Guess what? You’re to blame for the weak hires over the last year. It’s so your fault! You have been here all year and with a zero candidate pipeline. Z-E-R-O!

Where is the recruiting strategy you promised? Why didn’t we hire any “Rock Star” candidates that were laid off? What happened to the process, the database, and the improved time to fill? Bro, where is the Beef?

Okay, stop. Rewind to January 2009.

Half the recruiting team was let go and the work load nearly doubled. You didn’t have time to build a candidate pipeline. You didn’t have time on refining the recruiting process. Or, even attract these so called passive “rock star” candidates out in the streets. Basically, you struggled to meet the somewhat unrealistic expectations.

Press play for today January 2010.

The dust has settled and companies are slowly adding to their teams again. It’s time to rebuild the recruiting pipeline and work on employment branding. It’s time to start changing the mindsets of hiring managers and selling the candidate on accepting the job.

Before anything can happen, take the time to come up with a strategy. Evaluate the team and get overall assessment of the current state of recruiting. Then create the recruiting process and stick to it.

Sourcing is going to be critical this year. It’s going to be a race to build candidate pipeline, and it’s not going to happen over night. Recruiters are getting hired again. And, it’s going to feel like a land grab for candidates this year.

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Comment by Maureen Sharib on January 13, 2010 at 10:30am
Sourcers are getting hired. That's what I'm seeing.
Comment by Alan Fitzpatrick on January 15, 2010 at 4:54pm
Nice motivating blog post. As companies downsized internal recruiters it is an excellent time to fill what should be a growing demand in 2010. Companies will be very slow to go add back the internal positions, contracting outside in the near term. Focusing on sourcing is an excellent strategy right now.
Comment by Saleem Qureshi on February 24, 2010 at 3:13am
@Michael..Great article and gives many ideas and concepts to think about..AS you said that it's the time to rebuild the recruiting pipeline, so what I suggest to recruiters that they must start highly investing in HR technology like online assessment tool to attract robust talent pool from which to select future leaders. This critical tool will enable the company to deliver strategic business outcomes..what are your opinions?

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