August 05, 2013

Video interviewing; new kid on the block or old man refusing to move on?

Having completed a review of six video interviewing vendors I wrote up a series of posts on the blog.

Click here to read the first one.  Mick Jagger may not agree with my thoughts!

July 05, 2013

Au revoir Hire Strategies hello

After almost 7 years, 1,000 posts and over 1m page views I am putting this blog out to pasture and moving my blogging to

Hopefully you'll continue to follow me there where the usual opinion, news and views will continue. 

I'll still add in a summary now and again of the posts I do publish.

June 13, 2013

iRecruit is almost here!

May 21, 2013

How technology vendors can sell more, recruiters can hire more, by giving less choice

The more choices we have the harder it is to make a decision. You want ketchup? Choose from our 39 different brands, flavours, sizes etc. You probably walk away empty handed! 

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May 20, 2013

Why does HR self harm?

I am surprised at how much the HR industry appears to enjoy being critical of itself. Maybe it gives so much time and support for everyone else in the business they have nothing left for internal support? 

Maybe being in a "caring" role, they put their own needs last which undermines their sense of worth, their opinions and strengths. In due course, they feel they are an unimportant, silent witness to the workplace. They lose their sense of identity, power and rights. 

Why is it that so many (HR) people loved @TheHRD? Was it the humour and intelligent wit or was it a group outlet for some kind of industry guilt? 

I know some great HR people and I'm sure they in turn know even more. I think in these difficult economical times HR needs to show their real strength and lead from a position of positivity rather than sitting at the back cutting their wrists.

May 09, 2013

Why the ATS market needs more disruptors.....



Once upon a time we recruiters just had a phone and a rolodex.

Then we had fax machines. Then e-mail. The Internet. The ATS and on it goes.

But even though the market races on the ATS seems have got stuck in the dark ages of technology somewhat smug in its' seemingly immovable place within the organisastion. 

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Rate your ATS - are your customers speaking for you?


The Rate your ATS has got off to a fast start with response coming in already. But to make sure it shows both sides of the story, if you are an ATS vendor please feel free to ask them to rate you.

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May 08, 2013

Rate your ATS

Everyone loves their ATS so here's your chance to share your love with the world of recruitment!

So please take just 2-3 minutes to Rate your ATS.

Once the survey has been running for a few weeks and hopefully had 1,000 responses (gotta aim high) I'll be writing a report to see who does well and who doesn't!

Click here to take the survey :-)

May 03, 2013

Do you remember ATS vendors Recruitmax and Recruitsoft?

As part of a short series I am covering the history of the ATS to the current day as a (paid) Guest blogger on the Cornerstone Blog.

Read the first post to see if you remember those names and where they ended up.

April 30, 2013

Which ATS? How do you choose a new recruitment system? Vendors get in touch!

Since the birth of the e-recruitment system late last century (or ATS as it is now fondly known) there have been a lot of changes. The 10+ year old systems are creaking big time and recently acquired systems are in due course being shut down. But there's also a slew of new recruitment products coming to market that both challenge and enhance the ATS.

So where does the In-house recruiter start their selection journey and how does the vendor avoid too many frogs? Both parties can invest so much time trying to find the right partner with all but one left wanting. Buyers can search the Internet, trawl the LinkedIn groups, connect with people on Twitter...... but why is it not all in one place? Well it will be soon.

I am about to embark on writing Which ATS? which will be for the In-house Corporate Recruiter. It will include a list of ATS vendors with relevant information but also some of the new recruitment tools such as social referral systems, Facebook job Apps etc. It is not just for the UK market either.

If you are a vendor and want to know more about this project get in touch to be involved. 

If you sell to the In-house Corporate Recruiter and are interested in some of the marketing opportunities get in touch to find out more.


April 26, 2013

The big stuff that we’re seeing now is sharing with smaller groups ~ Mark Zuckerberg

There's a good chance that if Facebook think the next big trend is sharing (less) with fewer people (better targeting) there's a good chance they are right. Facebook also now calls itself a “mobile first, mobile best” company but also know that there is no space on the RHS for adverts which is why you are starting to see more "advertising" in your timeline.

Much of the world is going One Column so even in the B2B world we need to start thinking about soon.

Great article on WIRED for more information. 

April 23, 2013

How long do your (social) links last? Have you even asked the question?

The time span of your links is an important and should be an obvious question for a recruiter/marketer. If you are paying for an advert of any kind you "always" know how long it will stay up!

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Maybe we are wrong in trying to make work "too easy".....

April 22, 2013

Why the timeline will be the only place to be.....

Have you noticed how your timeline content is becoming a mix of updates from people you know, recommended articles/blog posts and sponsored content/adverts? There's a bigger reason for this and why you need to start thinking timeline!

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April 19, 2013

Twitter keyword targeted ads for recruitment

Of course it will work for recruitment and will be yet another nail in the coffin of the job boards (not). It's an obvious extension of what Twitter offer but will recruiters get their heads around it?

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April 18, 2013

What if Google blocked career sites that didn't have a mobile version? Would you care?

You may think it would never happen but as Google show in this video, consumers are taking their journey across devices so that's exactly what Google are "forcing" with Enhanced Adwords. This being the case, it's only a matter of time before they "encourage" website owners to make their websites compatible across all devices or suffer in search results if they don't!

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March 27, 2013

What is a Social ATS (and how do you get one)?

So TribePad have staked their claim as the first social ATS but what does it really mean and what does it matter to the "average" recruiter? Is it just smart marketing to attract attention or is there something seriously special about what a social ATS offers?

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March 25, 2013

Why a free ATS can (sometimes) hurt you!

Let's be honest, we all like a bit of a bargain and if it's free, even better. Or is it? 

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Do you love your career site?

Most corporate recruiters are (sadly) a bit embarrassed by their career site but because it is seen by everyone in the organisation, trying to get it changed is quite a daunting proposition. The HRD will have opinions. The CEO will want to see it. Marketing definitely will and who knows who else. Yet the poor resourcing manager is expected to manage all of these different opinions and come up with something that keeps everyone happy. Not an easy task which is why it is often left for another day.

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March 22, 2013

Is TribePad taking a Google Chrome approach to the recruitment market?

Google didn't purely launch Chrome to win browser market share but to force other browsers to innovate and innovate fast. By doing so it allowed Google to unleash yet more products into the market! Very smart and so far proving to be very successful. So how does this help TribePad and the recruitment industry?

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