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Companies now have to put on their "selling shoes" to the candidates. They need to articulate the positive points of the company, culture and the position; create some excitement with the candidate. Companies are so busy "screening out" that they forget to "screen in" candidates. We no longer can assume that we have the only position open in a poor economy and candidates should be grateful for this position.

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Added by Candice Arnold on April 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Many Choices of HR

Last week, a final year MBA student wanted me to coach him, as he was keen to move into HR, in itself a little unusual career choice. In talking to his university career manager, he was an excellent student with a passion for HR. Now HR is not always seen as the preferred choice for ambitious, talented and commercially orientated graduates, which is his profile.



At times, I am still amazed and also a little disappointed, when I read the criticism by HR people of… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on December 15, 2009 at 10:24am — No Comments

Recruitment Social Media - Are you Being Left Behind?

A few days back I saw the first ever job posting on Indeed advertising for a "Talent Community Manager". (Kudos to Deluxe for taking a huge step forward in recruiting and leveraging this opportunity). Using social media for recruitment takes time, technology and people and they "get that"



Considering Facebook alone as over 300 million users, ½ of which log in to their account in a given day it would not be surprised to see other organizations follow their lead and take advantage of… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on November 25, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

SEO is NOT the Golden Ticket - SEO Demystified

Although SEO seems to be the new buzz in recruiting web 2.0 strategies, it has actually been used for years as a tactic to increase sales for online businesses.



SEO and how it fits into the recruiting industry is greatly misunderstood.



SEO Is just a tool



At the end of the day, SEO is not the end all and be all. It is one tool that can be very effective to have in your tool box. No doubt, if done correctly, search engine optimization can work… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on November 11, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Nice is a Four-Letter Word

Starting a new job can be nerve-racking, especially when it comes to adapting to a new work environment. It's as important for new hires to be able to mesh well with their coworkers as it is for them to be able to quickly learn how to do their new jobs. So what's the best way for a new employee to endear himself to his coworkers? Should he strive to be… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on November 11, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Do job applicants always tell the truth?

A common concern when hiring a candidate is whether the applicant has told the truth about various aspects of their background. It is not unlikely for applicants to feel that they are more likely to get the job if they distort their age, cover-up gaps in their work history and claim to have educational qualifications they do not actually have.



While there has been relatively little research on the accuracy of… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on August 14, 2009 at 8:43am — No Comments

Career Transition Companies - are they the right solution for IT Specialists?

The title of this blog is indeed the question I want to raise today. Are career transition companies (the outplacement firms that companies who are downsizing will sometimes engage to help those employees who have been, or are about to, get laid off) really offering the right solutions to IT professionals looking for work?



I had the honor of meeting with a very senior candidate recently, who is going through the career transition process. In fact, the candidate had their workshop… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on August 14, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

What do recruiters want from a resume?

We asked a few recruiters what they like and what their pet peeves are, when it comes to resumes. Here's what they had to say.



What they look for in a resume:



  • "It has to do with whether the person has progressive career development along the way. Is there career growth, what type of projects and assignments did they handle. Will they fit the job they are applying for"
  • "Appearance - should be sharp, readable, easy to skim, clean and no…
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Added by Candice Arnold on June 29, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Your Recruiter is there to Help

It is a difficult job market, but your recruiter (headhunter, employment agency - call them what you will but be nice) is there to help. They are overwhelmed with resumes and underwhelmed with job opportunities at the moment. While you want to stay fresh in your recruiter's mind, you don't want to stalk them or waste their time by applying for jobs where you don't qualify. So what's the best approach?



Research - Research recruiters before contacting them to ensure… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on June 26, 2009 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Building Your Recruiter Contact List

One of your main job search resources is, of course, your recruiter/headhunter contacts. As I've mentioned many times before, while you should not contact every recruiter in the world, you should build a list of recruiters who specialize in your industry and preferred location. Today we will add a few more names to that list.



Clark Davis Associates - Clark Davis focuses on job opportunities in the New York tri-state area with specialities in… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on June 26, 2009 at 3:15pm — No Comments

How to Work With a Recruiter | Top Five Tips to a Successful Business Relationship

With the unemployment rates soaring and the number of companies hiring through the traditional job boards and classified advertising down, what's a job seeker to do when you're considering making a change? The truth is in spite of the current economic conditions, there are many companies who are hiring. The problem is that as their staffs have been cut, they are turning to headhunters to quickly fill the positions - because they simply don't have the manpower to follow the recruitment process… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on June 26, 2009 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Furloughs Only Work in the Military

The global economy has gotten so bad that Japan and some countries in Europe have tried to save jobs by implementing "work-sharing" programs. Here in the U.S., employers are equally concerned with keeping employees on staff, while still cutting costs. Their response is to implement furloughs. Furloughs are unpaid days off and Dr. John Sullivan, in his article for ERE, Employee Furloughs Can Be a Bad… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on March 13, 2009 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Furloughs Only Work for the Military

The global economy has gotten so bad that Japan and some countries in Europe have tried to save jobs by implementing "work-sharing" programs. Here in the U.S., employers are equally concerned with keeping employees on staff, while still cutting costs. Their response is to implement furloughs. Furloughs are unpaid days off and Dr. John Sullivan, in his article for ERE, Employee Furloughs Can Be a Bad… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on February 27, 2009 at 8:42am — No Comments

Facebook Helps Employers Get In Touch With Desired Candidates

Social Networks, like reality television, aren't going anywhere. But unlike reality television, social networks can be useful as well as fun.



In his article for ERE, Realizing the Power of Facebook, Raghav Singh discusses effective methods that companies can - and in his opinion - should use in order to attract Gen Y entry level job… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on February 9, 2009 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Campus Recruiting is a Good Idea in Any Economy

There are some recruiters who think campus visits are a luxury rather than a necessity. John Flato would disagree. In his article for ERE, 5 Reasons to Maintain a Strong Campus Recruiting Program During This Economic Downturn, he explains why maintaining a campus presence is important, regardless of the economy.



Flato's list points out why smart… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on January 15, 2009 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Recruiting and Hiring Practices of the Future

With the new year comes a new way of looking at how we manage our lives and our careers. In his article for ERE, What's Going to Be Different in 2009, Kevin Wheeler speculates on the kind of changes that will appear beginning this year.



Work



Telecommuting has become more prevalent and Wheeler expects it to be "the dominant working style of the future," particularly… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on January 15, 2009 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Tools and Tips for Hiring Great People in Any Economy

In a previous post, I wrote about the importance of hiring great people during a recession. Every expert who repsonded to my query agreed that it's important to hire great people whether the economy is up or down, but that during a down economy, companies are less able to afford the costs involved in replacing candidates who fell short of employers' expectations.



One of the experts who responded to… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on January 8, 2009 at 2:20pm — No Comments

What's the Matter With Millennials?

Millennials have gotten a bad rep because they have a tendency to change jobs frequently. For them, the idea of staying with one employer for five years or more seems to be unheard of. But it's not frivolousness or flightiness that governs their actions. According to Philip Gardner and Georgia Chao of Michigan State University, in their white paper, "Today's Young Adults: Surfing for the Right Job," young adults change… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on January 8, 2009 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Is Work Centrality As Important to Gen Y As It Is to Older Workers?

In a recent white paper, ''How Central Is Work to Young Adults?" written by Phil Gardner of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University and Georgia Chao of the Eli Broad College of Business also at Michigan State University, research was cited in support of the theory that today's young adults don't view their jobs as the primary focus of their lives, the way earlier generations did.… Continue

Added by Candice Arnold on January 8, 2009 at 2:07pm — No Comments

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