September 19 , 2018

Recruiting Strategy

Effective Approaches for Attracting Competitors’ Employees to Your Firm

As the global war for talent continues to manifest itself in an ever-increasing manner of ways, a nasty practice left over from an era long ago continues to handcuff recruiting organizations around the world. The practice we speak of is the gentlemen’s agreement made between two organizations not to poach one another’s employees.   Once incredibly common among strategic partners, …

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Aggressive Talent Poaching in Bathrooms and Parking Lots

Ever since the unsolicited offer by Microsoft to buy Yahoo, recruiters have been literally “circling” Yahoo in a manner that would have to be labeled as aggressive even by Silicon Valley standards. The tactics vary from the relatively tame practice of “cold calling” into Yahoo in order to find nervous employees to the more aggressive “trolling” by recruiters outside Yahoo’s …

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Positioning the Strategic Role of Recruiters in Volatile Economic Times

The U.S. economy is like a sprinter trying his best to run a long-distance race. It takes off at full speed until it burns up its resources and has to slow down while it recovers, only to take off again shortly thereafter. Time and time again, companies in the U.S. have weathered periods of economic expansion and contraction, but for …

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Top 10 Indications That You Are a Dinosaur (Old-School) Recruiter!

10 Signs of an Old-School Recruiter Here is a simple list that can be used by hiring managers to determine if the recruiters assigned to them are decidedly old school. They don't use text messaging. While only 20% of the adult population utilizes text messaging, over 50% of the younger generation uses it. In fact, they prefer instant or text …

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Develop an Innovator and Game Changer Capture Program

The Business Impact of Innovators and Game Changers There are many reasons why managers in corporate recruiting fail to institute specialized processes and programs to capture individuals (executive search professionals have long excelled at treating game changers differently). The most common reason for their lack of action is that they have failed to calculate the differential in business impact that …

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Increase Your Impact: Prioritize Recruiting on Revenue-Generating Positions

Calculating the Cost of a Vacancy in a Revenue-Generating Job A revenue-generating job is one that when vacant, no revenue is generated. Obviously, this category includes sales jobs, but it also includes a large number of jobs that can potentially halt the revenue stream if left vacant, like pilots or surgeons. It should be obvious to everyone that whenever you …

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Managers or Recruiters: Who Should Make The Contact Call?

Would you like to increase your call-back percentage from “hard to hire” target candidates to 100%? It’s easier than you think as long as you shift who makes the initial contact with these highly desirable but hard-to-contact candidates.   I’m a fact driven recruiter in a world full of “instinct,” ego, and emotion-driven recruiters. Data tells you what works and …

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Advanced Recruiting Tips for Smaller Firms

Smaller organizations face a vast array of unique recruiting challenges. While some may assume that recruiting in a smaller organization is easier than in a large organization, those who have worked in both would attest that it’s not easier, just different. While some of the challenges are the same, just different in scale, others are uniquely inherent to the size …

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The Housing Crisis, the Economy, and Their Impact on Recruiting

Over the course of my nearly 40-year career in human resources, I have witnessed almost a dozen recruiting booms (where recruiting budgets ballooned) and busts (where there were sharp and painful drops in the need for recruiters and for recruiting). While the primary factor driving each differed, all were attributable to economic factors. As news stories continue to unfold, it …

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The Dollar Impact of Great Recruiting: A Must-Do Calculation

There is nothing more important in the business world than demonstrating the dollar impact of what you do. Every major business function from marketing, sales, finance, supply chain, customer service, and production routinely demonstrate their return on investment. However, as with many aspects of corporate life, HR tends to be the exception to the rule. Over the course of my …

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