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The Effects of Lazy Content Syndrome

In this digital age, I have been noticing a couple of trends that are frustrating. As an avid Twitter user, I know what it is like to try and compress a compelling concept into a 140-character tweet when dealing with branding or marketing, generating interest. But one of the upshots of our micro-messaging culture is …

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Detrimental "Global" Recruiting Bad Practices

In the Seattle market, there is a growing restlessness and dissatisfaction among the local technical population, also known as “our passive candidate base” that has to do with high volume, globalized, recruiting practices. In the last 4-5 years, several of the major employers in the area such as Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Amazon.com have changed their …

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Career Path – Crucial To Recruiting

I think most recruiters understand that candidates want to know about a career path beyond whatever requisition we are hiring them into, but it continues to surprise me how few recruiters partner with HR on issues like career trajectory, succession planning, and even the fundamentals of *understanding* the career path for any of the positions …

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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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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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