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7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Managing Remote Teams

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Managing Remote Teams

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Rachel Bartee. Her opinions are her own.

Some of the most prominent and successful companies in the world, such as Zapier, Buffer, and Groove, have built a culture out of remote working. Their managers are effective in maintaining the team spirit and the community vibe, although every individual covers the work from home.

However, other companies are having second thoughts about introducing remote teams in their culture. In 2013, Best Buy followed the practice of Reddit and Yahoo by announcing the end of their flexible work program. Read More…

7 Ways to Spot a Specialist Recruiter From a Generalist in Disguise

7 Ways to Spot a Specialist Recruiter From a Generalist in Disguise

As a business owner or hiring manager, it’s not always easy to keep on top of it all. You do everything possible not to drop the ball but the one area that is often the first to feel the cracks is recruiting. After all when you’ve got all the other balls in the air, who really has time to write a job description, performance profile or capabilities statement for every single role in the business? What about sifting through hundreds of applications to find that diamond in the rough? Read More…

6 Ways to Ensure Your Recruitment Process Doesn’t Slow Down Over Summer

6 Ways to Ensure Your Recruitment Process Doesn’t Slow Down Over Summer

Mark Twain once wrote that the coldest Winter he ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco!

He was certainly on to something. Actually I’m writing this post wearing a hoodie with a bowl of hot soup next to me on my desk and with the heater on.

But given that I did experience 110 degrees in Las Vegas last week, I’m pretty convinced that it really is Summer everywhere else in the USA – and probably across most of the Northern Hemisphere for that matter. (Anyone reading this in the UK … I understand that you may well have your heating on today too!). Read More…

6 Tips for Managing Passive Employees

6 Tips for Managing Passive Employees

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Megan Thomson from NSK Consultants. Her opinions are her own.

Recognising there are weak links in your team chain may sometimes be the best thing for your business. Why? Well, weak chains are often just rusty. A little bit of polish and attention and they can be just as strong as the rest. Rather than following the old hat tip of removing the apparent ‘weakest’ members of staff, there needs to be more nurturing involved in team building, starting right in management.

You may think that your team could do with some new blood, but think about your current staff first. Do you really need new staff, or do you just need to invest a little more time in those ‘passive’ employees? It is never easy to realise we have flaws in our own management skills, but there is hope for managing your passive employees to nurture a better working environment. Read More…

The Importance of Real Conversations When it Comes to Coaching

The Importance of Real Conversations When it Comes to Coaching

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Simon Corcoran, Co-CEO at A Human Agency. His opinions are his own.

Most of us love a good framework.

Nothing gives us more comfort and confidence that using a tried and tested framework or model, especially if it’s from a fancy university or professional services firm. The challenge with most frameworks though is that we like to follow it a bit like a recipe – so that we don’t get it wrong.

Coaching has started, over the past few years, to gain traction in many organisations with the view that coaching is available to anyone. It doesn’t matter where you are in the organisational hierarchy, you have a coaching responsibility to develop and grow your peers. In other organisations it’s still relegated to the line manager who believe it’s just about setting performance and development goals. Many struggle when having these conversations for fear of not getting the framework right.

A few years ago I facilitated a workshop for a group of senior leaders where we stressed the importance of building rapport as step 1 to understand the coachee’s state of mind, and to give them a chance to relax into the conversation. I can’t tell you the number of people who struggled with this task.
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Top 50 Hadoop Developers In The Bay Area

Top 50 Hadoop Developers In The Bay Area

Here’s a spot quiz for anyone reading this post. What is Hadoop?

Actually let’s make it a bit easier for you. We’ll make it multiple choice!

Is Hadoop …

  1. A character in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book?
  2. A newly discovered superfood related to the acai berry?
  3. An open-source software framework for storing data and running applications on clusters of commodity hardware? or
  4. Can I please phone a friend?

To be honest, when I first heard one of our clients refer to Hadoop several months ago, I had to ask for clarification too.

When a company has a very specific type of candidate in mind, it influences every step of their hiring process. One of the most important steps happens at the very beginning, and it’s called sourcing – an area we know quite a bit about.

Sourcing is the process of identifying the specific characteristics of your ideal candidate, then finding as many people who meet that criteria as possible.

For example, maybe you’ve got your eye set on one of the Top 50 C-Level Marketing Professionals in Seattle, the Top 50 Female Full Stack Developers in New York City, the Top 50 Female Front-End Engineers in San Francisco or the Top 50 Female UI/UX Designers in Austin, Texas.

Wherever you truly believe your ideal candidate might be ‘hiding’, at RecruitLoop, we’ve created a very specific sourcing algorithm and process to help you find them, anywhere in the world. We call it Sourcing as a Service.

Now let’s say hypothetically you were looking for one of the Top 50 Hadoop Developers in the Bay Area.

Well it just so happens that you’ve come to the right place. Here are they for your perusal based on their experience, qualifications and digital footprint.

Learn more about our Sourcing as a Service and candidate ranking system. 

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How to Expand Your Reach in a Global Environment of Talent Diversity

How to Expand Your Reach in a Global Environment of Talent Diversity


Rain Man” is one of my favourite movies of all time. Hoffman and Cruise. It won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1988.

I just assume that everyone’s seen it, but if you haven’t, then I would highly recommend you do.

I hadn’t thought about the film in a long time … that was until it came up during a webinar we ran last week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since – in a whole new light and for a whole host of different reasons. Read More…

Attracting and retaining top talent

The Importance of Salary in Attracting and Retaining Key Talent [Infographic]

Organisations of all sizes from seed startups to Fortune 500 ‘mega enterprises’ often find themselves asking the same philosophical question, “What is the secret to attracting and retaining key talent?“.

We’ve written about it before from the perspective of building your employer brand; we’ve provided tips on how to attract rockstar employees; we’ve shared ideas on how to ensure you hold on to your superstars; and we even have an eBook dedicated to attracting, selecting and retaining the best staff.

Our friends at Adecco recently published a comprehensive Infographic on compensation and salary trends. Although it focuses primarily on creative, marketing, light industrial and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related) positions, it reinforces the absolutely pivotal role that salary plays in recruitment and retention in any business.

You may think this is pretty obvious, but you might find some of the statistics below pretty eye opening!

Compensation and Salary Trends

Passive Sourcing- You're Doing It Wrong

Passive Sourcing: You’re Doing It Wrong

Like many folks in the Bay Area, I get a fair number of messages from recruiters and hiring managers who are passively sourcing candidates. And after a while of getting these messages and talking to these people, I’ve come to a conclusion: if you’re passively sourcing, you’re probably doing it wrong. Read More…

Why You Should Consider Hiring %22Boomerang Candidates%22

Why You Should Consider Hiring “Boomerang Candidates”

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Abby Perkins – Managing Editor at Talent Tribune, a blog dedicated to all things HR. 

Rehiring former employees, also commonly known as ‘boomerang candidates’, is a growing trend, especially in industries with limited or extremely specialized workforces. Read More…