May 2012 Blog Posts (26)

Where did we go wrong?

If we review recent news items we see all kinds of reported stories that make me wonder how we got here. Consider these examples:

  • Volunteer coach and teacher is dismissed from her job. Her crime--she had an athlete who was upset that he was not going to the prom. He was also on the verge of failing English class which meant he would be suspended from the team until he got his average up. The teacher/coach made a deal with him-- she would be his "date" for the prom on the…
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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 31, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Pinterested

Pinterest rocketed into our national consciousness a few months ago, but it seems like the marketing dialogue is just hitting its stride.The New York Times looked at a cleaning equipment company's experiments on the site and Mashable offered up some examples of clever Pinterest…

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Added by Valerie Fenyn on May 31, 2012 at 2:06am — No Comments

Partner Sat rating, the true measure of a good Hiring Manager (HM)!!!

Partner Sat rating, the true measure of a good Hiring Manager (HM)!!!





So, we as staffing professionals are held accountable for candidate and client (HM) satisfaction. This is measured with a survey and subsequent percentage for success according to a set of question that are answered with a rating scheme.





However so much of our ability to be good, is dependent on our HMs. If you have a good HM you will be

successful, if you have a bad one you will fail. To…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on May 30, 2012 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Brand Strategy: How Can Be More Compelling Than What

Often, when companies think about brand strategy and differentiation, they think about the products or services they offer as their point of difference and build their brand promise around them.  In other words, they focus on the “what they do” and build their positioning and communications around that…

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Added by Dennis Bailen on May 30, 2012 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Your Brand and The Mobius Strip

A Möbius strip is a unique geometric shape. It is the only shape where the outside surface and the inside surface are on the same continuum.  See for yourself. Take a long, thin strip of paper. Give one end a half twist and then tape it together. It should look similar to the picture…

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Added by Dennis Bailen on May 29, 2012 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

Brands As API

EXCELLENT! (I *could* say more words about this presentation entitled "Brands As API" but, they'd all resolve back to "EXCELLENT")

Added by Vincent Wright on May 29, 2012 at 12:46am — No Comments

Suppose TV channels locked you in the way some bad websites do?

Suppose you wanted to change the channel on your TV but, the remote stops you and says: "Wait! Before you leave this page, are you sure?"



Even though it's not as bad as it used to be in the late 1990's and early 2000's with popups which wouldn't let you leave a page you visit, nonetheless, I've recently seen some sites which I kinda liked - UNTIL they took away my freedom to leave their site.



Of…

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Added by Vincent Wright on May 27, 2012 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Your brand revealed on Twitter generates revenue

Incredulous looks come my way when I state Twitter is my all-time favorite business tool.  Used correctly, it is quick, succinct and a very direct path to what you are after but in a follower pleasing way.  Social media in general has created a level playing field for all to participate.  When the correct usage is put into play, incredible opportunity comes your way.

 

As tweeting becomes a part of your daily branding effort, you become very noticeable. Tweeting correctly makes…

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Added by Elinor Stutz, Sales Champion on May 27, 2012 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

Heavy Weight fight, LinkedIn Profile versus Resume!!

Heavy Weight fight, LinkedIn Profile versus Resume!!



 Over the last few months, I have dealt with a few candidates who, rather than supplying an up to date resume, want me to use their LinkedIn Profile. While I can understand why, the reality is a LinkedIn profile in most cases is not a resume. It is the next step up form a Cover letter but below a resume. Like a mini resume or mini bio, but not a resume. They usually do not supply all the information needed, they cannot be…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on May 23, 2012 at 1:54am — 1 Comment

Social Media: not always about marketing

For quite a while now, social media theory has centered around the rather vague deliverables of networking, branding and customer engagement. All of those are valid, but not always easy to measure, and there's been (a somewhat inevitable) backlash on the true value of social media as a business tool. Some of the criticism is founded; as with any new horizon, businesses weren't sure how to use social media at first and quite a few of the initial efforts have been obligatory and…

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Added by Valerie Fenyn on May 22, 2012 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment

Protect your Identity and Data

The long term mental health effect caused by ID Theft is leaving a terrible emotional and financial scar on all of us. Unfortunately, the after-effects are not being discussed enough in the media or with our children in schools.

It seems as if you can't watch or read the news today without seeing horror stories about identity theft and the terrible financial losses it can cause! Then there is that sinking feeling you get when your computer screen goes blue or black or your computer will…

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Added by Lee Gerber on May 21, 2012 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Good Gifts For Weddings: Part Two: Groomsmen

We hear it all the time!  "What is a GOOD GIFT FOR HIM?"

Good Gifts Naturally has you covered!  We have the perfect gifts to thank your Best Men for standing up with you on the most important day of your life.  Here's just a sampling of ideas.…

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Added by Oelando on May 21, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Resume

I have spent some time updating my resume.  My new resume can be found here:

Melissa Ruth, MBA Resume

Added by Melissa Ruth on May 21, 2012 at 12:18am — No Comments

Gifts For Weddings: Part One: Bridal Parties

On the most important day of your life the most important people in your life have gathered.  They are there to stand up beside you~ for you, to watch the beautiful union between you and the person you’ve decided to spend the rest of your life with.

How do you thank them?  …

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Added by Oelando on May 17, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Top 7 Things To Remember About Your P.R.O.B.L.E.M.

Top 7 Things To Remember About Your
P.R.O.B.L.E.M.

Problem -  

Face it.  Just face it.   No one has a business or a life without problems...…



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Added by Vincent Wright on May 15, 2012 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Eany, Meany, Miney, Moe, which staffing Model should we use!!

Eany, Meany, Miney, Moe, which staffing Model should we use!!



 Staffing models, wow there are a lot of them, or so you think. The reality is there are only a few.



Full service-you have a Staffing Professional (SP) or Recruiter doing A-Z, the whole Staffing Lifecycle (SLC).



Hunter-Gatherer-basically you split up the full lifecycle into the hunter or finder-sourcer who may or may not screen and the gatherer-SP who does all the rest once the hunter has handed…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on May 15, 2012 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Truth, Justice and Your Organization

I can just hear some of you now, but in watching TV and reading the news I was hit with several points which made me question the direction our organization's are headed in. We strive to speak the philosophy that we want our employees to have full transparency into our organization. We expect our employees to be engaged in the processes. The we flip the coin and see stories like the following:

1) Local TV station ran a story about customer service. The owner of the business tells the…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 14, 2012 at 11:37am — No Comments

Spring Into Spring: Healthy Organic Body Detox Kits

I can feel my body revving up for Spring.  It’s not the explosive LET’S GO, WE ARE IN IT!!!  sensation just yet.

As I said, it’s the rev, the pre-go, the moment before, the part where I realize that something has changed… it is no longer cold,…

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Added by Oelando on May 14, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Gardening Gifts Part 2: Green Gifts for a Gardener/ Garden-Lover Gifts

I love being surrounded by plants, flowers & trees.

 My dearest friends all know that my dream is to have a garden a la the Barefoot Contessa where I casually stroll into back yard right before guests arrive to pick out fresh basil and ripe red juicy tomatoes for a delectable, garden fresh taste……

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Added by Oelando on May 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

My Resume and Cover letter.

Wondering what I have to offer?  Wondering why you need Melissa?  Here's a little about my history and qualifications:…

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Added by Melissa Ruth on May 10, 2012 at 1:24am — No Comments

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