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Straight Talk for the Recruiting Profession

Social Media

Social Media, Viewpoint

What Unplugging Can Do For Your Career

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In an age of technology where refrigerators can talk to smartphones and cars can parallel park themselves, how are we supposed to unplug? Giving up Facebook or putting down our smart phones seems just about impossible given the amount of connectivity we’ve become accustomed to. But is it good for us to be that connected all of the time?

Think about how much time you spend every day scrolling through a social network (or three), checking your email, or just checking your cell phone in general (even if it hasn’t rung). For instance, as I write this blog, my cell phone is sitting loyally by my side, patiently waiting for the next time I receive an email or a text from one of my kids. My phone is never far from my side, and leaving a notification waiting seems to be getting more and more difficult. Confessions of a smartphone user.

Social Media, Sourcing

5 Places to Source Candidates For Free

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Meeup groupsNote: Yesterday, Debbie Fledderjohann discussed using social media to source candidates and market your business. Read it here.

The smartest recruiters build relationships with intelligent, potential candidates even before there is a role that needs filling.

As competitive as the recruitment market can be, there are places where you can find potential candidates for free, you just need to be proactive about investing the time it may take to do so.

Social Media

Social Media is Not Doing What Too Many Recruiters Are Doing


social-mediaSeveral months ago I tuned into a Twitter conversation coming out of a conference Greg Savage held, the general gist being the importance for recruiters in having a social media strategy.

The point of this article is not to regurgitate what he discussed or argue whether social media is important or not. I will let you check out what Mr Savage has to say himself. I don’t want to be accused of copying off the bright kid in class!

But it prompted me to dispel some myths about what a social media strategy actually is, or more importantly what it is not. From what I see, a lot recruiters and their employers think they have a social media strategy in place, but in reality they don’t.  So, what is not a social media strategy?

Social Media

Five Top Picks for Socially-Acceptable Marketing Success

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You’ve got the basics covered with your presence on the major social media sites. Now, you need to take that next step by adding new tactics to your social media program. Using social media as a branding tool is great, but taking it to the next level will engage your audience.  Try these five tips energize your clients and candidates.

How-To, Social Media

Get Started Branding Yourself and Your Firm On LinkedIn

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Skywater page on linkedInBuilding your social media presence as a recruiter is essential for attracting the best clients and candidates and ensuring your long-term success. Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter — with so many choices it can be difficult to know where to start. Our recommendation is LinkedIn, the recruiter’s favorite.

Here are our top four tips to help recruiters new to the branding side of LinkedIn to get started:

Business Development, How-To, Social Media

Three Steps to Becoming an Industry Expert and Growing Your Business


You may be the best recruiter or trainer in the world, but if nobody knows who you are does it matter? This isn’t an exercise in Zen thinking. It’s a real world concern if you’re not a name in your field and want new clients.

Like it or not, people congregate around popular businesses. If you want to grow your small business, you need to create that popularity. Becoming a recognized industry expert is easy if you follow these steps.

Dig Into Your Industry

What is important in your industry today? If you’ve had your nose to the grindstone

Industry News, Social Media

Open Web Makes It Easy to Source and Know Passive IT Talent

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Open Web profileIf you source or place tech talent you need to take a close look at Dice’s Open Web.

It’s a service that delivers a remarkably detailed dossier on candidates meeting your job specs, whether or not they’ve ever been on Dice.com. Scouring more than 50 sites where IT talent hangs out, Open Web assembles lists of their skills, talents, background, and, remarkably, compilations of their most recent contributions from each of the sites. If they have a resume on Dice, you get that, too.

At a glance, you can tell who among your prospects contributes to site like SourceForge, GitHub, Quora and others. Open Web pulls their contributions and lists them so you can see what the candidates have been posting. From sites like Facebook, Twitter and others, you get even more details, all of which is presented in a quick, scanable foemat that makes it easy to see who to contact, and gives you loads of information that can help you get a conversation going.

As recruiter Tim Sackett put it:

Social Media

Is Content Searching the Future of Social Recruiting?

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Rob Dromgoole

Rob Dromgoole

Rob Dromgoole had a search that would challenge any recruiter. He needed to find a purple squirrel who also spoke Japanese.

Dromgoole is director of recruiting at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. But he thinks of himself and his team of four recruiters as a search firm. “Everyone’s working a desk. We do a lot of esoteric searches. We’re like a retained search firm,” he says.

The lab has multiple government contracts, and works on projects as unusual as analyzing the chemical signature of certain agricultural fuels for the Internal Revenue Service. Other work is secret. Finding the PhDs and others with highly specialized skills, and, often, security clearances is all in a day’s work.

“We just find a way to find people,” he says.

Social Media, The Business of Recruiting

Recruiting “Trends” That Are Not Trends At All

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Steve Lowisz

Steve Lowisz

I keep seeing articles about the “Hottest Trends in Recruiting” that are, in reality, of little value to the recruiting community.

These articles list “new” recruiting concepts and ideas, but there’s a hitch: most of the “trends” listed have been talked about for years. What’s more, the kinds of ideas that are named must actually be paired with traditional practices and are not enough to effectively drive results on their own. This kind of misinformation can be dangerous for recruiters, particularly those who are just starting out and looking for guidance.

How-To, Social Media

The “Not LinkedIn” List of Places to Source Talent

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Bigstock magnifier PCAfter last week’s blowout report from LinkedIn, we can all be forgiven for wondering if anyone sources candidates anywhere else. With 20,000 recruiter accounts, it’s not surprising that candidates for the most in-demand jobs get multiple contacts a month. It’s equally not surprising that those same candidates don’t respond to InMails, emails, telephone calls, or whatever other method resourceful recruiters come up with.

But if you want to fish away from the madding crowd, where you may find that special candidate who chooses not to be on LinkedIn (they are known to exist), then consider these alternatives.