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Twas The Night Before Christmas 2015

[Part 1]

Twas the Night before Christmas

And Santa was worried

All his reindeer were AWOL

Except for ‘ol Murray

“What shall I do?”

“Children are excited”

“There can’t be a morning”

“With trees looking blighted!”

Peering over at Murray

Who was reading the news

Said Santa, “Hey buddy…”

“…help me or else we’re all screwed.”

Murray yawned and he stretched

And scratched at his arse

Spoke with deep voice,

“The market for…


Added by Steve Levy on December 24, 2015 at 1:40pm — No Comments

The Cartoon Characters of LinkedIn

According to LinkedIn, there are:

347,000,000+ Registered Members

111,000,000+ in the United States

28,000,000+ in India

20,000,000+ in Brazil

17,000,000+ in the UK

…and among all these “registered members” there are 8 “real” people who go by the name Beavis Butthead.

Heh-heh, heh-heh.

Many of the…


Added by Steve Levy on June 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

Recruiting Perfectionism Is Slow Death

Hard to believe but I wrote this 6 years ago - just when the bad-recruiter-behavior was beginning to really fester online (not that it wasn't around before but as social was taking off, it just seemed to start getting worse.

Considering the recent activity in the "We Really Need To Stop The Flow of Crappy Recruiting" movement, I'm reposting this moldy-oldie…


Added by Steve Levy on April 15, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Trees, Culture, and Recruiting

Sounds as if another ubiquitous #CultureChat has taken place at SXSW replete with recycled lines about what culture is to the experts. Could they all be wrong?

While it's…


Added by Steve Levy on March 16, 2015 at 11:20am — 3 Comments

Spamming The LinkedIn Way

Since there are so many ways that as recruiters we're not getting an appropriate bang-for-the-buck from our LinkedIn investments (and more importantly, in any way aligned to the heights of their marketing bluster), I'm going to focus this week on the many ways that we are spammed via the LinkedIn messaging systems.

So to my frenemies in Trust & Safety, this blog's…


Added by Steve Levy on March 15, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Faking It On LinkedIn For The Week (UPDATED Friday 7:10 AM ET)

I'm going to continue the LinkedIn Lovefest from last week by detailing here the fake connection requests I receive for the week as well as the subsequent research I conduct to determine how deep the cancerous root is growing. Your comments are always appreciated.



(2:22 AM ET) This profile of …


Added by Steve Levy on March 4, 2015 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Retired and Enjoying Life (except on LinkedIn)

As part of my never-ending battle with fake LinkedIn profiles, I noticed that during the overnight, "Eng.Yusif Ibrahim" reached out to connect. Fabulous.

According to his profile, Mr. Ibrahim is "Retired" and in Libya, having worked in "Government Administration."

Since this profile smelled like a pile of rotting fish, I image searched this fellow; nothing of note came up on the first page,…


Added by Steve Levy on March 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Brenda, Beverly, Heather, Natalie, Kathryn and Kelly

Do you think that Genentech is aware that someone with a fake LinkedIn profile pic is "working" for them in Sales? Same here - but since I recently tweeted this out, perhaps they WILL know and reach out to their LinkedIn rep and ask the tough questions about fake profiles.

So over lunch, I looked over BRENDA Donna's profile (yes, the first name is capitalized on "her"…


Added by Steve Levy on February 25, 2015 at 12:11pm — 5 Comments

Five (now Six) CEOs, et. al. - UPDATED 2/25

CEOs at these companies sent me connection requests today. Smelling a rat, I simply checked out the company's employee profiles on LinkedIn and discovered multiple CEOs on staff. Wow - that's some retained search bill! has 5 6 CEOs; click here to find out why.



Added by Steve Levy on February 19, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Drinking The Sand

From The American President:

People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.  ~Lewis Rothschild

Lewis, we’ve had presidents who…


Added by Steve Levy on February 17, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A Recruiting Disruption

There's a neat little discussion over on Quora about whether the recruiting profession is ripe for disruption. One of my favorite people - period - Glenn Gutmacher weighed in with a great comment about recruiting technology and you really should click over and read it.…


Added by Steve Levy on February 15, 2015 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Dear Linkedin: Mayors, Perverts, and Douchebags

[this is the actual message I sent to LinkedIn when reporting this profile this morning]

More, more, more. Every day dear LinkedIn, come a new batch of fake profiles, fake profiles attached to “companies” (like GreyCampus). Why? Likely culling our private information and selling it to other marketers.

Your response? Crickets.

If you need…


Added by Steve Levy on February 11, 2015 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

What Makes You A Great Recruiter? @levyrecruits

[Before or after you read this missive, be sure to read Derek Zeller's "You're Not Really A Recruiter"]

Can you articulate what makes you a recruiter, let alone a great one? Can you describe to your loved ones exactly what makes you a recruiter?

Great, you…


Added by Steve Levy on February 9, 2015 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

A Recruiter's Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and somewhere online

A recruiter was puzzling over which webpage to mine

With visions of revenues and managers content

This recruiter was no ordinary Clark Kent

Dark horn-rimmed glasses covered his eyes

He was better than any of the CIA’s spies

His fingers were dancing on his silent keyboard

Looking for…


Added by Steve Levy on December 25, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Can’t Always Trust Expert Advice

As a Boomer I shouldn’t admit this, but I like reading The Daily Muse and the Savvy Intern. While this admission is likely to cause of few of my more opinionated folks to publicly guffaw, no worries…


Added by Steve Levy on November 30, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Employee Engagement Is All About Recruiting

[thnks to Scott Adams for being so astute about HR issues & for the use of his intellectual property]

Dilbert on Engagement

My thesis is that most have no idea what is meant by employee engagement:

That employee engagement isn’t something that company leaders can inspire just by being leaders.

That engagement is not an HR initiative…


Added by Steve Levy on November 2, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Call Me Madame?

There’s simply no science that a career and job search expert can refer to that can be used to guarantee that a recruiter will call you once your cover letter (if you’ve actually sent one) and résumé hits their Inbox. Even a spot-on performance match can’t get past the dumbass biases – or just plain dumbassability – that many recruiters and hiring managers carry with them to the office each day.

Where do people get their job search advice from? Do they even ask these experts…


Added by Steve Levy on October 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

When Good Interviews Go Bad

Peter Clayton recently posted "The Job Interview..." where he discussed the ubiquitous Candidate Experience. After a few decades of recruiting, I know that the CE is a by-product of both sides of the fence. The Good, the Bad, and the really freakin' Ugly.

Perhaps using humor is a better strategy for teaching the Do's and Don'ts of interviewing. Do any of…


Added by Steve Levy on June 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

And Your SnapChats Disappear Too

No one really checks the Internet for my past stuff

But that was five years ago – I’m a different person now…


Added by Steve Levy on June 3, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

25 Funniest Résumés of ALL TIME

I really can't improve upon the work of the author who put this together - which one is your…


Added by Steve Levy on May 18, 2014 at 1:24pm — 4 Comments


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