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Articles posted on February 2009

Web 2.0 in Recruitment
2:22pm Friday 27 February 2009

Social media is amazing – let me give you a real example from yesterday. I uploaded my presentation for the Inspecht HR Futures conference on Web 2.0 in Recruitment to SlideShare read more...

Ambulance Chasers
6:43pm Tuesday 24 February 2009

I read an interesting article in today’s Recruiter Daily called "Hone your ad chasing skills", and it got me quite ruffled up. The article refers to recruiter’s ambulance chasing job adverts. Surely Recruiters would have built strong relationships over the years with clients and understand their business? read more...

Chat and IM use for Recruiters
7:00am Tuesday 24 February 2009

There are several ways you can talk to people in person, on the phone, via e-mail, and instant messaging (IM). What is instant messenger? It's basically like sending a SMS to a person on a mobile phone (and we all know people who love to SMS). So instant messaging is a way to talk to your colleagues, candidates, clients, bosses or whoever you might want to talk to. read more...

2009 Graduate Career Fairs
2:22pm Monday 23 February 2009

It's that time of the year when Universities and TAFE's are holding their Graduate Career Fairs. Recruiters should think about attending these events - not only for candidates, but for market intelligence. read more...

Linkme infestation
1:29pm Monday 23 February 2009

It seems that the Linkme blog section needs some cleaning up. Are these blogs physically verified by humans to check the contents? Whoops, just forgot about the retrenchments last week. read more...

Inspecht HR Futures Conference only days away
9:42pm Sunday 22 February 2009

If you are living under a rock and haven’t heard about the upcoming Inspecht HR Futures Conference in Melbourne on Feb 26, you are running out of time to buy tickets! If you are interested in coming along make sure you register soon so you don't miss out. read more...

MyCareer has a wee problem
3:31pm Sunday 22 February 2009

It seems the folks at MyCareer are still having trouble with integrating the print and online divisions. I've noticed for a while now that job adverts posted from the print publications to online cut the job title to 21 characters. Seems a bit of a poo read more...

We REALLY need a Recruitment Consultant
2:43pm Saturday 21 February 2009

Yesterday, this Recruitment Agency posted 85 identical job adverts in the SAME category, and SAME locations within a few hours. Was this mistake made by the Recruitment Consultant, 3rd party posting provider or the job board? How much money did they just waste? Estimate $45 per advert (approx $ rate for agency of that size) x 85 = $3,825 read more...

Optimising your job site for mobile devices
12:44pm Friday 20 February 2009

Have you ever tested your job board/recruitment website to see how what it looks like on a mobile device? read more...

Hopeless romantic seeking Valentines date
12:21am Friday 20 February 2009

The title says it all, really. I'm Thomas, a self-confessed SNAG, I'm the soppy romantic type of guy. Yes, we do exist. Looking for a hyper-romanticised like-minded to hang with on Valentine's Day, maybe it could lead to something beautiful. I'm 25, tall, fit, intelligent, respectful, and genuine. Pageup will you be my belated Valentine? (shhh.. don't tell my partner) read more...

Name and Shame
11:47pm Tuesday 17 February 2009

Lately, I have been inundated from frustrated job seekers pointing me to negative threads on some message boards/forums. These threads have been started by users to vent their frustration with certain Recruitment Agencies, Employers and problems with the recruitment process. read more...

Green Collar Jobs
11:52pm Monday 16 February 2009

The market for Green Collar Jobs is growing despite the credit crunch and financial turmoil that is hitting markets around the globe. There are plenty of green job opportunities in Australia, and I recently listed to a podcast on BTalk Australia where Phil Freeman from the Australian Conservation Foundation says that 500,000 new jobs can be created in the next two decades. read more...

Hide and Seek
3:57pm Sunday 15 February 2009

How do you know that your competitors are better than you? You are using them. I noticed this job advert today appearing on SEEK. I was keen to see who the advertiser was, so I used google to see that the role is at JobsJobsJobs. read more...

Conducting free background checks on search engines and social networking sites
11:13am Monday 09 February 2009

There are many ways to conduct a background check on someone and you can gather a lot of free information by using search engines and social networking sites. This dangerous practice is becoming very common among Recruiters and Employers. It is as easy as typing a name into Google. read more...

Using LinkedIn Answers to become an expert in your niche
8:44pm Sunday 08 February 2009

LinkedIn Answers is very powerful tool on LinkedIn as it can help you establish yourself as an expert in your niche. LinkedIn Answers is one of the best places on the web to share business knowledge - you can ask and answer questions on specific subject matter. read more...

The ooops tips for job adverts Feb 2009
6:40pm Sunday 08 February 2009

How often do you check the adverts you, or your consultants post to the job boards? What are they saying about your company and brand? read more...

Interview with Paul Jacobs on the launch of TribeHQ
1:16pm Friday 06 February 2009

Paul Jacobs and Tim de Jardine launched TribeHQ (we have covered TribeHQ previously) last month and I was keen to find out more about Paul and TribeHQ. For those of you who don’t know who he is have a look at his company as well as the Recruitment 2.0 community site You could say that Paul is the “go to” person and a leader in Online Recruitment and Employer Branding in New Zealand. read more...

RCSA website security will become an industry nightmare
3:48pm Thursday 05 February 2009

We have uncovered various security errors with the new RCSA website within 5 minutes of playing with it. Originally set for release in Oct 2008, the question is now - when, if ever it is to be released? We reported on finding the test site back in Dec 2008 "Reminder to all... Do not put your test website online" read more...

You are the dickhead
1:44pm Wednesday 04 February 2009

Sometimes I ponder late at night thinking "Why are Recruiters given such a bad rap?" Ahh.. hang on, I think I just found out why. This job advert on Seek explains why - This is a fair dinkum opportunity to become our business partner not a franchisee and for you to be in control of your own income without having to deal with dickhead bosses, wanker unions or have to suffer bludging work mates. You will need background in HR, Recruitment, Sales or Training to succeed. read more...

What really grinds my gears
2:06pm Tuesday 03 February 2009

You know what grinds my gears, scam job adverts, MLM (multi level marketing) roles, work from home jobs, "the secret", etc! read more...

Using Google Analytics
11:19pm Monday 02 February 2009

Google Analytics is a leading free service which is offered by Google. This service generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website. The main highlight is that the product is aimed at marketers as opposed to IT nerds. Google Analytics can track visitors from all referrers such as search engines, job boards, display advertising, pay-per-click networks, email marketing and other digital media. read more...

What is OpenID and how can we use it
11:37pm Sunday 01 February 2009

OpenID is a decentralized, lightweight protocol for single sign-on and portable identity that is causing a massive transformation in today's internet. More than 25,000 Web sites currently accept OpenID, with double digit month over month growth. If you know of any recruitment sites that are accepting OpenID please let me know. read more...

Qualifying your Salary in these Economic times
7:50pm Sunday 01 February 2009

Are you worth more than you are currently paid? Of course everyone would say Yes, but how do you know? Do you compare with your friends/colleagues/industry benchmarks? I thought I would compile a list of reference sites with salary surveys details. read more...