Category: Recruiting Rants and HR Commentary

Blogging4Jobs Acquires The Recruiter’s Lounge

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In 2007, I started Blogging4Jobs and built my blog and my voice after spending a great deal of time reading, subscribing and researching blogs, including one of my early favorites, The Recruiting Lounge. That’s why I’m excited to announce today that we are adding TRL to the Blogging4Jobs family.

Jim Stroud, the founder of The Recruiter’s Lounge and I caught up with one another a few weeks ago. He’s been a mentor and someone I’ve long admired in the recruiting space. I first met him in London in 2009 and he continues to inspire me with his contributions to the recruiting industry. TRL began publishing in January 2005 and has provided information and insights into the wacky world of employment with news, articles, comics, videos, podcasts and more. It’s nearly 2,700 blog posts and counting. You can understand why this announcement is so exciting and why I jumped at the chance to have the opportunity to help maintain the bar that Jim set here at TRL with our conversations focused on internet search, sourcing and recruiting.

Yes, you read correctly. Starting today The Recruiter’s Lounge is part of the Blogging4Jobs family!

I’m excited to take Jim’s blog under my wings, maintain the integrity of his awesome content and continue its focus on recruiting, sourcing and the job search. We’ll also be tweeting using the newly created Twitter account, @recruiterhacks. You can also connect with Jim going forward on his personal blog,

This is my second acquisition having first purchased Secrets of the Job Hunt in 2012. We will be continuing to focus on recruiting and sourcing topics and expanding our webinars and training offerings for these groups too. At our current learning management system, we have over 25 free webinars available on a variety of HR, recruiting and sourcing topics. I’m excited about seeing what the future holds.

I’d also love to hear from you what you’d like to see. Feel free to reach out to me directly jessica(at)blogging4jobs(com)com, call me at (405) 293-2564 or leave a comment below.


How to Source a CEO

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I received an interesting update recently. Well, “interesting” from a sourcing perspective. A new dotcom debuted recently for CEOs. Its called dotCEO. Details below.

San Francisco – Friday 28 March, 2014 – PeopleBrowsr, owner of the registry operator for new Top Level Domain dotCEO, has announced General Availability. dotCEO domain addresses and identities will be available for purchase at Noon (ET) on Friday, March 28 2014.

dotCEO (www.home.CEO) is positioned as the only TLD to convey authority and power. Over the last few weeks 100 of the Fortune 500 registered their dotCEO domains. 3,000 individual CEOs are on the wait list. More than 45,000 premium dotCEO domains will be released.

Jodee Rich (www.PeopleBrowsr.CEO), CEO of PeopleBrowsr said, “dotCEO is the powerful new domain Identity that defines your personal brand online. It is an address for leaders and entrepreneurs who want to control their brand and reputation.”

Top influencers across a broad scope of industries have requested their personal dotCEO domain identity. These leading CEOs include:

Hollywood Celebrity CatherineOxenberg.CEO - Former Dynasty actress and CEO of production company Holy Cow

LinkedIn Guru NealSchaffer.CEO - President of Maximize Your Social and featured in Forbes as one of the Top 5 Social Salespeople in the world

Top LinkedIn Influencer NaomiSimson.CEO - Blogger and Founder of online gift experience retailer, RedBalloon

Social Business Influencer AndrewGrill.CEO - Former Kred CEO and Global Partner at IBM Interactive Experience

PR and Marketing Leader Jennie-Marie.CEO - Founder of the first dedicated international marketing consultancy for Top Level Domain registries

Politician ChristineJones.CEO - Candidate for the Governor of Arizona and Former Executive Vice President at GoDaddy

Primetime TV Host JeffreyHayzlett.CEO - International marketing & public relations leader and current CEO of The Hayzlett Group

Domain Investor and Industry Guru MonteCahn.CEO - Co-Founder and President of Right of the Dot, LLC

Radio host DannahLewis.CEO - Speaker on Creation in Action and owner of Delicious LifeStyled

Leading Social Media Influencer BrianSolis.CEO - Founder and Executive Chairman of The Confidante

Agency CEO and Entrepreneur MattSingley.CEO - social media and advertising CEO of Singley + Mackie

Marketing Guru JeremySchoemaker.CEO - Co-founder of AuctionAds Service and Founder of and ShoeMoney Media

Leading Global Accounting Professional GlendaNixon.CEO - International Chairman and Managing Partner at Accru Felsers

New TLD Guru Ray King Portland.CEO - CEO of new TLD applicant Top Level Designs

dotCEO domains can be purchased through participating registrar partners including and (See below for list of other featured registrar partners.)

About PeopleBrowsr

dotCEO TLD is owned by PeopleBrowsr, the registry for dotBest and dotKred. Over the last 5 years, PeopleBrowsr has developed cloud and application based social analytics and social network technology, as well as a social datamine which includes a global database of Social conversations and profiles. The Datamine is one of the largest in the world and contains one trillion conversations and over 500 million social media profiles.


Could this be the start of a new trend? From a recruiting perspective, I hope so. it certainly would make it easier to find people based on a job title. Well, for free anyways. When I performed a site search on the dotCEO domain, not much was there. However, I suspect that will change in the near future.

how to boolean search for CEOs


Click here to see the latest search results. Imagine now if there were dotVP domains or dotAdmins or dotAccountant domains? Just a thought…

So, what do you think of this? Is it cool? Or, is it meh? Your thoughts?


P.S. Did you know that content is the new sourcing?


The Recruiting Tools The Pros Use

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Ever wonder what top recruiting professionals use? Here are what some of them have to say.

10 Recruiting pros reveal their  favorite tools
Can I suggest another? try eGrabber’s Account Researcher tool.

Atlanta Technology Angels Kicks Off Active Q1 With Investment In Five Companies

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Team Growth, Community Involvement and Investment Activity Set Tone for Vibrant Year

March 17, 2014 — Atlanta – Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA), the entrepreneur’s gateway to smart capital, announced today an impactful Q1, marked by increased investment activity, the addition of new team members and ongoing engagement with the local Atlanta entrepreneur ecosystem. The movement ATA experienced in the first three months of the year confirms the organization’s position at the intersection for all stakeholders in the Southeast entrepreneur ecosystem.

During the first quarter of 2014, ATA screened more than 100 companies, which resulted in five local Atlanta companies receiving funding through ATA members including,, Variable Technologies, Kidslink, Sideqik and MyJob Connector. Both and MyJob Connector were alumnae of LaunchPad2X, an exclusive women entrepreneurship educational program offered through ATA.

“ATA’s deal flow and member base is at an all time high as we wrap up Q1,” according to Bernie Dixon, Chairman and President of ATA. “Our members represent a large percentage of Fortune 500 companies and we see a clear correlation between the growth in our membership and the increase in investment activity. The quality of start-ups rising from ATA as well as the other entrepreneur programs in the area helps emphasis Atlanta’s place on the map as a hotspot for early-stage company activity.”

In February, Mark Dewey joined ATA as interim Chief Operating Officer supporting the organization’s due diligence efforts and leading the analyst program. Dewey was previously with a venture fund on the West Coast where he was also a senior fellow for Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment network in the United States. Shortly after, a prominent Atlanta investor, Knox Massey, rejoined ATA’s Board in February. Massey has been an investing member of ATA since 2001 and has been involved in the organization over the past 12 years. Previously, he served as the organization’s executive director from 2002-2010. He currently leads the Georgia Crowdfunding Community, a Meetup group focused on investing in crowdfunding campaigns and educating the community on crowdfunding.

“Atlanta has a thriving and hungry entrepreneur ecosystem and Mark and Knox each bring a fresh perspective and passion for helping entrepreneurs. Additionally, they provide a huge amount of value to our team and increase the quality of our support to early-stage companies in the area,” Dixon stated.

Another 2014 highlight to-date includes Dixon’s invitation to join Mayor Kasim Reed and a delegation of community leaders on a trip to Silicon Valley to meet with some of the region’s top investors. The trip’s objective was to encourage investors to engage with Atlanta start-ups.

“It was an honor to be a part of the delegation to further Atlanta’s momentum as the emerging technology center of the South. There is no doubt that our city is on the verge of a significant move onto the national stage where Atlanta can rival the best cities in the world,” said Dixon.

ATA invites all angel investors and interested VC affiliates throughout Georgia to apply for membership by visiting


Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA) is one of the nation’s top Angel Investing networks.  It includes members and VC affiliates in Atlanta and across Georgia that work together to evaluate and fund early-stage companies.  Our mission is to provide opportunities for members to invest in top tier early-stage companies in the South East.  ATA members provide seed and early-stage capital of between $150K-$2M, an investment range not generally served by venture capital funds, thus serving as a catalyst helping to build Georgia’s economy into a thriving center of technology and entrepreneurship.  Alongside with financial support, ATA provides mentorship, industry expertise and valuable contacts. ATA is looking to invest in high growth technology companies, but has a broad definition of technology which includes numerous industries. ATA also has various internal special interest groups that screen Hardware, Software, Digital Media, Consumer Products and Services, Financial Services, Life Science, Healthcare, CleanTech and Industrial.

Employed For life: An Interview with Dr. Tracey Wilen [podcast]

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Podcast with Dr. Tracey Wilen

I interviewed Dr. Tracey Wilen, the author of “Employed for Life: 21st Century Career Trends” in this episode of “The Jim Stroud Show.” We discussed the world of work from a 21st century perspective and how much has changed from the days of the baby boomers, how new generations are making an impact, unforeseen ramifications of new technologies, advice for today’s jobseekers and sooo much more. Tune in to hear all the fun (and maybe learn something).

Inside this podcast:

00:38 – I could not put this book down
02:20 – I thoroughly enjoyed your book
05:03 – How is longevity impacting career planning?
08:46 – 52% of Americans do not work for large corporations
11:24 – …generations could learn a lot from the other
14:48 – …learn how to retool their existing skills in a new way
17:48 – …you gave a lot of good advice just as you are giving now
21:13 – I also see a benefit in having a much longer resume
24:10 – …they have ranked LinkedIn as the number one resource in…
28:19 – …you can find work in other cities but you don’t have to relocate
32:37 – …let me take out the word handbag or product and put in recruiting
34:13 – …time seems to fly when we talk or I just ramble a lot

About Dr. Tracey Wilen

Dr. Wilen is a global authority on workforce trends who assists Fortune 500 firms implement internal leadership, diversity, and employee skill development programs and accelerate business development initiatives. As a thought leader on business, technology, women’s leadership, and career topics, her offerings include speeches, panel moderation, and she serves as a panelist expert for corporations and conferences.

Dr. Wilen appears on CNN, FOX News Live, CBS Radio, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wired magazine. She regularly contributes to The Huffington Post, the Examiner, Christian Science Monitor, and other national and international outlets. She was a senior global executive in firms including Cisco Systems, Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard and the Apollo Group. Dr. Wilen has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University where she conducted research for over ten years on the impact of technology on society, work, education and careers.

Dr. Wilen has published 11 books on the topics of business, technology, women and careers. She was named San Francisco Woman of the Year and honored by the San Francisco Business Times as the most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business in 2012.

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