“We are only working with agencies who are agreeable to our new reduced fee requirements. I am sure that you can appreciate it, with the economy and all.” “Actually we have so many resumes right now, unless you are willing to reduce your fee, we just can’t justify working with you.” Does this sound familiar? If so, listen with a discerning ear. Lessons of 2001 indicate that often this stance is a façade. There are other vertical’s where this is not true but in the life sciences and healthcare… Continue
Added by Kendall Messner on April 14, 2009 at 12:30pm —
A classic definition of insanity is attributed to Albert Einstein. It was also attributed to Ben Franklin, and the author Rita Mae Brown. I'm paraphrasing, but odds are you've heard it before. The classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.
In a market like this, it's easy to attribute a lack of results to the economy. No matter how many "Positive Mental Attitude" pills (metaphorically… Continue
Added by Christopher McCann on April 14, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Recruiters World Special Reports
Let's face it, with the U.S. unemployment rate forecasted to reach 10%, everyone is tuned into the job market. Even hot sectors, like nursing and pharmacy, are not immune. Today, the most content candidate is curious — curious about opportunities, curious about compensation, curious about culture, perqs, and benefits. Traditionally, the "curious" learned about your company through passive methods: advertising, networking, training, tradeshows.… Continue
Added by Sharon on April 13, 2009 at 6:47am —
I am not sure how many articles I have read over the past months talking about the greed of the CEO and executive leadership even amongst the constant layoffs that our nation is experiencing. In my reading of some of the other blogs, there was a discussion surrounding if there was a suitable alternative to layoffs. I gave some thoughts however did not have a real practical or example of a company that has implemented cost cutting in the face of layoffs to reverse the trend. One has… Continue
Added by Jason Monastra on April 13, 2009 at 3:49pm —
One of my favorite movie scenes of all time is from Jerry Maguire. Rod Tidwell, Jerry’s client, is telling him about the Kwan. Basically it equates to everything. Rod says, “I want the Kwan.” And Jerry answers him with “I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?” Jerry, you speak to me, man. This is my life – the life of an HR Director.
Employees want the Kwan,… Continue
Added by Ragan Kellams on April 10, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Added by Steve Levy on April 12, 2009 at 10:02am —
After I participated in the@animal http://cli.gs/DBSPy9
Radio Show I became more introspective about how I use Social Media as a Social Recruiting tool. What do I use SM for? How do I integrate SM with Full Life Cycle Recruiting? How do I use SM to source new Client Partners and new Human Capital Partners? I am defining SM as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Blogs. I am sure there are more, but for… Continue
Added by Dave Graziano on April 8, 2009 at 3:30am —
I'm not really much of one for a bait and switch, holding an ace up my sleeve, or pulling any sort of trickery on a candidate. It doesn't seem to foster a good relationship and tends to cause trust issues. For this very reason I provide as much information as I possibly can while maintaining a level playing field - I just happen to be pretty particular about my timing.
There are a lot of things a candidate should know prior to an interview. He or she should have a good idea of the… Continue
Added by Gino Conti on April 7, 2009 at 11:28am —
Recruiting and matchmaking - not entirely the same, but not so different either.
A friend is single, yet can't manage to find a guy/girl because work/school/life is too hectic - just like the customer who has a vacancy yet can't seem to find the right candidate on their own. You get to work thinking about who you know that would be interested and has a personality that will mesh with your single pal - sounds like sourcing a qualified candidate to me. You set up some sort of meeting,… Continue
Added by Gino Conti on March 31, 2009 at 2:19pm —
Even with the tremendous growth and use of web applications, people remain the center of a connected job search. To effectively manage your job search you cannot lose sight of the fact that your relationships, while many have moved online, still need the human touch. I would maintain the primary issue with the way many connected users are approaching their job search is they are not effectively managing the Cloud. Cloud Computing has changed the way companies interact online but have you kept… Continue
Added by Duane Roberts on April 6, 2009 at 5:30pm —
People get so stressed about the cover letter.
- Do I send?
- How long should it be?
- What should I put in it?
- Do I put salary requirements in it?
Let's start with the first question. Carol from North Carolina said to me: "When sending in my resume for a job, I don't send a cover letter. It doesn't give me any advantage in getting the… Continue
Added by Bill Meirs on April 2, 2009 at 1:46pm —
We're all reading about massive layoffs and cost cutting measures but are companies really getting it right? I don't think so. It seems that HR Leadership (oxymoron?) is still making the "easy" decision regarding their talent inventory, that being Last In First Out (LIFO). Severance packages will be less and they don't have to deal with uncomfortable dismissal discussions with tenured employees. This is very short sighted and while they can stand up in front of their executive team and say "we… Continue
Added by Robb Myers on March 27, 2009 at 7:27pm —
Eric Clemons, professor of operations and information management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, drew some fire with his argument
that the Internet shatters all forms of advertising. Enough so that he updated his post in an attempt to quell the criticism (or perhaps fan the flames) on TechCrunch, telling people how to properly frame their rebuts, ridiculing them for how they… Continue
Added by Rich on March 29, 2009 at 11:45am —
As I scrolled through the endless emails that accumulated overnight, one title caught my eye “Career Exploration: Paying the Bills and Feeding the Soul.”
As I opened the email to learn more I thought of the candidates I’ve worked with over the years, male and female for whom this message resonates. We often connect the nourishing of the soul and spirit with women but it is very much a need common to both genders.
When this need is fulfilled it can have a positive impact on… Continue
Added by Karen Swim on February 23, 2008 at 3:08pm —
LinkedIn Tips and Tricks
I wanted to share my experience and some quick LinkedIn tips with everyone in this first blog post. It all started when I was new to recruiting in the nuclear industry sector. My biggest challenge was in finding candidates for expatriate assignments. I immediately started scourging the job boards and turning them upside down for the right candidates for my highly specific jobs. To add a cherry to the cake, the skills criteria for candidates were… Continue
Added by Sophia Simon on March 24, 2009 at 3:06pm —
Working in the HR arena is tough! Especially in bad times. Who likes sitting across the desk from someone explaining to them that as of now your livelihood has been taken away. (I have only met person ((and catbert
)) in my career who… Continue
Added by Dan Nuroo on March 22, 2009 at 8:43am —