Companies Choose Unqualified Managers 82% of the Time

Only one in ten people have the talent to manage. No wonder, according to Gallup, companies choose unqualified managers 82% of the time. If you disagree with Gallup’s findings, establish a cr…

Source: Companies Choose Unqualified Managers 82% of the Time

5 Simple Ways to Build Trust in a Job Interview

Interviewing for a job can be a stressful experience. The first impression you create in the interview can make or break your chances of landing the job, so it’s important to show up with you…

Source: 5 Simple Ways to Build Trust in a Job Interview

Tools and Schedule for the Remote Recruiter

Here is a list of the top tools for recruiters looking to recruit remotely from anywhere in the world.


  • Laptop, tablet with blue tooth keyboard and
  • Mobile phone.
  • Skype
  • Applicant Tracking System. (ATS)

Personal Preference:

  • VOIP
  • Second monitor- if you recruit off of one screen I have little trust in you as a person. Sorry. Obviously traveling you do not need to lug around a second monitor.
  • White-board- i am old fashioned but i love to write in dry erase and see progress
  •  Excel Spreadsheet, Evernote, Google Docs

Have a schedule- make sure your team knows your availability. Is it 7-5, 10-7? Have one and stick to it.

Sample Work Schedule:
7:00 – 7:30     – Job Boards and Daily Goals
7:30 – 8:00     – Internal email correspondence

8:00 – 8:30     – Req meeting via Skype and phone
9:00 – 12:30  – Recruiting

12:30 – 1:30  – Lunch/Networking/Workout1:30-5:30      – Recruiting5:30               – Skype meeting with recruiting team- look back at goals.There is a lot of room to customize that schedule. I set a rule as to correspond through email at set times of the day. Email is not instant; therefore, I email first thing, middle of the day and before I leave.  Recruiting is a contact sport, pick up the phone and contact someone.

Have a back up plan for everything. Phone dies rely on VoIp. Internet not working because of a power outage? Time to head to Starbucks/Panera/Library/Moms.


My hierarchy of communication:
Phone- This is for emergency’s and immediate conversation.
Text Message– Great for quick to the point QA
Email- Replaced mail and should be treated as such. *24-72 hour response.

*caveat I operate by the 1/24 rule. I will acknowledge the issue and have an answer for you when you are a client or consultant. I value customer service above most things.

It should never be up to the recruiters preference as to where they work.  It should be based on how you are able to deliver to the client and what works best for them.

Weekly Blog Round Up




Here are a few articles that I read about recruiting, leadership and development throughout the week. You can also checkout my twitter feed @Reqfeed for daily updates.

Meeting Cancellation Etiquette

Great tips on how to be a professional and make sure you are communicating effectively with your clients, customers or employees.

Over the Line: Why Pressuring Employees to Donate Is a Bad Idea

Enough is enough!

260,000 graduates in minimum wage jobs

I believe everyday I made the right choice to finish my degree after gaining employment and experience.

Why Your Analytics are Failing You

That which gets measured gets done….

Five Elements For Your Front Page

Great insight for your WordPress.

So, You Want To Be A Remote Recruiter?


You want to be a remote recruiter? What does it take to recruit from anywhere?   First and foremost good communication skills, cell phone and internet connection. Things that have left the industry in the last 30 years: phone books,file cabinets, telefax…. The office.

Don’t get me wrong, there will be a need for recruiters centrally located. High volume lower level skill sets will always require bulk producers and face to face interaction. It is where most of us cut our teeth it teaches you urgency and focuses on the clients or managers immediate need. Quickly though recruiter’s search out a niche and within that niche the need to have a physical office is no longer needed. Cell phones and Skype now replace the face to face morning req meeting, internal interviews and testing is done almost exclusively offsite and online.

How To Persuade Me To Let You Recruit Remotely

  • Produce – Numbers Speak – Spread is King
  • Start with one day every other week  and produce
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Become a 1099 recruiter
  • Just Ask

It is not that hard to do. I always value the production of my recruiters and know there is a work/life balance struggle. If we can come to an agreement that is beneficial to both sides and does not impact clients, I see it as a win. I want producers recruiting on my reqs. What does it matter to me if they are in the office down the hall or working from Seattle this quarter as they visit family.

Ultimately only results matter.

Fresh Fuel for Dry Tanks

rusty gas pump

This post originally was posted on Leadership Freak.

Fresh Fuel for Dry Tanks.


Empty because you:

  1. Give, give, give. Doormats end up frustrated, angry, bitter, and empty.
  2. Take, take, take. Self-centered people collapse from within.
  3. Persist with strategies that aren’t working. Head-bangers fail, eventually.
  4. Blood suckers permeate the team.
  5. Have walking-dead-friends, who haven’t grown and don’t want you to grow. Growth is change. Healthy change is the point of renewed vitality.


    Sips are better than gulps.

    Don’t wait for vacation to fill your tank. Find sips of vitality along the way. Leadership Freak blog is based on the belief that tanks are filled in small, daily doses.

    In before out:

    The more fuel you put in,
    the more service you can give.

    1. Schedule 15 minutes a day for listening, not talking. Invite a manager or frontline employee to talk.
    2. Spend an hour learning, every week.
    3. Take a walk to nowhere. For those who’ve forgotten: “How to Walk.”
    4. Meet with leaders from other industries or specialties.
    5. Hire a coach.
    6. End unproductive, ineffective activities and behaviors.

    Bonus: Serve in ways that refuel. Follow your energy.


Read the rest on Leadership Freak.

Email Efficiency

In today’s business world where everything is instant, and there is a computer in every pocket I find it important to set some rules. I was notorious with my recruiters for  “beating ” my email.  I could send an email from anywhere and call or be at their desk before they had a chance to read it.  It defeats the purpose of email and causes undo stress to the recruiter.So i read up on  and came to live by these rules:

  • Setup folders and automatic responses
  • Have a set time to check email, never the first thing in the morning.
  • Prioritize whether an email should be sent. Or, pick up the phone and talk.
  • Never read emails while in a meeting or at a lunch. It says: “I could care less about your time.”
  • Have set times that you check email and respond.
  • Clients/VIPs I respond within the hour always and have whatever the email addresses accomplished within 24 hours.  It is known as the 1×24 rule.
  • Setup expectations with your team regarding email and communication.

My hierarchy of communication:

  • Phone- This is for emergency’s and immediate conversation.
  • Text Message- Great for quick to the point QA – “Ping Me”
  • Email- Replaced mail and should be treated as such. 24-72 hour response.

Many recommend not checking email throughout the day and having auto responses address all incoming email.  I myself do not feel I can commit to my clients and the level of customer service I value doing that.  Let me know what you think.

Check out these links on the subject:

Tim Ferriss

Weekly Blog Round Up


Here are a few articles that I read about recruiting, leadership and development throughout the week. You can also checkout my twitter feed @Reqfeed for daily updates.

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