Ragan Kellams's Blog (27)

Ok, I've Finally Had It

I've come to the point where I am not sure I can successfully write this blog post without using every four-letter word in the book, but I'll try. I've had it with 3rd party recruiting partners. Flat out had it. I've never made it any secret that I understand why everyone hated me when I was a "headhunter." But the lack of accountability and professional courtesy I have experienced as of late has my head spinning and my mouth spewing profanities. (Sorry office mates.)

Against my… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on October 18, 2010 at 2:25pm — 28 Comments

A Little Integrity, Please?

It seems nowadays that there's a new recruiting firm popping up just about every day. I can't tell you how many calls I get a week from firms that I have never heard of - and many times never hear of again. Although, yes, I am on the other side of the desk now, I am still a recruiter at heart. It is my bread and butter. It's what I was born to do - the thrill of the hunt and the power of the connection - at the core, I am and will always be, a recruiter.

This is why, when I speak to… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on October 29, 2009 at 12:11pm — 10 Comments

A Big Bowl Of Reality'os

In the past I have pondered the phenomena of entitlement associated with Gen Y and Millenials. Well, hold the phone...I think the past 10 months has given all of us - Gen X'ers and Y'ers and beyond - a little dose of reality. 2009, so far, has shown us economic turmoil that most of us have never experienced in our lifetimes - and hopefully never will again. Collapse of the housing market, unemployment rates through the roof, banking crisis, bankruptcies, layoffs...you name it. It all equals one… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on October 22, 2009 at 10:48am — No Comments

Why all the snark?

It may be a sign of the times. It may be a result of the web becoming an open forum for the masses. It may just be that people are generally unhappy. I don't know the reason why explicitly, but I do know that there is a lot more snark in the world today. You might wonder what I mean specifically, by the term "snark." It's more than negativity. It's more than being opinionated. It's the negativity and commentary that is infused with venom, spite and oftentimes pure hatred.

I am a… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on July 9, 2009 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Are there such things as permanent footprints?

There's no doubt there's been plenty written on being careful when it comes to what you publish about yourself online. But when it comes to your career - you can't careful enough. Certain things that seem fun or kitchy now, might come back to bite you sooner or later. These "perma-prints" could follow you for years, maybe even the rest of your career.

Case in point, a few years ago, we had an intern working for the company from a very prestigious school's masters program. Because of… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on May 1, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How NOT to get me to work with you.

Just a quick note about how NOT to get an HR Director to work with you. Send an email like this:

"Most recruiters who were calling you last year are no longer around; but you, the hiring manger, and I, a recruiter, are survivors and still here! I would love to take 20 minutes of your time to learn about how I can recruit FOR you rather than FROM you."

Don't threaten that if I dont work with you, that you'll recruit from me. To me that's just a challenge. Bring it.

Added by Ragan Kellams on April 20, 2009 at 3:55pm — 9 Comments

The Siege.

One of my favorite movie scenes of all time is from Jerry Maguire. Rod Tidwell, Jerry’s client, is telling him about the Kwan. Basically it equates to everything. Rod says, “I want the Kwan.” And Jerry answers him with “I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?” Jerry, you speak to me, man. This is my life – the life of an HR Director.

Employees want the Kwan,… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on April 10, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Survivors Guilt

My phone is ringing off the hook. My email box is flooded. Every few minutes or so, my Twitter notification pops up with an update from @adagencylayoffs. I am reading Facebook status update after status update about another friend losing their job. Vendors hurting for business, willing to offer any sort of deal to just get something going. Third party partners pulling out the big guns by saying, “Did we do something to personally offend you? If so, what can we do to make it up to… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on April 3, 2009 at 3:23pm — 1 Comment

War For or On Talent?

Recently a friend of mine wrote a fairly pointed column on a recruiting site regarding the term that is so overused these days "The War For Talent." His perspective was that it is actually a "war ON talent" meaning that there's so much talent out there but recruiters, HR managers and Hiring Managers are too arrogant/ blind/ stupid, etc...(fill in the blank with your derogatory adjective of choice) to see it. I, of course, posted my… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on November 12, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

How a bad recruiter can ruin your deal.

I know, I know, before I get a million comments about being MIA, let me explain - I am busy damn it!

Ok, now that we've gotten that out of the way, I want to talk about a issue that is very close to my heart and should be close to all of yours - The Candidate Experience. I don't think I have to mention how crucial a positive candidate experience is in closing your deals. We've all had clients that screw up the interview process by rescheduling last minute, making the candidate pay… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on March 6, 2008 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments

Advice to a TPR: How to Manage Your Clients

Having crossed over enemy lines, I see both sides of the recruiting game with much more clarity than before. I liken it to being in a smoke-filled room, with a strobe light and all the sudden, the house lights come on and everything looks much different than before. All the strange and wonderful people that were on the dance floor suddenly become much more average. The atmosphere has changed from one of mystery and darkness to one of clear light and reality.

In my previous life as a…


Added by Ragan Kellams on October 17, 2007 at 3:12pm — 7 Comments

Recruiting Pinata Party

Ever go to a kid's birthday party that had a pinata? You know, you are blind-folded, spun around, handed a broomstick or baseball bat and told to "Swing!" I hated that game. Sure, some may find it fun to blindly swing a hard wooden object into the darkness and hope you hit something (or someone, if one of the kids at the party was one that shared their lunch with that boy you liked, maybe) and a bunch of candy pours out while everyone cheers for you. But, I really hated that…


Added by Ragan Kellams on October 2, 2007 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

Professional Pet Peeve #1

Declining an Outlook meeting invite without looking at the date. Sorry, I can't make this meeting tomorrow because blah blah blah reason...even though the meeting invite states the meeting isn't until October. READ THE DAMN DATE PEOPLE! If people would slow down for 5 minutes and read instead of being Mr./Ms. Johnny/Janie On-The-Spot, Fastest Mouse-Clicker West of the Mississippi, Ms. Cleo of Outlook Invitations, I wouldn't have to write this. But no, it must be a race to see who can respond…


Added by Ragan Kellams on September 19, 2007 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

Corporate America Ink

No, that's not a typo in my title, the ink I am referring to is getting ink, as in tattoos. These days, tattoos and piercings are being more and more common place - when I see then, they are just as normal to me as earrings or a guy with a beard. I was wondering over the weekend if I am alone in this fact, or if it is becoming more socially and corporately accepted to be tatted and pierced in the workplace.

The reason for my pondering began as I sat getting new ink Friday night…


Added by Ragan Kellams on September 5, 2007 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Is this chick for real?

So, normally, I try to stay away from commentary on other people's opinions, because everybody's got one and if they were all the same, this world would be a very boring place. But, a couple of weeks ago I posted on Penelope Trunk's article regarding ettiquette, and voiced my own opinion that she was way off base. Well, she's at it again and honestly I am now beginning to wonder if her writing is satirical because her advice…


Added by Ragan Kellams on August 16, 2007 at 3:38pm — 7 Comments

The Opposite of Etiquette

Today on Yahoo's homepage there is a link to an article by the Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk. For the most part, I can see her point of view on most subjects, however this article is just plain bizzaro world. I am a Gen X'er. I am 30 years old. I am the new regime. Her tips on the "new workplace etiquette" are going to get people fired.

For example, she recommends:…


Added by Ragan Kellams on July 31, 2007 at 1:28pm — No Comments


I have been up to my neck in employee performance reviews for the past two weeks, so needless to say, I am a little behind on all the gossip. But, I just came across the hullaballoo regarding Karen M and the ERE. All I can say is: "Seriously?" I mean, how does something get to that point? Aren't we all professionals? And adults? I am just sitting here with a blank stare on my face right now. Seriously?

To read more of the bizzaro world…


Added by Ragan Kellams on July 24, 2007 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

The Research Continues...

So, as usual, I continue my research by observing those around me. Write what you know. The most recent hypothesis I have been testing is that there is a definite difference between GenX and GenY, and it is more than just age.

I am a GenX'er - my parents divorced early on in my life, and my mom worked full-time, so I was a latch-key kid. I was (and still am) very independent. I did my own thing, and was usually left to my own devices. I had chores. I had to do my homework. I had…


Added by Ragan Kellams on June 26, 2007 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Research: The Ragan Way

I am generally speaking, a pretty perceptive person. I tend to trust my instincts moreso than statistics or the like. I remember when I was in the 8th grade, my science fair project was unlike anything anyone else did. One reason was that I hated science and thought that logic was overrated. The other was that I was a weird kid. My science fair project was to determine if Extra Sensory Perception is more prevalent in twins than other siblings.



Added by Ragan Kellams on June 21, 2007 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

Fashionably Late

So, I have finally arrived, fashionably late as usual. Something I think is tremendously overrated - punctuality. It doesn't matter what time I leave - I am notoriously late. Something else I am really bad about - RSVP'ing to something and changing my mind at the last minute. I'm not sure why, I think my attention span must be shortening...

Added by Ragan Kellams on June 19, 2007 at 12:01pm — No Comments


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