May 20, 2013
The ZOPA of Hiring
By Sandy Cavitch
The ‘Zone Of Possible Agreement’ is not a physical place, but rather an area where two or more negotiating parties may find common ground. It is this area where parties will often compromise and strike a deal.
Every hire is a negotiation about an exchange, make it a success. The employee will be dedicating time, brains, effort, focus, and loyalty. The company will be paying salary, employment taxes, benefits, and investing in training and career development. What are each of these exchanges worth?
On either side of the equation, a full assessment and appreciation for the value of the contribution should be done as objectively as possible. But one size rarely fits all well. Understanding perspectives and priorities will help rule out hard stops from the get go, and identify the ZOPA of a hire.
For example, as a candidate, your present salary doesn’t always equate to your worth in a new position at a different company. The value you bring to a new role may be greater or less than what you were last earning.
And salary isn’t everything, far from it. Quality of life is important. Work environment is huge. Perks, benefits, equity, are all quantifiables that come on top of your salary. When comparing two opportunities, throw the apples and oranges into food processor and then compare the fresh squeezed cup of juice that results from each.
Understand that each company is different, and starting salaries may be lower or higher depending on the upside or an outstanding culture that unifies and attracts talent. Know your own hard stops, and identify what makes up an employer of choice for you.
As a hiring manager, understanding where the company has flexibility, how it will incrementally gain from certain hires, and whether the perfect candidate on paper has what it takes to success in your company’s culture.
The ability to tailor an offer must be weighed against any issues of fairness, while fully recognizing different people are motivated differently. Immediately rule out those who lack the right qualifications, those who aren’t a cultural or personality fit, and those who cannot demonstrate a passion for the mission.
Go from there. For the right person, what can you do to reach agreement within the role’s allotted pay grade or other company hard stops?
Rule out what doesn’t work, focus on where you can make it work. A recruiter or HR staffer often has a pivot role to play, in a sense investigating and mediating between parties to come to the zone of agreement more quickly and efficiently.
About the author:
Sandy Cavitch is a human resources management consultant. Sandy works with companies on tailoring employment contracts to create motivating environments that meet company goals and staff priorities. An avid equestrian, Sandy enjoys spending time in the outdoors when not otherwise engaged in creating HR success stories.
April 29, 2013
Become the Solution To The Job Interviewer’s Problem
by Carole Martin, The Interview Coach
The absolute worst way to go to an interview is with the attitude of: “Please, please – hire me.”
When you go to an interview with that attitude you appear desperate. And even though you actually may be desperate in a difficult job market, you don’t want to appear that way.
The demeanor and attitude that you bring to the interview will set the tone for the entire interview.
Let’s look at it from the employer’s/interviewer’s point of view. (more…)
April 22, 2013
Redfish Technology Inc. Awarded First Place in the 2013 ‘Best Places to Work’
Redfish Technology was awarded first place in ‘Best Places to Work in Idaho’ last night at the awards banquet held by the Idaho Business Review, the state’s preeminent business publication.
“We’re thrilled to be named number one Idaho’s Best Places Work,” says Rob Reeves President and CEO of Redfish Technology. “Cultivating a culture in which we are healthy and thrive personally, as well as contribute to the local community is among our firm’s greatest achievements. We are designed to attract, motivate and retain extraordinary people. This culture is surely one of the main reasons that we, and our clients, are so successful today.”
The recognition was given to the top ten businesses in each of three categories. Redfish Technology, a leading nationwide technology recruiting company, competed in the category of companies with 10-19 employees.
The Idaho’s Best Places to Work is awarded based on employee feedback and achieving excellence in company best practices in employee attraction and retention. Companies competed in three size categories and were measured by the employees in terms of Compensation and Benefits, Employee Growth and Development, Work-Life Balance, Workplace Environment, and Company Management.
When asked what employees liked best about working at the Redfish Technology corporate office, they said:
“Redfish offers a dynamic and proactive environment in which staff can enjoy professional careers in the middle of majestic mountain recreation and lifestyle.” – Logan Knight, IT Recruiter
“I love working at Redfish as it gives me an opportunity to assist people and companies in meeting their needs and every day is a new challenge.” – Jon Piggins, Sales & Marketing Recruiter
“It allows us to live in a place where most people can only vacation, while pursuing a rewarding career.” – Leah O’Flynn, Sales & Marketing Recruiter
“I love Redfish because of the open team environment, and I can wear shorts in the winter.” – Greg Schreiner, Tech Recruitment Manager
Redfish Technology has long cultivated a culture of community and health. The company’s CHO (Chief Humanities Officer), Heidi Clark, is proud of the design and implementation of the corporate culture and philanthropic efforts at Redfish. She’s been instrumental in Redfish’s involvement and financial support of local community events and non-profits. The recruiters have also created their own community service initiative called ‘One for One’ that consists of volunteer hours and a monetary donation program benefitting local organizations.
Best Places to Work Winners
The company motivates its staff in large part by providing superior work-life balance which includes traditional-type benefits such as a matching 401K plan, as well as inspired perks such as fun employee activities. The company takes an annual camping trip to (but of course!) Redfish Lake, there’s an annual night out to see The Second City, golf and ski days, and gym membership reimbursement.
Redfish Technology has also been recognized as one of the top Executive Search Firms of the United States in 2011 by the Leading Providers and in 2008 by GoldLine Research.
About Redfish Technology
Redfish is an award-winning, nationwide technology search and talent acquisition firm. Founded in 1996, the company provides services nationwide and has offices in the Silicon Valley, the East Coast, and the Intermountain West. Redfish’s high tech division specializes in recruiting top talent in the mobile, software, security, digital, cloud, saas, e-learning, and big data sectors. The cleantech division focuses solar, wind, renewables, energy efficiency, green technology, and alternative energy. www.RedfishTech.com
April 15, 2013
Top Ten Best Places to Work
Redfish Technology Inc. Honored on 2013 ‘Best Places to Work’ List
Redfish Technology was named among the “Best Places to Work” in Idaho. Winners are companies that reflect exceptional performance in the areas of Compensation and Benefits, Employee Growth and Development, Work-Life Balance, Workplace Environment, and Company Management.
March 11, 2013
Rob Reeves, Recruiter, President, CEO
Negotiating Yourself Right Out of an Offer
By Rob Reeves, Executive Recruiter, President, CEO
So you fancy yourself a skilled negotiator? That will hopefully serve you well, just don’t negotiate yourself right out of an offer. We recently had a fantastic candidate who did just that.
It is important to understand that negotiating a job offer is the beginning of an important relationship between hiring manager and employee. “Don’t lose sight of the human part of negotiating.” cautions Rob Reeves, executive recruiter and CEO of Redfish Technology for over 17 years.
Salary negotiations can be challenging. The market is heating up for great sales, marketing and engineering talent in the technology sectors. Candidates often want a step up in salary when making a move. Even if you are the greatest thing since sliced bread, and you’ve got negotiating in your blood, listen up! (more…)
February 11, 2013
Recruiter Fees: What Are You Paying For?
The hiring process is a long one, most of the time. Recruiting the talent you need is an art form in and of itself. Whether your company is a start-up under the gun to bring in revenue or obtain funding, or a seasoned organization launching a new product or ramping up in a competitive market, the opportunity cost of being stalled out in job posting mode is enormous. But what do you get when you contract the services of a search firm?
Recruiting fees cover a range of services, each tailored to the needs of the company.
Generally, a contingent search firm’s services may include:
Pre-Hire Process Streamlining
- Help with crafting a job description; Defining the skills and attributes needed for a successful hire
- Understanding priorities, timeline, process, department needs, company culture
- Setting up communication & feedback loop methodology (more…)
December 31, 2012
Resolve to Hire the Best Talent in 2013!
Hiring Advice from the Experts at Redfish Technology
Human capital, the most important asset of most companies, comprises the totality of competencies, knowledge, social and personality attributes, and creativity, embodied in the employees’ ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value.
Recruiting the right talent to advance your company’s mission and goals requires finding the right fit for these myriad of considerations. As the demand for leading talent continues to increase, there is more competition over top talent. Companies that are winning at attracting and on boarding the best talent are those who survive and thrive.
The recruiters at Redfish are in the trenches everyday with hiring managers and their teams, and with passive and active candidates, putting together winning combinations. Based on their in-depth experience building out teams, here are their suggestions for hiring managers in 2013.
The Top Resolutions every hiring manager should make in order to hire the best talent!
“Identify 6 to 10 traits you’re looking for in a candidate and then narrow it down to 4 “must haves”. (more…)
December 24, 2012
December 21, 2012
The Top 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Finding a New Job or Advancing Your Career
From Redfish Technology Recruiters
At this reflective time of year, the Redfish recruiters have made their personal New Year’s Resolutions. Next, they offer some ideas for you, whether you are actively seeking a job or not.
Here are the top 8 resolutions for active and passive job seekers:
“Be available. Oftentimes, candidates looking for a new career opportunity are surprised by how much time it takes to find the right fit. When starting a career search, try and set aside a predefined block of time every day for interviews, follow up emails and resume submittals. Doing so will help to land the right opportunity, quickly.” – Joanna Bradley (more…)
November 19, 2012
Top 5 Tips for Picking a Recruiter,
and Hiring Top Talent
Choosing a recruiter is like choosing a life-partner. You want someone who understands you, someone who is excited about your focus, who can communicate effectively with you on your terms, and who knows just what you want! So what are the top qualities to look for when choosing a recruiter?
1. Pick a recruiter who is in your niche.
There are a lot of big names out there. Picking the recruiter who works the roles and sectors you do is the only way to go. The big box staffing firms handle soup to nuts so they can get you anyone from a receptionist to a senior architect to a sales executive, but do they spend the time to on a daily basis understanding what makes the very best Cloud User Interface Lead or the very best Targeted Data Technology Business Development Director? Do they have the expertise to hone in on specialty growth roles in the fast-moving tech sectors? Can they really connect with the cutting-edge talent that is motivated by more than salary? If you have special needs, find your match in the recruiting world and form a partnership. (more…)
October 15, 2012
The Unwritten Importance of a Job Title
What’s the importance of a job title today? Is being the “senior” something or other as valuable to a person as being a “vice president” or something?
Job titles are a tricky business in today’s work environment. (more…)
September 3, 2012
Hiring Hurricane – 5 Tips for Managing the Urgent Hire
The tech sector is fast paced and always evolving. Hiring in such an environment can be fast and furious when the sales season is ramping up, the project deadlines are set, new releases are ramping up. The hiring process when done with urgency can feel like a hurricane. How do you hire talent in a fast paced environment without succumbing to the storm?
Here are 5 tips for managing the hiring process when urgency has taken hold: (more…)
August 27, 2012
How To Successfully Recruit Top Tech Talent
Logan Knight, Executive Recruiter, IT Division
By Logan Knight, Executive Recruiter, IT Division at Redfish Technology
We’ve all heard about the competition for top tech talent. Despite the Great Recession and the limp recovery, unemployment is very low for technical professionals in software, IT, and high tech. Hot spots like the San Francisco Bay area, New York, Seattle, So Cal, DC, Boston, etc. are thriving (more…)
August 13, 2012
The Job Interview and Your Ears
By Carole Martin
If you thought interviewing was only about answering questions, you’ve been missing the point. You’ve also been missing an opportunity to gather valuable information. Listening is one of the skills most underutilized by candidates. Most people go into the interview thinking and worrying about how they will answer the questions, and they forget that they are there to find out about the job and the company. They forget to listen, observe and read between the lines.
July 23, 2012
5 Reasons Why You Need More Than a Good Resume to Stand Out from the Crowd
“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Whitney M. Young
You’ve probably heard hundreds of times that your resume is the most important document in your job search, and, that is so. But if you want to stand out from the competition, I say you need more than a great resume. In the end, only technically qualified candidates will get to interview for any open job. And, while your resume may (or may not) help you get in the door, you will need more than your resume to get the job. So, you may ask, what else do you need? Lots of research, interview preparation and (unfortunately), additional “documentation”. (more…)
July 16, 2012
Managing Expectations:A Prerequisite to Successful Hiring
Heidi Clark, COO, CHO (Chief Humanity Officer)
By Heidi Clark, COO, CHO
One of the key competencies of an executive recruiter is that of setting expectations, yours and mine.
The recruiter is out there acting as an emissary for a company. She must embody the corporate values and ethics of his client, she must create enthusiasm and motivation for the opportunity. When reaching out to both potential candidates and professionals who may refer the next candidate, the recruiter is representing the company brand. The better the collaboration and communication between the hiring manager and the recruiter, the more successful the process. (more…)
July 2, 2012
Should You Screen for Cultural Fit in the Hiring Process?
Cultural Fit should be a major factor in any hiring process, because it is one of the main reasons an employee doesn’t succeed or stay on once hired. With the cost of turnover to be avoided whenever possible, assessing cultural fit from the get go is a must. Candidates who fit into the company culture will contribute faster, perform better and have longer tenure.
June 29, 2012
The Best-Kept Secrets of Successful Job Seekers
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
By Jessica Hernandez
Do you ever wonder why other candidates are bombarded with calls for interviews and are fielding offers for jobs left and right … while you’re struggling to garner any attention at all from hiring managers? It could be as simple as the resources these candidates have available to them and how they utilize them. (more…)
June 18, 2012
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Personnel Mobilization Doctrine
Joanna Bradley, IT Sales & Marketing Recruitment Manager
By Joanna Bradley, IT Sales & Marketing Recruitment Manager
The term “Recruiting” originally meant “to enlist new soldiers”. Every army needs to replenish troops over time, and at certain times they need to grow their numbers to accomplish specific operations.
Militaries, to facilitate this process, have established recruiting commands. These units are solely responsible for increasing military enlistment. The mission of the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) is to recruit candidates for service. This process includes the recruiting, medical and psychological examination, induction, and administrative processing of potential service personnel. (more…)