Today posses an interesting time for all of us.
For months the media has been reporting how bad the market is and how unemployment and jobless claims are skyrocketing, that this bad and that is bad, the stimulus sucks and health care reform etc. blah, blah, blah. People are fearful, concerned and desperate. On the flip side, other people are absolutely slammed with work and may be the most productive they have ever been in their lives.
Hear me out on this...as an Executive… Continue
Added by Darrin Grella on August 24, 2009 at 8:00am —
I get tired of this, and I really want an answer from the people who send out lists of candidates to anonymous recruiters, like me every day.
So tell me, what exactly do you think you accomplish by sending me your best (insert technology here) developer? Perhaps you prefer the machine gun approach and send me a list of your 50 best candidates.
You have a list, probably a big list. I am guessing you are over-compensating with your big list to hide… Continue
Added by Julia Stone on August 24, 2009 at 2:03pm —
It's hard for me to believe that it was nearly a near ago when I took my first trip to Toronto to present at the inaugural Recruitfest
Upon my return I recall posting about my experience. It's only that it really is hitting me just how important this event was. I attend lots of events and speak at many as well. Recruitfest was different. The show was not large in size so it wasn't that there were thousands of… Continue
Added by Craig Silverman on August 24, 2009 at 3:27pm —
I wanted to show you something that I think is really a great little tool that Hireability
has built and co-branded with RecruitingBlogs.com.
It is a resume parser that sits on top of Microsoft outlook and essentially, you take a folder of resumes and click a button and the system extracts all the information from that resume and creates a contact in your email for that candidate, including the resume which is searchable. It's… Continue
Added by Slouch on August 20, 2009 at 10:30am —
I often refer to the line used by Burgess Meredith (Mickey) in the Rocky films in the early 1970’s that, while training Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Mickey is insistent on the “need for speed.” “You need speed, lighting quick speed…” during my workday. A firm’s speed of delivery is one the best differentiators in how a company can stand out versus the competition.
As Sales and Recruiting professionals in an economy where competition is fiercer than ever, staff augmentation firms need… Continue
Added by Jeffrey Burkhardt on August 22, 2009 at 8:58am —
Let’s not fool ourselves. We are not a loved profession. Clients often use us begrudgingly, some even with open hostility. I have sat in client board-level meetings and heard with my own ears, the resentment felt towards our industry. I have listened, squirming, while clients plan to avoid using recruiters and any third party staff providers.
Even before the downturn, the evidence was all around us. The rise of internal recruitment teams, the clear strategy to reduce use of outside… Continue
Added by Greg Savage on August 23, 2009 at 8:36am —
At the end of a long day of interviewing with a gauntlet of people, the owner of the agency told me that they were impressed and wanted to know if I had any concerns about becoming a recruiter.
Coming from a sales background, I would say that he did a pretty good job of sensing my uneasiness because I had a huge concern!
Based on their characterization of the recruiting profession, I was confident that I had the skills necessary to be successful; however I was very… Continue
Added by Ken Forrester on August 23, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Time management - oh the words sound so simple but are yet so darn tricky. How else are there several books, infomercials, classes, and seminars dedicated to this very topic? How often do we feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland
singing badly along to "I'm late for a very important date..." while frantically staring at our pocket watch? We learn and adjust to suit the obstacles we face. But every so often I… Continue
Added by Kelly Moeller on August 20, 2009 at 10:30am —
Where has the respect for the candidates gone?
I was trained in recruitment some years ago by the true old timers. The owner of the agency I cut my teeth in had owned this permanent recruiting agency for 30 years at that point. Same office, a handful of the original guys, ashtrays on the desks next to the phone and of course a phone book. No computers, applications or technology. Believe it or not you got smacked in the back of the head and… Continue
Added by Darrin Grella on August 20, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Do you remember that guy who got a funding of $3million in his the series A round, he had an impressive business plan, he displayed rapid growth and claimed he was 12 months from breaking even? Do you remember how he delivered his commitments during the first 6 months, which was followed by a series of losses? This situation is all too common, we have all seen this, but now instead of ignoring this situation, lets shed light on how this could happen, and what signs can we watch out… Continue
Added by Saleem Qureshi on August 20, 2009 at 6:00pm —
“What do you mean there is only one person on the shortlist?” Bob exclaimed as I discussed with him the recruitment process for the Environmental Engineer. Despite the tight labor market and war for talent, managers still expect and demand to see between three and five applicants on the shortlist.
One of the flaws in recruitment is that most managers tend to recruit on the basis of finding the best person for the role. Taking this flawed approach to the next level, they will… Continue
Added by Charles Van Heerden on August 19, 2009 at 9:51am —
One thing that many years in the recruitment industry has taught me, is that actually in the big scheme of things we know comparatively little. Yes of course we know our industry, our marketplace and even our industry sector very well, but anyone who professes to know much more than that is, quite frankly, stretching the truth a little!
There is more to know about the recruitment industry are than any of us involved in it can ever hope to learn – social recruiting has shown us how… Continue
Added by Andy Headworth on August 19, 2009 at 9:37am —
I was very reluctant to write this post initially. There has been so much noise about social media, and how it’s going to impact our industry, do we really need another blog on the topic?
Probably not. But the rhetoric and hyperbole about social media has been bugging me lately, and it will make me feel better if I offer some thoughts about how all this may play out.
Lets start ‘big picture’ and then focus in on social media itself. It seems to me that the big issue facing… Continue
Added by Greg Savage on August 19, 2009 at 9:00am —
I attend allot of conferences.
I think recruitfest was the most profitable one for me last year.
In this interview with Kathleen Kurke, President of the Pinnacle Society, we discuss attending conferences.
Hear some of my tips on how to get the most out of any conference you attend, and get a glimpse into my philosophy on networking at social events like recruitfest09!
Hope to see you there.…
Added by Julia Stone on August 19, 2009 at 4:30pm —
With so many talented professionals seeking work in today’s job market, it is interesting to see a number of bright and capable individuals having trouble overcoming themselves during these tough times. For those who have been successful time and again in stronger markets, the loss of career footing is truly disconcerting. The previously successful professional who never experienced pause or setback is now faced with a task that is proving to be very challenging on many different… Continue
Added by Suzanne M King on August 19, 2009 at 5:39pm —
“Research is the transformation of money into knowledge“ and “Innovation is the transformation of knowledge into money”…
Added by Chad Sowash on November 27, 2007 at 10:41am —
The money question
The money question always comes up in job interviews. If you are a candidate looking at a new position, you can safely assume the person on the other side of the desk will ask some form of the money question. Your answer is difference between moving forward and being eliminated.
In an interview, the employer has four basic questions in mind. However they dress them up, whatever creative spin they put on them, employers really want to know four things:
Added by Eric Raynard on August 18, 2009 at 7:41pm —
Do you remember what you had for breakfast yesterday? What about lunch? These are little things and you may or may not remember the answers to these two questions.
Now, do you remember your first car? Your first date? The birth of your first child? These are big things and will have a lasting footprint on your life. How do we make ourselves so BIG, so memorable to people around us. Here are few ideas;
1. Differentiation: Separate yourself from competitors. If they are… Continue
Added by Alex Putman on August 17, 2009 at 10:27pm —
Everyone has an opinion on Recruiting, all levels of a company, and pretty much anyone you meet just on the street. It's always puzzled me yet somehow made sense. Something occurred to me. Recruiters are mostly trespassers.
We are interlopers, we hang out in communities we don't really belong in don't we? We exude expert knowledge in industries we haven't actually worked in. We advise people on career choices in industries we watch yet in the majority of cases haven't participated… Continue
Added by Dan Nuroo on August 17, 2009 at 7:01pm —
Everybody works hard but only a select few are known as great closers. Over the past 10 years my teams have placed 15,000 candidates into new jobs/positions with clients for fees over $500M.
Here are some of the the things that I teach and have witnessed as helping to make a great closer:
- Closers close all the time, every chance they get
- Closers are not cocky, they are good
- Closers are great at listening to their clients and candidates and understand the… Continue
Added by Craig Silverman on August 17, 2009 at 4:00pm —