Featured Blog Posts – November 2009 Archive (79)

How to Create a Headhunter-Proof Company

I just talked to an HR Manager who told me that they had a no-headhunting policy, so I wasn’t allowed to talk to their people … what a terrific idea! Or maybe not.

I know of companies who train receptionists to block recruiters’ calls, and ensure that Monster and Workopolis are banned from company internet. Heck, while they’re at it, why not block LinkedIn, Twitter and halt conference attendance and rendezvous’ with former colleagues and miscellaneous strangers in coffee… Continue

Added by Kristina McDougall on November 24, 2009 at 9:56pm — 9 Comments

The Personal Benefits of Social Media

Last week was the UK’s first recruitment unconference and it was certainly an interesting event. I was working the Social Media Track with @mattalder and @carveconsulting. Anyone who knows Matt and Paul will know how knowledgeable both are when it comes to social media; I cannot tell you how much I learned from them throughout the day!

Matt and Paul know… Continue

Added by Wendy Jacob on November 24, 2009 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

Mr Cellophane?

Internal Recruiters are the Mr (or Ms or Miss or Mrs) Cellophane's of the corporate world, the poor cousin of the HR team. Like the old adage internal recruiters should be seen and not heard. (I disagree by the way, I've just seen this ideal a bit)

Your part of the company, but not really. You don't build or sell the widgets, you don't set policy, you don't deliver the business solutions to clients. You don't actually make money for the company, you… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on November 24, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Thankful in CA

Its been a challenging year for me and through it all, I can truly say I'm thankful.

I have terrific friends and family members who give me encouragement and support. My brother in Conn. is paying to fly me out to his home for Christmas. My friends have listened to my personal and business "woes."

And just yesterday, I received word that one client plans to make an offer this week to one of my candidates (who is prepared to accept the offer), and another client will likely… Continue

Added by Will Branning on November 24, 2009 at 2:19pm — No Comments


This was originally posted on the site I do my blogging regularly - called Adoptivefamiles.com and when I saw that people were doing it here, it made me want to participate as well. This one is not geared as much towards adoption or infertility so I thought it was worthwhile to share with this community - hope you enjoy!

In honor of Thanksgiving, some of my Facebook friends have been playing the 'Facebook Status Thankful Game,' where we post a status to reflect what we are… Continue

Added by Renee Hoyt on November 24, 2009 at 1:23pm — No Comments

A picture is worth 1000...

If a picture is worth 1000 words, then what does a poorly lit, slightly blurry, badly cropped, taken with a camera phone image say about a networker? I think that in most cases it probably says, “I am new to social networking and am just trying to figure this out. It was the only one I had, and I was trying to build my profile while keeping the kids from shaving the cat with my husband’s electric razor” But I am an optimist and willing to give a person the benefit of the doubt. There is another… Continue

Added by Brian Meeks on November 24, 2009 at 12:37pm — 3 Comments

Unemployed and Grateful: Happy Thanksgiving

HR-Thanksgiving-My Gratitude List

23rd November 2009 written by Margo Rose

For those of us in HR-every day-is one to give thanks. Passionate about my work, writing gives me an outlet for my creativity.

Many people, like myself, find themselves unemployed right before the holidays. It’s hard to give thanks during a recession. Transition has its challenges. However, I can find so many things for which I can give thanks.

1) Regardless of what I lose, I will… Continue

Added by Margo Rose on November 24, 2009 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments



If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof

Overhead and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a

dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are

more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of… Continue

Added by Rennay Blizzard on November 24, 2009 at 11:35am — 5 Comments

Employer Brand … and why your foosball table doesn’t matter

Lots of people are talking about employer branding these days. While I agree that all companies should be conscious of how they are viewed by employees and prospective employees, I think many branding efforts are misdirected and a plain waste of money and effort.

It’s not about how many people think you’re great. It’s who, and why.

Brains over beans

I work with young tech companies who, by their very nature, are selective in who they employ. Most really are… Continue

Added by Kristina McDougall on November 24, 2009 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

The Gift of (Thanks)GIVING

In just a few days we will be joining family and friends to sit around a table and appreciate the many blessings we have. But, what are your REALLY doing to share with others who don’t have as much as you? What legacy are you teaching your children about what Thanksgiving really means? What are you teaching strangers about the gift of giving and random kindness? What are you teaching yourself about not putting yourself first?

Growing up, each and every year we volunteered to… Continue

Added by Sarah White on November 24, 2009 at 9:38am — 2 Comments

Are you too scared to find a job? This isn’t Amway and you need to get active!

If you are looking for a job, you must pull out all the stops. Can you relate to any of these scenarios:

- Former colleagues don’t know you are looking for a job.

- You have a large following on LinkedIn or FaceBook that you haven’t networked with.

- You haven’t checked in with past employers to see if they might be interested in rehiring you or referring you to new opportunities.

- Your resume is not updated.

I could go on and on with… Continue

Added by Duane Roberts on November 23, 2009 at 10:43pm — 2 Comments

Giving Thanks

What am I thankful for? Lot’s of things including a satisfying job, great colleagues and the opportunity to surround myself with the kind of people in this community…..but my 12 year old grandson wrote about the most important things in my life. The heart of everything that inspires me to success in business.

He is writing his bio for a school project. It’s a school-year long effort and he just got to the part about his mom, my daughter’s heritage. I loved it and I’m so thankful that… Continue

Added by Fran Hogan on November 23, 2009 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Ending The Confusion About Inclusion - Diversity 2071

On this blog, we try to offer a thought-provoking take on all subjects related to job seekers and their experience on the job market. As I've mentioned, we believe that empowered job seekers will have a significant impact on the overall turnaround of the market itself. So when we decided to write about Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), we wanted to offer an outlook that you might not find… Continue

Added by Pedro S. Silva II on November 23, 2009 at 5:54pm — 2 Comments

What I’m thankful for

In the spirit of the season, I thought it would be worthwhile to give some thanks (sometimes you forget about it in the midst of everything else). So, in no particular order, here are a few things that I’m particularly thankful for this year:

* You: Seriously. I appreciate the time you spend reading this blog. I hope you find it worthwhile.

* Monster: It’s very useful for our industry to have a ‘big’ company to kick around. Plus it keeps the target off everyone else.

*… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 23, 2009 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

Online recruitment: Quantity at the expense of quality?

Let's face it, we've never before lived in an age where such a plethora of job opportunities are accessible to us at the mere touch of a button. But is this instantaneous solution really all it's cracked up to be? Is the constant search for new and supposedly better ways to reach the job seeker really an advance, or merely adding to the woes of the already stressed out candidate who, when faced with a huge list of all too often bland and uninspiring job posts, struggles to separate the wheat…


Added by Alasdair Murray on November 22, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Client Side - We're Not Alone

I was out for a hike in nearby state park with my son's Cub Scout den on a beautiful North Carolina day today and had an interesting conversation with a friend whose son is also in the den. I love those conversations with smart people in other businesses where you can share and gain perspective outside of your normal business routine. This friend has a renewable energy business. It's a neat business model, he's got VC capital (something most of us in our business couldn't fathom), and he's in… Continue

Added by Todd Kmiec on November 21, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

The Six Biggest Applicant Lies

Just posted a story about the six biggest applcaint lies we see from an empyment screening point of view. Wondering how it jives with what recruiters see. See: http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/989/the-six-biggest-job-applicant-lies

Although statistics vary widely, there is widespread agreement that a substantial number of resumes belong in the “fiction” section of the bookstore.… Continue

Added by Les Rosen on November 21, 2009 at 2:19am — 12 Comments

Employer Branding vs. Catchy Slogans what works?

There is much discussion on Social Media Groups and by people posting blogs about Branding.

When you think about it…what is Employer Branding? Isn’t it employers doing the right thing by running a company that people respect and where employees want to work? Often I think if an employer has a catchy slogan they believe it is enough to attract attention, get people interested in their product and their brand is… Continue

Added by Paul Paris on November 20, 2009 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Stuck for blog content? Here are 101 things you can write about on a recruitment blog

One of the questions I get often asked as a blogger, is what to right about. So in preparation for the blogging track I led at the Recruiting Unconference, I put together a take away for the bloggers that attended my tracks.

So if you blog about recruitment, in any way and constantly get stuck for subjects to blog on, take a… Continue

Added by Andy Headworth on November 20, 2009 at 8:39am — 5 Comments

Why Employer Branding?

By David Kippen

Brands are fascinating. Search Google and you get 525 million hits. Search your home and you’ll find virtually every surface either branded or displaying something branded. Shut your eyes and think for a moment and chances are good even your internal landscape is cluttered with brands. And if you’re among the top 15% of consumers, you (and the other 14.xxx%) account for approximately 1.5 billion brand… Continue

Added by Featured Writer Series on November 20, 2009 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

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