Tag Archives: Recruiting

Recruiters: How You Can Build and Balance Your Brand

Build and BalanceYour BrandSo, want to build your personal brand as a rock star recruiter. Before you start building, I think a good question to ask yourself is, “Why?” What do you want to achieve? Is your goal to land new clients, secure speaking engagements, find a new job, or take your career to the next level?

Whatever your reasons may be, know that building—and then balancing your brand—takes time, energy, and passion. It’s a long-term commitment, not a short-term campaign.

Assuming that you’re ready to make that commitment, how do you begin your career-enhancing journey?

Taking Your First Steps

One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Abraham Lincoln, who…

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Job Descriptions: Devil Is In the Detail

Job Descriptions Devil is in the detailsThe idiom “the devil is in the detail” refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details.

Recruiting has many components, but the one component that every recruiter deals with is the job description. Recently, I came across several job descriptions for a company in our community. At the top of the description was the security clearance requirement: Full Screen Poly, which of course should have been Full Scope Poly. In looking at another company’s job descriptions from a very large and popular company (Fortune 50 Company), each one of their security cleared job descriptions quoted a Security Clearance Reciprocity regulation from 2007.

Recruiters from both companies wondered…

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Tapping the Veteran IT Talent Pool

0689 GunnyThe hiring process can be painful for both organizations seeking talent and individual job seekers. Gaps in common skills and language are typically cited as reasons for veteran hiring initiatives. It’s also agreed by most experts that of the military skill set, Information Technology and cyber skills are some of the most translatable. Why then do we have difficulty when it comes to attracting and hiring veteran IT Talent?

The problem lies on both sides of the equation. Neither side really knows what the other one is talking about.

I recently showed a job description to a transitioning Marine Corps communications officer. I asked him for his thoughts and it…

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Candidate Experience: Which Candidate

Thanks to several programs and general awareness a focus in recruiting now is the candidate experience. While this is all good, we have to remember that not all candidates are created equal.

In the candidate experience the focus has been placed on when the candidate enters the system. But what about the process before the application or ATS stage? The engagement stage: The place where candidates and recruiters are truly unique individuals.

There are several components to consider in the candidate engagement process.

  1. What is the niche – government contracting, finance, healthcare.
  2. What is the engagement tool – social media, job fair, email.
  3. Where

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How I’ve Been Successful Finding Cleared Talent

Shaunta Russell, St. Michael's Twenty-two year USMC veteran and Director of Administration Shaunta Russell joined St. Michaels in June, 2011.

St. Michael’s was founded in 2006 by Todd Brymer, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and former Army paratrooper.  St. Michael’s works with federal agencies to improve their business process results, including Financial Policy Support, Enterprise Financial System Integration and Standardizing Internal Controls.

St. Michael's logoSt. Michael’s is named for the patron saint of paratroopers.

Consistent Sourcing Results

I’ve consistently used ClearedJobs.Net as a sourcing tool since I started with St. Michael’s in 2011, with good success. In fact I used ClearedJobs.Net in my transition.

Immediately after starting with the company  I needed to fill a Data

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