November 17, 2014

Recruiting Trends for Job Seekers

Recruiting Trends

Career Text On A Gold Key With Black Background As Symbol Of New Job

The Top 10 Best Recruitment Practices coming out of one the ERE Conference Think Tank Sessions include recommendations to hiring managers and recruiters on finding and engaging candidates. Carl Kutsmode’s article is a good read, especially for those recruiting talent.

 

Recruiting Trends for Job Seekers

What about advice for passive and active job seekers? How can job seekers understand these recruiting trends and leverage them in their own career management?

 

The Top “Get Recruited” Practices for Job Seekers (in no particular order)

 

Be findable online

As a job seeker, passive or active, you should be managing your LinkedIn profile, GitHub account, and other relevant specialized professional (social) media sites to provide an up-to-date professional portrait of yourself. Use keywords and active descriptions of your accomplishments so that searches are accurately identifying you.

 

Be attractive

I don’t mean you should go get a make-over, but ditch the selfie you took with your smartphone in a cubicle with those fluorescent lights that shows both chins. Make your online profiles attractive by keeping active on these sites, posting new projects, articles, updates, you increase the chances of being seen and promote a picture of yourself as a dynamic professional in your field.

 

Reach out

Search out the companies you like the most and connect with them via LinkedIn, and other media. Don’t just hit ‘connect’: Make a comment on their latest PR or post. Tell them you want to connect because you are passionate about their sector. Name the other professionals you have a relationship with at the company to strengthen the connection. Try to reach out in a meaningful way, it will give more momentum to further discussion and make you stand out. Connect with various players at the company from managers to HR.

 

Return calls/emails

When recruiting is done seriously, it is a sales function – the point is to get results. If you are contacted by an external recruiter or an internal HR person, respond even if you aren’t looking for a change now. A few minutes of prompt courtesy now will earn you respect and preference in the future; a lack of response or rudeness could get you blacklisted. No one wants to waste your time, and they certainly don’t want to waste their own time and effort.

 

Hackathon/Hangout

For those companies that really thrill you, try participating in a company event such as a hackathon or hangout. Participate actively so that you can show your stuff and facilitate making meaningful connections with the people working there. It may or may not get you a job offer today, but it will multiply your connections and differentiate you.

 

Post your resume

LinkedIn is definitely the best place to be for professionals, but there are many places to be online. Your own website is a great way to present what you want how you want. GitHub is a great place for developers to strut their stuff. Job boards are a great way to be found. Posting your resume is a good indication you are interested in dialogue and opportunities and not just counting down the days to retire or cash in your equity and move to the tropics!

 

Network!

Ok, all the above qualifies as networking. But there’s also meetup.com, industry associations, trade shows, alumni groups, special interest associations, and many, many opportunities. It may take a little time trying out various opportunities to find the right feel and return on your time, so take a look and start trying out those you haven’t yet.

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November 10, 2014

Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News – November 2014

Spooky Strong Hiring in October

Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News

Hiring is Increasing

Sales hiring was spooky strong in October, we placed a number of positions such as Director of Sales, Sales Executive, and Account Executive this last month. Other hiring included technical professionals including the positions of Senior Embedded Firmware Engineer and Linux Technical Support. The hottest tech sector hiring was in Fitness Diagnostic Technology, Network Security, Web CRM Software, eLearning, and Cloud Hosting.

 

Dice reported on the big tech layoffs this quarter at Cisco and Microsoft Research Silicon Valley but noted that recruiters are busier than ever. Mergers and acquisitions abound, and companies are growing – Google has grown by 7,000 employees over the last year. The unemployment rate for all categories last month came in at 5.8 percent, but tech professionals are nearly half that at 3% in October.

 

The BLS jobs report showed an additional 214,000 in October, which continues an upward trend with an average monthly gain of 222,000 over the last 12 months. The sectors with the most growth include: food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care. Professional and business services added 37,000 jobs, computer systems design and related services increased by 7,000. August and September job numbers were revised upward by 31,000 more than previously reported.

 

The ADP National Employment Report counted 230,000 new jobs last month. Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP stated that “Employment continues to trend upward as we begin the last quarter of 2014, driven mostly by small to mid-sized companies. October’s job growth is the highest since June and the second highest gain of 2014.”

 

Reuters reported that U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level in over seven years; the rise is attributed to growing optimism about the economy and more favorable personal financial expectations. According to a recent survey “Overall, five years after the start of the recovery, consumers have finally begun to adopt the expectations and behaviors that have driven past expansions,” reported survey director Richard Curtin.

 

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index Rebounds. Says Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board: “Consumer confidence, which had declined in September, rebounded in October. A more favorable assessment of the current job market and business conditions contributed to the improvement in consumers’ view of the present situation. Looking ahead, consumers have regained confidence in the short-term outlook for the economy and labor market, and are more optimistic about their future earnings potential.”

 

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November 3, 2014

Soft Skills: Easy to Feel Out, Harder to Test

While hard skills are fairly easy to evaluate, soft skills are harder.

Soft-Skills-Definition

The soft skills are rather intangible: communication, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team collaboration, attitude, common sense, and relationships, amongst others.

Coding and problem-solving tests are fairly straightforward ways to gauge hard skill level, but how do you measure a candidate’s soft skills?

Evaluating Soft Skills

 

Social Media

Almost everyone in the United States has at least one social networking profile at this point, so researching a candidate’s online presence is fairly easy. Social media and websites provide an interesting window into a person’s soft skills. Of interest is everything from how thoroughly and professionally people present themselves, to the content and comments that they choose to post on online media.

Video Interviewing

Some companies solicit video responses as a filtering mechanism that quickly gives a sense of a person’s soft skills. A company may ask candidates to answer a few questions in a video format to be submitted along with a resume or as the next step in the pre-interview process. There are obviously a lot of efficiencies gained by getting a peek at talent, although some people are fairly shy of performing in front of a somewhat anonymous audience. (more…)

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October 27, 2014

The Top Five On-Boarding To-Dos Before the Start Date – By Tory Thomas, Recruiter

The Top Five On-Boarding To-Dos Before the Start Date

Tory Thomas, Executive Recruiter, Tech Sales & Marketing Division

By Tory Thomas, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

 

You may be asking “Why on-board before the start date?”

 

Well… really you should be on-boarding from the first contact with a candidate. When you receive a resume from a candidate, you should be sending a warm acknowledgment, even if you aren’t hiring for that exact profile right now. This is how you build your talent pipeline.

When you schedule a first interview or have an informal dialogue, you are making an impression. At this point you are acting as your company’s brand ambassador and forming an impression with the candidate. (more…)

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October 20, 2014

Redfish Technology Recruiting Candidate Satisfaction Survey Results

The Results of the Third Quarter Candidate Satisfaction Survey are in!

Redfish Technology Candidate Satisfaction Survey Results Q3 2014
Redfish Technology Candidate Satisfaction Survey Results Q3 2014

 

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, this on-going survey asks candidates placed by the high tech recruiters at Redfish Technology for feedback on the recruiting process. Candidate experience and satisfaction is of great importance to Redfish, as recruiting is a partnership and must be a win-win proposition. The feedback was very positive overall with some areas for improvement identified; most candidates were directly recruited while about a quarter of placements found Redfish opportunities via the company’s marketing efforts.

 

Placed candidates were asked:

  • How well did your recruiter understand your personal goals for job placement?
  • How would you rate the match for the position you were hired for?
  • During which stages of the recruiting process did you have the best communication with your recruiter?
  • During which stages of the recruiting process did you have the least effective communication with your recruiter?
  • Did your recruiter give you an accurate and thorough understanding of the hiring process, role, company?
  • How would you rate your overall experience with Redfish Technology?
  • How likely are you to recommend Redfish to other colleagues or hiring managers? (more…)
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