Derek Zeller draws from over 20 years in the recruiting industry, and he currently is the Director of Recruiting Solutions and Channels with Engage Talent. The last 16 years he has been involved with federal government recruiting specializing within the cleared IT space under OFCCP compliancy. He has experience with both third party agency and in-house recruiting for multiple disciplines. Using out-of-the-box tactics and strategies to identify and engage talent, he has had significant experience in building referral and social media programs, the implementation of Applicant Tracking Systems, technology evaluation, and the development of sourcing, employment branding, and military and college recruiting strategies. Derek currently lives in the Portland, Oregon area. Follow Derek on Twitter @Derdiver or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Content authored by Derek Zeller
How should recruiters be educating the next wave of the profession?
I like to read, like a great deal, not only books, which sadly are dying, but online articles as well. The very thought of learning something new for this old… Read more
Recruiters can learn a lot from movers
Recruiting & Movers #TrueStory It is Moving day. There are so few phrases that can strike fear into the heart of a human as this phrase and eventual day,… Read more
What exactly is machine learning in a recruiting context?
Here is the thing really; we do not have AI, IMO, not yet. We have ML (machine learning) which means code does things for us — code that we write…. Read more
ATS Killer: Latest Google Hire Updates Are Massive Time-Savers
Google Hire ATS Admittedly, I am giant fanboy when it comes to Google and its products. I had a chance to speak with Google Hire team yesterday to get a… Read more
The not-so-hidden bias of ageism
I was recently at Talent 42 up in Seattle. It’s a small conference for tech recruiters and sourcers and it is packed full of information; it never disappoints. Read More
The sexual harassment that never happened
I want to preface this post by saying: Please keep an open mind. I am not against the movements that have been going on and are continuing to gain substantial… Read more
Recruiters are likely underpaid by about $45,000/year
It’s a unique role that recruiters play really. We justify our existence by making placements — yet we are objectified by the very customers that we support. We are needed,… Read more
Monkeys can admittedly teach us a lot about sourcing and TA
Planet of the Apes. King Kong. Gorillas in the Mist. Dunston Checks In. Bedtime for Bonzo. George of the Jungle. Every Which Way but Loose. The list of great ape… Read more
The Amex Job; My First, and Last, Cease and Desist Story
“There’s a saying that you can’t put a price on a human life, but that saying is a lie because we have. We have, and it’s so much lower… Read more
Is That Candidate Not Responding to Your Social Media Pitch Because They’ve Gone to the Great Beyond?
“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”… Read more
The Key to Success? It’s Getting the Hiring Manager to Really Trust Their Recruiters
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Dilbert creator Scott Adams Dear Recruiter, You’ve spent years in therapy attempting to identify yourself, yet… Read more
A Recruiting Lesson From Baseball: Sometimes, It’s Not About the Money
I am now, and have been most of my life, a baseball fan. The off season is always interesting, especially seeing the movers and shakers coming and going through free… Read more
When It Comes to Recruiting, New Laws Miss How We Negotiate Salary
“There’s no way I can justify my salary level, but I’m learning to live with it.” — Drew Carey The hottest topic, it seems, in the recruiting world the last… Read more
Quitting With Flair: The Inventive Ways People Use to Say “I’m Out”
Parental Advisory Announcement: This article on how people approach quitting a job will offend you if you are a stuffed shirt or a moralistic ass that cannot take a joke… Read more
A Lesson for Job Searchers, Courtesy of Colin Kaepernick
Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them – Bruce Lee Wow, it’s Colin Kaepernick at McDonald’s. This is CRAZY! I’m going to say it: I… Read more