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Set The Culture Tone From The Start

Hiring With Goals In Mind

When considering how many different moving parts there are within the hiring process, it's a miracle HR gets anything done! Finding and hiring great talent starts with knowing the company's goals and future vision of what exactly the company will look like. When considering how to build a team, Elijah Moore at Collage focuses on creating the right culture for his…

Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 24, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Cost Per Hire vs Value Of Hire - How HR Shows Their Value

A lot of HR teams struggle with how they can show the value they are bringing to the organization. It's understandable - how do you quantify things like a better culture, or stronger hires? Well, when there's a will, there's a way.

It's always a worthwhile exercise to look at what other parts of the organization are doing to solve a given problem. In this case, marketing once again has shown an interesting way to understand the overall health of our talent acquisition operation, as…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 20, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Change Management: How To Elevate Companies

Seeing Change in a New Light

Often times, we see change as a necessary evil, instead of an opportunity to improve. We've made the word change sound (and often feel) like something deleterious. However, if we view change as an opportunity to make situations/companies/teams that much better, then we can see it as an opportunity. This is the mindset of Marvin Washington, Professor and Department Chair…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 20, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Cultivating A Dream Workplace - Hiring Managers

Hiring The Right Manager vs. Any Manager

Ryan Houmand of Qwerke philosophy on hiring managers is simple - they need to know how to manage! This sounds basic, but most companies hire managers who are really great individual contributors as sale people, engineers, etc and not those who are actually skilled at managing. The…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 17, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Diversity Empowers the Workplace

Diversity in Hiring

Acquiring the best people requires patience, hard work, and experience. In speaking with LaTonya Wilkins of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who has this kind of experience and dedication, we learned more about focusing on diversity in the workplace to ensure hiring of quality people. This type of focus allows the variety of experiences,…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 13, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Differentiating with Enhanced Job Postings

Standing Out

With so many job posts in the interwebs out there, how do you stand out among the crowd for the right job seekers? In experiencing a lack of quality candidates, you may resort to settling for the closest possible candidate you can find. However, Cassandra Allen of Fehr & Peers has experienced success with…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 10, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Why Projects Improve The Hiring Process

The Challenge

In a world where companies are required to be more and more efficient and hire the perfect fit, engaging candidates in a way that allows their experience to shine, as well as ensure they would add to the team, is vital. We interviewed Jeffrey Moss at Parker Dewey to learn more about how their site works to help companies find and hire the right talent for the right job using…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 6, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Keeping Great Employees Starts with Onboarding

Hiring New People Takes Work

You already know that hiring new employees takes a great deal of time and money. These kinds of reasons are why Heather Eck at Epic Games takes great care so that the employee, and their future success, does not fall flat once they're onboarded. Providing excellent company culture and putting their best foot forward helps build trust and loyalty. We spoke to her…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 3, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Diminishing Returns of Outbound Recruiting

I was talking to someone who runs talent acquisition at a 1,000 person company the other day.  She was talking about how they're really struggling to get in front of quality people.  This probably sounds like a familiar conversation to many people out there.

SEO was one potential strategy they were going to consider.  I offered my thoughts on SEO and why it probably isn't a good idea to focus on it.  Job boards are…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 29, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Best Applicant Tracking Systems in 2018

Last year, we wrote an article on the best applicant tracking systems for 2017.  We received a lot of interest in the post given this data set hadn’t been explored before, and figured it was time for an update!

There are so many applicant tracking systems (ATS) out there.  We hope the data presented here will help you get a sense for the…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 27, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Here Are The People Who Will Sign Up For Your Talent Community

Talent Communities are a great way to convert more passive candidates into your hiring funnel.  There are many people who get to your careers site and are interested in applying, but aren't quite ready.

Earlier this week I was going through our customers' talent communities and saw a few patterns emerge around who these people are that opt into your pipelines.  Here are the various personas I found.

Just started a new job: A number of the people joining these…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How and Why One Analyst Recruits: Q&A With Luke Elder at Lincoln International

Banks Have Culture Too

We worked with Lincoln International, a Chicago based investment bank, who has been using NextWave Hire over the past year to share their unique culture with prospective applicants. Luke Elder works at Lincoln as an analyst and explained in more detail about how they’ve been using the platform to build their employer brand.

Getting to Know…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 22, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

HR Should Control the Careers Site

One thing that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever in the world of business is that HR almost never controls their own corporate careers page.  You know, that page that's usually under the domain

It happens to be the place that candidates research companies more than any other resource:

Job seeker behavior


Needless to say, a great careers site is an important part of talent…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 22, 2018 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Building a career in Employer Branding: Q&A with Jason Jones of LogMeIn

There was so much to learn about the life of Jason Jones and how he is leading recruitment marketing efforts at LogMeIn as their Employer Branding Specialist. We were fortunate enough to dig into the ins and outs of a day in the life of an All-Star Employer Brander and how much passion there is for ensuring people love their…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 19, 2018 at 12:00am — No Comments

Tips on Building a Career in Employer Branding

Yesterday we got the chance to talk with Lisa Chartier of Philips about what it takes to work in employer branding. While you can view the entire discussion below, we wanted to share some of the key takeaways from our conversation.

Also, you can click here for employer branding jobs from companies around the world, updated via the hashtag…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 15, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Driving ROI Through Employer Branding

Employer Branding return on investment (ROI) can seem like a very nebulous and hard to measure concept.  However, we all know that without a clear business case, it's not wise to spend resources on any activity.  And, we see time and again the business leaders who are able to link their efforts to changes in the P&L get more freedom and control within the organization.

So, it's pretty important to master this concept.

Here are the mistakes I see people make with…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 12, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hacking Glassdoor: How to Build Your Company's Presence on Review Sites

Today we were fortunate to have Sasanka Atapattu of LaunchSource talk through how his company was able to build a 4.8 star rating on Glassdoor through some hard work and a management philosophy that focuses on culture.

Here are my main takeaways from the conversation, you can also watch out entire talk below.  Enjoy!

  • Over the past 10 years, Sasanka has seen the…

Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 8, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

6 Reasons Talent Communities Fail

Talent communities are a great way to engage passive candidates who simply aren't ready to apply.  However, few companies can execute effectively while building their talent communities, and thus most end up failing.  Let's look at the most common pitfalls related to talent communities:

  1. Nothing happens:  Many times companies sit on a CRM product and don't do anything with it.  This is so common because…

Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 5, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Best Company Engineering Blogs

Engineering blogs at companies have become more and more common in the past few years.  Some employers want to build their talent brand in order to attract top engineering talent and start writing about the interesting aspects of what they're working on as a means to drive inbound applicants.  Product and marketing teams can also gain from these blogs by growing awareness of their innovations, and starting a conversation around the bleeding edge of their technology.  Other companies simply…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on February 28, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Employer Branding Job Description Examples

Employer branding is exploding, and many companies are now on the hunt for dedicated employer branding leaders who can help to supercharge their talent brand and win over the best talent.

We've seen employer branding jobs posted on a weekly basis now, whereas even a year ago the frequency just wasn't as high. Given this function is so new, we thought we'd share a few thoughts on how to write a proper job…


Added by Phil Strazzulla on February 21, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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