5 unconventional ways to leverage your Millennial workforce

The last thing we want is to generalize a few statistics to an entire population. We’ve worked with enough millennials to know that a cherry-picked selection of trendy research does little in the way of describing their lived experience, capturing their desires, and painting an accurate picture of their values. More than that, generational statistics are more often than not used as grounds to belittle or degrade the ‘offending’ generation - millennials are frivolous and ambitionless; Boomers are power-hungry and domineering. What we’ve done is collect key statistics that do the exact opposite; we’re showcasing what makes millennials excellent and innovative workers - and why you need more of them in your workforce. 1. Millennials love their work - so long as it loves them back Millennials are unusually value-driven; they want a company that

Savvy companies take a different approach to negotiations

Every fresh headline strikes new fear in the hearts of leaders and hiring managers nationwide; ‘2.4 million jobs projected to go unfilled in the next ten years;’ ‘45% of employers reporting extreme difficulty filling roles’; ‘unemployment at lowest rate in five decades’ - the list goes on. In this crazy competitive climate, skilled candidates are empowered to bid up offers, pit companies against one another, and ghost as they please. Hir...
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Forget the talent shortage: what leaders are missing about hiring

The current state of hiring is predicated upon a fundamentally flawed idea; that people can and should be judged almost solely on their present-day skills and experience, and that that limited judgment will allow you to identify the best possible person for your company. What’s going wrong here? To start, this assumption ignores a wealth of information that is likely more predictive of a person’s future performance than skills or experience ever could be. That is - their character, their soft skills, and their willingness to learn. Grit. Gumption. Drive. Cooperation. Leadership. Kindness. Positivity. These are the traits that make for an excellent worker. Resume skills are great - but so-called ‘eulogy’ characteristics are what differentiate your best employees from your worst. Who is your worst employee?<...
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We tried the gender decoder, and the results surprised us.

On the surface, the Gender Decoder seems like an invaluable tool. It helps pinpoint hard-to-identify gendered terms and excise them from your job post lexicon. Based on research from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the software highlights how gendered wording in job posts can propagate inequality by inadvertently excluding one sex or the other. But what happens when words like ‘challenge’ and ‘analyze’ are coded male - and therefore erased from professional job posts? Is that really promoting diversity? As recruiters, we ...
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4 ways your company can get more from your recruiter, build better relationships, and save money

Recruiters don’t often come with a user manual or best practices guide for taking full advantage of the resources we offer. And because of this, many hiring managers, companies, and recruiters end up feeling less than satisfied. From mismatched ‘culture fit,’ to candidates ghosting on interviews, companies are left wondering what went wrong. Where is the process falling apart? During my 10+ years in this business working directly with executives and hiring managers, I’ve witnessed the collapse of countless candidate-company and company-recruiter relationships. And each time,...
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Six free recruiting tools that will change your life

You know how it goes; just as every software engineer has a preferred language, or every photographer a favorite camera, every recruiter has a preferred set of tools. From Indeed and Dice to CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, we’ve all been guilty of favoring that which is familiar and easy. But five years in recruiting has taught me an important lesson - it’s taught me to diversify. Diversify candidate pools, job boards, and - perhaps most importantly - the type of software I rely on to make connections. On my own, I’m just one guy trying to connect with thousands of professionals, many of whom are not interested in my advances. But with these tools, every InMail I send or phone call I make is informed by an army of data-driven technology. These are the tools I wish I knew about when starting out as a recruiter:

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Breaking the cycle: why candidates are rejecting your offers.

No question, it’s a tough time to be an employer. With unemployment at a 17-year low, qualified professionals have their pick of companies. Regardless of award-winning culture, competitive benefit packages, and generous bonuses, candidates – empowered by a buoyant market – are going to sometimes refuse your offers. It’s when this becomes the norm – when the majority of your candidates, having devoted hours of their time to interviews and tests, decide against you – that you need to carefully evaluate your hiring process.  At what point is it falling apart? When is the person losing interest? What can be done to change their mind? It comes down to a few simple chan...
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Which perks work (and which hurt)

In the age of elaborate – and frankly extravagant – perks, it can be tempting to simply throw money at benefits. Funds permitting, you may be lured into following Google’s lead by offering on-site massages and chef-crafted lunches. But is that really the best use of your money? According to recent surveys, 60% of candidates consider benefits as a crucial element in their job decision process. This begs the question, exactly which perks pay off in the long run? Although most employees are motivated by unlimited vacation and a well-stocked fridge, are those truly the benefits that will keep your workers happy? How about loyal? Productive and fulfilled? Not all perks are made equal. Find out which benefits work best for hiring and reten...
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Is Conscious Competence the Key to Success?

Is your company talking about ‘Unconscious Incompetence’ yet? This learning-related phenomenon is a growing concern for employers, and it’s likely impacting the long-term success of your career. The term refers to an invisible, creeping decline of skills and knowledge that occurs throughout every level of a company’s workforce. As technologies change, products and services evolve, and employees – particularly those who are 10+ years out of college – move further away from formal education, individuals’ relative competencies tend to decrease. A lack of awareness allows this decline to grow exponentially, and individuals, teams, and entire companies can become unconsciously incompetent as a result. Simply put, Unconscious Incompetence stems from all of the things that you (and your coworkers) don’t know that you don’t know. And what you don’t know can harm you. So how can you keep up with critical skills that you don’t know you lack?

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Apples and Oranges: Picking the Best Candidate

You go into the hiring process well prepared - you’ve considered all aspects of the position, laid out a detailed list of job requirements and expectations, and set your standards for applicants appropriately. No facet of the position escapes you. Having established your requirements, you make the posting public - either by directly appealing to candidates through LinkedIn and Indeed, or hiring an experienced recruiting firm - and receive possibly thousands of applications, half of which have no relevance to the position being offered. If you opted to work with a recruiter, that pool is immediately narrowed to the most talented and suitable candidates. In either case, you will eventually be faced with a crucial decision: who, among countless equally qualified and engaging people, is best for the job?

Making the Right Choice

Most roles aren’t catered to one perfect person. Multiple peop...
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