Featured Blog Posts – October 2009 Archive (55)

My Future in Recruiting as Dictated by The Tao of Jack Butler

"I understand that you little guys start out with your woobies and you think they're great... and they are, they are terrific. But pretty soon, a woobie isn't enough. You're out on the street trying to score an electric blanket, or maybe a quilt. And the next thing you know, you're strung out on bedspreads Ken. That's serious."

- Jack Butler (Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom, 1983)

What could an early 1980's Dramedy possibly have to do with my future in the recruiting/talent… Continue

Added by Chris Hood on October 30, 2009 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

A Little Integrity, Please?

It seems nowadays that there's a new recruiting firm popping up just about every day. I can't tell you how many calls I get a week from firms that I have never heard of - and many times never hear of again. Although, yes, I am on the other side of the desk now, I am still a recruiter at heart. It is my bread and butter. It's what I was born to do - the thrill of the hunt and the power of the connection - at the core, I am and will always be, a recruiter.

This is why, when I speak to… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on October 29, 2009 at 12:11pm — 10 Comments

Scouting for top talent - picking a winner

Next week Tuesday (November 3) is Melbourne Cup Day. Also known as “The race that stops a nation”, it is also a public holiday for those fortunate enough to live in Melbourne.

Who can forget the amazing three years of consecutive wins by Makybe Diva (2003 – 2005), or master trainer Bart Cummings with eleven cup winners?

As I only moved to Australia seven years ago, after a decade living in New Zealand, it has been… Continue

Added by Charles Van Heerden on October 28, 2009 at 5:39pm — 1 Comment

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In considering the question of the future of recruiting, it all comes down to the classic conflict of Man vs. Machine. We’ve seen it before, books and movies depicting future societies that become overly dependent on advanced technology, resulting in the threat of extinction to mankind. “Battlestar Gallactica,” “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, “Blade Runner,” “ Terminator,” etc. All of these books and movies tell the story of the… Continue

Added by Mindy Slobodkin Fineout on October 28, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

To Voicemail or Not to Voicemail, That is the Question

I'll never forget going to visit one of my branch recruiting offices and watching a rookie recruiter dial and hang up, over and over again. I walked over and asked her why she did not leave her client prospects or candidates a voicemail message and she told me, "I never leave messages because nobody ever calls me back."

So how do you get call backs? Why do some people get a ton of incoming calls to the office in response to their messages while others are forced to just make outbound… Continue

Added by Craig Silverman on October 28, 2009 at 12:50pm — 15 Comments

Proactive Recruitment: How to develop a Powerful Proactive Strategy:

To improve recruitment metrics taking a more proactive approach will furnish more successful results. Taking on a more proactive recruitment process means engaging with folks long before a position comes open by building a pipeline of qualified talent that is ready to be put into place as soon as a position is available. For many companies the challenge is time. There are so many active openings that there isn’t enough time to pipeline for future ones. Another challenge is resources. Who should… Continue

Added by Stephanie Huff on October 28, 2009 at 12:44pm — 3 Comments

Getting 'Found' By Clients

There are a lot of discussions going on across the internet concerning change as well as the new technologies taking place that can assist recruiters in various ways. The major buzz is about social networking, social media, everything 'Web 2.0'. Some people consider the internet a fad, one that will go out with the typewriter once the next major technology comes around the corner. That may be true, but it is important to utilize the trends of your current time.

While taking the time… Continue

Added by Jacqueline Bozorgi on October 27, 2009 at 2:39pm — 16 Comments

Cats, Ghosts and Other Scary Stuff

In true Halloween fashion I could not resist using the title to represent the different type of individuals that make a team function (or not function) as the case may be for some of you reading this.

In Patrick Lencioni’s best-selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he tells us a story about one firm’s executive team struggling with utter dysfunction. Ineffective communication, multiple egos, fear, office politics and judgmental attitudes were all contributing to the absence… Continue

Added by Vicki Z. Lauter on October 26, 2009 at 3:22pm — No Comments

How looking back can shape our future

As a society, we are very focused on the future and how we want to shape and change things. We tweet, we blog, we discuss, we meet all about how things ’should’ be. Yet rarely do we (Gen Y) actually take the time to really understand how we got to this point in the first place. We are a generation of thinkers. We are a generation of now. We are a now generation that see’s it isn’t right and just wants to jump in and fix it. We are a generation who (in many respects) doesn’t take the time to… Continue

Added by Sarah White on October 26, 2009 at 2:51pm — 4 Comments

Old School Recruiting and Social Media

I got into a conversation with the guy standing on a step-ladder changing light bulbs while I waited for my wife as she browsed the merchandise in a boutique clothing store.

Being the old school recruiter that I am, I quickly discovered that his name was Fabian, he was the owner of the store, it was newly opened store in the area, and we were his very first customers.

The reason why I am blogging about this conversation is because this guy said a few things that has some… Continue

Added by Ken Forrester on October 26, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Employers: Re-humanize yourself

Re-humanize yourself.... I work all day at the factory....I'm building a machine that's not for me.... There must be a reason that I can't see....You've got to humanize yourself -The Police

Lessons from the music world pertaining to employers dont come around often, but these lyrics ring true for today's recruiters.

Your company is faceless!

Thats right, my fellow friends, your company has no identity other than the image of a big impersonal… Continue

Added by Chris Russell on October 26, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Your Social Media Moment is Coming Soon!

Are you ready?

It is coming soon. Maybe tomorrow, maybe sometime in 2010, but it is definitely coming to your office.

No, I’m not talking about Halloween, or Christmas. I’m not even talking about the end of open enrollment.

I am talking about the day in your HR career when you are confronted by the need to make a strategic recommendation about social media.

Most HR professionals won’t be ready!

If you will just invest a little… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on October 25, 2009 at 5:53am — 3 Comments

HR is the New PR

Hold on to your hats, folks. Your HR team is the new face of PR. Human Resource departments aren’t just cubicles full of paper processing, copy making, policy writing drones, they are the future of your company’s business success. Ask any corporate human resource professional, and they will tell you that they wear many hats from recruiting, to referee, operations expert, legal counsel, trainer, and now branding, public relations, and marketing experts. Yes, you heard me correctly, Public… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on October 23, 2009 at 4:12pm — 3 Comments

Meaning Over Money; How Companies Can Add Value to Entry-Level Positions

With the economy beginning to turn around, entry-level job seekers are starting to shop around the job market instead of jumping at the first company who offers them a paycheck. Choosing a first job is a tough decision for anyone, but for recent college graduates, it’s their first leap into the real world.

A few months prior to graduation; my classes, email inbox and seemingly every conversation I had with my parents revolved around my job search. I hadn’t even ordered my cap and… Continue

Added by Laura Gargolinski on October 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Duplication of Effort

Because the market is loaded with high unemployment, hiring managers are approaching candidates directly to circumvent paying fees to recruiters. Corporate recruiters are therefore competing with the very professionals they’re assigned to support. Agencies, sensing a schism and a possible opportunity to snap up a quick albeit reduced fee, are vying to squeeze a toe in the door with the hiring manager and pitching the line, “I can do it better for less and without politics.”

I… Continue

Added by Suzanne M King on October 22, 2009 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

Resume Review - Getting Through the Stack Fast

I'll never forget the moment I saw 9,000 as the number of applicants to one position I was working on. I was an internal consultant to a Fortune 500 company and the shock I got from registering the number 9,000 was dumbfounding. How the heck was I supposed to feel that 9,000 people had a fair shot at the position? And how could I possibly feel confident that I had presented only the absolute best qualified candidates? I sat back and tried to breathe through this sudden crisis of the mind and… Continue

Added by Lesa Caskey on October 22, 2009 at 1:51pm — 4 Comments

You can be Heroes

It's a great job when it all comes together isn't it?

The last 12 months haven't been the best in industry, many people struggling to stay afloat, keep themselves relevant and employed across all markets. But TODAY, I got my groove back...

It didn't start well today. The bat signal was being loud and clear from a distressed constituent (AKA A grumpy/distressed call from the business). A hiring emergency was happening... "holy recruitment issues… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on October 22, 2009 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

When are we really interviewing?

I am one of those extremely lucky men who has the good fortune to get critiqued by my wife on a daily basis. I am not the only one, you know who you are out there if you’re like me, or better still…like my wife. Yes, on a daily basis as I am having what I believe might be a conversation about dinner at the Jones’ the night before, or the upcoming Scout meetings for the boys – I am being covertly scrutinized from head to toe about everything from the length of my hair or nails, my… Continue

Added by Randy Levinson on October 22, 2009 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

The Mechanic in a Suit: Harbinger of a Buyer’s Market

The Mechanic in a Suit: Harbinger of a Buyer’s Market

by Gary Kustis, Ph.D., Sr. Consultant, The Aldridge Group

written for www.hiringsciences.com

Twitter: @hiringsciences

It hit me just the other day when the candidate I was interviewing for a shift mechanic position for a client of mine showed up for the interview in a suit and tie—not the usual dress code for the occasional shift mechanic candidate I might see. Further… Continue

Added by HiringSciences on October 21, 2009 at 2:28pm — 1 Comment

Expert Telephone Techniques

Recruiters know how to use the phone since they spend so much time calling clients and candidates yet many are ineffective in their ability to set appointments or present candidates. I still hear recruiters telling me all the time about how they submitted a candidate via email vs doing a call-and-present. Technology is a great asset to us but we need to get off email and do more F2F, especially in this market, and the best way to get there is to improve your phone skills.

Here are… Continue

Added by Craig Silverman on October 20, 2009 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

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