OVERQUALIFIED: Let's Talk About Age Discrimination

By Leah
January 16, 2018
Category: Hiring Process

Last night, driving across a snow blown prairie to a small town middle school for a volleyball game, Phil Collins' "Groovy Kind of Love" came on the radio.  Oh here's one I know, I thought, and sung along.  Meanwhile my 12 year old daughter and her friend snickered.  "This song is so cheesy mom!" she said playfully.  "This song is old.  You're OLD, mom!"

We had some laughs and switched it to Top 40 for the young ladies.  

And the truth is, in my 40's (ahem) I'm not old, not by a long sho... Continue reading

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Stop Mailing Resumes, Transcripts, and Work Samples in an envelope!

By Leah
June 30, 2017
Category: Job Search Tips

It's inevitable during a job search or even as a business owner or manager that you will need to scan a paper document and send via email or upload. 

In this day and age, sending a paper document through the mail is not going to cut it. 

Having to resort to mailing something important creates a delay of a couple days in your hiring process, most likely at a point when either rapport is high (they've just talked to you, they like you, and they want to learn more), or when judgement of your abilities and savvy is... Continue reading

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The Patron Saint of Recruiters

By Leah
June 12, 2017
Category: Recruiting Tips

At the risk of sounding completely kooky here, I love Saints.  I admit it, I do. 


It’s been popular for a couple millennia to pray to the Saints, and I know some of you are already rolling your eyes.  I won’t take time to explain why this is a great practice, others do a much better job.  


Then some of y... Continue reading

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Custom Manufacturing Using Emerging Technology

By Leah
May 03, 2017
Category: Hiring Process

Amazon is making the news this week with after being awarded a Patent for their on-demand manufacturing system.  Basically it allows a user to order a custom garment based on their precise measurements, then responds immediately via a highly automated cutting and assembly process at a factory.  Pretty sweet.


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Posting Manufacturing Jobs; and Experimenting with Images in Social Media

By Leah
April 07, 2017
Category: Recruiting Tips

I have a new client and they have some urgent openings in skilled Manufacturing as well as Engineering.  I am helping them find some CNC Programmers in this area who have experience in NX Siemens, GIbbsCAM, or MasterCAM.  Also I'm hunting for a Tool Designer and a Manufacturing Engineer, which are separate but certainly related jobs.

So I decided to get going on something I've dabbled in before but I do wa... Continue reading

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Field notes: Manufacturing is not dead, and Demography is alive and well

By Leah
March 25, 2017
Category: Recruiting Tips

I was out in the field visiting Manufacturers in Illinois and Missouri this week.  Meanwhile my kids ate ice cream on the Peoria, IL riverfront.

I learned a few things while I was out and about and talking with people who do Manufacturing. Manufacturing is the practice of taking raw materials and making a product out of them.  This is the sector of the economy I serve, by recruiting the Engineers they need to design and make these products.  

Manufacturing is the US is not dead.

Yes, there are layoffs an... Continue reading

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The Need for Speed in Hiring

By Leah
February 01, 2017
Category: Hiring Process

How do you speed up hiring in your organization?

Hiring takes time.  If you run a business, it can actually be surprising just HOW MUCH time you have to commit to the hiring process, and how long it takes (looking at the calendar) to get from the idea that you need someone, to having that new person start on day one.

The average time to fill a position in the US hovers around 40-60 days for specialized positions like IT, Engineering, and Marketing.  Keep in mind that “time to fill” refers to the number of da... Continue reading

The 5 W’s of Hiring

By Leah
January 04, 2017
Category: Hiring Process

Remember how we used to learn in grade school that journalists answer "Who-What-When-Where-Why?" to bring you all the facts for a great news story?

Well if you are hiring, you can use the famous “5 W’s” but I suggest you work them backwards to help you get far better results: 

Why?-What is the strategy and mission of your business?  What are your next 5 years’ goals?  What is your cash flow situation, and how does that effect your hiring budget? Why do you need this person? In terms of revenue, how will... Continue reading

Hiring Technical Women

By Leah
December 07, 2016
Category: Diversity

In February 2012 a report was issued on strategies for hiring technical women, and so naturally my interest was piqued.  At that time I was just starting my Engineering Recruiting business and already it was very clear the scales tipped way over on the male side for available candidates with Technical and Engineering degrees and experience.  The report released by the Anita Borg Foundation was entitled, “Solutions To Recruit Technic... Continue reading

Four Reasons To Hire a Recruiter

By Leah
November 03, 2015
Category: Recruiting Tips

People are the most important factor in the success of any business. Finding the best candidates for your open positions is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. Engaging a third-party recruiter may be just what your business needs to get the best person for the job.

Business owners and leaders are often hesitant to hire recruiters. And it is an investment—one that is sometimes reserved only for filling top C-level positions. However, recruiters work across all industries to find talent at any career level.

In fa... Continue reading

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