Featured Blog Posts – August 2010 Archive (55)

Why Interviewing Should be More Like A Dating Service

As we consider the reality of surpassing 400 million Americans by 2030, a global recession that continues to linger and a dramatic change in social lifestyle, the schematics of dating have taken on a new framework. Competition is higher and the quality of candidates has shrunken to some questionable lows. Mobile communication and Web 2.0 have reduced the percentage of time spend in actual intimate face to face settings and more and more of us are becoming desensitized to human… Continue

Added by Mark A. Leon on August 9, 2010 at 12:04am — 2 Comments

Think Before You Tweet

It had to happen one day.



It’s probably happened before and I’m sure this sorry story will be repeated many times in different forms until recruiters finally understand the power of social media, and it’s use for informing and engaging not just name gathering.



This week it happened to a recruiter I know…



The Scene:



Candidate has an interview for an interim role with Company XXX. The interview goes well, and candidate is asked if they have any… Continue

Added by Mervyn Dinnen on August 8, 2010 at 5:25pm — 4 Comments

Hunted to Hunter – tales of a hirer who needs hiring - Day 1

Today I find myself in a place that I had hoped never to return to, at least not just yet. I now have to apply myself to the recruiting merry-go-round as an applicant. It will be interesting to note if I will see in myself some of the behaviours seen from the other side of the fence. More importantly it will be very interesting to see how…

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Added by Gary Franklin on August 8, 2010 at 2:44pm — 5 Comments

Most of all, social media is for grown-up recruiters

It’s easy to think social media is a trivial diversion, ideal for 20-something’s with an addiction to technology and too much time on their hands.



But I don’t think so. In fact, properly used, it is a highly sophisticated business development and relationship management tool, which has the ability to increase recruiter productivity exponentially.



Twelve months ago I wrote my first blog for ‘The Savage Truth’. At about the same time I… Continue

Added by Greg Savage on August 6, 2010 at 4:29pm — 1 Comment

How to become an excellent Recruiter....Generalist or Segment specialist...

Many people think that one can recruit in any industry. Become a generalist and recruit in accounting, finance, engineering and manufacturing - it doesn't matter which industry. They think that if their recruiting skills are good enough, industry should not matter. Just get the competitors names and start sourcing people from phone directories, switchboards and operators and we're golden! Is this really true? I guess there are some aspects to truth in this approach to headhunting but the… Continue

Added by Brian Pho on August 6, 2010 at 8:58am — No Comments

I'm Afraid of Americans

I know half of my audience will be thinking of the P-Diddy song from a couple of years ago when they read the title although I took the title from a David Bowie song of the same name. I’m not even sure if it is the best

title for my ensuing…

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Added by David Jacks on August 5, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Change the Odds…Hire Only People You Know…Build a Talent Community

Who are your best hires?

Aren’t they the ones that were in your little black…

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Added by K.C. on August 4, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Hide and Seek



The Recruiter’s Game of Hide and Seek…

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Added by Lea McKay on August 4, 2010 at 11:27am — 4 Comments

Innovation comes by trying new things and measuring them!

Originally posted on the SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Blog.



I love the saying "Throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks!" That's experimentation at it's finest in trying to solve important…

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Added by Chris Brablc on August 3, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

When to Say, "Bullshit."

It's Okay to Say Bullshit If you're a reader of my blog or if we've ever spent any time talking about the Recruiting and Staffing industry, then you know that I'm an advocate of constant change. Yes. Constant.

You'd also know that I enjoy pushing the envelope in regards to just about anything considered "status quo" and…

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Added by RecruiterGuy on August 3, 2010 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

Recruiters: One Ugly Question That Can Save Your Life

True story. Pete is a dear friend of mine. After eight years in recruitment, has decided that he’s had enough.



He’s had enough of the hours.



He’s had enough of the chasing.



He’s had enough of the competition.…

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Added by Adam Lewis on August 3, 2010 at 6:30am — 10 Comments

To tell or not to tell...

I always worry if I am doing the right thing by telling a candidate not only are they interviewing for an opening but so is our second submittal. We always tell candidates we can submit 1 or 2 resumes per an opening. Which is true in some cases, dependent on the client. But are we really hurting ourselves when we are making ourselves look good?

More recently, this has happened repeatedly, I have had 2 of my own candidates up for the same job. They knew about each other. They…

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Added by Ashley Barker on August 2, 2010 at 6:00pm — 14 Comments

The Life Span Of A Recruiter

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Not one of us dreams of becoming a Recruiter, let alone plans a career that will span our entire professional life. But it is possible. As a Recruiter who recruits Recruiters we see it everyday in the backgrounds of the business owners,…

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Added by Rebecca B. Sargeant on August 2, 2010 at 2:01pm — 19 Comments

Keep Pushing Constant and Fearless Innovation

How committed are you to constant and fearless innovation? When someone tells you an idea is farfetched or it cannot be done, do you go out of your way to make it happen? Are you afraid to fail? I have seen far too often people get complacent and stop innovating, stop bringing ideas to the table. Complacency should not exist. People should want more, want better. Why do we stop wanting more? Why does what is OK get left alone? Why do we not want the best? We should want to strive for perfection… Continue

Added by Jenn Francine on August 1, 2010 at 1:43pm — 4 Comments

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