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Recruiting Talent to Unglamorous Places, Part 3

Firms that are located in less-than-glamorous locations still need to attract top talent. What is required is a recruiting plan with four elements: Find those with an established family or school connection to the area. Use reverse marketing to find people who like the features in your region. Become a magnet firm, or employer of choice. Build a personal relationship …

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Recruiting Top Talent to Unglamorous Places

I continually get complaints from managers in “bad weather” areas in the northern U.S. and Canada who claim that it is impossible to recruit top talent because these regions just don’t have the drawing power of other areas. I find it startling that such beautiful cities as Minneapolis, Seattle and Vancouver are among the most frequent complainers. Small-sized firms as …

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Recruiting After a Snowstorm: Recruiting Opportunities for Warmer Climates

Let’s face facts: most recruiting strategies are painfully traditional and often even dull. But if you have facilities and jobs in a warm weather area ó and you’re feeling bold ó you might try this “bad weather recruiting” approach. Recruiting After a Snowstorm (Bad Weather Recruiting) If you have ever lived in a cold or bad weather climate, there have invariably been …

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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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