This call was AWESOME. Off the charts. Seriously. There is so much good information in this call that it should be required to listen to.
I’m sure there are recruiters who do things differently. That’s one of the challenges that job seekers face: there is no single right or best answer for the situations we face (like, working with recruiters). Robert gives us a great look into the processes and systems that we need to know about. You can tell he has a heart for job seekers. Enjoy:
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You might not be familiar with the Ask The Expert series so let me share the back-story.
Over a year ago I decided I wanted to help my amazing contacts who have expertise in career-related topics intersect with my users, people who are interested in job search, career management or JibberJobber. What started out as a fun idea turned into a very cool series of interviews. You can see ALL of the Ask The Expert calls we’ve done at JibberJobber.com/ate (feel free to share that link).
Below is a list of recordings, to date. I don’t expect you to spend 15 hours and listen to them all right now, but I do suggest you check them out over the next few weeks – there is GREAT stuff in these interviews (the name links to their website, after the dash links to JibberJobber.com/ate):
Robert is a friend of mine who I met at blog dinners many years ago. While I haven’t seen him in person for years, we keep in touch mostly through chat and email. Robert is a busy guy, and has had some crazy-cool recruiting jobs. When I met him he was a tech recruiter at a staffing firm. Since then he has been in-house at Novell (which was “kind of a big deal” here in Utah for a while), and is currently a senior “engineering and technical recruiter” at Fuision-io, which I think is the greatest thing to come out of Utah’s tech space in a long time.
Robert is a … how do I say this,… a geeky nerd. Let me clarify – he has great people skills, and can communicate very well (which you’ll figure out on Tuesday). But he LOVES to learn. He loves technology and dabbles in it all the time. He is also one of the better recruiting bloggers out there… check out his blog at Connected Well. Click the link below to see his LinkedIn profile:
Anyway, join us on Tuesday. And put your questions in the comments below, or shoot me an email so I can list them and be ready with YOUR questions.
Last August I did an Ask The Expert call with Dave Perry… it was awesome. You can access it (and others) for free here. In a blog post announcing his interview I got a comment with a great question… and Dave answered it. Here is the complete question/answer. If you think Dave is great, you have to devour his book and check out his other stuff.
Bruce’s question is about disclosure to a recruiter:
Since before I started JibberJobber there was this blogger/recruiter out there named Steve Levy. I became friends with Steve online, then we roomed together at a conference, and we’ve had phone calls thoughout the years.
I recently asked him for some input on a project I’m working on and he replied back with a link to a blog post that really answered all my questions. It had been a while since I had read Steve’s stuff and I found myself looking through a bunch of his blog posts. I LOVED this one since it really summed up a lot of high-value tips for job seekers with regard to social media:
Join us for a candid conversation from The Recruiting Animal. Animal has hosted his own radio show for years, talking to and with other recruiters. Not only is he really knowledgeable about how to get a job, he is HONEST about it all. He has no agenda, nothing to sell to you, he is FRANK and CANDID.
Register now and then join us on Tuesday morning (make sure you double check the time zone so you are there at the right time!
Nick Corcodilos writes a weekly newsletter that is worth subscribing to. Today he wrote his 500th edition, and it’s great. He normally answers questions from readers (many know him as “Ask The Headhunter”). He wrote his own question this week, instead of using someone else’s, and it’s very blunt:
Nick talks a lot about a lot of the aspects of employment (and the job search) in America. His article is worth reading, and marking it up with a highlighter. He exposes a key problem with HR departments, and the horrific affect of outsourcing hiring to recruiters, etc. He again exposes the ridiculousness of job boards, which according to a hiring survey are horribly ineffective but still a huge destination for corporate spending. He talks about some ideas on how to fix the problems at a meta level. He even talks about believing in yourself and starting your own business, if the hiring thing isn’t working out!
This is a great pitch because of many reasons. It is short, it talks about some pain points of both the job seeker (who is not the right fit for his current job) and the market (going towards social media), and is very honest.
In the intro paragraph he says what the (his) problem is, and why he would fit in well at CareerCloud (without saying those exact words):
Read the rest here. The candid message is refreshing. Can you think of someone you would send something similar to?