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Job Boards Are Alive & Kicking

As a recruiter the first port of call when looking to find or attract talent is often job boards and I believe that in most situations this should still be the case. This is supported by a…


Added by Chris South on July 22, 2015 at 2:01am — No Comments

The Best LinkedIn Account for Recruiters

As part of my job I’m often asked by both in-house and agency recruitment managers for my advice around their level of LinkedIn investment. 

This is because the only readily available advice is from LinkedIn Sales Representatives or recruiters who have had prior exposure to Premium or…


Added by Chris South on June 18, 2015 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

The Problem with Recruitment and Social Media

Defining Social Recruiting

Social Recruiting (Digital Recruiting, ERecruiting, Online Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Purple Squirrel Hunting et al.) is at a cross-roads. It has been around long enough that it should now feature as a standard part of most recruiter’s toolkits, but in a lot of cases, even the most basic of tools aren’t being utilised.

Before looking at the problem I’ve attempted to break down what I’m referring to as social…


Added by Chris South on April 30, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

What is the Commercial Use Limited on LinkedIn Search? Part 2

Since we published last week’s blog post (What is the Commercial Use Limit on LinkedIn?) I’ve received lots of…


Added by Chris South on January 21, 2015 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

What is the Commercial Use Limit on LinkedIn Search?

It is early January so you may not yet have noticed any change to LinkedIn, but in the background there have been several key changes implemented for 2015. Two of these changes are very significant for recruiters and have the potential to force those that are currently getting by with the LinkedIn Basic account to upgrade to Premium.

The primary reason recruiters tell me that they don’t upgrade their LinkedIn account is that they get most of the functionality they need from…


Added by Chris South on January 12, 2015 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

A Summary of 2014 and 8 Recruiting Predictions for 2015

I was in the process of preparing our regular weekly newsletter to send out to our blog readers when I hit a bit of a road bump, with Christmas very nearly here most of my normal sources were republishing old content or writing Christmas themed motivators. Rather than send out a collection of generic links that would add no value…


Added by Chris South on December 21, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

The Top 5 Guerilla Job Marketing Campaigns

Job marketing is slowly gaining traction with recruiters, who are realising that it is possible to reach candidate audiences without them having to first visit a job board.

There are many great examples of job marketing from around the world, here are my top 5:


Uber have really stirred up their industry and they are also doing the same with recruitment. If you ignore the accusations of cancelling rides and look at the undercover recruiter concept…


Added by Chris South on December 1, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Master Recruiting on GitHub in 4 Minutes

We all now recruit in candidate short markets, this means traditional digital sourcing tools such as job boards and LinkedIn are producing fewer results. To solve this problem recruiters are looking to new platforms to find candidates. For recruiters working in the IT industry, in particular those who are recruiting software developers, GitHub is a great tool. For anyone who is new to GitHub we have produced this video to show you how to use the site and also a couple of tips such as…


Added by Chris South on October 29, 2014 at 2:34am — No Comments

Should Recruitment Agencies Stop Worrying About Google Page Rankings?

I often comment about the reliance recruitment firms have on traditional sourcing strategies, but recently I’ve also noticed that website search engine optimisation (SEO) is also still perceived by a lot of agencies as being the most important form of branding outside of job boards.

I get this, it makes sense to have a high ranking website on Google so that people find you when they type in terms relating to your business. This blog isn’t focused on SEO but just quickly if you are…


Added by Chris South on October 9, 2014 at 4:21pm — No Comments

How to View The Last Names of Third Degree Connections on Linkedin

For many people who still have free or basic premium Linkedin Accounts, not being able to see the surname of third degree connections is a constant frustration.

X-Ray Search

Most recruiters are aware that you can get around this problem by entering an X-ray search string into…


Added by Chris South on August 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Should You Offer Your Employees the Same Referral Fees as Your External Agencies?

In a recent article, John Sullivan  highlighted examples of three ultra-bold recruiting practices, commenting that they are quickly becoming mainstream and that those that don’t adapt will be left behind in the ongoing talent war. Another commentator suggested that these ultra-bold recruiting practices were only practical for an elite tier of hiring…


Added by Chris South on July 25, 2014 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Are In-Demand Candidates Still Reading InMails?

Last Thursday Linkedin announced that they are making changes to their InMail policy

In short they are trying to reduce the amount of ineffective bulk InMails that are sent, hopefully improving the overall candidate experience which in turn should result in improved response rates for recruiters.

Linkedin is doing this by targeting the two percent of Recruiter users…


Added by Chris South on July 21, 2014 at 10:08pm — 5 Comments


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