Social Engineering: The Human Element of Sourcing and Recruiting from Glen Cathey Why is the “Boolean Black Belt” writing and presenting about social engineering? Well, it’s actually quite simple. It all started over 20 years ago when I began working for a small, privately held IT staffing firm in Northern VA. In pursuit of becoming the top performing recruiter, I … Read More
Video: Discussing AI in Sourcing and Recruiting
I recently had the chance to participate in a Google Hangout with Jeremy Roberts of HiringSolved as an introduction to the speakers of their upcoming conference on Feb 7 in NYC (HIREconf). You can watch the recording of our chat here or play the video below to learn a little about my background and my thoughts about the evolving role of technology … Read More
The Best Boolean and Semantic Search Tool
While many people are hungry for specific Boolean search strings to copy and paste and for search tools that make searching for people “easier” and even “do the thinking for you,” there simply is nothing that can come remotely close to what you can do when you think properly and ask the right questions. That’s right – the most powerful … Read More
How to Get People to Respond to Recruiting Emails & Messages
When it comes to sourcing and recruiting, it’s gotten easier to find people but it’s gotten more difficult to get people to respond to emails, InMails, social messages and voicemails. The poor quality and lack of sophistication of most recruiter messaging, along with rampant spamming, certainly hasn’t helped. Unfortunately and yet somewhat thankfully, the bar of what people expect to … Read More
Sourcing & Recruiting Candidate Funnel & Output Calculators
Have you ever wondered: How many resumes, social profiles, names, etc., you have to identify to result in 1 hire? How efficient your sourcing/recruiting/hiring process is? How many candidates you need to submit to fill your position? How more effective messaging/engagement strategies and tactics can measurably improve your efficiency? How wonderful it would be if you could educate your hiring … Read More
Video: My thoughts on Sourcing & the Future of Recruiting
At LinkedIn’s 2014 Talent Connect event in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on the topic of up-skilling recruiting teams. Watch this short video to hear my thoughts on the ideal sourcing/recruiting team alignment, critical skills for any recruiting team, and the future of recruiting (hint – it has something to do with data).
Insights from LinkedIn’s 2015 Global Recruiting Survey
Job boards vs. social media: What’s the most significant source of hire for companies globally? LinkedIn recently surveyed over 4,000 talent acquisition leaders in 31 countries, gaining insights into source of hire, quality of hire, quantity of hire, talent brand, the future of recruiting and more, so if you haven’t already downloaded and reviewed LinkedIn’s 2015 Global Recruiting Trends … Read More
Facebook’s Hiring Surprise is Good For Sourcing & Recruiting
Nearly a year ago I stumbled across an interesting post on LinkedIn that revealed that Facebook’s single biggest recruiting focus was NOT what most people would assume. Can you guess what it might be? Software engineering? Nope. Infrastructure? Wrong. People and recruiting? Not even close.
Talent42 Keynote: Building Talent Pipelines
In theory, building a talent “pipeline” sounds like an ideal strategy, ensuring that you always have a steady supply of the talent you’re looking for. In reality, there are many issues with building talent pipelines, and they all “leak” extensively. I recently delivered the closing keynote at the always excellent Talent42 technical recruiting conference where I explored the core issues associated with … Read More
How to Find Active & Passive Software Engineers on Stack Overflow
Do you source and/or recruit software engineers? Would you like to know how to find software engineers on Stack Overflow who are actually interested in hearing about new career opportunities? For free? If you answered YES!, YES! and YES! – you’re in in luck, because I am going to show you how to find active and passive job seekers … Read More
Sourcing vs. Recruiting – What’s the Difference?
While you may not know that Balazs Paroczay recently posted a rebuttal of my proposed definition of sourcing, I strongly suggest you read his argument, as I appreciate his perspective as well as the fact that he disagrees with me on the definition of sourcing and I’d like to hear your opinion. I believe disagreement is important and valuable, … Read More
Twitter Sourcing Tool Tactics Cloud Shuts Down
I hope my blog post wasn’t somehow the kiss of death for Tactics Cloud, but in only a matter of weeks after writing about how awesome I thought their Twitter search solution was, they will no longer be offering Tactics Cloud as they have decided to focus our efforts on new opportunities.” Although Derek Zeller discovered that you could still … Read More
Excellent New Twitter Talent Sourcing and Recruiting Tool
Do you leverage Twitter in your sourcing and recruiting efforts? If NO – I strongly recommend you read my 14 Tips on How to Use Twitter for Social Recruiting and see the two comments from Matt Chiasson. If YES – would you be interested in a better way to search for and find people in your target talent pool on Twitter? Look … Read More
LinkedIn Represents Over 60% of U.S. Non Farm Employment
In certain sourcing and recruiting circles, it’s in vogue to say that you shouldn’t rely heavily on LinkedIn for your talent acquisition needs. In fact, some people will go so far as to say that LinkedIn is “overfished” for talent and that recruiters are lazy if they use LinkedIn as their primary source of potential candidates. Whenever I hear that … Read More
What is Sourcing? I Propose a New Universal Definition.
What better time than at the beginning of a new year to take a critical look back at where we’ve come from, to reflect on our current state and to look forward to a next step in the evolution of sourcing? It believe it would certainly be helpful and beneficial to have a universally agreed upon definition of exactly … Read More
Is Boolean Search Boring and Less Effective than Semantic Search?
Do you think Boolean search is boring, tiresome and ineffective, and that semantic search delivers faster results that count? I was struck by the image Marc Drees used in his #SOSUEU: the day after post, which you can see above. I would have loved to sit on that panel discussion and contribute my experience and thoughts on the subject – I was actually … Read More
Analytics, Big Data & Moneyball HR/Recruiting for Dummies
The interest in leveraging big data, analytics and Moneyball in HR and recruiting is gaining significant steam. Ever since my first article on the subject back in 2011, I’ve set up Google Alerts and Hootsuite streams set up to catch any mention of big data, analytics and/or Moneyball in conjunction with HR, sourcing or recruiting, and the volume of activity is bordering on surprisingly … Read More
LinkedIn Catfish: Fake Profiles, Real People or Fake Photos?
There have been numerous articles written about fake LinkedIn profiles, and some are really easy to spot because their names aren’t even names. Then there are LinkedIn profiles with names that appear real but the profiles are obviously fake. This person profile actually has some endorsements. I’m pretty sure this is a picture is of … Read More
Why Facebook Graph Search is No Threat to LinkedIn…For Now
As with all new and bright shiny objects, people are quick and eager to make blind and wild predictions, and Facebook’s Graph Search is an excellent example. Facebook announced Graph Search on January 15th, and there are already 100’s of articles published on the possibilities, including how Graph Search will challenge Google in advertising, Match.com & eHarmony in online … Read More