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Informational Interviews for People Who Don’t Need Them

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:55am

Sourcing has always been the hardest part of recruiting experienced, employed professionals (my experience has been with software developers). It’s much easier for me after I get into a serious conversation with candidates. I can establish rapport and find out what it takes to make them happy. But getting them to talk to me in the first place? Now that’s tough.  (more…)

Playing Games With Candidates Might Help You Hire

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:59am

“Turn off that Atari and get to bed!” My mom would yell up at me as I sat in my room, staring blankly at the TV screen. Like most kids do, I’d stomp my feet in protest, struggling to pull myself away from whatever video game I was immersed in … complaining under my breath. And she’d yell up to me “Life isn’t all fun and games!”

Turns out she was wrong. Sort of.

I like the idea of using technology and gaming as a way to learn more about personality. It just feels a little creepy.  (more…)

ERE Webinar: Best Practices to Ensure High ROI

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:50am
If you find yourself struggling to secure funding for new recruiting tools or projects and unable to provide management with solid metrics to guarantee a high ROI (Return on Investment) then tune in to this one-hour webinar.  Host Russ Moon will provide you with the tools, practices and metrics needed to convince your senior leadership team of the necessity of your request.  Made possible by sponsor Jobvite; sign up today to join Russ Moon, aka “The Sourcing Samurai” and Recruiter/Speaker at Talent Find LLC, as he provides you with the tips, tricks, and metrics you can apply immediately to improve the ROI of your recruiting team.

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ERE Webinar: Struggling to Identify Top Candidates? Get Beyond Traditional Boundaries

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:47am

Are your “tips and tricks” now just standard operating procedure?  Are you looking for fresh new ways to identify top candidates?  With the rapidly changing atmosphere of candidate sourcing, it’s time to welcome a fresh, new perspective.  Join us for a one-hour webinar with Andre J. Boulais, Manager of Strategic Sourcing at ExactTarget and industry expert on candidate identification, qualification, and acquisition.   Andre will cover how ExactTarget excelled during two record-breaking years in a row of hiring – all with a limited number of staff.  The information gleaned from this free webinar will include creative and unconventional tips to locate candidates, the roadmap that led ExactTarget from 500 to 2,500 employees in under 5 years, how to turn your Careers page into a talent portal, and much more!  Thank you to sponsor Jobvite, for their support and bringing this webinar to our audience.

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Recruiting Equals Knowledge Management

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:45am

Knowledge management is defined as the efficient handling of information and resources within a commercial organization. That sounds a lot like the hiring process. Ultimately it is the goal of those involved in the hiring process to get all the relevant information to make an informed hiring decision. In this regard a lot of data is involved in recruiting. Consider a few ways everyone involved in the hiring process can improve his or her knowledge management efforts to improve the hiring process.

Hiring Managers (more…)

Monster’s Buy of Recruiting Startups Offers Hints to the Job Board’s New Strategy

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 7:33pm

All but given up for dead when it failed to sell itself, Monster today showed there’s life yet in the venerable job board.

The company announced it bought recruiting startups TalentBin and Gozaik. The terms were not disclosed, but whatever the deal, it isn’t large enough to trigger a disclosure filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Nor did Monster say how it intends to integrate the companies.

“The acquisition of TalentBin and Gozaik completes one key component of a larger strategy designed to help our business grow,” said Sal Iannuzzi, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Monster Worldwide. “We look forward to sharing more details about these plans at our investor briefing event later this year.” (more…)

College Recruiters Now Can Use Piazza’s Fast-growing Platform

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 7:17pm

I know you don’t need any proof that everyone wants a piece of the recruiting business.

And you may have already read in today’s Inc about new companies like Prophecy Sciences, Kalibrr, and Pymetrics, recruiting-technology outfits in the screening-assessment-gamification field.

But you may not have heard about Piazza. (more…)

Here’s How to Tell That Your Talent Is About to Quit

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 7:00am

Employees who are serious about changing jobs give off cues that, if you know what to look for, can give you time to act before it’s too late.

These are not the kinds of tell-tale signals every manager recognizes.

“You might think that someone who starts showing up to work late, failing to return phone calls and emails, and taking lots of sick days might be about to leave, but those weren’t unique behaviors that applied only to the quitters,” says Tim Gardner, a Utah State University associate professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Unlike a worker who starts taking days off in the middle of the week, or who prowls job boards, or inadvertently leaves a resume in the copier, the signs of a serious job seeker are more subtle. (more…)

Facebook’s Billion-dollar Hiring Lesson — the Business Case for Eliminating Missed Hires

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 6:56am

The most costly recruiting error in recent history was revealed last week.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced its nearly $19 billion purchase of the instant-messaging firm WhatsApp. But the real news about the acquisition relates to the colossal recruiting failure that occurred a handful of years earlier (as reported by Forbes) when both WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton applied for a job at Facebook and were rejected (Acton was also rejected by Twitter).

As Brian Acton put it ,“We’re part of the Facebook reject club.” You could easily argue that this colossal “hiring miss” cost Facebook billions, and as a result, this hiring error has to rank near the top “not hired” errors, only rivaled by HP’s rejection of Steve Jobs for not having a college degree. If you are a corporate talent manager, this and similar errors should now become a critical part of your business case for fully funding an effective recruiting team and flawless hiring process.

The Top Eight “Billion-dollar Hiring Miss Lessons” for Talent Leaders (more…)

Engineers Say Facebook is Dying and Won’t Last the Decade

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 6:43am

Here’s something you never heard at a recruiting conference: check your best candidate’s blood type before making an offer.

(You were expecting we’d start with the Facebook death thing? That’s what we call a teaser. Patience. It’s coming.)

If it’s B negative, you’ve got a pessimist on your hands. They might be the exactly right person for a job in disaster planning or safety officer; not so much for sales, unless fear of the failure they expect keeps them motivated.

How about an O? In the U.S., blood banks give those donors the top-tier treatment. In Japan, where this blood typing thing is totally out of control, Os are considered curious, generous, sociable, if a bit stubborn and flighty. (more…)

New UK Site Focuses on IT Careers for Veterans

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:14am

You read about the site whose niche is IT jobs for veterans.

Now, there’s one across the Pond.

Armed for I.T. has information for veterans, employers, colleges, and training programs.

CompTIA, representing the technology industry, is behind the site; part of its goal is to have veterans go through its certification process to get trained in topics like networking and security.

ERE Webinar: Become a Well Oiled Hiring Machine

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:10am

Looking to improve your workforce in a labor-short environment? Or perhaps budget constraints along with the talent shortages are some of your organization’s biggest challenges? If you answered yes to one or both of those questions, then you’re already in Kevin Stakelum’s sights for improving your organization’s ability, time, and resource consumption for the hiring process. Please join Kevin in this one-hour webinar, sponsored by SkillSurvey, as he discusses various tips and tricks that will directly improve your time to hire, quality of candidate, and get you the most quality interviews for the least damage to your pocketbook. Tips and tricks discussed by Kevin include, but are not limited to, using RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing), veteran and spousal hiring, and video interviewing to name a few topics. This will be one webinar you can’t afford to miss if you’re looking to drastically improve your business’s hiring process.

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IT Policies Can Affect Recruiting and Retention

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 7:19am

Any company that adopts a people-first belief system understands the importance of finding and hiring the right people. We’ve been basically doubling our team every year for the past few years; we are constantly in a hiring state and always on the lookout for really good people. You have to be a company that top talent wants to work at in order to win the war for top talent; this means that we are constantly tweaking our environment and culture to make sure that we stay (at least) one step ahead of our competitors in delivering the kinds of things that employees want.

It might not seem obvious at first, but IT policies can be a major factor in this. (more…)

Moneyball and Recruiting: The Future of Hiring or Pie in the Sky?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 1:29am

Moneyball is getting to be the new buzzword in recruiting. We’re supposedly on the cusp of a data-driven revolution in hiring. And it seems one is sorely needed, judging by the state of hiring practices today.

When NASA was just getting started many of the engineers that were hired were chosen only on the basis of their resume and cover letters. That was the norm for many jobs up until the 1950s. Interviews were not common for jobs where the candidates were located far from the worksite — the cost of travel, and even long-distance calls, made them unaffordable. Then employers started using all types of assessments, which would suggest that hiring must have improved dramatically over the 50 years that have elapsed.

One would be wrong to reach that conclusion. (more…)

There’s a New Way to Crowdsource Your Sourcing

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:00pm

Sourcers and recruiters whose job includes the task of finding candidates now have a new site for doing so. (more…)

Staffing, Search Firms Turn Cautious, Citing Skills Shortage, Economy as Issues

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:37am

Coming off a strong 2013, recruiting and staffing firms are turning more cautious this year, scaling back both their plans to add staff and open new branches.

“2013 was by almost all accounts a very good year for the staffing and recruiting industry,” says a report out this week from Bullhorn, a technology provider that serves the staffing and independent recruiting sectors. Revenue and placements increased last year the company notes in its fourth annual North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report.

“However,” cautions Bullhorn, “There are signs of a slowdown for 2014.” As evidence it cites: (more…)

RecruitiFi Wants You to Tap Into Someone Else’s Surplus Candidates

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:45pm

RecruitiFi is one of many new companies (see the bottom of this post) that you may not know of yet, one that wants you to send out listings for jobs to a group of recruiters who may help you fill ‘em.


Stop Throwing Recruiting Under the Bus!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:27am

There are thousands of startups in Silicon Valley who all aspire to be the next Google. Unlike Google, they don’t pro-actively invest in the resources to succeed or partner with recruiting to achieve this success. Instead they expect recruiters to work miracles in attracting top tier talent to their tiny ventures that are “disruptive.” (more…)

The Top 20 Reasons Why Recruiting Is an Exciting and High-Impact Job

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 6:01am

As a professor in a large business school, I am frequently asked, “What is the most exciting and impactful job in the corporate world?” While others may answer differently, to me the most exciting and impactful job is clearly recruiting.

It is full of excitement because every day as a recruiter you are in a head-to-head competition to attract top talent, and fortunately you know definitively within 90 days whether you have beaten the competition. The impact of a recruiter is twofold: first, you can literally change the life of an individual by placing them in their dream job, and second, you can effectively change the direction and the success of a corporation with a single great hire in a key job (i.e. recruiting LeBron to your NBA team).

So if you’re a college student ready to select a career or someone who is considering shifting into a new career field, I have compiled a list of the many reasons why you should consider becoming a corporate recruiter. (more…)

Love Is in the Air (and HR Is Sniffing It Out)

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 1:07am

If you need yet another reason to know why everyone outside of HR thinks Catbert is not a fictional character, look no further than this data point: “32 percent of HR professionals say employers have the right to prohibit workplace romance between employees.”

On this, the most romantic day of the year, a full third of HR monitors are poised to swarm the office back stairways and broom closets, and snoop amongst the flower arrangements for evidence of co-worker love. Had Toby been the Evil HR Lady Jim and Pam would never have married. (more…)