Soft Skills: Easy to Feel Out, Harder to Test

Filed under: Hiring Strategies, Interview, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition, Training

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. Read more »

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

Filed under: Best Practices, Hiring Strategies, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition

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. Read more »

Social Recruiting – What You Need To Know

Filed under: Best Practices, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Social Media, Talent Acquisition

Social Recruiting – What You Need To KnowSocial Recruiting – What You Need To Know

Buzz buzz buzz – Social Recruiting is all the buzz.

But is it more than a fashion trend to catch your attention? Will it really help you to hire? What do you really need to know about social recruiting?

 

So what is social recruiting?

 

It’s called having a conversation –

 

Social recruiting has been around since before there was a term called social recruiting. It’s basic human nature to talk about opportunities to your friends and people you like. And there’s an obvious head start in terms of cultural fit if you are reaching like-minded people through your network, so yes, social recruiting is an important way to acquire new talent. Read more »

Saying ‘I Do’ to the Recruiting Process

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition

Saying ‘I Do’ to the Recruiting Process

It’s a CommitmentSaying I Do to the Recruiting Process - It’s a Commitment

 

The hardest part of recruiting is not finding the specific purple squirrel. It is not sourcing and screening candidates. It is not communicating the corporate culture or the company mission. It is not coordinating telephone and onsite interviews. It’s not even negotiating the employment package. It’s getting the commitment of the hiring powers.

 

Funny how this should be the easy part. Once a decision to hire has been made, once the method by which that hiring process will be conducted has been decided, the company should be ready to roll. But it is not always the case.

 

“Companies and hiring managers need to understand and give themselves to the hiring process knowing it will take time away from everyday operations,” states Mike Curry, Tech Recruiter Read more »

What’s the Latest Emerging Code Your New Hire Better Know? By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Human Resources / Capital, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention, Training

What’s the Latest Emerging Code Your New Hire Better Know?Meredith Dean, IT Recruiter

By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

 

Is Java the top code to know? C, C++, C# – ho hum. Python and Ruby are hot. What about R? Assembly, Scala or Shell? Picking a particular new “emerging” technology stack like Ruby on Rails, any of the MVC Javascript frameworks, Scala, or Solr, etc. means working with some cutting edge new coding.

 

But requiring the latest, emerging new code in terms of a hiring requirement definitely means that the talent pool available is going to be extremely small. And with quasi-fulltime employment, tech talent is already highly in-demand before you even start ‘stacking’ the technology deck against yourself. Read more »

Why Employers Should Include a 48-Hour Expiration Date in an Offer Letter – By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Offers / CounterOffers, Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition

Why Employers Should Include a 48-Hour Expiration Date in an Offer Letter

By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Meredith Dean, IT Recruiter

The whole point of any hiring process is to fill a current hiring need. The hiring process isn’t done until it’s done. That means getting the offer letter signed and assuring that the candidate arrives at the new employer on the appointed day.

 

So as soon as the ideal candidate is identified: make the offer, manage the variables, and minimize the risks to successfully hiring him/her. Read more »

What are the Best Recruiting Sources in terms of Job Boards and Engines?

Filed under: Hiring Strategies, Human Resources / Capital, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition

A Recruiter’s Perspective

Job boards and networking

SilkRoad Inc. recently published its report “Top Sources for Hires 2014” boldly subtitled “The Definitive Report on the Most Effective Recruiting Sources”. Silkroad is a multination human capital management software company and so the data they have compiled from their clients is very interesting, but may not reflect every company’s experience.
The report results do not reflect the experience with job board and engines as recruiting sources that we have at Redfish Technology. We crunched our numbers and have some pretty different results. Read more »

The Top Ten Things to Include in an Offer Letter – By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

Filed under: Best Practices, Hiring Strategies, Offers / CounterOffers, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition

The Top Ten Things to Include in an Offer Letter

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

 

Jon Piggins, IT Recruiter

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing

Offer letters are used to inform a prospective employee that he or she is being offered a position. The offer letter provides general expectations and basic terms of employment if the candidate accepts the offer.

 

Employment agreements are generally more formal documents that go into greater detail in defining an employment contract, such as setting forth the performance and duties and the remedy for any breach of contract.
 

What to Put in an Offer Letter

 1. Excitement

This is an exciting moment for both the candidate and the company, and the hire is not over until everyone has signed on the dotted line and the work has begun. So convey your excitement and close the deal!

Ex. On behalf of (Company), I am pleased to offer you employment on the terms and conditions set forth in this letter.  We look forward to working with you and believe that you can make a very significant, positive contribution to the success of (Company). Our company offers you an opportunity to put your experience, abilities, dedication, energy and creativity to excellent use. Welcome to the team! Read more »

What does the Gold Collar Worker Want out of Employment?

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Human Resources / Capital, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention, Work-Life Balance

By Leah O’Flynn, Sales & Marketing Recruiter High Tech

 

Leah O'Flynn, Tech Recruiter

Leah O’Flynn, Tech Recruiter

Professor Robert Kelley of Carnegie Mellon University coined the phrase “the gold-collar worker” back in 1985 describing a new era of workers whose value is brainpower. “Gold” referred to the hefty salaries and profits that their minds and skills garnered.

 

Back in 1985, these gold collar workers were the young and college educated, who made up over 40% of the U.S. workforce at the time. Today, with increased outsourcing of manufacturing, the American workforce has increasingly become more service and value-added oriented.  The gold collar workers may now represent 70% of the workforce. Read more »

What are the Key Competencies to Look For in a Tech Recruiter?

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention

The function of a recruiter is simply put to find talent and sell them on an opportunity. How competent a recruiter is makes all the difference to the success of the candidate and the hiring company.

Image courtesy of stockimages  FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of stockimages FreeDigitalPhotos.net

These are the key competencies of a tech recruiter:

 

Savvy Business Sense.

Your recruiter has got to understand business, and how companies work, from external constraints to internal dynamics. He/she should be a strategic thinker with the ability to understand the details while maintaining a view from 10,000 feet both with the goal of achieving overall corporate goals. Read more »