Time to Stick a Fork in Cover Letters? Only If You Want to Miss the Best Candidates

John Hollon Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Interviewing, Recruiting, Resumes 1 Comment

A couple of years ago, Fistful of Talent published a blog post of mine that not only created a huge reaction but was easily the most well-read article I’ve ever had here.  The title should tell you why: Looking Back at What May Be the “Balliest” Cover Letter of All Time.’ It was about a classic cover letter that the …

2020 Recruiter Tip…Interview Your Future Employer

Kelly Dingee candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Recruiting 5 Comments

For forever it seems, candidates have been directed to research companies before they apply, and definitely before they interview. Common sense, know before you go. And more and more, candidates are doing that, to survive that point in the interview when the recruiter, and subsequently the hiring manager turns to them and says…do you have any questions for me? Think …

Is Hourly Recruiting More Difficult than IT Recruiting!?

Tim Sackett candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Hourly Hiring, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition 0 Comments

Let’s say you were an alien. You came to earth in your spaceship, the first person you met was me, and decided you want to be a recruiter just like me! So, I told you to go to some recruiting conferences and check out the profession and we would talk once you returned. A month later we meet for Diet …

Every Recruiting Process is in Disorder until you Organize it

Ben Martinez Always Be Closing, Ben Martinez, candidate experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition 0 Comments

What is disorder? Disorder is a messy desk, dirty house, a body that needs to be showered, work that is not in order. When you woke up today was everything in order? Were the dishes done, work happening and no dogs barking? Did I mention kids? If you have kids, was everything in order with their lives this morning? Beyond …

DOWNLOAD: Building Culture Through Great Recruiting Practices

Kris Dunn candidate experience, Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition 2 Comments

Most of our readers at the FOT are interesting in building the right type of culture inside their organizations, which is a worthy goal.  But if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that “company culture” is hard to define. Some of it is real, and some of it is aspirational. As we attempt to build the culture we want at …

Recruiting Leaders: Stay in the Saddle

Corey Burns candidate experience, Hiring Managers, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” and recruiting is not exempt from this axiom. At one point, I could speak Portuguese and German. Regrettably, I lost most of this ability because I didn’t practice over the years. Good news though, I can still get around with the basics and even order a beer…that’s …

The Unsophisticated Hiring Manager

RJ Morris Coaching, Communication, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Recruiting, RJ Morris

We spend a fair bit of time in our little shop talking about how to work with sophisticated hiring managers vs. unsophisticated managers. This has nothing to do with liking caviar vs. Cheez Whiz. It has more to do with Sean Penn thinking he’s a journalist. Sophisticated hiring managers have enough reps under their belt to know how to play …

Candidate Assessments – Your Hiring Teams Aren’t Ready…Yet

Corey Burns Assessments, Hiring Bias, Recruiting

We’ve all been burned by selecting the wrong candidate. Hiring the wrong person happens and making those mistakes is a necessary evil as we develop our ability to hire effectively. Over the years of working with growing teams, I’ve often received requests from hiring managers to incorporate assessments. Any time we can introduce a tool that helps us strengthen our selection …