FED Chairmen Ben Bernake addressed the nation on March 26, 2012 (but do the unemployed people agree with the what he says of unemployment?). Bernake concluded:
“A wide range of indicators suggests that the job market has been improving, which is a welcome development indeed. Read more
Leela Srinivasan posted a response to my recent blog on passive candidates; she wrote, “Leaving aside the debate over whether passive candidates are ‘better’ or not, the fact of the matter is there are simply many more passive than active candidates ‘out there’. If you don’t consider passive candidates, you’re ignoring 80% or more of the talent pool. That’s not a risk that most companies with an interest in hiring the best are willing to take.” For those of you who don’t know Leela Read more
You’ve whittled the resume stack down to the three best possible candidates for that graphic designer position. You’ve checked out their online portfolios and screened them over the phone. Now all that’s left are the in-person interviews. And who’s around to interview the budding designer? Your IT guy, Tim. No biggie. Just wait for the rest of the team to get back from lunch, right? Or – better yet – reschedule the interview for a time when half the office isn’t at Oracle’s OpenWorld. But what if there isn’t anyone else? Read more
Last month, I discussed Pinterest recruiting, providing a brief description on how the world’s fastest growing social network can be used for recruiting. Like any social networking tool when it comes to engagement and relationships, conversations and engagement are key to building your employer brand. On Pinterest Read more
The Hardware Business has gone through significant change in recent years, which means that sales people have had to change with it. With the combination of selling Hardware and Software together the role has become less transactional and more solutions based. What this actually means is that there is less focus on selling to IT, and more focus on solving business pain.
SmartRecruiters Office Manager Melinda Johnson explains how our tech startup, SmartRecruiters, is creating its new place of business:
Over the past 6 weeks, our 750 square foot office space in SOMA has become a bit…shall we say…cozy. Desks (and the people to fill them) have doubled and with no end in sight to SmartRecruiters hiring, I expect we’ll soon be hanging desks from the ceiling.
I was talking with a friend and former client the other day when our conversation turned to The Candidate Experience.
“Sort of a funny phrase, when you think about it” he said. “After all, isn’t the hiring process the candidate experience?? Why separate it out from that which it was meant to be to begin with?”
“Maybe,” I recall musing, “The reason we separate it out is because so many companies do such a poor job of focusing on the candidate at all.” Read more
Are “Passive” Candidates Superior? In the olden days, before the internet, when search consultants (recruiters) received fees of 25% or more for white collar professionals with 3-5 years of experience (those were the “good” olden days, believe me!), those of us who wanted to catch the big fish, realized that the money was in finding great candidates who worked for the client company’s direct competitor. We guarded our Rolodexes with our lives. We didn’t call them “passive” candidates, Read more
Social media is the biggest shift in thinking and communication since the Industrial Revolution. It’s bigger than the fax machine 1,000 times over. Companies and brands can engage their customers and friends can connect with friends online. It’s a place where everyone and anyone can have a voice and participate in the conversation happening online and in real time.
I’m not a big fan of most business or other self-help books. It isn’t that I don’t need help in the professional or personal facets of my life. I need at least as much help in both as most people.
I’m not a fan of most of those books because rarely can one of the 200 to 400 page books impart more wisdom than if the author had published the book in the form of a pamphlet. And it is likely that the writing in the pamphlet would be more engaging.
One of only a few exceptions to my disdain for business books is Chris Anderson’s Free: The Future of a Radical Price. I read it a couple of years ago but hardly a week goes by without me considering how our pricing model Read more