About - Recruiter’s View

Sooner or later, everything in real life influences the jobs markets. So, our topics here range all over the place.

In our search to discover and share what’s really going on, we are particularly trying to answer the questions:

  • Where will jobs be created (and why?)
  • Where will jobs be destroyed (and why?)

This is my commentary on what I see and what I think it means.

People sometimes ask my opinion, because they assume a Recruiter’s activity can be a useful indicator.

And in fact, it’s true that I can pick up on changes in the business environment months ahead of the published numbers.

Understanding the implications of those changes is the trick. Daily conversations with business leaders give me the equivalent of perpetual survey results. And talking to candidates is the perfect reality check.

Ultimately, then, my evaluation is largely formed as an extension of what many, many others have been kind enough to share with me.

So, when you think I’ve got it wrong, I encourage you to tell me what you see from your side of the mountain.

We’re all trying to figure this out together.

Thanks for being a part of our effort!


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Landmark Events: LinkedIn Launches


The social networking site for professionals, LNKD went public today, trading as high as $122.70. That had to be a thrill for founder and Chairman Reed Hoffman and CEO Jeff Weiner. After trotting around the country, doing the pre-IPO shows, and pitching the company at $32 – $35; they sold 10% of their company at…

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Shipping Shows International Trade Slowing


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Banks, Bernanke, and Geithner, Oh No!


Following the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts, Progressives quickly found new targets to offload some blame.  With U.S. unemployment at ten percent, what’s the impact on job seekers as political leaders attack banks, Bernanke, and Geithner? As it turns out, while Bam-Bam was crushing the banks last week, the theme carried over to Fed Chairman…

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