A gradual shift toward more "Applicant Targeted" content here?

For the past few months I've noticed more and more self-promo stuff geared toward candidate enlightenment, job hunting tips, etc.

Do the posters have any idea what so ever this is a place for recruiters?  Or do they come here, think "Hey - this is a great place to spam with my candidate BS" and post away?

Yes - I'm an old dog.  Perhaps one of the new tricks I should learn is "How to get business by joining the job hunting and resume writing tips club and splatter said content all over hell" - and make tons of money.  But alas - it won't happen. 

Mitch Sullivan's posting earlier gave me reason to believe I'm not alone. While I am always one to welcome new members - and must admit I've not had as much time as I use to enjoy to hang out here - is it too much to ask new posters to "get a feel for the audience" before they post their "how to get a job" BS?

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Comment by Bill Schultz on April 24, 2012 at 10:53am
Comment by Noel Cocca on April 24, 2012 at 1:07pm

Bill and Jerry, we get a ton of new to the field recruiters that come to the site and compliment some of the entry level posts that they find.  We also get good feedback from recruiters that enjoy the "refresher" of some of this more basic posts.  

Comment by Amy Ala Miller on April 24, 2012 at 1:14pm

I see your point Jer, but a lot of this stuff gets shared with a bigger audience through LinkedIn, etc. so candidates/potential candidates do see it... If the information existed only here in a group for recruiters I would be inclined to agree but I know a few "candidate focused' pieces I've written have made their way to the people who really needed to read them.


Then again I tend to write more cautionary tales as opposed to "5 steps you should already know" stuff. Of course Noel has a great point about junior recruiters who benefit from some (not all) of this.

Comment by Jerry Albright on April 24, 2012 at 1:35pm

OK.  Sorry folks.  I just made a placement - so it's all good.......:)

Comment by Bill Schultz on April 24, 2012 at 2:27pm

 Noel, good point.

Comment by Maisha Cannon on April 24, 2012 at 10:27pm

Interesting question, Jerry!

I actually tailor most of my blog posts specifically for job seekers from the perspective of a recruiter, though I am fully aware that the site's primary audience is recruiters (with a small portion of vendors, its seems). Like Amy, I share my blogs from this site on other social media channels, and, because of the RBCs reach, my posts have reached a far wider audience than if I were just blogging on say, "MaishasTwoCents.com." For that, I am grateful!

I suppose I look at RB as a "host" for professional recruitment themed blogs. I could always move my candidate themed posts to a separate WordPress or Blogger "host," but I like that my blogs are housed within a recruiting community, as it adds credibility from my vantage point.

As far as writing recruiter-centric or recruiting advice to recruiters themed posts, it's interesting because I usually refrain from those types of blogs. My thought was that more seasoned recruiters (dubbed "Old Timers" by the RBC points system) would find it presumptuous (and laughable) at the idea of less seasoned recruiters ("Rookies") posting their advice/tips for an audience of more seasoned recruiters to read. But maybe not?

I'm curious, what kind of content would some of the longer term recruiters with 25+ years of experience like to see on this site/benefit from? I would love to tackle a few topics of interest if feasible.

Great food for thought, thanks for the post!

Comment by Jerry Albright on April 24, 2012 at 10:35pm
Thanks everyone. Perhaps I was a bit snappy earlier. I've learned from the replies and now have a deeper appreciation for the variety here.

This place is one of a kind and it's a priveledge to be a part of it!
Comment by Noel Cocca on April 24, 2012 at 11:05pm

I <3 Jerry

Comment by Mitch Sullivan on April 25, 2012 at 3:09am

I don't care what type of content people post, as long as they don't cry and start throwing their toys out of the pram if anyone challenges some of their thinking.

If you want everyone to agree with everything you say, then the Internet isn't really for you.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on April 25, 2012 at 5:08pm

Right Mitch, throwing toys out of the pram is a bit sensitive but then so is screaming "personal attack".  If you think being called out for what you write or how you express it  is a personal attack then the internet isn't really for you now is it?  and if you don't care what type of content people post..why challenge it?


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