Paul Hawkinson

About the Author

Paul Hawkinson is the editor of The Fordyce Letter, a publication for third-party recruiters that's part of ERE Media. He entered the personnel consulting industry in the late 1950's and began publishing for the industry in the 1970's. During his tenure as a practitioner, he personally billed over $5 million in both contingency and retainer assignments. He formed the Kimberly Organization and purchased The Fordyce Letter in 1980.

Editor’s Corner

Editor’s Corner

It appears that this year’s Fordyce Forum to be held in Las Vegas from June 4-6, 2008 is the place to be based upon the large number of people who have already signed up for the event. Although I was gratified at the number of attendees at the inaugural Fordyce Forum last year,…

Main Specialty Area

Main Specialty Area

Last year, we stopped producing our special issue on specialties since all of that information is readily available through Internet resources. Instead, we queried a number of readers about their particular niche and asked for their opinions regarding that specialty. Readers liked that format so much that we have repeated the survey this…

Editor’s Corner

Editor’s Corner

Almost five decades ago, I was a personnel guy for a St. Louis-based Fortune 500 company involved in consumer products and defense activities. I was the technical staffing manager for the defense side of the business. Life was simpler then. The whole personnel function consisted of me, my boss, and two secretaries –…

Book Review

Book Review

Breakthrough! In 1994, trainer, speaker, and author Steve Finkel wrote the first version of the book Breakthrough! How to Explode Production of Experienced Consultants, an attractive hardbound book written not only for rookies but especially for the under-producing veterans who, even today, overpopulate the recruiting and placement profession. I reviewed the book then…

Specialties = Special Ties

Specialties = Special Ties

Last year, we stopped producing our special issue on specialties since all of that information is readily available through Internet resources. Instead, we queried a number of readers about their particular niche and asked for their opinions regarding that specialty. Readers liked that format so much that we have repeated the survey this…

Editor’s Corner

Editor’s Corner

Over the last three decades, since before the days of Google, I have written hundreds of articles for major media. I am amused when I Google some of the things I have written and, lo and behold, find them rewritten verbatim under someone else’s name as the author. Oh well, they tell me…