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Thursday
May302013

Cooper Lighting / Eaton needs Electrical Engineers multiple disciplines in Peachtree City. 

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Thursday
Apr252013

LinkedIn is Disrupting the Corporate Recruiting Market & Making Recruiters Lazy

LinkedIn is the fastest growing public provider of recruiting solutions and is the number one tool for most recruiters. It also the go-to spot for most sourcers.  The numbers vary but let's just say that Linkedin covers 25% of the work force.  How can a recruiter ignore 75% of the market for his/her client/company?

By Josh Bersin, Contributor for Forbes - Read the full post.

The company reported 105% YTY growth in quarterly revenues to $167.7 Million, putting the company on a 2012 plan of $860 Million.

But the real story is the huge jump in revenues from LinkedIn’s recruiting services (“Hiring Solutions”). Revenues in this segment grew by 136% to $84.9 Million, making the company the fastest growing public provider of corporate recruiting solutions.

To give you a sense of how dramatic this is: LinkedIn’s recruiting revenues are now greater than Taleo’s (which was just acquired by Oracle for $1.9 Billion) and within the year could reach the size of Monster.com. Monster’s recruiting revenues were $250 million last quarter and only grew by 2%.

[To better understand the spending and marketplace for talent acquisition, read the Talent Acquisition Factbook®.]

And this growth is just beginning. The company offers a wide range of recruiting solutions now includes:

  • LinkedIn Recruiter (the company’s recruiting platform) gives companies access to the entire database of 150 million professionals to find and seek passive candidates,
  • LinkedIn Job Postings, lets you post jobs and buy highly targeted ads (LinkedIn ads are very intelligent and they promote themselves to LinkedIn users in a very powerful way), and our research shows that they can be much more effective than ads placed on Facebook for professional positions,
  • LinkedIn Employment Branding services now let you build out a career website within the LinkedIn network, to attract candidates, promote jobs to the right people,
  • LinkedIn Talent Pipeline manages your stream of incoming candidates, giving you capabilities similar to a candidate marketing and applicant tracking system.

And there is more to come.

Even though LinkedIn’s original vision was to become a professional social network to bring people together, it has become “the place” for professionals to network, look for jobs, and “be found” by employers.

There are many elements to the recruiting marketplace, including the market for applicant tracking software (Taleo, Lumesse, Kenexa), assessments (SHL, Kenexa, DDI, and hundreds others), recruitment services providers (often called agencies or RPOs), candidate relationship management systems (hot tools like like Jobs2Web, just acquired by SAP), social referral systems (like JobVite), and interviewing tools (hot companies like HireVue). But the hottest part of this market is tools for sourcing.

Sourcing is the difficult and often highly secretive process of “finding the right candidates” – seeking them out, contacting them, getting them interested in your position, and then bringing them into your screening and assessment process. We used to have to hire a contract recruiter (or Korn/Ferry, Heidrick & Struggles, and hundreds more) who has deep skills in locating candidates, vetting their skills, and attracting them to your position.

Now, these companies are all using LinkedIn to replace their own networks, and corporate recruiters are going through an enormous transformation as they learn how to source passive candidates themselves. Not all companies are going to bring this in-house (many are), but no matter where you go, LinkedIn is now the most powerful tool on the web for sourcing (professional candidates).

LinkedIn is not Facebook. This is a company with a very different business model, personality, and focus. While we know that LinkedIn does live and die by the size of its membership, the company is now becoming very focused and educated about the needs of corporate recruiters and talent management professionals.

LinkedIn is disrupting the market for job boards, advertisers, recruitment service firms, and recruitment software companies. Maybe Taleo sold to Oracle at just the right time – the market for recruiting tools is shifting, away from tools for resume management and workflow toward new tools for sourcing, talent analytics, assessment, interview management, and search.

We estimate that the total worldwide recruiting market is over $130 billion in software, services, content, consulting, and staff. (The Talent Acquisition Factbook® has all the numbers.)

LinkedIn has a lot of runway ahead.

(Full Disclosure: LinkedIn is a Bersin & Associates research member.)

Thursday
Jan102013

Bob is taking the Plung into the Chesapeake Bay for the Special Olympics!

I'm gonna Plunge into the Chesapeake Bay with my brother John Collins(Jan 25th) to benefit the participants of Special Olympics Maryland! Please go to my page if you can donate a dollar or two. I'm sure pics will be posted shortly after we freeze. I understand we will be drinking tasty cold beverages to help keep us warm!

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Friday
Aug242012

How Do You Start Your Work Day?

I saw this when I was checking my LinkendIn this morning.  (Maybe not the best way to start the morning) It is a good reminder to do a self check and make sure your are being your best you.

From:  fastcompany.com by Kevin Purdy

How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list.

Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too.

The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list.

Don’t Check Your Email for the First Hour. Seriously. Stop That.

Tumblr founder David Karp will “try hard” not to check his email until 9:30 or 10 a.m., according to an Inc. profile of him. “Reading e-mails at home never feels good or productive,” Karp said. “If something urgently needs my attention, someone will call or text me.”

Not all of us can roll into the office whenever our Vespa happens to get us there, but most of us with jobs that don’t require constant on-call awareness can trade e-mail for organization and single-focus work. It’s an idea that serves as the title of Julie Morgenstern’s work management book Never Check Email In The Morning, and it’s a fine strategy for leaving the office with the feeling that, even on the most over-booked days, you got at least one real thing done.

If you need to make sure the most important messages from select people come through instantly, AwayFind can monitor your inbox and get your attention when something notable arrives. Otherwise, it’s a gradual but rewarding process of training interruptors and coworkers not to expect instantaneous morning response to anything they send in your off-hours.

Gain Awareness, Be Grateful

One smart, simple question on curated Q & A site Quora asked “How do the most successful people start their day?”. The most popular response came from a devotee of Tony Robbins, the self-help guru who pitched the power of mindful first-hour rituals long before we all had little computers next to our beds.

Robbins suggests setting up an “Hour of Power,” “30 Minutes to Thrive,” or at least “Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment.” Part of it involves light exercise, part of it involves motivational incantations, but the most accessible piece involves 10 minutes of thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. After that, visualize “everything you want in your life as if you had it today.”

Robbins offers the “Hour of Power” segment of his Ultimate Edge series as a free audio stream (here’s the direct MP3 download). Blogger Mike McGrath also wrote a concise summary of the Hour of Power). You can be sure that at least some of the more driven people you’ve met in your career are working on Robbins’ plan.

Do the Big, Shoulder-Sagging Stuff First

Brian Tracy’s classic time-management book Eat That Frog gets its title from a Mark Twain saying that, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you’ve got it behind you for the rest of the day, and nothing else looks so bad. Gina Trapani explained it well in a video for her Work Smart series). Combine that with the concept of getting one thing done before you wade into email, and you’ve got a day-to-day system in place. Here’s how to force yourself to stick to it:

Choose Your Frog

"Choose your frog, and write it down on a piece of paper that you'll see when you arrive back at your desk in the morning, Tripani advises."If you can, gather together the material you'll need to get it done and have that out, too."

One benefit to tackling that terrible, weighty thing you don’t want to do first thing in the morning is that you get some space from the other people involved in that thing--the people who often make the thing more complicated and frustrating. Without their literal or figurative eyes over your shoulder, the terrible thing often feels less complex, and you can get more done.

Ask Yourself If You’re Doing What You Want to Do

Feeling unfulfilled at work shouldn’t be something you realize months too late, or even years. Consider making an earnest attempt every morning at what the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs told a graduating class at Stanford to do:

 

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

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“Customer Service” (or Your Own Equivalent)

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark answered the first hour question succinctly: “Customer service.” He went on to explain (or expand) that he also worked on current projects, services for military families and veterans, and protecting voting rights. But customer service is what Newmark does every single day at Craigslist, responding to user complaints and smiting scammers and spammers. He almost certainly has bigger fish he could pitch in on every day, but Newmark says customers service “anchors me to reality.”

Your own version of customer service might be keeping in touch with contacts from year-ago projects, checking in with coworkers you don’t regularly interact with, asking questions of mentors, and just generally handling the human side of work that quickly gets lost between task list items. But do your customer service on the regular, and you’ll have a more reliable roster of helpers when the time comes.

What do you with the first hour of your workday to increase productivity and reduce stress? Tell us about it in the comments below.

[Image: Flickr user Thomas Hawk] 

Ask Yourself If You’re Doing What You Want to Do

Feeling unfulfilled at work shouldn’t be something you realize months too late, or even years. Consider making an earnest attempt every morning at what the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs told a graduating class at Stanford to do:

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When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

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“Customer Service” (or Your Own Equivalent)

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark answered the first hour question succinctly: “Customer service.” He went on to explain (or expand) that he also worked on current projects, services for military families and veterans, and protecting voting rights. But customer service is what Newmark does every single day at Craigslist, responding to user complaints and smiting scammers and spammers. He almost certainly has bigger fish he could pitch in on every day, but Newmark says customers service “anchors me to reality.”

Your own version of customer service might be keeping in touch with contacts from year-ago projects, checking in with coworkers you don’t regularly interact with, asking questions of mentors, and just generally handling the human side of work that quickly gets lost between task list items. But do your customer service on the regular, and you’ll have a more reliable roster of helpers when the time comes.

What do you with the first hour of your workday to increase productivity and reduce stress? Tell us about it in the comments below.

[Image: Flickr user Thomas Hawk]

 

 

 

Thursday
Jul122012

Is Twitter a big part of your sourcing strategy? 

A 2012 Social Activity Report, Bullhorn Reach says Recruiters are using twitter significantly  more than they use Facebook but less than 1% of recruiters only use Twitter over LinkedIn. It is true that LinkedIn is a incredibly powerful tool for recruiters but it is also used by every other Recruiter and HR department.  Twitter is easily searched and you do not have to be a member or have a strong network to mine for it's hidden treasures of information.  

Read more from www.sourcecon.com:

Twitter Without Boolean

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It’s human nature to always be searching for the latest and greatest. New job boards, search engines, mobile applications and social media sites are appearing at an accelerating rate. While the latest and greatest might be the most enticing to use for sourcing candidate information, sometimes what we already have, and know, might be more beneficial.

It’s hard to think of Twitter as an “old school” social media site. It’s been around since 2006, and currently has the third largest database of profiles (behind Facebook and QZone). Twitter is indeed popular, however it is one of the most underused sites to source candidate information.

In the 2012 Social Activity Report, Bullhorn Reach released these interesting statistics on how recruiters are actively using Twitter:

 

  • Recruiters use Twitter more often than Facebook for social recruiting. Despite the fact that recruiters have fewer connections on Twitter, 19% of recruiters are connected to both LinkedIn and Twitter while 10% are connected to both LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Recruiters add more Twitter followers to their network per week than Facebook and will grow their Twitter networks much faster than their networks on Facebook.
  • Twitter drives almost twice as many job views per job as Facebook and three times more applications per job.
  • A Twitter follower is almost 3 times more likely to apply to a job posting than a LinkedIn connection and 8 times more likely to apply than a Facebook friend.
  • Recruiters receive almost 3 times more applications per contact from Twitter than from LinkedIn and 8 times more than Facebook.
    • Agency recruiters receive 11 times more Twitter applications and 3 times more LinkedIn applications than corporate recruiters using the same channels.
    • The typical recruiter having 616 LinkedIn connections, 245 Facebook friends and 37 Twitter followers.
    • 75% of recruiters have 100 or less Twitter followers.
    • Less than 1% of recruiters only use Twitter over LinkedIn and Facebook.

Numbers like this are tough to ignore. Sourcing on Twitter goes beyond posting and praying. Sourcers don’t even need an account to source profiles on Twitter. A typical Twitter user will use their biography section to list their full name, location, profession and even company that they work for. Twitter also enables its users to connect one other site to its biography section, usually linking the user to another social media site, or their own personal site.

Finding and contacting profiles on Twitter is also an easy task. You don’t need to be a Boolean master to be able to retrieve this information. Below are some easy suggestions that will quickly produce profiles to fill your positions:

Organizations

Targeting organizations is a great way to locate passive talent. However, not every organization will produce their entire list of members. Today, most organizations will have a social media presence. An easy way to target members of an organization is simply to look at its list of Twitter followers. A link to an organizations Twitter page is usually located right on its homepage. Recruiters can easily click on the followers to view the members that follow the organization. This is a great technique that will produce immediate profiles. Not every user on profile reveals their professional information in their bio. However it can be implied that followers of this organization are related to the accounting industry.

Lists

Once you find a profile, you can easily click on the lists section to see how they have been listed on the site. Since, “birds of a feather flock together,” most people are listed by their profession. Listing other profiles on Twitter is a quick way to access tweets and profiles of users that matter most to the list creator.

Similar To

The similar to section is where Twitter sources for you. This is comprised of profiles in which Twitter feels that users are most interested in following. Once users identify a profile, this is a great section to garner similar profiles to a candidate. An account does need to be created to show this feature.

  • Twellow is a site that allows users to search Twitter profiles by industry related categories.

Followers/Following

The greatest assets of a recruiter, is its network. However, an even larger asset is their candidate’s network. Candidates will connect themselves to other candidates in their profession. A recruiter should check to see who candidates follow and who follows their candidate.

Bonus: Control F

In a PC, a quick way to locate a term or phrase on a page is to press control F. The same shortcut can be applied to locate terms or phrases in bios of Twitter users.

Competitors & Your Own Company

Users are also most likely to follow their own company and companies they are interested in. Make sure to also check the followers section of your own company and any related competitors for Twitter profiles matching your open requisition.

  • WeFollow and Tweepz are easy sites to help find profiles for individuals, organizations and companies on Twitter.

Hashtags

Users can also search hashtags for conversations on Twitter. It’s another easy way to quickly identify passive talent by conversation.

  • You can search for hashtags inside of Twitter. One of my favorite sites to also search for hashtags is the realtime search engine IceRocket.
  • Twinitor is another one, but exclusively for Twitter.

In conclusion, it’s not hard to locate talent on Twitter. Some of the best searches can be conducted without advanced Boolean searches. It’s all about looking in the right place. Feel free to jump ahead of the competition and start sourcing from Twitter.

Friday
Jun012012

THE LATEST SOCIAL MEDIA STATS FOR 2012

Talent HQ did a social media stats search for 2012 done over the past 2-3 weeks.  What do the impressive numbers mean for business. Linkedin is a very viable business tool.  Will business find a way to truly and fully utilise the huge number of members on Twitter, Google+, facebook, and Pintrest beyond ads and market research?

This from Jason Buss at Talent HQ . Read more.

Twitter Stats

  • 500 Million accounts
  • 40+ Billion tweets
  • 175 Million tweets a day
  • 70% of companies ignore complaints on twitter
  • 909 employees
  • 11 new accounts created every second, over 1 million new per day.

Facebook Stats

  • 850+ million members
  • 31% check in once a day
  • Avg of 20 min per day
  • 2.7 billion likes per day
  • 100 billion connections
  • 20 million apps installed daily
  • 250 million photos daily
  • 425 million access via mobile

Pinterest Stats

  • 10.4 Million users, faster growth than any site – ever.
  • Retaining and engaging 3x better than twitter “was”
  • 80% of users are women, 60% have attended college, 50% have kids
  • Demographics:
  • 18-24 years (17%)
  • 25-34 years (30%)
  • 35-44 years (25%)

Google+ Stats

  • 90+ million users
  • g+ button is served 5 billion times a day
  • g+ users:
  • 44% of users are single
  • 29% female / 71% male
  • 20% are students
  • Avg of 6 minutes on site

YouTube Stats:

  • 4 billion videos viewed, every day, 1 trillion is 2011
  • 24 hours of video uploaded, every 24 seconds
  • 2.9 billion hours a month on the site, 326,294 years
  • 800 million users per month
  • Auto speech recognition tech translates video and captions into 43 languages
Google Stats:
  • 3+ billion searches daily
  • 124 languages
  • 20% of searches are local

SlideShare Stats:

  • Largest social “content” network
  • 60 million visits a month
  • 400,000 new presentations uploaded per month
  • Top 200 web sites
  • 110,000 “recruiting” documents
  • LinkedIn acquired SlideShare last week

LinkedIn Stats:

  • 161 million members
  • 2 million company pages
  • 4.2 billion searches in 2011
  • 22% of traffic from mobile (last week of March)
  • More than 1 million groups
  • 35% of students search for jobs on LI, 700% increase since 2010

Mobile Stats:

  • 5.9 Billion subscribers
  • 8 Trillion SMS messages sent in 2011
  • 11+ Billion apps downloaded, 1 in 4 never used again
  • The number of mobile searches quadrupled in the last year
  • 8.49% of global web site hits come from mobile

Foursquare Stats

  • 23 million users
  • 2 billion check-ins
  • Users and check-ins have doubled in 6 months

Sources: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Foursquare, SlideShare, TechCrunch, YouTube, Mashable, Pinterest, Google+, and Google.

Tuesday
Mar202012

Needed: A Western US area VP with medical/surgical background

 

  • 5 years of direct medical/Surgical sales management experience required 
  • Experience in National Accounts Leadership Required 
  • Solid track record of developing sales reps 
  • Responsible for the creation, implementation and execution of accountability plans 
  • 60% Travel Required 
  • Management of an inside sales function preferable but not required 
  • Mastery of the GPO Landscape needed 
  • High Level of Proficiency in MS Excel and Powerpoint 
  • There is no company car provided: Gas for business travel is paid for. 
  • Full Benefits plan, 401k Match up to 2%, 
  • 190k at plan, $125k salary 
  • Can live in San Fran,Bay area, Sacramento, LA, Denver,Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle Covers Western Half of USA 

 

 

Bob Collins
Recruiting & Sourcing Talent Acquisition Specialist

 

 

Thursday
Mar012012

88% of employers using social media rely on LinkedIn for recruiting 46% use Facebook & 22% use Twitter

Cool look at the employment market place and social media from Payscale:

 

Request the full report 

Thursday
Feb162012

Medical Device Industry Reports Healthy International Sales and new EU preferences over the US

The FDA over reaching regulations has gone from killing job growth in the US market and preventing life saving technologies from hitting the market to now giving international market preferences of the US.  China & India surge forward while we chain our-self down in self regulations? 

Annual survey from Emergo Group finds growing international reports:

A new survey by medical device regulatory consultancy Emergo Group has found that medical device manufacturers' international sales growth rates continued to outpace their domestic business in 2011, demonstrating the increasingly global nature of the industry.

The survey of more than 2,600 medical device industry participants showed that more than 53% of respondents reported increased international sales in 2011, compared to nearly 42% of respondents reporting growth in domestic sales.

US versus EU: Preferences Emerge 
Another key finding in the survey examines claims that a more cumbersome FDA registration process has led more and more manufacturers to commercialize their devices first in Europe. Although nearly 22% of participants indicated that the European CE Marking process for medical devices became more difficult in 2011 due partly to stricter clinical data requirements, more than half of participants have found the US FDA registration process to be more difficult since 2010.

While most North American participants still prefer to launch products in the US first-and most European firms prefer to launch in Europe first-nearly 40% of North American participants stated they'd choose Europe as their first path to market. Only 17% of European firms would consider launching products in the US first.

"These results seem to validate industry perceptions that the US regulatory process has grown more complicated since 2010, and that European registration is in comparison more transparent and predictable for manufacturers," says Stewart Eisenhart, Regulatory Editor for Emergo Group.

Read more from SFGate

Read the full results of Emergo Group's 2012 Medical Device Industry Survey 

Friday
Feb032012

Device Makers, FDA Agree on Fees

From WSJ - FEBRUARY 2, 2012

Medical-device companies have reached a tentative deal to pay the Food and Drug Administration $595 million over five years to increase the number of federal workers who approve devices and get new devices on the market faster.

The deal is more than double the $287 million the industry currently pays the agency in "user fees"—money paid by companies seeking to get a new device approved. For the first time, the agency will have hard-and-fast goals for how long it can take to approve devices on average before they go to market.

The agreement will beef up the number of full-time employees in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health considering applications for medical-device approval. It is expected to increase review staffing at the center by about 200 employees, from the current 1,001, over the course of the agreement. One goal is to bolster safety of medical devices, a hot topic given the relatively high failure and recall rates of devices like heart defibrillator wires and metal hip joints.

Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, said the new user fees still won't be enough when devices fail. In the case of metal hips, she said, "FDA had to calculate the adverse reactions, review the data on the high revision rate, work with the company regarding the recall of that device, and respond to congressional and media questions about that defective device."

Stephen J. Ubl, chief executive of the industry trade group AdvaMed, said, "The establishment of total time goals for device approval is a big deal." He said the new deadlines will mean that "the agency has an interest in ensuring that its requests for information are reasonable."

The agreement comes after what people familiar with the talks said were particularly acrimonious negotiations. The talks stretched over more than a year, and the FDA failed to meet a mid-January deadline for when it was supposed to get a deal to Congress.

The FDA's medical-device division has been under pressure both from industry and from safety advocates. Last year, a panel from theinfluential Institute of Medicine recommended the FDA's device division should give more intense, and lengthy, scrutiny to thousands of devices that currently get only an abbreviated review.

But at the same time, companies have complained about the unpredictable time it takes to get devices approved, with some approvals taking years. One prominent device inventor, Robert Fischell, testified last summer before Congress that the FDA's device center "is the worst that I have experienced in my 42-year career involving medical technologies."

The director of the FDA's medical-device center, Jeffrey Shuren, testifying last summer at a congressional hearing, said "We do have a challenge attracting the best people." He said his division has a "very high turnover rate" and can't pay salaries competitive with the industry. He said that approvals took too long partly because "sometimes we asked for things we shouldn't" in requests to applicants for approvals.

The new agreement is designed to take steps to alleviate these problems. While the FDA device center does currently have goals it seeks to meet for the timing of approvals, they are flexible, and the clock can be stopped when the agency asks a company for information. The new agreement would set goals to complete the most complex approvals in 385 days on average and abbreviated ones in 124 days on average.

Write to Thomas M. Burton at tom.burton@wsj.com

From MedReps.com  Feb 02, 2012 03:51 PM
After months of negotiations and hearings, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the medical device industry have reached what they call an agreement in "principle" on recommendations to the medical device user fee program.

Under the terms of the new agreement, the industry will pay $595 million in user fees over the next five years, plus adjustments for inflation, to help fund a portion of the agency's device review activities.

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said the agreement will help improve the pre-submissions process, as well as boost innovation in order to spur development and create more medical device jobs.

"I want to commend my staff and representatives from industry for their tireless work and commitment to achieving an agreement in principle on medical device user fees," Commissioner Hamburg noted.  "Reauthorization of this important program is an essential component for advancing medical device innovation."

Once a final agreement is reached, the proposal will be sent to Congress for approval.

The FDA was under the gun to submit the terms of the agreement to lawmakers by February 15, after missing an earlier filing deadline. The agency originally wanted to collect as much as $805 million in fees. 
 

 

Wednesday
Jan252012

2011 Social Networking Job Search Survey Report

From: Medreps.com

Medical Sales Reps and the Social Networking Job Search

The job search continues to evolve. From the company bulletin board and classified ads to job search websites and social networks, job seekers must keep up with the trends. So what does today's job search look like? Well, it might go something like this:

"I found a medical device sales job posting on MedReps.com and used LinkedIn to research the job poster. We had a mutual connection that I leveraged to get an interview – which was conducted on Skype. I accepted the job offer offer via text message."

The above scenario is not unlike many of the stories shared in the recent MedReps.com Social Networking Job Search Survey. One in four survey respondents said their activity on a social network had either directly or indirectly led to a career opportunity. So how are they doing it? The MedReps.com Social Networking Job Search Survey Report reveals how medical sales job seekers are using social networks in the job search.

Majority Rules

We’ve yet to reach the day when everyone has a Facebook or LinkedIn account, but the majority certainly do. In our survey of more than 350 medical sales professionals, 94% said they belonged to at least one social network, a slight increase from the 89% who professed social network membership in the 2009 survey. When asked how often they login to social networks, 43% of respondents reported that they login multiple times a day. Another 21% said they login daily, meaning a total of 64% of respondents login to a social network at least once a day (up from 47% in 2009).

What Social Networks Do medical sales job Seekers Use?

While Facebook may have more members globally, medical sales professionals prefer LinkedIn. In a sharp increase from the 2009 data, 87% of respondents now have a LinkedIn profile (up from 56% in 2009). Facebook held steady with 76% of respondents professing membership (slightly up from 74% in 2009). Twitter held a distant third place with 16% of respondents claiming to use the site. Newbie Google+ beat out the seemingly forgotten MySpace with 12% of respondents reporting a Google+ membership and just 2% saying they are still on MySpace.

 

 

Tuesday
Dec132011

Donate 99 cents to the Salvation Army and get a great Christmas Song

Robert Davi has remade Frank Sinatra's Mistletoe & Holly to raise Money for the Salvation Army.  It is available on iTunes & Amazon.  It sounds great and will be an excellent addition to your Christmas collection.   Thank You Robert Davi!!! 

Tuesday
Dec062011

Tuesday
Dec062011

Can new jobs czar bring business to Florida?

Very encouraging news in a market that has been hurting for a while now - Bob

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU

TALLAHASSEE -- Gray Swoope pulls his hands from his pockets long enough to hold open each door he crosses in the state Capitol for anyone who might want to pass through first.

As Gov. Rick Scott’s jobs czar, Swoope (rhymes with “hope”) must open the door to more business in Florida, finding a better calculus than his predecessors to lure new companies across the state line while keeping existing employers from escaping.

There have been early signs of success. The state’s 10.3 percent jobless rate is its lowest since June 2009. In September, Time Warner announced plans to create 500 jobs in Hillsborough County. The company got state and local tax incentives worth $3 million.

CHALLENGES AHEAD

But there have been hints of trouble, too. CCS Medical, one of Tampa Bay’s biggest private employers, moved its headquarters and 230 high-paying jobs to Dallas. Foreclosures in Florida hit an 11-month high in October, statewide construction expenditures have dropped three consecutive quarters, and the number of children living in poverty in Florida — nearly one in four — is growing faster than the national average.

If those stats are disturbing, then perhaps Swoope, an understated Southerner with a syrupy drawl, is the right man for the job.

Before flying on a T-2 Buckeye Navy/Marine trainer as part of a site search last year, the pilot asked Swoope how much “upside down time” he wanted.

“However much we can do, I guess,” he grinned.

Scott’s mission to put Florida back to work started, paradoxically, with a $300,000 job for a Mississippian.

But almost by definition, Scott needed to look outside Florida for someone to rebuild the Sunshine State’s splintered approach to economic development.

Scott has made job creation his top goal and he’s turned up the pressure on Swoope and others by saying publicly he wants Audi to open an auto plant in Florida and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to relocate to the state.

Scott said Swoope “will be a major reason” if Florida succeeds. Scott, a former businessman and Midwest native, had high praise for Swoope, describing him as “nice” and “relentless.”

Swoope, 50, started March 21 as president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development arm. He also has the ceremonial title of commerce secretary in Scott’s administration.

Tue Dec 06 2011 11:34:52 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)


Read more:  http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/12/05/2530943/can-rick-scotts-jobs-czar-bring.html

Friday
Oct212011

Can people contact you on LinkedIn?

As I search LinkedIn for candidates, I find some potential candidates (who do say they are open for job opportunity) do not have an easy way to contact them. Of course I can use in-mail to contact a candidate but that cost money and I may put that candidate on a call list, if they are not a perfect fit on paper. A call list means I have to track down a way to contact them. This takes time and if we find what we are looking for in the initial search, this list may be set aside. The potential candidate may also be in a LinkedIn group that I am in. So I can take a few more steps and leave them a message. Both take more time and I am going to always go for the candidates that are the best fit on paper first and then the potential that I can easily network with second. 

I have two easy tips for you if you truly want to be open for potential opportunity's or networking on LinkedIn. Have your email address in the "Summery" section of your profile. If you are worried about spam, you need to get a new IT guy or switch to Google. If that scares you to your core, join groups. LinkedIn groups are a great way to connect with the people who do what you do. It is a business networking site. 

I also suggest putting a little detail and thought into your profile. LinkedIn is the place the business world goes to find you first. What are you saying when they find you? Can someone who does not have a paid account, contact you? 

Bob Collins
bob@thebobcollins.com
www.linkedin.com/in/thebobcollins