Featured Blog Posts – August 2011 Archive (55)

Today's Economy - Is There Hope?

It is without a doubt one of the most historic times of our economic windfall.  Everywhere you look there is doom and gloom discussion, individuals getting overwhelmed, and political rumblings, and a historic downgrade of the US credit rating.  The Dow dropped 600+ points, but yet there is still hope.

 

We need to look long and hard these days at giving individuals hope.  Is there any wonder that the Recruiting/Staffing professional of today can be a powerful voice that gets…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on August 8, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Your Brand is only as Good as Your Weakest Link…Guess Who?



Look in the mirror and ask yourself -“Can I perform my duties to the best of my abilities today? Or is this going to be one of those rare days that I am just going to go through the motions?” Answer honestly, because that will set the tone for your day as well as set your mind-set (good or bad).

If you genuinely believe that you will be successful today, then you will feel a little glow of positive energy which should carry you through the day…

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Added by Daniel J Smith on August 8, 2011 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Are External Recruiters Actually Necessary?

Inspired by Anthony Roberts of Kelly Services in Florida. From his LinkedIn Discussion entitled:  "Are Recruiters Really Necessary" posted on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Discussion Group Aug 6, 2011.

 

External recruiters are actually not necessary if the internal process of recruiting quality candidates has been solved.  However, plan on solving that challenge often, because each…

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Added by Valentino Martinez on August 7, 2011 at 11:43am — 6 Comments

Older Workers

Why not see great candidates over 40, or even 50?



Does more youth = more energy and time spent working?

Do you dream younger people will stay with you 10-20 years?

Does being older mean being too set in our ways?



None of these things are relevant to age, and you know it.

The last 3 years has shaken the hell out of everything.

The right person for your company can be any age.



Here’s the criteria:

1. Not a job-hopper.

2. Current,…

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Added by Mike Ososki on August 5, 2011 at 7:00pm — 29 Comments

Advance (recruiters), Australia's fair...

 

I originally came out to Australia for what was meant to be a year, but 10 years or so later I am still here. I have spent that time going back and forth between England and Australia, working for a variety of different recruitment companies and in different sectors. Over this time, one thing has become very apparent to me with regards to the recruitment industry in both countries – Australia is a much better place to do work. This is a personal view point but the path I have taken…

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Added by Luke Collard on August 5, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

3 Recruiting Success Stories

Every so often on this blog I like to highlight some of the companies that we work with that are doing some interesting things in their recruiting.  I highlight these companies as they are leveraging data and Talent Networks to drive innovation in their recruitment marketing strategies in a way that I believe can help other organizations potentially improve their recruiting processes.

 

Here are a few examples of companies that are utilizing their internal…

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Added by Chris Brablc on August 4, 2011 at 9:47am — 7 Comments

A deeper look at "Circles" to organize your network

A lot of great content has already been written about Google Plus and how we can use it for recruiting (or networking if you are not a recruiter).  I continue to think circles are the key feature for those of us feeling unsatisfied with other social media platforms ability to organize and structure our contacts.  I wanted to give my take on how to really dig deep and use Google Plus to organize your online world.

1) Start Big - Huh?  Don’t people usually recommend starting small? Well…

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Added by jeffreytmoore on August 4, 2011 at 7:51am — 5 Comments

Use past employees to find your next hires!

When you are building your Talent Network it is important to understand what types of recruiting contacts should be part of your Network.  Recruiting contacts can include those collected in dual purpose job ads, through sourcing campaigns, applicants that enter your ATS, social recruiting followers and most importantly your current employees.  One group of recruiting contacts that is forgotten and outright dismissed by organizations is your past employees.

 

When employees move…

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Added by Chris Brablc on August 3, 2011 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

Talking Money – Early and Often

There is a lot of well-intentioned advice cautioning job seekers from disclosing their salary history and / or requirements.  The wisdom (?) behind this is that you don’t want to get “low-balled” by asking for too little or be tagged over qualified by asking for too much.

 

So what’s the alternative?  Apparently you wait until the employer is ready to make an offer, and naturally you NEVER accept the first offer.  After all, who leaves money on the table,…

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Added by Amy Ala Miller on August 3, 2011 at 11:50am — 6 Comments

How to Succeed No Matter How Slammed You Are: Bridging the Gap between Management and Recruiters

By now, it’s a well-accepted fact that the job market has struggled to stabilize over the past couple of years. Job seekers – both active and passive – have hit roadblock after roadblock, and apparently, they aren’t alone. Corporate hiring managers looking to bring new talent on board are also facing their own set of challenges.

Case in point: I recently met with…

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Added by Tracy Saunders on August 2, 2011 at 4:51pm — 5 Comments

Your People Are Not Your Most Important Asset!



Go to any company’s web site, pick up any company’s annual report, read any company’s marketing material and chances are good that you will come across the phrase, “our people are our most important asset”. In some cases in order to emphasize how important, the phrase is often in bold and italics.

 

Do the leaders of these…

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Added by Nick Tubach on August 2, 2011 at 2:02pm — 7 Comments

INTERVIEWER VS. INTERVIEWEE: Who is interviewing who?

This very question has become a debated topic amongst recruiters, HR professionals and managers – basically anyone involved in the interviewing process. As we well know, traditionally the old standard was you apply for a job and become an applicant, if lucky enough to get chosen from the applicant pile you became a viable candidate, one worth interviewing at least. 

 

The interview stage, this is where candidates stress and prepare themselves for the opportunity to present…

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Added by Lisa Switzer on August 2, 2011 at 12:48pm — 6 Comments

“Job boards are broken”: thus saith TheLadders

My favorite weather site is WeatherUnderground. For some obscure, probably cookie-driven reason, I tend to see a lot of HR-related ads there. A few SHRM and iCIMS ads, for example.

The other day I noticed a corporate blue banner that said “Job Boards Are Broken”. It led to TheLadders.

This had me scratching my head, because: a) TheLadders is a job board. Really.; and b) I…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 2, 2011 at 9:16am — 11 Comments

Headhunting Market in Vietnam, Potentials and Challenges

In the previous article, I wrote about Headhunting in Vietnam and what is unknown to many. In this article, I want to mention the real market of Headhunting in Vietnam with its advantages and difficulties.

 

An attractive market…

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Added by Tracy Tran on August 2, 2011 at 2:32am — 2 Comments

Does Bad Credit = Dishonest Employee?





More and more industries are starting to include credit checks on all their applicants as a part of their qualification process. Does bad credit mean one is more likely to steal from the company, leave or be terminated?



A colleague of mine has been struggling with this process quite a bit recently. Not because he has poor credit, but because the company he works for will not allow him to hire, much less interview anyone whose credit is below 650. There… Continue

Added by Louis Bina on August 1, 2011 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

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