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Thursday February 9, 2012

The 6 Mistakes of Man, The Outsourced Life and Closing Questions

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This monthly article gives you quick, easy-to-implement ideas on various subjects. This month's topics have to do with avoiding mistakes, outsourcing life, and closing questions.

Topic #1:

The 6 Mistakes of Man

More than 2,000 years ago, the Roman orator Cicero wrote the "6 mistakes of man". Every time I read them, I'm amazed by their simple wisdom. Read the list below and see if there are some that apply to you in your work as a recruiter:

  1. The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.

  2. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.

  3. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed.

  4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

  5. Neglecting development and refinement of mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.

  6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

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Thursday August 18, 2011

Are Recruiters Really Necessary?

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Peter was a great candidate: Fine background, good skills, terrific references. So I decided to spin the dial and see if I could place him.

After a little research, I found a company that seemed a perfect match for Peter's talents. So, I placed a call to the vice president.

The VP agreed that my candidate was indeed perfect, and could immediately help his company grow. However, there was a catch: Under no circumstances would they pay a recruiter's fee.

"So, you see no value whatsoever in working with a recruiter," I said.

"You got it," he said, cutting me off. "We get 50 resumes a week from posting on Craigslist. So, if your candidate really wants to work for our company, I'm sure he'll find us."

"Sorry I wasted your time," I told the VP. I could tell from his tone of voice that any attempt to convince him otherwise was a waste of my time as well.

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Friday January 21, 2011

What Do I Do If I Receive My Own Employee's Resume?

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If you are in Human Resources (and assuming the employee responding is not from your department), do not divulge the specific information to the department. The employee will feel either embarrassed or as if his/her privacy has been invaded. This can only serve to hasten the person's departure.

Surprised.jpg Additionally, you do not know the full situation. Maybe he or she was just sending it out on a lark or placing the resume on a recruiting board "just in case". Do, however, use this information as an indication of possible unrest within the department that the employee works for. Keep an eye open to potential problems and review exit interviews of others in this area to gain clues into what might issues employees might be concerned with. It also might be a good time to talk to the Manager or the employees about how things are going in general. No need to bring up the found resume.

If you are a department manager or small company owner and you come across the resume of one of your own employees, you have three choices. You can ignore it, you can bring it to the employee's attention and find out what the situation is or you can talk to the employee or a group of employees about the morale in general. I would opt for the third choice. The resume was NOT meant for your eyes no matter how legitimately it came to you. A general morale check would be more appropriate.

And finally, if it's an employee that you were hoping would leave, (which these things tend to be) thank your lucky stars and re-send the resume to all other companies in your area.

-Beth N. Carvin

Chief Executive Officer, Nobscot Corporation

Ms. Carvin is the co-founder and CEO of Nobscot Corporation, developer of WebExit, exit interview management system. Ms Carvin has over fifteen years of experience in recruiting, human resources, business management, sales and marketing. She was previously the founder/managing partner of Excel Employment for six years and an HR and Business Development Officer with BancWest Corporation for 4 years. She graduated with a BA in Communications from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Carvin teaches classes in Hiring The Best, Ethics In Banking, and Employee Relations for the American Institute of Banking. She is a member of the Society For Human Resource Management and the Human Resources Mentoring and Networking Association.
www.Nobscot.com
© Copyright B. Carvin

Thursday November 11, 2010

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Monday August 23, 2010

Staffing Employment Posts Dramatic Growth in Second Quarter

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U.S. staffing companies reported strong growth in the number of temporary workers employed in the second quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year, according to survey data released today by the American Staffing Association.

America's staffing companies employed an average of 2.4 million temporary and contract workers per day from April through June. That's an increase of 23.3% from the same quarter last year and an improvement of 18.0% over staffing employment reported for first quarter of 2010.

"Even as the pace of economic growth slowed, staffing firms added 360,000 new jobs during the second quarter," says ASA president and chief executive officer Richard Wahlquist. "This is an encouraging sign that there is still some juice left in this recovery and that businesses across a wide spectrum of sectors continue to experience a slow but sustained uptick in demand for their products and services."

Staffing sales in the second quarter of this year totaled $16.9 billion, according to ASA survey results--a 32.8% increase over the same period last year. This is the largest year-to-year percentage increase recorded since ASA began tracking industry sales on a quarterly basis in 1992.

Alexandra Karaer

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