Podcast: Jeff Allen and the History of Recruiting

I recently had a candid conversation with Jeff Allen, who is the author of our “Jeff’s On Call!” column here on FordyceLetter.com a regular contributor to The Fordyce Letter monthly print publication through his “Placements and The Law” column. He is also an accomplished author — he has written 24 books, including bestsellers How to Turn an Interview into a Job, The Complete Q&A Job Interview Book, and the revolutionary Instant Interviews.

Jeff knows a thing or two about the third-party recruiting world, and we discussed the history of The Fordyce Letter (which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year) as well as the evolution of this profession from its humble beginnings in employment agencies and with the APF (applicant-pay-fee) model. He also shared some of his thoughts on recruiting success, making placements, and the importance of relationships and networking — not just with candidates and clients, but amongst your peers as well. You’re sure to learn something during this podcast — Jeff is a goldmine of information and one of the most generous people in the world of recruiting.

You may have seen that we recently launched the registration site for the fifth annual Fordyce Forum, which will take place this June in Las Vegas at the M Resort. We hope you’ll join us — we have a stellar lineup of speakers with a great varity of backgrounds and topic areas on which they are going to present.

But what you may not know is that we are also providing you with an opportunity to get FREE legal advice from our very own Jeffrey G. Allen, J.D., C.P.C. When you register for the Fordyce Forum, you will have the opportunity to also sign up for a one-on-one legal consultation with Jeff — free of charge.

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We are most appreciative of Jeff for doing this — his time is valuable, and you won’t get the kind of information he will share with you from anyone else. No one else has the industry experience on top of the legal experience that he does.

I hope you enjoy the chat with Jeff and that it makes you think about how far this industry has come, even in the time span of your own career. What do you remember from your early days in recruiting? What changes have you seen evolve over the course of your career?

Amybeth Quinn began her career in sourcing working within the agency world as an Internet Researcher. Since 2002, she has worked in both agency and corporate sourcing and recruiting roles as both individual contributor and manager, and also served previously as the editor of The Fordyce Letter, FordyceLetter.com and SourceCon.com, with ERE Media. These days she's working on some super cool market intelligence and data analytics projects. You can connect with her on Twitter at @researchgoddess.

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