Among the all-time debates with no answers such as: nature or nurture; chicken or egg and of course DiMaggio or Mays there remains the nagging one of hiring or retention.
What is tougher, making a good hiring decision or retaining "A" players once you find them? These are issues that probably have been studied, surveyed, poked and prodded by more organizations than have sworn off applicant matching systems, attitude surveys and exit interviews… Continue
Added by Dave Opton on August 12, 2009 at 3:30pm —
If there's one thing I've learned about employment branding in reality, it's that an employment brand alone really won't get you anywhere.
You might have your ad agency put together a fancy ad that resembles the key points of your employment brand and has imagery that encompasses the culture of your company. But even that only gets you so far.
There comes a point in a candidate's experience of your employment brand's message that they either buy into and believe your… Continue
Added by ryanchartrand on August 12, 2009 at 7:04pm —
Barack Obama used social media to get himself into the White House and thousands of companies are using social media to create brand awareness and an online buzz. However, social media can also be used for many other purposes as well. If you work in Human Resources, you may be thinking, “I dont want to get to the White House — I just want to recruit some employees”. Social networks are an amazing channel for finding potential employees and increasingly becoming an even expected way of finding… Continue
Added by Ayelet Noff on January 19, 2009 at 10:00am —
If you are facing unemployment or a career change in this market a good coach can be your best friend but do your homework and be ready to work. Today virtually everybody could use a good coach. At this time in your life what could be a better investment in your future. Today no matter what your skills are or what your specialty is a productive and successful job search is a fulltime job. A coach can make you more effective and the process more comfortable but you still have to do the work. If… Continue
Added by Mark Warren on August 11, 2009 at 9:11am —
This is absolutely insane: http://tinyurl.com/msglu8
The New York Times reported that companies are now using credit checks to narrow down a pool of candidates - you're kidding me, right? I understand for finance positions, government jobs and other positions that would require stellar credit, but for data entry clerks and personal trainers? Give me a break!
It is hard enough in today's economy for people to find a job opening, stand out enough to get noticed with a cover… Continue
Added by Lizz on August 11, 2009 at 1:07pm —
At the risk of starting a blizzard of spitballs and chewing gum wads, I'm going to bring up a touchy subject. Why the heck not? I never won a popularity contest, was never voted class president (or class anything), and had to invite my own date to my prom. Hell, when I was a kid, even my mother sold my favorite blouse at a garage sale for ten cents.
Ever know when people screen their calls? You just never seem to connect, but the voicemail doesn't pick up… Continue
Added by Amy Renz on August 10, 2009 at 4:30pm —
You hire someone. They don’t work out. They leave. What is it that you remember and say about them in the past tense? It’s rarely the fact that they didn’t know how to work the numbers, or that they couldn’t put the pieces of a widget together. No, it’s almost always their soft skills that generate conversation—their personality, character and values.
Two recent scenarios from my personal experience serve as good examples: A multi-generation family-run, team-oriented company in… Continue
Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on August 10, 2009 at 10:37pm —
Once upon a time there was a magical land where Recruiters made heaps and piles of cash. Pit rooms, placement bells, residual commissions and 400% mark ups grew on every tree. Every day was sunny and every resume was perfect. Every submittal was a fit too, no questions. Then one day….
Depression 2.0 occurred.
We Recruiters couldn’t pay for afford Starbucks and were… Continue
Added by Michael Glenn on August 11, 2009 at 12:00am —
In an interview you will be asked two questions about compensation. If you do not handle them correctly it will be the end of the interview process or cost you a lot of money.
The first question is about earnings history. “What are you earning or what did you earn in your most recent job”?The second question is about your required compensation. “What do you need “? “What are you looking for”?
I have seen lots of bad advice on LinkedIn and other sites about these questions.… Continue
Added by Mark Warren on August 7, 2009 at 11:46am —
Customer Service is an amazing thing. Something which seems so easy and straight forward, you're helpful, friendly and essentially do as you say, providing a service.
This may seem petty to some, but this really got my blood boiling the other day. My 5 year old son was awarded an encouragement award at the local football club a few weeks ago (OK they all get them, but it didn't quell the pride, father and son both felt as he picked up his award.) The award, a… Continue
Added by Dan Nuroo on August 9, 2009 at 10:56am —
Health care leaders need to employ patience and persistence if they're going to create a beneficial, shared culture in a growing system.
Health care systems with a strong culture ensure that their environment is represented in all of its offices or operations. To achieve this, the organization must apply and measure the same processes, policies and rules throughout the field. If there is a significant variance, then the culture will not be seen as important or a… Continue
Added by Vicki Z. Lauter on August 9, 2009 at 4:37pm —
Why is it that the most recruiters focus most of their attention on the need of their clients and give little time to the desires of the candidate? I know that the majority are taught how to take a detailed job order which will enable them to match a candidate’s skills to a vacancy and the better recruiters are competent in understanding the potential career opportunity available. Then, in my opinion, many recruiters lose the plot…. they go out of their way to sell the job vacancy to potential… Continue
Added by Gavin Chase on January 30, 2009 at 4:05pm —
Ask any marketer about search engine optimization and they gladly go to into a dissertation on its benefits. Although marketing is talking purely about sales leads to the website, the same principles can be applied to attracting applicants to positions. Below is a quick guide to SEO and how you can apply it your recruiting process.
What is search engine optimization (SEO)?
According to Wikipedia: Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume or… Continue
Added by Julia on August 6, 2009 at 9:29am —
You hit the snooze button on your alarm clock for just few more minutes. You are not sure if you want to get out of bed and head to your office. It is cold outside and the commute is an hour and half by bus. After all, you know what's going to happen. You will search for candidates for chewed-out "requirements," submit couple of candidates and wait for a feedback. In between, you will email lots of candidates with no responses. You will leave so many voice mails and no call backs. You then… Continue
Added by Tirtis on September 30, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Well, you've heard of baby, engagement and bridal showers. Why not do something nice for yourself and have a Job Shower! Forget Pink Slip Parties which help you network with equally desperate and unemployed folks all vying for the same job. What if you tried a different approach-desperate times, create desperate measures or something like that. Be kind to yourself and allow others to help you and throw yourself a Job Shower!
You might ask, "How would that work exactly if I'm… Continue
Added by Lisa Kaye on August 5, 2009 at 9:20pm —
This is the year of the Cougar, Brah and Bro. Do not hire them! Trust me, these folks will ruin a Recruiting department in a New York minute. Here is how.
The Staffing Cougar
Staffing agencies are crowded with Office Cougars (aka Account Executives). They are fiercest of the Cougar species. They approach their prey (aka Hiring Managers) with little fear and maul them in broad day light. Not a good, especially if your agency has squeaky clean reputation. However,… Continue
Added by Michael Glenn on August 5, 2009 at 4:00pm —
There’s a saying I’ve heard and used over the last several years…
“Making money as a recruiter can be very volatile. When the economy is good, there’s almost nothing better, and when the economy is bad, there’s almost nothing worse.”
I’ve been a recruiter for the last 23 years and have gone through multiple recessions in that time. I’ve been fortunate to begin my career during a recession. It actually taught me how to operate in a difficult environment. I generally… Continue
Added by Harry Urschel on August 4, 2009 at 4:23pm —
I've been reading and writing a lot of blogs, tweets, articles etc about what we all should be doing in our Recruiting efforts of late, and you know what? I think they are all starting to look alike.
Social Media vs Old School
Email, internet vs the phone
Passive vs Active Candidates
Added by Dan Nuroo on August 4, 2009 at 10:00am —
Their eyes met across the room – he was everything she had been looking for: Organized, Responsive to Candidate Needs, Interactive with Her Hiring Managers, Great at managing the recruiting process – even tracked her metrics. She was everything he had been looking for: Someone to give his product a chance.
The time was 2001 – the location was any company in America that was evaluating software. You see, at that time – the “who are your other clients” question was paramount to getting… Continue
Added by Sarah White on August 4, 2009 at 1:21pm —
I know lots of people that only have one way to handle situations. In today's business world it takes flexibity and creativity to build relationships, to win new business and to keep your clients happy.
Basically most recruiting and staffing professional do the same things as each other so how do you stand out? What makes your company different?
As a recruiter you have to have a great reputation in your industry, with your clients and your candidates. Going through all the… Continue
Added by Craig Silverman on August 3, 2009 at 3:00pm —