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The World of Recruiting Is Changing… Are You?

April 19, 2012 Meghan Vincent

Richard Levin and Associates + The World of Recruiting has changed... Have you?

When most people think of social networking, they think of sites like Facebook and Twitter – and how those sites help them to connect with friends, family and perfect strangers alike.  Often left out of the conversation is LinkedIn, a social site that is most often thought of as an online rolodex and an electronic resume combined into one.  What most professionals don’t realize, however, is that LinkedIn is the fastest growing public provider of recruiting services in the corporate sector.

The site’s greatest benefit – to both organizations and potential job candidates – is that it allows for recruiters to search through an entire database of active AND passive job candidates.  This means that companies are no longer limited to sifting through the applications of those who found the job post enticing.  Instead, they can search the profile of every LinkedIn user (about 150 million) for the keywords and specific qualifications that they feel to be most important.

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Coming Out of Hibernation: Beware the Bear

April 5, 2012 Richard Levin

Bull Bear Market + Coming Out of Hibernation: Beware the Bear

For five years, we’ve been managing our expectations downward.  It’s become part of our psyche to manage with less, stifle creativity, and look over our shoulders.

Not that we are ready to be doing triple back-flips or anything, but there are signs (dare I say “encouraging” ones?) that we are moving toward a period of renewed growth and hope.  What I’m hearing from the executives I coach – a robust cross-section of American business leaders – is that they expect to do more hiring, plan to modestly introduce new products and services, anticipate keeping salaries relatively flat for a while longer, and worry about volatile gas prices.  That’s why the no-back-flips reference: credit is still tight, energy prices are high, global economies are still unstable, and the overall picture is still shaky.  But business leaders I’m talking to seem encouraged by an increase in U.S. exports, by consumers spending less on overseas goods and services, and by factories gearing up in anticipation of more consumer spending.

It seems safe to start thinking creatively again.

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