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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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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…

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…

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…

5 Ways to Guarantee You Won’t Fill Your Open Roles

5 Ways to Guarantee You Won’t Fill Your Open Roles

We have clients who tell us that in some parts of their businesses they literally have as many open roles as they have people. Each day they get further and further behind on their roadmap (despite everyone working a truly obscene number of hours). Their stakeholders and customers are cranky about it; and the existing staff feel like mice on spinning wheel.

Why can’t they hire?

If you’ve found yourself in a similar position, and you’re comfortable overworking your existing team, and letting your employer brand go down the drain (because trust me, word gets out), here are five ways to ensure your number of open roles goes through the roof. And you may just find yourself dealing with a few extra resignations as an added bonus! Read More…


The Insiders Guide to Passive Candidates [Infographic]

A passive candidate is someone who is currently employed but would still be open to considering other opportunities.

So why you would even seek out someone who is not looking for a new job?

In the 2015 LinkedIn Talent Trends Report, 75% of the 18,000 full time employees surveyed considered themselves passive candidates. 85% of those said they would be willing to talk about a new career opportunity, however only 61% of companies today are actually focused on recruiting passive candidates. Does yours?

By definition, the passive candidate is going to be tougher to engage than an active candidate (somebody eagerly on the hunt for a new position). But the whole point of passive sourcing is to find candidates who don’t think they’re interested in leaving their jobs and convincing them to give your open role a chance. Read More…

Why Allowing Social Media At Work Can Help Attract Top Talent

Why Allowing Social Media At Work Can Help Attract Top Talent

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Nancy Grace from Her opinions are her own.

When it comes to employing people, everyone wants the crème de la crème. But no one tells you how best to go about it. And, there are no specific methods to trap these folks. So, what are you supposed to do?

The best shot you have to get people from all over the world looking at your product or service is to have it pop up in a big budget Hollywood movie, certainly not the most viable means for a small/medium sized company. The next best thing would be to leverage a medium that has even more exposure than an average movie, provided you know what you’re doing.

I’m talking about social media.
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8 Ways to Retain Employees After a Merger or Acquisition

8 Ways to Retain Employees After a Merger or Acquisition

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Esperanza Denise from Dissertation Heaven. Her opinions are her own.

One of the major challenges during any merger or acquisition is the retention of key employees.

Often, when companies go through a merger or acquisition, the employees feel insecure about the future of their employment. The ‘fusing’ of two companies often results in the implementation of new policies, procedures and business regulations. This is what makes employees feel insecure about their jobs as they are clueless about how things will turn out inside the ‘combined entity’.

As a result, many employees flee in search of greener pastures.

Here are 8 ways you can retain your top employees after a merger or acquisition: Read More…

5 Ways for Recruiters to Attract Passive Candidates and New Clients

5 Ways for Recruiters to Attract Passive Candidates and New Clients

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by digital strategist and blogger, Tanya Williams. Her opinions are her own.  

People haven’t changed but the way we communicate with them has. In our fast paced, ‘want it now’ society technology new digital tools and platforms are making it easier than ever to access information.

The same applies to the world of recruitment. The rules have changed and how we find clients and talent today relies on much more than just knowing a few people in our network. Your potential clients and candidates are starting the ‘people finding’ process online and if they cannot find you, then you are missing out on business.

Clients and candidates are mobile, social and want personal relevant information given to them on their communication channel of choice delivered on their favourite device. With this in mind, you need to take the time to listen to and understand your audience about how digital technology is impacting their everyday life. Read More…

What recruiters want 12 ways to have them gagging for your business

12 Ways to Get Recruiters Gagging For Your Business

Picture it: Your business has reached the stage where you need to employ someone new into the team. But you’re far too busy to recruit the position yourself so you’ve decided to engage the services of a recruitment consultant.

Regardless of whether you’ve decided to go with a generalist or a specialist recruiter, the recruiter you choose could well be just as busy as you.

How can you become their top priority? Read More…