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Where have all the SAP and PeopleSoft resources gone?
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Resume Checklist   This is a list that was made to definitely be checked twice—perhaps even a third time. When it comes to your resume, format and design is a personal preference(although we definitely have some thoughts on the matter), but there are a few standard requirements that demand to be met if you’re angling for […]

Five Reasons Why Your ‘Perfect Resume’ Still Isn’t Leading To Job Interviews

Written by: Caroline Ceniza-Levine Most job seekers spend most of their time (and worry) perfecting their resume, then submitting dozens if not hundreds of applications online, only to land a few, if any, job interviews. You might even refine your resume based on feedback from recruiters like me, prioritizing the five items on your resume […]

Surviving The Personality Test

Article by:  Tara Weiss If you thought you were done with tests once you graduated from college, you’re wrong. Companies are increasingly giving job candidates personality tests as part of the hiring process. But they’re not trying to discern whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert. These are specific evaluations–often 200 or more questions–that […]

How to Recover from a Car Crash Job Interview

Article by:  Sophie Deering Had a bit of a car crash job interview? At this point you probably wish the world would swallow you up whole, but don’t fret, it’s happened to the best of us. After all, we’re only human and unfortunately things don’t always go exactly to plan. You may feel like you’ve […]

Four Ways To Figure Out What’s Going Wrong With Your Job Search

Written By:  Elena Bajic You’re good at what you do and have plenty of experience, but for some reason, your job search has stalled. The problem probably isn’t your background, especially if you’ve got a solid track record. More likely the problem has more to do with how you present yourself, both on paper […]

Dear IT Recruiters…This Is What We Want From You

I came across this article on LinkedIn this morning  by Nicolae Andronic and thought it was really good. Check it out here or on LinkedIn by clicking here.     Dear IT recruiters, As a person working in IT, I know we’re a spoiled category of employees these days, but you’ll just have to adapt instead […]

Job Interview: Why Only 3 Questions Really Matter

I read a great article today by Bernard Marr and wanted to share it with everyone.  The full is below or you can view it online at:   I’d also recommend giving Bernard a follow on LinkedIn:   Job Interview: Why Only 3 Questions Really Matter Even for the most fearless amongst us, […]

5 types of social media posts that recruiters hate

By Michael Sebastian | Posted: October 10, 2012   Looking for a new job? You’re not alone.A new study from Jobvite found that 69 percent of employed Americans are looking for or are open to taking a new job, up from 61 percent last year. Among the entire U.S. workforce—which includes the currently employed […]

LinkedIn Profile Photo? 5 Things NOT To Do  If you’re reading this article, the chances are you will already be on LinkedIn. Today’s tip sheet post is about a key part of the profile that all us have spent either too much or too little time thinking about – the Profile Picture. This post is about why you need to have one, […]

13 things that really annoy people on LinkedIn  Great post, written by Firebrand Marketing Director Carolyn Hyams, Almost everyone I’m in contact with through business is on LinkedIn these days (and if you’re not, you should be). It’s a brilliant, professional, online business networking site and a place where you’re expected to promote yourself through your own profile and other areas of the […]

3 Interview Questions That Reveal Everything

 Jeff Haden –  Employee fit is crucial. Here’s a simple way to know if a job candidate is right for your business. Interviewing job candidates is tough, especially because some candidates are a lot better at interviewing than they are at working. To get the core info you need about the candidates you interview, here’s […]

How Come Recruiter’s Never Call Me Back? CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT – IT’S YOU!

Posted by Dan Levine on June 1, 2012 at 9:38am What Recruiters Are Looking For When They Contact You Most successful recruiters do not waste a lot time with anyone who is not a fit for their clients. You were called (or emailed) initially for a very specific reason, either: 1.  You have the […]

Seven “Non-Negotiables” to Prevent a Bad Hire

by David K. Williams and Mary Michelle Scott The costs of a bad hire are staggering. A recent survey by Career Builder reports more than two-thirds of employers were affected by a bad hire last year, according to AOL Jobs. Of nearly 2,700 employers surveyed, 41% estimate a single bad hire cost $25,000; a […]

Benefits of Using a Recruiter

Posted by Evelyn Amaro on April 19, 2012 at 9:30am – Why should I use a recruiter?  You are at your desk, or at home watching TV when you get a call from a recruiter who has found your contact information using the many secrets of the trade (sorry – that’s one secret I intend […]

The Counteroffer: Why and How to Avoid This Losing Proposition

Posted by Gregory Saukulak on April 25, 2012 at 4:28pm When an employee informs their supervisors of their resignation, they are sometimes confronted by what is known as a counteroffer – an employer’s “rebuttal” to the resignation in the form of a proposed salary increase or other perceived benefits.  Many misinformed professionals have no […]

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New Grads: Struggling to get hired??

02.25.09New Grads: Struggling to get hired??Posted in Recruitment tagged Compensation, Employee Retention, IT, New Grad, Recession, Recruiter, Recruiting, Recruitment, Retention at 4:36 pm by sweens

I was sitting here in my office today wondering what I could blog about. I got to thinking and what I ended up focusing on was how ‘new grads’ are likely the largest group within the candidacy pool who will have the greatest struggle finding IT employment in the coming months or years. I… Continue

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

Resume Writing: What do I do?

‘What do I do’ is an interesting question you should be asking yourself when you are writing a resume. Let us begin with the following idea:

If you do not know, how is a recruiter going to know?

You may find it amusing that I mention this; however it is not uncommon for me (and many others within the industry) to read the resume of a candidate and come out if it wondering what this person actually does. This person is one who has many skills and tries to convey… Continue

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 5:14pm

Contract VS Permanent: Can I make the switch?

Many people switch career paths between contract and permanent opportunities and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Everyone has different motivations for this move from opportunity to work environment to the lifestyle associated with contracting. I would like to discuss candidates who have been a long time contractor who are interested in permanent opportunities.

This is a trend I have seen more commonly as of late. Most candidates are alluding to the recent economic… Continue

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Who’s running to join the IT sector…

In light of all the lay offs going on within the Information Technology industry as of late, I thought we should briefly discuss the effects that this industry shift will have on the future of the Information Technology labour market. Where I am really trying to take this post is in the following direction – if the Information Technology sector keeps crashing, who’s going to want to join it in the future?

Getting students to join the IT field in school has always been a hot… Continue

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 5:00pm

Recruiting Blog

Hey guys!! Thanks for checking out my page. My name is Tom and I currently work for an IT staffing firm as a technical recruiter. Back in December I started a blog on some of the day to day challenges or experiences I encountered through my job. After going strong for over a month I can say that I have really enjoyed blogging so far. When I first got going I emailed my blog to my 1st Degree LinkedIn connections and it was suggested to me that I bring my blog to… Continue

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 2:00pm

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At 11:28am on June 15, 2009, Ashok said…
Can you help me with this req??

Job Title: Business Analyst
Work Location: Phoenix, AZ
Job Length: 6 months
Interview Type: In Person Interview

Desired Skills/Experience: Triage incoming work requests, ensuring they follow the change management process. Ensure the defined Change Management processes and procedures are adhered to by staff carrying out their tasks and where appropriate initiate appropriate training to rectify non-conformance.

Familiarity with IT Controls and best practices including ITIL, System Development Life Cycle, SAS-70, S-OX. BMC's Remedy Change Management, & Incident/Help Desk modules (prefer version 7.0 or above). Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Excel, Word, InfoPath, PowerPoint. Microsoft SharePoint Services
At 4:47pm on March 12, 2009, Nancy Ford said…
Nope, that's fine. Link away! :)
At 4:38pm on March 12, 2009, Nancy Ford said…
Hey Tom! Thanks for the comment. Yes, I feel that way too about candidates sometimes; I try to remember the "place" where they're coming from, but sometimes a firm hand is required. Feel free to forward my blog post to them though! Maybe they'll get the hint....
At 5:51pm on February 21, 2009, 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.




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