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How Desperate is Your Desperate?

15 Jan

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Well I am not sure if our society has hit its peak of thriving or shame, but every time I read the news the stories being released are growing more astonishing.  I am actually not sure why I am surprised, when in reality I should just be repeating over and over again in my head- typical.

 We all know the stigmas with dating websites- only the weirdo’s of society are on them or our parents.  But as 2014 starts to get rolling, people are increasingly starting to come out of the woodwork confessing they are using them.  So after reading a rather “astonishing” article today, it leads me to believe how dating websites perhaps are not that bad!  Well if you are looking for love then yes they are still bad, but if you are trying to advance your career then yes you should be hoping onto match.com.

 A staffing recruiter has confessed to using dating websites as his major source for finding top talent for placing candidates into new positions.  He expresses how you are able to find enough detailed personal information that you are able to “get savvy” enough to understand what people have been doing/want to do career wise.  As well he lists all of the quality attributes to the newest recruiting technique of 2014:

 “You do find out quite a bit about the person based on these interactions, which could make for better cultural hiring fits.”

“You can find out how crazy someone is, which also might help in finding out a bad hire—before you hire them.”

“Specialized dating sites like Black People Meet, etc. could offer a great pool for diversity hiring.”

So before you decide to throw away all of your techniques, research skills, and list of contacts in your network as a recruiter/head hunter and join a dating website, you should really reflect on how truly desperate you are within your love life.  Oh excuse me I meant professional life.  With the increases in social media costs to advertise and limitations on attending different networking events- this could be a cost efficient new tool for the staffing world to begin using.  Oh and may I add right before you decide to change your whole business development strategy, I thought I should mention that the recruiter that wrote the article and joined all these dating websites is married… 

Wield LinkedIn As a Job Seeking Weapon!

17 Oct

So the government shutdown has ended (for now) and the debt ceiling has been extended (hooray). It only took three weeks of jabber and people not making money. Social Media is now the norm for spreading ideas and news during the government shutdown and it got us thinking about how social media is changing the way recruiters do business. There are so many resources for finding new candidates that recruiters of the past didn’t have access to that are huge tools to todays recruiters.

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Now how can social media be useful to YOU when you are applying for jobs and trying to get in touch with recruiters?


So you’ve applied for the position that you’re interested in online, but you want to do more than just sit around and wait for a recruiter to call you. Now is the time to leverage the power of social media by using LinkedIn.

  1. Jobs that are being filled by Search Solution Group will be advertised as such. Most often recruiters do not give the name of the company the position is with for confidentiality reasons. Once you have applied for the job through Search Solution Group, take the next step by connecting with the company and recruiters on Social Media
  2. Start out by introducing yourself to the recruiter and stating that you have applied online and are following up in order to state your interest in the position. Be sure to say specifically which position it is, how you match the job requirements, and how you are the top candidate for this role. Thank them for their time and that you look forward to working with them.
  3. Reaching out through social media is never a bad thing. Worst case scenario, you aren’t a good fit for the job and they pass. Best case scenario, you have the experience and qualities the recruiter is looking for and you become a candidate! If a recruiter has you as a candidate for one position but the hiring manager moves on to another candidate, that original recruiter will keep you in mind for future positions.

Being proactive about your job search is the top way to ensure that your career path is smooth and easy. Don’t let fear or doubt get in your way. Employers love a go-getter and if you have this attitude, you’ll be sitting behind a brand new desk in no time!

Be sure to Connect with Search Solution Group on LinkedIn, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter!

Huddle Up, Team!

5 Sep

NFL 2013 | Search Solution Group

In honor of the start of the 2013 NFL season, today’s word is TEAMWORK!

Vince Lombardi, as a well-known football player, coach, and executive, knows a thing or two about hard work, sacrifice, and the value of teamwork.

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi

Search Solution Group’s approach to finding the right candidate involves a lot of teamwork and communication. Our strong team of seasoned recruiting professionals use their networking, social media and communications expertise to explore and find the most suitable and desirable candidates for managerial and executive-level positions.

If you are looking for an excellent team of recruiters to work to find you the perfect executive candidate, contact us!

19 Oct

“If you are going to be a Bear, be a GRIZZLY”

REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT? BIG BIRD OR ELMO?

5 Oct

 

Republican or Democrat, shit you could even be an alien and there is a good chance you know what Sesame Street is; Ernie, Bert, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster (my favorite), Elmo and the forever infamous Big Bird.

We all practically grew up with Sesame Street and these characters. But why would you want to pick on Big Bird and get rid of him? He is by far the biggest of all the puppets and I imagine could be a really mean drunk if he is drinking. Plus hanging out with Elmo all day would piss me off and make me want to drink! I might even recommend anger management classes just to deal with Elmo all week. Don’t pretend you never wondered why someone hasn’t beaten up Elmo.

Think about Elmo for a moment. He is the new guy on the street (Baltimore crew); he just walked in and is all of a sudden is the center of attention. What has Elmo really accomplished? A few holidays ago he was the hot toy stuffed with plastic and feathers. If you pushed a button he would dance, make some noise, be amusing for a moment then quickly become annoying and never leave your house. HELLLLLL if I wanted that in my life I would date another stripper, stuffed with plastic, annoying, amusing for a few moments and really never leaves your house, PLUS is any stripper really a good “dancer”. I don’t think so. There is not much of a difference between that loser Elmo and a bad pole-dancing stripper.

ImageNow Big Bird is the guy who is going to be the center on the puppet basketball team, the fighter on the puppet hockey team and be the first to stand up for his other fellow puppets. There are no other big puppets on Sesame Street, but what about the Muppets? Kermit, the great Gonzo and Miss Piggy they could use a seven foot yellow bird in their crew. Big Bird would make the Muppets a power house, a potential dynasty and give them street cred (as we say in the hood).

Regardless of whether you liked Mitt’s debate the other night he could be the catalyst that finally brings Kermit a puppet championship. It’s tough being green, as Kermit would say. But finally that conniving weasel Elmo would be on the unemployment line or forced to be on stage dancing to “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard. From what I hear is the most popular stripper song of all time, again from what I hear.

I wouldn’t know…I’m practically a saint!

 

To a Good Life!

14 Sep

My sincerest apologies to the THOUSANDS of you who are waiting for my latest update, so here it is.

I took a semi vacation last week when the DNC came to Charlotte. I took the entire SSG (including the dogs)to the beach in Charleston for some work, relaxation and team bonding. It was the best experience of my life and so rewarding in every way possible. I had never done anything like this before but I had heard of other companies giving away sales trips and going on cruises and stuff to build team chemistry and reward the producers. SO, I thought I would try it and it was everything I had hoped for and more!!

I am so glad we did this and I hope to do it again next year…..some of the highlights and not to exclude anyone is that I found out that Eric is smoother and more cool than John Travolta in the 1980’s. Stella is the new Nostradamus and continues to amaze even me with her predictions for insight into people. I think we all laughed a ton, ate like champions thanks to Kelly and have a new collection of Hot Sauces for our homes.  We did a bunch of work and followed thru on a lot of small projects. It was so productive.

It was the closest I have come to taking any sort of weeklong vacation in 10 years and I feel so rejuvenated…..THANK YOU

For those of you in Charlotte, NC. WATCH OUT because SSG is going to be hitting the streets with two new Marketing Campaigns. The first is going to be a set of Billboards along the streets of Charlotte marketing SSG and still giving off that flare for the edgy and more WOW factor with our billboards. We will be featured in the Charlotte Business Journal the week of September 21st. Finally, we are also going to be doing a series of radio advertisements on traditional radio. I will give you more info on that soon, I basically listen to Sirius/XM radio (Howard Stern and the 90’s channel).

Now for a good quote from our friend Mr. Walt Disney

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. “

To summarize the last few weeks in case you missed anything. My life is still amazing, fun and awesomerrrrrrrrrrr than it was before..ha.

ps. Got to give a special shout out to Cleveland, OH!!! THANK YOU

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Success, Frustration, and Failure

10 Aug

ImageToday started off just as most days do here at Search Solution Group.    We jumped into our morning meeting and started talking about the day ahead and the preparation that went into today for our sales calls. When one of my new folks got a little flustered about the direction they were heading down and maybe even a little frustrated that they weren’t in THEIR own opinion progressing as quickly as they wanted to be.  Not to give away the ending of this story but this person has had more success than any recruiter I ever met in their first three months and is smarter than me on my best day. Soooo most of this for them is all about trying to be more successful and learn more as quickly as they can. The best thing that came out of this is that my new employee is more concerned about what their teammates think because they don’t want to be the weakest link. PRETTY DARN COOL if you ask me!

 As we closed the door and started having a heart to heart I pulled up LinkedIn and started to tell a story about my first three months in the business and the people who were around me when I started. I had no idea what was going to happen because I was just winging the whole conversation. One of the guys who worked at the same firm I did when I first started in this business had at least six more years of experience than I did. I will never forget asking him a question and him laughing at me before he told me  the answer ( I almost punched him in the nose). I started with his LinkedIn profile and went thru his last ten years of work history. What a mess it has been eight jobs in the last ten years! HA HA HA what a joke he turned into. We looked at one more persons background and his LinkedIn profile was not much more impressive. I don’t want to turn this into me hating on people, but more of a lesson on where we are going together and what it takes to get there.

My point to my employee was that we all have to start some place (for me it was getting laughed at) and your level of commitment along with a few other things will help dictate where you end up ten years from now. It is in a weird way very satisfying to look back at those two peoples careers and see that with perseverance, commitment and hard work that SSG has kicked their BUTT! We ended the conversation shaking hands and agreeing to look back at their LinkedIn profiles in nine months and count how many new jobs they have and laugh a little bit together.

What kind of leader are you?

23 Dec

I was driving to a meeting  this week when I turned on ESPN radio just as the Colin Cowherd radio show was about to start. I am not sure if I like him or not, but I am pretty sure that is part of his marketing/branding of himself.  He says just enough to get your attention and get you to agree with him and then just enough to get the other half not to like his thoughts or opinions for that day.

 On this particular morning Colin started off his show talking about coaches and the difference that they can make. I think his point was not that one coach really knew a secret play or had a great trick play, but that certain coaches have higher expectations than others. Colin used an example when he was watching Nick Saban from Alabama yell at one of his wide receivers for dropping a catch in PRACTICE. Colin had remembered that the previous year he was watching another college coach during a practice and how that coach did nothing and did not react to a dropped ball in practice. One year later, one coach is playing for the National Championship and the other Coach is out of work.

 That got me thinking about my expectations here at Search Solution Group and how I can make an impact. I am not a Nick Saban fan, but I do appreciate and respect winning. I am not sure that yelling at one of my employees for not making a call or getting a sale would be the right motivation for my team or an example I want to set on a regular basis. I like to think that the last few years the approach that I have taken is that most situations are teachable and that we can learn from them. Sometimes it is easier to just yell or get made or make people run around a tree (inside joke), but in the office it is so much more challenging. It is so important to me that we are all learning and getting better. For most of us that means making a few mistakes and learning from them.

Sales is so tricky in the recruiting world. No two candidates are the same and no two clients are the same, what works for one might scare the other away. How do you teach that???  How do get a sales person to understand that just because the last ten people said “NO” that you should not take it personally?  All of them are weekly scenarios that we encounter and need to get over to be successful in the sales world. But what I learned from Colin’s radio show is that I need to get better and I need to make sure that I am paying attention to my team. I need to listen, mentor and coach them to success. I am not trying to be Nick Saban and make people cry (Manuel Wright) but I certainly would not mind being lumped into a conversation about Nick Saban and all the success he has had in coaching.

I’m Thankful for…

18 Nov

It is that time of the year when the hustle and bustle of traveling to see friends and family starts. It is also seems to be the time of the year when at least one person gets trampled to death trying to get inside Wal-Mart at 2am for some stupid sale. I actually turned on CNN the morning after waiting to see the video of this happening, I guess it is my guilty pleasure….

 With all joking and some of my sarcasm aside, I know why I am thankful this year.  This past year has been better than ever. I hired the most amazing person, and thru thick and thin she has surpassed her wildest expectations. I also think I found my diamond in the rough who fits in well here at SSG and has superstar potential. Both of them have given me new perspective on working and life and have been a great influence on me. I even got involved with Social Media and started learning some new tricks thanks to Lauryn (who is a  version of me). SO thank you for all of your patience and long hours, I sincerely appreciate and recognize your time, efforts and energy!!

We continue to work with clients I met back in 2000 and have had the chance to meet new clients in fun new industries. I wake up every morning happy that through the good and bad, through learning experiences not mistakes that anything is possible and often very attainable. We are excited to be looking to hire 1 or 2 more people for Search Solution Group in the coming months and thankful to have met so many great people this year. I can’t forget to be thankful for my friends my family and especially me dad and of course my dog Tanner!

So thank you for reading and please let us know what you are thankful for.

A Job, A Candidate, & the Wife

4 Nov

The joys of being a recruiter never end. Meeting smart and interesting people, helping companies find great talent and ultimately helping good people find better career opportunities. But then we have stuff like this that happens about once a year…..this is a real email that I received.  (Jeremy Gnozzo)

 Dear Mr. Knozzo: (Please spell my name correctly)

I didn’t realize that my email address would be hidden from you, the blogger.  It’s not my practice to make anonymous comments, and I’m glad to respond.  The person to whom I was referring was not me; rather it was my husband ________   __________.

To say he is busy with his work is an understatement.  He’s only been able to take three vacation days this year. Generally his work day begins at 6am so he can communicate with his boss, colleagues, and support staff in Europe.  His work days usually end at 6-6:30pm.  In addition he travels approximately 30% of the time.  Because he simply doesn’t have the time to scour the job boards and recruiting agencies, I’ve been helping him with his search for a new position.  If I find a job for which he is qualified, I obtain his approval to send his resume and cover letter.  (I realize your husband works longs hours but most of us work the same or more)

I sent his resume and cover for the position of ___________ in Buffalo/Niagara Frontier area to you last weekend.  You called our home at 8:15 Monday morning.  I explained to you that he was at work, and that he had told me before leaving the house he would be tied up in conference calls.  I asked if he could return your call that afternoon.  He wasn’t able to return your call Monday afternoon because the conference calls took all day.  (Please replace your home number on his resume with his cell phone number.  Recruiters can then reach him directly, which is pretty common practice these days.)

He called you back Tuesday morning, but got your voice mail.  He left a message apologizing for Monday, left his number, and asked you to return his call.  Well, you didn’t call back.  So Wednesday, he fired off an email to you telling you he was still interested in discussing the position.  You didn’t respond. (It has been one day since I received his message. I apologize for not returning his call right away, however I have many other candidates I am also trying to help.)

He took it in stride, but I was and am angry because I was over the top at the prospect of moving to the Buffalo area. I grew up and spent most of my life in Erie, PA.  My entire family including my 85 year-old mother lives in Erie.  We are able to move anywhere in the US, but I really want to live somewhere close to home like Western New York.  If you hadn’t responded at all to his resume, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought, but you did place that call Monday morning.  You got my hopes up, not my husbands.
( Western New York is a beautiful place to live )

Because you responded, I feel the least you could have done is to give him a quick call or shoot him an email stating the company wasn’t interested.  As an aside, the company should be interested because frankly, I don’t think anyone would do a better job than my husband.  He’s highly regarded by everyone he comes into contact with at ___________. The only reason he’s looking for a new job is because for him to advance his career, we would have to relocate to England.  ________ is ________ and has been in the United States since 1996.  He became a US citizen in 2008, and he does not want to move back to the UK. (Along with his email he sent me the next day, I alone had received 143 emails. 85 of  those emails  were applicants.  So please don’t assume that the company isn’t interested.  As busy as your husband is at his job – I am also very busy, helping people find better careers, and companies find great talent)

I apologize for my comment on your blog. I was unprofessional and rude to post it in the first place.  I lost my temper, and my husband would be furious with me if he knew I’d just behaved in a manner befitting Lady MacBeth. I guess I just want you and other recruiters to remember you’re dealing with people. (I accept your apology)

Sincerely,
___________ (aka the wife)

Applicants…Recruiters…please share your stories with me.  The good, the bad, or the ugly.   I’d love to hear from you.