Chatter: LayoffSpace, Kenexa’s People Guru, and Recruiters’ Best Lessons

Where Pink Slips and Social Networking Meet…

LayoffSpace.com touts itself as a new social networking site that helps the unemployed get their lives back on track.

For recruiters, the site might be another way to reach out to these candidates (and it’s free for employers to list jobs, an added bonus).

The creators of the site say it’s a place for people whose lives have been “shattered by unemployment” to help them get back on their feet. It’s meant to be a community built around moral support for those living through the job-search process. For example, the site offers a blog and a chat room.

In addition, career-search tips include information on crafting a resume, coping with unemployment, how to get the job search off the ground, and links to the Department of Labor.

Kenexa’s New Chief O’ People…

Kenexa’s hired Phillip Stewart as Chief People Officer to oversee the company’s HR functions.

Stewart has previous HR experience with Dentsply International (a global dental products company) and Sara Lee Corp.

“Phil is an awesome individual; a real business partner with a sense of humor and a very deft touch. He truly understands the importance of metrics and relationships in order to maximize the employer/employee relationship. Kenexa is truly fortunate in being able to attract Phil to join our team,” chief executive Rudy Karsan noted in a release.

Help Me Help You…

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Harry Joiner picked up a one-year subscription to The Fordyce Letter after winning the top spot in a RecruitingBlogs.com contest.

The rules were simple: the contest was open to members of RecruitingBlogs.com, and each entry had to start with the line, “The best recruiting lesson I ever learned…”

Joiner’s response, in part, read:

“The best recruiting lesson I ever learned is that the odds of my closing a search skyrocket when I get my candidates to help each other get the job. Here’s how I do it:

At the beginning of a search, I assure my candidates that I will do every-ethical-thing in my power to help them get the job.

HOWEVER: In good faith, they agree that if they get knocked out of the search, they will make themselves available by phone to discuss my client’s interview process with all surviving candidates.”

(To read the rest of Joiner’s essay, along with the other candidates’ though-provoking entries, click here.)

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.

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