Articles tagged 'Recruiting'

Letter From the Editor

What’s the State of Recruiting Today? Take Our Survey and Help Us Find Out

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Last year, we discovered recruiters prefer talent acquisition to most any other name. We learned that recruiting quality prospects was harder in 2014, even if some of the corporate recruiters we surveyed thought otherwise.

And looking back on the results of last year’s State of Recruiting Survey, it seems some recruiters were whistling past the graveyard when it came to predicting the difficulty in recruiting this year.

Now ERE Media (the parent company of TLNT) is conducting this year’s recruiting survey (you can find it here), and we would love for you to take part. In addition to corporate recruiting, we’re collecting information specific to the search and staffing sectors. Among the questions we ask are some the specific challenges presented by your clients. Your opinion of hiring managers is among them.

Take part and get a copy of the results

We also ask about your use of metrics, analytics and KPIs to measure productivity and performance. One especially useful question deals with the most effective way of reaching candidates, i.e. phone, texting, email, etc.

The more responses we get from agency recruiters, the more useful the results. So please, spend the 6 or 7 minutes it will take and complete the survey. And add your comments to fill in any blanks. Those who participate will get early copies of the results.

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: You Need to Recruit Before You Need to Hire

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I guess it’s just plain human nature to not take action until it’s absolutely required.

I say that because few business owners or hiring managers look for new employees until there’s a pressing need. Then they end up hiring the first warm body that even remotely fits the job description, but that’s no way to build a winning team.

What if we thought of human capital as raw materials? Read more…

Classic TLNT

The New Hiring Mantra: Finding Candidates With Great Cultural “Fit”

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

On average, people spend nine (9) hours of their day at work.

Projecting this over an entire lifetime, we face a very big, somewhat scary number. When you consider this number, it should become incredibly and inherently clear just how crucial finding a company that really fits can be.

Being happy and satisfied with your job makes you more productive and allows you to maximize your potential. While we can all agree on the importance of cultural fit in achieving happiness and satisfaction, it’s a little surprising to hear the truth about how fit companies really are. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Rejection Letter Dos and Don’ts: How to Treat People With a Little Decency

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A number of years ago I got rejected for a job.

I know, I know, you are probably as surprised as I was. The funny part is, I got the hard copy, snail mail rejection letter 18 months after I had apparently applied. I went back into my email to try to figure out what really happened.

You see, as a Recruiting Pro, I wouldn’t actually apply through an ATS, especially for an executive position, which this was. My email confirmed that fact; I had sent the Chief HR Officer of a large organization my resume directly. This rejection letter was from that contact. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

How to Find the Best Passive (or Not Looking) Job Candidates

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Last week, I discussed why using the term “passive candidate” or “passive job seeker” was inappropriate and I proposed a more accurate name —  “not-looking top prospects.”

In this article I highlight the best sourcing approaches that can be used to identify and eventually attract the highly desirable “not-looking top prospects.” Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Whatever You Do, Don’t Treat Your Employees Equally

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The Container Store believes:

  • 3 bad employees = 1 OK employee;
  • 3 OK employees = 1 good employee;
  • 3 good employees = 1 great employee.

And, as you know, it ain’t easy to find great employees, so once you do, don’t treat them equally, treat them fairly! Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Do Recruiters Still Care About the Candidate Relationship?

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Back in the day, while working at my first job out of school, I became bored.

Shocker for a young person, right? I made the decision that since I had one year of real life working under my belt, it was time to move on and change jobs.

I was scouring the Sunday classified ads and snail-mailing my resumes and cover letters — printed on the perfect shade of buff-colored stationery — to companies. No Internet or job boards back then. How painful would that be if we had to do that today?  Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Finding Top Talent: 6 Critical Stats Every Employer Needs to Know Now

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“Where have all the candidates gone?” If you’re among the nearly 40 percent of employers who have an open position for which you can’t find the talent to fill those roles, you’re probably asking yourself this very question.

According to CareerBuilder’s 2015 U.S. Job Forecast, more than a third of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees this year, the best outlook from the annual forecast since 2006.

But many are finding that planning to hire and actually making a hire are two vastly different undertakings. Across industries, the demand for candidates with specific skills far outnumbers the supply, and the old rules of recruiting no longer apply. Read more…

Classic TLNT

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

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

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

Survey Finds That Tech Workers Are Not Happy With 2% Pay Raises

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Paralleling the national average wage growth, tech workers saw their pay rise just 1.9 percent last year to an average of $89,450 annually, more than twice what the average U.S. worker earns.

But given that 2014′s increase was the lowest since 2010, there’s growing discontent in the ranks.

The annual Dice Tech Salary Survey says satisfaction with pay declined 2 percent in 2014 to 52 percent of the surveyed workers. That may not seem like much of a change, but it’s a significant drop from 2012 when 57 percent expressed satisfaction with their pay. Read more…