March 29 , 2017

Recruiting Tools

Video Job Descriptions — a Not-to-be Missed Application Accelerator

If you don’t know what a video job description is, it is a short video clip where the hiring manager and team members describe the exciting aspects of a particular job in order to convince top-quality but reluctant prospects to apply. A video job description is a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, the standard and often tedious 100 ... Read More »

Recruiting High School and Non-degreed Top Talent — A Missed Corporate Opportunity

In case you didn’t hear about it, college football powerhouse Alabama recently offered a scholarship to eighth-grade football player Dylan Moses and LSU offered a scholarship to a ninth grader. Before you react in shock as a parent might, consider the fact that teenage talent may be the last remaining untapped corporate recruiting pool. Most corporate recruiting leaders wear blinders ... Read More »

Facebook’s Billion-dollar Hiring Lesson — the Business Case for Eliminating Missed Hires

The most costly recruiting error in recent history was revealed last week. On Wednesday, Facebook announced its nearly $19 billion purchase of the instant-messaging firm WhatsApp. But the real news about the acquisition relates to the colossal recruiting failure that occurred a handful of years earlier (as reported byForbes) when both WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton applied for a ... Read More »

Advice and How-Tos Calculating the Tremendous Dollar Value of a Top-performing or Innovative Employee

In professional sports, almost everyone readily agrees that a top-performing athlete is worth their weight in gold. That value is clearly reflected in their compensation, where for example a top-performing NFL quarterback can get paid 10 times more than the third-string quarterback on the same team. The value of adding a LeBron James, Peyton Manning, or Lionel Messi to your ... Read More »

Who Are the Despicable Mes in Recruiting?

The combination of the popular “Despicable Me” movies and the Christmas season made me think about who in the recruiting process should get “a lump of coal” in their stockings for their naughty behavior. Obviously any list like this that identifies problem-causers involves some generalizations, because there are always some individual exceptions. However, in any field there are individuals who ... Read More »

The Top 25 Recruiting Trends, Problems, and Opportunities for 2014, Part 1 and 2

Even if you work in a corporate recruiting function with low resources or minimal expectations for change, every recruiter still has a professional obligation to maintain their awareness of the latest trends and predictions. I have grouped 25 predictions of the leading corporate recruiting trends for 2014 into four separate sections. Part 1 includes two sections that cover 14 new ... Read More »

Winning ‘the War to Keep Your Employees’ Requires Re-Recruiting Your Top Talent

  If you expect to win “The War to Keep Your Employees,” you must continually assure that the best offer that a top performing employee receives comes from inside your own firm. In order to assure that, management must periodically approach top talent and recruit them again (re-recruit) just as if they were a new external prospect. Although I coined ... Read More »

Don’t Forget the Critical Role That Healthcare Benefits Play in Recruiting and Retention

From the employer’s perspective, most of the recent publicity relating to offering health care benefits has been focused on the added cost and burden of providing those benefits to a firm’s employees. However, many employers and especially small businesses seem to have failed to realize that offering healthcare benefits is one of the most powerful attraction and retention factors on ... Read More »