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Recruiters - Stay Close to Your Candidates During Their Notice Period

Recruiters – Stay Close to Your Candidates During Their Notice Period

My flight home from San Francisco the other day was delayed by over an hour. It felt like every 10 – 15 minutes the boarding time would be pushed out, resulting in a mass sigh or groan of frustration from the all the passengers waiting in the departure lounge.

I wasn’t paying too much attention to the people around me. It was late, I was really tired, and I could hardly keep my eyes open.

So when I heard “No f#%&ing way… You can’t be serious…”, in a John McEnroe type of outburst from the guy sitting opposite me, I just assumed another delay notification must have appeared on the monitors.

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5 Types of Recruitment Emails to Write

5 Types of Recruitment Emails to Write

In recent times, social media, employee referral programs and also various sourcing tools have made it easier to recruit ideal candidates (87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates, while 47% use Twitter). However, finding the preferred candidate is the first step. You also have to get them interested. For you to be successful, you have to possess excellent communication skills, beginning with an appealing recruiting email.

The following are 5 types of emails that recruiters and HR practitioners can send to prospective candidates during the interview process.

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The candidate – it’s time to listen

The candidate – it’s time to listen

Over the past few years, the majority of my clients — and the consultants that work in their companies —have been frustrated by the lack of quality applications for their roles. There are a lot of applicants out there, but what percentage are actually turning into ‘viable’ candidates?

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How a Talent Shortage Affects Recruiters

How a Talent Shortage Affects Recruiters

When we are talking recruitment and job markets in general, there are always a few global narratives that dominate every conversation. Over the last few years, it has been all but impossible to ignore a couple of them

The first of these is AI, machine learning, automation and the supposedly apocalyptic effects these will have on the future workers. It is definitely a scary proposition for many people, but it is not like this is the first time people are worried about new tools and practices destroying their lives.

Another major narrative we encounter these days is the talent shortage that plagues certain industries and that is becoming more and more noticeable. This is the narrative that we will be covering today, focusing on what it means for recruiters and the recruitment industry.

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Candidate Calls - 7 Actionable Tips for the Reluctant Recruiter

Candidate Calls – 7 Actionable Tips for the Reluctant Recruiter

You will know that one of the quickest and easiest methods to identify the right candidates and attract them onto the market is to pick up the phone and speak to them directly. You will get a much quicker response – even if it’s not the response you wanted. However, a bit of courage is needed to make those extra headhunt calls that can help you turn that tough-to-fill role into a deal in no time.

This is easier said than done. When faced with the option of firing over a quick email or staying behind and making a few phone calls. It can be very tempting to just click ‘send’ and head home. There are a number of reasons why people may be hesitant: fear of failure and procrastination are popular excuses.

A headhunt call is really no different to any other kind of cold call that you do. With a plan and bit of practice they get easier and you can become better at them. Follow these seven tips to set yourself up for success with your next call.

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Should Recruiters Get Involved In the Onboarding of their Placements

Should Recruiters Get Involved In the Onboarding of their Placements?

We are all well aware of the importance of a structured and skillfully executed onboarding process. The numbers are very clear on this issue. For many recruiters, however, onboarding is not really something they worry about or dedicate too much time to.

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Face to face interviewing and gaining candidate commitment

With the advent of national and international recruitment many years ago, I saw a huge decline in face to face (f2f) interviewing as the norm.

When considering best practice, then of course, meeting with the candidate that you are going to put forward to a client is the best option. So, why do so many companies not even consider this, when it’s an option to them?

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The importance of communication for the candidate experience

 

The importance of communication for the candidate experience

You will often hear HR people and experts argue whether the recruitment process should be more geared towards the clients, the companies that hire; or the candidates, the potential employees. If we are being absolutely and even brutally honest, this is something that will depend on the times and the industry.

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Automating Recruitment

I had an interesting conversation with a client the other day who told me they were automating their recruitment system. They wanted to cut down costs and reduce the in-house recruitment overhead. I think they felt that they would be able to effectively recruit by filtering CV’s based on relevant word searches. Read more

Beyond the “People First” Adage

“Putting People First” is more commonly preached but less followed in reality. What we observe is corporate executives and HR managers have been offering good lip service to this idea and advocating the principles to place people at the epicentre of an organisation success. However, in reality, a lot more is easier said than done.

This piece seeks to look beyond the “people first” adage and talks about the challenges to infusing transformation in the workplace culture. A healthy workplace culture attracts and retains the best talent, since the people are satisfied in their job roles and happy. Indeed, there is no counter thought on why not to place people first.

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