Habits of Thinking

Habits of Thinking

I was fortunate to encounter some great trainers early in my recruiting career, and all of them charged me to read books on business, on communication, and on sales. For me, this profession––both a marathon and a brutal contact sport––requires the skill of developing credibility and rapport, the capacity to smell the possibility of a […]

Dopamine and Desire

Dopamine and Desire

This week I had a conversation with a colleague about how essential crisp well-positioned communication is in business, how much effort it takes, and how rare it is. Later, I had a twitter interaction about new graduates trying to get traction in job searches and how important it is for them to show a human […]

My Shift Into Recruiting…

How did I find myself in the field of recruiting? It wasn’t necessarily a straight path for me. As a matter of fact, my journey was a bit off the beaten path – requiring me to overcome a variety of obstacles along the way… In college I read my first Heidegger and my first Foucault […]

Intentionality

Be the Recruiter You Wish to See…

Super cheesy title, right? I know. But hold on to your rotten tomato, okay? Don’t pelt me with it just yet. I’ve been thinking about recruiting in general and my business in particular, and now more than even I understand that the business we do is a reflection of who we are. I often say, […]

I now assume, after Ginger re-pointed these rocks, that my house will not fall down.

What Do You Assume?

People have a lot of opinions about the hiring process in general and resumes in particular. You can’t throw a rock without hitting someone opining about how resumes are useless or dead. Side note:  Don’t throw rocks, you might hurt someone. Many of our opinions are based on assumptions that are often unconscious and just […]

a pic is worth 1000

letters in a bottle

I like words. I probably like them too much. I spend a lot of time thinking about words and the meanings they hold. But thinking about words and their impact is not a waste of time for me as a recruiter.   So often words, either spoken or written, are all I have in my […]

the context of content (what is a resume anyway?)

the context of content (what is a resume anyway?)

Recruiters will use any kind of information to find candidates.  I once literally got contact information off of a bathroom wall and, yes, I made a placement. We won’t discuss the industry. Recruiters seek out the people we place, and we find them anywhere they are. It is what we do – especially good recruiters […]

New glasses won’t save us.

New glasses won’t save us.

I was reading this article from Jim Stodgill the other day,  it is really good – make sure you bookmark it and read it.  I came across this statement and had to take a beat: Well, anger in the face of ill-considered certainty is reasonable as far as I’m concerned. Unearned certainty strikes me as […]

Why you should respond to my email or call.

Why you should respond to my email or call.

Look.  I know how crazy swamped you are with solicitations from mostly idiotic recruiters – I hear it all the time.  I know the pain of our current feeding frenzy all too well.  It doesn’t matter what your geographic location either – whether you are in San Francisco, St. Louis, Austin, or Hunt Valley, the […]

To the candidate I offended on Friday: Apologies.

To the candidate I offended on Friday: Apologies.

You’ve been on my mind all weekend. Not in a creepy stalkery way, I promise.  I hated making you mad.  I keep thinking that you don’t understand me.  I want to make it better but I probably won’t get the chance.  In your eyes I did a bad thing, and so I am not worthy […]