Ken Forrester's Blog (27)

They're Just Not That Into You: 8 Signs A Candidate Isn't Interested

In less than one year, I cancelled my LinkedIn premium account.  It wasn't because of the cost; two of my placements were the direct result of using their In-mail feature.  So why did I forfeit over 75 unused In-mail credits?  Let’s just say that I was spending way too much time on the site.  Looking at profiles all day long took the excitement out of work; it made…


Added by Ken Forrester on May 5, 2014 at 7:00am — 17 Comments

How the Average Recruiters think when they are Recruiting You

So, I was surfing the Internet when a title of an article caught my attention.  And I just couldn't resist clicking through the link to read what it was all about.  The title of the article was: Female CEO Shares the Email She'll Never…


Added by Ken Forrester on April 16, 2014 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

How Obama Will Fix the Economy And Re-Invent Recruiting

Ask anyone in the Obama administration about the country’s present unemployment situation and you will probably get the standard talking point answers. 

It goes something like this:  We inherited a very bad economy, and in the first term the stimulus was very helpful in reducing the unemployment rate.  But we still have a long way to go, because there are millions of…


Added by Ken Forrester on February 9, 2014 at 10:30pm — 29 Comments

7 Things to Look for in Your Next Health & Welfare Consulting Gig

What brought you to this Industry?  Did you do a lot of research and took all the right steps to get where you are today? Or, did you backed into it purely by accident?  Now that you have decided to pursue a career in this Industry, how you got here is less important.  What’s most important is what are you doing to advance your career and exceed your own…


Added by Ken Forrester on January 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

It’s Time to Take Another Look at Headhunters

The economy is recovering, but there are still millions of people desperately searching to find a job.  The irony is that many jobs are remaining unfilled.  Why?  The employers say that it is because they cannot find enough qualified applicants to fill them!  The recruitment vendors say it is because the good people are hard to find and they have responded by developing a wide assortment of cutting edge tools to help employers find the good people.  On the other hand, veterans from the old…


Added by Ken Forrester on May 6, 2013 at 3:44pm — 7 Comments

The LinkedIn Way-The Game Headhunters Are Losing

Recently, LinkedIn dazzled us with a new tool that they are hoping will create a positive buzz and generate a new stream of revenue to their brand.  This new tool is “profile viewed”.  If you did not receive an email regarding your ranking, then you are probably not a (Recruiter) serial LinkedIn user. 

Also, there were many articles written on this particular subject, specifically LinkedIn’s marketing strategy, so my intention is only to bring one issue to your attention.  The issue is…


Added by Ken Forrester on February 25, 2013 at 9:45am — 3 Comments

It’s Not LinkedIn-it’s The Referrals!

They say that cold-calling is dead, but if you received a recruiting call from me; I was simply engaging in referral   marketing!

Wikipedia defines referral…


Added by Ken Forrester on January 28, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

It's The Headhunter Fee, Stupid!

Employers seldom complain about the services of headhunters, it’s the headhunters’ fee that has become their pain point.

A few months ago I was a presenting at a seminar to about 35 business owners and HR professionals.  The topic of the presentation was “How to Recruit like a Headhunter” and during the presentation I made the statement “if you are not using headhunters as your primary recruitment weapon, then you are not hiring the best talent in-the-market”…


Added by Ken Forrester on January 14, 2013 at 8:00am — 41 Comments

Why We Hate Headhunters

If you are in the recruiting Industry and someone asked you what the role of a headhunter was, how would you explain it?

Ask anyone at random what a headhunter was, and they’ll probably say something like “aren’t they the ones who steal people?

Ask  highly trained executives, and they will say something like “aren’t they the pushy types that call you out of the blue trying to get you to leave your job for some other job they’re pushing-so they can make a killing?



Added by Ken Forrester on June 4, 2012 at 8:24am — 6 Comments

Is Recruiting Becoming an Unhealthy Profession?

If you took a photograph of the recruiting Industry, it would look like most people you'd see on the streets every day!

Instead of making it better, technology has bloated the recruitment process.  Its a process that now lumber around in HR departments all across corporate America—where the objective of hiring the best talent has been replaced by fast, cheap…


Added by Ken Forrester on May 16, 2012 at 3:17pm — 61 Comments

Keeping it Real with Job Seekers

So you’ve lost your job because the economy tanked; now you’re beating the pavement in the clouds searching for work and discovering that the job search rules from way back in the 90’s have all changed.  It’s a whole new ballgame and no one has told you about it.  

Talk about being frustrated.  You now realize that you have to shoulder some of the blame and take responsibility for your own career.  What were you thinking-leaving your own career in the hands of an employer! 



Added by Ken Forrester on April 27, 2012 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

Whatever You’re Selling, I’m not Buying!

This is exactly what goes through the mind of a passive job seeker when the Headhunter calls to make him/her aware the exciting job opportunity of a lifetime.  Actually this is a defensive reaction whenever anyone truly believes that he/she is being sold.  It could be a product, a service or even their time.  But they sincerely believe that they don’t have a need especially for something that will end up costing them something of value they really don’t want to part with. 

Can you…


Added by Ken Forrester on February 27, 2012 at 9:59am — 11 Comments

The Beginning of a New Recruiting Industry?

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, about Facebook.   And as a result, I found myself watching the “Social Network” movie for a second time!

It’s interesting because I do have a Facebook page, but only because friends & family and those from the past continued to send invites to connect.  Very seldom do I log in. I don’t play games, write on someone’s wall or read updates.

So it’s obvious that I am not yet a real fan or user of Facebook!  I see it as the old beer…


Added by Ken Forrester on September 26, 2011 at 8:08am — 19 Comments

Instant Gratification-Apply on-line & Value Meal

You are in your car, reading the menu, in the drive-thru lane at McDonald's.

Then a voice appears-May I take you order please?

With confidence and without a hesitation you reply -I’ll have a number 5.

The voice says-proceed to the next window please!

You pay the 5 bucks at the first window and proceed to the next window

And… there it is, in a neat package-the value meal that you just ordered.  And that makes you very happy!




Added by Ken Forrester on April 7, 2011 at 11:27am — 4 Comments

Recruit Better-Not Faster

I recently read Maureen Scharib’s blog post and it really got me thinking.  Maybe it was the timing; because prior to reading it, I was looking at my own call-sheet (calls made/calls returned/people reached) wondering what to do to improve the results.   So, I was thinking a lot, about the telephone!

So here we…


Added by Ken Forrester on March 14, 2011 at 11:19am — 8 Comments

What's up with Recruiting?

Interesting how you can actually learn something meaningful from very trivial conversations!

Now that I think about it-it’s nothing new because Jerry Seinfeld made a fortune from a TV show which was based on the subject of nothing.

Recently I had an interesting conversation with a friend. That brief conversation was about nothing special but it made me reflect on the changes that have taken place in the… Continue

Added by Ken Forrester on January 25, 2011 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

The Recruited Talent Social Media Strategy

Lately there have been spirited conversations in the recruitment world pertaining to the viability of social media as the replacement solution for job boards and traditional recruitment models. Basically the internet has a very wide reach and has become socially interactive, but most recruiters disagree as to which strategy is best for recruiting top talent. To add to that debate, many from the old school of recruiting have argued that relationship building remains the key in connecting…

Added by Ken Forrester on August 31, 2010 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Real Talent v. Virtual Talent

While watching the recent NCAA basketball championship game; a new concept on how to identify top…


Added by Ken Forrester on April 20, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

No Longer With the Company

With trepidation, I dialed the telephone number and asked to be connected to a candidate that I’ve been

working with for the past three months. Upon hearing the candidate’s name and

without hesitation, the receptionist replied: “Oh, he’s no longer with the


As I hung up…


Added by Ken Forrester on March 29, 2010 at 4:39pm — 12 Comments

How Do I Get The Phone to Ring?

The telephone has become mobile, and it has transformed recruiting from a 9-5, to a 24/7 work day!

But it is also an irony that this effective device is vastly becoming the most overlooked tool in recruiting passive candidates.

The content of this blog post did not start out as a study; it started out as a mission of a fast start in 2010 and to erase some of the bad memories…


Added by Ken Forrester on March 2, 2010 at 9:00am — 6 Comments


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