Recruiting Strategy

Put the Right People in the Right Jobs

People who really know recruiting also know that the best way to understand the overall recruiting process is to visualize it as a subset of the common business practices of supply chain management, Six-Sigma quality and customer relationship management (CRM). Recruiting cannot reach its optimal impact, nor can it help drive a firm’s “performance mindset,” if it views itself in …

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Making the Business Case for HR and Recruiting Programs

If human resources professionals are to survive and prosper , it is that much more essential that they refocus their efforts on “building the business case” for investing in human capital programs. HR professionals need to shift from their all too common, “I think and I believe” approach toward a more businesslike approach where decisions are made based on data …

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Does Your Recruiting Strategy Stink? A Quick Checklist

Recruiting is just like any other important business function. If it doesn’t start with a sound plan and strategy, it is destined to wallow in mediocrity. The head of the function needs to start the strategic planning process realizing that recruiting is just another form of a customer relationship, and its problems are much like those in quality control and …

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High-Volume Hiring

Whether as a result of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or just rapid growth, companies quite often need to ramp up their hiring efforts quickly. But high-volume and high-growth hiring requires an entirely different set of tools and strategies than traditional recruiting. It’s actually a lot more similar to a retail promotion or a store opening than it is to …

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Talent Swapping: Hiring Without Impacting Headcount

It’s ironic that, at the same exact time that CFOs are instituting hiring freezes and demanding that we add “no new headcount,” there happens to be an abundance of top talent available in the marketplace. Smart managers take advantage of this feast and famine situation by utilizing a strategy that I call “talent swapping” to take advantage of the abundant …

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Recruiting Nurses (With No Recruiting Budget)

As the economy winds down, many organizations have severely curtailed their recruiting. However other organizations are still fighting the war for talent, in spite of the economic downturn. Hospitals and healthcare facilities, for example, face a continuing struggle to find nurses. Some have approached the nursing shortage with advanced strategies and exceptional recruiting teams (Tenet Healthcare, for example, is an …

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The Top 10 Reasons Why Managers Hate Recruiting

If you poll line managers and ask them about hiring, they invariably say that it is one of the most important things they do in their job. But, in turn, if you ask them what they think of the hiring process, they invariably say they hate it. They think it’s too bureaucratic and, as a result, they devote relatively little …

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Hold Evening Interviews: Interview Candidates When They’re Available

Managers often wonder why they have a hard time landing the best candidates. One of the biggest reasons is that delays, caused by the difficulty in finding convenient times when both parties are available for interviews, cause a good number of the top candidates to drop out of the hiring process. Cutting Interview Delays With Night and Weekend Interviews Scheduling interviews is …

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Predatory Hiring: The Best Hire Is Your Competitors’ Top Talent

Most salespeople spend a majority of their time trying to “steal customers” away from their competitors. Great recruiters also realize that the best hire a firm can make is a hire from their direct competitors’ top talent! Perhaps an example or two can help to illustrate. I was consulting in New York with a well-known investment banking firm, when they …

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Hiring Advice for Small Businesses

Smaller firms need talent also, but they normally have more limited resources and recruiting expertise than larger firms. If you are a small business owner, here is the way to approach recruiting. 1. Realize that the firms with the best people win. Most entrepreneurs spend too little time on people issues, even though they are unlikely to beat the competition without better …

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