Michael Brandt's Blog (50)

INSIDE REFERRAL CANDIDATES – birds of a feather and all that fluff

by Nanci Lamborn at BrightMove Recruiting Software

Two of the worst interviews I can recall in my recent history were both referred from one of my most successful, highest producing employees. Both candidates were abrasive, arrogant, and unfriendly, and neither interview lasted very long. At first the disparity between the unpleasant applicants and the accomplished referring employee left me somewhat perplexed. But later as I… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on November 12, 2009 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Blame-A-Nitus: The very fastest way to destroy your career when you have been let go from your job!

by Michael G. Brandt - COO BrightMove Recruiting Software

I have been in the HR software industry for about 14 years and have seen some of the best and worst in most any company and any company’s personnel. I myself have been in a few very bad situations with my job on the line and have handled things both very well and very badly, which is what this article is about. I guess it was about 8 years ago now that I almost ended my career… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on November 5, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

SHARE IF YOU DARE? Part 2 of Employment References

Last week we took a look at the value of securing prior employment references. As promised, let’s turn the tables and look at how we respond when we’re the one being asked for the reference. When a coworker or a subordinate leaves and requests to name us as a reference, do we oblige them?



What if the one leaving was a mediocre worker on their best day, the dreary sot after whose departure you expect a merry parade between the cubicles? (Don’t deny it… someone specific just came to… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on October 29, 2009 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments

Complimentary White Paper: Social Media A Recruiters Field Guide

BrightMove, Inc., a leader in Applicant Tracking Software for HR, Staffing and Recruitment Outsourcing (RPO), has released a complimentary White Paper/Field Guide designed to aid recruiting firms and HR departments in getting their Social Media Recruitment efforts in full swing. BrightMove has partnered with Nanci Lamborn, a 20 year veteran of recruiting and HR in writing and designing the guide.



Nanci points out that "With the ever changing lay of the recruiting landscape, employers… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on October 26, 2009 at 7:08am — No Comments

SHARE IF YOU DARE. What is the value of prior employment references?

“References available upon request.” We are all extremely familiar with the phrase, or some variation thereof, indicating that a host of credible witnesses stand at the ready to affirm a candidate’s praises. Some modern day camps including the University of California at Berkeley and Emory University in Atlanta no longer recommend including the classic expression as a part of a polished and professional CV. It is now assumed that if the candidate is as fabulous as they claim, they will be able… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on October 20, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE? Photo-inclusive resumes are the question

This woman’s eyes were so scary, they made me shudder. Her toothy rectangle of a smile was frozen under a clearly cosmetically enhanced nose which formed the T-square support for a pair of repulsively bulbous orbs. I think she must have been a---

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Added by Michael Brandt on October 12, 2009 at 11:34am — No Comments

STRADDLING THE EVER WIDENING SKILLS GAP - Do mistakes on resumes and cover letters really matter?

I am unashamed to admit it; I am a grammar freak. Maybe it can be blamed upon genetics (my mother used to diagram complex sentences for fun) or upon my authoritarian yet somehow endearing English professor, Mrs. Stolpe (may she rest in peace). I am also, rather proudly, always able to properly distinguish between there, they’re, and their, and I will not be affected by the effect of an improper homonym selection. I can spot a typo a mile away.…



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Added by Michael Brandt on September 30, 2009 at 6:28pm — No Comments

BRIDGE OUT AHEAD! Applicants Burning bridges before they’ve been crossed?

One of the most interesting aspects of recruiting is the human interaction and the incredibly wide variety of personalities that we encounter. We all have our lists of applicant horror tales and candidate side-splitters when we gather around the Recruiters’ Happy Hour story swap. Eclectic and unique don’t even come close to describing it (I see your nodding smile). But this week I had a somewhat unfamiliar and unexpected interaction with a candidate, and after picking myself up off the floor, I… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on September 23, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Is it time to de-sparkle your social profile?

An unnamed number of years ago when I ventured into my first social media outlet (the uber-trendy Xanga world that all the cool kids were into), it never would have dawned on me to include business associates and coworkers in my list of “friends.” I was fairly certain that these professionals weren’t all that likely to be interested in my ever-changing sparkly kitten-themed pages with 80’s hair band music, nor I theirs. And heart-wrenching public updates about how a certain dysfunctional family… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on September 21, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Catch the RSS Wave

When online news articles and technology bloggers began proclaiming sometime in 2008 that Twitter would become the AP newswire of the future, I literally laughed out loud. Dismissing it as techno-hype, I was completely certain that the American news reporting icon would continue to command ownership of top newspaper headlines and web pages from here to evermore. I also pondered that the majority of intelligent and web-savvy global workforce participants would simply not be all that keen on… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on September 10, 2009 at 7:35pm — No Comments

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