The Craft of Scouting for Tech Talent or Hockey Talent by John Stevens, Executive Recruiter

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John Stevens, Executive Recruiter, IT Engineering

John Stevens, Executive Recruiter, IT Engineering

The Craft of Scouting for Tech Talent or Hockey Talent

You’d be surprised at the similarities…

By John Stevens, Executive Recruiter, IT Engineering

 

Hockey scouts live in a secretive world of prospecting, some have said it is a world more akin to Cold War-era spying than a casual day in the stands. Faced with bad coffee, long periods in cold rinks, and remote locations, the job isn’t as sexy as you might think.

 

As a long-time recruiter in the tech sector, is also an avid hockey player and coach. He notes many similarities between scouting for hockey talent and recruiting top tech talent. Read more »

Recruiter Fees: What Are You Paying For?

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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 Read more »

6 Tips for Building a High Quality Management Team

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

Jon Piggins - IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing

6 Tips for Building a High Quality Management Team

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

When recruiting new management, or professionals who can be groomed to move into leadership positions, it is imperative to get the right combination of skills and qualities. When building a team, from the outset recruit new employees with the skills and abilities that will strengthen the department. And additionally look for these qualities in candidates in order to build a high quality management team:

 

1. Big Picture Thinkers

 

Of course a candidate must be excellent at what he/she does, and must be a strong contributor to the team or department. Moreover they must fundamentally understand the business, the industry, the competition, and the economy at large. Those who can take your group to the next level must be strategic thinkers who have a grasp of the big picture. Read more »

Resolve to Hire the Best Talent in 2013!

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Resolve to Hire the Best Talent in 2013!

Hiring Advice  from the Experts at Redfish Technology

The Redfish Recruiters

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”.  Read more »

Top 5 Tips for Picking a Recruiter, and Hiring Top Talent

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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. Read more »

Is Testing More Important Than Interviewing? By Leah O’Flynn, Executive Recruiter, Redfish Technology

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Human Resources / Capital, Talent Acquisition

Leah O’Flynn, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Leah O’Flynn, Executive Recruiter

Is Testing More Important Than Interviewing?

By Leah O’Flynn, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

Many companies believe testing is more important than interviewing. Testing has long been a part of many evaluation processes from personality testing, character testing and skill set testing. Human Resources often look upon these tests as a requisite part of their screening process. Hiring managers may rely too much on tests. Read more »

Hiring Hurricane – 5 Tips for Managing the Urgent Hire

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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: Read more »

How To Successfully Recruit Top Tech Talent, by Logan Knight

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How To Successfully Recruit Top Tech Talent

Logan Knight, Executive Recruiter, IT Division at Redfish Technology

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 Read more »

Positive Job Creation Indicators Revealed in the 20th Anniversary Executive Job Market Intelligence Report

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Human Resources / Capital, Salary, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention

Positive Job Creation Indicators Revealed in the 20th Anniversary Executive Job Market Intelligence Report

Companies are planning on growth, both via new management hires and trading up new hires for existing executive roles to fill gaps or improve teams. Recruiters weighed in on executive job creation reporting they expect 51 percent of employers will be adding headcount through “trading up” with new hires for existing executive jobs and 27 percent will create new executive roles over the next six months. Only 2 percent of companies surveyed intend on continuing the management cutbacks that have been in effect during the economic downturn. Read more »

Managing Expectations: A Prerequisite to Successful Hiring. By Heidi Clark, COO, CHO, Redfish Technology, Inc.

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Managing Expectations:A Prerequisite to Successful Hiring

Heidi Clark, COO, CHO (Chief Humanity Officer)

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. Read more »