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How to write a great job description!!

How to write a great job description

It’s All In The Name – Your first challenge is to get a top candidate to click on your job posting from a large, mind-numbing, and repetitive list of…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on May 23, 2022 at 5:02pm — No Comments

It’s a small world after all, and the Pyramids!!

I know what you are thinking, what does a Disney song; have to do with the Pyramids? Well, the connection is really very simple.

 

 Let’s start with the pyramids or the premise of a pyramid. There is an old adage, if you tell a secret to someone, they…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on May 16, 2022 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Research - To find it, you must understand it!!!!!

Research - To find it, you must understand it!!!!!

 

Research Comes First – Research is the key to success for any great sourcer. Research to learn what you are looking for, what it might be called or known as, and where it might be found. Research is the beginning step for all great…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on May 9, 2022 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Project Management (PM) staffing style!!

Project Management (PM) staffing style!!

One way I have found to be very successful as a staffing professional is to Treat every opening like a project and use the basic PM steps to ensure you do the job right. Step one is to do needs analysis. This is the same thing as your first meeting with your client to…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on May 2, 2022 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The amazing Gravitational field of the best!!!

There is an old saying; people tend to gravitate towards those of similar likes, dislikes, thoughts, and perceptions. This saying holds particular weight and fact when dealing with candidates, and their chosen vocation. For example if you find a Microsoft MVP, I guarantee you they are connected in some ways to other MVPs. People who are good…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on April 25, 2022 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Service Level Agreement (SLA), a 2 way Agreement!!

Most of us know what an SLA is and how it is used. Simply put an SLA is - is a where the level of service is formally defined. What that means is, that it states who does what, at what level, and by when.…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on April 11, 2022 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The big T word, the Transition from Military to Civilian!!!

For those transitioning out of the military into the civilian world, it may be very stressful and downright scary. How do you take all you learned and accomplished, done and transfer it to a civilian occupation. It is tough and very daunting, but it can be done. I am ex-military and I did…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on March 28, 2022 at 3:57pm — No Comments

The Black Hole, that is the Hiring Manager(HM)!!

The Black Hole, that is the Hiring Manager(HM)!!

We have all been through it. Sending resume upon resume, screen upon screen, over to the HM, only to have them disappear, never to be heard from again. Seemingly lost in some black hole. The question is what to…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on March 21, 2022 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Little words that can change the way we communicate!!!

There have been numerous books written on the subject of communication. One of the best is "Conscious Business" by Fred Kofman. I am reading this book now, but have read numerous others on the subject. The one thing that sticks in my mind has been how the littlest words, can have the biggest impact on…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on March 14, 2022 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Wanting to Connect but wasting my Time!!

Wanting to Connect but wasting my Time!!

 

I get a lot of requests to connect on various social sites. I am pretty picky about who I accept. That said I will never understand why anyone would take the time to send a connection request with no message and worse with a profile that says nothing, thus wasting my…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on March 7, 2022 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Partner Sat rating, the true measure of a good Hiring Manager (HM)!!!

So, we as staffing professionals are held accountable for candidate and client (HM) satisfaction. This is measured with a survey and subsequent percentage for success according to a set of question that are answered with a rating scheme.

 

However so much of our ability to be good, is dependent on our HMs. If you have a good HM you will…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on February 28, 2022 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Words and Phrases to Recruit by!!!

Words and Phrases to recruit by!!!

In no particular Order

  1. Take control!!- This means to come in and establish yourself with your client. You must establish credibility, in order for them to truly work with you and for you to have the type of presence needed to be viewed as the…
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Added by Dean Da Costa on February 21, 2022 at 8:12pm — No Comments

The dumbing down of staffing!

That’s right; I said it, “The dumbing down of Staffing”. As much as we all love technology, and tools, I mean one of my monikers is “the Tool Guy”, technology and tools are dumbing us down. What I mean by that is we have a breed of staffing professional, that all they know is checking their ATS, checking the Monsters, LI, Dices, CareerBuilder’s,…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on February 14, 2022 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Proactive vs Reactive vs Just in time vs Pipelining!!

So one thing I have been hearing a lot of is Proactive vs reactive vs just in time vs pipelining. Or more specifically what do they mean. So here we go;

 

Proactive; when someone, usually a staffing professional, proactively goes out and searches for candidates. Of course you are still publishing the position every…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on February 7, 2022 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Complacency is a recruiters worst enemy!!

Recruiters can suffer from the same negative effects of success that anyone else does. The main issue is complacency. Sometimes a recruiter or anyone who has great success can become complacent. Sit back on their laurels so to speak. Sometimes with recruiters, it can also happen because they think they know the business they support too well, or they…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on January 17, 2022 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Leaders VS Managers

Leaders VS Managers

 

Recently I was asked by a fellow professional what is the difference between a leader and a manager. I thought long and hard about it, and came to several realizations. Now keep in…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on January 11, 2022 at 5:14pm — No Comments

When Administrivia gets in the way!!

We all know there is a requirement for a certain amount of administrivia as a staffing professional. Whether it is; writing to contact a candidate, writing a job description, or writing up your interview notes, there will always be some administrivia.

 

However there comes a point when administrivia becomes counterproductive and even…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on December 13, 2021 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Losing candidates? Look at your process.

Losing candidates? Look at your process.

 

Given how hard it is to find good candidates, when you do find one and then loose them it can be very difficult and nerve racking. Of course you always want to know why, and while in some cases it will be things like salary, location. In others it is simply your…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on December 6, 2021 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Being a Social Detective!!!

This is a repost of an earlier post I did. This report is by request from numerous people so here we go

 

For those of you that have been following me, you know whenever I post about lesser sites, I always say at some point use your social detective skills. Well while I Have spoken about it, showed it, and perhaps did a video about it, I…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on November 22, 2021 at 5:55pm — No Comments

How to source on the lesser known Site!! Project Management.com!!

Project Management.com is a huge online community of Project Managers offering

over 12000 how-to articles, templates, project plans, and checklists to help you do

your job. It is also a great place to source, however few recruiters know about it or

how to source from it. Well to do this without you need go no further than into…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on November 15, 2021 at 6:11pm — No Comments

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