Featured Blog Posts – October 2009 Archive (56)

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

How To Overcome The Need For Closure

Do you see a connection?



This isn't the first time that the subject of closure has come up on this blog. In a previous post entitled Handling Non-acceptance, we told candidates not to focus on the things that they cannot change. Sometimes you will not know why you were not chosen for a… Continue

Added by Pedro S. Silva II on October 20, 2009 at 4:27pm — 3 Comments

Top 10 Free Ways to Advertise Your Job Openings

Save quite a bit of cash by taking advantage of these free ways to advertise your job openings:



10. Blog



Writing a blog is free (we recommend using WordPress.com), and allows you to put your message on the web without involving your IT department.



9. Twitter



With TwitterFeed, you can easily setup your jobs to auto-post on your Twitter site - just follow these… Continue

Added by Julia on October 20, 2009 at 10:27am — 10 Comments

RecruitingBlogs.com Acquires PunkRockHR.com

I love days when I can share good news and today is one of them.



I am happy to be able announce that RecruitingBlogs.com has acquired PunkRockHR.com and even more excited about being able to work with Laurie Ruettimann. Laurie has a great spirit and she knows how to make things work. If you have not been to her… Continue

Added by Slouch on October 19, 2009 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Six bottom-line best practices in recruiting

Recruiting strategies may flex and change with economic conditions and in reaction to competitors in the market. But there are certain best practices that are a constant benefit to every organization that adheres to them, whether the economy is up or down. Recruiting excellence has a direct, and positive, impact on the bottom line. Increasing revenue per employee and saving turnover costs are two important benefits. Here are six recruiting best practices that will make a measureable difference… Continue

Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on October 16, 2009 at 9:48am — 3 Comments

Are you a Gold Recruiter?

Recruiting is a highly competitive sport. All external recruiters reach for the top, hoping to become finally recognized as a Gold Recruiter.



Recruiting is probably not much of a team sport, based on my observations from a corporate HR desk. Perhaps it is a function of the general reward system, with commissions linked to placement. Perform well and you get paid well.



The competition suggests there are a lot of recruiters. Entry levels are relatively low. This is evident… Continue

Added by Charles Van Heerden on October 16, 2009 at 4:26am — 4 Comments

Top 7 Mistakes that "Star" Recruiters do & "Good" recruiters dont

If you are a recruiter, and even if you are a star recruiter, make sure that you dont do the below mentioned mistakes as part of your recruitment process. They are criminal and not excusable. Just because your time to fill and cost to fill metrics are good does not mean that you can get away messing up with the process and system.



1. Not entering the data into the Applicant Tracking System.

Lot of so called star recruiters hide behind the excuse that data entry is too tedious… Continue

Added by Kiran Gali on October 16, 2009 at 4:25am — 7 Comments

Are your dreams meeting with your reality?

(Originally posted on ImSoCorporate.com)



When I was a little kid, I dreamed of climbing the corporate ladder in my pinstripe suit and stiletto heels. I wanted nothing more than to be toughest, no nonsense attorney in a top law firm and live in a high rise apartment in Manhattan with my CEO husband and our glamorous life of jet setting weekends to Europe and dinner parties with the other fabulous people.



Well, at least that is who I wanted to play on TV. You see,… Continue

Added by Sarah White on October 15, 2009 at 11:40am — 7 Comments

$#IT Happens

I write a lot from the Recruiter point of view, but I had one of those weeks, which changed my mindset for a while.



I've had to make a number of calls to unsuccessful candidates. As a job to do... that sucks.. but you know what?.. I'm sure it doesn't suck as much as taking the call.



Going for a job is a brave thing to do. You're putting yourself out there to be judged by others. Baring your soul, putting your future in someone else's hands to decide on. Like those people… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on October 15, 2009 at 9:54am — 8 Comments

Learn to Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty!

If you’ve been reading much on this site or reading virtually any other job search advice, you know that networking is critical to landing a new job. However, most people only begin building a network once they are unemployed. Better late than never. Networking can be far more effective, though, if you have an extensive address book of professional contacts that you’ve been building over time.



Begin building your network as soon as you realize it’s value, but don’t stop once you get… Continue

Added by Harry Urschel on October 14, 2009 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

Keeping up with the Kardashians during the job hunt

Keeping up with the Kardashians



He completely lost me at “sir”.





It was his first chance to make a lasting impression and he totally blew it.





Clearly stated in the job description was “accurate, detail oriented, excellent communicator…” and “please contact Heather Gardner direct for immediate consideration."





Had he taken the time to look me up, he would have known…. Oh "Bing" or "Google" me please!





It’s so easy to lose out on an… Continue

Added by Heather Gardner on October 13, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

When will Applicant Tracking Software Get the Message?



"We were not able to identify your contact e-mail address. Your login e-mail address will be used as your contact e-mail address instead. Please be aware that this contact e-mail address will be used to contact you."



The message above was sent to a prospective candidate from an applicant tracking system -not ours. This system is managing a fortune 500 company’s careers site. Yikes! It can hardly be debated that… Continue

Added by Joel Passen on October 13, 2009 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Want to see a grown man cry??? Take away his iPhone.

September 30th I attended MoMo Boston held at the Boston Harbor Hotel where there was the usual meet and greet of some of the finest minds in America but also a great panel discussion regarding mobile advertising, mobile platforms, the best types of phones, etc. Needless to say, out of a room of 200, there were probably 11 women. Oh well – it meant more white wine for me. And NO! I do not JUST go for the open bar – Jeez.



My reason for attending was compounded by the fact that one of… Continue

Added by Kelly Moeller on October 13, 2009 at 10:03am — 2 Comments

The Hidden Profit Available Inside Your Recruitment Company

I wasn't at the major Australian recruitment industry conference last month in Queensland (RCSA Conference), but from all accounts it was an excellent conference. I did follow the articles and blogs being posted from the conference and one in particular caught my eye.



It was Top consultants bill five times more: Study.



The article reported on the BSRP Asia research that concluded that the financial difference between the elite recruiter and the average was… Continue

Added by Ross Clennett on October 12, 2009 at 7:07pm — No Comments

More Than Just An Education

Here’s what I told the guy in the interview, “Over a 4 and a half year period I reported to no less than 36 different managers. Most often my obligations were split between 4 managers at a time and each of them had completely different objectives for me to meet at regular intervals. At any given time they’d have me working on either support documentation or reviewing past work product while assimilating new information that would be relevant to my performance reviews about every 6 weeks or so.… Continue

Added by Randy Levinson on October 12, 2009 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Balancing Practicality with Passion

I had an interesting conversation today with one of my clients. Over the last seven years I have been witness to Marks' setbacks and successes, his layoffs and his promotions. I've met his wife, his kids, and he has met my sons. Our relationship is truly of "trusted advisor" nature.

This past Friday he was laid off from a software firm that had difficulty securing an additional line of credit. At best, the firm has another 6-8 weeks before they… Continue

Added by Christopher McCann on October 11, 2009 at 5:57pm — 5 Comments

Job Board Logic

I remember in 1992 when the "world wide web" (the term internet had not been invented yet) was touted as a game changer for recruiting. And it was true.....for a time. There was Monster, then Careerbuilder but two was not enough, the job board industry realized that they could carve up the universe into bite sized pieces and convince recruiting departments that they had to be part of this movement in order to get closer to the talent they seek.



And millionaires were… Continue

Added by Phil Haynes on October 9, 2009 at 1:50pm — 8 Comments

How to take a closer look at your candidate

Take a real look



One of the reasons I appreciate our process of recruiting more and more is that it allows us to take a real look at the person who’s applied for the position.



In February, while working in a hiring campaign in Minneapolis, I also participated in an experience that changed my perspective on life. That doesn’t happen very often to us but this weekend was different. I was part of a group of eight who went into the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility (read… Continue

Added by Mark McDowell on October 9, 2009 at 12:21pm — 2 Comments

Unemployment and the Government: Which is worse?

Unemployment is a mounting issue that continue to steal the headlines of papers and blogs across the nation, and the world for that matter. Jobs being lost, outsourced or simply disappearing overnight are every day events. Plants shutting down, companies closing their doors, and the most financially stable name brands we grew up with calling it quits are on the tips of our tongue. So how do we address this? The free markets that we have come to understand are the driving forces of the western… Continue

Added by Jason Monastra on October 9, 2009 at 11:02am — 2 Comments

The economics of the talent shortage and what employers need to do NOW

Prior to the GFC we saw articles almost daily on the so-called talent shortage. Such clichéd headlines as “Winning the War for Talent” were commonplace. My own company, Mindset used them as did everyone else. These headlines and articles have subsided of late but the talent shortage is still there. It's like a wild beast hibernating; waiting for the thaw - which will be here sooner than most Australians think. In fact, many would argue that it’s waking now as the extra cold metaphorical winter… Continue

Added by Aaron Dodd on October 9, 2009 at 3:32am — 2 Comments

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