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Effective LinkedIn Sourcing

Have you looked on LinkedIn lately in the Groups that are dedicated to job-related networking? You know all those people that put “Looking for an opportunity in XYZ. My background is ABCDEFGH. I accept all networking invitations, visit my profile”? I see a lot of recruiters and hiring managers respond to candidates that this is …

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Recruiters Are Hypocrites

We recruiters tell candidates to do their homework before contacting any potential employer, and what a bunch of hypocrites I am finding out there. “Being busy” is not an excuse for laziness or poor sourcing habits. As a senior IT recruiter in Seattle, I list out the technologies I work with on my resume. I …

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The Changing Candidate Profile

Part of it is the economy, part of it is GenY hitting the workforce and starting to attain “Senior” roles, but I see a definite change in the profile of the desirable candidate; I got into a friendly discussion over on LinkedIn with a Career Coach that disagrees with me. So what is this big …

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"App For That" Erosion

I’m seeing an alarming trend in young colleagues that have grown up in the computer age. I think that this new generation of recruiters is so used to having tools and apps for everything that they haven’t learned the basics of our industry. I’ve seen it in other areas as well. A reliance on social …

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Unemployed Need Not Apply…Damaging Your Employment Brand

I was disturbed by something I saw, a link to an article that came across Twitter. I started researching the issue and am *shocked* that this seems to be a fairly standard practice around the country. Job postings that explicitly say, “Unemployed Need Not Apply”. What…? So I posed the question to several online communities …

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Is Your Recruiting "Quaint"?

I have had the (dubious) pleasure of working with a wide variety of applicant tracking systems over the course of my recruiting career. I’ve worked with customized enterprise integrated systems, home-grown versions, web-hosted suites, email folders, and paper files. You name it, I’ve probably worked with some version of it. It’s a standard interview question, …

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The Accidental Expert

I find that a lot of professionals don’t necessarily guide every facet of their careers. Often, when a generalist becomes a specialist or we take on a specific project, we by default become “experts” while learning and implementing our expertise on the project. Why do I say this? Well, in the course of my career, …

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Giving Away The Farm?

On one of my many online professional communities, this one being a technical listserv, there has been an interesting discussion revolving around agency requests for creative “projects” for clients, as well as detailed “scenario” questions that are tantamount to “free” solutions to business conundrums. There is the obvious legal copyright question, but also a growing …

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