Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Football and Insurance Interviews – The Salary Question

I was watching ESPN while doing my early morning workout the other day and heard about the passing of legendary coach Joe Paterno. They were speaking about the instability of the coaching profession and how often college football coaches change programs. However, Paterno had been at Penn State his entire career with one exception. He had been head coach of the National Football League's New England Patriots for three days. He had been making a base salary at that time at Penn State of $32,000. The Patriots offered him over $3 million. He resigned after three days, however, as he felt that no coach should make that much money. I find that amazing and quite admirable. I’m certain when he was interviewing for the job the “salary” question never came up. You know, “What’s your salary expectation?”, or "How much money will it take for you to join us?”... No matter how it is asked, it can be a very uncomfortable question. So like anything when entering an interview you must be prepared for this question. Which leads to my next Quick Tip, The Salary Question.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trends of 2012

A professional recruiter can be a valuable resource. They can be a trusted ally. They can be a true advocate. And they can be a legitimate counselor on one’s journey through their career. Changing technology touches every aspect of our lives and how we do business. It also continues to change how we conduct job searches as a job seeker. However I maintain that every job seeker must have at least one relationship with a trusted recruiting resource available to them in their tool box. How do you select the recruiter that can best benefit you in your career? This week’s blog introduces our next Quick Tip on how to select a recruiter. Below I’d also like to share some thoughts from Dr. John Sullivan, professor of management at San Francisco State University. He states that 2012 will be "The Year of the Mobile Platform".

He forecasts these significant trends during 2012:

• Intense hiring competition will return in selected areas such as medical technologies and social networking services

• Employee retention issues will increase dramatically as turnover rates in high-demand occupations will increase by 25% during the next year

• Social media increases its impact by becoming more data-driven

• Remote work changes everything in talent management as it now makes it possible for most knowledge work and team activities to occur remotely

• The need for speed shifts the balance between development and recruiting towards external talent searching.

• Employee referrals are coupled with social media

• Employer branding returns

Dr. Sullivan states that the talent management leader must be more strategic, more proactive and more business-like, and that means getting the entire staff to begin thinking about and planning for the game-changing events, trends and opportunities.

Quick Tip: Selecting a Recruiter

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Great Managers

There is a saying that states, “Behind every great manager is a great staff.” Another variation, “Great managers surround themselves by great staff.” And similar variations of the same. I am fortunate to be surrounded by the best staff in the insurance recruiting profession. In my opinion anyway. In addition, I also have on my staff one of the most colorful writers I’ve run across in the recruiting & staffing profession. So it seems only appropriate to pull out one of her gems from the archives for your enjoyment. There is a purpose & message to her article that is timely and applicable to most I’d venture to say.

So enjoy this light take on new year’s office cleaning. In addition, I’d like to introduce the next video in my Quick Tip series also timely and applicable as we enter into a new year entitled, “Launching a Job Search”.

Clean Out the Clutter by Mary Newgard

Video: Launching a Job Search Quick Tip

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quick Tips

Technology allows us to serve our client companies and candidates better than ever before. I’ve come up with a series of short tips we’ve titled, “Quick Tips”. While the present series is geared more towards the candidate/job seeker, our intent is to continue to expand on the series and also include Quick Tips for the hiring managers/clients as well. I’ve created these tips to be just a little over 60 seconds in length. I hope you will find some if not all these tips to be helpful in some way. If you have any recommendations for topics for future tips, please let me know.

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Capstone Search Group Quick Tips Intro
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