Recruiting Strategy:-

Recruiters today recruit with multiple intentions. The first one is to fill positions with any available candidates and thereby close their targets. However the real challenge comes for them when it comes to source, recruit and hire Achievers. They are the tough kind and have a lot of expectations which have to be catered to before joining a company’s talent bar.

Hiring achievers is a challenge for any recruiter as they are very hard to find. They Have more counteroffers and have a higher expectational demand before joining. However to break the Achiever recruiting pattern, there are a few strategies which are to be borne in mind by the recruiter himself, if he is to placate him in a new position.

The first step that goes is to understand the Classic Achiever Pattern and differentiate his skill set pattern, and how he reacts to situations which are suddenly given before him to comprehend.

Based upon the circumstances, the achiever can either go the extra mile or get it resolved or either makes excuses and backs out.

As a result of the above, the Achiever tends to get promoted more quickly, gets formal recognition, and typically earns more in comparison to the 75 percent not in the top cadre.

Interestingly, in the first 5-10 years of their careers, Achievers tend to have less practical experience in work than their peers, due to their rapid promotions. So if a company screens on years of experience, they’ll tend to eliminate many of the high-potential candidates from consideration before they even have a chance to evaluate them.

From an assessment standpoint, it’s pretty easy to recognize the Achiever pattern, if you don’t first get impressed by the candidate’s first impression and presentational skills. I suggest that during the first phase of the interview. Try to spend at least 20-30 minutes on the work-history review as you go through the person’s resume, look for evidence of his Achiever pattern which consists of things like

  • Rapid promotions or assigned to bigger projects at quality organizations.
  • Higher compensation, including extra bonuses and bigger raises.
  • Assigned leadership positions for a variety of projects consisting of multi-functional groups.
  • Formal recognition for exceptional performance, including awards, honors, and letters of re-commendation.
  • Technical recognition including patents, white papers, presentations, and industry acknowledgments.
  • Strong academic background, academic awards, and strong institutions.
  • Mentoring skills.
  • Subject matter expert in his area.
  • Displays a pattern of self-development, especially during gaps in his employment.

Identifying Achievers is actually far easier than finding and recruiting them. The key idea to remember here is that Achievers don’t look for new jobs or accept one the same way as everyone else. Keeping this objective in Mind, make sure that the next recruitment you plan to do is a combinational mix of an achiever and a non achiever for an organization to achieve.

 

 

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Recruiting Top Talent to your Organization – Make sure that you have a Sourcing Checklist ready:-

Recruiting as people say is an art than a job. Many recruiters still underperform due to improper ineptitude errors. This not only causes improbable mistakes in the recruiting process, but also maximizes the Organizations hiring metric capability.

Hence to succeed in Recruiting, Any organization should make sure that they have a Sourcing Checklist ready. This not only helps them source top talent easily, but also handle complex recruiting procedures.

Using a checklist in recruitment search, results in great success. The reason being the recruiter works upon the competency skill map ratio as per the checklist, which can help the organization to get top-notch successful placement ratio.

Top Strategies to be included in a Successful recruiting Checklist:-

  1. Use Key metric tools to stay on top of all recruiting assignments and make sure that you keep the ATS (Applicant tracking system) up-to-date.
  2. Define top performance indicators, by asking the hiring team to define their Work Success quotient, the person needs to handle.
  3. Create an Employee Value proposition statement as to why would an employee want this job.
  4. Prepare a channelized sourcing channel plan, which covers all channels of recruiting from social media, Blog sites, Career sites, groups, and even references. This helps in getting the best talent from multiple sources.
  5. From this build your recruiting pipeline of prospects for the future as well as for the current projects.
  6. Track the Objective metric of the Candidate as to the Hiring Objective of the department, and only when they match go ahead with the hiring process.
  7. If you feel the candidate is potential enough recruit, negotiate, and close the offer.

 

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Employee Referral Programme- The pros and the cons

Talent retention and acquisition is increasingly becoming popular in organizations. Companies to ensure that the best talent acquisition happens insist on using employee referral programme to poach the best talent available. However many internal employees are of just one perception, does it always really work.

However the trend happening in companies is that employee referrals are preferred for only experienced roles and hire on an average ten top potential referrals for every hundred interviewed for multiple reasons. So we can infer that referral hiring is an average medium to bring in top quality talent, as compared to job board search and social recruiting via the ATS (Applicant tracking), which continue to be the hot pick.

We have a perception that external hiring always holds good, as they produce good results in terms of hiring, but recruitment analysts opine that social media hires or job board recruiting is better when it comes to an efficient external hiring policy. It all comes down to not just hiring through a referral programme, but making sure that the “Referral programme” becomes a “Best Practice” and should focus on making the referral program more visible among remote positions.

Employee referral in certain situations breeds ego – slates between present employees and the new employees, as they presume that project-management roles will be taken over by the new hires. Hence Organizations are a bit apprehensive when it comes to Employee- referral programme.

Lastly but not the least, If you want a successful employee referral program, accept responsibility for managing the performance of the program. Never try to act in influencing factors and do what works best as the organizational climate varies from company to company. It has also been proved that a well-managed employee referral program can accomplish higher employee productivity and greater organizational profits. It’s all about implementing it and accomplishing it successfully.

 

 

 

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Is Mobile recruiting going to be the Future in Recruiting Space?

Recruiting is growing at a tremendous pace. What job board and referral search activity was before is now being aggressively replaced by Social Media Recruitment. Industry Experts predict that the next vertical to be aggressively placated in recruiting in the coming days is Mobile Recruiting.

Recruitment experts say that The Mobile is becoming an important tool in recruitment with each passing day. With users becoming tech-savvy at an increasing pace, Recruiting Organizations are trying to segment and leverage the usage of mobile space as a niche recruitment channel. However a mobile recruitment strategy should outline the following objectives if it’s to outlive its predecessors.

  1. Use Promotional messages as a Premium Recruiting Channel: – SMS or short messaging service, WAP, Server messages should be used as a recruiting channel by recruiters to attract talent. The reason being Users are more accessible in their mobile than online networks.
  2. Use Mobile as a Candidate Sourcing Channel: – With GPRS, Internet as an open source tools on the Mobile. Recruiters can now provide real-time job updates and thereby source qualified candidates into their CRM. This helps them to grow their recruitment database and thereby close more candidates as compared to other channels. Phone applications enabled in 3-G phones are the best tool for a successful mobile recruitment strategy.
  3. Enable RSS updates in your Mobile for Live Job updates: – Recruiters can go a step ahead to enable RSS (Syndication updates of New Job openings) to attract top quality candidates via mobile. The reason being Phones are becoming more impressive in the browsers to view web pages and receive spontaneous updates.

Mobile Recruiting is a must to include in your recruiting strategy as the future of recruiting is going mobile. With Social media supporting Mobile, We can say that the future of recruiting is going to witness a dramatic change in terms of recruiting efforts.

 

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LinkedIn rolls out two new killer applications for their users called as “Referral Engine” and “Jobs for you”.

LinkedIn recently announced the new launch of their new product offerings to the LinkedIn brand. Called as “Jobs for You” and “Referral Engine” by LinkedIn, the products were a super success right from its first day of implementations.

Being targeted exclusively for recruiters and employees, the products pre-populate the persons work experience and only displays relevant contextual jobs in his profile as a page called as Jobs you may be interested in offering jobs specifically targeted to end users.

The perception after customizing this page was tremendous. LinkedIn revealed the fact that after the application was installed, they saw lots of success with passive candidate’s clickthroughs applying as active job seekers. The success behind it was simple. They placed this offering in the home page of the employee’s profile.

LinkedIn’s “Jobs for You” directly helps companies, recruiters, individuals to directly share job openings. The advantage is that it uses the information directly from their LinkedIn profiles to target users with relevant job opportunities.

While LinkedIn’s concept of finding and delivering relevant job opportunities is not new. LinkedIn has taken professional networking to a new level. Their intention is to target active job seekers, who run specific job searches in their database.

They plan to capture the audience by a strategic method called as “Geotargetting”. Here individuals are targeted within a specific location.  With the data gathered by LinkedIn from individual profiles, the Jobs for you console will deliver the most relevant opportunities based on your LinkedIn profile information.

LinkedIn users will be able to opt out from these options if they don’t want to participate in it. But who wouldn’t want an occasional interesting career opportunity to be displayed to them. However from a recruiting perspective it takes targeting passive candidates into active ones to a whole new dimension.

Referral Engine

LinkedIn went a step ahead in terms of their new product and brand development by launching “Referral Engine”, slated to be in beta mode until 2011. But the buzz is that it’s going to be the killer app specifically for “employee referrals”.

The intention behind this is to assists companies in hiring top talent from their employee’s referrals by involving more employees in making potential referrals, and thereby helping them make more quality referral closures.

With Referral Engine, any company posting a new job through LinkedIn will now make automatic job suggestions to potential employees who can be a good fit for that job. This thereby helps employees to “pre-screen talent” in their own network to make quality referral suggestions.

To promote this service, LinkedIn has planned to launch “Referral Engine”, as a free service to its “Recruiter” customers. They opine that, the more jobs posted by the company, the better this service will work in a viral mode.

More Information about LinkedIn’s new product Lines can be read on its Talent Advantage website.

 

 

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Job Descriptions are not necessary for finding the right talent:-

Job descriptions are becoming more and more out-of-date nowadays. Companies insist that they use job description, mainly for people starting out in their careers, whereas for people with experience, job description is a kind of negative norm, which keeps them restricted to a particular process, which in turn hampers their productive output.

Recruiters tell us why job descriptions are becoming less important nowadays in many organizations.

  1. Job Descriptions just tells us of the responsibilities, they don’t brief us about the people involved and the nature of the job involved at all.
  2. They’re not trusted and sometimes illegal because if a few people who can do the work required without having all of the skills, experience, industry, and academic background are listed on the job description, then what is the use of challenges in an organization.
  3. Internal promotions, appraisals do not consider the job description into consideration. Rather they consider the leadership, potential, team skills, and a track record of delivering results on time of the candidate.
  4. Highly Skilled and lateral thinking employees leave out a job which has too many job descriptions given just in writing. They know from experience that a job never gives too much description about itself. It’s what they do that adds description and value to the job.
  5. Specific Job descriptions makes us become less “Out-of-the box” approachers towards a job as we are always bounded by the description of a job.
  6. Job descriptions make an employer and his workplace for an employee to be a non challenging workplace, as it is a regular work schedule for an employee with no experimentations or learning path graphs in his work.
  7. They decrease employee satisfaction and increase employee turnover. If you don’t tell people what they’ll be doing before they start on a new job, the likelihood the person will find the actual work involved exciting, appropriate, and satisfying is problematic. Clarifying expectations up front has been shown to be the primary driver of on-the-job performance and employee satisfaction.
  8. Of course, we all need some basic level of skills and experiences to handle the actual job requirements, but in most cases managers use the job descriptions as an alternative shortcuts to get the requisition approved, which has time and again proved disadvantageous as discussed above.

 

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