San Francisco's 'Puppies for Panhandlers' Program: a Good Job-Creation Model?

Giving otherwise strapped panhandlers a monthly stipend for full-time guardianship of otherwise homeless puppies is San Francisco's City Hall imaginative approach to dealing with a mosaic of challenges—economic, moral, social, psychological and ecological. The "WOOF" program (the official acronym for what the city's mayor's office is calling "Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants...

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Working for Nothing: The Breaking Point

Initially, I was taken aback by the CNBC headline "Greek Workers Keep Working Without Pay" and the illustrative report that staff at the Henry Dunant Hospital in recession-wracked Athens are still working, despite being owed five months pay, and even after having agreed to a 15% pay cut. "Wow! Working for nothing!", I was tempted to think. But then, I thought the obvious: Working...

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Grey Matters – Why and How to Engage Older Workers

Jobless people aged 55 and over in the US remain unemployed for an average of 53 weeks, and in the UK the number of over 50s who have been unemployed for over 12 months has risen by 52% to a 10 year high. It easy to think that maybe this is intentional and that maybe older workers would want to be retiring and enjoying the fruits of their life long labor. But, this would be wrong to a large...

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Credit Checking Employees?

With all of the uproar in the media recently about employers asking for Facebook passwords, it has brought other frequently asked questions regarding employment practices to the forefront of the news.  One of the most prominent of these has been whether or not to credit check your employees or potential candidates, and the answer is complicated and may not be as cut and dry as it seems. While...

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How to Sell Yourself in the Workplace

Many people associate selling with pushy sales people who don't listen to your objections and try to force you into parting with your money for a product or service that you don't want.  However, knowing how to sell yourself is a vital tool for effective career management.  The process starts with your CV or resume, in addition to interviews, internal meetings and networking events. Know...

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Are Good Sales People an Endangered Species?

It's official, according to Manpower's May 2012 global skills shortage survey, sales representatives are the third most difficult to fill role in the world. Experts believe that this sales talent shortage is arising as a result of the shifting landscape which is changing the role of the sales professional, making some skills redundant and forcing them to develop new skills. For example,...

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Office Coffee: Its Image and Implications

Are heavy office coffee drinkers more likely to be Type-A, go-getter, impatient, heart attack-prone types? Do espresso drinkers really tend to be moodier? Is that latte in hand a calculated personal display? Like any other entrenched habit, coffee drinking may be expected to reveal something about personality, character, brain chemistry, culture, attitudes, unconscious forces, health,...

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Who Says Recruiters Can't Innovate?

Recruiters have a tried and tested set of tools to help them find top talent in today's marketplace:  jobs boards, social media, employee referrals, careers fairs; we talk about these things all the time on Recruiter.com. There is nothing wrong with these more mainstream recruitment methods; they are safe, tried and tested and get the job done. But, there are other more inventive techniques...

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Stick Out from the Applicant Database

There is no doubt that the US economy is on the mend, unemployment has been falling steadily since reaching a 30 year high back in 2009, and growth is nearly five times as much as at this point last year. And, as we reported earlier candidate confidence has returned as MRI network reported a surge in resignations as applicants flock to the jobs boards to advance their careers which have lain...

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3 Reasons to Rely on Recommendations More Than Resumes

Are job seekers really who they say they are? It is the responsibility of the hiring manager-turned-investigator during the recruiting process to answer this question, but where can you turn for help? Personal and professional recommendations complete the picture that resumes start -- and recommendations can sometimes even be enough in the absence of resumes. For example, some people will lean...

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Making Yourself Indispensable in the Workplace

Warning: this article contains a lot of ways to suck up to management. These kind of tips won't help your chances of curing cancer, but they might help you get a little extra boost in your career. There are a host of reasons you may have for wanting to impress your boss (a promotion or raise, a glowing reference, work perks), but the question of the day is whether or not putting in extra...

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Don't Lose Your Job for Facebook

Facebook. The network that has transformed our social lives over the last five years is, for many recruiters, the next frontier in social recruiting. And vendors are taking notice: Branchout, Beknown, Work4Labs, and others are using the ubiquitous platform to allow recruiters to search their social networks and those of others for qualified applicants. Great. It's a tool that we're able to use...

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Too Much Recruiter Self-Congratulation?

My recent discussion of "the real reason why we need recruiters" has prompted at least one reflective reader to question why recruiters need to congratulate themselves or be congratulated just for doing their jobs. His comments (below) got me thinking: If a police chief addressing his officers reminds them that their mission is "to serve and protect", he is unlikely to be criticized...

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Who's King Now? Content or Conversation?

In the history of talent acquisition has it ever been as much about content as it is now? In fact, as recruiting has become more social over the years and talent acquisition pros have moved first toward forums, then blogs, then social networks and finally talent communities and networks, recruiting has dovetailed more strongly with marketing than traditional sourcing or HR practices. However,...

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3 Reasons Airtime is a Poor Hiring Tool

By now you might have heard of Airtime, the new venture from Sean Parker. In case you missed it though, Airtime is a video service allowing you to connect with users based on shared interests. The service lets you connect through your Facebook account and then uses this information to match you with people who share some of your likes and even your circle of friends. It's another in a long...

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Embrace your Uncertainty and Take the Plunge

Like any emotional journey, coming to the realization that a career change is needed has its phases beginning with fear of the unknown and ending embracing that fear and using it to your advantage. And though concluding that your current job or career isn't for you may be a frightening realization, making the major step of career change is not necessarily as hard as it may first seem. Consider...

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A Year Goes by... and then Fair Game?

Typically, third party recruiters give their client a non-solicitation on their candidates – meaning that they promise not to take the candidate that they place back from their own client. But, what if that client isn't a client any more? Is it ever really OK? My whole view on the discussion is shaped by my tried and tested belief that the best way to win more business is to keep your...

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Crowdsourced Recruiting?

Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, GE, IBM, Pepsi, Starbucks, PG; what do all these companies have in common, apart from being creators of world class products and services? Answer; they have all used crowdsourcing techniques at one point or another to generate ideas that have already or are expected to turn into new product and service innovations. So what is crowdsourcing and how can it impact...

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How Any Startup Can Build a Great Team

Recruiting for a startup can be a challenge, no matter what position you are looking to fill. Startups, like many other organizations, are looking at many factors when it comes to a desirable candidate, such as keeping up with ever-changing work environments, transferable skills, and a work history that proves they are the right fit. Add the sometimes necessary task of recruiting members from a...

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Test Your Mentor

Mentoring is a GOOD thing and I want to preface this article by saying that anyone who takes the time and energy to share their life advice with you should be applauded. Probably 90% of mentors are fantastic, but it happens every once in awhile that your mentor may steer you in the wrong direction or perhaps you've designated someone a mentor that doesn't even know you're emulating them...

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The Buffering Effect of Being Buff: Why Fit Bosses Have Fewer Abusive Fits

According to a recent scientific study, bosses who exercise are less likely to abuse their employees, even if these supervisors are otherwise stressed out. But why is that true? It turns out, as will be explained here,  that not only are there several possible explanations, but also that at least two of them are in some sense extreme, mutually exclusive "opposites". The recent...

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Honestly, Do You Like your Employer?

So who wants to talk about the work environment at X Enterprises (fictional brand name)? Are you interested in sharing your views about the company you work for? Are you willing to discuss how the company treats its employees? Are you willing to share your negative views with people who might want to join the company in the future? Is social networking safe enough to try something...

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What New College Grads Look For

While we'd all like to think we have a good handle on what's happening in the job market, for many of us, it's been quite some time since our college graduation - and what eventful years they have been! Even for entry level professionals, the last 3-5 years have seen many changes for college grads, most of them described by the media as "bleak". According to a May Heldrich survey just...

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LinkedIn Recruiter Overview

LinkedIn has been quietly, efficiently and effectively implementing its business strategy in the background while Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter occupy the immediate forefront of public attention. But, is quiet really the right word? We commented in earlier articles about the 2012 Forbes piece, LinkedIn is Disrupting The Corporate Market, which reported sharp rises in revenues from LinkedIn's...

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Five Steps to Building a Resume that Gets Noticed

In most sectors of the economy, jobs are scarce and because of the high unemployment rate the jobs that are available are receiving significantly more applications. In fact, it's not uncommon for new jobs at well known companies to receive several hundred resumes. Most companies do not have the manpower to handle that kind of volume. So they've turned to technology that automates the initial...

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Machines — Taking a Big Bite Out of the Job Skills Bell Curve

Life without the average—is it possible? Imagine one day interviewing job applicants and discovering on that day and every day thereafter that all the average types have disappeared. Suddenly, they are all either very young or very old, very tall or very short, very thin or very heavyset, very experienced or very inexperienced, live less than five minutes from the job or more than 1,000...

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Temp Trends Around The World

The American temporary staffing market is booming. In 2010, a year when US growth peaked at 3.9%, temporary workers accounted for about one third of the 1 million private sector hires and are thought to have played a key part in the economic story for that year. The popularity of temporary workers in America is not waning as a report from the American staffing association suggests the numbers...

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12 Reasons Why You Need an Interview Coach

Interview coaches are increasingly becoming an important part of the job search process.  Yet many job seekers still fail to realise the value of investing in one. They often look to their recruiters to provide them with impartial advice on how best to improve their CV/resume or interview technique. Whilst many recruiters take this part of their role seriously, not all of them do. Within the...

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Call Me!

Imagine this scenario: You post a position, get several qualified candidates and start making lists and calling potentials to set up interviews. It used to be you only owed the desired candidates a call or even a call back. But in these days of candidate experience the question begs asking: Do you owe bad candidates a call back? In a perfect world, all candidates would get the best treatment,...

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What Motivates People to Jump

A recent poll of recruiters from MRI Network revealed that 28% of January 2012's job opening were due to employees resigning, which is a 7% increase from July 2011. If the issue of staff retention hasn't been on your radar lately, then it should be. We may be seeing a return of candidate confidence as the US economy continues its slow but sure climb out of recession.  Fueled by this...

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Gaming for Talent?

I don't know about you, but I've never been the type to sit down and play games. My definition of sport is something that makes me sweat; a physically challenging activity that has me huffing and puffing in the shortest possible time. But a few years ago, I was enticed into a game on Facebook that had me completely addicted. In time, I realized what a waste of time it was and concluded that I...

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The Principle of Creative Redundancy—Making the Most of Unnecessary Employees and Other Applications

Lugging bags of groceries while wending my way along a forested path running past cottages, I saw a "For Sale" sign, in front of one of them, that initially seemed quite ordinary: "Priced to Sell", it trumpeted softly. I walked on. But then I did a double-take and it hit me:  the "principle of creative redundancy" suddenly dawned on me (apparently only after it has occurred to...

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The Best People for Job References

It's on every application you've ever filled out: professional references. But who should you use? It can be a tricky affair choosing the elite few who will give your job recommendation and you must be shrewd and calculating in order to select the perfect candidates. It is worth it to bear in mind that the most effective references you have may not be those to whom you are closest, but those...

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How to Fail at Everything You Do

So we all know that are untold millions of ways to succeed in your career and life in general, but success only comes after a multitude of mistakes that may not have occurred had you known what NOT to do. Sometimes to succeed you must first know how to fail. By following this list of behaviors you are guaranteed to fail every time in everything that you do. Go ahead, give it a whirl. You, too,...

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How Should a Recruiter Strike Out on their Own?

The Small Business Administration (SBA), calls small business, "the heart of the economy" - and it is easy to see why when you consider the fact that small firms make up more than 99.7% of all employers, and are thought to create 75% of the net new jobs in the US economy. The picture gets even better when we look at the staffing sector in particular which hired 12.9 million workers, during...

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Facilitating (Tele)Working—Does It Really Help Americans and America? (Part II)

Part I presented good reasons for pitching the idea of teleworking (working from home) when placing job candidates—from employer, employee, recruiter, national security and microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives. The prospect of saving the U.S. more than $650 billion annually through expanded teleworking and the national security implications of teleworking were discussed as...

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Indeed Resume Search Review

You all know about Indeed.com; it's the most popular job search engine/job aggregation tool on the market and now one of the most popular job sites on the web. They have been around for about eight years and until recently, they have loyally stuck to their core business model of presenting job seekers with millions of jobs from company websites and job sites all over the world. Until...

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Facilitating (Tele)Working—Does It Really Help Americans and America? (Part I)

Should recruiters and HR managers be encouraging both employers and prospective employees to switch to or increase teleworking (telecommuting, working from home)—for patriotic as well as professional and personal reasons? Consider that to be two questions: The first is the micro-economic, professional and personal-level question of whether or not teleworking will be in the clear private...

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What Makes a Top Biller?

It seems like some people have a natural ability to consistently overachieve, to exceed expectations and to rise to every challenge they are given. In recruitment these are generally our top billers or high performers. Time and again they deliver results and earn the respect of their clients and the candidates that work with them. I'm almost certain that given the right company, conditions,...

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How to Use the Networking Goldmine of your Former Jobs

No one knows your capabilities, work ethic, and background better than your former colleagues and bosses. And not only do past workmates know you well, they also have their own list of contacts which may include people at other organizations where you are applying for a job. They can be professional references, sources of recommendation letters, introduce you to new opportunities, and be your...

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The New Workplace Collaboration Model

The emergence of social media technology, the globalization of talent/operations coupled to the almost universal desire for innovation is transforming the business landscape and is increasing the demand for a collaborative culture within organizations of all sizes. Businesses are realizing that with the onset of new social collaboration technologies, that staff from entry-level upwards, from...

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Visual Recruiting? The Importance of Image

We all know the old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words." This is true in the realm of recruitment as well. Just like in most facets of life, image makes a difference when finding and hiring the best talent. We all know the tried and true statistic that nearly 55 percent of all communication is nonverbal. No matter how well written the resume or cover letter, if the candidate you...

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Pinterest and the Eye of the Beholder

In the last few months, you may have heard of the social network Pinterest. After raising over $100 million, the visually stimulating, borderline addictive website that allows users to "pin" and share interesting tidbits,  primarily visual in nature, skyrocketed in growth, only tapering off in April. Comparisons to the early days of Twitter, particularly the "soft" user base, have done...

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4 New Job Search Tools to Check Out in 2012

The year 2012 seems to be the year of innovation around the job search. They say great inventions come when people find a better way to solve a problem. Others say laziness is the mother of all invention. But I say that great innovations happen when millions of Americans are out of work and finding a job sucks. So in honor of America's comeback, here are four of my favorite innovations so...

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Odd Jobs that Pay a Lot

If you tell people at a cocktail party that you cook meals for sailors on a submarine, steal back planes, or clean up bloody crime scenes, you might get some odd looks. But if you do have one of these odd jobs, you'll have more than colorful stories to tell at cocktail parties - you'll also be earning a lot of money. Here's an infographic created by PayDay One that illustrates some wacky...

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How Do I Make My Company Interesting?

One of my passions is talent community building. This also encompasses one of my other passions, employment branding. When I speak to recruiters, executives and HR directors, one question always comes up. How do I make my company interesting? Recently I gave a very tactically focused discussion on how to build a no-frills, platform agnostic talent community. Like anything I write, the plan...

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Referral Program Best Practices

With specialized talent shortages currently gripping the nation (even with high overall unemployment), and sector after sector struggling to find the critical talent to drive their business forward, wouldn't it be good if there was a magic wand you could wave to bring the talent you need right to your doorstep? Of course, I am not in possession of Gandalf's staff, but in the world of hiring...

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6 Mobile Job Search Apps

Did you know that seventy seven percent of job seekers use mobile job search apps?  In this difficult job market, it has become critical to job seekers that they are available for new career opportunities 24/7.  This means that potential candidates worldwide are taking their job search with them, on their Android, iPhone or other smartphone devices. If you're looking for a great way to...

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