4 Pieces of Conventional Hiring Wisdom You Should Ignore

My business partner Jeff and I recently hired our first full-time employee, and we were nervous. We knew that choosing the wrong employee could be a devastating hit to our business. Before extending an offer, we read a lot of research and talked to consultants about how to make a good hire. And ultimately, we went the other way on a lot of decisions. Here are some of the hiring myths we...

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5 Ways You Can Immediately Improve Your Relationship With a Hiring Manager

If you're anything like the recruiters I've spoken with, it's a fair assumption that you and your hiring managers don't always see eye to eye. Okay, maybe not every hiring manager -- I'm sure there are ones you're in sync with like too-good-to-be-true-sitcom-​friendships -- but whether you work with one, five, or 50, there are moments you're both...

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Important Information as Millennials Enter the Workforce

Looking to recruit more millennials to your workplace? A study from the Pew Center for Research shows they are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. That may not sound terribly surprising, but wait until you find out where all these millennials are coming from. An analysis of census data conducted by the center found that more than one-in-three American workers are millennials....

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Inside Recruiting Jul 31, 2015
How Do You Know That Your Hiring Process Really Works?

Talent has been called a company's "most important competitive asset." It accounts for a significant amount of company spending, too -- for many business, labor costs are "second only to the cost of real estate." And yet, HR still struggles to make its business case to the C-suite. "If you go back in the recruiting and HR world even ten years ago, there was always a lot of discussion about...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 31, 2015
What to Do If You Keep Losing Talent to the Competition

If you're regularly losing great talent to your competitors, you likely feel drained of morale, unstable, and constantly anxious, waiting for the next employee to jump ship. Being on your toes at all times is not necessarily a bad thing in business, but when there is a net outward flow of talent to the competition, then you need to take action. Before doing that, though, you need to get some...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 30, 2015
Playbook: 3 Techniques for 2015's Savviest Recruiters

Richard Campione, CEO of Findly, makes frequent reference to "growth hacker marketing" during the course of our phone call, but I wouldn't call it a quirk or a preoccupation. In fact, from where I stand, Campione makes a pretty solid case for why recruiters should "take a page from the playbooks of growth hackers," as he says. First outlined by Qualaroo CEO Sean Ellis in a 2010 blog post,...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 30, 2015
The 'Candid' in Candidate: Hiring People, Not Resumes

There's a big difference between what's written on paper and what's reality. When it comes to new hires, know this: people are more than words on a page. Lesson.ly got a rock climbing coach, a yoga clothier, and a professional soccer player in the same room to run our company. This is the epitome of hiring people, not resumes. A resume reads involvement, credibility, and diversity. What...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 30, 2015
Social Media Recruiting: the Basics

If you're new to social media recruiting, it can feel complicated and intimidating -- but it doesn't have to be that way. Just pick your platform carefully, have a plan for your posts, and commit to following up on comments to keep it fresh. Above all, remember that most social media users are on mobile devices, not computers. Let's break it down: Pick Your Platform All too often, we...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 28, 2015
Why Social Recruiting Is Actually Really Difficult

Earlier this year, employer branding firm Universum released a four-part study, "2020 Outlook: the Future of Employer Branding." Based on a survey of more than 2000 HR professionals and CEOs from around the world, the study looks at where employer branding is today and how employer branding may evolve over the next five years. Over the past few weeks, we explored the first three...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 28, 2015
4 Benefits of a Winning Candidate Experience

It is growing increasingly difficult to become one of the best places to work, and we all wish that there were a magic formula for achieving this status. The companies that get there are the ones that make candidate experience a priority in their sourcing and recruiting practices. There are various avenues to take in this approach, ranging from simple enhancements to more complex endeavors....

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Inside Recruiting Jul 28, 2015
Retaining and Motivating Staff: a 5-Point Guide for HR Professionals

Acquiring and retaining the most capable and competent professionals are two of the main priorities for human resources managers. Nurturing your existing staff can help avoid a high turnover rate -- your staff will be happier and more invested in your company. However, you need to consider this task with forethought and care. The economic situation and global competition have had a great...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 27, 2015
10 Lessons From a Millennial Recruiter | My First Month on the Job

In the span of five short months, I leapt from intern to full-time employee at a boutique recruiting firm focusing on software, engineering, IT, and cyber security. I went from working part-time while wrapping up my final semester of college to spending full days in the office, and while my internship was filled with training and insights vital to my future role as a recruiter, nothing prepares...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 21, 2015
3 Ways to Accelerate Your Hiring Process

A recent report from Glassdoor found that the hiring process is taking longer than it has in years. In the U.S., for example, the hiring process has increased in duration from an average of 12.6 days in 2010 to 22.9 days in 2014. This trend is reflected across many of the major economies, including the U.K., France, Germany, and Australia. The researchers behind the study believe that...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 16, 2015
How to Make the Recruitment Process Run Smoothly for Your Hiring Team

The recruiting process can be time-consuming, and it often feels inefficient to hiring departments. Finding high-quality candidates to fill important roles and take on critical responsibilities at your organization is rarely a one-step task. Employees are an asset to any business, and finding the best employees is crucial for the growth and success of every company. We've all been on the...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 16, 2015
7 Questions Businesses Should Ask Potential Web Developers

When you recognize that your company needs a Web developer to create a compelling website, the first step is finding a team capable of achieving your goals. While some might want a website just to provide information, others use it to attract new customers. As the owner of an Internet marketing company that works with Web design, I've found that the following questions are good to ask...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 15, 2015
3 Powerful Ways to Rescue a Bad Hire

Everybody makes bad hires on occasion. According to a CEB study, more than one in five hiring managers say that "20 percent of their team shouldn't have been hired in the first place." Similarly, a 2012 CareerBuilder study found that nearly 70 percent of employers said they had made a bad hire in the last year. Given that the standard candidate assessments available to us are far from...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 15, 2015
3 Unusual Tips For Hiring Your First Employee That I Wish I Had Known

Your good buddy Jon Lee here, back from a very relaxing vacation in Turks and Caicos (you've gotta go if you can, -- it's gorgeous) to talk to you about a very common, but very vexing problem for new businesses: hiring your first employee. You are in the right place if: You've gotten your business started, or joined a small company, and you have customers, possibly even profits, but now you...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 13, 2015
How a Millennial Chose a Recruiting Career

I have heard that few people ever intend to get into recruiting, but somehow, they stumble upon it early on in their careers, and next thing you know, they're hooked. My colleagues tell me that I'm a unique breed because I developed an interest for it early on, choosing it as my path right after graduating college. So, How Did This Millennial Decide on a Career in Recruiting? I'll...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 10, 2015
How to Be One of the World's Most Attractive Employers

Who wouldn't kill for a title like that? World's Most Attractive Employer. Is that not the height of prestige? But what makes an organization the "World's Most Attractive Employer"? How do you reach that level? According to Universum's latest study, we should be asking those questions of Google -- after all, Google topped Universum's lists of the 10 most attractive employers in the...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 10, 2015
If You Want to Find Better Candidates, Start Hiring Remotely

Hey, 1995 called. It wants its ancient hiring methods back. Seriously though: the way we work has changed. Our jobs no longer need to determine the cities we live in. Modern communication tools, high-speed Internet, and portable computing have all made it possible to work from any location in the world. For employers, this is a big deal. With such a large talent pool to choose from, remote...

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Is Persona-Based Recruiting the Future?

Earlier this year, employer branding firm Universum released a four-part study, "2020 Outlook: the Future of Employer Branding." Based on a survey of more than 2000 HR professionals and CEOs from around the world, the study looks at where employer branding is today and how employer branding may evolve over the next five years. In the course of the next few weeks, we'll be...

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The Answer to Why the New Employee Quit So Soon

In the first entry of Diary of the Happiest Employee on Earth, we read about a welcome party to honor a newly hired employee on their first day. In contrast to organizations that celebrate when people are leaving, this company celebrates the arrival. It's always been a mystery to me why we have celebratory lunches when people leave a company -- especially those who choose to take their...

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How to Choose a Development Team That Works for Your Business

Your development team -- whether in-house, outsourced, or a combination thereof -- is often crucial to your product's success. But choosing how to build your team can be difficult. My company, SmartLogic, does outsourced application development, and through this work, I've witnessed these various methods in action. Depending on the needs and stage of your product and company, each model...

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3 Tips on Recruiting Recent College Grads to Your Organization

School's out for summer -- and, for many college grads, it's out forever. While these same college grads are out searching for jobs, there's a good chance that your organization is conducting its own intersecting search for fresh talent. Why not head straight to the source, then, and look into recruiting some new college grads to fill your open reqs? To that end, we'd like to share three...

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Want to Recruit the Best Talent? It Starts With Your CEO

Last month, Glassdoor released its list of the Highest Rated CEOs for 2015. It's an insterting list: alongside tech giants like Google's Larry Page (No. 1) and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (No. 4) sit somewhat unexpected names, like Costco's Craig Jelinek (No. 13) and Goldman Sachs's Lloyd C. Blankfein (No. 7). According to Scott Dobroski, a workplace analyst at Glassdoor, this year's list was...

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Does Your Company Take Too Long to Hire?

One would think it a simple enough question to answer: What has your experience been? How long does it take your employer? Opinions differ greatly when answering this question, even when the number of days a "fast-hiring" organization takes to hire may be the same amount of time that it takes for a self-confessed "slow-to-hire" organization. How does this occur? There's a wealth of factors...

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4 Tips To Convince a Hiring Manager to Listen to You

When you first got into HR, I'm guessing there was nothing written in the script about hiring manager indifference or resistance to your suggestions and opinions as a recruiter. You probably thought that with your qualifications and training -- and the fact you are part of your firm's center of hiring excellence -- you could moonwalk into the business department and have them eating out of your...

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8 Ways to Help New Hires Avoid Culture Shock

One of the biggest roadblocks for new employees transitioning to new workplaces is culture shock. Among other concerns, policies in the new business could be vastly different from what new hires are used to. In fact, new employees may even be moving to new cities or states at the same time that they are adjusting to new workplaces. Mitigating this shock can boost your new...

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3 Ways to Create a Company That People (Especially Millennials) Want to Work For

A company that maintains a thriving company culture is a successful one. Great culture is much more than an enviable vacation policy or an office-wide ping pong tournament -- or a frequently misconstrued buzzword. It's an environment in which employees feel a sense of purpose, engagement, and growth. This is true even for companies like mine -- DSi, a national eDiscovery and data forensics...

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5 Myths of Social Recruiting

July is Social Recruiting Month at Recruiter.com, and we're kicking it off by busting some myths, courtesy of Alexander Ruggie.  Myth No. 1: LinkedIn Is the Best Place to Find Candidates LinkedIn is a great site for finding certain candidates and for posting jobs in general, but in terms of finding the people who are right for a given position, it is definitely not the only social...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 29, 2015
4 Ways to Hunt Down Your Next Purple Squirrel

Recruiting is constantly changing, which means recruiters must adapt in order to be successful in the big hunt. At the recent recruitDC conference in Arlington, Va., I learned all about how to develop a keen eye for these mythical creatures often referenced in recruiting culture. 4 Tips to Find That Purple Squirrel The hunt for purple squirrels begins with building out a sourcing playbook....

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Inside Recruiting Jun 26, 2015
How to Find Your Dream Candidates — on the Cheap

Building a recruitment advertising strategy that brings your dream candidates to your company's door doesn't have to be expensive, nor does it have to be handled by a full-service recruiting team. It can be planned and executed in house with a very small budget -- or even no extra budget at all. Where Should You Look for Your Dream Candidates? You won't need a ton of media exposure to...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 23, 2015
Lessons from J.T. O'Donnell at recruitDC

As a novice recruiter on the scene, I was trying to absorb everything like a sponge. The Spring #recruitDC event was a great one for both novice and seasoned recruiters to attend. The common thread throughout the various sessions at recruitDC? Building both your personal brand and your company's brand. First up, J.T O'Donnell, founder and CEO of CAREEREALISM and CareerHMO, kicked off the...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 22, 2015
The Recruiter's Guide to Inbound Marketing

According to a study of 300 career sites, carried out by TMP Worldwide Advertising Communications, LLC, the time it takes for candidates to move from the top of the sourcing funnel -- i.e., being totally unaware of a company and its job openings -- to the bottom -- i.e., taking action and applying for a job at the company -- has increased by roughly 41 percent in the last two...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 22, 2015
Recruiting and Marketing Tie the Knot — Are You Invited?

These days, recruiting is much more complex than it has ever been. Posting jobs on job boards can't be the only way you let candidates know about your openings anymore. Relying only on social media updates to spread your open positions isn't enough, either. Having a strong employment brand is becoming increasingly crucial. Organizations that come out on top in the recruiting game will be the...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 22, 2015
How Recruiters — and Job Seekers — Can Improve the Recruiting Process

I want to share a recent incident our CEO, Amit Mishra, experienced while interviewing a candidate for the role of business development executive. Let's call the job seeker "Mr. X." Just before the interview session, our company arranged coffee for Mr. X. After finishing the coffee, Mr. X stepped in Amit's office and greeted him. Then, the interview began. Amit: So, what have you...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 19, 2015
How to Start Building a Better Employer Brand

Earlier this year, employer branding firm Universum released a four-part study, "2020 Outlook: the Future of Employer Branding." Based on a survey of more than 2000 HR professionals and CEOs from around the world, the study looks at where employer branding is today and how employer branding may evolve over the next five years. In the course of the next few weeks, we'll be...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 19, 2015
Are Job Hoppers the Problem — or Are Some Employers Behind the Times?

For years, being a job hopper -- that is, a candidate who has held a high number of jobs in a short span of time – was liable to get you dismissed as a candidate by most employers. In the old world, where the job-for-life was the norm and where contingent work really was a radical, new-age philosophy, job hopping was seen as an involuntary act, a sure sign of a candidate who was both unstable...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 18, 2015
3 Tips to Reduce Your New Hire's Time-to-Productivity

A few years back, we noted an that the recruiting industry was moving its focus away from speed-of-hire, emphasizing quality-of-hire instead. But, despite this shift -- an perhaps unsurprisingly -- speed-of-hire has not disappeared entirely as a KPI. If anything, it seems that the combination of an increasingly competitive corporate climate and a somewhat justifiable paranoia about finding...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 17, 2015
6 Tips on Selecting the Right Recruiting Agency

Welcome to Recruiter Q&A, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter Q&A! This Week's Question:What tips and advice do you have for employers who are thinking about working with an agency recruiter? What should they...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 16, 2015
Busting 5 Myths About Full-Service Recruiting Firms

Is your company's hiring policy a means to an end, or a means to a beginning? In other words: are you hiring simply to fill positions, or are you seeking the right individuals who can help the company improve its overall performance and exceed its goals? We live in an era when employees across the board are being stretched thin as companies balance productivity with pressures on the...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 15, 2015
4 Ways to Efficiently Schedule Candidate Interviews

Are you available Wednesday at 9? No? How about Thursday at 2? Scheduling an interview time that works best for you and your candidate is kind of like playing a not-so-fun game of tennis. You lob a time over to them, they lob a time back over to you, and so on until you come to a mutual agreement. In the current candidate-driven job market, competition for the market's top talent has...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 12, 2015
Building a Better Onboarding Process, One Employee at a Time

Before proceeding, stop for a moment and ask yourself: How do I onboard employees? Do you have a planned and carefully executed onboarding process, or do you just give new hires a few forms to fill out, issue their computers, and tell them to go figure things out on their own? If the latter describes your onboarding process, then Connie Bentley, U.S. general manager at Insights Learning...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 12, 2015
5 Important Questions You Need to Ask Global Talent

Recruiters are feeling the strain of a tough hiring market. Skilled talent is hard to come by, and employers are looking to new talent pools to fill positions. In fact, 25 percent of respondents in ManpowerGroup's "2014 Talent Shortage Survey" said they are searching for new talent sources. To find the talent you need, it's time to start thinking globally. That being said, hiring...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 11, 2015
Think a Poor Hiring Process Is Harmful? Here's the Proof

We've all shared our stories of bad service experiences with friends and family members. It starts after you've hung up a customer service call or walked away from a retail organization, miffed and aggravated at the poor treatment you received. No place is immune to these stories -- not the doctor's office, not even Starbucks. And, here the thing: people have choices after poor service...

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Why CEOs Should Own Employer Branding Efforts

Earlier this year, employer branding firm Universum released a four-part study, "2020 Outlook: the Future of Employer Branding." Based on a survey of more than 2000 HR professionals and CEOs from around the world, the study looks at where employer branding is today and how employer branding may evolve over the next five years. Over the next few weeks, we'll be exploring each piece in this...

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3 Keys to Effective Branding in a Millennial World

Branding. We always hear about how important it is to attract the right customers, but what about attracting the right employees? With so many brands proliferating all over the Web -- and even being built of off social networks like Instagram -- we know by now that reaching the best recruits is more than a simple matter of colors or logos. Especially in our current times, branding is all about...

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What Benefits Do Your Employees Want? [Infographic]

You may be paying your employees competitive wages, but if you're not also offering them competitive benefits packages, you're missing a crucial opportunity to engage and retain your workers. According to a new infographic from Namely, purveyors of a cloud-based HR, payroll, and benefits platform, "Today's top talent demands total when it comes to total compensation, and that includes...

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