Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Good Places to Find Good Candidates – For Free

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The smartest recruiters build relationships with intelligent, potential candidates even before there is a role that needs filling.

As competitive as the recruitment market can be, there are places where you can find potential candidates for free, you just need to be proactive about investing the time it may take to do so.

You don’t need to target paid job sites to find smart people who are looking for employment, there are plenty of other places you can locate them. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Why You REALLY Need to Do Retention Interviews

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As I have written before, in my mind, exit interviews are analogous to closing the barn doors after the horses are out.

If you want to keep your best people on-board and happy, how about getting together with them every four to six months for a Retention or “Stay” Interview? (Maybe it would more aptly be named a “Relationship Review?”)

My apologies for not giving you a better idea of what these “interviews” might look like at that time. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Big Data and the Moneyball Moment in Data-Driven Talent Acquisition

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Big Data has been permeating into the lexicon of every aspect of company strategy over the past few years, and 2013 proved to be the “Moneyball Moment,” as the spotlight turned to how data science is changing recruitment.

Last year brought recruitment managers a suite of data-driven panaceas, from semantic search to predictive analytics, along with a host of case studies analysing the effectiveness of calculated hiring decisions, such as Google’s now famous data-driven interview process.

So how is this cambrian explosion of “next-big-things” in Big Data hiring spilling over into 2014, and what talent acquisition strategies are coming into the spotlight? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues, Recruiting and Staffing

New Jersey Latest State to Ban the Box in Employment Applications

New Jersey

By Eric B. Meyer

Come Jan. 1, 2015, most New Jersey employers will no longer be able to ask about an applicant’s criminal record during the initial employment application process.

That’s right.

Ban the box will be b-b-b-b-banned in the Garden State! Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Employers Find That Time-to-Fill Job Rates Are Growing, Hit 13 Year High

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The time to fill open positions has reached a national average of just about 25 days, the lengthiest job vacancy period in the 13 years covered by the DICE–time to fill by industry DFH Vacancy Duration Measure.

The monthly report on time to fill and recruiting efforts says that on average it took 24.9 working days (Monday-Saturday) in June to post, source, and hire a new employee. That’s more than nine days longer than it took at the height of the recession in July 2009. Then, the average was 15.3 working days.

The lengthening time to fill is having a serious impact on search firms. Data from MRINetwork says growing numbers of candidates are taking alternative offers while clients make up their mind. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

To Poach or Not to Poach Talent? It’s Just Un-American If You Don’t

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Before we get right in and answer this question, let’s all get on the same page.

What is “Poaching?” Wikipedia defines it this way:

Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.”

It can also be a cooking term, like “Poached Eggs” or “Poached Salmon,” but that’s not what we’re talking about. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Weekly Wrap: Sweet Little Lies? Not When They’re in Your Resume

Resume snobs focus too much on form rather than the experience the author brings to the table. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime)

Raise your hand if you have never, ever fibbed on a resume.

Slightly fudging your previous experience, education, and job credentials has always been a time-honored tradition, and in the past, recruiters and hiring managers simply accepted that people would do that here and there.

Somehow, the world of work survived.

But then, background checks came along and as they got more and more extensive, all that time-honored resume fudging turned into a big problem as people got caught up in the fibs they were telling — as this latest survey from CareerBuilder makes very clear. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

The Myth of the Never-Ending Pool of Job Candidates

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There are many things broken in the cycle of recruitment, but in my opinion, a shift in mentality can save a lot of pain.

I am going to rip the Band-Aid off for you. Brace yourself.

There is NOT a never-ending pool of candidates.

The amount of data we have access to today, and the fact that it feels like you are constantly drowning in profiles of potential candidates, gives a false sense that the search is never-ending. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

The No. 1 Reason That You Just Can’t Find Talent Right Now

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There’s one big reason you can’t find talent right now. You’ll see it in the chart right after the jump.

Simple economics plays a huge role in your ability to hire well. We all like to think we are super star rock star talent acquisition pros, but the reality is we are mostly just pawns in economic cycles.

Sure you can have a great employment brand, and have great recruiting tools, and even have the most talented recruiters money can buy. But, rarely can you beat simple supply and demand. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Ways to Speed Up (and Slim Down) Your Hiring Process

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Think you have a top candidate secured and ready to accept an offer? You better act fast.

Top talent in today’s workforce is in high demand and by the time you’ve made an offer it’s likely that they’ve probably already accepted one elsewhere. The only way to avoid missing out on top talent is to cut down your hiring process and find more efficiencies.

Stop missing out on these great hires and follow these suggestions to help you slim down (and speed up) your hiring process immediately: Read more…