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Experience Is Overrated — Arguments for Hiring Talented Individuals Without Perfect Credentials

by and Sep 8, 2014, 12:09 am ET

Southwest Airlines listening centerOrville Wright did not have a pilot’s license –slogan used at Facebook to warn hiring managers not to overly focus on credentials

I, the lead author, have 40 years of experience working in the talent space. But given that experience, I still don’t understand why recruiters and hiring managers place such an unwavering emphasis on hiring only individuals with “direct experience” (i.e. experience working with the specific job title that they’ve applied for). So despite my extensive personal experience and education, I agree with the conclusion reached by Google, Facebook, and most startups that many of the best hires are those whose education, experience, and other credentials are not a perfect “fit” for a job opening.

The Track Record of Those With No Direct Experience or Weak Credentials Is Impressive keep reading…

How Career Websites Have Evolved

by Sep 7, 2014, 10:23 pm ET

The idea of a discrete website solely for recruiting goes back only about 15 years, but a lot of innovation has taken place in that time. By making their own advances and following the latest technology, smart recruiters have created compelling destinations for job seekers. Here’s a quick look at how careers websites have evolved and where they’re headed next — and how you can be part of the conversation. keep reading…

August’s 142,000 Jobs Is Weakest Growth This Year

by Sep 5, 2014, 9:42 am ET

Econ indicators Aug 2014 v2Even taking into account the usual summer hiring slowdown, this morning’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department can only be called surprising. The Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said 142,000 new jobs were created in August, a number far off the 220,000 to 230,000 economists forecast. Unemployment inched down to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent.

It was the smallest increase yet this year, and follows six months of gains over 200,000 jobs each. Going into August, the monthly average gain in new jobs was 230,000.

Yesterday’s private sector jobs report from ADP and Moody Analytics foreshadowed a lower August job growth when it came in at 204,000, which was also below expectations. Few, though, expected so big a decline, which was also accompanied by a net downward revision of June and July’s numbers of 28,000.

The slight decline in the unemployment rate came from fewer working-age Americans participating in the labor force. The participation rate in August dropped back to 62.8 percent from 62.9 percent, hovering near historic lows. keep reading…

3 Lessons Corporate In-house Recruiting Organizations Can Learn from Staffing Agencies

by Sep 5, 2014, 12:05 am ET

On average, 118 people apply for any given job — and of those 118 candidates, only 23 actually get an interview. This conundrum begs the question: are employers building the best candidate pools? Staffing agencies and corporations face an identical challenge — attracting the right candidates to begin with.

Enticing a precise type of person to fill one very specific role is like searching for a needle in a haystack. You will end up with strict criteria, and an endless list of names of people who miss the mark. To fill your candidate pool with greater potential, take a page from the staffing agency playbook. Start with these three ideas:  keep reading…

Your High School Kid Has a New Career Site

by Sep 4, 2014, 4:05 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 1.00.56 PMYou can now recruit people young enough to wear braces, with the launch of a website for high schoolers to showcase their achievements and for helicopter parents to brag about their kids if they get tired of doing so on Facebook. keep reading…

August Job Growth Slows; Just a Summer Dip?

by Sep 4, 2014, 1:12 pm ET

Econ indicators Aug 2014 v1The hand-wringing over today’s ADP private employment report should not be taken as evidence of any kind of sudden reversal of hiring.

The 204,000 private sector jobs ADP and its forecasting partner, Moody’s Analytics, said were created in August demonstrates that the hiring surge of the last several months still has legs. That the number was less than the 215,000-220,000 jobs economists expected and the lowest count since March, may be disappointing, but the August dip is familiar to any recruiter with more than a few years experience.

Hiring historically slows in August and again around the end-of-the-year holidays. Last year, ADP reported 296,900 new jobs in June and 212,400 in July. In August, the job creation count dropped to 190,200. It was back up in September to 215,000. keep reading…

Social Network Just for Military Is Helping Vets Get Jobs

by Sep 4, 2014, 12:27 pm ET

rallypoint homepageWhen active military are ready for a new assignment, seniority allows them to request certain postings. Military procedure is that they discuss the options with a human resources officer. Even the best of the HR officers, though, can only hope to know of some of the potentially thousands of openings and locations worldwide.

Recently discharged veterans and those not long from returning to civilian life have a different problem. Finding a job for them is complicated by the different languages military HR and civilian recruiters speak. Often, in the translation, too much is lost, leaving highly trained specialists struggling for any entry-level positions. keep reading…

What Kindergarten Teachers Know That Interviewers Don’t

by Sep 4, 2014, 12:31 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 9.11.19 PMEven an average teacher knows the answers to a test before:

  • scoring the test
  • administering the test
  • teaching the lesson
  • developing the lesson plan
  • and creating the course syllabus

Compare that to state of readiness of many interviewers. keep reading…

There’s a New Way for Students to Tell Employers They’ve Got an Offer

by Sep 3, 2014, 2:46 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 11.45.10 AMA new and unusual offering called “Explore Your Options” gives students a place to spread the word about their job offers. keep reading…

Monster Unveils Tool to Find Gold in the ATS Tailings

by Sep 3, 2014, 8:31 am ET

Mining taling-freeYears ago, when the technology of the day extracted all the gold it was capable of extracting from the tons of earth dug by miners, the remainder was dumped as tailings.

Today, new technology and a historic gold price has made it profitable — immensely so for some operators — to sift through those tailings for the leftover mineral. Reprocessing of a tailings heap in Australia has already yielded $1 billion in gold.

There’s a lesson here for recruiters. Your ATS — or whatever you use — is a gold mine, even though so many treat the resumes of candidates they promised “to keep on file” the way miners once treated tailings. New technology and a tightening demand for skilled workers is now making it more attractive than ever to sift through your candidate database to find the workers with the skills and background you need. keep reading…

You’ll Think I’m Crazy, But You Should Put This in Job Ads

by Sep 2, 2014, 12:21 am ET

AIDAThe goal of any job advertisement should be to attract the highest number of responses from qualified applicants. But how exactly do you go about writing a job ad that attracts the top talent?

If you want to generate more applications from top candidates you must include a telephone number in your job advert.

Now I know what you’re thinking; Connie (who has an agenda of course) can’t possibly understand the recruitment industry. Is she seriously suggesting including a contact name and telephone number? Imagine all those nuisance calls from unqualified candidates; it’s enough to raise the blood pressure of any agency owner. I guess than I owe you some form of explanation if I’m going to challenge the conventional wisdom. keep reading…

Survey Reveals How to Attract Passive Candidates

by Sep 1, 2014, 12:40 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 11.37.38 AMThe Holy Grail in recruiting has always been the passive candidate: someone not actively searching for a job.

A LinkedIn survey of 18,000 full-time employees across all industries and 26 countries found what attracts these people. The results aren’t particularly shocking: passive candidates want more money. Either that, or they want a better work/life balance or a greater opportunity for advancement.

But the survey revealed more than just that. It also showed the surprising number of workers who consider themselves passive candidates, what active applicants want, and what motivates people to change jobs the least.

The Numbers keep reading…

In IT, College Degrees Take Backseat to Skills, Experience

by Aug 29, 2014, 5:28 am ET

Glassodoor Q2 employee surveyBy a surprisingly large percentage, CIOs put more emphasis on skills and experience than on tech degrees from prestigious universities.

A Robert Half Technology survey of some 2,400 chief information officers at companies with more than 100 employees found 71 percent place “more weight on skills and experience than on whether or not a candidate attended college/university.” Another 12 percent said university prestige didn’t matter at all. keep reading…

Kill Time Today Reading About Pot, Voice, and Imbibing Idiots

by Aug 29, 2014, 1:57 am ET

empty conference roomGood morning valued reader. Before we get to today’s Roundup subjects — sex, drugs, and a British worker survey — I want to thank you on behalf of the entire ERE staff for coming to work today.

Those empty cubicles around you mean only one thing: You can catch up on your ERE reading.

And, since no candidate any hiring manager will want to hire will answer your call today, when you finish with this, you might as well clean up your desk, sort through your inbox, and, if you’re one of those people, clean out the office fridge.

That’s what most Brits do when killing time in the office. The upside is you have a clean desk, a clean mailbox, and the appreciation of your vacationing colleagues, except for that person whose mold experiment you tossed out. keep reading…

How to Lose a Candidate in 10 Days

by Aug 28, 2014, 12:17 am ET

From helpful advice to foreboding warnings, job seekers hear countless dos and don’ts when it comes to applying to, interviewing for, and nailing down a job. It makes sense: we’ve all been through the process, and chances are, we’ll all do it again. Having a plan in place — and a backup plan, in some cases — is not only helpful, but strategic when on the job hunt.

But with all these words of encouragement floating around for job seekers, the same kind of advice simply doesn’t exist for recruiters. As a result, it’s easy to mess up. The initial candidate experience is a crucial piece of long-term talent relationships that are developed during the hiring process. If we don’t get it right, we run the risk of losing a potentially successful hire. Here’s a look at how 10 short days and a few wrong turns can quickly send a candidate running for the hills, and how you can avoid these issues and make your talent search a success.

Day 1: You post an inaccurate job description. keep reading…

Improve the ROI of Internships

by Aug 27, 2014, 12:59 am ET

imageIt is becoming more difficult for companies to convert interns into full-time hires. Companies need to re-assess how they structure these programs in order to maintain a good return on investment.

The most recent sources of hire survey by CareerXroads found that of the interns who companies wanted to hire at the end of internship programs in 2013, only 32 percent accept their offers. In the words of the survey’s director, Gerry Crispin, “I’m not sure training two thirds of my interns for someone else is good ROI.”

This low offer-acceptance rate may present a unique opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves, and to benefit from the new generational factors that influence an interns’ decision to join a company full time.

Focusing on Feedback and Technology keep reading…

presented by Matt LeBlanc and Todd Davis

To get hires, you need flow. Yet many recruiters overlook social media, even though it is an absolute untapped goldmine. We know what you’re thinking: how am I supposed to add in another duty when I’m too busy to breathe? Good news, so are we. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate recruiter’s guide for using social media in the scrappiest way possible, to save you time, not add to your list.

Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Time-Starved Recruiters:

  • DO NOT reinvent the wheel. DO make marketing your BFF so you can repurpose their collateral, and even convince them to make new stuff for you.

  • DO NOT let the “policy police’ get you down. DO learn pro tips and tricks to make social media work at even the most corporate-y of corporations.

  • DO NOT post for the sake of posting. DO post when you have a strong call to action, like an event, a new blog post, or a video.

  • DO NOT expect overnight hires. DO leverage social media to create a powerful talent pipeline that builds itself (flow, remember?)

  • DO NOT assume all social media is created equal. DO sign up for our webinar to learn what actually works and what really is a waste of time.

More information | Register for this webinar

Top Tips for Recruiting Candidates for Jobs in the Middle East

by Aug 27, 2014, 12:01 am ET

While it may seem like a bit of a challenging proposition, recruiting candidates to work abroad simply requires a bit more calculation and tactical thought. The central issue with any career move abroad is the cultural and linguistic differences, and if your aim is to recruit Westerners to work in the Middle East, this is obviously going to be quite a large obstacle.

Fortunately, the exceptional quality of life in the Middle East provides a handy incentive, helping to offset the negative impact that an alien culture and language may have on a prospective recruit. Thanks to the ever-present worldwide need for oil exports, countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have a particularly high standard of living, allowing employees in those nations to enjoy a standard of living far beyond what they could expect at home.

While a convincing argument, the above is only an effective technique if there are interested candidates around to be convinced in the first place. Fortunately, in such a well-connected world there are many ways to engage with interested candidates, allowing you to best extol the benefits of your particular vacancy.

Meet Potential Applicants Face to Face keep reading…

What Does Your CEO Know About Talent Assessment?

by Aug 26, 2014, 12:24 am ET

Q: What does your CEOs know about talent assessment?

A: Nothing and everything.

Let me explain. keep reading…

Take SourceCon’s ‘State of Sourcing’ Survey

by Aug 25, 2014, 4:25 pm ET

sourcecon-logoAs ERE junkies know, SourceCon is owned by ERE Media (which also owns TLNT and the Fordyce Letter).

In case you’re not already a SourceCon reader, SourceCon’s focus is on all things (you guessed it) sourcing. Last year, it conducted the first annual “State of Sourcing” survey. The results were shared on SourceCon and at the 2013 Fall SourceCon conference. In preparation for SourceCon Fall 2014, you can take the survey and help build a picture of what has changed during the last year.  keep reading…