All Blog Posts Tagged 'recruiting' (983)

How Many In The Pool?

It’s pretty disappointing when we don’t land the candidate that we were after.  There’s a lot of frustration when this happens.  In most situations however, there is more than one person in the candidate pool.  Someone who fits the need and would be an excellent hire.

On any search you should look at the big picture and and understand that there are some number of potential candidates in existence that would be a great hire.  The objective is to make a great hire, improve your…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 26, 2017 at 5:54am — No Comments

Real Job Stability

Job stability is not what it used to be.  It seems like it was a century ago when job stability was something that employees counted on from a single employer for an entire career.  That’s actually close to accurate.

The reality is that companies have been focused on business and results over individual employees for a long time.  That’s perfectly fine as long as employees understand that and take responsibility for their own careers.  Real job stability comes from doing great work.…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 25, 2017 at 6:02am — No Comments

The Recruitment Process (in images)

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Added by Charlotte Barrington on July 24, 2017 at 11:43am — No Comments

Strike While The Iron Is Hot.....or

When you have a tough job to fill, a skill set that is in high demand and with a shortage of qualified people, you have to move when you can.  Too many times we see hiring managers hold to a set process of finding 3 candidates to interview before moving forward or something similar.

It’s great to have a good hiring process that works for you, but you have to think about the current situation and do what is best for business.  Candidates with backgrounds and skills that are in short…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 24, 2017 at 5:54am — No Comments

More Knowledge

Many companies recruit sharing as little information as possible.  Knowledge is dangerous.  The more the candidate knows about our business, the more they can find to object to.

Great companies work the opposite way.  The more they share the better.  Great companies come in all shapes and sizes and are in any industry, but they all do great work.  Sharing their vision, how they operate, what they accomplish, what they are building……these things show the great work that they do and…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 20, 2017 at 6:05am — No Comments

CAN WE BRIDGE THE ENGINEERING SKILLS GAP?

The engineering sector is currently experiencing a lack of talented, trainee, qualified and experienced Engineers coming through. This skills gap is not just an issue for the engineering sector but for many other UK industries too.

What is a skills…

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Added by Charlotte Barrington on July 20, 2017 at 5:32am — No Comments

Disconnect

Currently we are experiencing low unemployment and stalled wage growth.  There is a disconnect here and something’s gotta give at some point.

This really highlights the sloppiness of the long recovery we are in.  At some point we will get a good economy again.  It’s not horrible now, but without wage growth it’s not the real deal.

More good work and more patience.

Todd Kmiec…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 18, 2017 at 5:55am — No Comments

Sponsorship

Sponsorship is a pain.  There’s a cost and there’s paperwork.

But for some searches the candidate pool is really tight and opening up to sponsorship does open up the candidate pool.  The decision to not sponsor is an easy one if you can fill the position without it.  However, the negatives are not significant enough to take the option off the table for challenging searches.

Todd Kmiec…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 17, 2017 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Know What You Are

It’s easy to lose sight of what you are recruiting for.  We want this.  We have to get one of those.  It’s imperative that you know what you are.

What does your business do?

What do you provide?

What do you sell?

How do you sell it?

Recruit with that in mind.

Todd Kmiec…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 16, 2017 at 6:28am — No Comments

Massive Movement

In the United States about 5,000,000 people leave their job every month and a little more than 5,000,000 people take a new job.

Do the numbers on that…..per region, per state, per metropolitan area etc…..

That’s a ton of movement and clear evidence that the candidate pool is always changing.

Todd Kmiec…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 15, 2017 at 6:16am — No Comments

Stuck and Getting Unstuck

You can get stuck in anything.  Fixing a mechanical problem, recruiting, sports, writing and on and on.  Getting stuck is normal.  Staying stuck is a problem.

The key to getting unstuck is to change things up.  A small tweak.  A different source.  A different tool.  As soon as you realize that you are stuck, look to change things up and get moving again.

Todd Kmiec…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 14, 2017 at 10:46am — No Comments

Roster Improvement

We all want the perfect fit.  Sometimes we get it.  Sometimes it’s just not there.  One approach is to keep working at it and be patient.  Better to have the perfect fit at some point than to have a very good fit sooner.

The other approach is to constantly work to improve the roster.  Upgrade each spot every chance you get.  Work hard to expand your reach and identify the best fit that you can land for each spot.  Great sports teams do this.  Look at the New England Patriots.  They…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 13, 2017 at 10:53am — No Comments

Learn To Walk Before You Can Run

We recently interviewed a fellow recruitment colleague on the expectations that he had when he started out his career. He had the impression that he would go and hit the ground running, but after a couple of months he realised it may not be as easy as he first thought.…

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Added by Charlotte Barrington on July 13, 2017 at 4:04am — No Comments

Target

Sometimes you know exactly who you need.  One target.  The approach, a shotgun approach, is simple.  If you have lots of time you can work towards the goal of landing the ideal candidate without a lot of risk.  If you don’t have a lot of time, the risk goes up significantly.

The other approach is to have many possible targets and expand your reach to engage as many as you can.  Much lower risk.  Much more likely that you will be able to engage the right candidate.  You may even end up…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 12, 2017 at 12:04pm — No Comments

What Game of Thrones Teaches us About Recruitment

Winter is coming this season (7) and we all can’t wait for 16th July to watch the first episode. Game of Thrones never 

ceases to surprise us and I am sure this season will be no…

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Added by Amri Anand on July 12, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments

Over The Top

A good job ad gets your attention.  It peaks your interest.  Something like…..

“Great opportunity for an experienced widget maker”

Then it will state the critical information.  The main idea is to peak interest and give the critical requirements that you are looking for.  You want the right candidate to recognize that they fit and generate enough interest for them to want to explore it and find out what makes it a great opportunity.

If an ad goes over the top it sounds…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 11, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Underemployment

The unemployment rate has been trending down since 2010.  That’s a good thing even considering the fact that we were in really bad shape then and the numbers are regularly massaged.

If you include the underemployed (those working at lesser jobs than they really need but still not qualifying for unemployment) the numbers aren’t nearly as good.  You really have to include the underemployed to get a feel for how good or bad the situation is.  The underemployed don’t make enough money and…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 10, 2017 at 12:05pm — No Comments

No Shame

There is no shame in not being the right fit.  Many candidates feel rejected when they are passed on by a hiring manager.  Recruiters, especially early in their careers, can sometimes feel rejected when their candidate is not a fit.

I’m not the right fit for the Golden State Warriors at small forward and I’m not the right fit for manicurist at the local salon.  No shame in that.  Recruiting is about finding.  Finding the right candidate.  Finding the right position.  Feeling rejected…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 7, 2017 at 10:20am — No Comments

Hi my name is...

When I was in high school I applied for a job at Pizza Hut. A few of my friends worked there and I hated my current job so I figured I’d try it out. The day of the interview I was a little nervous - standard nerves about an interview - nothing crazy. The manager came to the front of the restaurant to meet me and we sat in a booth to begin the Q&A. The first thing he asked was, “So that’s your real name? We all were taking bets it was a stage name.” To say that I was shocked would be an…

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Added by Alexis Gingerella on July 6, 2017 at 11:32pm — 1 Comment

Why Recruit?

If you want to know why you recruit, ask yourself why you are in business.  Companies are in business for a reason or for a number of reasons.

  • To make an impact on the world.
  • To satisfy a need.
  • To make a given set of people happier.
  • To make things easier for a given set of people.
  • To make money, employ people, produce something useful……..

If you’ve got a reason to be in business then there’s a reason you need to recruit.  In…

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Added by Todd Kmiec on July 6, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments

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