October 2011 Blog Posts (188)

Creating A Multi-Generational Workforce That Thrives!

Age discrimination claims have hit record levels in the United States! According to msnnbc.com the figures have risen from 16,000 in 2006 to 23,000 in 2010. That staggering number has skyrocketed, one due to unemployment and two due to the generational gap in the work force today. Those 55 and over are unemployed for an average length of 52.4 weeks. The average is just 37.4 weeks for younger workers, according to AARP employment data. The harsh reality is their age is part…


Added by Emily Eastman on October 25, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

What if Recruiters Stopped Using Social Media

It could happen? Ok not really but what started me on a very passionate post that I had to quiet a bit after a few drafts were the comments from an infograph on How Recruiters Use Social Media, by Erica Swallow about how recruiters use social media to screen candidates. The comments were spiced with bits about how people cannot believe a recruiter would eliminate…


Added by Danielle Powers on October 25, 2011 at 9:46am — 12 Comments

Has Facebook Seen the Recruiting Light? Grandma's Chicken Soup #37

What has become the norm in the recruiting industry is that social recruiting dominates the headlines. I have to ask, why shouldn't it?  The two biggest names in social media are LinkedIn and Facebook. LinkedIn just concluded its' very successful LinkedIn Talent Connect 2011 and The Recruiting Innovation Summit was…


Added by Scott Ryan on October 25, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Admin/support industry question...any help would be appreciated

Good morning everyone.  I am in the research phase of starting a staffing business from home and would like some guidance.  I am attempting to enter the administrative/support industry focusing on entry level to mid.

I would like to know from anyone who has experience in this industry what some of the hiring trends are that you are currently seeing?

What kind of fees generally should I expect to ask for?  What is the average fee for a placement in this industry?

Are you seeing…


Added by William Maitre on October 25, 2011 at 8:02am — No Comments


I have always enjoyed meeting and connecting with people – my husband has always joked that I ‘work the room’ where ever we go – weddings, parties, concerts, waiting in line –any line -, political functions, vacations, cruises – anyplace there are people. I seem to have a natural knack to talk to people I don’t know and get them to tell me more about themselves. Actually, meeting people in this way is pretty easy – you have at least one thing in common, you’re at the same event and that is a…


Added by Cora Mae Lengeman on October 25, 2011 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

When Employees Steal

These are dire times.  The economy is sketchy, and employees can do foolish things in desperation.   Many people need money, and more often than not,  a fair portion of an employer's staff is probably in straits with overdue payments on everything from mortgages to the telephone bill.  So in some ways it should be no wonder that employment theft is on the rise.

Employment theft is on the rise and industrial espionage has actually increased significantly during the past few years.   In…


Added by Gordon Basichis on October 25, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

New EFD Coalition Tilting at Windmills?

To date, 19 companies have opted into a new protocol meant to protect disabled employees from discrimination.
The new coalition, spearheaded by the EFD (Employers' Forum on Disability), has agreed to blackball recruiters who do not comply with their assessment of what constitutes fair treatment for disabled candidates. The questions are whether the situation is an active problem and whether the…

Added by David Lyons on October 24, 2011 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Contract to Permanent Position

Are you a contractor desiring a permanent position?  Some professionals desire the stability of a permanent position, while others enjoy the evolving and changing aspects of contract work. There are some things you can do to help you take steps towards a permanent position, if you are looking for that stability.  Here are some steps to help you stand out among your competition.


Treat the position as more than just a “stepping stone” to another position.  You need to work with…


Added by Kara Stringer on October 24, 2011 at 3:38pm — 6 Comments

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Did you know that the operator "plus" stopped working on Google just a few days ago? There…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Early Christmas Presents, Great Opportunity!

The Indian summer seems to have officially gone and it's now time to dust off the winter coats and step into the cold wind, hoping that London can avoid coming to a standstill this winter. With any luck, you might even sink your hand into the pocket of your long forgotten favourite winter coat to find a tenner you didn't realise was in there. I would love to say that's what happened to me, alas, it did not. A year old packet of chewing gum isn't nearly as…


Added by Lipton Fleming on October 24, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

United We Fall

The announcement on the 19th October 2011 that 950 jobs are to go at Aviva along with the distinct possibility that another 300 jobs will be outsourced in the near future, is the culmination of rumours that have been circulating for the past few months. It obviously made the 6 o’clock evening news with an outside broadcast interview with an employee and a union man from outside company headquarters in central Dublin.…


Added by Ger McInerney on October 24, 2011 at 11:37am — No Comments

I owned my own staffing company for 22 years specializing in accounting and some administrative -

and you know something - after being retired for 2 years now I seem like I forgot how I ever opened my first company ....I almost don't think I would know how to do it again....I miss it - I miss the people, the excitement - of course the revenue - but I know the staffing business is still slow but here in Texas you hear the Governor saying how great business is and jobs are being filled - well I don't really think so - but I would sure accept some ideas from anyone that would tell me how to…


Added by Llillian Hammer on October 24, 2011 at 1:35am — 1 Comment

How did I become a recruiter?

I was recently asked why I went into recruiting.  Did I loss my job, was I unemployed for awhile... The truth is not that easy and perhaps sounds a bit strange to others...


I got into recruiting by having a recruiter try to recruit me from my loan officer position with a major regional bank back in 1989; apparently another loan department at another bank was interested in talking with me.  I had never heard of recruiters or headhunters and was confused and puzzled by the…


Added by Cora Mae Lengeman on October 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

What HR Can Learn from Hannibal

In 216 BC Hannibal crossed the Alps in terrible conditions to attack Italy. His generals pleaded with him not to attempt it saying it would be impossible to cross the Alps with elephants. On hearing this Hannibal said “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” or translated from Latin, I will either find a way, or make one. History tells us…


Added by Francois Guay on October 23, 2011 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Leadership Quandary - What Is Worse--Losing Your Followers or Losing Your Way as a Leader?

Losing your followers or losing your way--which is worse for a leader?

Can you be a leader without followers or without a purpose?  Which is more critical?

My view is a leader is a leader with or without followers.  Leaders find a mission—a purpose and pursue it.  Followers, by their nature, need motivation, direction and a person & mission/vision bigger than themselves to…


Added by Valentino Martinez on October 23, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

'Tailoring the Green Suit' Author to Visit Ithaca College, Discuss 'Establishing a Bright Green Career in a Dull Gray Economy'

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

For sure, we'll be playing Steely Dan's "My Old School" on the drive up to Ithaca College on November 3rd.

We look forward to returning to South Hill after so many years; during this visit, we will meet with many aspiring green careerists interested in becoming The Green…


Added by Dan Smolen on October 22, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Work -v- Welfare

With the IMF again in town as happens every quarter these day, you are prompted to reflect on how things are going in this great little country of ours. It was heartening to see Manuel Barosso congratulating the Irish on our great strides towards fiscal equalization - with another €4bn+ cutbacks in the Christmas budget, we should be on track for the IMF target of the current deficit running at 8.7% on Gross Domestic Product. (GDP). What this translates to in ordinary man's language is a…


Added by Ger McInerney on October 22, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments

An Intro to Diversity and Diversity Recruiting

An Intro to Diversity and Diversity Recruiting

I’m back from a trip to CA and a week of vacation...feeling pretty good.  I wanted to get started on a small series about Diversity and what Diversity recruiting means to me.  It’s an issue that is a real…

Added by jeffreytmoore on October 21, 2011 at 7:37pm — 9 Comments

Is Discrimination of the Unemployed a Reality?

On Oct. 20 at the Announcement of Facebook’s Social Jobs (their partnership with nonprofits and the government to improve the American Labor Markets), the US Department of Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, said, “I am very disturbed…


Added by David Smooke on October 21, 2011 at 5:08pm — No Comments

How Virtual Footprints Affect Employment

How Virtual Footprints Affect Employment

Typically, an individual seeking a job prepares, as is recommended, in the following ways: developing a valuable skill set; networking with professionals in his or her field of interest; writing a succinct, yet captivating resume; researching the organization for an interview, if such an offer is extended. However, many applicants neglect to consider a fifth, equally significant…


Added by Gregory Saukulak on October 21, 2011 at 3:19pm — 2 Comments

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