Working with a Recruiter VS Applying Directly

In my daily conversations with candidates, a recurring topic is whether they should utilize the services of a professional recruiter or apply directly online to the company’s website.  What are the advantages of engaging a recruiter if they can just apply directly? After listening to their concerns and getting a better understanding of their circumstances,[…]

Time Wasters

It is 3pm and you’re asking yourself, “Where did the day go?” You’ve only gotten halfway through your task list, and you’re wondering how this is possible when you carefully prepared your daily goals. Everything had been planned and prioritized, yet something has robbed valuable hours of your day. A Salary.com survey showed that 60%[…]

The Value of References

The time to start building a list of professional references is far before you start interviewing for your next strategic career move. One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is failing to understand how incredibly important references are to the hiring process. When preparing candidates for the interview, I inform them of the significance of[…]

Employment Summary for July 2017

The July Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a 0.1 percent decline in the U.S.’s unemployment rate – to 4.3 percent – and a gain of 209,000 jobs in total nonfarm payroll employment. According to Markets Insider, projections for the unemployment rate’s small decline were spot-on, while economists’ estimate of jobs[…]

Working From Home – How Important Is It?

Recently, some large companies have curtailed the ability of their employees to work from home, now asking staff to work in corporate offices. These changes are focused on driving increased collaboration, creativity, mentoring and innovation, but may alienating top talent in the executive, managerial and professional labor market – a sector that has been candidate-driven[…]

Employment Summary for June 2017

The June Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. economy added 222,000 jobs. This far exceeded analysts’ expectations of just over 170,000 jobs. The current unemployment rate is 4.4 percent. Healthcare added 37,000 jobs, with 25,000 of these roles increasing in ambulatory healthcare services, and 12,000 in hospitals. Despite[…]

The Recruiter’s View: Top Hiring Insights of 2017

According to a June New York Times article, “We may be closer to full employment than it seemed.” Based on the May jobs report, the source asserts the possibility that this is as good as it will get for the United States labor market. Why? Slowed job growth with 121,000 new positions as the three-month[…]