Things to Know Before Reviewing Your First Resume
By Shannon Tinker
Hallelujah! You’ve been given the green light to add employees to your team and not a moment too soon. Your team has been in the trenches since the economy’s infamous downturn and despite your efforts, your hiring budget has remained nonexistent. Your new hiring breakthrough is exciting and it’s tempting to start the candidate search ASAP. Evaluating some key elements before jumping into the candidate pool with both feet can ensure a successful search, and minimize the level of frustration for you and your team. Read more »
Determining Market Worth
By Beth Cliff, Executive Recruiter, High Tech Engineering Talent Manager
Knowing what you are worth in the marketplace, or determining how to compensate a prospective employee can be a daunting proposition. Candidates want to obtain the optimum salary, while employers want to fairly compensate their new hires within their allotted budgets. The magic number that will leave both sides feeling good about their decision is in large part determined by the ever changing marketplace.
Over the past couple of years, I have seen some interesting trends in the marketplace. It’s no secret that finding your dream job, and corresponding compensation, the past few years hasn’t been easy. Many talented professionals found themselves unexpectedly looking for new roles. Read more »
Putting the “Human” in Social Media…the Increased Importance of Good Recruiting
by Shannon Tinker
Social networking and recruiting has expanded beyond our wildest dreams and offers a gazillion (roughly) free ways to connect with people. If predictions are accurate, we can expect 50% of web marketing and sales to attribute their growth to a social presence by 2015. Considering the number of free resources, it’s natural to question the need for recruiters and recruiting agencies altogether. How do you quantify recruiting and justify recruiting costs, when most everyone is visible to the googling public? Has technology and the Internet posed a threat to the recruiting world, as we know it? Or, has it made professional recruiters more valuable than ever? Read more »
Holiday Rush – The Yearend is Busy!
By Joanna Edwards, Executive Recruiter, High Tech Sales & Marketing Division Manager
As I write this, a beautiful snowfall blankets Sun Valley, Christmas music is playing and eighteen resumes were in my inbox prior to 6am MST. It can only mean one thing: yearend is approaching. We are just weeks away from January 1st and in the world of recruiting it is typically our busiest time of year for a multitude of reasons.
First, many companies and/or hiring managers have a specific number of open roles they must fill prior to EOY, or they lose the open requisitions, or worse their MBO or an equivalent monetary sum. Read more »
Executive Search Business Booming!
Firms are Recruiting for Top Positions.
Approximately 20% of executive jobs in the U.S. that pay over $150,000 annually at the largest 1,000 companies are filled by executive search firms. According to recent reports by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) the Executive Search Business has shown strong activity in 2010, with a 32% increase in revenues and an 18% increase in new searches. Read more »
Make Your Offer Bullet-Proof; Close the Candidate from the Get-Go
The cost of hiring is significant. It starts with the effort undertaken by the hiring manager, HR and participating staff. Much time is invested from studying the department’s need and formulating the requirements, to advertising, recruiting and interviewing. Once you find the right candidate, you are almost there. But it’s not over yet.
Despite the high unemployment rate, it is not a slam dunk. Many good candidates are receiving multiple offers, and many applicants are still employed and need to be certain that your company is the right move for them at this time. You need to sell the company and the opportunity. You need to close the candidate. Read more »
Employee ‘fit’ gives edge in recovery
Talent management critical in helping firms succeed
By Shannon Klie
As the economy improves and organizations move from survival mode to growth mode, it’s critical for organizations to hire people who fit with the organization’s values and culture, not just the job, according to Sean Slater, vice-president of employer services firm vpi.
When there is people-organization fit, employees willingly embrace and commit to the company’s strategic plan and this gives an organization a competitive advantage over organizations that don’t have that same fit, said Slater, who is based in Mississauga, Ont.
“The alignment between the people that work for the organization and their objectives and their values with the values, culture and objectives of the organization is key to being able to bring life to the strategy. Bringing life to the strategy is what ultimately helps businesses be successful,” Read more »
Wages and Salaries as the Economy Recovers — Or Not
by Robert Teal, CCP, CBP
As the economy begins to show signs of recovery you would expect to see a growth in wages and salaries, or maybe not.
In a May 19th article titled “Starting salaries drop with higher unemployment” published in the St. Joseph News-Press by Ryan Davis, it was reported that this year’s crop of new college graduate may need to adjust their salary expectations before heading out into today’s job market.
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Do you have the right employees to take advantage of the coming boom?
– by Barry Shamis
Good market. Bad market. Nothing has changed. It still remains that the only sustainable competitive advantage is the quality of your people.
No one knows when the current market problems will take a turn for the better. But, only a complete cynic believes that it won’t. Read more »
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