Recruiting Tools

Recruiting at Professional Events Is a Powerful but Underused Tool

Why Recruit at a Trade Fair or Professional Conference? Unlike a job fair, in which people decide to attend on their own, a trade fair or a conference is a gathering of the very best professionals in any industry, who all are sent by the company. Because they are sent by their firms, you can generally be assured that they …

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Outside-the-Box Recruiting — Using MySpace.com as a Recruiting Tool

Recruiting Outside the Box Takes Courage The only problem with the approach outlined here is that while nearly every recruiter on the planet says that they want to try outside-the-box tools, most recruiters are mundane, lack the courage to try new things, and are unwilling to invest the time it takes to master a new approach. I'm not sure why; …

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Convincing Reluctant Candidates on the Right Day

Right Days and Wrong Days to Offer Someone a Chance for a New Opportunity Wrong day: Any day during the week before a targeted individual is expected to hear about whether they got their expected promotion. Right day: The day after they were rejected for that promotion. Wrong day: The day before management jobs are consolidated, right after a major …

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Convincing Reluctant Candidates on the Right Day, Part 2

The six basic approaches required: Read business papers and magazines. The purpose is to identify when newsworthy companies have positive, negative, or dramatic business events. Watch the weather. Watch the weather channel and read the weather section of the newspaper to identify geographic areas where people are likely to want to "flee" because of recent horrible weather. Use CRM systems. …

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Boomerangs: The Strategic Process of Rehiring Your Former Employees, Part 1

Beware of Antiquated Thinking! Hiring boomerangs can be political. A number of managers hold the antiquated notion that boomerangs are traitors and should not be allowed to return. This notion is silly because the job world has changed, and the number of employees who remain loyal to a single organization throughout their lifetimes is both extremely limited and suspect in …

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Boomerangs: The Strategic Process of Rehiring Your Former Employees, Part 2

Steps in Building a World-Class Boomerang/Alumni Program There is no standard format for a corporate alumni program, but there are a number of essential steps that you should consider when implementing a program if you intend on being successful. They include: Program Start-up Steps Assign an individual or team to be accountable for the boomerang/alumni programs. Build a business case …

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Develop a Who’s Who List of Outside Talent

Whatever you call it, it's a list of the top people working at competitors that is used primarily to expedite recruiting when a need arises. When you establish a names database, you make identifying candidates for job openings easier and quicker because you already know the best people in the field. It Can't Be Done! When I mention the need …

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HR’s Dirty Little Secret: Nobody Is Reading Resumes

Now through the end of the year, ERE will be re-running some of the most popular articles from 2003. This article was originally published on June 2, 2003. Happy holidays! Many major firms have experienced layoffs or implemented hiring freezes, and unemployment rates have crept higher and higher. Everywhere you go it seems like everyone is looking for a job. …

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Monsters Can Be Ugly: The Problem With Job Boards

I am frequently asked about the use of large job boards as a recruiting source for finding top performers. My answer is always quick and to the point: Don’t use them! Most advanced recruiters smile and quickly agree, while others question my sanity. But the main difference between the supporters and the naysayers is that, almost without exception, the supporters …

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Providing a More Positive Candidate Experience, Part 2

Last week, I started to discuss how to provide a more positive candidate experience by introducing ways to discourage marginally qualified and unqualified candidates from applying and to improve the flow of information in the recruiting process. This week, my attention turns to two additional methods that can be addressed to help provide a more positive “candidate experience” for the …

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