Recruiting Strategy

Understanding The Value Of Winning Functional Excellence Awards

The very best strategic Recruiting and Talent Management leaders are continually looking for ways to improve their results, their credibility and their business impacts. I have found that one of the most powerful tools for reaching those goals and for developing an excellent function is to apply for and win functional awards. Some mistakenly think that applying for awards is …

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Acqui-hiring – A powerful recruiting strategy that you’ve never heard of

The war for technical talent is so intense that a handful of firms like Google, Facebook, Cisco, Apple, Twitter and Zynga have shifted to a powerful but rare recruiting sub-strategy known as acqui-hiring. It involves established firms acquiring startup firms not for their products (only Facebook admits it) but instead primarily to capture an entire team of talented engineers and …

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Adopt a “Whole Career” Strategic Hiring Model

If you are a recruiting leader, I would like to introduce you to a concept that many are not familiar with, which is “whole career employment.” The premise of this hiring and workforce planning model is that instead of the traditional expectation that employees will work at a firm continuously from their hire date until they retire, leaders need to …

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Assessing Whether You Have an Elite Strategic Recruiting Function — a Checklist

Corporate recruiting is a field where there are distinct and measurable differences between the average and elite functions. In short, what that means is that “elite” recruiting functions (defined as the top 1%) produce superior results and act in ways that are totally different from the average function. I am frequently asked during corporate presentations to cite the difference between …

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Solving the “Candidate Sharing Problem” Using a Social Media Approach

There is probably no more misleading statement in corporate recruiting than “we will keep your application on file for six months.” While such a statement may be factually true, the reality is that at most corporations, hell will likely freeze over before anyone will review that application again. Not only is this misstatement damaging to the candidate experience, but it …

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The Bold Recruiters Toolkit — 50 Tools for Aggressive Recruiters (Part 1 of a 2-Part Series)

The competition for recruiting top talent is already intense in certain industries and is soon to grow in many others. In this highly competitive environment, you can’t expect to fill your quota, no less recruit the highest quality candidates who you desire, without having a superior recruiting toolkit. If you are currently dissatisfied with your recruiting results, you must adopt …

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Use Prospect Research and Failure Analysis to Learn Why Recruiting Underperforms

When you are battling for talent in a highly competitive environment, you are likely to encounter more than your share of failures. In fact, because underperformance in recruiting is so common, I am constantly surprised when corporate recruiting leaders have no formal process for identifying specifically why their current recruiting efforts don’t produce their desired level of results. The formal …

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