Recruiting

LeBron James is Further Proof that Elite Talent Is Always Welcomed Back

If you have even a passing interest in sports, you're probably aware of the story of LeBron James. Actually, a lot of people who hate sports have probably heard about it—whether they wanted to or not. Widely considered the best player in the NBA, he left Cleveland in 2010 to join a super-team in Miami. Cleveland fans burned LeBron jerseys in the streets, and Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert posted an infamous letter online that eviscerated 'The King' for his “cowardly [...]

Survey: Lack of experience is the biggest issue entry-level professionals have

Voters suggest cultivating networking, resume writing and interview skills A recent survey done by ResumeTarget.com on LinkedIn confirmed what entry-level professionals already know when looking for a job and going to job interviews: the biggest problem breaking into the market nowadays is a lack of experience. According to the numbers, 61% of the participants believe this to be the biggest issue. “I am going to be a new grad in April 2012, so I have begun my professional job search just [...]

9 ways to get the most out of LinkedIn

I once wrote that LinkedIn is when Facebook and Twitter meet for coffee. I explain LinkedIn to my clients and friends in one sentence: “LinkedIn is Facebook for Professionals only”. It’s a social networking tool designed specifically for business professionals, companies, job-seekers and employers. It has over 200 million members in a plethora of industries. A majority are white collar workers hoping to further their career through this enhanced networking tool. So, how can you make the most of this increasingly [...]

LinkedIn: When Facebook and Twitter Meet For Coffee

As an executive recruiter and head hunter, let me start by saying that I have helped clients use just about every means of social media in their quest for a fulfilling career. It is the modern-day job fair that never ends. I have always viewed the two icons of social media, Facebook and Twitter, as such. Facebook is the place where you reconnect with friends from school and share stories or hear about their marvellous jobs. Twitter is the [...]

How social media got me a job at Google

*Earl was a recent graduate and unemployed software engineer. He began developing a job search strategy by applying to websites, including Monster, Beyond and CareerBuilder, and by connecting with members in his network. Earl managed to receive a phone interview with Dell. Days later when he followed up with Dell, both the person who interviewed him and the position were gone. Instead of feeling crushed by the negative experience, Earl began updating his portfolio, which included getting his cover letter [...]