• Tackling Recruiting Sourcers‚Äô Challenges

    May 31, 2007 by

    Candidate sourcing is the single greatest opportunity to impact the total cost, quality, and performance of recruiting. Sourcers have tremendous challenges facing them, but somewhere tucked away in these challenges we have the potential for a solid sourcing plan.
    Sourcers face many obstacles that recruiters don’t have to deal with. For instance, regardless of how strong your sourcing skills are, in some circles you’re still considered junior-level, or even worse, entry level.

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  • Uncomfortable With Selling

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    Dear Sue:
    Over the past year I’ve been selling ad space for a major magazine. It’s been a little over a year and I still am not comfortable with the sales process. I’m constantly stressed out over making phone calls, the in-person meetings and the demands of the publishers. I feel at times as if I’m forcing myself into this career because the monetary benefits are so great.
    I’m not sure how to combine the skills I’ve gained from this career with the other skills I gained through my previous experiences which include retail sales. Do you have any advice for me?
    –Not a sales person

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  • BREAK RIGHT!! How to Survive the Missiles of Life

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    Surface to air missilePicture a crisp, clear spring day. You’re flying 633 mph at 22,000 feet, with your wingman two miles off and exactly ninety degrees to your right on a combat mission in southern Iraq’s no-fly zone. You both are scanning for enemy aircraft, surface-to-air missiles (SAMS), and radar activity. Over half your time is spent “checking six”-looking behind you and your wingman for unseen threats or movement.
    Suddenly, you hear your wingman’s voice blare over the radio, “Break right, break right! Missile launch your five o’clock!” Your heartbeat ramps up and you feel the surge of adrenaline as your fight-or-flight reflex kicks in. This all happens in an eye blink, and in that same instant, it’s time to act. Instinctively you ‘break right’ – crank the stick to the right, bank the aircraft ninety degrees, and pull back as hard as you can, feeling the g forces flatten you back into the seat.

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  • Expected Salaries for 2007 College Graduates

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    Graduation ceremonyThe graduating college seniors of 2007 face one of the best job markets in history and certainly the best since 2000. Employers and students both talk about greatly increased efforts by employers to land the candidates they most desire and the multiple job offers being received by many and perhaps most of the grads. Yet few employers are complaining like they did in 1999 and into 2000 that they are unable to hire the people they need to hire. They are complaining that it is difficult to hire those people, but generally they are able to hire them with the proper effort. And part of that effort is paying a salary which is competitive.
    According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 90 percent of college career service offices believe that the class of 2006-07 is graduating into a strong job market with 11 percent rating the market as being “excellent.” In comparison, only three percent rated the market as being excellent in last year’s survey. In addition, two-thirds of the schools reported that more employers recruited on their campuses, 82 percent reported increases in on-line job postings and the number of employers attending career / job fairs, and 87 percent reported that at least as many employers signed up for spring 2007 recruiting than did last year.

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  • When Do Insults Become Harassment?

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    Dear Sue:
    I am pregnant and have just found out I am considered high risk, and that there is a good chance I will deliver by cesarean. I shared this with one of the partners of the firm I work for and told him that the recovery may be longer with a cesarean and that I may need additional time off. His response was so offensive to me that I am having a hard time putting it past me.
    He said, “Oh suck it up, how hard can it be? My wife had three of them; besides you can schedule when you go in.” He may have been joking and trying to make light of the situation, but I felt his comment was discriminatory, and it is not the first comment of that kind uttered by him. What constitutes discriminatory comments, and what should I do?
    —Insulted

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  • Surviving the Office Party

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    General Advice from Sue:
    If your idea of a festive holiday party is one in which you drink heavily, cozy up to your boss and carry on intimate conversation, you might need to change your ideas. If you’re looking forward to a little dirty dancing or the chance of winning the title of best karaoke singer at the company party this year, you probably won’t. Go ahead and have a good time, but you might want to tone down your behavior a bit.
    Whether you’re at the company picnic, the holiday party, a convention, or celebrating someone’s retirement or promotion during happy hour, you have the opportunity to either strengthen or weaken your relationship with others. Act as if your behavior is being observed every minute, because it is.

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  • Boolean Resume Searching: Some Quick Tips

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    When searching for candidate resumes on CollegeRecruiter.com, you will notice that the search screen includes an option to search by keyword. One of the options under keyword searching is Boolean Searching. Boolean Searching can be very useful in specifying what information you want. Boolean Searching consists of 3 functions: and, or, and and not.
    Boolean ‘AND’
    When using the and function, it requires all terms joined by it to appear somewhere in the document, in any order. Using and narrows a search because it augments the number of matching words required for a document to meet the search criteria. The more words you enter connected by and, the fewer search results you will receive.

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  • Overcome a Talent Shortage: Create a Gen-X Friendly Workplace to Retain Key Talent

    May 30, 2007 by

    The 75 million Baby Boomers who make up forty-five percent of the workforce are now starting to retire; in 2007 that rate is expected to hit three million people. And the mass exodus of Boomers from the workforce will only increase over the next ten years. So the question is: Who will replace these retiring workers?
    While logic would dictate that the next generation (Generation X, as they’re called) will simply step in and fill the newly vacant roles, that is simply impossible. Why? Because the Gen X population-those born between 1964 and 1977-totals a mere forty-five million people. That’s a deficit of 30 million workers. As one economist from the Office of Labor Statistics noted, “over 500 occupations will be adversely affected by the boomers’ departure.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a worker shortage is on the horizon.

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  • New Refresh Button for Job Postings

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    We are pleased to announce that we have recently developed and deployed new features within the Recruiting Desktop. You will notice that we have added a “Refresh” button and link to “Refresh All Jobs” within the My Job Postings area of the Recruiting Desktop. These new options allow you to either refresh an individual job OR refresh all jobs in order to allow these jobs to be sorted towards the top in date sorted search results. The more often you refresh your jobs, the more exposure you’ll get with the candidates you are trying to reach so the more resumes you’ll receive from them.

  • Making lemonade out of lemons and hibernating mice

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    By Pete Johnson, Nerd Guru
    Wired magazine recently had story about DARPA’s string of human enhancement projects that contained the epitome of taking a bad situation and making good out of it. We all have down times in our careers and a key to advancing is to learn from how we got there and how we can dig ourselves out.
    Recall that the folks at DARPA are the same good people (not Al Gore or even Tim Berners-Lee) who brought us the Internet. There is some very cutting edge stuff going on with enabling field soldiers to function more efficiently. The article focuses on two specific projects. The first has to do with regulating body temperature and how it is really heat, and not chemical buildup as is commonly thought, that fatigues muscles over time. The key then becomes finding a way to cool those tissues in order to improve endurance.

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