Streamlining the Hiring Process for Success
By Beth Cliff, High Tech Engineering Recruitment Manager
Fourth quarter hiring is in full swing, and candidates are actively and selectively interviewing. On average, the hiring process from the time a resume is submitted to offer and acceptance is 7-10 days, and the majority of candidates we are placing, roughly 85%, are currently in full-time roles while looking for their next opportunity. One key to successfully hiring the most qualified candidate for your organization is having a streamlined hiring process. Be sure that everyone who will be involved in the hiring and decision making is available and committed to the process. Read more »
Overcoming Relocation Hurdles in Talent Acquisition and Retention
By Greg Schreiner, Executive Recruiter, Clean Tech Talent Manager
Despite the high rate of unemployment, finding the right talent remains an issue. A recent survey by Robert Half reported that just over half the executives reported that it is difficult to find skilled professional talent currently.
When finding the right talent locally doesn’t pan out, relocation is often the only alternative. And while relocation adds to the human resources expense, the majority of firms recognize the importance of this component in attracting the talent they want. The 2010 Atlas Van Lines Corporate Relocation Survey reports that 67% of companies offered incentives to encourage relocations in 2010. Financial and other incentives can overcome the hurdles to relocation. Read more »
Winning the Tech Talent War
by Andy Nacsin, Executive Recruiter
In today’s economic situation, companies are facing multiple new challenges when it comes to staffing. According to Forrester Research, today’s recruiting growth rate prediction is at 8%. Many theorists believe that this is because of the looming talent shortage and disconnect between positions open and skills of candidates applying. Another factor is that companies, while emerging from recession, are still remaining cautious on spending and are very selective when acquiring talent, regardless of their growing need to add headcount. Our nationwide overall unemployment rate has been hovering around 10%, and yet when we take a closer look within technology these numbers are closer to 4%. Other considerations that are affecting this climate are employee turnover, Baby Boomers retiring, more restrictive policies on foreign workers, companies resistant to relocation costs, and overall reluctance from employees to change jobs. So our challenge is how to cope with a growing talent shortage within the high tech and green tech industries.
The battle for top sales people and engineers is extraordinary in Silicon Valley and New York – These are our Talent War battle zones. The majority of technology growth occurs in these two large geographic regions and they also typically house the greatest number of top tier talent. Read more »
The Anatomy of a Job Description, and Other Pointers
By Ryan Thomson,
Clean Tech Talent Division
What is the purpose of a job description? It is of course an administrative document. It does serve to establish a description of an employment work contract. But in terms of recruitment, it is a marketing tool that should attract the attention of the talent you are seeking. Read more »
Market and Talent Competition Heating Up, Redfish Introduces Webinar on Closing Candidates in a Hot Job Market
“As the market heats up, candidates no longer go months without returned phone calls, but rather, quite the opposite,” reports Executive Recruiter Joanna Edwards. “With a positive shift in the economy comes a new set of challenges that hiring managers must be prepared to combat.”
Closing Candidates: A How To in a Hot Job Market
As a corporate matchmaker, it is Redfish’s mission to help companies find their ideal candidates. In response to changing market conditions, Redfish has been advising companies on evolving talent acquisition strategies. The dialogue continues in the first of a new series of webinars for hiring managers in the High Tech and Green Tech industries: “Closing Candidates: A How To in a Hot Job Market.”
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Closing Candidates: A How-To in a Hot Job Market
By Joanna Edwards, Executive Recruiter, High Tech Sales & Marketing Division Manager
An undisputable fact: the job market is heating up. Candidates seeking employment no longer go months without returned phone calls, but rather, quite the opposite. This morning when speaking with a candidate who declared he was ‘actively looking’ for a new role, I was informed that since beginning his career search on Thursday of last week he had received 152 emails regarding job opportunities. An entirely separate call indicated the same trend. This candidate, who was directly recruited out of her organization, had to choose from one of four offers – all with a 10% increase in base salary and a significant equity component. These are all very solid signs that the job market is better than last year. But with a positive shift in the economy comes a new set of challenges that hiring managers must be prepared to combat. After 17 phone interviews, six on-site meetings, three reference checks and everyone on your team agreeing that this (and only this) person is the ideal fit, you cannot afford to lose him. So in a candidate’s market, what is the best approach when at the offer stage? Below are some suggestions to help you and the team make a successful hire.
1. Knowledge is power. It may sound obvious, but the best way to close a candidate is to have as much information as possible, and this starts from the minute you first look at their resume. After deciding you are interested in having a conversation/interview with the candidate, begin to ask questions. Here is what you need to ask the candidate – once at the beginning and again as the interview process continues: Read more »
What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks
When hiring someone into your company, you vet them for their experience and ability to present themselves professionally. You verify their expertise and skills first by absorbing their resume and then getting acquainted in one or more interviews. Most hiring managers have a good sense of people and can feel pretty confident about the personal qualities, skill set and cultural fit to the company. Nonetheless, taking someone at face value can be risky. A background check should be a policy routine; and all offers made by the company should be contingent on passing a background check.
Cost of Hiring
A background check is crucial for many reasons. The cost of recruiting and hiring a new person is expensive; estimates range at 1.5 to 5 times the annual salary. Think of the staff time involved, the recruiting fees or internal HR department costs, advertising, travel and relocation expenses, training costs and time. Read more »
Revisit Your Mission: Strengthen Corporate Culture and Better Serve Your Employees and Clients.
By Heidi Clark, COO,CHO, Redfish Technology, Inc.
Change. It’s something that we naturally resist and yet is a very important part of any organization. Redfish is, has been and always will be changing. Since we opened our doors fifteen years ago, we’ve seen many cycles and shifts of the market – from the Dot Com to the Dot Bomb to the 2007 Recession. We’ve seen the highest highs in the tech market and the lowest lows. As Redfish has grown, so have we and in that growth there has been a deepening of purpose. In our efforts to embrace and reflect this change, reviewing our mission statement becomes our first priority. Read more »
How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way
By Shannon Tinker
Last month, I offered some pre-resume reviewing steps for preserving time and sanity during the hiring process. Hiring isn’t rocket science. You get approval, decide what you want and need and then go about finding “It.” What’s surprising is what happens when you do find “It.” Managers make tough decisions daily, yet when faced with a viable candidate they don’t always make their move.
Even veteran managers accumulate reasons for why they shouldn’t extend a job offer to the right candidate. I’m not suggesting that you should jump on any candidate with Java on his resume and a pulse. (This isn’t 1999!) But it is interesting and heartbreaking when “best practices” and fear get in the way of hiring your next star employee. Read more »
Redfish Technology Hires San Francisco Development Director to Expand SF Business, Nationwide Partnerships
Redfish Technology, Inc. announced today the hiring of Andy Nacsin as Director
of Development. Mr. Nacsin is a veteran executive recruiter, with extensive ties in the high tech sector across the nation. “We are excited to be working with Andy again. He has valuable relationships, and an incredible ability to build and manage partnerships, both of which will be leveraged in his new role as Director of Development,” said Rob Reeves, CEO/President of Redfish Technology. “Hiring Andy into this role is part of our commitment to greater participation and partnerships in the High Tech sectors, and reflective of the volume and importance of our business in the Bay Area”. Read more »