After a recent placement I sat at my desk and thought, I really love this business. Client's Happy, Candidate's Happy, Recruiter's Happy, Me........we all win. That's the great thing about this business. When we win, we all win. And at a time like that, even a little dry period looks like a good thing in hindsight. It's over, but sobering and helps keep you grounded and focused. The problem is, right now I don't think this downturn we are in is anywhere near over. I talk to a lot of clients and… Continue
Added by Todd Kmiec on July 10, 2009 at 9:26am —
Here is a prediction. As the market recovers the first impact on our industry will be a revival of the temp and contract market.
Employers will see increased work volumes as the economy recovers, but will “dip their toes” into the labour market at first, hiring flexible solutions initially. But then, as momentum is gained and confidence returns, they will start to hire permanently. But the first place they will go for their permanent hires will be to transition tried and tested… Continue
Added by Greg Savage on July 10, 2009 at 6:30am —
It may be a sign of the times. It may be a result of the web becoming an open forum for the masses. It may just be that people are generally unhappy. I don't know the reason why explicitly, but I do know that there is a lot more snark in the world today. You might wonder what I mean specifically, by the term "snark." It's more than negativity. It's more than being opinionated. It's the negativity and commentary that is infused with venom, spite and oftentimes pure hatred.
I am a… Continue
Added by Ragan Kellams on July 9, 2009 at 1:55pm —
2 ladies from finance were chatting about one's niece who had foot surgery and had gone back recently to have the pins removed. "You're not going to believe what happened to my niece the other day," she started. And she goes on to explain that while in the doctor's office, the niece half-jokingly said that she would love to work there as an X-Ray Tech. The doctor half-jokingly replied that he'd hire her, but she left not knowing if he was serious. When she returned the next week for the follow… Continue
Added by Shawna Armstrong on July 9, 2009 at 4:23pm —
At one point or another, I am pretty sure all of us have experienced the "edge of the seat
," "nail-biting suspense
" of being on the "chopping block
." Fearful of getting that dreadful "pink-slip," self evaluation often comes at a time when, let's face it...it's a little too late. Whether on the giving or receiving end, by choice or unexpected economic crisis, we all know the feeling too well. But the question… Continue
Added by D. Drayden on July 8, 2009 at 1:11pm —
That’s not a typo. I’m not talking about writing a job description. I’m talking about you writing a job wanted description. I’m sure you already have a resume, cover letter and business cards to pass out but here’s a thought - why not create a job wanted description that tells the hiring manager or company exactly who you are, what you do well and what you’re looking for. Let’s discuss how this would differ from a resume.
What are you trying to accomplish? Anyone who reads your job… Continue
Added by Duane Roberts on July 8, 2009 at 1:13am —
Perhaps the most common question I get asked these days is whether the dramatic decline in the staffing market has leveled off. My own staff, clients, candidates, even journalists want to know whether there really are any ‘green shoots’ in terms of employers venturing back into the labour market.
As anyone in recruitment knows, the answer to that question is a moving target, hard to pin down at best, totally elusive at worst.
And of course it depends what sector we are… Continue
Added by Greg Savage on July 7, 2009 at 6:30am —
We have spoken about the circumstances around recruiters being less than cooperative with candidates and the many reasons. Yes, sometimes it is just perception on the candidate's part that a recruiter is not acting in good faith as I outlined in the last couple posts, but sometimes there is shared culpability.
Today let's talk about the candidate taking preventative steps to insure themselves… Continue
Added by Bill Meirs on July 7, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Employer of Choice, EVP (Employee Value Proposition) call it what you will but attracting talent to your business is a serious business and give it any cool name or anagram you like, it's also bloody hard!
So why do most companies suck at attracting talent and end up spending huge sums of money with recruitment companies, as usual, the answer is a leadership one. Those organisations who are phenomenal at attracting the best talent, have as their best talent guy/girl, their CEO.… Continue
Added by Rowan Watkins on July 6, 2009 at 10:08am —
Until about 6 months ago, I had the best recruitment job in the world !
Seriously. CEO of a global, yet niche recruiter, with 450 staff spread across 30 offices in 15 countries. We dominate our space in most markets, we are highly profitable, and we do cool things all the time (see Aquent.com)
But that was then. For the last six months I have had one of the hardest, least rewarding jobs in recruitment (well that’s a hotly contested title I know, but it seems that way to… Continue
Added by Greg Savage on July 2, 2009 at 6:51am —
Whether you are a management professional, chef, engineer or jewelery designer, each one of us is lured to fake our resume to get the dream job. Some people call it “absolutely unethical”, whereas some people feel that is “fine” to fake one’s resume.
When we graduate, we are on a warpath, ready to take up the challenges and face the world with whatever we have. But when reality bites, the picture seems a lot more different and we are willing to do whatever it takes to make things… Continue
Added by Dhruti Shah on July 2, 2009 at 4:40pm —
Nervous candidates may be reading the press and viewing the TV news and deciding it's "better the devil you know" and consequently putting their job search on hold until it's more certain as to what the future holds for the economy.
In this climate, there is even more reason to work hard on placing immediately available candidates.
When I was working a perm desk I always paid special attention to my immediately available candidates. Although they may not have all been A1… Continue
Added by Ross Clennett on July 2, 2009 at 8:47pm —
As a recruiter with 20+ years of experience I’ve heard the phrase “no thanks I’m very happy where I am at now” more times than I can count, and as recruiters all the world over know this is the equivalent to the brush off “no thanks….I’m just looking” that many of us use with retail sales people. However, what I’m finding as I recruit now is that that very few (and I mean VERY FEW) people bother with such comments as more now prefer to get more details about the job/career… Continue
Added by bill martineau on June 30, 2009 at 5:44pm —
… and not the fire and brimstone kind! A Job Revolution that is caused by the chaos we have all been dealing with whether you have a job now or not, it’s the kind of revolution that causes change. Are you ready to take action, make a change and engage in a Job Revolution?
In order to embrace a Job Revolution, we must be ready and willing to change. Sometimes it’s ok to stir things up and become a “Career Rebel” as one woman put it. The process begins and ends with you. It’s your… Continue
Added by Lisa Kaye on July 1, 2009 at 1:32am —
Hello and hope your day is fantastic!
As you know I am a 3rd party Search Recruiter (Headhunter)
When I am evaluating if I will take on a search assignment with existing or new client I qualify, qualify, and qualify, some more.
Why you may ask? As a contingent recruiter I WILL NOT work on a search, nor allow emotions to get involved, unless the company provides compelling, "reasons to work the search".
Here is how I create a Job Value Proposition, by… Continue
Added by Brian K. Johnston on June 26, 2009 at 9:30am —
Being an entrepreneur is in the forefront of the minds of the Y. They want freedom, power and control. I assured them they would have all of this if they were also proactive, tenacious and willing to do the work.
I spoke on Saturday to a group of professors, students, and HR leaders /mentors about careers in and around HR. As always I was passionate and engaging with the audience. What they did not know they'd get that they did was a powerful dose of ‘pursue your passions’ and what… Continue
Added by Margaret Graziano on June 30, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Last time we spoke about some reasons why corporate recruiters don't always seems to be on your side. We discussed how these reasons could be mistakes made on both sides.
From some feedback I got (mostly from the recruiter world), there is sometimes a misconception of impropriety by the recruiter because candidates try to "shoe horn" themselves into being the right fit for a position even though it is… Continue
Added by Bill Meirs on June 29, 2009 at 6:00am —
Business owners could avoid making bad hiring decisions by implementing pre employment tests
, according to a new study.
A recent survey from SurePayroll found that three out of four business owners admitted to hiring at least one employee that they later regretted. On top of that, 12 percent of business owners indicated that the mistake resulted in a significant financial loss, or more than $10,000 per bad… Continue
Added by Cheezhead on June 26, 2009 at 1:18pm —
Originally Posted at Bearing Fruit Consulting
on Wednesday June 3, 2009
Some of you know I have a Recruiting Call Hall of Shame.… Continue
Added by Michael Homula on June 23, 2009 at 8:56am —
A recent Forbes article by Matthew Kirdahy titled “Filling the Talent Pool” begins: “The focus at private equity firms is shifting. Cash will always be king, but looking ahead, the most important type of capital may very well be human. It's a company's bold leadership that carries it into financial prosperity—not its product, services or numbers.” This new focus on talent will surely improve the success rate of acquisitions, which is typically rated at less than 50 percent.
Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on June 23, 2009 at 8:57pm —