Will Thomson's Blog (89)

I Think It Is Time For a Recession.... REALLY

I can't remember the last time I wrote a post on Recruiting Blogs.  I've been pretty quiet the past couple of years.  My blogging career really started around 2012 right here on this site!  I didn't have anywhere else to write or express my opinions.   It was a popular thing to do and I shared more content than most people write in years.  It got to be a little bit of an obsession.  

I stopped because I was tired of talking about recruiting.  I also realized that people got tired of…


Added by Will Thomson on September 25, 2019 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Some Business is Just Not Worth It!

This is going to be simple and sweet, but it has been weighing heavily on my mind.  The other day I received a check from one of my clients.  It was well below what I have been used to making for a placement.  Why I took this order, I still have no idea!  The whole process was exhausting.  Some business is just not worth it.  This, my friends was not worth it.  



Added by Will Thomson on December 5, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

The Day that Went Horribly Wrong

Being an owner of a small boutique recruiting agency has its advantages and disadvantages.  The advantages are obvious.  You have all of the time off that you want.  You manage your own schedule and no one is telling you how to recruit.  The disadvantages are also obvious.  You eat what you kill.  There are also a hell of a lot of headaches with being a small business…


Added by Will Thomson on April 4, 2016 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Using an Agency Recruiter. Waving the White flag or Smart?

After being on both sides of the recruiting fence I get the pride a corporate recruiter has in doing their job.  I made the jump to the agency recruiting this year and if anybody understands how things work inside a big corporation, it is me.  I have written more over the past couple of years about corporate recruiting than I care to admit.  After all, I am doing what I once…


Added by Will Thomson on August 25, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The VALUE of a Third Party Recruiter

What is a third party recruiter? Why should you consider using one? How do you go about choosing the right recruiter for your needs?   What VALUE does a third party recruiter bring to your organization?

In 2015, the recruiting landscape is more competitive than we have seen it in years. If you are an employer or a candidate, you know that…


Added by Will Thomson on June 17, 2015 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Recruiting is a Drug!

There should be a warning label on all job descriptions for recruiting roles.  Maybe the label should read something like this:  “Warning, recruiting is extremely addictive.  Recruiting may cause anxiety, frustration, elation, depression, fear, and a constant need…


Added by Will Thomson on April 13, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Dude, I am helping you out! Don't be a Di@k!

I've been in the recruiting game for a while now.  Been in it since 1995.  I get that we are in an ungrateful profession.  It is always zero- to- hero and vice-verse. "What have you done for me lately" is just a part of what I expect to hear EVERY SINGLE DAY.  I get it.  I go back for the punishment willingly because I actually like what I do.  I really enjoy helping people…


Added by Will Thomson on November 13, 2014 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

We Aren't Playing Backyard Football Anymore

Remember growing up playing a little backyard football with your neighbors?  Two people were selected to pick teams. You always knew the person who was going to be selected first and typically the person who would be selected last. The most athletic, most capable individuals were picked first. I know I always wanted the biggest and strongest people on my team. The poor guy…


Added by Will Thomson on June 21, 2014 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Can Someone Please Explain to Me What Linkedin Is Doing?

I don't get it.  I truly don't understand what LinkedIn is doing.  I do know that they are gaining new members at an astounding rate EVERY DAY.  They are gaining more market share and becoming more and more invincible.  No one can compete with LinkedIn.  Google Plus tried to compete with them.  Can you say #Fail?  I tell you what else LinkedIn is doing.  They are pissing…


Added by Will Thomson on May 1, 2014 at 6:14pm — 12 Comments

Proximity and Relationships in Recruiting

The other night I was out having dinner with my wife and friends.  It is always interesting when our group gets together.  The guys sit on one side of the table and the women sit on the other. The guys talk sports, talk about our favorite beer and whiskey, and work.  The women talk about kitchen redesigns and manicures, botox and… hell really, and truly- I have no…


Added by Will Thomson on April 1, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Austin- The City I Call Home

Austin.  What a great city.  I grew up here.  I still live here. It is home to me, my wife, and two kids. My parents live in the same house I was raised.  They have never moved.  My brother, wife, and his two kids live here.  This is not something that you see every day.  The only time I lived away from Austin was from 1991-1995 when I went to college at Ole Miss.  



Added by Will Thomson on March 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

What the Hell is Success Anyway?

"I want to be successful when I grow up". Isn't that what we are taught at an early age? When you are younger you aspire to do so much and achieve so many great things. You are full of vigor and stamina. You have goals, and you start knocking them down one by one. You are determined to be somebody. You are determined to make a difference.

One thing I have…


Added by Will Thomson on February 17, 2014 at 12:49am — 14 Comments

Do you "Like" It? Seriously, I Don't Care

In a world consumed by social media we often get consumed with "likes".  What in the world is our world coming to?  Please tell me!  I feel pretty comfortable in my own skin.  I have some great friends, an awesome family, a fantastic job and I feel pretty lucky.  Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you something.  We all are pretty lucky.  We may have had some ups and downs in…


Added by Will Thomson on February 2, 2014 at 11:30pm — 22 Comments

I sure as HELL Do feel 41!

I realize it has been some time that I have posted here.  I haven't forgotten about all of my beloved friends at RBC.  You know I really don't feel like writing about recruiting, social media, or anything HR right now, but since blogging is a way of therapy- I thought you could get a few laughs.  

So last year I wrote a post Called…


Added by Will Thomson on January 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Time to Pause

Once a year something magical happens. The world stops. Stores are closed, and when you go outside, you can hardly hear any traffic. I really look forward to this time of year every year.

The world is frantic. We are always in a hurry and there is always something to be done. Our lists are always long and it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done.

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we often forget what the holiday season is all…


Added by Will Thomson on December 24, 2013 at 12:36am — 6 Comments

5 Ways to Successfully Build a Bench for Your Company

How do you build a successful company? There are many answers to this question, but the one that offers the most longevity and continued success is to build a company with depth. You see, having the best talent on your team TODAY does not guarantee that you will have that caliber of talent in the FUTURE.  You always have to be thinking one step ahead.  People do…


Added by Will Thomson on December 6, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Death of Blogging Part II

I have always loved music.  I appreciate all kinds.  I appreciate the artistry in the different genera’s.  Some music is so profound it moves me by the single strike of the chord.   I can hear some songs over and over and they never seem to get old.   Sometimes, the simplicity of the beat and the lyrics are just enough to have chills running down my spine.   Some…


Added by Will Thomson on November 20, 2013 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Candidates: Second Steps in Landing Your Next Job

Last week I wrote a post talking about how candidates need to help themselves FIRST before they solicit advice from a recruiter.  You can read that article here: http://bit.ly/17j1FST  This post is focused on what you do next after you narrow down “What do…


Added by Will Thomson on November 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Candidates: Help Yourself First, Then Ask For Recruiter Advice

As a recruiter, I know that recruiters are some of the most well- networked people around the globe.  We work hard to make meaningful connections. Yes, we are the gatekeepers.  Since I have been in the industry 20 years, I know the chances are that most recruiters know someone that can connect you to someone that will help you get that dream job.  Before we help YOU…


Added by Will Thomson on November 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

What You NEED to Know When Starting a Career in Recruiting

Recruiting could be thought of as a fraternity.  When you start out as a recruiter, you are a pledge.  You have to earn your stripes.  If you are smart, you will start with an agency. Recruiting is sales.  It is highly competitive and there is no other place to learn the business than in an agency.

So, when you start your career in recruiting you have a…


Added by Will Thomson on November 4, 2013 at 9:00am — 9 Comments


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