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DAWG Talk: Blog

We created our blog, DAWG Talk, as a way to share perspective on interviewing, industry, employment, job search strategies, balancing career and personal lifestyle, and professional communication. 

Our featured writers and industry partners provide insight into the daily challenges faced by career driven people.

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One Candidate Is Not Representative of All Candidates

By |November 15th, 2018

By David Rose
We took a hit recently. I’m not happy about it. I’ve thought about how we could’ve done things differently. I let it rattle around. I tried not to take it personally since it’s not, it’s business.
I was working with a terrific candidate…sharp…experienced…talented. To find him, our team connected with our talent community. […]

Forget Your Competition

By |November 8th, 2018

By David Rose
I spoke with a candidate the other day. He was worked up – agitated and frustrated like a caffeine addict weaning off the java. He sent his mediocre resume with an unimpressive work history, and without any frame of reference, he felt he was the best candidate for a job he knew nothing […]

Qualified Doesn’t Always Mean Interested

By |September 18th, 2018

By David Rose
When participating in an interview process, following directions and completing procedural tasks (e.g. applications, assessments, background verification forms) in a timely manner demonstrate general competence, a commitment to the process, and a validation of interest. While arduous, these hurdles are designed by the company to refine a focus on candidates who are […]

Loathing, Loving, or Just Plain Lazy

By |September 18th, 2018

By David Rose
Loathing and loving a job is common. The back and forth; the flow of day to day business affects how you feel. If there are more good days through the course of the month than bad days, you’re in a good place. If, however, motivating yourself to take on the day seems […]

Pouncing on a Hot Job Market

By |August 9th, 2018

The job market is hot. It’s no secret. Individuals are realizing their power to leverage conditions for a better opportunity. Smart candidates know a job is only one step on their career path.

Understand your motivation.

Smart candidates are motivated by many things. For some, it’s more money. For others, it’s job title or level of […]

Odds Are You’re Right

By |July 27th, 2018

Some people get caught up in the minutia of little decisions, while others see the larger, long term impact of decision making. It’s been argued that quick, instinctual decision making may prove rash and ultimately incorrect in the short term, but have little effect on long term results.
If you approach decision making in a […]

How to Avoid Bad, Canned Interview Responses

By |July 12th, 2018

Much of a recruiter’s professional life is spent seeking out prospective job candidates, reviewing resumes and qualifications, while trying to discover new ways to find people. Talent Acquisition leaders extract specified information through a series of what should be engaging questions leaning more towards conversation than interrogation, in an effort to unfurl the individual’s […]

There Are No Rules For The Career-Minded

By |June 11th, 2018

Years ago, people wanted to stay with one company for their entire careers. It was a badge of honor. Working for one company meant you could adapt and overcome. You could learn and grow. It signified loyalty which was rewarded by advancement and greater compensation. Follow the rules. Bury your head. Do what you’re […]

Tools Are Only Good If You Use Them

By |April 9th, 2018

Recently, I received an email introduction from a prospective job candidate. With a quick review of our system, I realized I already knew the individual. Not really “knew”, but “knew” as in we were connected on several networking platforms and had exchanged at least one message months earlier.

Time invested in connecting without follow through […]

4 Quick Changes to Break the Cycle of Mediocrity

By |February 26th, 2018

There is a cycle of mediocrity. Work. Sleep. Repeat. It is the way it is because it’s always been done this way. Too often, when it comes to driving your career, you let opportunity slide because you don’t recognize it – or you do – and simply choose not to capitalize.
Maybe there is uneasiness […]

Ditch These Self-Destroying Job Search Excuses

By |January 1st, 2018

Working in the job search business affords talent acquisition pros with fantastic, nitty-gritty, human level interaction. It’s professional, and can be personal, at times. Through the course of an interview process, recruiters get to know candidates. We coordinate interviews around already busy schedules, and anyone who’s been successful in the job hunt knows it […]