Recruiting Strategy

Emerging Talent Acquisition Trends for 2010: Are You Ready For a Roller Coaster? (Part I of III)

Top 2010 Recruiting Highlights A year from now, if you were to look back and analyze the headlines of recruiting articles, blogs, and consulting guidance, I predict the following topics will dominate the content collective: Churn: Just as seen in 2009, 2010 will be a year in which organizations both grow and contract simultaneously. Business leaders will become more adept …

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A Think Piece: Why Is Recruiting So Low on the Corporate Power Scale?

This is one of a series of what I call “think-pieces.” Instead of casual reading, these articles are intended to stimulate some in-depth thinking and to pose some strategic questions that recruiting leaders should ponder. The questions raised here are, at least in part, designed to make you uncomfortable” with your current approach to recruiting. It’s December 2009 and it’s …

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Countercyclical Hiring: The Greatest Recruiting Opportunity in the Last 25 Years

Being strategic always requires some degree of unconventional thinking. If you are a corporate recruiting manager and you are looking for an opportunity to have a strategic impact, you need to understand why today is literally the best time to be actively recruiting in at least the last 25 years. I’ll demonstrate why there is a confluence of factors that …

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Build an ‘Executive Referral Program’ to Supplement Your Executive Recruiting

Most corporate recruiting functions inexplicably restrict the effectiveness of their employee referral program by limiting senior management participation. Instead, recruiting directors should design a unique “executive referral program” that encourages executives to make referrals for your high-level openings. You might think a separate program is unnecessary because high-quality referrals should flow naturally from your executives as part of their job, …

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Amazing Practices in Recruiting — ERE Award Winners 2009 (Part 2 of 2)

It has been an amazing year in recruiting and talent management. Despite severe economic hardships, budget cuts, and hiring freezes, recruiting functions have continued to innovate and stretch the limits of “standard recruiting.” After evaluating hundreds of applications, here is part two of the list of best practices in recruiting that I recommend you emulate. (This article was updated May …

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Amazing Practices in Recruiting — ERE Award Winners 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

It has been an amazing year in recruiting and talent management, despite severe economic hardships, budget cuts, and widespread hiring freezes. Unlike the economic turmoil following 9/11 and the dot-com bubble burst, many recruiting functions have continued to innovate and stretch the limits of what can be defined as “standard recruiting.” If you work in an organization that has given …

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The Most Powerful Questions That Recruiting…Never Asks

More often than not, it is the simplest things in life and in business that produce the biggest impacts. Having spent more than 30 years analyzing corporate recruiting practices and strategy, I have noticed there are some rather basic questions that, if only posed, would have a profound impact on the effectiveness of most recruiting endeavors. Unfortunately, the questions are …

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Corporate Alumni and Boomerang Recruiting Programs Are Hot Due to Layoffs

Economic downturns, mergers, and acquisitions all place pressure on organizations to curb labor costs. No time in the last decade has that tenet been more apparent than right now. Layoffs, large or small, force organizations to cut loose the talent in which they have invested salary and training dollars. While talent released during a layoff today may seem like little …

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