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Dear Recruiter: This Is What I Discovered Interviewing for a Job (and It’s Ugly)

by Apr 14, 2015, 5:20 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 2.10.36 PMI have been baffled, frustrated, amused, and downright depressed by my attempts to re-enter the workforce. Before I share my experiences with you, dear recruiter, you should know that I purposely chose to be unemployed (insert gasp, roll of the eyes, you brought this on yourself statements, etc. here) for personal growth for a little over a year.

Perhaps I wrote this to vent or rage at the universe for my perceived misfortune of not finding a new job.  Maybe it is a way to seek feedback from others to validate that I am not alone in my angst to find a position or maybe it is to provide a cathartic release for those individuals who are also unemployed (for whatever reason).

Maybe I am going through this exasperating job search as a comeuppance for wronging a candidate when I was a recruiter many years ago. Maybe by sharing my experiences, it will cause others to rise up and lead a crusade to ensure that corporations treat all candidates with dignity and respect. Maybe a corporation will read this and revaluate and improve their talent acquisition processes. Maybe it is to challenge the stigma that it’s better to be employed and miserable than to be unemployed but open, excited, rested, motivated, and ready to do something you love. keep reading…

Let’s Stop Slinging Recruiting Mud, and Start Supporting Each Other

by Apr 8, 2015, 2:05 pm ET

inmail toolFew professions are as hard on newcomers as the recruiting industry. Entry-level, or just oblivious, recruiters have a tough row to hoe and the challenges involve more than the responsibilities listed on their job description.

Included in the struggle is how junior practitioners are treated by senior practitioners. There may be other vocations where hazing is the norm — perhaps erotic dancing, bartending, or tattooing — but as a whole, professionals in the realm of talent acquisition ridicule and abuse rookies in ways that are both unnecessary and counterproductive. This is arguably less prominent in other professions. Recruiters, it seems, just love to poke and prod and tease. keep reading…

A Conversation: Top Influencers in HR And Recruiting

by Mar 10, 2015, 2:45 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 11.44.40 AMAnother Top 50 (Fill In The Blank) list came out a couple of weeks ago with a bunch of HR and recruiter “thought leaders” on it. And as usual there was some chatter on Twitter and Facebook about it. Some pro. Some con. Some rants too.

I have an opinion and I want to know what you think. But first a disclaimer: every now and again I squeak in on the bottom of one of these lists. I am not coming at this with “sour grapes.”

And I am not here to bash the folks on the lists.

I am writing this, and hoping you will comment below, to start a conversation. keep reading…

Former Processors, Sales Associates, and Receptionists Are Our Best Talent Recruiters

by Mar 10, 2015, 5:01 am ET

I hire non-recruiters who hire more than 1,000 people a year.

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If you’re reading this, and you’re a talent acquisition professional, you’re probably asking yourself, ‘what in the world?’ How does it work? keep reading…

How Using a Recruiter Quality Index for Your Recruiting Team Drives Results and Delivers Transparency

by Feb 25, 2015, 5:26 am ET

recruiter quality indexAre you looking to infuse quality into your talent acquisition metrics? Need a fresh approach to evaluating the effectiveness of your team or individual contributors?

With growing pressure to continuously improve results and prove quality, the time is right to collide metrics within your team and calculate your Recruiter Quality Index.  keep reading…

Hard-to-find Recruiting Skills

by Jan 28, 2015, 5:39 am ET

Boston vs CACurrently there are 6,890 recruiter jobs posted online and about 3,246 employers filling these openings throughout the U.S. This number reflects all job listings that specifically use the terms recruiter or recruiting in the job title. Some of the recruiters reading this article will be looking for a job or filling a recruiting opening in 2015.

With this in mind, we researched which of the most in-demand recruiting skills, with at least 50 job ads or more, are likely to be hard to find. For recruiters, we’ll offer suggestions for what you can do to find talent. keep reading…

The Top 10 ‘Bleeding Edge’ Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2015

by Jan 12, 2015, 5:29 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 2.20.29 PMMost articles that cover recruiting trends highlight what I consider to be obvious approaches that many firms have already adopted. But my perspective on trends is unique because I am focused on what I call the “bleeding-edge trends.” These trends are unique and rare because they have been adopted by less than 5 percent of the major firms. However, they are still important for all recruiting leaders to know and watch because they signal the path that all progressive firms will eventually have to follow. The top bleeding-edge trends are listed below in an easy to scan format.

The Top 10 Most Impactful Trends That May Surprise You keep reading…

The Power Has Shifted to the Candidate, So Current Recruiting Practices Will Stop Working

by Dec 22, 2014, 5:02 am ET

Areas where recruiting must change during 2015

If you are frustrated because your recruiting approaches are no longer producing great results, you will be happy to know that there is a logical reason behind it. I estimate that 90 percent of recruiting leaders and hiring managers have yet to realize that the power in the recruiting relationship, which for years has favored employers, has shifted over to the jobseekers.

The technical term for this change is a shift from an employer-driven market to a candidate-driven market. And The Recruiter Sentiment Survey by the MRINetwork has revealed that 83 percent of the surveyed recruiters have realized that the power has now shifted to the candidate.

Knowing the reasons for shift is less important for recruiting leaders and hiring managers than recognizing that when jobseekers hold the power in the relationship, your current array of recruiting tools and approaches will literally stop working.

Another interesting phenomenon happens after the power shifts.

keep reading…

Why You Should Never Lose Your Identity When Recruiting

by Dec 9, 2014, 5:43 am ET

EREConf14_footerWhat makes a recruiter stand out: It’s a culmination of their personal experiences, intellect, intuition, and what made them who they are today. I call this experiencing rites of passage. Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Recruiting is not a transaction. The military teaches that attention to detail is critical in all actions performed. This is where the wheat is separated for the chaff. If a seasoned recruiter doesn’t see a full, professional representation on a resume — it speaks a lot of the candidate. If the skill set is essential, maybe it is a matter of spending some time with the candidate to educate them on the importance of a well-defined resume.

When you’re in the people business, it’s all about understanding an organization’s needs and improving the return on human capital. Statistics reflect that the best hires are typically referrals. There are obviously a number of reasons why, but one is that an existing employee can comprehend a person’s motivational fit and drivers to the point that they’re confident the candidate will be interested and contribute to the results. Recruiters can do this with both internal and external candidates.

The same thing goes for establishing relationships with people and understanding the ‘who’ vs. throwing resumes at the wall. keep reading…

Raise the Grade on Recruitment Performance With Quarterly Incentives

by Nov 25, 2014, 5:55 am ET

EREConf14_footerBased on my experience, both as a former HR executive and as an agency owner, I believe corporate recruitment can be enhanced by borrowing strategies from well-managed agencies (and vice versa). For example, during my time at Dendrite, our recruiting staff was highly effective and engaged. Their success was a result of an agency-inspired, detailed, bonus structure, measured through hard and soft data that was tied to quarterly performance.

Detractors of this model have their concerns: ill-conceived benchmarks and fluctuations in business cycles can cause morale problems for those whose compensation is tied to performance. Others contend that it is impossible to set hiring metrics that fairly measure performance since there are so many players responsible for the ultimate outcome of hiring. Our winning process at Dendrite addressed these concerns. keep reading…

Recruiter Demand in the World’s Largest English-speaking Countries

by Nov 5, 2014, 5:58 am ET

Recruiters are in demand throughout the world. Among the largest English-speaking countries, India currently has the greatest need for recruiting professionals, with about 26,430 job listings posted online. (Although India’s primary language is Hindi, English is the other official language of its Central Union Government.)

The U.S. ranks second in recruiter demand among these countries, with 7,270 job ads for recruiters. However, when it comes to the percentage of total jobs that are for recruiters, Canada has the highest market share of recruiting jobs. About 1.3 percent of Canada’s jobs advertise for recruiters. India is close behind with 1.2 percent percent of its online job openings seeking recruiters.

Market Share of Recruiting Job Ads vs. All Ads in the Largest English-speaking Countriesmarket share of recruiting job ads

Source: WANTED Analytics

In terms of HR job listings that advertised for recruiters, the dynamic shifts. keep reading…

Out in the Real World, a Lot of Jobs Just Aren’t That Amazing

by Oct 23, 2014, 12:39 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 11.30.07 AMIt’s difficult to attend an HR and recruiting centered conference and not find yourself sitting among a choir while one of our industry’s messiahs preaches to a crowd of smiling faces nodding in agreement to the sermon.

I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. Sometimes it can be therapeutic. Lately it seems our spiritual advisors in talent have learned a new hymn, or perhaps they’ve simply remixed an old one and it just sounds cooler because there are more and more voices chiming in.

The tune is the one about finding and recruiting people who have found their passion. It’s in the key of C, since C is for “calling” and we want to hire only the best people who have found their calling. A lot of people are singing it. The melody is beautiful and I suggest giving it a listen if you’ve never heard it. You’ll be changed, if only briefly. keep reading…

Demand for Recruiters Is Rising Strongly While HR Demand Drops

by Sep 24, 2014, 12:53 am ET

Growth in recruiter jobs on indeedDemand for recruiters is rising as employers emboldened by improving economic signals in the U.S. and globally add new jobs, only to find it ever more difficult to hire the workers they want.

Wanted Analytics says the number of online job listings for recruiters rose 4.5 percent in August from the same 30-day period a year before. In the HR category, recruiter jobs are now second only to the listings for HR managers, says Wanted. The research firm analyzes online listings from corporate sites, job boards, and elsewhere to create reports on the types of jobs being advertised and other information and business intelligence. keep reading…

Is It Easier to Recruit Recruiters in the U.S. or Canada?

by Sep 19, 2014, 12:14 am ET

Quebec CityAre you looking for a new job, or filling recruiter positions? Being on either end of the spectrum, it may be useful to know what the labor markets are like in North America. We used WANTED Analytics hiring demand and talent supply data to analyze and compare hiring trends for recruiters in the U.S. and Canada. keep reading…

Score Some Winning Insight From a Sports Recruiter’s Perspective

by Sep 16, 2014, 12:59 am ET

Mel playing soccerRecently, I’ve become immersed in some unfamiliar recruiting territory — collegiate sports! As I work with my son, a student athlete, to navigate the college exploration process, I’m noticing many similarities between these two worlds of talent search.

Last month, I met Jay, a sports recruiter/scout who has placed numerous incredible college athletes through the years. Many of his “picks” have gone on to play sports professionally. Jay and I spoke at length about our industries and I asked him the secrets to his success as a recruiter, albeit in another realm.

If you find solutions to your professional challenges by looking to other industries, read his valuable perspective on sports recruiting success, as well as my related observations. keep reading…

Recruiting Isn’t Enough Anymore; Business Advising is the New Norm for Corporate Recruiters

by Sep 11, 2014, 6:43 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 3.02.46 PMMost recruiting leaders have had coffee-shop or happy-hour conversations with each other about “having a seat at the table” or being a “more strategic partner” to the business. There is no doubt these clichés are played out (and there’s a good chance you’re rolling your eyes at the thought of reading another article about this). The truth is, there are talent-acquisition departments that talk about having a seat at the table; heck, they might even lobby so hard to get to this “table” they get a pity invite.

But, for as many of those that are worrying about a “table” there’s the other side of the house: departments hard at work building teams that help their business use human capital to win in the marketplace.

This is no easy task. It’s a grind. But there’s great work going on in our industry right now by many talent-acquisition leaders showing a commitment to this approach.  Some of those very leaders you’ll meet at ERE next week.

At CDW, we built a high-performing talent acquisition team by developing business- and HR-savvy recruiters. keep reading…

What Successful Recruiters Are Doing Right

by Aug 13, 2014, 12:02 am ET

team_leader_free_stock_photo_bYesterday I listed seven operational habits that characterize unsuccessful recruiters. In this second part, I examine not only the actions that distinguish the successful recruiters, but also the talent mindset that must be adopted. It is the capacity to embrace a “paradigm shift” in your recruiting philosophy that really determines how successful you will be in your talent acquisition efforts.

First, let’s stop fooling ourselves.  keep reading…

What Unsuccessful Recruiters Are Doing Wrong

by Aug 12, 2014, 12:12 am ET

 recruitment-sample-mdMost strategic recruiters seek to optimize the three most important factors in talent acquisition — cost, time, and quality. However, that objective is often impossible to accomplish because recruiters continue to use outdated talent processes which were designed back in the 1980s.

Stephen Covey, in his ground-breaking best seller — 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – introduces timeless principles that form the framework of the changes that individuals must adopt to become more effective. But, before one can embrace the seven habits, Covey proposes adopting of a “paradigm shift”– a change in perception and interpretation of how the world really works. Similarly, recruiters must be willing to adopt a paradigm shift in how they view the world of talent acquisition — if they hope to be successful in sourcing, recruiting, and hiring the very best talent in today’s war for talent.

For example, it has been my experience that “average” to “good” recruiters follow similarly dated talent strategies:  keep reading…

Recruiter Development as an Exercise in Cooperation: Donate Yourself!

by Jul 22, 2014, 12:25 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 5.11.44 PMIf you work in recruiting in any capacity, ask yourself this question: “When was the last time someone really invested in making me better?”

Then give yourself the responsibility of that development for someone/everyone around you.

Why would we do that? Who has time for that? Where should I start? If this is what comes up top of mind, you might owe it to yourself to put some thought into this topic. I’ll tell you why I think it’s not only a business imperative but a preservation technique as well. keep reading…

Don’t Call Recruiting Recruiting

by Jun 6, 2014, 12:18 am ET

Who the recruiting department should report to is one thing. Then there’s the whole issue of what this department should be called.

In the State of Recruiting Survey, we asked, “What’s your preferred ‘label’ for the corporate (in-house) department that handles recruiting?

You said: keep reading…