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The ONE Thing Job Seekers Can Control

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Y'all I'm going to drop some very loving truth bombs right now. Prepare yourself. No one - NO ONE - is responsible for your job search but YOU - the job seeker. Not recruiters. Not hiring managers. Not HR. Not your momma. ONLY you.

How To Beat The ATS (and get immediately rejected!)

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What's old is new again, y'all! That tired, old "tiny white font" hack is back on the internet, this time in the form of a TikTok video. Now I don't actually HAVE TikTok, so we'll have to settle for a link to where I was recently subjected to this horror - someone's LinkedIn post.

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How To Network With Recruiters On LinkedIn

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On average, I receive anywhere from 10-50 LinkedIn connection requests a week. While many are just "want to connect" messages, a WHOLE LOT are asking for my help or advice on how to get a job with my company. I can probably provide actual, specific value to approximately 3% of those people. This post is for the rest of you. So you want to work for a company. Awesome! Totally makes sense to connect with recruiters, because we are after all the mythical gatekeepers to all the jobs.

Interview Prep Advice For Candidates Who Don't Want It

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I've been in the people business for 20 years. That's a REALLY LONG TIME to do one thing. I've done it a lot of different places, but they all have something in common - interviews are hard. I don't care how long you've been working in your chosen profession. I don't care what your degrees are in. I don't care if you are the world's foremost expert in basket weaving - someone, who has the authority to recommend you for a job, is coming to judge your basket.

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Showing Your A** on Social

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Real talk - I've met some of the most amazing people through Social Media. That's right. My online shenanigans have resulted in real world friendships and I could not be more grateful. Then there's the asshats. Yep, I said it. Some of you are just hellbent on showing your ass on social media. Here's the thing you might not know about me - I'm not afraid to show my ass too. A visual representation of my timeline most days I'm rather "visible" on all things social. I write, I make videos.

What Prospects REALLY Think of Your Inmail (and how to be better)

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Or better said, InMAUL (thank you Uncle Steve ). Y'all I just CAN'T with this today. I blame this nasty cold I've been fighting for nearly a week, it's made me crankier than usual. I was feeling almost human today, so thought I'd respond to an otherwise "meh" inmail (inmaul!) I got last week. Here goes - Hi Amy, I had reached out to you via InMail a few weeks ago and I am just touching base to make sure you received my message!

How To Land Your Next Role In 5 Easy Steps

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hahahahahaha. Y'all I couldn't even TYPE that title without laughing. As if it's that simple. BUT WAIT! What if we COULD distill the process down to a reasonable, repeatable, 5 step process? Let's discuss. I actually DO believe we can create a simple roadmap for finding your next role. Here are the steps I came up with - let's pick them apart down below.

AMA Friday Y'All!

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In my never ending quest for transparency in the Recruitersphere, behold - my latest passion project - Ask Me Anything Friday! Every week I'll pick a topic and address in a quick (5-7 minute) video. Let's see how many people we can help and annoy. ;) In today's video, I break down the ATS! Here's the the deal - ATSs are a necessary evil and recruiters rarely have any influence over which ones we get to use / how they're built. So we do our best.

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Applicants, Bikinis and Instagram - OH MY!

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EVERYBODY is talking about the latest kerfuffle between aspiring marketer Emily Clow and some salty chicks over at Kickass Masterminds , who have since taken down all their social real estate (THAT HASHTAG THO). If you've been living under a rock or maybe just haven't paid much attention (someday I'll learn this) there's tons of articles, but I'm digging the write up HERE. Another not so flattering spin found over THERE.

2021 Recruitment Strategies: Work Smarter Not Harder

Hours spent sourcing. Constantly checking different recruiting channels. Sifting through a sea of resumes. There’s no denying that the current hiring landscape is fragmented, complex, and full of frustrations. As you plan for 2021, take a moment to reflect on your current strategies and evaluate how you can work smarter, not harder in the new year. Download our guide where we break down different stages of the recruitment journey—and share several potential paths to hiring success.

Pick Your Thing. Then Never Shut Up.

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Way back in the day I had what my team affectionately called my "Branch Manager Suit". It was a beautiful dark blue pantsuit I probably bought somewhere like Charlotte Russe or maybe Marshall's (what, it was the 90s and I was poor). All I know is when I wore this suit I turned heads, got complimented, and was treated like a dang professional!! Dress for the job you want, or something. I desperately wanted to be a Branch Manager for my staffing agency, and though it took some convincing, I GOT IT.

What to Wear to an Interview

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There sure are a lot of experts out there telling us what we shouldn't wear to interviews and/or the workplace. One author proposes a no bling rule (check out my response here ). Someone else says no yoga pants (thanks for inspiring this blog!). And now we have NO ORANGE CLOTHING. Yes, I understand that not all companies are the same. While I, in tech, can get away with pink hair and Star Wars t-shirts, I know that this would not fly in a bank in my Midwestern home town.

Get Out Of My (Talent) Pool

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Add this to the list of things I never thought I'd read today. Recently a good friend and fellow recruiter shared this gem with me, thinking I'd 1) enjoy a giggle and 2) make a hell of a post out of it. She was right on both counts. This is a legitimate inmail received by a professional CORPORATE at a large company. It CAME FROM an alleged professional at a large (non-tech) company. I looked up the person - trying to make some sense, find some rhyme or reason, as to why this is ok to send.

Text Recruiting Done Okay-ish

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My husband HATES texting. Really, any form of electronic communication is beyond him. Or beneath him. Thank goodness we've been friends since high school (read: pre-internet) or Lord knows we'd never have gotten together. Recruiting, on the other hand, LOVES this s**t. We can't get enough of emails, inmails (INMAULS), tweets and Facebook messages. There's a lot of noise being made about texting candidates as well. For, against, you name it.

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How to tell if a recruiter is full of s**t (and what to do about it).

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A recruiter called with a job just PERFECT FOR YOU! Great news, right.? I mean, recruiters are AWESOME! Recruiters connect people with jobs! Recruiters are the happy go lucky bridges between workers and managers making dreams come true! Recruiters are. Here's the real deal y'all - recruiting is a game of rejection, unfortunately. As much as we'd like to pretend otherwise, we have to tell a lot of people NO.

Winning Friends and Influencing Recruiters

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Y'all - I got my feelings hurt on the internet. I know I know. you're thinking "what, is she new to the web?" or maybe "wait a minute she has FEELINGS??". No and YES. LOTS OF THEM. But I digress. I get on average about 18.6 million pings a day from prospective candidates or other like-minded folk who want to do business with me/my company (that's only a little hyperbole - it's truly LOTS of pings).

Real Talk About Req Loads

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This one's going to sting a bit. One of the favorite games recruiters like to play is HOW MANY REQS ARE TOO MANY. Now this is probably more of an issue for my corporate brethren, but if my agency friends will indulge me, you'll perhaps find something useful here too. I won't argue if you have 30, 40, 50, or even 100 reqs. Of course you do. What I will ask you - are all those reqs created equal? PROBABLY NOT. There are so many variables at play here.

The "Hard Close" and Other Recruiting Nonsense

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It's a candidate driven market, y'all. If you're a recruiter reading this, you know EXACTLY what I mean. For certain skill sets, opportunities are damn near limitless. I've been recruiting in tech for the last several years and I'm telling you, jobs are more plentiful and offers more competitive than I've ever seen. Enter - the Hard Close. Recruiters like to play this little game with themselves. The game is called Candidate Control. The objective is Make The Candidate Say Yes.

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Your Recruiting Message Sucks. Here's Why.

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Y'ALL I CAN'T THIS WEEK. I'm week four into an epic new job. I'm finally starting to figure out what I'm going to be doing here (and it's soooooo exciting!!!!!) but I'm also super sick which is just making me cranky. Enter this week's AMA Friday - check out the video here - So! Turns out I am 100% that b h who gets all judgy and whatnot when people spam me. Who would have thought? I know a lot of you are wondering just what is WRONG with me, that I get all annoyed by a perfectly reasonable (!!)

How To Land Your Dream Job In 1,472 Easy Steps

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I get asked a LOT how I got into Big Tech. If you've been following me for a hot minute, you know I've been recruiting since the dark ages and in tech for a while now too. I've been there, done that, got several t-shirts. Still, when people ask me "how did you end up in THAT job?" - the answer isn't terribly exciting, helpful, or that interesting. Simply put, I hustled. I mean I worked my ASS OFF to learn my industry. I made friends. I asked questions. I begged people to mentor me. I EARNED IT.

Metrics That Matter

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Pull up a chair and grab a beverage kids, we're diving in to METRICS!! Everyone's FAVE subject especially if you suck at Excel and data makes your eyes glaze over (just me? oh, carry on then). Waaaaay back in my agency days I was taught to dial the phone 100 times a day. That's right. Pick up the handset, dial 100 different phone numbers in an effort to connect with at least 10 people. Out of those 10, you could hopefully find one qualified, interested candidate for your open role(s). Good times.

Pick Your Thing. Then Never Shut Up - Part 2

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I posted earlier this week about why I talk so much about work and yoga pants. Check it out here. If you're already familiar or maybe haven't read it yet, the TL:DR is it's not really about yoga pants. It's about a child who grew up brutally poor in the middle of the country. It's about a girl who didn't know college was an option (I didn't even know student loans were a thing - college was something "rich kids" did).

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Recruiting IS a Service - Here's Why

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What do recruiters actually DO, anyway? I answered this in last week's AMA Friday - you can check out the video here - So while the general idea of this week's episode is that recruiters are NOT in the business of finding people jobs, it also created some questions. Several folks expressed some disbelief, confusion, and a couple people outright disagreed that recruiting is indeed a SERVICE. Here, in my not so humble opinion, is exactly WHAT it is that recruiters provide. Enjoy!

With Gratitude

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I THINK this will be my last post for the year. MAYBE. Who knows, I may find myself between Christmas and New Years, kids tucked in with their new toys and hubby distracted by the really cool gift I'm hiding from him. and have something to say. But probably not. So with that dear readers, thank you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, comments, private messages and emails. Thank you for READING, thank you for asking the hard questions, thank you for making me think.

Beware the Idiot Lights

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Y'all I'm still geeking out over the Talent42 Fireside Chat last week. For those who don't know what the heck I'm talking about, check out the live stream (thank you Ninh!) Long story short (hahahahaha as if) I had the privilege of hosting a group of talented Google engineers (including 2 who lead teams) and ask them anything about recruiters. And boy did we hear it. I learned a few things, had a myth or two busted, and found myself amazed at the "yeah buts" we got.

Actually, You DON'T Want To Hire "The Best"

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Of all the lies recruiters tell themselves this might be one of my faves. We only hire "the best". We only engage with "the best" talent on behalf of our clients. We won't consider less than "the best" for our open roles. In fact, someone looking to hire a recruiter recently told me "decent is a bad word to me" , as he only hires "the best". As I'm thinking about this post, I'm wracking my brain trying to remember a time a hiring manager said those words to me. ONLY BRING ME THE BEST!

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Where did February go? Or, self care for recruiters.

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Y'all. We need to talk about something. Taking care of yourself. Here's the thing - I spent most of February laid up with bronchitis and barely able to breathe let alone function. I did my best to keep up with work, irritated my sourcing partners and bosses to no end I'm sure (they'd never say that, they're so nice ;) ) and generally felt like s**t on toast. What I did NOT do, was take a freaking day off to just heal. Would my team collapse without me?

Hello 2019! Now about those resolutions.

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I don't really "do" resolutions. But if I DID. it would look sort of like this. Run a race every month 2. Train for a full marathon by the end of 2019 That's it! I'm not going to make myself any false promises, lofty goals, or anything "hard". I'm not opposed to "hard", but I am opposed to forcing resolutions on myself just because the calendar flipped over. Frankly, I sorta feel like my life is pretty on track.

I got a puppy and she is EVERYTHING.

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YOU GUYS. The cuteness. You're probably asking yourself - what does this have to do with recruiting? Or yoga pants? Or recruiting in yoga pants? NOT A DAMN THING. But she's cute. LOOK AT HER. I love her. Thanks to Google's generous pup policy , I can't wait to take her to work. doogler puppies dog friendly workplace

Yoga Pants of the Day - Work From Home Edition

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Admittedly I don't work from home as often as I would like. my employer embraces face time as a valuable opportunity to get to know and work more closely with your colleagues. Of course they are perfectly fine with you showing up in yoga pants, and the food is pretty good, so it's all good from my perspective. I know a lot of people swear by the whole getting up / getting ready routine. I totally understand and I wholeheartedly embrace the idea that everyone should do what works for them.

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I rant on the internet and call it blogging.

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I'm a smack talker. There, I said it. I run my mouth like it powers the electrical grid. Some people find this annoying. A few find it amusing. At least 4 people I am not related to have thanked me for my b t over the years. You are SO WELCOME. So here we are. Many of you know I've been a regular contributor to various sites including my dear friends at Recruiting Daily I still love those guys, and will continue posting as often as they let me. So why this blog? Why now? BECAUSE I CAN.

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My secret to a cracking start to 2021!

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Seven Highly Effective Habits of Sourcing

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Recruitment ‘bounce-back’ underway! The facts.

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Today I help you peek under the covers of Agency Recruitment. Exactly how are recruitment agencies across the world performing, right now? The facts. Not the hype or the BS or the rumour. I am an Advisor to the world-leading Recruitment ATS/CRM.

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