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Once upon a time, Monster was, well, a real monster in terms of online recruitment. That was about 15 years ago. So when Monster was recently acquired for $429 million by Randstad, an HR and recruitment specialist, it marked yet another significant shift we’re seeing in the online recruitment space.

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Quite often, the recruiter’s job can feel like it’s all about rejection. You may go from a pile of 1000 resumes to something much more manageable, say 50 resumes, which that recruiter will actually read. However, in many instances, larger companies don’t have these luxuries at all.

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When the news broke last month that Microsoft was to acquire LinkedIn for a little over $26 billion, it sent shockwaves through the tech world as one of the most expensive deals of its kind in history. The question is: Why did it happen, what was the potential gain for each side of the table and where do we go from here?

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