Phil Strazzulla's Blog (33)

Employer Branding for CEOs

CEOs are busy enough, do they really need another priority to think about?  Well, no.  But, if there is something to help them do their job better and more efficiently, they should be aware of it, right?  So, we thought we'd put together this eBook which is specifically focused on what CEOs need to know about employer branding.…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 20, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Faltering Sales? Why Your Hiring Process Might be to Blame

A lot of companies are trying to move away from departmental silos, preferring cross-functional teams and open communication among divisions. It’s a good idea for the left hand to always know what the right hand is doing, and vice versa.

But what if the left hand is unwittingly sabotaging the right hand?

This can be seen time and time again when it comes to a company’s hiring practices. A company will put out an ad, and will treat applicants like…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 18, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Employer Branding ROI

Forecasting and calculating a return on investment is one of the most important aspects of building your employer brand.  The professionals who are able to track the results of their efforts are the ones who’ll continue to get resources from senior management to build the talent brand.

In this eBook, we dive into where ROI comes from in employer branding, along with a methodology for calculating what the opportunity is for your company to reap the rewards of a stronger employer…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 13, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Career Page Best Practices Guide

Career sites are your best asset to attract top talent to your organization. They are the most trafficked part of the candidate journey. They’re also a place that you fully control and don’t have to worry about being polluted by anonymous reviews by ex-employees. Despite these facts, it’s one of the most underutilized assets in a company’s arsenal to attract top talent.

This…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 12, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Differences in Professional Expectations Across Generations, aka recruiting millennials

A few weeks ago, we co-hosted a great event with Universum around their recent Generations research which dives deep into what professionals and students of various generations hope, fear, and expect about their careers.  With all…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 30, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Employer Branding ROI Calculator

There is a lot of information out there on employer branding ROI and what the potential is.  However, it can be hard to get a firm grasp on how large (or small) of an opportunity focusing on employer branding can…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 21, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Glassdoor Pricing: How it Really Works

We all know Glassdoor, the review site where employees can anonymously comment on the pros and cons of working at a given company, as well as the salaries that they were/are paid.

Glassdoor has become a staple of job seekers’ candidate journeys, and therefore has become an increasingly important consideration in a company’s employer branding strategy.

After seeing this post in a Facebook group we’ve grown to love, we thought we’d collect responses, and share…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 13, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Employer Branding: Everything you need to know

Employer branding has grown in significance due to changes in job seeker behavior, and increased competition in the war for talent. The statistics are quite staggering with 72% of candidates spending over an hour researching a company, and 70% saying they wouldn’t take a job at a bad company even if unemployed. LinkedIn found that the number one reason candidates don’t apply for a job is…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 10, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

SEO Doesn’t Matter for Talent Acquisition

TLDR: SEO doesn’t drive applicants in a significant way, even for Fortune 500 companies who have invested in SEO, because it’s impossible to beat job boards for the vast majority of queries.

Last week I was day dreaming and, as sometimes happens, I started to think about talent acquisition (don’t judge me). I was thinking about the key to any “successful” job board. It’s really all about cheaply attracting job seekers, and then re-selling that traffic to employers. Monster’s mechanism…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 6, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Time to Fill ROI Calculator

Time to fill is an essential metric for HR professionals to track as they monitor the health of their talent acquisition function.

We define time to fill as the average time it takes to close a given job req, measured in days.  Your metric may be specific to a function (time to fill for Java Engineers in Boston), or for the entire company.

Time To Fill = (Total Number of Days of Opened Jobs / Total Number of Jobs)…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on May 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Calculate ROI from changes in Talent Acquisition Funnel

Understanding and manipulating your talent acquisition funnel is one of the most important tasks for HR professionals.  However, it can be very hard to see where ROI is coming from currently, and where it can come in the future.



While it may not be intuitive…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on May 23, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

11 Corporate culture videos you need to see

Company overview videos can be amazing assets in the war for talent, or they can fall flat and make candidates run in the other direction.

We’ve seen many videos in the course of working with companies on their employer brands. We’ve seen what works, and what doesn’t.

Best practices for culture videos:

  • Authenticity (or “honesty” if you don’t like buzz words) is key. The companies who allow a true look into their company…
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Added by Phil Strazzulla on May 21, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Employer Branding Best Conferences to Attend

Here are a list of the top conferences that focus on topics related to employer branding: Content Creation, Social Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Sourcing, etc.

If you have a conference that we’ve missed and should be on the list, shoot me an email!

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on May 21, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

10 Recruiter Fails That Will Make You Say “I’m Glad It Wasn’t Me!”

From the job seeker’s perspective, interviews can be really tough. They’re nervous, and aren’t sure what the recruiter is going to ask. Despite careful preparation, even the best job seeker has botched an interview.

But recruiters are always in control. They never say anything inappropriate or have any mishaps, right?

Yeah…not so much.

But, that’s ok, because at least these stories aren’t YOU! And, secretly you can now let go a sigh of relief at whatever faux pax you…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on May 17, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How Layoffs Effect Glassdoor Reviews

It’s a feeling like no other. After months of meetings, projections, and gut-wrenching stress, the decision has been made: your company needs to lay people off. You sit in with the managers as one by one, employees are given the hard news, watching them try to keep a brave face as their world shatters.

Layoffs suck. Whether the people you’re laying off are in the office next door or across the country, the results are the same: your company’s decision is taking away somebody…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on May 16, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

8 Career Page Mistakes You Have to Avoid

Career pages are arguably the best asset talent acquisition has in attracting and converting quality applicants. The vast majority of candidates visit your careers site, and it’s also a trusted source of information.

However, many companies are vastly under utilizing this asset. We thought we’d point out a few of the common mistakes that we see over and over again in order to help companies get the most out of their career pages.

Here are the most common mistakes that we see in…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on May 15, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mix ‘n’ Match: Good for Pizza, Bad for Job Descriptions

We all love pizza. And there’s nothing better on a lazy Friday evening than to order a couple of pizzas and hang out on the couch. It couldn’t be easier: you pick a crust, pick some meat, pick your cheese, and pick a few veggies, and voila! And if every second customer picks the exact same thing as you, who cares?…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 27, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

100,000 Data Points tell us the Best Applicant Tracking Systems

Applicant tracking systems are numerous to say the least.  To figure out the best fit for your business you need to start wide and quickly narrow down your hit list based on research, and then demos of your top choices.

We wanted to shed some light on the nebulous ATS landscape with a bit of data around marketshare, who’s growing the most, and who’s customers are staying the longest.  Please use this data to widdle down your list to those solutions that are most relevant to your…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 24, 2017 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Careers Page Design Advice

Throughout the course of a given month, we analyze dozens of career sites, and talk to a similar amount of practitioners who are constantly trying to get a grip on how they should design their careers pages. So, we thought we’d share some of the advice we give over and over…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 14, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Stop using stock photos in your recruitment marketing efforts!

Doesn’t this photo look awesome?

How about this one?

Ok, so these are a bit over the top (and what's up with the thumbs up?). However, we all know a stock photo when we see one right? Is it that surprising that these types of photos hurt conversions? Check out this case study.

Just like in marketing, in recruiting it’s important to have real photos. Look at the difference.…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on May 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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