About Michael Lazrus

Michael Lazrus has over 25 years of expereince in the recruiting industry for IT, Creative and Engineering.
22 09, 2016

Care and Feeding In the Employment Line – Part 2

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:40+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Recruiting Process|

Second in a four part series... How to Nurture Yourself Into Your Next Position In Part one of our “Primer” we laid out that the various parties involved in the hiring process (Job-Seeker; Hiring Manager; Human Resources/Legal; Senior Management; Friends and Family) are part of a communal process and that each has responsibilities to insure that [...]

8 09, 2016

Care and Feeding in the Employment Line – Part 1

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:41+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Recruiting Process|

First in a four part series... The processes of seeking a job or finding the ideal employee are as complex as any relationship. Like most relationships, this one needs to be nurtured, cared for and fed. In many ways similar to entering a new relationship, whether a new life partner or acquiring a pet. Hiring [...]

18 08, 2016

55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:41+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Just for Fun|

This week the Philadelphia Folksong Society presents the 55th Annual Folk Festival at the Old Poole Farm in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. One of the largest and oldest running musical events in the United States. “Fest” is much more that a concert to a great many of dedicated attendees. This will be my 41st year in a [...]

11 08, 2016

Utility of a Staffing Agency in a Networking World

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:41+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Staffing Articles|

Current wisdom teaches us that ‘Networking’, or word-of-mouth, is the most effective way to land the right job. A plethora of avenues for networking have blossomed in response to this paradigm. Meet-ups, conferences, formal and informal job fairs, networking events, Chamber of Commerce meetings, User Groups, a variety of specialty or industry meetings, all of [...]

28 06, 2016

The Interview Façade – How to Improve Your Hiring Acumen

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:47+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Staffing Articles|

Most job descriptions, as you have probably discovered, are not useful. Job descriptions are often crafted by a Human Resources professional or operational person who knows little about the position or the hiring manger’s needs.  Hiring managers and their firms rely on these to describe the job and other factors to attract employees and have [...]

24 06, 2016

Is Interviewing Obsolete?

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:48+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Interviews|

Yes. Interviews are a well-rehearsed stage show. Candidates and Recruiters alike are fully aware of this. Candidates prepare themselves, research the company, even collecting real interview questions from sites like Glassdoor. Armed with data, dressed up nice, prepared with a list of questions they really don’t care about but are obligated to ask. Further they [...]

8 06, 2016

The Real Life of a Staffing Agency Recruiter

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:48+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Staffing Articles|

  I still remember my first placement – a day-shift Computer Operator at a large Insurance Company – He worked the graveyard at a major Telecommunications Company for $25,000 a year and told me he was quitting his night job and taking mine to a) get out of the city and b) get off night [...]

16 05, 2016

Dating Rules for Job-Seekers

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:49+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Interviews|

When I contact, or am contacted by candidates interested in working with me, or in a particular job I may have advertised I routinely find myself listening to a five or ten minute ‘elevator pitch’ ostensibly presenting a laundry list of skills and accomplishments. Very little time is spent trying to get to know me, [...]

25 04, 2016

New Talent Acquisition Reality – Recruiting Top Talent in the Modern Era

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:49+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Recruiting Process|

Companies need to revolutionize their approach to attracting talent and they need to do it NOW. There is a shortage of qualified talent in today’s market – driven by the retirement of Baby Boomers and a much smaller class of Gen-Xers to replace them, growth in the need for skilled technical and intellectual talent, the [...]

4 04, 2016

Technology is the Death of Recruiting!

By | 2018-02-08T16:34:49+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Recruiting Process|

When I began recruiting (1987) there were no ‘job boards’ and few real ATS as we know them today. We posted some newspaper ads but primarily we called people. We kept hard copy resumes, filed them by skills. We called into companies and talked our way to the right departments. We had A SYSTEM and [...]