Michael Brandt's Blog (50)

SHOW ME THE MONEY. LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED MAY BE HOLDING OUT FOR PAY.

The current economic situation has made screening resumes more difficult for recruiters. Today, a large employment gap is commonplace and the percentage of applicants that are currently unemployed is significantly higher than just a few years ago. The first inclination may be to write off applicants whose last full-time employment was a year ago or more. However, dig a little deeper into why they have remained unemployed all this time and the answer may surprise you.

According to a…

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Added by Michael Brandt on October 17, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Dude. Your Candidate Has a Medical Marijuana Card. Now What?

After setting up a round of interviews for an open drafter position located in Los Angeles, CA, the hiring manager left me a concerned voicemail. “A candidate came in for an interview and asked if we require a pre-employment drug screen. Once confirmed, he stated that he has an MMJ (Medical Marijuana) Card. How should I proceed?”

My initial reaction was to advise against advancing this type of candidate along in the hiring process. Am I wrong? There are some reasonable…

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Added by Michael Brandt on October 11, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Be Tempted. The Temp-to-Hire Recruiting Strategy Holds Steady.

Be Tempted. The Temp-to-Hire Recruiting Strategy Holds Steady.

A variety of challenges can be overcome by employing a hiring approach dating back almost 65 years – the temporary worker. The length of time…

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Added by Michael Brandt on September 6, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Suit Required. How Dress Codes May Affect the Quantity or Quality of Interested Candidates.

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. A fantastic rule of thumb for up and comers in Corporate America 10, 20, even 50 years ago. However, a new generation of office professionals have been unleashed into the workforce general population. With an ideal job spanning the likes of “video game tester”, “dotcom billionaire”, or “Facebook inventor”, dressing for the job you want no longer includes a suit and tie, or even slacks for that matter.

I had a candidate for an…

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Added by Michael Brandt on August 31, 2010 at 1:29am — No Comments

C’s Make Degrees. Are You Filtering Good Candidates With GPAs Below 3.0?

For those of us who have been required, scratch that, privileged, enough to recruit college students, screening resumes can be…interesting. You scan a resume, review the candidate’s education, and notice they conveniently left off their GPA. Uh-oh. They might as well list “didn’t study enough” under the activities and interests section. What is often overlooked, however, is for those that may not have studied as hard, the extracurricular activities list is typically in abundance.…

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Added by Michael Brandt on August 16, 2010 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

WHO’S WHO: Woo-hoo or pooh-pooh? Is there any virtue in Vanity Publishing?

By Nanci Lamborn, SPHR, and BrightMove Recruiting Software and Employment Software



Last week I received a resume from a candidate who listed in the “Accomplishments” section of his resume that he had been named in the 2009 Who’s Who in America’s Colleges and Universities. Upon reading this line, I had a flashback to my own baccalaureate transition and a similar “honor” that I once also claimed. I…

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Added by Michael Brandt on August 3, 2010 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

WANTED: A Few Good Employers

by Nanci Lamborn, SPHR and Brightmove Recruiting Software and Staffing Software

With all of the employer and recruiter horror stories out there, it only seems fitting that we take the time to acknowledge and celebrate the few rare gems who do happen to exist. While we can all take lessons from the terrible tales we hear, perhaps we can take a more valuable lesson from some of the good guys for a change.

A young marketing analyst…

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Added by Michael Brandt on July 8, 2010 at 2:15pm — No Comments

FIRED WHY?!?! How the “at-will employment” clause can make for a difficult placement.

by Nanci Lamborn, SPHR and BrightMove Recruiting Software

If your candidates are some of the recently unemployed masses within the majority of states operating under an “at-will employment “ clause, which is almost all US workers not employed under a contract, chances are that some of them may have a little difficulty in explaining that pesky “reason for leaving” question to potential future…

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Added by Michael Brandt on June 28, 2010 at 11:52am — No Comments

Say What!? More unbelievable candidate interview responses.

by Nanci Lamborn SPHR and BrightMove Recruiting Software

Oh, no he didn’t! Oh, yes he did!

It seems that more and more stories abound today with details of major job-seeker mistakes. Articles such as this recent Resume Blunders story from Yahoo (…

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Added by Michael Brandt on June 15, 2010 at 10:10am — No Comments

LIAR, LIAR, DEGREE ON FIRE! What the recruiting community should take away from the Adam Wheeler Harvard scandal.

by Nanci Lamborn, SPHR, and BrightMove Recruiting Software.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or your toddlers have hijacked the TV remote control this past week, you’re likely to have heard all about the, shall we say, inventive young man who successfully duped Harvard officials for three years …

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Added by Michael Brandt on June 2, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

BETTER LATE BY DECADES THAN NEVER: The "Rule of Three" is slated for an overhaul

By Nanci Lamborn, SPHR and BrightMove Recruiting Software.

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Last year I had the misfortunate displeasure of joining the ranks of the unemployed. Like my downsized HR-type counterparts, I applied to any and every job posting with anything close to the words "human resources" located somewhere within the job…

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Added by Michael Brandt on May 17, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Audit Reporting Is Killing Your Recruiting: Make your hiring 10 times more effective with strategic analytics!

by Michael Brandt - BrightMove Recruiting Software

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You might ask, what is Audit Reporting in recruiting? Well to me, that’s all the EEOC Reporting, Time to Hire, Cost Per Hire reporting and any other reporting you do today that is commonly associated to recruiting. I am here to tell you that kind…

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Added by Michael Brandt on May 12, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

RECRUITERS BEHAVING BADLY: Does somebody need a time out?

By Nanci Lamborn, SPHR and BrightMove Recruiting Software



When we were all somewhere between the ages of 3 and 7 years old or so, we began to recognize the difference between unintentional sins of omission or negligence and the intentional choice to do whatever we jolly well pleased. What spirited adult doesn’t recall at least a small block of time from a childhood of headstrong precociousness being spent in the dreaded time-out chair? I…

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Added by Michael Brandt on May 10, 2010 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

Choosing Recruiting Software: To RFP or Not RFP? You Could Cause a Good Vendor to Bow Out

By Michael Brandt - BrightMove Recruiting Software

This is part 3 in a series of articles I am writing about selecting recruiting software. My goal is to give companies and staffing agencies the insight into the selection process the best way to navigate your way to a good selection. For this article, we are going to dive into the RFP process and why it may or may not be important for you to do an RFP.

What's an…

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Added by Michael Brandt on April 11, 2010 at 10:36pm — No Comments

POLITICAL POLARITY: How is it affecting your recruiting?

by Nanci Lamborn – BrightMove Recruiting Software

When I decided to actually venture into the shark infested political waters and write this post, the results of my online search for recent articles or news stories related to this topic turned up absolutely nil. And it’s certainly no wonder. Our nation is becoming perhaps the most politically polarized group of citizens that we have ever seen in our…

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Added by Michael Brandt on April 8, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Selecting Recruiting Software: Understand your pricing options, it can save you thousands

by Michael G. Brandt - BrightMove Recruiting Software

This is Part 2 in a series of articles I am writing to help companies in their efforts to select recruiting software and applicant tracking systems. In this article, I want to cover how to navigate your pricing options in recruiting software packages and at what point you can negotiate the pricing for your solutions.

Product Pricing Options

There are typically…

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Added by Michael Brandt on March 31, 2010 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Selecting Recruiting Software Part 1: Know your users before you set requirements

By Michael Brandt – BrightMove Recruiting Software

I want to start this series on selecting recruiting software by just saying “I love recruiting”. Recruiting is one of the fastest growing, moving and evolving industries I could ever imagine working in and I have had the privilege of seeing some of the most amazing companies, tools and strategies put to work over my 18+ years in the industry. That being said, I am going to be doing a…

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Added by Michael Brandt on March 23, 2010 at 3:06pm — No Comments

If Obama was my applicant? Has face value killed good recruiting?

by Michael Brandt - BrightMove Recruiting Software

I am on a plane right now and got an urge to write something that I find very important not only in recruitment but in how people evaluate and judge applicants and people in general. I use the analogy of President Obama simply because we are in a time of in your face smear campaigns and news, where our political opinion of a person is summed up and essentially defined by one act or… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on January 21, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments

OVERALLS, ANYONE? What's happening to our work ethic?

by Nanci Lamborn BrightMove Recruiting Software

"I'm sorry. I really need to stop you there."



I was right in the middle of an interview, explaining in detail the job description, work environment, and company culture to the candidate. On paper this applicant looked like an ideal match, and after the usual grueling question and answer sessions this one really seemed promising. At her surprising request I… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on January 12, 2010 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

CAN A SLOB SURVIVE TODAY’S UNFORGIVING JOB MARKET? - BrightMove Recruiting Software

by Nanci Lamborn - Blogger/Writer - BrightMove Recruiting Software

This week I was planning to post the continuation of last week’s article about the pros and cons of hiring inside referrals. But a story I just read piqued my interest, sending me down memory lane to discover some truths about some ugly habits and some even uglier recruiting tactics that hopefully most candidates won’t have to endure.

In a story on Yahoo’s career articles…

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Added by Michael Brandt on December 2, 2009 at 6:05pm — No Comments

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