Read It And CHEER: BEST Candidate Response Ever

Dawn Burke Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke, HR, Online Applications, Recruiting, Web/Tech

Yesterday my recruiter received the GREATEST candidate response to a rejection notice I’ve seen as an HR pro. For context: this candidate’s experience/salary requirements weren’t as great a match for this role as others, so we sent our standard reject email. CANDIDATE’S RESPONSE (all identifying information has been removed) Dear Beth, Thank you for your letter on December 1, 2015. …

Whaddya Mean… You Don’t Love Your ATS?

Kelly Dingee Kelly Dingee, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Uncategorized

I love my ATS. It’s iCIMS. They should send me a t-shirt that says I “heart” iCIMS… just like those I “heart” NY shirts. I’d wear it. All the time. And I’ve got a conference gig coming up so (hint, hint) now’s a good time to send it. Seriously big fan… a couple of years ago I stalked their booth at …

All Hat, No Cattle

John Whitaker Recruiting

I’ll start by making one broad assumption, which seems to be commonly accepted in the world of Talent Acquisition: It’s a candidate’s market. (Just don’t try to tell that to someone who’s been unemployed for 6+ months.) This one simple dynamic has incredible ripple effects throughout the staffing community. The challenges are apparent (at least they are to a recruiter), …

Driving in The Fog

John Whitaker Recruiting, Selection

I love my guts. Seriously. I’m the first to admit that for much of my career, a large part of my success as a staffing professional and/or generalist relied on instinct, “feel,” or some other non-tangible determinant; and, frankly, I was good at it. I didn’t invent the term “gray area” as it relates to HR, but it is certainly applicable. …

How Fast Is Too Fast?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, HR, Recruiting, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

Have you ever stopped to think that maybe technology is pushing our hiring process too fast? We all have a natural cadence to how we do things.  Imagine going out on a date with a nice young man.  You go and get coffee. Coffee is easy, and you can get out of it quickly if things are going south. The …

The Secret to Getting Hired

Tim Sackett Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Making Offers, Recruiting, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

I’ve never gotten a job by applying for a position through an Applicant Tracking System. Never. Ever. The reality is most positions in organizations are filled around the ATS. Most organizations’ number one source will always be referrals. Then, depending on the organization, it’s a combination of job boards (CB, Monster, LinkedIn), Indeed, college campus strategies, other recruitment marketing strategies, …

Weird Recruiting Habits We Can’t Break

Tim Sackett HR, HR Technology, Recruiting, Talent Management Power Rankings, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett

Yesterday a client of mine lost out on a legitimate rock star engineering candidate.  The candidate wanted the job, but had another exceptional offer on the table, as well. You know what happened.  The client had a “process.” That process was to have the candidate come in for one more interview, after already being on site once before. They never …

An ATS Saved My Bacon. No, Seriously.

RJ Morris Candidate Pool, Change, HR Technology, Innovation, RJ Morris

Today, for Christmas or whatever December-ish holiday you celebrate, I give you the present of a cool sounding but not yet overused buzzword: “System Agility.” Sounds slick, right? We all use buzzwords because we want to sound smart. There’s a fine line, however, between a phrase sounding new and smart before it turns into a buzzword. “War for Talent” was …

The Resume Wasteland

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, John Whitaker, Recruiting, Resumes, Working With Recruiters

“Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.”  Wall Street, 1987 “Candidate sends a resume into the abyss, there’s no response coming back to him. At that moment, candidate gets more frustrated. And that is what keeps candidates in the abyss.”  …

Where The Rubber Meets The Road Responsively

William Tincup Good HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors, Mobile Recruiting, Recruiting, William Tincup

No, not that rubber. For the love of God, get your minds out of the gutter people. This article is about responsive design and why we should all care about it. Responsive web design (RWD) is a web design approach aimed at creating sites and applications to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, …