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  • Employers, When You Hire a Recruiter, THIS is What You’re Paying For!

    There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings in the employment marketplace regarding search consultants (also known as recruiters). One of those misunderstandings involves what exactly it is that they do for their clients. Now, I’ve covered this topic before at...

  • What the Skills Gap Means in Today’s Employment Marketplace

    Nine years later, the Great Recession seems like a distant memory for many people. One of the best illustrations of this is that job openings in the United States recently hit an all-time high. According to data released by the Department of Labor, there were 6...

  • Tips for Connecting with Millennials to Both Hire and Retain Them

    Are Millennials tougher to deal with in the employment marketplace? Both as employees and also as candidates? The answer to that question: it depends on who you ask. Some managers and company officials apparently have difficulty, while others do not. Let’s face it:...

  • Why Hiring Great Candidates is NOT Enough in Today’s Market

    There’s no doubt that it’s difficult to identify, recruit, and hire the best candidates these days. However, even if you’re able to do that on a consistent basis, that may not be enough in today’s marketplace. That’s because once you hire these candidates, you must...

  • 6 Ways to Set Your New Star Employee Up for Immediate Success

    There is no doubt that identifying, recruiting, and hiring the best candidates in the marketplace is not easy. Even if you’re able to accomplish that, it is no guarantee that those candidates will become immediately successful as employees. Sure, they’re ambitious....

  • Why Candidates Are Rejecting Your Offer (and What to Do About It)

    As an organization, you spend a tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort to bring a candidate all the way to the offer stage of the hiring process. The very last thing you want to happen is to make an offer to your top pick . . . and then that person rejects your...

  • The Most Overlooked Aspect of the Interview Stage for Employers

    The interview stage of the hiring process is perhaps the most important part of the process (with the possible exception of the offer stage). However, it’s critical to remember that it’s important not just for the candidates, but also for the employer. Because while...

  • THIS is Why It’s Called “Posting and Praying”

    Some organizations in the employment marketplace advertise their job openings through online advertisements. There are many opportunities available which help them to accomplish this task. There’s nothing inherently wrong with posting online job advertisements. They...

  • Is Your Hiring Process Actually Screening Out Good Candidates?

    Almost all of the articles that I write are based, at least in part, on the experience that I’ve accumulated as an executive search consultant and recruiter. This article is no exception. As a search consultant for 20 years, I’ve worked with numerous organizations of...

  • Face It: Top Candidates Are in a Position of Power . . . Now What?

    If you’ve been trying to hire top talent in this current marketplace for any length of time, you should have already come to an unmistakable conclusion. That conclusion is this: top candidates are in a position of power. The reason for this is quite simple. Top...

  • The #1 Factor in Enticing a Superstar Candidate to Change Jobs

    Superstar candidates are game changers. That’s why almost every organization would like to hire as many of them as they possibly can. However, superstars are NOT like other candidates. That makes sense. As a result, organizations should not treat superstar candidates...

  • Why Simply Pitching to a Job to Top Candidates Rarely Works

    There are some tactics, strategies, and techniques that employers try in the marketplace right now that simply do not work. And one of the main reasons they do not work is because it’s currently a candidates’ market. One of those tactics is pitching a job. Some hiring...

  • Baby Boomer Retirements and Your Company’s Hiring Future

    Regardless of whatever is happening in the employment marketplace, there’s one thing that will definitely happen during the next 15 years. Most of the Baby Boomers in the United States will be phased out of the workforce. The numbers are fairly startling. According to...

  • Are You a Super Bowl Organization . . . or are You “Tanking”?

    This coming weekend, the Super Bowl is going to be played. The two best teams in the National Football League are going to battle one another, and the winner will be declared the best team in the entire league. In fact, they’ll largely be considered the best team in...

  • The Critical Difference Between Hiring a Boss and Hiring a Leader

    There are countless nuances involved in the hiring process. That’s why it can appear to be such a complicated and complex endeavor. It sounds easy to hire great candidates who become top employees, but it’s much more difficult to actually do it. The key to hiring well...

  • Why Hiring Mistakes Are Magnified Under Current Market Conditions

    Most everybody is familiar with the phrase “margin of error.” This phrase can be applied to just about anything. Below is the official Webster’s Dictionary definition for the phrase: Margin of error (noun)—An index indicating the amount beyond the minimum necessary....

  • 3 Steps to Better Hiring and a Better Workforce in the New Year

    Every organization wants to hire in a better fashion than it did the year before. Every organization also wants to continually improve the quality of its employees and its workforce year after year. But how can these things be accomplished? Well, the steps for doing...

  • Discuss Your Employees’ Future to Retain Them

    Turnover of your employees can be difficult to stop completely. However, success can be measured by degrees. After all, retaining 90% of your employees is certainly better than retaining 50% of them. We’ve discussed the subject of retention before in this blog,...

  • Case Study: How Leaving a Position Open Hurts Your Company

    One of the advantages of being a search consultant is the opportunity to be “in the trenches” on a daily basis. This allows me to see on a first-hand basis what happens in the employment marketplace, both on the employer side and on the candidate side. It also affords...

  • Do NOT Do These Things When Making an Offer to a Candidate

    The interviewing and hiring process is filled with important parts, junctures at which the process can either fall apart or accelerate forward. One such part is the offer of employment. Think about it: making an offer of employment is like making a marriage proposal....

  • One Simple Step for Improving Retention of Your Best Employees

    The retention of an organization’s best and most important employees can often be viewed as being complicated. Some might believe that an intricate formula is involved for making sure that top talent remains with the company. However, that’s not necessarily the case....

  • 3 Iron-Clad Reasons to Work Exclusively with One Recruiter

    In the employment marketplace and the world of hiring, there are some things that seem to make sense . . . but really don’t. Conversely, there are some things that don’t appear to make sense . . . but really do. For quite a few organizations—and the hiring managers...

  • Your Search Firm Should Also Provide a Great Candidate Experience

    Providing a great candidate experience is a team effort. Not only does it require an effort on the part of everybody within your organization (especially those involved in the hiring process), but it also includes your search firm. Organizations often use search...

  • Best Practices for Onboarding Your New Superstar Candidates

    We’ve discussed the importance of an onboarding program before in this newsletter, specifically with the article “The 2 Phases of an Effective Onboarding Program.” To review, those two phases are as follows: Phase 1—Acceptance to Employment Phase 2—Start of Employment...

  • Are Superstar Employees More Eager to “Jump Ship”?

    Which employees within your organization are 32 years of age or less? More specifically, how many of your superstar employees are 32 years of age or less? Why are we asking that? Because if you have an employee who’s less than 32 years old, then they’re likely to...

  • The Role of the Hiring Process in the Candidate Experience

    Providing an exemplary candidate experience is an important part of not only attracting top candidates, but also convincing them to accept your offer of employment and choose to work for your organization. However, it can also be complex. That’s why if it’s not done...

  • The 3 Big Areas of Focus for Increased Employee Engagement

    In a candidates’ market like the one we’re currently experiencing, there are two things that happen: It’s more difficult to successfully attract, recruit, and hire the best candidates in the marketplace. It’s more difficult to successfully retain the best employees...

  • 4 Questions You Should NOT Ask During the Interview

    Hiring managers are continually seeking out the best questions to ask candidates during the face-to-face interview. This makes sense, since the interview is one of the most important parts of the hiring process. (In fact, some people might say that it’s...

  • 3 Crucial Tips for Improving the Quality of Your Hires

    Hiring great people is NOT easy. If it was, every company would be doing it. Obviously, this is not the case. However, you’re not concerned with every company—you’re only concerned with your company, and rightly so. Unfortunately, the hiring process is like any other...

  • 6 Characteristics of Employees You Need to “Topgrade”

    You might be familiar with the concept of “topgrading” in regards to personnel management and hiring. If you’re not, there’s an underlying philosophy regarding topgrading. That philosophy is also referred to as “The 20-60-20 Rule.” That rule states the following: 20%...

  • Why Using a Recruiter Beats Placing Ads for Hiring the Best Candidates

    For any company to be successful and make a profit, it has to sell its products and/or services. In order to accomplish this, companies charge sales departments with the task of selling those products and/or services. Instead, what if your organization relied solely...

  • 5 Tips for When and How to Conduct Reference Checks

    Organizations have varying philosophies regarding reference checks during the hiring process. As a result, they are often misunderstood and underutilized by employers seeking to identify the best candidate for their open position. These varying philosophies involve...

  • What Candidates Truly Want from Potential Employers

    At the beginning of the year, The VET Recruiter® conducted a survey of candidates in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. As part of that survey, we asked a series of questions, many of which dealt directly with employers and the hiring process. In...

  • Why Your Candidate Experience IS Your Employer Brand

    An organization’s hiring process is important, to say the very least. However, its importance may be more widespread and far-reaching than you can imagine. That’s because the hiring process is not about just finding (and hiring) the best candidate in the marketplace....

  • THIS is What Annoys Candidates Most About the Hiring Process

    High-quality candidates are in short supply in the market these days. That’s why it is critical for companies to do their best when it comes to first attracting, then recruiting, and then finally hiring these candidates. The problem for many organizations is that even...

  • Why It’s NOT Necessarily Bad When an Employee Leaves

    You’ve probably heard about some of the employment trends that are sweeping across the nation, some of which have caught on and some of which have not. An example of one that has not? Credit-card processing company Gravity Payments raised the minimum salary of its...

  • 6 Hiring Practices You MUST Stop

    The quality of the candidates you hire is in direct correlation to the quality of your organization’s hiring process. The greater the quality of your process, the greater the quality of your hires. Unfortunately, some companies fall prey to hiring practices that...

  • The Main Reason Top Candidates Do NOT Apply to Job Ads

    Let’s say you have an open position to fill. Let’s say that you write a beautiful job advertisement for it, the best one you’ve ever written. Let’s say you show it to your boss and your colleagues, and they agree that it’s the best, most beautiful job ad they’ve ever...

  • 7 Stats You MUST Know About Hiring and Talent in 2016

    Last year was definitely one marked by a scarcity of talent in the employment marketplace, and according to a recent survey, it appears as though that will again be the case this year. That survey was the annual hiring survey conducted by DHI Group, Inc., a provider...

  • How to Position Your Company to Attract Top Talent

    I’ve addressed this topic before in our newsletter and in our blog, but it bears repeating: simply running an online job ad is not enough to attract the best candidates in the marketplace. In fact, in many cases, it’s not even enough to get their attention. After all,...

  • How to Combat the Counteroffer Your Star Candidate Will Receive

    Think we might be “jumping the gun” with the title of this article? Well, with top talent very much in demand these days, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the very best candidates are going to receive some sort of counter-offer from their current employer once...

  • What Value Proposition Do You Offer to Top Candidates?

    The other day, I was in my office speaking with a hiring manager on the phone. There was also another person in the office who does not work in executive search. This guest was listening to my conversation with the hiring manager, and he overhead me ask this question:...

  • The 2 Phases of an Effective Onboarding Program

    Onboarding as a philosophy and a process is often viewed differently by different organizations. Some companies spend more time, energy, and effort than others and some make it more of a priority than others. Of course, those companies that make it more of a priority...

  • The Best Candidates in the Market Don’t Stick Around for Long

    The goal of every company when it comes to hiring is to bring on board the best candidates in the marketplace. However, doing so involves a certain level of complexity for a number of different reasons. One of those reasons is this: the best candidates in the market...

  • What to Do if You Can’t Find the Candidate You Need to Hire

    Every organization that has a job opening to fill is looking to hire the best candidate possible for the position. In many instances, company officials have an idea of exactly the type of candidate they want, especially if the position is an important and/or...

  • How Social Media and Job Boards Increase the Need for Recruiters

    There is certainly no doubt that social media, job boards, the Internet at large, and Big Data have all had an impact on the employment marketplace and on companies’ hiring efforts. However, it might not be the impact you’re thinking it is. At first glance, you could...

  • Emphasize THIS to Get a Top Candidate to Work for You

    When you’re recruiting a top candidate to work at your organization, the end of the interviewing process is the most critical phase, because that’s when you “sell” the candidate in an attempt to close them. However, some companies “sell” these candidates incorrectly ....

  • 2 Crucial Considerations of Making an Offer to a Candidate

    When an organization makes an offer of employment to a candidate, they’re signifying their commitment to that candidate. In essence, the company is saying, “Out of all the people we interviewed, you’re the one we want to work for us.” With that in mind, wouldn’t it be...

  • Need a “Special Ops” Agent for Your Search? It’s Your Recruiter

    Sometimes, hiring the best candidate possible for your open position is not clean-cut. It’s not predictable. The process doesn’t go anywhere near as smoothly as you think it will. However, if it still ends in the hiring of the best candidate for the position, it’s all...

  • 3 Ways LinkedIn is Making It More Difficult to Hire Top Talent

    Over the years, LinkedIn has proven to be a valuable resource for both job seekers and employers.  After all, it was the first social media site specifically for the professional realm and not the personal realm.  That alone made it stand out. However, as with all...

  • Recruiters: Salespeople for Your Opportunity and Your Company

    What if you had no sales department for your company’s products and services? What if you could only rely on advertisements to generate interest in what you offer?  What do you think your gross sales would be? You might not want to consider such a scenario.  However,...

  • THIS is How Long the Hiring Process Should Last (and Why)

    The optimum length for a company’s hiring process has been a debatable topic for quite some time.  The irony of the situation, though, is that there should not be any debate about it. That’s because no matter the economic environment, a search for the best candidates...

  • 5 Reasons Why Feedback is Important During the Hiring Process

    From a company’s perspective, the hiring process is of paramount importance. After all, that’s the way the company brings the best and brightest candidates on board. And while certain parts of the process are considered more important than others, some parts are often...

  • The Numbers You Should Know Before Extending an Offer

    The offer stage is one of the most sensitive—and important—parts of the hiring process. That’s why it must be handled with care and preparation. Unfortunately, not all companies approach the offer stage of the process with as much care and preparation as they should....

  • THIS is the Value That Executive Recruiters Provide to Companies

    Successfully hiring the best candidates available in the marketplace is one of the most important things that a company can do.  In fact, it could be argued that it’s the most important thing a company can do. If you think in terms of professional sports, the team...

  • Why Passive Superstar Candidates Tend to Avoid Online Job Ads

    In this day and age, it is often common practice for some companies to run an online job advertisement when they want to fill an open position. However, unless companies take a closer look at their specific needs and analyze the situation thoroughly, running an online...

  • 5 Questions to Assess Who Represents Your Company to Candidates

    There is no doubt that company officials are constantly immersed in the day-to-day operations of their business.  There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done.  As a result, it becomes a matter of priorities, in other words, which tasks...

  • 3 Steps for Offering Compensation to Attract the Best Candidates

    There’s no doubt that companies not only want to attract the best candidates available in the marketplace, but they also want to hire them. However, what they’re offering to these candidates isn’t always enough to accomplish both of these things.  A disconnect often...

  • How Far Should Companies NOT Go to Retain Top Talent?

    There is no doubt that talent is highly coveted in the employment marketplace, and that’s the case regardless of the condition of the economy. Every organization has a goal to hire the best candidates as employees.  In addition, every organization desires to keep its...

  • What It Really Means When a Company Runs a Job Ad

    Nothing happens in the world without desire—specifically, a person (or people’s) desire to make something happen.  This also applies to the world of employment, including the hiring of employees. For example, let’s say that officials at a company decide they want to...

  • There Are No Coincidences When It Comes to Hiring Top Talent

    Hiring the top talent in the marketplace is not a “crapshoot.”  It’s not a matter of “dumb luck” or “good fortune,” either.  As a company, either you’re doing what it is necessary to find, recruit, and hire the top people in the industry—or you’re not. I was recently...

  • 5 Reasons Why Using a RPO Firm Doesn’t Work in a Specialized Niche

    Let me start by saying that I can certainly understand why companies would want to outsource all or part of their recruiting activities to an external service provider. After all, hiring is a crucial part of a company’s ability to compete and grow in the marketplace,...

  • 5 Points for Selling Your Employment Opportunity to a Candidate

    The employment marketplace is much different than it was five years ago.  It’s even different than it was three years ago. In short, employees—especially top employees—no longer feel “lucky to have a job.”  (It could be argued that they never felt that way; after all,...

  • 4 Main Reasons Companies Use Executive Recruiting Firms

    No matter the unemployment rate, the degree of difficulty involved in finding top-tier talent remains the same.  That was true before the Great Recession, and it’s true today. Actually, it could be argued that for companies attempting to find the candidates they need...

  • 5 Ways to Convince a Candidate to Accept Your Offer

    As has been proven time and again, anything can go wrong during any stage of the hiring process, and that includes during the offer stage. In fact, the offer stage is definitely not the time to lose focus, if for no other reason than it’s one of the most important...

  • 3 Ways Hiring Positive People Helps Your Bottom Line

    When it comes to hiring the best candidates available in the marketplace, companies focus a great deal on expertise and experience—in other words, the “hard skills” that they have to offer. However, it’s the “soft skills” that can mean the difference between hiring...

  • 4 Ways Hiring a Team of People Gives You a Competitive Edge

    As we’ve explored on numerous occasions in our monthly newsletter, superstar candidates are still very difficult to first find and then successfully recruit. In fact, considering how many people are currently in the market for a new job—both employed and unemployed—it...

  • 4 Reasons to Get Rid of a Bad Hire as Quickly As Possible

    We’ve written numerous times, both in our blog and in our monthly newsletter, regarding the dangers of making a bad hire. However, sometimes bad hires do happen.  When they do, the key for the company is to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. The reason? ...

  • Is 2014 the ‘Year of the Passive Job Seeker’?

    Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend in the world of employment: the most qualified candidates in the job market have become more difficult to find. According to a recent CNNMoney.com article, that trend will continue during all of 2014.  In fact,...

  • 7 Things That Every Manager Should Do in 2014

    The New Year means a fresh start for companies, department managers, and team leaders, including new opportunities for increasing production and generating more revenue. However, how can companies accomplish this?  Times may have changed and technology continues to...

  • 3 Tips for Reducing Workplace Stress in 2014

    Reducing stress is a goal of just about everybody in the employment workplace—and that definitely includes managers and team leaders. In fact, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive for Everest College earlier this year, 83% of American workers say they...

  • Why the Semi-Retired Can Provide You with Hiring Flexibility

    During the last few years, many companies (if not most) have been trying to “do more with less” in the area of workforce management.  In other words, get more done with fewer employees. This approach provides plenty of challenges, especially when there are more...

  • Presenting the ‘X Factor’ for Hiring Superstar Candidates

    You’ve probably experienced this, or at the very least, heard a story about it. A company interviews a candidate and screens them with various tests, and the candidate is a perfect fit in just about every way.  They have all of the technical skills, a solid history of...

  • 3 Factors to Determine if You Should Hire Now . . . or Wait

    One of the toughest decisions that a company has to make is whether they should hire right now or continue searching for a better candidate. Of course, there are no “tried and true” answers to this dilemma, mainly because the answer is individual to the company and...

  • 4 Ways to Make Sure Your New Hire Doesn’t Take Another Offer

    Okay, you’ve extended an offer to your top candidate.  They accept the offer and turn in their two-week notice. Then, two weeks later, they don’t show up for their first day of work. What happened?  They either accepted a counter-offer from their current employer OR...

  • 6 Ways to Attract More Top Performers

    Every company wants to attract more top performers, the best candidates that exist within the industry.  But how many companies plan to attract those top performers? After all, isn’t hiring the best and brightest an important enough endeavor to necessitate a plan for...

  • 4 Questions to Identify Who’s About to Leave Your Company

    When it comes to retaining your best employees, owning a crystal ball would come in handy.  After all, those who have plans to leave rarely tell you in advance. Well, they’ll tell you two weeks in advance, but not much more than that. So the question is this: since...

  • Have an Under-performing Employee? Take These 10 Steps

    A company works at its best when it has top employees at every position, with all of them performing to the best of their abilities.   While that should constantly be the goal, it’s certainly not always the case.  Employees could fall short of expectations for a...

  • 6 Ways to Tell if You’ve Hired a Loyal Employee

    When you hire a new employee—especially somebody considered to a superstar and who is expected to make an immediate impact—you’d like for that employee to be loyal. After all, you’re investing a tremendous amount of time, energy, and money into them.  Their loyalty...

  • 2 BIG Reasons Why Attitude is Important to Your Company

    What do you look for in a truly great candidate, an A-level player who could conceivably have a huge impact on your company and it’s bottom line? An impressive and multi-faceted skill set?  Extensive experience?  Credentials, certifications, and awards?  A proven...

  • 6 Steps for Keeping Your Best Employees Satisfied

    In last month’s blog post, we presented “6 Key Factors for Motivating Employees Who Are Unmotivated.”  This month, we’re going to explore steps for keeping your best employees satisfied. Given the current state of the economy, you might think that those people who are...

  • 6 Key Factors for Motivating Employees Who Are Unmotivated

    Every company, department, or team has employees who can be classified as “high achievers” . . . and those who are not included in that category. However, these employees should not be dismissed—either literally or figuratively—without attempting to motivate them to...

  • How Will Your Company Find the Top Talent It Needs in 2013?

    A New Year is upon us, and the employment marketplace is as competitive as ever. That hasn’t changed. What has changed, though, is how companies find the top talent they need. First, of course, every company must recognize that a high unemployment rate does NOT...

  • 4 Traits to Look for in a Great Recruiter

    While it’s true that recruiters can provide value by helping companies find and recruit top-notch talent, not all recruiters are great.  (Which, of course, makes recruiting like any other profession.) So how can you tell the great recruiters from the average ones? ...

  • 5 Tips for Checking a Candidate’s References

    How a candidate’s references are checked can vary widely from company to company (and maybe even from position to position). However, one thing that’s universal is that everybody wants to use reference checks as effectively as possible, so that they contribute to a...

  • Six Things You Should Absolutely Tell Your Recruiter

    The relationship that you have with your recruiter is similar to your other relationships: the more communication that occurs within that relationship, the better it’s going to be for everybody. While it’s true that the relationship you have with a...

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Superstars from Burning Out and Leaving

    While many companies might be preoccupied with the problem of finding new superstars to fill their open positions, there’s another problem of which they might not be fully aware. That problem is this: retaining the superstars they already have—or at the very least,...

  • Does Your Company Have a Mentoring Program?

    In the August issue of our employer newsletter, we brought to light a recent incident regarding the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and what that incident could teach about workforce management. Workforce management, of course, is about more than just finding and hiring the...

  • Why and When Good Candidates ‘Tune You Out’

    One of the things that’s often difficult to remember in this type of marketplace (i.e., one that contains a lot of job seekers) is that candidates—especially high-quality candidates—will “tune you out.” That’s right. You have an opening, you’re trying to fill that...

  • 3 Steps for Addressing Under-performing Employees

    Despite the current economic climate, there are still employees in the workforce who are not “engaged” at their company.  In other words, they don’t display passion or enthusiasm about their job, and as a result, their production suffers. While companies may have...

  • Why Hiring the Best People is a Continuous Process

    In our May newsletter article, we stressed the importance of being proactive in your quest to find the best candidates to fill your open positions. The reasons for this are numerous.  Below are just a few of them: Superstar candidates don’t just show up as soon as you...

  • If You Are NOT Proactive, You Will NOT Hire the Best Candidates

    While there are signs that the economy is improving and that employees are more open to making a change, there is still one fact that remains undisputable: A passive approach to hiring will not allow you to attract—nor hire—the best and brightest candidates available...

  • Why Social Media Can’t Replace Search Firms, Part 2

    In our February blog post, we discussed how social media cannot, in fact, replace search firms in companies’ quest to find the best candidates for their open positions.  Why is that? Because identifying, recruiting, and hiring the people you need to help take your...

  • Why Social Media Can’t Replace Search Firms, Part 1

    Technology is always changing and advancing.  That’s one thing that’s constant, and it’s constant in all areas of life, including the world of recruiting and hiring. In recent years, that ever-changing technology has given birth to social media.  Three of the biggest...

  • How the ‘Personal Touch’ Will Attract the Candidates You Want

    What gives you a better chance of hiring the type of superstar candidates you want to hire in this market? The “personal touch,” that’s what. Who says so? The superstars themselves. TEKsystems, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, recently...

  • How Retiree Re-Staffing Can Give You What You Need

    Companies have trimmed back in a lot of areas during the past few years, but there’s one area in which no company can afford to cut—knowledge and expertise. Unfortunately, many companies have suffered such losses and are struggling to recover in the face of nearly...

  • Why a ‘Job Hopper’ Could be Your Next Superstar

    Everybody wants to hire a superstar to join their team.  Nobody wants to hire a “job hopper,” so to speak, but everybody wants a superstar to “hop” from another company to theirs. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why companies should NOT...

  • Why Superstar Candidates Aren’t Breaking Down Your Door

    So you have an opening for a new position.  You’re posting that job opening on your company’s website and also on LinkedIn.  That means you should have a horde of superstar candidates from which to choose in no time, right? Well . . . maybe not. While it’s true that...

  • Why Companies Need to Make a Mental Hiring Shift

    There is a troubling phenomenon occurring in the marketplace right now, specifically related to companies and their attitudes toward the recruiting and hiring process.  That phenomenon can be explained as follows: Companies (naturally) only want to hire the best and...

  • Take Stock of Your Current Employment Situation

    The end of the year is quickly approaching, and 2012 will be here before you know it.  This is an excellent time to take stock of where you are right now, specifically in terms of your current employment situation. A new year could mean a new beginning and a fresh...

  • Why a ‘Job Hopper’ Could be Your Next Superstar

    Everybody wants to hire a superstar to join their team.  Nobody wants to hire a “job hopper,” so to speak, but everybody wants a superstar to “hop” from another company to theirs. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why companies should NOT...

  • Six Ways Using a Recruiter Saves You Both Time and Money

    If you’re a hiring manager or authority, you may have wondered at one time or another, why you should work with a recruiter in an effort to help fill important positions.  In fact, you might have asked yourself, “What value does a recruiter bring to the hiring...

  • Five Ways a Search Consultant Can Protect Your Company

    What have you done to protect your company? Have you hired the best lawyers you could find to handle your legal affairs? Have you hired the best accountants you could find to handle your financial affairs? You certainly have. So you’ve protected yourself both legally...

  • Who to Call When Conducting Reference Checks

    The first step in planning your reference checking is knowing who to call and choosing who to call.  If possible, you want to speak with the most unbiased people possible about the candidate.  Yes, the candidate submitted them as a reference because they believe the...

  • Preparation is the Key to Effective Reference Checks

    What does your company do when it comes to checking references? There are different schools of thought regarding this topic.  On one hand, some company officials don’t check any references.  They believe it’s a waste of time.  After all, the people with whom they’ll...

  • Important Elements of Your Job Description

    In our previous blog post, we posed a series of important questions to ask about your job description, questions that will help you to clearly define the core responsibilities of the position and ensure that you hire the best candidate possible.  Now that those...

  • Important Questions to Ask About Your Job Description

    So . . . you know the three main reasons your job descriptions needs scrutiny by just about everybody associated with the position.  Now what?  Well, it’s time to create a job description that will help ensure you hire the best candidate possible. The first step, as...

  • Three Reasons Your Job Description Needs Scrutiny

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