Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Great Link for Hiring Managers

Bob Marshall (Recruitment Educator) has written a must read article regarding dealing with recruiting companies.

Follow the link below:
http://www.recruiter.com/PM_article_bobmarshall.cfm

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Is the Web a blackhole for resumes?

Yes and No.

I always tell candidates that if they submit their resume to a company via a website (Careerbuilder, Monster, Dice, etc...) their odds of getting the job - let alone an interview- are very slim. There are just too many candidates flooding HR inboxes with resumes. On top of that it is very common for foreigners seeking VISA Sponsorship to apply to local jobs via the internet. This only serves to compound the problem by piling even more resumes on top of the already unmanageable stack.

However, when used correctly I think the internet plays a vital role in the job search. Posting a well written resume on the internet will expose a candidate to a vast number of headhunters and recruiters that are combing the boards daily. If a candidate has a well written resume they should expect to receive more calls than they know what to do with. If they have a poorly written resume, or they try to be elusive by leaving out details and employers, then they can expect to be passed over more times than not.

My recommendation to anyone that is looking for a new position: BE SMART about your search. Treat it like a full time job, if you don't you will not get the result you want. I think that one of the best approaches you can take is to talk to as many recruiters as you can. Most of the good recruiters in town have connections that you will never have. In most cases they will have a direct connection to the hiring managers and be able to get your resume on the top of the unmanageable stack!

DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR RESUME INTO THE BLACKHOLE AND WAIT FOR THE BEST.

I would be more than happy to discuss this topic with anyone that is in the market for a new job or has had an experience they would like to share.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Looking for a CIO, VP of IT, or a Director of HR?

I have a fairly large network of local executives that I would be willing to share.

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Hottest Job in the KC Market?

Any thoughts on the hottest IT job in KC right now?

Remember the days when IT Consultants could right their own ticket? For most people those days are over. There are only a few skillsets left out there that are rare enough to command a premium price.

In my opinion those skills do not include .NET, C#, VB, or any other development languages for that matter. Although some of these people still make very good money - there are just too many of them in the market right now.

For my money the hottest jobs in KC right now are: Data Architects and IT Auditors.

The good ones are hard to find and are typically not looking for a new position. However, if you do find a good one you can market them just about anywhere.

I would love to get your feedback on what you think that hottest job in KC is.

Welcome

Welcome to my blog.

Contractors, sub-contractors, 1099's, perm placements, temp-to-hires - where does all this mean and what is the best for me or my company?

Conceptually this blog is intended to address these issues as well as any and all topics relevant to the IT staffing industry.

Personally I have been involved in the IT industry for 10+ years. I have recruited and sold in multiple markets and to companies of all shapes and sizes. No project is too big, but some are definitely too small.

I will be posting articles, comments, and links that I find interesting. However, I am open to discussing any topics of interest or answering any questions that you might have.

Cheers!