Ready to get motivated for the new year? Here’s how!

I want to start this off by saying, I did not write this. At least, not the 14 items listed. I do, however believe in the content whole heartedly. There are countless reasons to stay motivated and everyone has their own reasons to be motivated. The 14 items below can help you stay on track!

1. Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts.

2. Condition your body. It takes physical energy to take action.  Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan.

3. Avoid negative people. They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging with them is like shooting yourself in the foot.

4. Seek out the similarly motivated. Their positive energy will rub off on you and you can imitate their success strategies.

5. Have goals–but remain flexible. No plan should be cast in concrete, lest it become more important than achieving the goal.

6. Act with a higher purpose.  Any activity or action that doesn’t serve your higher goal is wasted effort–and should be avoided.

7. Take responsibility for your own results. If you blame (or credit) luck, fate or divine intervention, you’ll always have an excuse.

8. Stretch past your limits on a daily basis. Walking the old, familiar paths is how you grow old. Stretching makes you grow and evolve.

9. Don’t wait for perfection; do it now! Perfectionists are the losers in the game of life.  Strive for excellence rather than the unachievable.

10. Celebrate your failures. Your most important lessons in life will come from what you don’t achieve. Take time to understand where you fell short.

11. Don’t take success too seriously. Success can breed tomorrow’s failure if you use it as an excuse to become complacent.

12. Avoid weak goals.  Goals are the soul of achievement, so never begin them with “I’ll try …” Always start with “I will” or “I must.”

13. Treat inaction as the only real failure.  If you don’t take action, you fail by default and can’t even learn from the experience.

14. Think before you speak.  Keep silent rather than express something that doesn’t serve your purpose.


    This is taken from Geoffrey James |  @Sales_Source 

2012 is right around the corner. What are you doing to prepare for the best year of your life?!?

Trust a recruiter – we can help make your interview count…

Part of my Job is to prepare you for the interview.   This includes Interview Prep and Debrief afterwards.   I understand that candidates do not interview every day – I do.    If you were just laid off from your job, after 15 years, that could mean, you have not interviewed in 15 years.   A lot has changed since then and you need to be prepared for your interview.  I can give you some helpful tips and suggestions that hopefully will help you get a second interview or better yet – the job.   


Interview Prep.:

Before the interview you will have all the info. you will need to be successful.  You will have the complete job description, details on the job/company and my experiences working with them, as a recruiter.   I will ask you to do your own research on them and on the Hiring Managers.  We will then discuss what you found.    

We will discuss the questions you still have and how to ask them, along with asking some great follow-up questions at the end of the interview.   We will discuss how to answer salary questions, goal related questions and how to end the interview.

My goal is to make the interview as painless as possible and hopefully you were prepared and there were no surprises.   I will let you know what to expect from me, as your recruiter and what I expect from you, as my candidate.  


Interview Debrief:

After the interview, you should call me as soon as possible, while it is still fresh in your mind.    I am going to ask you 100 questions about the interview.   Questions like:  What time did you arrive?   How long were you in the interview?   With whom did you meet?   What questions did they ask?  How did you answer?   and so on…   I need to understand how the interview went and what was the vibe.   

The most important question I will ask following your interview is:  “Is this still a position you are interested in and if it meets your salary requirements, would you accept?”   I am looking for a YES or NO answer.   Anything else usually means it is not the right fit for you – for what ever reason.

We are a partner in this process and need to work as partners.   I have worked hard in sourcing, finding and recruiting you for the opportunity.   I will not let a bad interview stop me in getting you the job you want, need and dreamed of.


How to Embed Your Tweets – the New Twitter

Did you hear the News, On Thursday December 8th, 2011 – they released a new Twitter (a redesign).  I did read somewhere they are releasing it to the masses and everyone should have the new release within a month or so.   I came in this morning, logged in and VOILA – I had the new design.

Most exciting is the ability to embed your tweets.   What does embed mean?    This will allow you to copy and paste the HTML code into a blog or website.   (see example of embedded tweet at bottom of this post).   You can include the tweet directly into a third-party site.    This will also give you the same functionality as a normal tweet.

Steps to Embed your Tweet:

  1. Make sure you have the NEW Twitter Redesign
  2. Click on your Name (It should be highlighted and in the upper left hand column).  It is next to your avatar.   This should take you to your profile page.   Once on your profile page, you will see your Bio. on top of the page, your tweets to the right and the list of folders on the left.
  3. Next open the Tweet you wish to Embed by clicking on Open, on that tweet.   This will expand the tweet – giving you more options to do with it.
  4. After the tweet is opened – you should see the link, near the bottom of the tweet – that says Details.   Click on that.
  5. Now the only thing on your webpage should be that tweet.
  6. You will see a new link at the bottom of that tweet – Embed this tweet.   click here
  7. You should see the HTML Code.   You can choose how you want it aligned in your site  (left, right or center).
  8. Copy the code and then go to your third party site and paste away.   See below where I posted a tweet and how it looks – VERY COOL.

What Summer Camp taught me about being a Recruiter:

When I was a kid I spent my summers at camp in Northern Michigan. I loved it, and made lifetime friends there. What I didn’t know is that it would shape me into the recruiter I am today.
If you ever went away for camp you had the preparation of packing, making sure to include just the right items. This was very hard for a teenage girl, guessing what people from all over the country would think were cool clothes, the right music etc. So you would try to prepare by talking to last year’s friends and gathering insight from them, the counselors that were already there and faith in your ability to not only survive the prior summer, but to excel. You also had someone helping remind you of the basics… your parent or handy check list from a counselor.
1. My parents would talk to me before hand about making friends, having fun, what to do to be kind to others, how to get in touch with them in case of an emergency and even send me with a few extra dollars and preaddressed letters home. So how does this prep translate into candidate prep?
As a recruiter we ask questions so we can prepare our candidate.
• We ask questions of ourselves. Of others. Sometimes things look obvious but there’s often much more happening beneath the surface. It is our job as recruiters to find out what each candidate needs “to pack”, and we gather that from our clients by talking about what it is like to be a member of their group, who the cool kids are in the cabin, and why.
• We also prepare them to interview and cover the basics like a counselor. Send interview prep check lists, practice with them, ask them what they are concerned about in their interviewing techniques and make sure when they get off the bus they are ready to have fun and win the assignment. We even tell them to call us anytime, and remind them we are there for them in case they need anything at all.

2. As each summer began, we would all have ideas of what we wanted to accomplish. Not unlike many of our careers, things change, opportunities arise and the path can become unclear. As a counselor, it was our job to remind kids to find the little wins in each day and to help them define their own success (not ours) and go after it.
As a recruiter we understand that if you want success for yourself or for others you need to know what it looks like and that it’s often different for each person.
• If we continually go after transactional recruiting vs. a positive candidate experience we never truly help anyone find success, including ourselves. Being a guide is important, but mutually agreeing on a goal and achieving it is the win/win in recruiting we all strive for.
• Know that there are usually different paths that will lead to the same place. Once you know where it is you or someone else wants to go your job isn’t to figure out the BEST path to get there but the RIGHT path for person traveling it.

3. I swam across a lake… more than once. As a counselor and lifeguard it was my job to make sure that each kid that tried to swim that 2+ mile swim in very cold water. Often, I would jump in, and swim with them. I didn’t allow them to quit, and often taught them they could do more than they ever thought they could, it always taught me more about what I could do as well.
Raise the bar higher. People feel their most driven when someone believes that they can do more than they thought was possible. They also feel their most proud when they reach that bar.
Recruiting is not for the selfish. You have to be willing to jump in the cold water and push someone, turning their doubt into a victory. It is that candidate that has the skills, and the heart, but fears the change. OR the candidate that has been laid off and lacks the confidence to push through another interview. JUMP IN THE WATER and guide them to the win.

Twitter and Social Recruiting

Recruiting has evolved and Social Media is here (and has been here for years now – where have you been?).    People ask me all the time – can you find candidates on twitter and the answer is YES.Social Media   Just last month, I placed a candidate on a PERM job and I sourced them from twitter.   


Twitter is also a great tool for broadcasting your opportunities and the jobs you are recruiting for.    Recruiters – do you have job seekers calling you daily or weekly to see if you have any new jobs, for them?   Now tell them to follow you on twitter and that you post all of your current opportunities and jobs there.   Now you have more time to do other duties – like recruiting.


Evolve in your practice and try something new.  Let me Challenge you – try to find candidates using Social Media.   Try something new and see what happens.


There are many resources out there to get started and to show you how to recruit using Social Media.   Go on YouTube, visit blogs – see how people are using it and being successful.    I know I do.   Here is a video I found that may help the Beginner.


My purpose…

I am a recruiter who loves what I do.     I like to learn new innovative ways to do my job and to better my craft.   I love sharing what I learn with others out there, in the recruiting industry and in the world in general.  


I have been recruiting since 1999 – A lot has changed since then.   This is an ever-changing job and profession, which is one of the main reasons why I enjoy it so much.   I was told once that Recruiting is “A FEW SIMPLE DISCIPLINES PRACTICED EVERYDAY” and this is so true.   Even though you must do these disciplines daily, the way you do them has evolved.  I will mostly write about these changes/updates and how I use them to recruit.    Some might say these are the secrets recruiters use to help their clients and candidates get the job they are looking for.


I am hoping this is useful to other recruiters and job seekers.  Feel free to comment and ask any questions you may have to me and the others who have volunteered to contribute to the site.  These are our opinions and thoughts – and with over 100 years of combined experience we are still learning too.  Welcome to…THE RECRUITER FILES.