….but it’s early in the morning! Seriously though, the market is so amazing right now that my only personal challenge is time management. I could use 3 or 4 RAs, a couple recruiters and an EA….and after about 6 months of catch-up I MIGHT need to make a marketing call. It is a great position to be in but I’d sure like some advice from people who have been in this position and have passed it. I have hired MANY people who didn’t stick forever but did make some money. And I have a few “graduates” still in the business at other past firms but I am “over” the need to keep “saving” people and tired of “rehab” projects. Where can I get some good competent help? How much do I need to pay an RA/EA and why can’t I get any of the firms who work locally to find me one. I am a headhunter myself and I am damned tired of explaining my needs for an hour to someone else who purports to be one and end up AT BEST seeing the resumes of some unhappy losers they forwarded me off Monster. Ahh….See….. I knew I could work up a little snit before I catch up on my invoicing 🙂  Have a great weekend!

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Networking

March 16, 2007

Networks of Pretenders

March 12, 2007

I’ll pick on “LinkedIn” since they are the “Kleenex” of networking sites. Actually, I won’t pick on them or Plaxo since they’re in on it now or even ERE.net. I guess don’t have a huge issue with the original intent or idea…My big gripe is with how people use these sites. Today I’ll just send out a huge flame to people I have NEVER heard of in my life sending me invitations to join their network as friends,business associates or whatever category. Maybe they should have a category for “Pitifully Naive Time-waster”. I might accept those. One guy I never heard of said he had over 5500 people on his network. Fantastic! I would then have access to 5500 other people who got as message wondering who the heck this guy is.

HR Panel Fun

March 2, 2007

Our www.TennesseeRecruitersAssociation.com meeting yesterday was very interesting. We had a panel of local VPs and Directors of HR answering questions.  Something that surprised some members but had others nodding their heads was that all three agreed on these points…We have never paid up front money…maybe the executive committee does but we don’t really know…Any fee paid is a failure for me…We really hate the idea of you directly recruiting…unless you are doing it for us….We often have more than one firm working on a search…

This is one of many reasons we concentrate on only sourcing/searching if we at least have an engagement fee. I could not resist asking while they were discussing the last point… “How many times have you called 2 plumbers to fix your drain and told them you’d pay the one who got it done first?”  So it has been and so it shall be… I thank that group of guys in the 60s and 70s who got this ball rolling every single day.