinkedIn! It has been bringing us more matching candidates and business connections than everything else combined out there. For my own recruiting business LinkedIn accounts for 100% placed candidates in the last twelve months and a large chunk of sourcing information that I submit to others when sourcing.

Yet taking the full advantage of LinkedIn is not straightforward! There are numerous obstacles and misleading marketing messages, blogs, and tutorials. Some LinkedIn members…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on July 30, 2012 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

5 Easy Ways to Stay Focused at Work

by Joelle Schoenherr

Between the numerous forms of social media, chatty coworkers, and the rapid onset of boredom in our society, it is no wonder that distraction is an enormous problem. In a recent study conducted by Sendouts, the greatest obstacle in the recruiting workplace was distraction, whether personal or external. However, this issue transcends…


Added by Jessica Lunk on July 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Long Haired Freaky People – AKA Women over 40.

This is my hair today – at 8:15 AM on my way to work, to be exact. I have less than two years to enjoy my locks, as apparently if I have hair this length after…


Added by Amy Ala Miller on July 30, 2012 at 1:15pm — 42 Comments

Candidate Experience. Finally Getting the Recognition It Deserves…Sort of

There has been a lot of buzz around candidate experience lately. Many organizations have begun to realize that if they want to attract top talent, they need to provide a positive candidate experience throughout the application process.

Industry thought leaders Gerry Crispin, Ed Newman, and Elaine Orler have even created …


Added by Mike Vilimek on July 30, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Whatever you are doing, stop it and hire Lamia Gouda!

Hire Lamia Gouda now!!!

I stumbled across a gem today! While searching for something else, I discovered the video resume of Lamia Gouda. Curiosity took the better of me and I watched a VERY funny and engaging pitch of a very talented woman: Actress, Translator, Video Editor, Voice Over Talent and Stylist. She speaks multiple languages (Arabic, French and English) and not only that, she is also quite the entrepreneur. Check out…


Added by Jim Stroud on July 30, 2012 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

Big Fat Networking Mistakes - The top 5 most common things NOT to do!

Networking is a word that means many things to many people. At one end of the scale its a nerve racking experience that you make yourself do, for others its an opportunity and a fun way to meet new potential contacts and business partners.

The truth is that most of us go out to network in one way or another, by very few do it well. This is often due to a…


Added by james nathan on July 30, 2012 at 8:46am — No Comments

Google Plus Recruiting: You should be doing it! This is why…

It is my opinion that recruiters are sleeping on Google Plus. It is simply too big and too useful to be ignored. I give a few tips on how to leverage Google Plus for a recruitment advantage, but if you want more than that, look me up! I LOVE talking about Google Plus and welcome the chance to train you and/or your group of recruiters on its many virtues.…


Added by Jim Stroud on July 27, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Poll: Big AND Small Companies Can't Find Skilled Workers


Here are some stark facts of reality about the employment workplace right now:

  1. Fact #1—The national unemployment rate is relatively high (right around 8.2%) and the underemployment rate, which is a more…

Added by Matt Deutsch on July 27, 2012 at 3:36pm — 4 Comments

S*** Not to Say in an Interview

The Betts Team shares with you the S*** Not to Say in an Interview. While we poke fun at the classic interview faux pas, unfortunately, people make these mistakes more than you might think. We invite you to laugh along with us at the following video. 

Warning: Betts Recruiting does not condone any of what you are about to see in a real interview setting. Please do not attempt this at…


Added by Caitlin Wells on July 27, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments

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