Jen Picard's Blog (23)

The $1 Billion Problem in the Staffing Industry

Every recruiter knows it's bound to happen. At some point, one of your clients will hire one of your candidates without paying you. It's an age old problem in the staffing industry and many recruiters just consider it a cost of doing business.

But you may not realize just how big this problem really is. In case the title didn't give it away, these unidentified hires account for $1 billion dollars in missed placement fees…

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Added by Jen Picard on September 12, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

To Get Great Candidates (and hires), Communicate!

With all of the candidates you’ve likely found through your job postings, referrals and proactive sourcing methods, it may be a daunting task to try to communicate with all of them.…

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Added by Jen Picard on March 19, 2014 at 3:21pm — 3 Comments

Don't Lose your Best Candidates Because of your Interview Process

By the time you've created a compelling job…

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Added by Jen Picard on February 25, 2014 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Get World Class Talent with Relocation Benefits

Great talent is hard to find because the demand outweighs the supply. Especially for tech companies, business is good and they need more software engineers to drive the production they have the demand for.

But they just can’t seem to fill their positions because jobs are being created much faster than they can…

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Added by Jen Picard on February 20, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Sourcing Candidates with Twitter's Advanced Search

Twitter is, hands down, my favorite social network. It's a great source of information and learning, and a wonderful way  to connect with people who share similar interests. As a recruiter, it's also great…

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Added by Jen Picard on October 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Facebook Recruitment: How Manpower Does It

While I usually encourage corporate recruiting departments to create a separate Facebook Career Page (to build a Talent Community and keep your recruiting messages targeted to that community), staffing companies have the unique benefit of being able to maintain a single page on Facebook. That's because they don't necessarily need to separate their messages between clients and candidates.

Manpower has really made the most out of their …

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Added by Jen Picard on July 5, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Best Known "Secret" to Hiring Great Candidates, Faster

It's time to hire. So you write a killer job description, post it on the job boards, source additional candidates…

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Added by Jen Picard on July 4, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Recruiters: To Get Great Candidates, You Must be Relevant

I can't even keep track of how often I get recruited for positions in business development and sales, but it’s gotten to the point where I don’t even want to respond anymore. Sure, the required skill sets are similar to mine, and I could probably be successful in them if I were to make a career move. But my entire work history is in marketing. I love marketing, and anyone who spent the time to look over my background would notice that.

So, when a recruiter reaches out to me for…

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Added by Jen Picard on June 28, 2013 at 2:32pm — No Comments

3 Reasons to Use an App to Post Jobs on Facebook

If Facebook is part of your recruitment strategy, you probably already know there are several ways to post jobs on Facebook. You can post jobs to your personal Facebook network, or to a business page. But did you know that using an app to post jobs on Facebook can help you get better results? Read on for 3 reasons you should use an app to post jobs on Facebook.…

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Added by Jen Picard on June 17, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Post Jobs on Facebook Marketplace (it's free!)

As more job seekers are starting to find jobs on Facebook, employers are increasing their presence to have the largest reach possible. A great way to extend reach and drive additional traffic to your job postings is by listing your open positions on …

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Added by Jen Picard on June 16, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

What motivates employees to participate in ERP?

Sticky HQ did a survey to find out what motivates employees to participate in your Employee Referral Program, and found that the highest ranked incentive was a…

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Added by Jen Picard on June 15, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Use Facebook Recruitment to Attract Employee Referrals

Facebook can be a great way to ask employees for referrals, as well as for your employees to find referrals. As a best practice, you should also allow those candidates to apply directly on Facebook. If you take any part of the process off of Facebook, you may find that they loose interest. If you’re going to ask…

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Added by Jen Picard on June 9, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Elevate your Employer Brand through your Employees

Your employer brand is a major factor in your ability to recruit and hire top talent. According to the RolePoint  infographic below, 7 in 10 job seekers say the job and the company are equally important in deciding whether to accept a…

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Added by Jen Picard on June 8, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Horrific Tale of Candidate Experience

I was just reading an article that I sincerely hope isn't true. It's written by a job seeker about his worst job interview. Here's how it begins:…

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Added by Jen Picard on June 7, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Facebook Recruiting: How HP Does It

Companies are constantly asking how they can create a great Facebook Career Page to recruit top talent for their organization. Rather than simply telling them how to make a great page, it's so much easier to show them with live examples. Here's what we like about HP's page:

For one, they've created a dedicated page for HP Careers which they keep separate from their corporate marketing page. Their …

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Added by Jen Picard on June 6, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why You Should Care about Employee Referrals

Employee Referrals are on of the biggest sources of external hires.

That’s because they’re one of the most cost effective ways to attract quality candidates – the reward to employees who referred your new hire are usually about 80% lower than the cost of agency fees. Your employees can speak on…

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Added by Jen Picard on June 5, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

4 Reasons to Use Social Media for Recruitment

Social media increases a company’s reach, gives the company a more personal feel, shares their brand and generates leads.

These days, I’m seeing an increase in HR departments using social for these same things – here’s why:

Reach More Candidates

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Added by Jen Picard on June 4, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

3 Tips to Optimize your Career Site for Applicant Conversions

The goal of any good career site should be to turn visitors into applicants and hires. You spend a lot of time and money driving traffic to your job descriptions, and it’s important to get those qualified candidates to apply. Read on for 3 tips to optimize your career site for conversions.

1. Write job descriptions that make people want to apply.

Some people will actively seek out your company to work, but the first time most will be introduced to your company…

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Added by Jen Picard on June 3, 2013 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Social Recruitment through Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words. Cliché? Yes. True? Absolutely! Especially in terms of social media, people have so much to look at and take in (the average Facebook visit is 20 minutes), that pictures stand out and make the biggest impact because visuals are a little easier to process. For example, you can tell people how awesome your office is, but it's so much more powerful to show them your…

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Added by Jen Picard on May 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How to Handle Employee Referrals

Employee Referrals are regarded as one of the best ways to get quality applicants. Whether you chose to build a program through email, social media, or by simply posting flyers in your office to solicit them, there are some general guidelines you should follow to ensure that you continue to get them.

  1. You must respond to all of your referrals. These are your employees’ friends and connections – don’t abuse them, and don’t waste them. Otherwise, your employees won’t refer any more…
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Added by Jen Picard on May 17, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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