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Here’s what’s going on in the ERE community this week:
- Lessons for a new recruiter
- Bogus posting or clumsy candidate experience?
- How come you’re ignoring your employment brand?
- Is pay to play the new norm?
- Can you get a good background check for $25.00?
- Featured group of the week: Canadian Staffing Experts
1. Lessons for a new recruiter
Matthew Hakaim had an interesting post about lessons he learned as a new recruiter. He writes, “It’s easy to find someone to teach the “doings” involved in the work, but to find someone who is passionate about what they do and the service they provided was key for me. I found that passion and experience in one of the client managers at the firm I worked for, and I immediately aligned myself with her. Her name is Maria Barton, a no nonsense Brit with a work ethic that most people could only aspire to achieve, and the people skills akin to some of the world’s greatest leaders.
What lessons did you learn as a new recruiter that you can share with others entering the field?
2. Bogus posting or clumsy candidate experience?
Kelly Blokdijk writes, “A friend of mine recently applied for a position that they spotted on one of the job boards geared toward six-figure salary earners. Based on what happened next, they weren’t sure if their application experience is the new normal or if there is something suspicious going on.
Click on through to read the exchange and give Kelly your take on the situation.
3. How come you’re ignoring your employment brand?
Sarah Welstead takes companies to task for ignoring some of the very things that attract people to their jobs. She writes, “Think of all the companies you’ve worked with/for in the past 5 years. How many of them have an employment branding strategy? How many of them are even thinking about it, outside of the recruiting department? How many of them say that “improving quality of hire” is one of their top priorities – but don’t have a strategy specifically to attract A-listers? 1? 2? I’ll bet you didn’t need more than one hand to count them up, did you?
Is employment branding on the top of your mind? How about other people in your company?
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4. Is pay to play the new norm?
Maureen Sharib asks in SOURCING Techniques and Methodologies, “Has anyone asked you to PAY to get on a vendor’s list? This is a first. “They” want us to pay $395 to do work for them! <-Are you kidding me? They’re also asking who my competitors are. Huh?
Have you ever heard of pay to play for vendors in any organizations you’ve worked with? What are your thoughts on it?
5. Can you get a good background check for $25.00?
A community member asks, “Is there a good trustworthy tried and tested site to get a good background check for $25.00?” Is $25 a reasonable number for a background check? What have you paid for background checks?
6. Featured group of the week: Canadian Staffing Experts
I am continuing to highlight some of the groups that we are hoping to reinvigorate and one of those groups are for our friends north of the border called Canadian Staffing Experts. The mission of the group is to bring together “Staffing Industry experts who are interested in sharing information unique to the Canadian marketplace.” In invite you to join in a couple of conversations revolving around what specific Canadian issues are being dealt with and the rise of contract staffing.
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