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Jeff Schwartzman

Jeff Schwartzman has fifteen years of Agency Recruiting experience. He began recruiting in Orange County and NYC working a desk with 3x5 Job Order cards and cut-and-paste resumes. Throughout the years he has become an aficionado of fine recruiting systems, working at leading search firms AccountPros and CyberCoders. Jeff took the plunge and started his own search firm, Laguna Source, in 2007 with Partner Dan Boersma. Dan and Jeff have worked together for fifteen years since the 3x5 card days. Dissatisfied with the selection of ATS products for search firms, Dan and Jeff took a second plunge and developed their own dream recruiting system internally. That system is proven and has become the commercial product ResuWe Recruiter, which is also available for other search firms to use as well. ResuWe Recruiter is a self self-service, cloud hosted, and web based Applicant Tracking System with a killer user interface. ResuWe Recruiter optimizes your recruiting bandwidth, leverages Social Media, and sets up instantly. For a free trial, please visit http://recruiter.resuwe.com.

Articles by Jeff Schwartzman

How-To, Technology

The Best of The Fordyce Letter 2011, #3 — Turn Post and Pray into Post and Placement



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Editor’s note: Jeff Schwartzman’s article was the 3rd most popular article on The Fordyce Letter in 2011. It originally ran in April.

I often run across criticism of the recruiting practice dubbed “Post and Pray,” the method of posting online job ads with the hopes the right candidates apply. This practice comes under fire since it is viewed as the lazy approach to recruiting with little to no control over who applies.

Many of you may be thinking at this point, “I have no need to post jobs! I do everything through cold calling and referrals.” Relax — while that may work for you, it may not be the best approach for everyone else. Recruiting offers no perfect source or method to fill positions. In my opinion, to run a successful recruiting desk, it is important to utilize a combination of multiple recruiting methods, both proactive and reactive.

Posting online job ads have many advantages. Job seekers who apply have the opportunity to read through a job description (hopefully well written!) so they typically are already interested in your job when you receive their resume.

The following job posting strategies, approaches, and techniques will help optimize your job ad exposure resulting in both a higher quantity and quality of online applicants.

Interviews

How Would You Fill Michael Scott’s Job?



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Let’s say you as a recruiter just heard that Michael Scott’s position is now available. How would you fill this position? Who would you call to make first contact? What are the job requirements? How would you prep your candidates to interview?

The Season Finale of “The Office,” titled “The Search Committee,” features recruiting efforts to replace the vacant Scranton Branch Manager position held by Michael Scott.

This episode struck a chord with me as a recruiter since it provides the opportunity to view the drama of an interview process from the inside. On display is a comedic look at internal candidates jockeying for a higher position, interviewing faux pas, and the corporate bureaucracy we only hear about from phone calls with candidates and clients.

How-To, Technology

Turn Post and Pray into Post and Placement



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I often run across criticism of the recruiting practice dubbed “Post and Pray,” the method of posting online job ads with the hopes the right candidates apply. This practice comes under fire since it is viewed as the lazy approach to recruiting with little to no control over who applies.

Many of you may be thinking at this point, “I have no need to post jobs! I do everything through cold calling and referrals.” Relax — while that may work for you, it may not be the best approach for everyone else. Recruiting offers no perfect source or method to fill positions. In my opinion, to run a successful recruiting desk, it is important to utilize a combination of multiple recruiting methods, both proactive and reactive.

Posting online job ads have many advantages. Job seekers who apply have the opportunity to read through a job description (hopefully well written!) so they typically are already interested in your job when you receive their resume.

The following job posting strategies, approaches, and techniques will help optimize your job ad exposure resulting in both a higher quantity and quality of online applicants. 

How-To, Technology

Rock Your Q2 Recruiting



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Overall hiring is increasing! Recruiters I’ve recently spoken with, including many at the ERE Expo in San Diego recently, are all off to a great 2011. The forecast for the 2nd Quarter of 2011 is extremely optimistic for all industries.

What is the best way to take advantage and cash in on the new wave of hiring?