An open letter to hiring managers

From an unemployed professional In my role as an executive search consultant I split my time between hiring managers who are trying to hire and candidates who are trying to get hired.  As we continue our path toward economic recovery there are still deeply experienced, highly skilled executives who are trying to navigate their paths…

Do unto others….

A guide to the candidate experience for hiring managers  Lately there has been a lot of commentary around something called the ‘candidate experience.’  Personally I think this is just common sense, but I’m coming from the perspective of someone who works with candidates and hiring managers all the time – as a matchmaker.  Everyone is…

Reduce your time to hire!

Candidate Profiles Time to hire is one of the primary metrics we use to measure our success.  Regardless of whether you are working internally to fill a position or engaging the services of an outside recruiter – time is money.  The faster you can source, attract, interview and hire – the better your return.  Every…

Marketing 101 for Hiring Managers

Increasing the effectiveness of your talent advertising If you are still using your internal HR job descriptions when you post openings on an external job board or your company website for that matter, then please write a check and hand it to a stranger on the corner for the price of that posting.  Either way,…

Planning for hiring success in 2012 – part 2 of 2

What will you do differently? Last month we talked about the state of the job market and the lack of available qualified talent.  You must change your classic methods of finding and attracting talent if you are going to be able to compete in the New Year.  Here are some steps you can take to…

It’s a Courtship!

The Art of Recruiting a Passive Candidate The fall hiring season has begun.  The market is very active and depending on the skills you are looking for you may find that the candidates you need are working and generally happy in their current position.  Finding and attracting professionals who are already fully employed is a…

Work as a Team!

Tips for developing a productive relationship with your recruiter This is a highly competitive market.  The Wall Street Journal last week published an article stating that although overall unemployment is 9% technology unemployment is only 4%.  This means there are more open positions than there are people to fill them.  As a hiring manager you…

Does your hiring process prevent you from hiring the best?

I have the privilege of working with some of Colorado’s most admired companies.  I also get insight into what works – and what doesn’t work during the candidate selection process.  Coming out of the downturn, we’re in a highly competitive market – many companies are beginning to hire – and hire in volume again.  If…

5 Changes to make in your Talent Acquisition Strategy

For better results in 2011 Happy 2011!  The landscape this year is certainly different than a year ago.  Companies are making plans to hire – after taking a couple of years off for obvious reasons.  The Colorado unemployment rate is going down and the attitude is hopeful.  As you set out to begin hiring again…