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Digging Into v2.16 Tweeting Off
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Digging Into v2.15 Odd Coupling
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Measuring Influence

Measuring Influence

Next week, as a part of the launch of the HRExaminer, we're going to release a ranked list of the Top 25 Online Influencers in HR. This list is completely generated by algorithm (think Google). The list ranks the Top 25 voices in HR based on their online footprint.

In the larger Top 100 project, we've been looking at the question of whether and how someone is influential…


Posted on December 11, 2009 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

Digging Into v2.16 Tweeting Off

Tweeting Off

So, I was at this party a couple of weeks ago. All sorts of twitterati were there. There was even a small shrine for our forbears, Paul DeBettignies and Jim Durbin. The place was throbbing and crowded . If you yelled loud enough, you could hear yourself over the music. Lots of people lined up to yell at each other while pretending to listen.

You know the scene.

Anyhow, I walked over to the bar to get a drink. Along the way, I struck up a conversation with a…


Posted on May 3, 2009 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Digging Into V 2.14 5 Recent Things

Digging Into V 2.14 5 Recent Things

I have fun at my job. Recently, I've been writing about some things that I think are particularly interesting. The sustained downturn is causing innovation in recruiting to explode. I've been looking closely at trends and examples.

I have a weird perspective on the 'future'. I think it's already here and we are in the process of trying to uncover it. The best descriptions of what's actually going on sound like science…


Posted on April 12, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Digging Into v2.13

Talent Is The Problem

(April 03, 2009) I spent the first part of this week at the San Diego ERE Expo. It was an amazing get together with lots of interesting people. Everyone from the north and the east was celebrating the climate. It's not such a big thing for those of us who already live in paradise.

As I watched and listened, I started to realize that we're witnessing a sea change. Our little universe is transforming along…


Posted on April 5, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Digging Into v2.08: The death of sourcing

(Feb 27, 2009) Sourcing, as currently practiced, is a short term phenomenon. There is money to be made in the field today because the techniques required to find people are arcane and confusing. Additionally, with the strong exception of Avature and Broadlook's products, there are no useful tools for the automation of the process.

Meanwhile people are getting easier and easier to find.

The next… Continue

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 11:00pm

Digging Into RBC v 2.07

Digging Into RBC v 2.07

(Feb 20, 2009) Last night, I got into a long conversation about the meaning of "media", how it has evolved and what it means for the HR/HCM/Recruiting Industry. It all spiraled out of a round of appreciation for Rayanne Thorn's new vehicle, "Bonus Track". The idea behind "Bonus Track" (graciously sponsored by…


Posted on February 22, 2009 at 11:30pm

Digging Into v2.06

Spending an Hour

(Feb 06, 2009) Have you tried the "Spend an Hour with..." project? I've been having a great time getting to know new and old people. It's been a way to catch up with old friends (like Ami Givertz), renew old acquaintances (like Mike Johnson) and find new connections like…


Posted on February 8, 2009 at 7:00pm

Digging Into v2.05

Unsung Hero Sings

(Jan.30, 2009)Amitai Givertz, Mr. Recruitomatic, works tirelessly to aerate the featured content on RBC. Ami, as he is known to his friends, compiles the daily feature articles and his exhaustive "best of the week" collections. His blog here on RBC is an inventory of the great posts that top the…


Posted on February 1, 2009 at 10:00pm

Digging Into v2.04

Digging Into v2.03 Who's the Techie

(Jan 23, 2009) It's a downturn. Skinnying back means letting go of the niceties of outsourced web work. This week, I've been learning how to do my own IT. I used to do it; made enough money not to and have started again.

It's easier to be your own tech guy today than it was 15 years ago. HTML nearly writes itself. All you have to do is figure out the nuances of a couple of pieces of software,

I'm using Google Apps,…


Posted on January 25, 2009 at 11:30pm

Digging Into v2.03 Verbal Summary

(Jan 09, 2009) It's not the shovel, it's the garden.

Have you been following the defriending trend? The notable tip of the iceberg is the Burger King campaign offering a Whopper in exchange for deleting friends on Facebook.

In an industry known for indiscriminate and promiscuous linking (Recruiting),…


Posted on January 19, 2009 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

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At 1:34pm on March 27, 2009, 01. Lonnie McRorey said…
Hi John,

You left me a message on FaceBook regarding our "recruiting from the cloud" services. You can reach me at 203-648-9638 ext 103.

Looking forward to speaking with you

At 12:53am on December 18, 2008, Slouch said…
John, I like what you are doing with recruitfeed. I'm going to take it off the main page and get a nice big logo for it this week and put that on the front page. Thanks for the good articles. It never really caught on and I kind of forgot about it.
At 10:24pm on October 31, 2008, Mark Tortorici said…
Hey John - I'm glad that people liked the sourcing panel at the Recruiting Roadshow. I felt that it was a success as well. I think that another event would be a popular thing with the local recruiting community. Maybe not in a year's time, but instead 6 months or so.

Thanks to everyone that helped with the Silicon Valley one. We had a great turn out!
At 5:27pm on September 22, 2008, Ann Luna said…
It was a pleasure meeting you at RecruitFest and attending your session. I would love to catch the Recruiting Roadshow here in Dallas. I see that I have a lunch appointment that day, let me see if I can move it. I would like to stay in touch.
At 3:57pm on September 22, 2008, Slouch said…
nice post John. thanks
At 6:08pm on September 16, 2008, Cynthia A Stutz said…
Hi John,
I'm waiting for you in Colorado -- the next "Recruiting Road Show" :) Please hurry.
Yours Truly,
At 6:21pm on September 14, 2008, Vicki Z. Lauter said…
Hey John - hope you'll accept my invite to connect. Even though I am many years in the recruiting biz - I am definitely still a student. I learn from this terrific network every day!
At 11:37am on September 14, 2008, Ryan Stene said…
John, it was great to spend time with you again! I really enjoyed the panel that you hosted, it contained some great speakers (Don, Gautam and Dave) but was very informational! Hope to see you soon.
At 12:20pm on August 5, 2008, Eric Gilson said…
Hello John. We met in Vegas at Kennedy. Looking forward to getting information on the Portland, OR Roadshow that we discussed.

Thanks again for the information that you provided us at the conference.
At 8:27pm on July 22, 2008, Jonathan Fest said…
I look forward to meeting you when the Recruiting Roadshow rolls into Dallas. September 24 or 25th, has that date been finalized?


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