Sean Ryan's Blog (11)

Getting it Right: Social Network Recruiting

I've been spending a lot of time working on some new…


Added by Sean Ryan on May 25, 2010 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

Trade a Smoke Break for Vacation? An HR Dilemma

Cut out your smoking breaks and get an extra day off.…


Added by Sean Ryan on May 20, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

The Case for Recruiters in Today's Economy

So it's not the best of times - economically speaking.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that recruiters have hit hard times. But there are a number of significant developments that should encourage recruiters. (See the blue "hires" line from last month in the otherwise dire graph from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS released several positive…

Added by Sean Ryan on May 11, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

It's 4/20... puff, puff, give (equal pay and opportunity to women)

You know what that means, right?

It's Equal Pay Day. (Please, you know I didn't mean that that 4/20)

Today is the day - we're told - that "symbolizes how far into 2010

women must work to earn what men earned in 2009"

Akin to "Tax Day" (the day you supposedly have to work until you make enough



Added by Sean Ryan on April 20, 2010 at 5:53pm — 4 Comments

Failing to see the .Jobs hype

I admit: I just don't get it. (dot)Jobs is hyping itself up to be the greatest thing for recruiters since sliced bread.

That's one extreme.

The other extreme is recruiters who are absolutely outraged at the process in which .Jobs is being implemented.

~I get this much: .Jobs seems like a… Continue

Added by Sean Ryan on April 8, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Handle with Care (w/Humorous Video)

Like many people in this economy, I've spent a fair amount of time out of work. It's simply not fun. You become so callous to rejection -

if you hear anything at all - that an automated response telling you

"Thank you for your application. At this time we have found more

qualified candidates" is almost something to look forward to.

It's a good thing to keep in mind when dealing with recruits who are out of work and looking. Handle the rejection with…


Added by Sean Ryan on April 7, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Butler Did It

Believe it or not, there were some valuable recruiting lessons to be learned from this year's NCAA Basketball tournament. National powerhouse Duke barely edged out Butler (a small, private university with 4,000 students in Indianapolis) to win their 4th National Championship. This was Butler's first trip to the Final Four - an unlikely story given the limited size, exposure, and level of talent the school's basketball program normally attracts.…


Added by Sean Ryan on April 6, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Quotas: The Messy Truth

As a recruiter, you've more than likely run into a hiring situation that involved a quota.

Whether you support the idea of hiring quotas or not - they are a lightening rod issue. The problem they try to solve is legit: the representation of minorities, and in some cases, women, pale in comparison to the population at large in a given community. The way in which hiring quotas attempt to solve the problem is one of the more debatable practices in the… Continue

Added by Sean Ryan on March 29, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments

So How Does Your Company Handle Marijuana?

In a staggering revelation on, National Football League sources expect about 1/3 of college prospects to have had some history with marijuana use.

One-Third. 33%. 1 in 3.

Imagine if the background checks on your applicants had those kind of numbers? Would you be forced to adjust the bar for a qualified applicants are expected to reach?

It… Continue

Added by Sean Ryan on March 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Their Future... Up In The Air

I watched the critically acclaimed movie "Up In The Air" last night - and I'll be honest: I wasn't all that impressed.


I can't get the movie out of my mind (which is a good indicator of a

good movie) - and I've spent a lot of time thinking about what it has

said about our work force. Without giving anything away: George

Clooney's Company fires people. To sugar coat this…


Added by Sean Ryan on March 23, 2010 at 3:04pm — 1 Comment

Why Should You Care?: Blogging

So many blog entries - so little time. It's the blessing and the curse of the internet: You get to hear a lot of voices.

Personally, my head hurts. I'm guessing I'm not alone.

So what can make a blog entry stand out from the masses? I ask not only because I'm curious - but also because I'm interested in hearing your thoughts of my interpretation of creating a "Purple Cow" of a blog entry - using TV News rules.

I used to work as a reporter in television news.… Continue

Added by Sean Ryan on March 1, 2010 at 6:36pm — 3 Comments


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