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The High Cost Missed Opportunities

by · June 12, 2014

Ever need to hire anyone? It is hard. Ask most anyone out there. Hiring people is long and arduous. And far too frequently, it doesn’t work. Turnover is increasing, people switch jobs more frequently than ever and it isn’t getting any better. In fact, as the economy is turning around, it is only going to get more difficult. The recruiting industry has not changed much in many years. Yes, there is LinkedIn, but it’s just an online association with a job board, which really, is the old-school newspaper classifieds on your computer.

If you take a look at many social feeds of top employers, they are currently using social to post more “Help wanted” ads as if there are not 1 bazillion other places to post those job descriptions. And we all know that 70% of a job is in that last bullet item on the job description, ahem, “Other duties as assigned”. I’ve often pondered the challenges in recruiting and have come to the conclusion that the whole transaction is built on two things that are total and complete BS: the job description and the resume. I think this is why we have such a hard time finding talent and why it is so hard to get them to stick. Which brings me to the missed opportunity of social recruiting.

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Five tips to creating a better candidate experience

by · October 10, 2013

It seems a week doesn’t go by without me reading another blog post or opinion piece about all the crap that candidates do wrong when trying to get a job. My favorite was a laundry list of reasons that you didn’t get the job. If recruiting is trying to be more like marketing, then recruiting, you are going to have to try a little harder. You see, I know you think these tips are helpful pieces of content, but what ends up happening is you look like the mean kids in school trying to tell the other kids how to be in the cool club. In short, you look like bullies.

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Recruiting is Sales

by · August 8, 2013

Countless recruiters have told me that recruiting is sales. Well, if this is true, why are so many companies not treating the recruiting function the same way as they treat their sales function. There has been a long-brewing war on talent. And as we get closer to a post-recession economy, hiring is going to get even more challenging.

And I know, we have about a billion new grads looking for work, I am not talking about the next 2 years, I am talking about the next 10. Baby Boomers are going to be retiring any day now and there is going to be a big gap in skills at senior levels. You couple this with the rise of what I call “Freelance Nation”, and you have a recipe for a skilled worker shortage. Most talent acquisition pros know that post and pray is not a strategy if you intend to win this war.

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