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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Recruiting Recruiters

As our survey shows, practitioners are beginning to again restaff. As hiring becomes the order of the day for many, we thought we would reprise this … Read more

Editor’s Corner

“It’s never too late to become what you might have been.” I recently thought of this quotation from George Eliot when one of our readers … Read more

Editor’s Corner

Get your 2008 calendar out and mark June 4-6 for the second annual Fordyce Forum 2008, at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. As fantastic as our inaugural forum … Read more

Editor’s Corner

I recently conducted a mini-survey regarding the industry’s usage of job boards in their practice. As expected, I received answers ranging from … Read more


The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines evolution as “a process of change in a particular direction.” I could not find a word for “a … Read more


You’ve presented the perfect candidate, and interviews have taken place. An offer is about to be made (and probably accepted) when you get the call … Read more

Editor’s Corner

A reader sent the following scenario and it has a familiar ring to it, as others have written on the same subject. This one, however, has a bizarre twist. … Read more

Editor’s Corner

One of the reasons I sold The Fordyce Letter to ERE Media, Inc., was the fact that, at my age, I didn’t want to climb any more mountains even though … Read more

Editor’s Corner

The first annual Fordyce Forum, held in New Orleans this past June, far surpassed any expectations I may have had. We were after those power recruiters for … Read more

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