There is an official definition for unemployment that everyone can find at the Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS.gov). However, because unemployment, and employment calculations do not count all peoples, and have a limited view of the labor force for reporting numbers, they inadequately capture our potential problems.
We should consider the additional indicators when assessing our Labor Market problems, and the BLS does have some addition stats they consider, but the system as a whole… Continue
Added by Susan Hand on June 17, 2009 at 1:27pm —
Over the last two days I connected with 6 long time friends and former colleagues in corporate recruiting. A few of them have been clients and a few others are professionals in the corporate recruiting space that I routinely chat with about various issues, challenges, strategies and tactics. Pretty much these are open discussion sessions where I learn a ton from each of them and… Continue
Added by Michael Homula on June 16, 2009 at 2:00pm —
All the brouhaha over lay-offs and pink slips is finally coming to an end, whether temporarily or for next few years, only time will tell. I recently graduated with an MBA and the speculation whether the economy is picking up was driving me to an edge. The only solace was that there were more people like me around – people sitting at Starbucks with their laptops open and job alerts popping on their screen and speaking to headhunters for “relevant” opportunities.
However, what I… Continue
Added by Dhruti Shah on June 17, 2009 at 1:00pm —
In January, before demobilizing back to civilian life
, I was honored to speak to a group of over 200 Wounded Warriors in Fort Benning
regarding transition into civilian life and what they should convey to prospective employers when trying to separate themselves from the mainly civilian pack when searching for a job. Luckily… Continue
Added by Chad Sowash on June 16, 2009 at 8:20am —
When the economy tanks in one sector, the advice you hear from ABC, CNN, Employment Blogs, HR professionals, and even your second-cousin is that you need to target sectors that are growing. That sounds like really smart advice, but like most mainstream pithy wisdom it has it's flaws doesn't it? And I feel like it is our job as talent identification professionals to knock some sense into the growing ranks of "cross-over applicants".
Only Applicants with Experience Need… Continue
Added by Kyle Smith on June 15, 2009 at 12:30pm —
When it comes to recruiting there are many aspects to focus on in the process. Some focus on the sheer quantity of resumes to provide with an acceptable pool of talent in which to choose from while others are more focused on the quality of the candidates and accessing more than just the individuals that are hitting the job boards to insure they are looking at the highest level of talent available to them.
As we know during a downturn in the economy many candidates that have been impacted… Continue
Added by bill martineau on June 9, 2009 at 3:41pm —
What's one very important attribute of a successful start-up? Is it the brilliant idea? Continuous innovation? or the plain old execution? All of the above are important for the young company to survive and flourish. However, over the last decade or so that I have dealt with start-ups including building a few of my own, I have realized that focus on execution is key. There are tons of examples of companies that had just another product like many others but out shined the rest with pure focus on… Continue
Added by sundar vanchinathan on June 10, 2009 at 4:09pm —
Do you know the Future?
One Saturday a couple of weeks ago, my kids and I were driving to an event where community members were being honored for years of volunteering in the community where I grew up, which is located next to the college town where I now live. My parents were some of the people honored, so it was a special time for my family.
While we were driving, out of the blue my son asked, “Mom, let’s talk about the future.” I said sure and asked him what he wanted to know. He… Continue
Added by Chernee Vitello on June 8, 2009 at 10:27am —
Ok, I will behave myself this month and try not to cause a ruckus. I did learn a new word last blog thanks to Gerry Crispin..putanesca. I think it is some kind of sauce, but also has something to do with women of ill repute. Hmmmm?
So here I go with this month’s blog. Not only am I a recruiter but I am a mom, and I was remembering long ago, when my daughter was little. She had the ears of a well trained hunting dog when it came to the sounds of the neighborhood ice cream truck. She… Continue
Added by Sherry Junker on June 5, 2009 at 4:08pm —
It’s summer time already in the South, 90 degrees outside and humid as Vietnam 1969. The layoffs are still hot too. Not a whole lot of jobs reqs either.
Your Boss is pacing the office like a half crazed Nazi commander waiting for orders to drop kick more recruiters out. Everyone is doing their best to look busy, marching down the halls as they peck away on their blackberry and even giving Social Media Recruiting presentations.
Even a… Continue
Added by Michael Glenn on June 5, 2009 at 12:05pm —
Obstacles, we all face them. Whether it’s the proverbial boulder in the road or the car that won’t start on your way to a meeting or, the 10th interview that will never lead to a job offer. We all have to face temporary road blocks in order to make it to the other side. As frustrating as these setbacks seem, it is part and parcel of what we all experience as we grow and move towards our ultimate goals.
In truth, it’s our reaction to these obstacles that either keep us stuck in the… Continue
Added by Lisa Kaye on June 3, 2009 at 11:58am —
A woman has been sitting in our lobby for 71 minutes. Patiently waiting. Sitting and chatting. More precisely, a candidate for our administrative/bookkeeper position has been sitting patiently for more than an hour. Part of this is her own doing - she was 20 minutes early; part of it is happenstance - our branch manager had another meeting this morning that is running muuuuuch longer than expected. She's not concerned; she's willing to wait.
This is a huge point in her favour. She… Continue
Added by Jonathan McLeod on June 3, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Reposted from Bearing Fruit Consulting at www.bearingfruitconsulting.com
I have often been asked what is the difference between Talent Acquisition and Recruiting. A conversation popped up on Twitter on his topic between me,… Continue
Added by Michael Homula on June 2, 2009 at 2:28pm —
Obviously I am not the first to weigh in on the pros and cons of using social networking sites like Facebook ®, etc. I was actually late to the party getting on FB because I thought it was more for the much younger crowd, but it has become quite a useful tool for me to re-connect with people and also to get the word out about my business and blog and has yielded rewards.
I am much less an "open… Continue
Added by Bill Meirs on May 28, 2009 at 11:39am —
I really love the crew at rbc.
I used to love hanging out at the site.
Then chat failed, then the format changed, then chat changed again, then the talent talks got canceled, and now I can't find my way around.
Please remember that too much change is not always a good thing. Some of us need a little stability. And I need SEARCH BOX ON THE MAIN PAGE!
There is so much good information here, but I fear that too… Continue
Added by Julia Stone on June 1, 2009 at 2:06pm —
Intellectual property takes new forms
An interesting question has been developing lately: If you work
with social media tools in a corporate… Continue
Added by Michael VanDervort on May 30, 2009 at 9:40pm —
Any HR person will tout their knowledge and specific expertise when interviewing. However, it takes a true professional to discover, investigate, and evolve an environment one has no experience in. In today's market we must learn and grasp new and emerging industries.
How do we acquire Business Acumen when going into an industry we are unfamiliar with?
The short tips or answers:
1) Use your interviewing skills as a recruiter or HR Talent to investigate, question, and… Continue
Added by Susan Hand on May 27, 2009 at 8:24pm —
I just found this quote on a blog by Amanda Linehan that I follow.
"The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment." - Earl Nightingale
The article explains her style of goal… Continue
Added by Kari Quaas on May 27, 2009 at 11:30am —
The world is beckoning, "Come Tweet With Me!" MySpace, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter have become household names in a span of a few years. The rate in which change happens used to be measured in decades, five year plans and terms of office. Now, we measure change in nano-seconds, or at least as fast as your last tweet. What is happening to the world of communication? I don't know if we should all be excited or mildly confused? We know we have grown into a community that wants it quicker, faster,… Continue
Added by Lisa Kaye on May 26, 2009 at 12:39pm —
It sounds like everyone’s worse nightmare…. You go to the office and suddenly realize you’re just wearing underpants, or worse nothing at all. I think we’ve all had that dream, am I right?
BUT, in reality it doesn’t really matter how you’re dressed to affectively present yourself in the BEST positive light. From the comfort of your home (wearing whatever), simply get involved and BRAND yourself as the expert that you WANT to be.
Here’s how I roll in my… Continue
Added by Heather Gardner on May 20, 2009 at 3:22pm —