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Hidden Hiring Gems – your Internal Talent

on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 02:51

In the world of recruiting, the low hanging fruit, comes from those applicants that apply to our job postings.  More often than not, it is essential to also have to go out and proactively search for the right candidate. The next level of ‘fruit’ would be picked via search job boards, followed by Linkedin and Twitter profile searches.  Further up the tree you will find candidates via additional social sites, associations, conferences and career fairs. Employee referrals are mixed in there somewhere. 

When I am working as a recruiting consultant for a large corporation such as IBM, I relish

Hiring Authorities: Use Rejection to Improve the Candidate Experience

on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 22:40

Many Candidates feel hopeless in their job search efforts because of the black-hole syndrome.  Candidates think when they apply to a job via the internet that there is a very good chance they are sending their resume into the abyss.  It is easy to understand how a candidate can become despondent when time after time they apply to a position and never hear back from the employer.  This is the rare case when ‘no news is good news’ is not true.

Table that Counter-Offer!

on Thu, 08/09/2012 - 20:13

The main reason that most companies make counter-offers is so that they, not you, are in control of the timetable for your transition.  After you have informed your boss that you are leaving you might be asked why you are leaving and what could your current employer do to retain your services.  Have an open and honest conversation with your boss about the reasons for why you are leaving but let them know that your mind is made up that you will be vacating your role with the company. 

Over the years I have lost several good candidates that have been lured by counter-offers that involve more

How to Build an Interview Form a Guide for Hiring Managers & Recruiters

on Sun, 08/05/2012 - 20:46

Whether we are a consumer, customer or working within a team environment in corporate America we have all run across the clueless, careless, could-care-less employee that has us asking, ‘Did they even bother to interview this person at all?’

Interviewing plays an absolute critical role in the ability of a company to on-board the most qualified, quality candidate.  Anyone that has had to deal with the aftermath of a poor hire fully comprehends the need to properly interview a candidate.

Top 5 Mistakes New Grad's Make

on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 20:17

Top 5 Mistakes I’ve seen new grad’s make when trying to land a job:

  1. Speak too casually such as answering questions with, “yup”
  2. Send emails with all lower case and no punctuation
  3. Sign off on emails too casually such as ‘Rick’ with no further contact information, just ‘Rick’
  4. Rely too heavily on friends and family to get them an interview
  5. Don’t prepare for the interview such as researching the company and position

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Social Security Numbers for Online Job Applications

on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 17:40

As a Consultant I am constantly looking for my next contract assignment.  Almost all of my job applications are filled out online.  On rare occasion I will be asked for my social security number.  If a company asks me to provide them with my social security number in order to apply for a job I question whether I want to work for that organization.

Six Salary Strategies

on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 02:13

ONE  Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket

Options give us power, especially if those options are viable.  Have other companies where you feel you can get an offer.  If you are an internal candidate have other departments you can apply to. In an ideal situation you will have other contacts or position openings you can refer to in case the position you are negotiating an offer for falls through.  The best way to have other options available is to constantly be building a network of positions and companies that you can reach out to when you are ready to make your best move.

3 Weak and 3 Strong Questions to ask During Your Interview

on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 18:42

Whether you have a phone or face-to-face interview you will probably be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. It is always helpful to write down a list of questions that you would like answered prior to your interview. Your questions, for the most part, will be industry specific such as a recruiter may ask, “On average, per month, how many positions will I be responsible for filling?” Or a Network Engineer might inquire as to how many users rely on the network.

How to Work the Room at a Career Event

on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 16:54

Networking can be an effective means for gaining employment leads. Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and other social web sites allow us to network in a more relaxed state. For the more adventurous networker there are group events, associations, conferences, job fairs and a host of other ways to network via a face-to-face basis. Following are six helpful tips for effective in-person networking: Be well groomed and dress appropriately. Before we open our mouth’s and give an ‘elevator speech’ we will be judged by our appearance and to some extent the scent we give off.

For Career Success Follow the Metal Brick Road

on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 16:54

The clients that compose the semi-conductor industry aren’t as sexy as Google, Apple, Amazon or FaceBook but they play a crucial role in the success of these and many of today’s hottest social media and tech savvy companies. Think iPad, iPhone, LCD TV, Laptop and you will realize that all these products contain semiconductors. The semiconductors serve as a transmitter to relay the media that we see and hear on a daily basis around the globe. Semiconductors are made of metals. The metal semiconductors are built with Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) two chemicals from the periodic table.

As a