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The Chick-Flick Recruiting Trick

It's hard to imagine that sappy Hollywood romances could be instruction manuals on how to get a job, applicants or clients, but there is one ubiquitous noteworthy maneuver and variants thereof germane to recruiting that virtually all of them use to ignite relationships: the formulaic, pathetic sad story about a tragic, dysfunctional or merely poignant childhood and its equally predictable...

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Corporate Recruiter or Head Hunter?

The lines are getting blurred. Targets are being moved. Job titles are getting more and more, well... stupid. Corporate recruiting departments have certainly evolved over the past ten years. Departments that were once bastions of generalist HR malaise are now specialized talent acquisition departments that hire and pull from the same recruiting talent pool as recruitment agencies. In the fight...

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How to Combine Your Job Seeking Strategies

Job hunting 101: If you think a proactive job search involves applying to a couple of job board postings each day - think again. You might as well be doing yard work if you expect to see results with a strategy like that. Finding a job isn't easy - but it doesn't have to be hard either. If you work smarter and not harder, you could find a new job in a matter of weeks. What this article...

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Featured Review of COMPAS Recruiting Software

Some of you may have heard of COMPAS already, but for those of you who haven't, you should check them out. Unlike many recruiting technology and ATS startups, the management came up through the ranks as real recruiting practitioners. This group of recruiting business owners in the Silicon Valley came together and formed a recruiting software company called COMPAS Technology. They're a...

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3 Tips to Take Control of the Phone Interview

The telephone interview is usually the first step in any interview process. Hiring managers use the call as a screening tool to see if you're a quality candidate. If you make a great first impression during the short round of questions, you'll most likely be selected (among other applicants) for further screening. These candidates are then drawn into a pool of potential hires that the company...

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Dealing with Homepagelessness

Maurice Johnson, 55,  currently homeless and living in a Boston municipal shelter, has been unemployed since November. But that may change soon, because he is a rising media star. He may not have a home, but he does have a "home page" of sorts—at LinkedIn, where he has posted a resume that mentions two degrees, from Dartmouth and Purdue and experience as a "Senior Research Engineer at...

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5 Obvious Interview Mistakes

When it comes to the art of interviewing - there's no end to the number of rules to remember. There are interview tips and tricks on nearly every aspect of the process. With a head full of interview strategies, it's easy to forget about the basics - the professional and social nuances we take for granted because they're so simple. In trying to think of all the right things to do, we often forget...

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The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

If you've been in the recruitment field for more than a year or two (or say, just these past two years) you've probably had some experience with, (shudder) corporate motivation.  You know, threats, bullying, wailing, and gnashing of teeth...the usual.   But understanding and motivating recruiters is a complex job; in fact people who aren't Recruiters just don't (and won't) get it. ...

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Resume Parser

Recruiters are often inundated with resumes - 90% of which are unqualified for any positions for which they are recruiting. Recruiters at both corporate departments and recruitment agencies experience this pain. Resume overload is exaggerated by a difficult economy and a high unemployment rate. Although some applicant tracking systems support direct input of resumes from corporate career...

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4 Tried and True Resume Tips

Resume advice typically comes in one of two fashions. There's the flashy, trendy advice that comes and goes with the latest gimmick - and there's the classic, no nonsense advice that never goes out of style. This article is about the latter: honest advice that gives you the kind of resume hiring managers and recruiters want to see, and the tried and true resume tips that just plain...

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4 Work-Life Balance Tips To Keep Your Stress In Check

The daily grind can be overwhelming. Modern work is never-ending and at any moment you feel like you might run screaming from your office building. We've all been there - that's why it's so important to unwind at the end of the day. Here's some tips to help you make the most of your down time and keep balance in your life. Don't take your work home with you: Constantly checking your email...

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Ten Video Interview Technology Companies

Put on your game face. If you haven't already started some kind of video interviewing practice in your recruiting department, chances are you will soon. Hopefully, your game face doesn't look like our friend to the right. Some "trends" are more like guesses or even science fiction. Agency recruiters never went away, the same ol' job boards still have all of the job search traffic, and...

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Choosing a Recruiter: How to tell the Good from the Bad

Recruiters often get a bad rap. 9 out of 10 times you hear a friend or family member recounting some grisly horror story about how recruiters are all heartless monsters - chasing after commissions and kicking innocent candidates aside on a whim. Most likely, the storyteller was one of the hapless candidates once upon a time. But let's be honest here. There are a lot of bad recruiters out...

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Beating Job Search Depression

As anyone will tell you, looking for a job feels like a full-time job. It's easy to get depressed after an unsuccessful day of job searching because it feels like all your effort has gone unnoticed. There may not be any tangible results for you to appreciate. You might start to question whether you've been wasting your time. Before you know it, your fruitless days of searching have turned into...

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Take Pride in What You Do

On Recruiter.com, we'll often discuss all of the fun positives of working as a professional recruiter. We talk about the flexibility, fast-pace and great opportunity.  We joke about the off-time, the compensation and the competition.  A lot of other times we discuss the negatives...the difficult clients, kooky candidates and all around frustrations of recruiting.  But there's something that...

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How to Gain and Retain Recruiting Clients in a Crisis Economy

It's impossible to avoid the dire news these days. No matter where you turn the story is the crashing economy, the panicked sell-offs on Wall Street and bleak unemployment rates. What's a recruiter to do? As agency recruiters, we make our living off of companies hiring talent, growing and improving. But it's not time to panic yet. Here are some tips on retaining your current recruiting...

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Already Have a Job? Your Next Job is a-Callin'

Question: If you're already happily employed, why would you be looking for another job? Answer: You should always be thinking one step ahead. Just because you have a great job now doesn't mean it's time to throw out your resume and kick your feet up on the desk. You never know what might come around the corner. Maybe the company goes under, maybe you're fired or laid off, maybe your friend...

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When to Ignore Recruiting Metrics

We should start out by saying that recruiting metrics are important. The quantity of recruiter activity and quality of hires produced by a recruiting team are important figures to understand. Metrics can be used to judge recruiter performance, gauge the quality of employment brand, and develop effective and cost-efficient recruitment marketing. However, when is all this data too much? When...

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Hiring Pessimists

"We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect."—John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard economist, author and presidential economic adviser Imagine you are considering two comparable job candidates, one who seems, on the basis of his or her remarks and in general, to be quite the optimist, while the other, quite the pessimist. Other things being equal, which would you favor...

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3 Myths about Staffing Agencies

There's a lot of misinformation surrounding staffing agencies. Often times, people don't fully understand what staffing and recruitment firms can do for them so they assume they'll be better off trying to find a job on their own. Months later they're still struggling to find work. Still, myths and false claims abound and continue to plague the recruiting and staffing industry. This article aims...

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Five Tips on Interview Body Language

There's already enough to worry about before an exciting interview - the right clothes, the right questions, the right responses... What about the right body language? If you've seen Fox's Lie to Me, you already understand that body language and facial expressions matter a lot. On the show, they solve murders and kidnappings. For you, they can help you nail an interview and get a...

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Executive Poverty

"You can't always get what you want, and if you try sometime, you find you get what you need."—Mick Jagger, in "You Can't Always Get What You Want" The splash of Slurpee fairy-tale colors in this photo taken at the July 31, 2011 Vancouver Gay Pride Parade catches the eye first, but then there's the BC Hospital Employees' Union banner: "Work should lift you out of poverty, not...

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Tell Me About Yourself: Tips To Answer this Tough Interview Question

At least once, every job seeker dreads the seemingly innocuous interview question, "So, tell me about yourself." A standard in the interviewer's arsenal, this open-ended classic can be scary. However, just like any other interview question, if you are prepared and practice, it can be a no-brainer. Start with your name: A no-brainer, many job seekers panic right off the bat by incorrectly...

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5 Ways You're Wrecking Your Career

No career is bulletproof. It doesn't matter if you're the boss or the intern, it's easy to fall off the right track and jeopardize your position by making poor decisions. You might be here one day, gone the next. It happens all the time. But there are good reasons why it happens. Fortunately for all of us, career breakers come on slow and have little to do with day-to-day accountability....

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Hidden Jobs: How Recruiters Can Help

They say that 80% of all available open jobs go unadvertised. If you're applying through job boards or company websites or even flipping through newspapers - you might only be hitting 20% of all open positions. How can this be? Most companies don't have the time or advertising budget to broadcast all their hiring needs. Other organizations prefer to keep thing confidential and you'd never even...

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Searching for the Causes of Future Work

(Part 3 of a 3-part series on recent PwC HR and workplace forecasts. See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) The employment forecasts contained in the PwC report "Managing Tomorrow's People: The Future of Work to 2010" analyzed in two of my recent articles critically depend on a descriptive-explanatory paradigm that identifies "individualism" ("individualistic"), "collectivism"...

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How to Negotiate a Higher Salary

You're in a job interview. Not just any job interview - the best interview of your life.You're nervous and excited and everything's going perfectly. The interviewer fawns over your credentials. From the sound of it - you're a rock star, an astronaut, a Hollywood movie star...of talent! Then it's time to talk compensation and salary. "It's a tough economy out there," the interviewer says,...

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Arguments for Not Hiring the Unemployed: The Logic of Lions?

Imagine an economy with virtually full unemployment— nearly 100%, say, during the worst depression imaginable. The then incumbent president goes on air to rally the will and stir the hopes of the American people and says, "We have nothing to fear but fear of the unemployed." Deliciously ambiguous, that remark seems to precisely and accurately encapsulate and address 1. The current...

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How to Succeed at any Career

Woody Allen once said, "80% of success is just showing up." While there's definitely some truth to that - in practice, success requires a bit more effort than just showing up - especially if you want to succeed at your career. Employers are constantly looking for the right signs to qualify you as promotion-worthy material. You just need to show them you are qualified. Remember, it's not a...

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Axes to Grind: The PwC Future Job Grid

(Part 2 of a 3-part series on recent PwC HR and workplace forecasts. See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) If all the world, including the world of employment, is, as Shakespeare timelessly suggested, a stage on which we are the players, it can pay to know who or what is writing or calling the plays, the outcomes written into them and the roles we are likely to be assigned, including in the...

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Featured Review of Free Recruiting Software Zoho Recruit

The bar for recruiting software gets moved higher every year. The features available in last year's most sophisticated applicant tracking systems are today's standard base package. The Zoho Recruit applicant tracking system recently upped the ante. Zoho Recruit is a free recruiting software platform that offers the rich functionality and comprehensive feature set previously available only...

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3 Interview Tips To Get You Going

What's the worst part about finding a job? You hear Job Seekers complain about the interview more than anything else. And rightfully so, there's something very stressful about the interview process - no one likes to be analyzed too closely; too be told that you're not qualified or not the right fit. And perhaps worse than the scrutiny, applicants are afraid of saying the wrong thing, or...

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Did Linkedin Kill the Cover Letter?

Not quite. By now you've probably heard about the new, "Apply with Linkedin Button." It allows job seekers to use their Linkedin profile as a de facto resume when applying for jobs online. So what about all those long nights you spent crafting the perfect resume, the hours you poured into learning complete cover letter etiquette? Don't worry, you're still going to need those...

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The "Age-Bomb": The Trajectory to Your Office

Submerged in, if not subscribing to what critics would describe as our out-of-control(-)youth cult(ure), we can be forgiven for taking it for granted, even though we should not. But that absolution does not also absolve us from making an effort to understand how the youth culture (and its flip side, ageism) has become such a dominant cultural and economic force —a pervasive influence...

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The Age-Bomb: Screening Out the Fallout

What is it that makes the hiring issue of age an issue at all, an "Age-Bomb" with a time fuse and propensity to detonate at some point, even if only in the minds—rather than in the actual screening—of older job hunters, especially when officially and legally it is not supposed to exist at all? Why, like a Cold War H-bomb, does the Age-Bomb make so many older job applicants...

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A Beginner's Guide for Applicant Tracking Systems

Are you a hiring professional working in a small or mid-sized business? When your organization announces, "We're hiring again," are your paralyzed with the fear of being buried under stacks of resumes? The process of reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, and hiring/on-boarding is time-consuming. When searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack, keeping organized should should be...

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In Defence Of The Social Media Resume

Resumes are inherently boring. There's nothing very exciting about facts and figures or the number of years you spent diving for golf balls in luxury golf-course water traps. Well, maybe that last one's interesting. (Also a totally real profession.) But the hard truth is that most of us look dull on paper. Most of us are just another name, another job title, another piece of paper....

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5 Tips for Working With Recruiters

It's still a tough economy out there. Last month, the unemployment rate rose to 9.2%. Maybe you're one of the millions out of work and hunting for a job. You've tried job boards, employer's websites, and called everyone you know. Still no luck. Maybe it's time you considered contacting a recruiter. Whether you're unemployed or just looking for a change, recruiters can help. It's THEIR job to...

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The Top Three Tips For Your Video Interview

The next time you go on a job interview, you may find yourself in front of the computer - or a video camera. Sounds great right? No driving, no traffic, no gas. Almost seems too easy (except the part where you still have to ace the interview, dress up, and impress a total stranger). Take a deep breath and don't panic. Fortunately for the job seeker, video interviews are a lot like their...

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Candidates and Tasty Kool-Aid

When it comes to understanding this legendary candidate dichotomy, recruiters are quick to forecast with wild-eyed certainty that one type is intrinsically more valuable than the other. One school of thought seems to suggests that job seekers "actively" looking for work are less desirable and hence unemployable. Recruiters who subscribe to this belief must have deep rooted suspicions about...

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How to Use Online Networking Sites to Find a Job

When was the last time you looked at your local newspaper's classified ads section for a job opportunity? The actual newspaper, not those same listings on the paper's Web site. The way people search for jobs has changed tremendously over the last decade. It's even gone beyond job search sites such as Monster and Career Builder. Many people are using online networking tools to find jobs. If you're...

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How to Make a Job Offer

In recruiting, the job offer is the pivotal point of the hiring process because it includes all the details about compensation and the exact duties of the job that a new hire is getting. A job offer is more than just an offer of compensation to a prospective employee, it is the culmination of weeks of work for the recruiter and the final result of resume screening and interviews. Often, job...

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4 Tips To Boost Your Placement Rate

There's never enough time. You're making countless candidate calls every day, interviewing candidates left and right, coordinating schedules between your hiring managers and candidates while addressing conflicts as they (invariably) arise. You're a recruiting machine - but there is only so much time in the day. After you have the volume game down, in order to improve your recruiting, you...

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Time Magazine's "The Future of Work"—Signs of the Times

In its May 2009 compilation of ten articles titled "TIME Specials: The Future of Work", the online edition of Time Magazine offered its take on the future of work—its forms, functions, opportunities, challenges and constraints. After recently reviewing the more recent PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC) report, "Managing Tomorrow's People: the Future of Work to 2020", I felt a...

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Using Frustration to Fight Job-Market Depression

If you need a reminder about how harrowing chronic unemployment and its direst consequences can be, visit Down But Not Out. There you will find 50 recently posted stories selected from 6,000 emails and comments chronicling the financial, professional and lifestyle devastation inflicted by these recent hard times. You will also read narratives of hopelessness, despair, desperation,...

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Google Plus Search (Google+)

Google's new social network, Google Plus, is making a big splash - and it's not even open to the public as of this writing. Any product made by Google will of course emphasize search, but at first glance, you can tell that search does not overwhelm the user experience. There are no little familiar sponsored links. The only search bar says "Find People," not "Find Anything." Has Google changed...

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Google Plus Jobs (Google+)

Every time a social network comes along, someone figures out a way to turn it into a job board. Linkedin pretty much is already a job board in and of itself, Twitter has its TweetMyJobs, and Facebook has Branchout. It's also easy to think that Facebook itself will become a job board, but it hasn't happened yet. Enter Google Plus (Google+). What does this mean for jobs? Will people regularly...

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How to Find People on Google Plus (Google+)

If Google Plus continues to experience the kind of incredible traction it has garnered over the past couple of weeks, it will quickly be a major network. If you are looking to find people or source candidates, it should offer a unique way to both search for and find profiles and then organize profiles with the Circles technology. To follow up with an article about recruiting with Google+, we...

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