Be Deliberately Innovative

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, HR, Innovation, John Whitaker

Here’s a tip for you, prospective job-seeker… grab a scratch pad and start describing your talents in terms of “innovation.” Look at your list. Now ask yourself this question— “Am I innovative?” If you are one of the 50% of Americans who do consider innovation/creativity as a strength, you could be selling yourself short if that competency is not readily apparent in your …

All Hat, No Cattle

John Whitaker Recruiting

I’ll start by making one broad assumption, which seems to be commonly accepted in the world of Talent Acquisition: It’s a candidate’s market. (Just don’t try to tell that to someone who’s been unemployed for 6+ months.) This one simple dynamic has incredible ripple effects throughout the staffing community. The challenges are apparent (at least they are to a recruiter), …

The Resume Wasteland

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, John Whitaker, Recruiting, Resumes, Working With Recruiters

“Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.”  Wall Street, 1987 “Candidate sends a resume into the abyss, there’s no response coming back to him. At that moment, candidate gets more frustrated. And that is what keeps candidates in the abyss.”  …

Back-To-School Night Reveals New Sites to Source

Kelly Dingee Kelly Dingee, Sourcing, Uncategorized

You may or may not know that I’m the mom of three—ages 11 to 19—all girls.  The first week of school is hammered with back-to-school nights, orientations, forms and more forms.  But this year, I ended that first week thinking… this has to be the best lot of teachers my kids have ever had. What sold me? Their tech.  Teachers tend …

You, Your Social Media Presence, and Gosh Darn It…That Picture You Posted…

Kelly Dingee Candidate Pool, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kelly Dingee, Social Network Analysis

I’m looking at LinkedIn profiles this morning.  I’m actually re-verifying a list of candidates, the organizations they work for and Hoover’s information.  Good fun stuff early on a Friday.  It’s actually pretty tedious. But as I’m clicking and cross referencing, gosh darn it if I don’t see your LinkedIn profile pic.  Post whatever you want on Facebook and use your …