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7 Things to Consider Before Engaging a Recruiter

7 Things to Consider Before Engaging a Recruiter

I’ve been in the recruitment game for my entire career. That’s over two decades now.


While it’s true that as far as recruitment goes I’m (RecruitLoop is) doing things very differently now compared to how things were done back in the mid-90’s. But trust me whether in the 90’s, naughties, or ‘nows’, I’ve certainly heard my fair share of comments about what people really think about recruiters (and our industry). Read More…


5 Things You Should Consider When Hiring a Marketing Expert

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Catherine Park from Zoho. Her opinions are her own.

For a business to be successful, due to the current state of global market, it has to be able to adapt quickly. Markets are oversaturated and very dynamic. Businesses around the globe are always inventing new solutions that will ensure stable growth and increased revenue. Managers are becoming more important, ensuring that everything is handled well from the inside.

On the other hand, there is also very important work to be done. The part of your business that manufactures products or provides services is working very well. Human Resources has done a great job and you’ve ended up with great staff. But, your company has to make a living by selling its products or services, and you need to get people interested in what you have to offer.

That’s where marketing experts come into play. Their main objective is to design a strategy that will make your products and services alluring to prospective customers. Read More…


How to Build a Candidate Shortlist in 3 Simple Steps

Nobody enjoys having to jump through hoops to try and find the right person to fill a position. Sourcing for candidates is a daunting task. Trying to find that one person that is a perfect fit for your company is time consuming and challenging.

You need someone who has the right experience, skills and personality to excel at the position, yet to find that person you must first wade through possibly hundreds of other applicants. It can be like trying to find Waldo.

To get to that prized shortlist of 2-3 exceptional candidates to interview, there are three essential steps you need to perform.
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The Non-Recruiters Guide To Hiring Terms

Has a recruiter ever excitedly told you that after rejecting all the job hoppers they’ve found a ‘purple squirrel’ on gardening leave?

Maybe they’ve suggested a Stay interview or Job Shadowing your current CXO level employees before attempting to poach from your competitors?

Before you think they’ve joined Alice and the Mad Hatter in Wonderland, or that they may need a referral to a good therapist, check out these typical recruitment terms and their meanings below: Read More…


Your 6 Step Checklist to Crafting the Perfect Job Description

I’ll never forget the time I was sitting opposite a client taking a brief for a new position in her team and when I asked her if she had a position description she literally scribbled a few bullet points on to a Post-It note and handed it to me across the table.

Was she serious?

Apparently so.

I should also point out that the all too common “We’re hoping to create the job around the best candidate depending on their previous experience” never really cut it with me either.

So here’s a step-by-step job description checklist for any business owner or hiring manager thinking about bringing somebody new into their team. Read More…


4 Ways to Push a Candidate’s Hot Buttons Around Salary Packages

Offering and negotiating employment terms with potential new employee is a time fraught with risk.

The phrase “It’s not over until the fat lady sings” couldn’t be truer of the hiring process. Just because you think you have identified the perfect candidate, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the candidate thinks they have found the perfect job. Read More…


Why A Poor Candidate Experience Can Destroy Your Business

I’ve trained literally thousands of ‘rookie’ recruiters in my time, and at some point in their induction I would usually ask them the following question:

Who do you think is more important? The client or the candidate?

After an awkward silence, unfortunately there was usually a clear majority voting for the client.

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7 Simple Ways Internal Recruiters And Hiring Managers Can Get Along

7 Ways Internal Recruiters And Hiring Managers Can Get Along

Last week I was in Kuala Lumpur running a workshop for a group of predominantly internal recruiters.

Although the workshop was specifically focused on ‘recruitment metrics’, I noticed that even early on during some of the breakout sessions and group activities, questions and discussions were taking place off the topic of ‘metrics’ and more around the general frustrations they were all feeling in their jobs.

I promised the group that as long as they let me cover everything I wanted (and needed!) to cover on the topic of metrics, I would be comfortable and happy to facilitate some group discussions around the challenges that internal recruiters typically face. Read More…

How To Make A New Employee's First Day Memorable ... For The Right Reasons

7 Ways To Make A New Employee’s First Day Memorable

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Swati Srivastava  – Content Manager Info Edge India. Her opinions are her own.

What has been your worst ‘first day’ ever?

Perhaps it was at school, college, or your first day at a new job? For me, it was definitely my first day working at a new company in 2008. Read More…

17 Qualities of the Perfect Early Startup Hire

17 Qualities of the Perfect Early Startup Hire

When you’re first starting out in a new venture it can be thrilling. Adrenaline-filled. Nerve-wracking. Insomnia-inducing. And that’s if all goes well!

When you get to the point of needing to hire someone beyond your founding team, this process can also be filled with anxiety. Read More…