Kirby Cole's Blog (10)

Job Search Accountabilty Coach - A Partner in Your Job Search

Since moving to Texas a little over a year ago I have learned about a special partnership between Josh Hamilton and his “Accountability Coach.”  Josh’s Accountability Coach is his father-in-law, and he actually travels with Josh and the Rangers in order to help Josh with his commitment to sobriety.  The more and more I got to thinking about this type of relationship, the…


Added by Kirby Cole on June 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Corn On the Job’s Top 25 Twitter Accounts for Job Seekers to Follow

For those of you who don’t know, Rich DeMatteo, AKA Corn on the Job, is a globally recognized Career Expert, Gen Y Career Coach, and Social Media Marketer. Rich has spent time in Agency and Corporate Recruiting, and has a Masters in Human Resources from Villanova University. Along with being featured on and Reader’s Digest, he was also named one of the world’s Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors.  If you are looking to learn about the job hunt through social media, check out…


Added by Kirby Cole on June 15, 2012 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

Be The Bird

#BeTheBird:  Bird Watching and Culture. 


Recently I had the opportunity of attending a Talent Net Live event hosted by JCPenney in Dallas, Texas.  For those who don’t know, Talent Net is a social recruiting forum featuring big names in recruiting and social media covering the hottest tips and topics of the day for job seekers, social media enthusiasts and talent professionals.  While I attended the event to learn more about up and coming social media tools and their…


Added by Kirby Cole on April 9, 2012 at 5:46pm — 3 Comments

Do We Really Want to Hire “Rock Stars”??

One of the interesting things I have taken special interest in recently is the usage, or often time’s mis-usage, of words in work place.  Have you ever googled the words talent and acquisition separately and then put the two definitions together?


“The act of acquiring or gaining possession of a persons special natural ability or aptitude.”  Kind of weird, right?  Doesn’t sound like a noble occupation, sounds like slavery.


I have being seeing the term “Rock…


Added by Kirby Cole on February 28, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Homage to the Electrical Outlet

This is a post that I wrote for my job.  The idea came to me when I was staring at an electrical outlet while feeding my infant son at nap time.  I had never taken the time to slow down and notice the outlet.  Then I started thinking about how recruiters are much like electrical outlets.  Think about it.  We aren't always noticed for what we do, but the connections we make light up the world.  We are on the front lines of business, but the people we bring to the business can make or break…


Added by Kirby Cole on November 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Hiring Managers are The X Factor

Hiring Managers are The X Factor


I have a secret that only those really, really close to me know; a secret that could impact my career, my hire-ability, my social life, etc.   I, like millions of Americans, am addicted reality TV.  My DVR is full of unwatched episodes of Project Runway, Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol, ABDC (if you know this one you are an addict too), and yes, The X Factor. After watching the first few episodes…


Added by Kirby Cole on October 4, 2011 at 9:59am — 1 Comment

Calling All Recruiters - Humaneness For the Under and Unemployed

A couple weeks ago I started attending a local jobs networking group at a church near my home in Frisco.  I am not sure why I felt compelled to show up, but I wanted to go see what it was all about.  I have to be honest, I think it was one of the best decisions I could have made for my own career.


It was weird, walking in to a room of people that are under or un-employed when not only do I have a job, I have a job helping other people get jobs.  The group didn't make me feel…


Added by Kirby Cole on September 1, 2011 at 11:30pm — 15 Comments

Build Your Recruiting Site FREE

I found this while doing some reading this morning and I found it very interesting.  I think this is an awesome tool to help people get on the web quickly to advertise their company and their services.  The challenge, which goes back to the many discussions regarding the relationship between corporate recruiters and third party recruiters, is this tool makes it even easier to publicly overload, water down, and dilute the third party recruiting space.  If building recruiting sites is this…


Added by Kirby Cole on August 22, 2011 at 12:09pm — 4 Comments

Social Media vs. Social Recruiting

An interesting topic I have been wrangling recently is the convergence of Corporate Social Media and Corporate Social Recruiting. While the two seem to align perfectly with each other, they are proving more and more difficult to sync up. One would think, at least this one person, that social recruiting and social media have the same end goal in mind, but the problem is aligning the social strategy to new talent and aligning the social strategy to new clients is very different. This can lead…


Added by Kirby Cole on August 16, 2011 at 10:02am — 6 Comments

An Insider's Opinion Regarding Corporate and Agency Recruiters

First, let me explain that I spent several years earning my chops as an agency recruiter at some really small shops. This meant I was always fighting an uphill battle against the big boys in the space that had name recognition, a volume over margin focus, and huge databases. I was able to parlay that experience with a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development in order to switch over to the dark side of corporate recruiting and HR. What I have learned in making this switch has been…


Added by Kirby Cole on August 10, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments


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