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The Recruiter is a blog for workers in technology and professional markets to learn about hot fields and hiring trends from your friends at Yoh.
Yoh is one of the largest providers of talent and outsourcing services to customers in the United States. With over 374 million USD in total sales, Yoh operates from more than 75 locations and provides long- and short-term temporary and direct placement of technology and professional personnel, as well as managed staffing services, for the information technology, scientific, engineering, health care and telecommunications communities. For more information, visit yoh.com. Yoh is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.

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October 30, 2008

Younger Workers Learning to "Play the Game"

The October issue of The Conference Board Review has a great article about office politics, and the differences between younger and older workers in accepting them.

It’s no secret that baby boomers are beginning to retire, and younger workers with different values and ideas are replacing them. This can create a lot of tension between the older workers used to “playing the game” in an office setting, and 20- and 30-year-olds who look down upon office politics.

It’s a tricky situation to navigate. Younger workers may not like the idea of engaging in political games at work, but they need to understand that getting ahead means playing along, at least for the moment. Many people claim that they’ll be “gone in six months,” but end up staying for several years. Refusing to join the grapevine can burn bridges down the road.

Take a look around your office. What kind of age demographic can you see? Does it correlate to the number of seasoned office politicians? For younger workers, success in the professional world increasingly means swallowing one’s pride and following these older workers’ example.

Posted by Amy D.

October 27, 2008

Building Leadership Qualities: Eliminate Weak Phrases

Think about your last interview or meeting. Did the words “Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me” escape your mouth?

We’ve all used them; timid, apologetic phrases that tend to slip out in meetings when we’re nervous or stressed. Unfortunately, rather than coming off as polite, they often make us look small or unimpressive, especially when compared to a more confident candidate or salesperson.

Steve Roesler of All Things Workspace offers a few common phrases to remove from your business vocabulary.

“I’ll only take a few minutes of your time.” They wouldn’t have scheduled an hour or two to speak with you if they didn’t want to go in depth.

“I know how busy everyone is...” Then why are you wasting time with platitudes?

“Thanks for taking the time…” You shouldn’t make it sound as though the employer is doing you a favor by meeting with you. If you didn’t earn at least some interest, you wouldn’t be there in the first place.

Just by cutting out these limp standards, you’ll appear much more confident, and your leadership qualities will stand out much more.

Posted by Bill L.

October 23, 2008

Craigslist’s New Job Posting Charges

Pay attention, recruiters: Craigslist recently announced that it would begin charging $25 to post jobs in eight key cities: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Phoenix, AZ.

Sure, having to suddenly pay for something that you’ve been getting for free might hurt your company’s wallet at first, but think about it like this: your response rate may actually jump, since spam and “get rich quick” ads have begun to vanish. Weigh your options carefully before making a decision.

So, what does this mean to the job seeker? Absolutely nothing. Craigslist is still free to use, and might even be more effective as a job search tool, since junk listings have been reduced.

Head over to Craigslist to read about the changes in detail.

Posted by Amy D.

October 22, 2008

Attention Experienced Biotech Workers!

Yoh Scientific and Yoh Clinical will be exhibiting at the Biotech 2008 Career Fair, a career event devoted to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. The event will take place on November 11, 2008 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

Yoh will be out in full force to speak face-to-face with candidates in the biotech fields, and we want you to be there. Candidates with a four-year degree in life sciences or a related field and a minimum of two years of industry related experience are encouraged to get more information and register now.

Posted by Roseanne D.

October 20, 2008

Change is Coming to The Recruiter

Notice anything different here at The Recruiter?

You will soon.

I’m Bill Lange, eMarketing Associate here at Yoh, and I am the new editor for The Recruiter. You’ll see a lot of changes coming to The Recruiter, changes for the better. We’re going to focus on sharing info that will interest everyday job seekers like yourself, from resume tips to the latest information on the Yoh Index of Technology Wages.

Some of our contributors are going to be changed up as well, giving us the coverage we need to post info you can use. We’ve got great ideas to freshen up our content, like YouTube tips from our recruiting experts, and integration with our Facebook and Twitter presence.

Any suggestions you may have along the way, please let us know. A recruiter is nothing without great candidates, and a blog is nothing without content that hits home for its audience: you.

Posted by Bill L.

October 17, 2008

Avoid Interview Mistakes

I came across an interesting article this morning about ways not to get yourself hired in an interview.  Often, these faux pas seem like pretty obvious mistakes you are certain you’d never make. But take a good hard look back at your past interview experiences—are you sure you’re not guilty of any of these?

Looking for a job can be a frustrating process. Maybe you submit a resume to what seems like the perfect position but no one calls you for an interview.  Or, perhaps you do get the interview, but don’t hear from anyone after that.  It’s likely you’ve experienced one of these scenarios at least once in your lifetime, and if you’re anything like me, it was enough to make you want to throw your hands up in the air and give up.

So to avoid these despairing situations, it is imperative to always go to an interview fully prepared. Sounds like simple advice, right? Maybe so, but if you’re prepping for an interview, check out the Best Interview Strategies blog for some great tips.  And here’s one more simple suggestion: use a job interview prep sheet--it will help you identify what qualities are needed for the position and how you match up. 

Most importantly, just relax and be yourself. Good luck!

Posted by Amy D.

October 09, 2008

Yoh Featured on Cheezhead

Vanessa over at Cheezhead did a quick write-up of our new Facebook page yesterday. Thanks Vanessa!

Posted by Bill L.

October 08, 2008

Connect with Yoh on Facebook

Exciting news! This morning we launched our very own fan page on Facebook! Yoh’s Facebook page is the latest addition to our considerable online presence, which already includes YohTube, this blog and Yoh Exchange.

The page will be updated regularly with everything from the latest YohTube videos, to the hottest jobs on CareerBuilder, to job search strategies and hiring trends. We even included an RSS feed for The Recruiter, making it even easier for you to stay up-to-date on career advice.

Plus, by becoming a fan of the page, you can interact directly with industry thought leaders on our wall and discussion board. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Roseanne D.