Sajjad Masud

Sajjad Masud is co-founder & CEO of Simplicant, a cloud-based social recruiting platform transforming talent acquisition and making enterprise-level recruiting technology accessible to companies of all sizes. Connect with him and the Simplicant team on Twitter and Facebook.

Articles by Sajjad Masud

Recruiting and Staffing

A Checklist When You’re Focused on Hiring the Very Best Talent


When your business is rapidly scaling and company operations are in full swing, it’s easy to get caught in the daily routine and lose sight of some of the fundamentals affecting your company’s performance.

Bringing the right people on board and filling your open positions fast are perhaps the most important things your team needs to do on a regular basis, as you scramble to meet your company’s growth demands. It is, therefore, critical that you take a moment to review your current methodologies and technology infrastructure supporting some of your most vital operations.

In the case of talent acquisition, here is a checklist for your hiring campaign to make sure you are covering some of the key areas and are equipped to find the best talent for your company: Read more…

HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

Six Ways to Make Your Employee Referrals Really Work


In the rush to find top talent for their open positions, organizations often get caught in the traditional recruiting cycle.

Trying to do more of the same, however, doesn’t always bring in better results — and the effort put into the talent acquisition process has a low return. Many companies either completely overlook employee referral programs or are unable to integrate them into their recruiting process in a seamless and meaningful way.

Employee referrals were the No. 1 source of outside hires last year, beating even job boards and career sites. Your current employees can pave the way for your future hiring success. Read more…

Talent Management

Is Social Media Encouraging More Employees to Switch Jobs?

According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 31 percent of employees are not satisfied in their current jobs. More surprising: 74 percent of workers would consider leaving their current position if they were approached with another offer.

With social media making it easier than ever for employers to approach both active and passive candidates, is this newer phenomenon encouraging more employees to pack up and leave? Or is it just empowering employees to find better opportunities faster and more efficiently?

Prior to the proliferation of social media, the amount of time it took a dissatisfied employee to find a new position was a great deal longer. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Ways to Revamp Recruitment to Deal With Realities of a Shaky Job Market

shaky job market

The recent jobs report doesn’t quite offer enough to cheer about.

Payrolls expanded by a mere 80,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate remained steady at 8.2 percent. What does this mean for the world of recruitment?

For one thing, it means the previous methods of hiring just do not apply to the new job market reality. It is time for organizations to look at new recruitment strategies, including next-generation candidate management and recruiting systems, as well as social media recruitment practices, to find the best and brightest candidates from the growing pool of applicants. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Yes, Times Have Changed and You Need to Rethink Your Hiring Strategy


Although the April unemployment rate remains hovering above 8 percent nationally, 30 percent of U.S. employers reported in 2011 that they couldn’t fill their open positions for more than six months because it was so hard to find the right people.

There is no doubt that every organization strives to find candidates with experience, skills, ability and the right attitude. However, what are the reasons behind the “war for talent”?

Why do some of the best companies complain about how hard it is to find the right fit? Why is it so difficult for employers to hire for their critical open positions? Why does it sometimes take so long? Read more…