Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Can a recruiter help you find work in a tough economy?

Sure they can but it's the same in any economy- if  you happen to be a perfect fit for the opening they have. The problem in a tough economy (like now) is there are far less openings, and this isn't just because there is less hiring going on, it's also because many companies stop using recruiters. They think they can do it on their own and they want to save money.

Candidates would benefit from a better understanding of the picture from a recruiters perspective, starting with a definition of what makes a recruiter successful, and then in turn, what gives them as the candidate the best chance for success.

A recruiter's success is far more contingent on having lots of good job orders than having lots of good candidates. This is rarely understood by candidates and leads to frustration for both parties. Job orders are power for recruiters, and once again that power only transfers to candidates in a job search if they are a fit for a particular opening.

So candidates will benefit from taking a more proactive or aggressive approach to helping themselves stand out. This applies for when they are working with a recruiter as well. But the best course for a candidate is to be proactive and build their own marketing campaign. This should include creative ways not only to get in front of the highest level hiring authority they can, but being  just as creative in ways to make a huge first impression.

Posted on 03/20/2012 4:08 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
The Myth of "Working to Live"

We have all heard it before. People come in two categories; those who live to work and those who work to live.

It is time to dispel the myth of working to live.

There is no such thing.

If you spend the majority of your time working, you are living to work, period.

The difference then is those that are finding true fulfillment in their work and those that are not.

Because that is the case, it is imperative that we do everything possible to find work that stimulates us.  Or to put it another way, find a way to make our work more stimulating. And the more it stimulates us the healthier we will be.

Taking a quick audit of historic figures or even people we know that have lived long lives shows most have been doing something every day that they were passionate about.

Artists definitely fall into this category and while the majority of them don't make great money, they seem to live life in a constant state of discovery.

Aaron Copeland lived to be 90. Vladimir Horowitz lived well into his late 80's. Marian McPartland, the famous jazz pianist was born in 1918 and is still playing.

So while we can't all be artists we can try to approach our work with a level of passion that will get us up and keep us going.

Live to work!

Posted on 03/14/2012 4:08 PM by SandersonMcleod.com