By Carmen Lapham, Director of Recruiting and Operations, Q4B
A colleague of mine recently had a birthday. He is an avid reader and a beer guy who borders on being a beer snob. His wife gave him a book for the occasion entitled 300 Beers To Try Before You Die by Roger Protz. He calls it his beer bucket list (although he would refuse to drink any of his beers from a bucket) and after paging through the book he discovered a few things.
Over the years he thought he…Continue
It turns out your favorite video game of 1994 can be a pretty useful hiring tool. Go figure.
Every new small business hits the scene like a rebellious teenager. They’re young, they’re proud and…Continue
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Recent respected surveys show the way to your employees performance sweet spot is through recognition the survey suggest the following.
Recognition Keeps People Working Harder and Loyal to You
People Like Recognition, but Aren't Recognised Enough
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As a candidate, how would you feel if you knew the recruiter you were speaking with on the phone was sitting at his desk, at his home, in his boxers, and maybe hadn't showered in a few days?
As a hiring manager, would it bother you if you were entrusting your search to the same guy mentioned above? Should it matter as long as he is getting the job done and going it well?
The truth is, you really have no idea if you are in that situation or not. It is funny - and creepy - to…Continue
Instead of opening your headhunting calls with “Are you looking for a new opportunity?” You might consider opening with one of Harley Marketing’s, 10 Valid Business Reason for interrupting someone's day:
1. Solve a problem
The best interruptions rarely have to do with the services you sell. Instead, share information…Continue
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Step One: Analyze the job description: What are the missing specifics?
Review the JD to identify additional information and/or clarifications that you need from the hiring manager. Out of this discussion will come the elements to include in your posting. It will be very different and much more effective than the original JD.
These examples are from the Requirements section of a recent job description from a company where I am coaching the recruiting team on these…Continue
Every relationship, whether it is personal or professional, is maintained by a certain set of behaviors and attitudes. Think about it. Whether you are dating, conducting an interview, or making new friends, you expect the other person to act “properly” whatever that may mean to you. If your blind date is sketchy, spends the evening ignoring you for his or her phone, or stands you up, would you really try to see this person again? Not likely. So why do you, as recruiters, pursue relationships…Continue
Are these really the dog days of summer? Maybe not, judging from the number of new job sites I’m seeing. Granted, some of these have been around in alpha or beta for a while, some have been flying under the radar, and some are simply new to me – but there seems to be no letup in the volume of start-ups in the online recruiting sector.
This is great, in my opinion. Startups force established players to rethink how they do business. They…Continue
While the quick answer to this question probably is a “better job” (or just a job in general), what I’m really going for here is figuring out what really drives your candidate to want a position. Sure this can be a high salary but there is also a whole other list of factors that can ultimately affect a candidate’s decision to apply from benefits to work/life balance.
While some of these factors will be consistent across disciplines, this hierarchy of wants will most likely change…Continue
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In my job search, six years ago, I thought I knew what recruiters were for: to get me a job.
I thought it was your job to take my resume and find that perfect fit for me. I found 30 local recruiters and shared my resume with them, sure they would be wowed, impressed, and fall all over themselves to place me so they could get a fat commission.
Sound familiar? I know job seekers today still think your role is to get them a job, with no-to-little effort on their…Continue
The rules haven’t changed, but as we enter the era of mobile communication, it is important to consider email etiquette more than ever. There are several reasons why appropriate email etiquette should be important to you:…Continue
Graham Whelan is the best recruiter I’ve ever met.
And he has been that way since before most of you reading this article got to high school.
Last week I went to lunch with Graham, and 2 other long-standing recruiting colleagues, all now competitors, all significant achievers in our industry.
After the usual banter, and a sombre reflection on the fact that between us we had 120 years…Continue
I am new to this field and would like to know a little about everyone's experience as both a corporate recruiter and as an agency recruiter.
It's great we are talking about creating postings that go far beyond the typical job description. I'm sure you can do that without talking to your hiring manager, but getting them involved pays off in multiple ways.
Below are some questions that will pull out some good information from your hiring managers they might not share otherwise.
It’s especially important to ask your hiring manager these questions to:
a) Get this info in the hiring manager’s words because…Continue
In this economy, recent college grads are not the only people hopelessly searching for work. Many Gen Xers and Baby Boomers with years of experience under their belts find themselves out of work with the recent recession. The unemployment rate is still miserably high at 8.3% and the number of college graduates returning home is higher than ever, at about 50%. It may seem like a good plan…Continue
If you have been watching the Olympics as I have over the past month, you have more than likely heard about McKayla Maroney’s story. But if not, here it is in a nutshell:
After winning a team gold with the US women’s gymnastics team, it was her time to shine in the individual events and her specialty, the vault (for which she was the world champion and overwhelming favorite.) She had the greatest difficulty (and pressure) of all the competitors and with one mis-step she…Continue
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Let’s talk about dating. Some of you are single, and some of you are married, but all of us have gone on a date at some point in our lives. I can remember several instances where I was anxious to get out of that dinner/date because it wasn’t a match and I knew early on in the evening. I know you can…Continue
What is the best recruiter cultural environment? Of course the answer is not simple because we all respond to different leadership and cultural environments. Some are more personally motivated and do not need sales pressures – they know and do their job. Others require a little push to help keep their focus and motivation high. Neither is better or worse but there is a place where you turn a little push into a hotel environment and that becomes destructive.
I was reading an…Continue
If your company is struggling to find new talent, is it possible that your job descriptions could be to blame? It’s a question worth asking, because your “now hiring” advertisements determine, in part, just who applies for your position. Craft your ads the right way and you’ll capture the attention of talented innovators.
Write a generic post, on the other hand, and you may as well head to the nearest street corner and shout, “Who wants a job!” If you’re…Continue