Twitter 101 for Recruiters

There is certainly no shortage of articles written on how to use Twitter, let alone leveraging it for recruiting. If you want an ultra-mega-so-huge-you-may-get-lost-in-it Twitter guide check out Mashable’s. If you want something short and concise that will cut right to the heart of how to effectively leverage Twitter for recruiting, read on. I’ve updated the content of this 2010 post – you can find the new … Read More

Data and Drive are Paramount in Sourcing and Recruiting

The other day I came across an insightful post on Fistful of Talent by Josh Letourneau in which he addresses the arms race that rages on in the talent acquisition universe – the never-ending attempt of people and companies to achieve some sort of technological advantage over the competition. Josh would rather have a recruiter “with the “will to fight,” in other … Read More

What Social Recruiting is NOT

After recently writing about moving beyond the hype of social media and recruiting, I took some time to reflect quite a bit on the topic, and focused a critical eye on exactly what “Social Recruiting” is. While there is no shortage of what people think “Social Recruiting” is, quite frankly – I’m not satisfied with any of the definitions and explanations I’ve found … Read More

Social Media and Recruiting – Beyond the Hype

I’m very much an anti-hype, anti-bandwagon person. I neither like to nor want to get caught in the undertow of the emotional rush associated with being excited about something that nearly everyone else seems to be excited about, where everyone celebrates the new and “cool factor” with little-to-no critical thought. When that next bright and shiny object comes along, it’s all too easy to be … Read More

The Future of Recruiting: The More Things Change…

Now that we are on our way into exploring the new year, I’ve seen some articles on what’s coming next for the recruiting industry this year, and even as far out as 10 years from now. When I read one such article written by Kevin Wheeler, I was struck by his comment that although sourcing remains a topic he is interested in, … Read More

LinkedIn Sourcing Tip: Searching by Company? Beware!

Recently, I wrote about the intrinsic issues associated with searching LinkedIn for potential candidates with specific industry experience, and how using the “Industry” field can actually prevent you from finding the people you’re looking for.  A number of readers responded by suggesting a logical solution to the issue – searching by specific company name(s) instead of using LinkedIn’s “Industry” field. It is a … Read More

LinkedIn Sourcing Tip: Industry Search Issue

Do you ever use social networks to such as LinkedIn to search for people with experience in a specific industry? If you do, I can almost guarantee you that you are not finding everyone you’re looking for. How? There are intrinsic issues associated with any user generated content, especially when it comes to how users of social media identify themselves, and they can actually … Read More

Lean Recruiting & Just-In-Time Talent Acquisition Part 4

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to read parts 1, 2, and 3 before reading this post. In Ben Franklin’s the Way to Wealth, he talks about the issues associated with carrying unnecessary inventory, “You call them goods; but, if you do not take care, they will prove evils to some of you…You expect they will be sold…but, … Read More

Lean Recruiting & Just-In-Time Talent Acquisition Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 in this series, I explored many of the intrinsic limitations and hidden costs of traditional candidate pipelining – sourcing, screening, and “keeping warm” candidates for which you do not have a current need. To recap, traditional candidate pipelining: Is a “push” based strategy that is not based on an actual customer (client or candidate) … Read More

Lean Recruiting & Just-In-Time Talent Acquisition Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I explored and challenged the practice of traditional candidate pipelining. Some people may have interpreted my last post on the subject to mean that I don’t believe in any form of proactively building candidate pipelines. That would be incorrect. Anyone that really knows me knows that I am not a black/white, either/or kind of … Read More

Exclusive Look at LinkedIn’s 4 New Dynamic Filters

LinkedIn’s been busy. I don’t know about you, but I have always wondered what LinkedIn was going to do with all of the deep/rich data they capture with every profile that is created on their site. With the release of 4 new dynamic search refinements that are now available to users of LinkedIn’s Recruiter and Recruiter Professional Services, we gain some … Read More

Lean Recruiting & Just-In-Time Talent Acquisition Part 1

I wrote about how I learned to use Boolean search to leverage information systems to quickly source candidates, and I challenged the concept and practice of building candidate pipelines. Amybeth Hale commented on my post (thank you – you inspired me to finally write this one!) and mentioned that she was puzzled by the mention of the fact that I never … Read More

How I Learned What I Know About Candidate Sourcing

When it comes to my theories and best practices for leveraging information systems for quickly finding highly qualified candidates, I am often asked, “So, how did you figure all of this stuff out?” It’s a fantastic question, and I am happy to be asked it, but my answer doesn’t seem to satisfy anyone.  The short answer is literally that “I just figured it out.” … Read More

LinkedIn Search Results Sorting: Relevance or Keyword?

When I deliver presentations on how to leverage LinkedIn to source candidates, I have the opportunity to get a sense of what most people seem to know about using LinkedIn.  Recently I have been making it a point to ask how people tend to sort their search results when searching LinkedIn, and the overwhelming majority leave their results sorting at the default value, which … Read More

Resumes Are Like Wine

In response to my recent post about the deficiencies in the search capability of many Applicant Tracking Systems, a few people commented to the fact that resumes stored in applicant tracking systems become stale and outdated over time, which may explain why ATS resume databases are often the candidate “source of last resort.” While candidate records inevitably age over time and can … Read More

Why Do So Many ATS Vendors Offer Poor Search Capability?

This question has been burning in my mind for quite some time – why is it that so many ATS/recruiting CRM vendors offer poor or limited candidate search functionality? I’m not talking about ATS vendors you’ve never heard of – I’m talking about some of the biggest names in Applicant Tracking/Candidate Relationship Management applications. I’m well aware that ATS’s serve many … Read More

U.S. Visitors to Facebook Declines in August

I’ve been making a habit of posting the U.S. traffic data for the “big 3” social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter – the ones that seem to matter most to sourcers and recruiters) on a monthly basis. Last month, I predicted that all 3 of the sites would experience a decline in monthly unique U.S. visitors, and as it turns … Read More

Google Search: The Asterisk Wildcard and Punctuation

Think you know all there is to know about Google search? I was recently asked a question regarding the use of the asterisk when searching on Google, specifically in conjunction with certain punctuation. This person was under the impression that if you used the equal sign on either side of an asterisk when searching Google, it would function as a multiple word wildcard operator. For example, searching … Read More

How to Bulk-Accept LinkedIn Invitations to Connect

LinkedIn has been making changes to their interface and one thing I noticed back in March is that I could no longer select multiple invitations to connect and accept them all at once from the main inbox page. It took a little bit of exploring the new inbox interface and functionality before I figured out how to be able to bulk … Read More