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The Big Picture

I recently had a candidate interview at a kick-ass agency. You would think she would be over the moon to be considered for this position. A nice raise, cool accounts, the prestige of her name on that business card. But, instead, she came away with a whole lot of questions.

I think sometimes hiring managers get very focused on this one candidate for this one job and they neglect to really give the big picture of what’s happening in the wider view of things. Are you pitching new… Continue

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 1:00pm

Watch The 'Tude, Dude

Last week, two boxes arrived for my children from Amazon. A dear friend of mine emailed me and told me she had sent them each a book. And she was wise enough to know that opening the box is part of the delight. So she sent two separate boxes. I brought them in from the front porch and they squealed with delight. My six year old son, the gentle Pleaser starts saying, “Oh, I hope it’s not clothes. I mean, if it is, that’s okay, but I hope it’s something really good. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s… Continue

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 1:00pm

You May Have Already Won!

Anyone who has known me for a time knows one definite thing about me. I hate to be startled. It is not funny to leap out from behind a door and scream at me. It is not high comedy to drop a loud cup on the kitchen floor as I’m standing there. I hate when you’re all charged up with static electricity and you poke me and giggle. Chances are, I will instinctively hit you. Hard. It’s not a choice I make, just something my body does in response. I can’t control it, so it’s best not to risk… Continue

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Talk To Me

Kids go through phases. Thanks God they are “phases” since that word implies there will be an end eventually. We are currently in Round Two of my six year old son in Melt Down Phase. He’s a little guy but he has some big feelings and when he feels they are stepped on, we hear about it. Right now, if you look at that kid the wrong way, we hear a lot of phrases like, “You don’t understand! I wanted that spoon! It’s my favorite spoon and I never get to use it because Ruby always has it (sob sob)… Continue

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 1:00pm

The Job Description

There’s no substitute for an in depth conversation with you about what kind of candidate you’re really looking for. I’d like to know what kind of personality fits into your agency. I’d like to know what sort of questions you’d like me to ask and what sort of answers you’re looking to get back. There’s no way I can really find who you need without this important step in the process being completed.

That being said, let’s not underestimate the importance of a job description.… Continue

Posted on July 22, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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At 9:59am on July 3, 2008, Chris Broussard said…
Nice picture! Was that taken at work?
At 10:15pm on June 26, 2008, Paul DeBettignies said…

I am the “Admin” for the Recruiters On LinkedIn group. You have recently joined and this is a "welcome" to the group and "here is how it works".

Over the past year I have been experimenting how best to facilitate members being able to connect with each other. Some want to connect with everyone and some are looking for a few meaningful connections.

1-2 times per week I send a group introduction message with 10-15 new members and reintroducing others.

What this means for you is simple, do you wish to be introduced to the group?

You have 4 options from which to choose:

(A) “Open Networker” with name, email address, and LinkedIn URL as you want to connect with anyone and everyone.

(B) “General Introduction” with name and LinkedIn URL as you are specific about who you want to connect with.

(C) “Lurker” no announcement will be made as you want to be on the sidelines connecting with people as you wish.

(D) “Super Open Networker” which is (A) plus having your contact information on the group page.

A caution on the “Open Networker”, you may be inundated with invitations to connect. For some this is exactly what they are hoping for and others this could be a pain.

I do ask, if you receive invitations from members you do not want to connect with that you “Archive” the message versus “I don’t know” so the sender is not penalized by LinkedIn although how you handle this is up to you.

Again your options are (A), (B), (C), (D).

Please include your LinkedIn URL and email address you prefer to receive invitations and send to

Thank you for your time.


At 2:07pm on June 24, 2008, anshu said…
hey Shanon...........nice pic...... :)
At 2:01pm on June 24, 2008, Bibit said…
Hi Shannon,
As I am a sourcing specialist and looking after different reqs.
At 5:50pm on June 11, 2008, Simon said…
Hello Shannon,

Looking forward to networking with you.

At 2:04pm on June 11, 2008, Joel said…
Good to see you here.....

We have over 250 IT consultants on our W2. We concentrate on C# Dot net, VB Dot Net, Java J2EE, Business Analysis, SAP FICO, BW, HR, Informatica, Data Stage etc.

I look forward to establishing a mutually benefiting business relationship.

You can reach me at
At 8:30am on February 15, 2008, Donald L. "Skip" Conover said…
How can we collaborate?

We have an unlimited opportunity to place professionals of all types in ex-patriot assignments in Saudi Arabia. As you may know, there are about 6 million ex-patriots running the country at the operational level, and they “need everything.” They have Midas’s problem, which is they must invest about US$1 billion every week between now and 2020. This represents a monumental opportunity for people “in the know” to put aside a “nest egg” and gain experience at a higher level than one can achieve with similar qualifications and experience in the USA, Europe or Japan.

Best regards, Skip Conover
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At 9:30pm on February 8, 2008, Graham Nicholls said…
Hi Shannon
Love the bio!!
It's also interesting that you have lived in my part of the world for a bit on the journey.
Isn't life great when things are a little left of center!!
Talk to me if you need anything!
At 10:47pm on February 6, 2008, The Recruiting Guy said…
Love the website and bio...wish I could get my 15 year old to not have a life passion of being a Jedi (it looses cool points between age 10 and at least I am cool again while I school him and the PS3 Trilogy game)!

At 12:35pm on February 6, 2008, Dave Mendoza said…
Welcome Shannon!


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