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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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The Idiocy And The Irony

I remember first hearing about prospective employers asking candidates for Facebook login information in late February on, of all places, an international HR discussion board I moderate. I thought it was a bizarre, one-off situation and couldn’t believe it as I saw the issue hit mainstream news media sites like wildfire and go viral in …

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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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The Secret Weapons for Candidate Connection

I was having a talk today with one of my colleagues. Both of us are long-time Seattle recruiters. He had lunch with some folks from our agency days earlier this week, and they were lamenting about the fact that today’s young recruiters seem to think technology is the answer to everything when it comes to …

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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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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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