Recruiting Strategy

December: ’Tis the Season to Recruit When the Competition Is Low

Need an edge in your competition for talent? Think December, when there may be 35% fewer job postings trying to attract the normal volume of jobseekers. If you’ve ever gambled in Las Vegas, you would know that when you face great odds like these, you need to be all in. If you are one of the majority of firms that …

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Want To Dominate Recruiting In Your Industry? – Adopt Silicon Valley’s Critical Success Factors (Part 1 of 2)

If you are a recruiting leader whose executives have extremely high expectations for dominating their industry, this is the article for you. After 20 years of studying Silicon Valley and West Coast firms that dominate their industries, I have found that there are clear differentiators that cause firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Salesforce to produce truly exceptional business outcomes, …

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Hit Your Competitors Where It Hurts — Adopt the Hire-to-Hurt Strategy

Access to this article is limited to fierce competitors  Most CEOs are fierce competitors. They love my strategy of “targeting your competitor’s top talent, because hiring them makes you stronger, while your competitors simultaneously get weaker.” It’s a two-for-one deal. You might assume that most corporate recruiting leaders share their CEO’s high level of competitiveness. But you would be wrong. …

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Collaborative Recruiting — Making ‘Every Employee a Recruiter’ Improves Hiring Results

Top firms use collaborative recruiting because it “turns every employee into a recruiter” and a brand ambassador. Expanding involvement also improves hiring results and lightens recruiter workloads. If you haven’t heard about this increasingly popular approach, collaborative recruiting (aka team hiring) is where you purposely expand both employee and manager roles throughout the recruiting process. Both play a larger and …

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Do You Know That You Are Part of the Golden Age of Recruiting?

This “think piece” is designed to stimulate your thinking about the tremendous progress that the recruiting profession has made Few in recruiting realize that we are now experiencing The Golden Age of Recruiting. Yes, the highest level of sophistication in our long history. I reached this conclusion because as part of our charge, professors are urged to step back and …

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Boomerang Recruiting — Bring Back the Stars Who You Let Get Away

You could reduce the pain from today’s record turnover by getting some of your very best to return. And that’s often possible because 72 percent of past employees would return to the company if the opportunity arose and almost one quarter regret their decision to leave. And because the top reason for their regret is that “they miss their boss and their coworkers.” …

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Cover Letters — Understanding Why Recruiters Must Discourage Them

The cover letter is antiquated, and it needs to be discouraged. It reduces applications and its content can result in mis-hires. Yes, overall the traditional cover letter is a dinosaur that is well on its way to extinction. But if you want to improve the hiring process, understand the reasons why you need to discourage them upfront. The harm that …

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Interview with Tharawat Magazine – The Revolution in Recruitment: The Rise of Predictive Hiring

“Progressive companies are sourcing the best global talent and allowing employees to work remotely. […] Their recruiting practices give them a competitive advantage.” How has hiring changed? Recruitment has changed drastically in the last 10-15 years, driven by companies that have used technology to recruit more effectively. Progressive companies are sourcing the best global talent and allowing employees to work …

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Why Your Firm Has a Talent Shortage Explained (Bluntly)

Most organizations that are facing a talent shortage blame a variety of external factors, even though the actual culprit is the way their firm recruits. Even without visiting your firm, I can guarantee that your recruiting process contains several of the following egregious “talent killing” flaws. The Top 8 Reasons Why Your Organization Has a Talent Shortage The following are …

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Candidate Ghosting — Effective Tips for Minimizing This Growing Menace

Ghosting is an emerging issue in recruiting and has now been rated as the No. 1 challenge by nearly 6 percent of employers (Source: LinkedIn). Ninety-five percent of recruiters say they have experienced “candidate ghosting” (Source: iHire). This ghosting problem is likely to get worse because 40 percent of candidates now believe it’s reasonable to ghost firms. And a whopping 28 percent …

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