April 22 , 2019

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‘Tis The Season…To Be Recruiting

Many recruiters and managers look at December as “down time” for recruiting. But in my experience, it’s often just an excuse that recruiters use to get some relaxation time, rather than a reflection of any real difficulty in recruiting. In fact, if you are creative, the December holiday season is an excellent time to recruit. 11 Reasons for Holiday Season Recruiting …

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Don’t Outsource Recruiting Just Yet: A Checklist of Possible Issues

Outsourcing the recruiting function is one of the hottest fads in staffing right now. Because of the push to reduce headcount within HR functions, most recruiting managers are now being faced with the decision of whether to should shift some or all of the work we do in recruiting to outside vendors. But outsourcing parts of the recruiting function is …

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Why HR Stinks at “Execution”

One of the hottest books in business right now is the book Execution, by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. It’s a must read for CEOs and HR people alike. If you haven’t had time to read the book, I recommend you do. The book highlights the three major processes critical to an organization’s success: people, strategy, and operations. Leaders must be in …

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Crafting a Lofty Employment Brand: A Costly Proposition

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago the U.S. economy was emerging from a slump, and as corporations maneuvered to garner a piece of the growth, it was clear that there was going to be a war for talent. In the years that followed, news story after news story spoke of the shortage of technology workers, while the …

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Why Don’t Directors of Recruiting Become VPs of HR?

Have you ever noticed that few directors of recruiting ever get promoted to the VP of HR position at their firms? Is this “glass ceiling” because recruiters are such an independent lot, or does their aggressiveness and results orientation make other HR people too nervous? Is there a roadblock because the world of HR is so different that recruiters just …

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Why Sports Recruiters Are Heroes, and Corporate Recruiters Aren’t

Have you ever noticed that in the sports world, recruiters are treated as heroes? They have huge budgets and their managers spend a great deal of time and resources on the continuous identification of top talent. Everyone on the team knows who recruited Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Shaq. In sharp contrast, corporate recruiters are treated like dogs. Their methods …

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Are Managers Satisfied With Your Recruiting?

Recruiters are always complaining that managers don’t cooperate with them. There are many reasons for this, but one of the largest is that recruiters never adjust what they do to better fit with what managers expect or need. It’s easier to adjust if you know what they like and dislike — so the obvious answer is to periodically survey them. …

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Eight Simple Rules for Becoming a Great Recruiter

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to train thousands of recruiters over the years. Most turn out to be pretty good at what they do, but a select few strive to and eventually become great recruiters. Here are eight simple rules that lead to greatness in recruiting. When Learning Read everything. Scan everything you can get your hands on that …

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Measuring Your Employer Brand

Last week I wrote about rebuilding a damaged or tarnished employer-of-choice brand. Based on the articles people were searching for on my website and email questions that had come in over the past few weeks, I figured this was becoming an emerging issue. This week my colleague Master Burnett and I are going to build on last week’s article by …

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Rebuilding a Damaged Employer Brand

I have helped numerous companies improve their employer-of-choice brand image over the years. But recently I was asked about an interesting related issue: How do you rebuild a “tarnished” employment brand after a negative PR event? The question is a new one, in part because in the past it was relatively rare for a firm with a great reputation to …

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