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As recruiters, we see both the candidate and company side of things.

The ebb and flow of the job market changes yearly, sometimes even month to month, and while a lot of trends can be attributed to merely the numbers of jobs or candidates available, sometimes it's not so much a numbers issue as a habits issue.

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What we've been thinking lately: companies, you'll need to try a bit harder.

A big percentage of job seekers are not actively looking for a new job, but are open to being approached about a new position - 70% of job seekers are passive talent. What does this mean? If you want a piece of the job candidate pie thats bigger than the 30% of actively searching candidates, you better make your company worth looking into.

1. Be transparent.

When there's no pressure to take a new position, a candidate very often is more choosy about what would be worth uprooting their content situation. They're holding out for the 'perfect' job because they can, so being up front about pay and benefits from the get go will help ensure neither side wastes their time.

2. Don't use form responses.

There's no way you'll be memorable if your email correspondence sounds exactly like the next company. Candidates are looking for something new and different, especially if they're only passively searching for a job in the first place, and form emails are not the way to pull them away from the job they already have.

3. If you don't already, have a referral program.

Nothing says "I'm a fun company to work at" like a friend that already works there. Word of mouth referrals account for 50% of where candidates are looking for new jobs, so tell your current employees when you're looking to add someone to the team. They'll benefit by having a friend at work and you'll benefit by your employee already having an -in- with the team.

4. Let candidates meet your current employees.

Sometimes meeting and chatting with existing employees is what tilts a job into favor with a candidate. It's sort of creating that feeling of a referral from a trusted employee, without the candidate actually needing to know them beforehand. Of course, it helps to be sure that your current employees will speak favorably of their experience at the company.

Companies, we know you're doing your best, but keep working at it!

Posted: 10/31/2016 10:29:45 AM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments


It's decorative gourd season, guys.

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Once those pumpkins are out, the next step towards Fall Appreciation is the annual challenge that plagues everyone each year: figuring out a Halloween costume. When you were younger, it was easy: ghost, cowboy, the occasional superhero. And then the years went by and all of a sudden, anything was fair game. You could still be the Cat in the Hat, but now it's just as acceptable for you to be Ken Bone. There are almost too many options!

While your costume in real life can toe the line of tastefulness (everyone knows on the Monday after Halloween: just don't ask), your work life demands a costume that's appropriate. Your office "doesn't do Halloween?" Doubtful. Get in the creative spirit and be more than just a three-hole punched version of yourself.  What's better than a mediocre individual costume? A group costume.

In case you're short on ideas, we've compiled a short list of some suggestions that'll get your coworkers excited and won't take too much work.

1. Anchorman

News team, assemble! Bust out the 70s mustaches and hit the thrift store for an old brown suit. One person gets a cowboy hat and goes as Champ, another person has a neat, combed part and thick glasses and can be Brick. Or if you're a group of ladies, be a news team of Veronica Corningstones. Theres no shortage of quotes you can say all day.

2. MarioKart

Vroom vroom! Mario, Luigi, Wario, Yoshi, Princess Peach, and Toad are just a few of the options - you probably already even have a favorite, so be that one. Costumes are relatively simple and everyone loves MarioKart so you can expect your coworkers will be into it. Bonus points if you have some kind of cardboard vehicle or bike you can "drive" around. Extra bonus points if you drag a line of bananas behind you all day.

3. Flintstones

We know, you think this one is for five-year olds. It's not! It's a nostalgic wink to your childhood and also happens to be a pretty simple costume. With four main characters, Dino the Dinosaur, and Pebbles and Bam-Bam, it's a good group for a crowd. Plus, the dinosaur in your office has a group costume to be in!

4. Nursery Rhymes or Fairy Tales

With tons to choose from, this is another good one for a big group - people can group up into pairs and be the good and bad side of each nursery rhyme. The cat + the fiddle, Goldilocks + the three bears, a mouse + a clock, Little Bo Peep, Old MacDonald, or the Three Blind Mice.

If you go the fairy tale route, there's Goldilocks + the Three Bears, Alice in Wonderland, Rumplestiltskin, and practically any Disney prince or princess you can think of. You can probably borrow something from your kid cousin for this one.

5. Seven Dwarfs

Getting seven white beards and hats is just the beginning. Have fun sticking with the story and assigning dwarves to people, or come up with your own based on your officemates. Just because there wasn't a "Chatty" or a "Sniffly" doesn't mean there can't be on Halloween. Don't forget your Snow White!

Posted: 10/17/2016 1:42:05 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments


If you are applying for a job, you should be ready at all times.

Ready for a phone call, ready to respond to an email, ready to meet someone at a coffee shop who could line up your next position.

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If you are on the hunt for a new job, you never know when The Job Search will strike, and you need to be prepared.

What does this mean for you?

Keep track of where you've applied!

It sounds simple, but you'd be surprised at how easy it can be to lose track. A lot of people have thrown their name into the ring at every place in town, and while that's great for your odds, you'd better have a list of all those places. Never know when you might run into someone that works there, plus you don't want to apply to the same job twice (believe us, it happens!).

Don't answer your phone for an unknown number.

A potential employer has no idea you started happy hour early, so don't let them find out. Wait for an unknown number to leave a message, because it might be somebody calling about a job. You want to know exactly who they are and what they do (especially hard to remember if you've applied a lot of places), so an impromptu telephone call is unlikely to impress, unless you have a memory like a steel trap.

Carry a business card.. or five.

We have known someone who got a job from overhearing a lunch discussion, and someone else who got contract work from spending time on personal projects at the same cafe every afternoon. A business card is not only the least awkward way to provide someone with your contact info– it's also the fastest. Bonus: if you don't use any for potential clients, toss one in that Win a Free Lunch fishbowl.

Skip the sweatpants in public.

Yes, this includes on a plane! Again, you never know. Haven't you sat next to someone who was even mildly involved in your industry on a plane or train? Can't you see how being their well-dressed seat buddy is more likely to land you a new job than being their sloppy-looking seat buddy? First impressions last forever, and you can't risk yours being a false representation of you as a professional. So be put together whenever you leave the house. Your career won't let you regret it.

Posted: 10/3/2016 11:43:55 AM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments