Mark A. Leon's Blog (29)

Are Recruiters Missing the Train of Change?

You don’t have to be in the Talent Acquisition space to know the canvas of recruitment is evolving faster than most other professions.   The tools and resources available to network, identify talent, grow networks and manage referrals are tremendously effective and readily available.  If you have had your business savvy hat on while enjoying a latte watching the stock market ticker, you will see that LinkedIn has been leading the way among the social media stocks. Their future looks bright…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on September 23, 2013 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Is your boss "cool" or "cruel"...Let us evaluate the signs

I am fortunate to have a warm and receptive boss that cares about my future and goes above and beyond to provide me with the tools and resources to gain the necessary skills to grow and work in a very satisfying environment.

With her cheerleader persona, focus on rewards and recognition and balanced workflow, she is a role model for the qualities that we look for in a “cool” boss.  On a daily basis, I witness a leader that:

  • Fosters innovation
  • Promotes strong…
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Added by Mark A. Leon on May 7, 2013 at 10:52am — No Comments

What Kind of Employee Am I? Personal Marketing Strategy 101

What is a personal marketing strategy plan?

It is a blueprint for success. This document, will help you look at yourself a little closer and determine your professional vision. Through a series of evaluation tools, this document will identify the type of work, culture, values and ideology of…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on September 18, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Everybody has a dream...What's your dream?

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

There you have it.

As working class adults you are witnessing unprecedented times. As many of us are parents, the fear that times may get worse and our children will be suffering the same or worse fate than us a frightful thought. The world in a period of extreme concern. Civil unrest,…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on September 13, 2012 at 8:18am — 2 Comments

Dear CEO: Hire Me

Two years ago I attended the Annual Carolinas Payroll Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. As a vendor my role was to raise awareness for my organization and discussion potential career opportunities we had for a client implementation. The next morning at 9:45 AM, I was approached by the conference coordinator and asked if I could step in and do a 45 minute presentation given that one of the…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on September 10, 2012 at 11:55am — 5 Comments

Why I love recruitment

To find something you are passionate about is a gift.

To find something that grants you fulfillment and reward is simply priceless.

There are researchers and scientists dedicating their lives for the opportunity to find cures and promote a better state of living. Doctors and nurses comforting the bodies and souls and extending life so that we may see our grandchildren grow and smile. Teachers who see reward every day in the glow of a child’s eye when they realize they have made a…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on August 30, 2012 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

The Throw it and See What Sticks Approach will not work in your job search!

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

“Hey Mark-

Thank you for accepting my invitation to connect on LinkedIn.

Please let me know how I can help you.

I am a Purchasing Professional in transition. Any…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on February 28, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Diary of a Wimpy Resume: How to Avoid Getting Picked On

You have read many politically correct publications on how to write an effective resume broken down by industry, level of experience, geographic culture, style and presentation. They are all correct, but are they meeting your needs? We are going to take a slightly different approach to resume writing, identifying the pitfalls so you can avoid a recipe for disaster.

At the end of this piece, you will have to ask yourself this question: Is my resume a wimp? We will…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on February 21, 2012 at 10:15am — 8 Comments

Keys to Workplace Happiness

Do you wake up on Monday morning dreading the week ahead or do you pop out of bed with a feeling of zest and vigor? Do you have the same sense of pride about your company that you do with your dog or children? Can you walk away at the end of the work day on Friday and know you made a difference?

These are all vital questions to ask yourself when you evaluate your current company, and the role you play in its success. Your job and your company should be a…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on February 21, 2012 at 10:12am — No Comments

Bullhorn Reach – The Future of Social Recruiting

 

 

“Social Recruiting – Social recruiting is when companies and recruiters use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and and other social media sites to source and recruit candidates for employment.”

You can always count on About.com for the most simplistic definition for everything in life. Thanks to CEO Stewie Griffin and CFO Elmo, we now know the true essence of this…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on June 24, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Dear Recruiter, Are you connecting with your candidates?

 

Recruiting is a specialty art. It is not as simple as providing full life cycle support. The key elements of a successful recruiter include:

 

Marketing

Research/Investigation

Project Management

Public Relations

Negotiation

Client Relationship Building

Legal

Technical

 

Yes, all of these skill sets are critical to an effective and…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on June 7, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Are We Living in a Time of Inconvenience?....You Decide

 

“I’d be ashamed to be human

Afraid to say

My time has seen it’s day

’cause’ I’m living in a time of inconvenience

living in a time of inconvenience living in a time of inconvenience

It’s an inconvenient time

This is the time of greed and power

Where everyone needs to have someone to shove around

Our children come to us for answers

Listening for freedom but…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on May 7, 2011 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

Diary of a Wimpy Resume: How to Avoid Getting Picked On

You have read many politically correct publications on how to write an effective resume broken down by industry, level of experience, geographic culture, style and presentation. They are all correct, but are they meeting your needs? We are going to take a slightly different approach to resume…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on May 4, 2011 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

Life Happens Sometimes...

Life is a series of events, some by chance, some premeditated, but all configured into a tapestry of emotions and decisions that lead to our place in life.

As we think back on how we got to the moment we are in now, take…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on April 21, 2011 at 11:34pm — 1 Comment

One Shining Moment...The Purest form of competition

March Madness is upon us.

It is the single most purest form of adrenaline and competition.

Young men and women dedicating an entire season for the chance to shine for the world.



You win, you continue

You lose, you go home.

 

 

If you are fortunate to be one of the two remaining teams and twenty-two young adults being…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on March 4, 2011 at 4:10am — No Comments

How Do You Connect with Your Colleagues? – I use social media….



It has recently come to my attention that social media is a household term now. Whether we know what it really means or the capability to reach billions of people it possesses is not in question, but needless to say, it is hear to stay.

 

It is in film, television, music, smartphones and the…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on January 14, 2011 at 11:04am — 2 Comments

Why Do We Stop Imagining?



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Added by Mark A. Leon on December 24, 2010 at 11:34am — No Comments

Networking Needs Compassion

2010 is a year of many trend setting activities not to differentiate from previous years. If we didn’t show signs of change then we would not have so many end of the year periodicals, lists, blogs and opinions about the year that was. In a world overshadowed by economic turmoil, housing collapses, unemployment levels reaching record highs and tension mounting, one of the trends that has come out of this pile of uncertainty is the need for strong efforts in networking.

 

What is…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on December 19, 2010 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

The Marcus Effect: Finding Satisfaction and Value in any Job

How does one find value in their job? That is a question that has been studied, analyzed and reported on for hundreds of years. As the scope and look of jobs change, the variables of work change, but the one

common denominator will always be the same: You/Employee/Associate/Team

Member…..



Is value measured by ROI? Is it measured by your salary? Perhaps by the performance results in your assessment? For some it is a commission check while others find value…

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Added by Mark A. Leon on November 9, 2010 at 10:36pm — No Comments

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