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 »

What to Include in Your Cover Letter

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search, Redfish Speaks

 

Two weeks ago, we published “What NOT to include in Your Cover Letter” and got more hits in a week than many of our articles have gotten all year! Thanks for the read!check

This week, let’s look at what you should include in your cover letter.

Excitement

Convince the hiring manager that you truly want to work there. Tell them specifically why this is your dream job or why you think the company is the best thing since sliced gluten-free bread. Make it personal, make it compelling, tell a story that makes you stand out. If you can paint a picture that makes you look like the ideal candidate and the best thing since sliced bread, you’ve got an in. Show your excitement and make the hiring manager excited to meet you. 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 NOT to Include in Your Cover Letter

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search, Redfish Speaks

 

Reject

Spelling and grammar mistakes

This should be obvious, I know. But really, please re-read your letter don’t just count on Microsoft spell check and proof your grammar for you. There are many mixed up homophones and cognates, abused apostrophes, and careless typos that can slip in. Like brushing your hair and teeth before leaving the house, your cover letter should be properly proofed to ensure it’s ready to go out.

Incorrect title for the position you are applying for

Job seekers often use a cover letter they have previously written and then re-edit it when applying to a new position. This is ill-advised as it can be quite risky if all the variables are not updated correctly, such as the title of the job you are after. If you can’t take the time to make sure the letter targets the position you want, do you think you are conveying true desire for the position? 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 »

Crafting a Good Job Description (Or How do I Write a Job Description that Will Hook the Talent I Want?)

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News, Redfish Speaks

Crafting a Good Job Description

Or How do I Write a Job Description that Will Hook the Talent I Want?

By John Stevens, Executive Recruiter, High Tech

John Stevens, Tech Recruiter

John Stevens, Tech Recruiter

 

Start your hiring process correctly. Craft a good job description: One that will maximize the number of the right prospective candidates and minimize those who aren’t the right fit. The objectives of the job description are to first have it found, and read! And next, to motivate the ideal candidate to contact you, and hopefully discourage those who you aren’t searching for. Read more »

New Year’s Resolutions from Redfish Technology

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New Year’s Resolutions from Redfish Technology

Happy New Year to you and yours!

It’s a time of renewing energy and focus, reviewing goals and plans, and redoubling our efforts to be the best humans we can be. Regarding our professional aspirations, we at Redfish have made a variety of New Year’s Resolutions that we share with you here.

What are your resolutions for the new year?
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