February 26 , 2017

Recruiting Tools

The Best Sources for Identifying ‘Passives’ … or How to Find “Not-Looking Top Prospects’

In a related companion article last week, I highlighted why using the term “passive candidate” or “passive job seeker” was inappropriate and I proposed a more accurate name, “not-looking top prospects.” In this article I highlight the best sourcing approaches that can be used to identify and eventually attract the highly desirable “not-looking top prospects.” You Must Use the Best ... Read More »

Sourcing Revelation — Work Anniversaries Are the Best Time to Recruit Employed Prospects

Rather than being data-driven, I have found that most recruiters and sourcers contact employed prospects almost randomly on a trial-and-error basis. However, there are specific times when employees who previously said “no and stop calling me” actually change their mind and are fully receptive to a recruiting call. So in case you didn’t realize it, the months immediately around an ... Read More »

The Top 10 ‘Bleeding Edge’ Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2015

Most articles that cover recruiting trends highlight what I consider to be obvious approaches that many firms have already adopted. But my perspective on trends is unique because I am focused on what I call the “bleeding-edge trends.” These trends are unique and rare because they have been adopted by less than 5 percent of the major firms. However, they ... Read More »

15 Ultra-bold Recruiting Practices — Are You Falling Behind Your Competitors?

by Trena Luong and John Sullivan In case you haven’t noticed, the world of corporate recruiting has become so intense that formerly rare aggressive and ultra-bold recruiting practices are now becoming mainstream. Of course as a professional, you know that you have an obligation to keep up with the latest practices, but your outdated recruiting approach is damaging your firm. ... Read More »

End the Shortage — Recruit STEM Women Who Are Working at Your Competitors

I almost broke out laughing when I came across an article in Fast Company magazine entitled Why You Can’t Find Women Engineers. This title reflects a common misconception among business executives about the shortage of technically qualified women at their firms. This often-repeated “shortage statement” is only partially true, and if you believe it, you will never fill your firm’s diversity recruiting targets. ... Read More »

Always Open ‘Evergreen Jobs’ Can Improve Your Chances of Recruiting Top Talent

As the war for talent continues, it’s time for recruiting leaders and hiring managers to shift to more creative and innovative recruiting solutions. A bold approach that I have been recommending since 1999 is the creation of “evergreen jobs.” Simply put, these are the one or two most critical corporate jobs where you literally continuously search and hire every more-than-qualified ... Read More »

Examining Zappos’s ‘No Job Postings’ Recruiting Approach — Innovation or Craziness?

The new recruiting “no job postings” website of Zappos is truly unique. First off, you have to give the Zappos team credit for eliminating anything in recruiting, because we have a long history in recruiting of adding but never subtracting approaches. The new talent community declares the end to job postings and the painful transaction between applying for a specific job and ... Read More »

Stop Your Firm’s Brain Drain – Convincing Innovators to Choose an Established Firm Over a Startup

There is an innovator brain drain going on. The drain is away from larger established firms, which desperately need more innovators, and toward startup firms, which are successfully recruiting a disproportionately high percentage of these prized innovators. It doesn’t matter whether your corporation is trying to hire experienced talent or recent grads; it seems like every innovator and entrepreneur these days ... Read More »

Why Boomerang Rehire Programs Rank #2 in Producing High-quality Hires

Other than referrals from your top-performing employees, it’s hard to find a corporate recruiting source with a higher quality of hire (i.e. on-the-job performance) and a higher ROI than boomerang rehire programs. If you’re not familiar with the term, a “boomerang rehire” is a former top-performing employee who you rehire after an absence of a few years. I rank them ... Read More »