Is your sourcing compliant with OFCCP? Are you sure?

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Jim Is thinking about social media recruiting and job search strategy.Recently, I was fortunate enough to meet the acquaintance of Derek Zeller at a SourceCon event in Atlanta. He gave a presentation on OFCCP as it related to sourcing and his frank talk made quite a few people in the room nervous. Tune in to hear what you should be doing now to stay in the good graces of Uncle Sam and speculate with our guest what OFCCP might be doing next.


  • 00:46 – He started to scare me…
  • 02:29 – …recruiting for people with disabilities and hiring veterans
  • 04:32 – …searchstrings that would discriminate against…
  • 06:44 – …its definitely going to change the way we do sourcing, that’s for sure…
  • 09:00 – …so now I’m mad at you Monster because I think you are discriminating against me
  • 11:15 – They look African-American to me so I’m going to check that box…
  • 13:42 – …and people were freaking out way before we began doing this…
  • 15:44 – you were in the audience and everybody’s mouth hit the floor
  • 19:33 – …in your searches you are not limited to a certain zipcode.
  • 20:58 – …other problem is that the resumes won’t be there 3 years from now.
  • 22:00 – …send them a link and have them apply online.
  • 23:35 – Try to stay away from stuff that is online because…


Derek Zeller draws from over 16 years in the recruiting industry. The last 11 years he has been involved with federal government recruiting specializing within the cleared IT space under OFCCP compliancy. Currently, he is the corporate manager for Advanced Resource Technology, Inc. He has experience with both third party agency and in-house recruiting for multiple disciplines. Using out-of-the-box tactics and strategies to identify and engage talent, he has had significant experience in building referral and social media programs, the implementation of Applicant Tracking Systems, technology evaluation, and the development of sourcing, employment branding, and military and college recruiting strategies. Derek currently lives in the DC area.

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Resisting the Urge to Multitask May Be a Singularly Good Idea

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Megan Neider“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves,” Albert Einstein reportedly once said.

Our brains are incredible machines, but there are tasks and experiences in life that require our undivided attention.

Research shows that multitasking is not as productive as many think, and splitting your attention between tasks leads to decreased performance results across all age groups.

It’s not shocking that multitasking has become a go-to coping mechanism given the way that new technologies have increased the demand for instant communication and gratification. “Expectations have changed in terms of the expectation that people are going to respond immediately if you reach out to them by text and email,” explains UCSF neurobiologist Dr. Adam Gazzaley.

Because of this, people are plugged into their digital devices nearly 24/7 and the amount of interference around us in our daily lives is increasing, he said. Whether confronted by continuous texts, tweets, or status updates, our brains may not be equipped to process all this information at once.

A 2009 study at Stanford University found that individuals who self-reported high levels of media multitasking had slower switching times between tasks.

Gazzaley, who studies how the brain deals with interruptions, makes this sound like basic common sense – but for many it is not. “If we are switching back and forth between Facebook and Twitter and email while trying to do something that involves a lot of concentration and thought to stay focused, we probably will not accomplish it at the same high level that we would’ve if we focused on just one thing,” he says.

The potential harm done by constant multitasking and exposure to media-based interruptions could be significant.

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In a 2007 study reported in “Current Directions In Psychological Science”, psychology professors at the University of Utah showed participants a variety of items and later quizzed them on their ability to recall those items. When participants were talking on the phone while looking at the items, their ability to remember them was cut in half.

A wealth of research has found that performance drastically decreases when a person tries to focus on more than one task at a time, media-related or not, reported “The Scientific American Mind” in March 2012.

One study showed that moderate levels of multitasking were associated with higher levels of productivity. But as multitasking increased, accuracy levels significantly decreased, according to recent research by multitasking experts Rachel Adler and Raquel Benbunan-Fich. The question may then be whether you’d like to get the job done – or get the job done well.

Teenagers and young adults are often generalized as the most ardent multitaskers, not always without reason. Many teens use their phones in the classroom, at the movies, and even while walking down the street. A 2008 Harris Interactive poll about cell phone habits suggested almost half of the teens surveyed said they would “die” without their mobile phones. What uis often overlooked is that older adults also multitask, and their performance suffers the most from these distractions.

Studies have found that older adults consistently have the most trouble multitasking and switching between tasks.

Sander Daselaar, the senior research scientist at Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, researches the effect that aging has on specific brain functions. Daselaar explained that older adults are more distracted by interruptions, which negatively affects their memory and ability to multitask. They focus too much on irrelevant information or the interferences themselves, which makes it difficult to remember relevant information and efficiently switch between tasks.

Researchers attribute this to cognitive aging, or the natural deterioration of certain brain functions as a person ages, says Joaquin Anguera. Anguera is a postdoctoral fellow who studies cognitive aging under Gazzaley at UCSF. While some decline is inevitable, researchers say, they are identifying strategies that can lead to better cognitive functioning in older adults.

“Everyone generally is going to decline, but you might just be able to prevent or delay that a little bit,” said Ian McDonough, a research associate at the UT-Dallas Center for Vital Longevity. McDonough explained that there are three factors that can improve the overall brain function – and perhaps multitasking – of older adults: exercise, mental challenges, and social cohesion.

Exercise has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including brain function.

In 2011, the journal “Ageing Research Reviews” reported that “regular exercise and an active lifestyle during adulthood have been associated with reduced risk and protective effects for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer”s disease.” Biologically, this is because exercise increases oxygen supply to the brain, which increases oxygen intake in neurons and resistance to stress. McDonough stated that regular exercise for older adults could just mean walking for 20-30 minutes a few times a week. Regular exercise earlier in life can produce these same health benefits later on, so he encouraged exercise at any age.

Second, keeping yourself mentally engaged and challenged is critical for retaining brain function.

An article in the 2011 “Ageing Research Reviews” explained that mental stimulation is important because “the brain’s ability to reorganize neural pathways with new information or experiences means it’s regularly changing; we can even generate new brain cells. But you need to work it.” As soon as you master an activity, McDonough elaborated, it stops challenging you and it will no longer provide the same mental benefits. On the other hand, simply changing the hand that you brush your teeth with can work your brain in a new way. “Change your route up, get a little disoriented, face new challenges, keep your mind flexible,” McDonough advised.

Last, social cohesion has been linked to successful cognitive aging.

“The idea is that people that isolate themselves are lonely, don’t feel connected to other people – they don’t get as much stimulation in life,” McDonough said. Connection and interacting with others provides mental stimulation, along with social support.

In another example of this idea, “Ageing Research Reviews” reported that among people who had the same tangles in their brains as people with Alzheimer’s disease, those who were connected to social networks had less cognitive decline.

In other words, both groups had the biological hallmark for Alzheimer’s disease, but social cohesion was protective. It’s not about the number of people you’re in contact with, McDonough explained, but how connected you feel. “Even if you have 500 friends on Facebook or you just have a lot of connections, if that still isn’t enough for you and you feel lonely, that will not really help. But if you have 2 or 3 really good friends, you feel perfectly satisfied with your social activities and everything, then that is just as good to help your cognitive functioning.”

Older adults face additional challenges when it comes to multitasking because of the way the brain declines over time, but in reality, multitasking is a self-destructive habit that only appears to be efficient, regardless of your age.

As evangelical missionary Jim Elliot once put it, “Wherever you are, be all there.”


Megan Neider is a student at Santa Clara University. She produced this piece as part of a journalism class taught by Sally Lehrman and as part of a collaborative project with Patch on science in Silicon Valley.

Who’s Who In High Tech Recruiting [2014]

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“Who’s Who in High Tech Recruiting” showcases the latest tools and technical recruiters servicing the high tech sectors. Check it out below or click here to download your copy now. This document is courtesy of enetRecruiter.

Document also includes the following articles:

  • How to Get Value Out Of Your 3rd Party Recruiters by Greg Savage
  • Learn to Source Like a Pro
  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing
  • What Job Seekers Really Do Online
  • How to Email an Engineer
  • Trash Your Non-Compete Agreement
  • Global Workplace Trends for 2014
  • and more…

Who’s Who In High Tech Recruiting from Jim Stroud

How To Make Your Job Search More Efficient

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Have you ever received an email from someone informing you that they are out of work and seeking new opportunities? I have and I am always open to assisting. However, I would like to offer a tip that would make the activity of polling your network for leads a bit more efficient. Did you know that you can search through the contact list of people you are connected to? Of course, your connections would have to make the option available to you, but the potential is there. This is how you do it.

First, go to a first connection’s profile and scroll down to the “Connections” section (as shown below). If the person has enabled their profile to publicly share whom they are connected with, you will see a magnifying glass icon. If not, you will only see a “Shared” link and a number. The number represents the number of connections you have in common with the LinkedIn profile you are viewing.


Click the magnifying glass icon and a search field opens up. Type in a company name like… “Home Depot,” hit “Enter” on your keypad and you will see whom in the user’s network has had a past affiliation with the company of interest. In this case, “Home Depot.”


Now, if I wanted to target Home Depot for employment opportunities, I would review the profiles of my friend’s connections and ask for an introduction to someone specifically. Make sense? (Sooo much better than spamming everyone you know. It is quite possible as well, that they have forgotten who they know and/or where they are currently stationed. Just sayin’…) In this case, there were only 5 results for me to sift through. What if there were a considerable amount more for me to refine? To the left of the results number is a link to the Advanced Search function on LinkedIn. Let me show you how I would use it by performing another query on a different profile. I do all as I have before but choose a different company, say… Amazon.

Alright, on my friend’s LinkedIn profile I see that he knows 155 people who are (or have been) affiliated with Amazon.


I click the “advanced search” link and go to… well… the advanced search page. Once there, I click the “Advanced” link.


I noticed that the word “Amazon” was in the “Keywords” section. Not exactly what I want so, I delete it and make the following adjustments. I choose “1st Connections” (A), add Amazon as the current company (B) then, I choose “Staffing and Recruiting” (C). Just in case you missed that, I am curious as to how many people Gerry has in his LinkedIn network who currently work at Amazon, in the staffing and recruiting industry who are first level connections (so I know these are people Gerry can reach out to directly).


To take it a step further, I scroll down the results page and I see that one of these connections is based in Atlanta. Gee, that’s where I am! I add a checkmark next to the “Greater Atlanta Area” and LinkedIn refines my results even more.


In this case, I am already connected to Ronnie Bratcher. (Great guy, by the way.) If I were not, I would be so inclined to ask Gerry to connect me to Ronnie. If he was gracious enough to do so, I would invite Ronnie for a cup of coffee where I could pitch my virtues as a potential Amazon employee. Make sense?

I hope this tip proves useful for you. Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Jim Stroud

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How To Get Your Resume Noticed

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Jim Is thinking about social media recruiting and job search strategy. “How To Get Your Resume Noticed” is the topic of this episode of “The Jim Stroud Show.” Jim practices his new hobby then, answers a question from a fan – How do you get your resume seen by recruiters after you apply for a job? Jim advises using a web app that he recently discovered – JobScan. It compares the keywords of the job description with the keywords in your resume and estimates how well they match each other.


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