Category Archives: recruitment

….what to expect from your recruiter

most people don’t know what to expect from a recruiter…they will act like they do because the don’t want to appear ignorant…

there are at least 9 or 10 different types of recruiters and they  often function very differently…retained search folks, contingency recruiters, “placers,” internal corporate recruiters…all work quite differently..

often when potential candidates contact or are contacted by a recruiter their expectations are not met because the recruiter failed to set them and the candidate didn’t ask…

read the article on the Babich web site that discusses the different types of rercruiters…those of us with lots of experience always try to expain what we expect from our candidates and what our candidates should expect from us

the imporant lesson is to be sure you aks, “what can i expect from you?”…that way, you won’t be disappointed

…”well, my severance is about to run out”

…hello! …wake up! what employer is going to want to hire a candidate that says that the reason he started looking for a job is that his severance is about to run out…

..on top of that, the candidate put off looking for a job for four months, and in the next two months his severance will end, and so he has decided to look for a job…

THINK THIS: “How does what I say appear to a perspective employer? Do I come across as a hard working, determined employee who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done?”

common sense

one of our candidates “rewrote” her resume…left off a three month short gig at a company 2 years ago…she has had too many jobs and figured it would be better to do that..

well, she forgot to “update” her resume on linkedin…so, one of our clients got it…went to linkedin to see what he could find out about her…found the “old” resume and decided not to pursue her..

lesson: keep your resumes consistent…don’t shoot yourself in the foot

take any interview you can

i referred one of my candidates to a company…he knew the V.P. of sales, the guy he was suppose to interview with…they had worked together before..

my candidate didn’t like the guy and told me he really didn’t want to go on the interview…after down right cajoling him, i got him to go…”you never know what might happen,” i said

well, he got to the interview and the V.P. marched him into the CEO’s office and the CEO started interviewing my candidate for a position they had just thought about creating..

it was on the same level as the V.P.’s job…

you never know about what kind of position you might be interviewing for…go on every interview you can..

the (almost) $143,000 mistake

i got an interview for one of my candidates that i have known for a number of years…he is very picky and the kind of job he needs is very hard to find..

when i told him about the interiew, he started giving me this stuff about..”well, i know them…i wouldn’t work there…they know me…i don’t want to go…i don’t think they can afford me..it doesn’t sound right” blah..blah..blah…

i threatened him that if he didn’t go, i wouldn’t get him any more interviews…i shared with him that he is a pain in the butt and that he needs to go on any interview he can, because he is hard to place and kind of people that would hire him are very hard to find…

he went…

he starts work for these guys monday…$143,000 salary plus commission that will put him at $300,000 the first year… a $20,000 HIGHER base than he was making..

LESSON: ..go on every interview you can get…you really don’t know “them” like you think you do…what a job “sounds” like has nothing to do with reality… don’t make a $143,000 mistake

Job search strategies that really work for you

If you can’t explain it simply,
you don’t know your subject.
– Albert Einstein

Most of the books, articles written about how to get a job are written by theorists who have not actually helped get people jobs!
Interesting! It would almost be funny – this part about people writing books about how to find jobs not having much, if any, experience in finding people jobs – if above mentioned books, articles didn’t waste so much of their readers’ time and money!
My day-to-day responsibilities are solely concerned with finding people jobs.
What are my qualifications? I have been successfully finding people real jobs for over thirty years. After receiving a Ph.D. in Higher Education from St.Louis University, I bagan to forge a career working outside of academia – in the real employment world.
I have personally placed more than 6,000 people and am adding to that list every day. I have personally met and interviewed more than 24,000 people of all professions and services. I have worked with more than 21,000 different companies; many of which have hired candidates from me while some did not. The firm that I now own has been in the placement and recruitment business since 1952. I joined the organization in 1973 and bought it from the founder in 1989. We are the oldest placement firm in Texas and certainly one of the oldest, if not the oldest, in the Southwest. Since its founding, the firm has helped more than 100,000 people find jobs. We have developed surefire techniques that help people find new jobs and new careers.
This blog will explore specific challenge of finding a job in changing economy. The following are just some of the aspects I will explore:

-How a recessionary market impacts your personal job search or employment change
-The psychological dimensions of finding a job in changing economy
-How to start taking action immediately
-The things that really count: interviews
-What to expect from potential employers; how 97% of the companies in the U.S. approach hiring – surprises abound!
-Searching for a new job while presently employed
-The delusion of resumes
-The importance of practical spirituality
-The telephone interview
-How to manage the initial and all follow-up interviews
-Meaningful supporters and mentors
-How to deal with being fired and laid off
-Negotiating the highest pay
-How to start a new job
….and many other issues.

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