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The Most Damaging Strategic Omission In Recruiting — Candidate Research

You Don’t Know Jack … About Your Recruiting Targets If businesspeople ran recruiting … candidate research would dominate! Even though both recruiting and product sales are involved in a form of selling, only the sales function has shifted to a business-like data-driven approach to understanding its sales target. Where they are customer-centric, recruiting is process focused, and we simply assume …

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10 Ways to Show Investors Your Startup Has Good Management

(Originally published in the WSJ Experts January 29, 2016 6:30 a.m. ET) 10 Ways to Show Investors Your Startup Has Good Management JOHN SULLIVAN: Entrepreneurs must realize that when venture capitalists select new investments, the management team is the most important criterion. Cass Business School research found that an effective management team was number one, followed by strong market drivers and a unique, …

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The Employee Happiness Fad … Doesn’t Make Me Happy

Ever since the Declaration of Independence, “the pursuit of happiness” has been a national goal. However, only recently has a more narrow focus on employee happiness become a talked about item among business and HR leaders. Some call it a trend but I call it another distracting fad that will take the needed focus away from HR’s primary role of …

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Native Advertising — The Next Big Thing In Recruitment Advertising

I have always encouraged recruiting leaders to borrow effective practices from the business side of the enterprise and to adapt them to the recruiting function. One current opportunity for borrowing is native advertising. This is a powerful product advertising approach that has proven to be highly effective in engaging Internet and mobile phone users. In case you haven’t heard of …

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Recruiting Trends For 2016 And Their Supporting Best Practices, 2 Part series

What could be more important in a fast-moving world than keeping up with developing trends? Unfortunately, many in recruiting are so busy that they forget to set aside time to follow or act on these important emerging trends. The Many Benefits of Tracking Emerging Trends in Recruiting Not following trends can be a mistake because being first provides your firm …

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Talent Attraction Strategies that Drive Competition in the War for Talent

Dr. John Sullivan is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high business impact; strategic Talent Management solutions. In this podcast, he shares the top 13 most impactful strategies for competing for talent. To learn more about the underwriter of this podcast please visit: http://www.kellyocg.com/home/ To Download this Podcast visit iTunes and …

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Outrageous Talent Practices – They Grab The Attention Of Top Talent

If you’re battling to recruit and retain top talent, you must have talent practices that go beyond the mundane in order to get their attention. And if you expect to impress the even more valuable innovators or creative types, you must go further and do something truly bold to get their attention. In the Silicon Valley where I work, it is …

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Want Top-Performing Hires? Learning Ability May Be The No. 1 Predictor

Everyone involved in corporate recruiting knows that hiring managers value education because we routinely use it as an absolute requirement to screen in or screen out candidates for hiring. But unfortunately, both recruiters and hiring managers all too often focus exclusively on a single type of learning: formal education. This can lead to hiring mistakes because a candidate’s formal education …

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The 6 Strategic Recruiting Metrics That Executives Want To See

Stop Flailing, and Finally Understand What Makes a Metric Strategic During the many decades that I have been a metrics expert, I have found that the amount of time recruiting leaders devote to recruitment metrics adds little value to recruiting or to the business. Those frustrating failures can be attributed to three basic causes. The first is that the metrics …

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A Simple Tool for Small Businesses to Retain Employees

  As seen in the Wall Street Journal The Experts (Dr Sullivan is a member of the panel of experts). When a key employee quits, it’s a gut-wrenching experience for most small-business owners. That single loss will likely result in a significant performance drop for the firm because that lost employee might represent an entire function. The drain will last …

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