Leslie Mason's Blog (14)

Will Work For Klout

This picture of me was snapped recently at a local mall and it’s for realz!  Can you believe it? Me, Leslie Mason, reduced to soliciting social media scores on the street corner. Am I the only person who measures their social success by their Klout score and what in the world is going on???

My Klout score is dropping and I am concerned, not panicked…


Added by Leslie Mason on March 15, 2013 at 7:50pm — 3 Comments

Defining Your Personal Brand

Everyone knows what a brand is… most people associate it with a product or a company like Cheetos® or Nike®.  We have been talking about Corporate Brand in the recruiting industry for quite awhile and now Personal Brand has become just as popular.  You hear it on everything from the Wall Street Journal to America’s Next Top Model.  What exactly does Personal Brand mean and do you really need one? 


I teach a workshop on personal branding so I read a lot of articles on this…


Added by Leslie Mason on January 10, 2013 at 1:43pm — 2 Comments

Secrets To Successful Recruiting

Do you ever wonder what makes some recruiters so successful while others don’t seem to be able to produce great results?  I’ve been in the business for a long time and worked with many, many recruiters in both agency and corporate environments.  The great ones are happy to share their knowledge and secrets of success and I am an enthusiastic learner.  Allow me to share what I have learned with you and I would love to hear back what you have learned on your recruiting journeys.  What I have…


Added by Leslie Mason on June 28, 2012 at 4:08pm — 11 Comments

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

I would wager that it wasn’t a recruiter.  This was a question I used to jokingly ask my potential candidates to break the ice, get them relaxed and open up.  Usually they would say something like “I’ll let you know when I decide to grow up” or “retired” or simply “employed”.   Funny, they all seem to hold true, even today.  I don’t ask that question anymore but the “retired” answer seems to be more and more attractive to me now.  If not retired, then maybe ready for my next stage of life…


Added by Leslie Mason on January 5, 2012 at 11:07am — 3 Comments

Last Recruiter Standing 2010

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the DFWTRN and everyone at the Last Recruiter Standing 2010 luncheon yesterday who voted for my story! (Yes, it really is a true story, I have witnesses.) There were so many great recruiting stories; funny, embarrassing, and almost unbelievable. This just confirms that… Continue

Added by Leslie Mason on July 8, 2010 at 1:13pm — 2 Comments

Home Tweet Home

Very interesting lunch today at the Metroplex Technology Business Council... the subject was "Social Media: New Strategies for the Enterprise" and the speakers were Bob Pearson and Scott Anderson. This was the first time I have ever attended a luncheon where the speakers… Continue

Added by Leslie Mason on July 17, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Video Resumes

The vote is still out on the advantages of having and sending video resumes. I have read many articles on this subject and the decision is pretty much split right down the middle as to whether they offer a real benefit as opposed to a traditional resume. I have diligently completed a Visual CV as well as profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, Recruitingblogs.com and Twitter. I am socially networked and totally Googleable… do I really need another web presence to drive people to find/contact/reach… Continue

Added by Leslie Mason on May 22, 2009 at 11:52am — No Comments

RPO, Retained Search or Contingency?

Ere.net had a great article last week... Let's Revolutionize the Standard Recruiting Model. The author, Mark Bielecki, posed some interesting solutions to recruiting in a down turned economy. One possible solution was to have the client's pay the contingency recruiters a lesser fee for the qualified resumes that are submitted or interviews scheduled rather than a larger fee only when a candidate is hired. This solution would allow the recruiter to be compensated for their knowledge and efforts… Continue

Added by Leslie Mason on April 28, 2008 at 11:38am — 3 Comments

What Makes a Company a "Best Place to Work"?

Having worked for one of the Best Places to Work in DFW for the past two years, I'm wondering... just what is it exactly that makes a company a Best Place to Work? Could it be the Executive Leadership, Company Culture, Customer Base, or Salary/Benefits? Here's a picture of our Fearless Leader on our rewards trip to Mexico in January... it was a great trip and Boris and Natasha never did find moose and…


Added by Leslie Mason on February 13, 2008 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Recruiting vs HR

In the past it seems that most of the time Recruiting and HR have been separate entities with vastly different goals. Now that companies are streamlining departments and cross training employees, I am finding more and more instances where Recruiting and HR are being combined into one department with a joint function. Even in our company, the two outsourced divisions of RPO and HRO have now been merged to form just one Managed Services…


Added by Leslie Mason on February 4, 2008 at 12:41pm — 4 Comments

Medical Practitioners

Our company is kicking off a nationwide search for Family Medical Practitioners, specifically PA's, RN's and Medical Assistants for a client who is opening up retail/critical care centers in Texas and Kansas. I would appreciate any and all assistance... information on associations, industry links, personal referrals, etc. Even the name of your family practioner if you live in Dallas or Kansas City.

Added by Leslie Mason on August 8, 2007 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Bigger and Better Wireless?

All this buzz about the new iPhone got me wondering how far we are on the road to having "broadband in our hand". I was at a very informative IEEE luncheon this week. The speaker was Dan Green from TriQuint…


Added by Leslie Mason on July 4, 2007 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

Recruiters on LinkedIn

Paul, thank you for the easy instructions on how to add the LinkedIn button to my profile... you made it easy, even for sometimes "technically challenged” bloggers!

Added by Leslie Mason on June 26, 2007 at 10:46am — No Comments

Elusive Mid Level Candidates

It seems to me that finding mid level candidates is becoming increasingly more difficult, especially for technology searches. I can still find senior level people... but that elusive 2 - 3 year person with SQL Server 2005 development skills or that extremely customer service oriented help desk analyst are no longer out there and just not reproducing to meet the current demand. I've tried all the local watering holes to no avail... so now I'm going blogging. Any suggestions?

Added by Leslie Mason on May 25, 2007 at 2:22pm — 3 Comments


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