Traffic Jams are Good for RPO
April 20, 2010

My daily commute to Pinstripe is about 18 miles each way.  Last week while driving into work, I got stuck in a major traffic jam. It wasn’t due to severe weather or an unfortunate accident. It was just because there were lots of cars commuting to work. The highway was simply congested with vehicles. Read more

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Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO): Evolving at warp speed
April 4, 2010

While recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) is still a relatively new outsourcing sector and phenomena, it is now evolving at warp speed. Moreover, the impact of the great recession over the past year and a half, which has left many recruiting and HR departments decimated and unprepared for any hiring uptick, has led to service providers, clients and candidates alike to have new recruiting needs. Read more

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Migration: The great U-turn
January 23, 2010

The current economic downturn is dramatically altering the world as we know it – including domestic and global migration patterns. In fact, the Wall Street Journal noted back in June that the biggest turnaround (described as the “great u-turn”) or shift in migration flows since the Great Depression may now be underway. Just take some of the following migration trends into consideration: Read more

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Expatriates abroad: Is it time to return home?
January 17, 2010

With unemployment hovering above 10% in the USA and even higher in many parts of Europe, the prospects for unemployed foreign professionals to find work in the West are looking bleak. In fact, the Wall Street Journal recently noted that foreign based companies, especially those in Asia, are using the bleak employment picture in the USA to lure their country’s citizens back home. Read more

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Surprise: As unemployment grows, so does recruitment process outsourcing (RPO)
January 6, 2010

With the USA unemployment rate having reached 10.0% in December and predicted to remain “stubbornly high” until at least the end of next year, it may come as a surprise that recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) continues to grow at a healthy rate of growth. Read more

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RPO gaining in traction
November 22, 2009

The other day I happened to stumble upon a career portal launched by a Tirupur (Tamil Nadu) based textile group that offers video conferencing facilities to recruiters, wanting to widen their multi-cultural resource pool? Read more

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Should you take RPO out for a test drive?
October 8, 2009

With recruiters and HR staff among the first to be laid off at the start of the current economic downturn, they are among the first employees who need to be rehired as the economy and the jobs market finally show some signs of coming back to life. In fact, those employers who have already resumed hiring or are planning to in the near future are starting to realize they don’t or won’t have the internal resources to get their recruiting operations up to the level they need to be in. Read more

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Someone forgot to tell these workers about the recession
October 1, 2009

There is an old joke among economists that a recession is when your neighbor loses his job while a depression is when you lose your job. Looking back at some of my own family’s history, the “Roaring Twenties” never got “roaring” for my Grandmother’s father who worked for the railroad. And despite suggestions from his peers and other family members that he should quit his job and do something more lucrative, he never did. And when the Great Depression hit, he continued working in the same job and ultimately retired some decades later with a full pension from the railroad plus social security. In other words, someone had forgot to tell him there was a boom and then a bust. Read more

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The RPO Baker’s Dozen 2009 results
September 20, 2009

HRO Today magazine has recently released its third annual RPO Baker’s Dozen Ranking to determine the top Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) vendors for 2009. This year’s survey covered about 45 RPO vendors and ranked the top 13 vendors of end-to-end RPO as Read more

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The endangered Western IT professional: Will there ever be a significant hiring uptick?
September 5, 2009

IT layoffs appear to be bottoming out and there are even signs of a slight uptick in hiring in some areas but if you are an unemployed IT professional in the West, you are still an endangered species and don’t expect a sudden surge (and perhaps not even a trickle) of job offers in the immediate future. Read more

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