Ten years after the recession no one would have thought that the American economy could yield this much growth. In our current economy, hiring for such a rise has become an obvious challenge for many companies. The staffing industry stands as the obvious answer for businesses who share this struggle. For recruiters and managers alike there are some transparent tips and tricks that can help lure the right talent and reduce mistakes in the hiring process. The importance of an accurate job description is one such device that the industry leans on to keep unqualified candidates from applying and to start a star player on the right track.
August 7, 2019
Your company is looking for top talent to fill an engineering role and the responsibility to find this superstar falls on your shoulders. You have engaged with various agencies, plastered the job boards with postings and tirelessly entered every possible Boolean search on employment sites. The higher-ups decided that this future top-performer must be a local candidate, but you feel that the talent pool in your area is seemingly dried up. The country is experiencing historically low unemployment rates and fewer candidates are available. What can you do?
July 10, 2019
Today’s job market is the most competitive that employers have seen in the last 50 years. Unemployment has reached its lowest point since March of 2001. This means that when a company needs a specific role filled, there are only a handful of candidates applying, and those people have options. Options create problems for employers, especially when one company could have a longer hiring process than its competition, possibly losing potential hires to the elongated procedure.
June 26, 2019
Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Just getting an interview can already be a tremendous hurdle to clear. If you are serious about trying to obtain a new position, there are a few steps to keep in mind.
June 12, 2019
Funny thing about the first sales candidate I interviewed on my own was that I didn’t know I was going to be interviewing alone. In fact, I wasn’t aware we were having anyone in to interview at all! At the time, we were a small company with only a few formal procedures, one of which was our interview process. When our receptionist let me know there was a sales candidate waiting for me, I was surprised. I did have a notion we were talking to someone about the role, however, wasn't sure of where we were in the process. My boss was nowhere to be found, and after a brief phone call, I discovered I was on my own for this one. Yikes. While walking the candidate back, I frantically attempted to think of interview questions to ask. The rest flew by in a blur, but in the end, the candidate was hired, quickly became a top performer, and made our President’s Club 12 of his 13 years with the company.
May 15, 2019
If you’re an owner, human resources (HR) manager or engineering manager, you may have looked at a resume or two...thousand in your time. I’ve had clients tell me stories of agencies pushing resumes on them where the candidate lacked the needed skill-set or even had no correlation to the open position. On the other end of the spectrum, I've had candidate tell me how agencies have wanted to shoehorn them into jobs or positions that were no interest to them or even too far from where they wanted to live.
April 17, 2019
In my work experience, I still meet people who do not fully understand the benefits of working with a recruiter when looking for employment. To be honest, prior to this career path, I never really understood or knew what the role was all about. I did not trust recruiters and felt they would not keep my best interest in mind. However, I have learned first-hand the success in this role is determined on how well they are able to establish and cultivate a collaborative relationship with the client and the job seeker. Compiled below are four benefits to working with a recruiter.
April 3, 2019
Your phone rang and you had that initial conversation with a recruiter. Congratulations! You just started a brand new professional relationship, and like all relationships, communication is key. Regardless of who reached out to whom first, it's important to stay in contact.
My first hire as a new manager 13 years ago was a disaster. His was the total package, his resume was great and he carried a conversation with superb grace and composure. And to top it off, he drove a big, fancy car!
November 7, 2018
As a recruiter, I often hear candidates complain about not receiving responses to their job applications. The first question I always ask is, "Have you checked your resume to make sure your contact information is correct?" Most will say, "Yes" or "I’m pretty sure it’s correct," and that’s when I walk them through their resume.
October 24, 2018
I’m a big believer in tailoring your resume for the job opportunity you want. As you look at a job description, you see the skill and technologies requirements for the job. Why would you not add some of those keywords if you have that experience in your background?
September 26, 2018
What’s being conveyed to potential hiring prospects, clients or business partners during the first three seconds of your encounter? Some studies show that it only takes three seconds for an opinion to be formed about you. Here's why appearance in the workplace does matter.