Paul Slezak's Blog (29)

Recruiter Tips: It’s Time To Lose The Script

I have trained thousands of recruiters in my time. So I would like to think that I know what works and what doesn’t.

Recruiting is sales.

There. I said it.

Sure it’s about helping candidates get jobs; or finding the best talent for employers. But when all is said and…

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Added by Paul Slezak on September 22, 2014 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

How to Make a Great Impression With Your Candidates



There are literally thousands of articles available for candidates on how to leave a lasting first impression throughout the recruitment process. Everything from how to craft an engaging cover letter; to how to make a résumé stand out; and even to…

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Added by Paul Slezak on September 8, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Importance of Objective Evaluation

Please note this post originally appeared on The RecruitLoop Blog.

I actually wrote this post on a plane from Australia to Singapore.

Before my flight I had a bit of time in the airport so I went for a wander through the…

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Added by Paul Slezak on September 1, 2014 at 12:42am — No Comments

An Open Letter To Hiring Managers … On Behalf Of All Recruiters

Mr Client,

I apologise in advance for the somewhat generic greeting, but it’s been ingrained in me from way back when I first got into recruitment.

I still remember all the role-plays and all the training manuals. Every scenario seemed to involve an interaction with “Mr…

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Added by Paul Slezak on August 8, 2014 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Why Recruiters Should Stay Close To Their Candidates During Their Notice Period

My flight home from San Francisco the other day was delayed by over an hour. It felt like every 10 – 15 minutes the boarding time would be pushed out, resulting in a mass sigh or groan of frustration from the all the passengers waiting in the departure lounge.

I wasn’t paying too much attention to the…

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Added by Paul Slezak on July 28, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

What Can a Social Footprint Really Reveal About a Prospective Candidate?

With the explosion of social media networks, we have all become content creators, networkers and spectators, and we end up spending hours online in networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus, both creating and consuming content.

Over 500 million photos – not to…

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Added by Paul Slezak on February 20, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

7 Essential Telephone Screening Questions

I’ve seen far too many people fall into this trap over the years and you may well have found yourself in a similar situation either as a hiring manager or as a recruiter.

You’re inundated with applications. You skim through the plethora of cover letters or maybe have a quick glance at the…

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Added by Paul Slezak on January 29, 2014 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

How to Become a Resumé Reviewing Pro

Please note this post originally appeared on The RecruitLoop Blog

Don’t worry. I know exactly what you’re thinking.

Surely in this day and age resumés are becoming obsolete! I mean who even has a CV these…

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Added by Paul Slezak on January 24, 2014 at 11:48pm — No Comments

9 Ways to Burn Bridges With Future Candidates

Congratulations on finding the perfect person for your role! Now, what are you going to do with all those resumes that you no longer need?

Here’s some advice: Burn them. Seriously. Who cares? That person made a connection with you, your company, and your brand; but none of that matters now. You…

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Added by Paul Slezak on December 19, 2013 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Tips for clients: How to Conduct a Proper 30-day Post-hire Check-in

I can vividly remember starting a new job many years ago.

The place was a bit of a shambles and just between you and me my boss was a patronising prick. He’d seemed so nice; so approachable … during the interview process. But from day one it was as if Dr Jekyll had left Mr Hyde alone in the…

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Added by Paul Slezak on December 16, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments

How to Fail at Hiring (Even With a Great Recruiter!)

Let me be frank: even the best recruiters can’t save you from yourself.

You can fail at hiring. Maybe you’re even failing now.

“But Jenn,” you say, “I still manage to hire people. How can I be failing?”

You can be scoring a failing hiring grade and still do just enough to fill…

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Added by Paul Slezak on December 5, 2013 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Your 6 Step Job Description Checklist

 

I’ll never forget the time I was sitting opposite a client taking a brief for a new position in her team and when I asked her if she had a position description she literally scribbled a few bullet points on to a Post-It note and handed it to me across the table.

Was she…

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Added by Paul Slezak on December 2, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Do you REALLY know what you're hiring for?

 

I am speaking to employers and business owners all the time.

As part of our popular RecruiterMatch offering, before a prospective client is matched with the most suitable recruiter, I will often contact the business owner or hiring manager to really drill down on their specific…

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Added by Paul Slezak on November 25, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

How to Alienate the Best Talent

I’ve read literally hundreds of employment contracts over the years. I’ve written a fair few of them myself too.

It’s pretty common for most employers to include some kind of non-compete clause within their employment agreements in an attempt to protect their best interests.

These clauses are often…

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Added by Paul Slezak on November 17, 2013 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Top Tactics To Close Candidates Considering Other Offers

Please note this post originally appeared on the RecruitLoop Blog

You have finally made an offer to a rockstar candidate only to have them turn around and tell you that they are considering a couple of other offers.

Time to…

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Added by Paul Slezak on November 12, 2013 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

My 10 Most Memorable Candidate Interview Moments

Please note this piece first appeared on The RecruitLoop Blog

I was trained from very early on never to ask a candidate a question about a their age, religion, marital status, or whether they might perhaps be suffering from a particular…

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Added by Paul Slezak on November 5, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

10 Reasons It's Dumb to Ignore Active Job Seekers

Please note this post originally appeared on the RecruitLoop Blog.

Have you ever heard someone say that active candidates – those who are actively in the market looking for job opportunities – are a waste of…

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Added by Paul Slezak on October 29, 2013 at 4:58am — No Comments

My Top 10 Epic Recruitment Blunders

 

I caught up with a client the other day. She was actually a candidate I placed many years ago and we’ve kept in regular contact.

She’s a pretty tough business woman (I remember she was a pretty demanding candidate too!) so I felt quite chuffed when she told me that of all…

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Added by Paul Slezak on October 14, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

7 Recruiting Metrics You Should Really Care About

Please note: This article originally featured on the RecruitLoop Blog.

If you measured every metric that every article on the web suggested you should measure to confirm whether you are employing effectively or not, you would end…

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Added by Paul Slezak on October 9, 2013 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

7 Ways To Piss Off Any Candidate

I’ve spent most of my career as a hiring manager, but I’ve recently had the opportunity to become a candidate (which resulted in your getting to read my blog article today :)  ). And I have to tell you – it can be shockingly annoying to be on the candidate’s side of the table.

I’ve had many moments…

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Added by Paul Slezak on September 19, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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