How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Interview, Talent Acquisition

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

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 »

Things to Know Before Reviewing Your First Resume

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

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, Redfish Technology

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Redfish Speaks, Salary

Determining Market Worth

Beth Cliff

Beth Cliff

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 »

Bernanke Weighs In, CEOs Too – Growing Optimism on the Hiring Front

Filed under: Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News

Bernanke Weighs In, CEOs Too

Growing Optimism on the Hiring Front

The Los Angeles Times reported today that:

The Fed chief also gave a somewhat more positive assessment of the employment situation, after last Friday’s report showing the nation’s unemployment rate falling to 9% last month from 9.4% in December and 9.8% in November.

He said: “Notable declines in the unemployment rate in December and January, together with improvement in indicators of job openings and firms’ hiring plans, do provide some grounds for optimism on the employment front [1].

In spite of this week’s conflicting short term data, we should be celebrating that the U.S. unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly to a low unseen since April 2009: 9%. Better yet, numerous surveys and CEO reports are optimistic: the outlook for 2011 is to refocus on innovation, competition, and hiring [2].

Redfish Technology reports surging demand in Software as a Service and Cloud Computing as well as Solar and Clean Tech companies, “From VP of Sales in high tech positions to PV Project Engineers, Read more »

Companies Refocus on Innovation, Competition, Hiring

Filed under: Employer, Human Resources / Capital, Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News, Talent Acquisition

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Companies Refocus on Innovation, Competition, Hiring

Despite uncertainty, companies are refocusing on innovation, and hiring to gain/keep competitive edge. CEOs and search consultants express confidence in 2011. The biggest risks remain the recession, but talent acquisition may also be a challenge.

The latest short term data is in today. Despite a smaller gain than anticipated in payrolls, the U.S. unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly to a low unseen since April 2009: 9%. Short terms data aside, the outlook for 2011 is to refocus on innovation, competition, and hiring.

The 14th Annual Global CEO Survey [1] shows that CEOs are aiming at immediate growth and a big jump in revenue growth prospects over 2011. Confidence levels are rising across the board with more companies anticipating growing their payrolls than they did in 2010. According to the survey, as hiring plans gear up, a shortage in talent is becoming more apparent; two-thirds of CEOs believe they’re facing a limited supply of skilled candidates. Read more »

Redfish Technology on Panel & Sponsor of Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair February 16 Berkeley CA

Filed under: Jobs/Employment

Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair & Redfish TechnologyRedfish Technology on Panel & Sponsor of Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair

February 16 Berkeley CA

Looking for a job in green energy or cleantech? Looking for excellent talent for your green company? Redfish Technology, executive recruiters in high tech and green energy, will be at the inaugural Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair. Redfish CEO Rob Reeves will be discussing the green tech and alternative energy job market.  Be there: February 16th from 1:30 to 5:30 pm in Berkeley, California at the Green Jobs and Entrepreneurship Fair.

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What is the Results-Only Work Environment, aka ROWE?

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Human Resources / Capital, Talent Retention, Work-Life Balance

What is the Results-Only Work Environment?

A Results-Only Work Environment is a rapidly growing management strategy that evaluates employees based on their performance, not their physical presence.  In a ROWE, people focus on results and only results – increasing the organization’s performance while creating the right climate for people to manage all the demands in their lives . . . including work. Read more »

Executive Search Business Booming! Firms are Recruiting for Top Positions.

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Hiring Strategies, Job Search, Recruiter / Recruiting, Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News, Talent Acquisition

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

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

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 Retention, It’s about the Bottom Line

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Talent Retention

Employee Retention

It’s about the Bottom Line

Turnover is a money drain. Every time you lose a valued employee, you’re losing money. Despite the currently high unemployment rate, employee retention at all levels throughout your organization remains an important part of your business process. The more stable your workforce, the more focuses you can be on your mission and your bottom line. Read more »