October 2008 25
Wallpaper peeler, sleep clinic yawn counter, turkey wrangler and parachute tester … are these the best Halloween costumes of 2008? Actually, they are excerpts from a very interesting list of the most unusual jobs current employees admitted to once having which Amy spotlighted earlier this month.
The titles alone were intriguing—but also imagine the job posting that would have been crafted for each position.
I knew it!! Okay, so today my boss sent me this post from The Standard which argues the case that businesses can use social media as a strategic recruiting tool. (Ah, yes. I agree.) But it goes even further, saying that sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo, for instance, are useful in engaging employees as well, and that, in fact, bosses should allow their employees to use social media sites at work.
I had an interesting conversation today with a VP of Global Recruiting for an international financial services firm, which inevitably turned to the current state of the American economy. To paraphrase his comments he said, “…yes, the economy is bad, but I still have commitments I need to deliver on for next year. I can’t have open sales positions. I have to complete our PeopleClick implementation.
I recently attended the Pittsburgh Business Times Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania event. If you haven’t been to Pittsburgh in some time, if at all, I highly urge you to go. The city and the scenery are great – it is an accessible city nestled in rolling hills of low lying fog at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.
This is, by far, the best time of the year. The weather is cooling and the sports world is heating up. The World Series is featuring a worst-to-first contender, NBA training camps are under way and the college and pro gridirons are in full swing. But to be successful in the world of sports, you’ve got have to Mo on your side.
In leading your organization, there will be times when everything just seems to be clicking, where all that you touch turns to gold, profits pour in and people sing your praises.
And then there will be moments like most of us are currently experiencing, when the chips are down.
If one word could describe the state of everything right now, it would be uncertainty.
It was announced today that CareerBuilder.com ranked No. 1 based on market share of visits among all US websites in the Hitwise Business and Finance – Employment and Training industry for the quarter ending July – September 2008. To give you some background, the Hitwise No. 1 Award recognizes websites from over 160 industries that are leaders in their industry.
While it might be fun to toot our own horn here, this really isn’t what makes this type of award so exciting.