There is a pervasive thought among technical candidates these days that the recruiters who are contacting them for opportunities haven't got a clue as to what they are doing. And, by and large, they are absolutely correct. After all, we're recruiters, and we're in a profession that has little to no barrier to entry.
While it's been proven that with the right amount of (correct) training, strong recruiters can be built in the model of nurture over nature, it doesn't happen by osmosis. So what can we do in order to help prepare ourselves better to speak with technical candidates? Because doing so will not only help us recruit better and build a stronger rapport with candidates, but will indirectly have a positive impact on your company's recruiting brand.
This week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup features a primer for the modern recruiter and includes articles that cover tips to rethink your role as a recruiter. It's easy to fall into a pattern of doing things the way you always have. Face it, today's recruiting challenges are different from yesterday's challenges, and hopefully these tips will highlight some new approaches.
1) 5 Ways To Reinvent Your Recruiting Strategy from Forbes.com
"I’ve seen this happen before: even the very best in-your-face, cult-like workforce culture can’t survive a profits meltdown. What drew employees to the thriving company – bragging rights, benefits, big salaries and big personalities – will push them away when the shine is off the company, salaries and benefits are frozen, and career advancement is slowed. And forget about trying to fill those empty seats when business picks up – news of a shaky workplace and broken culture travels fast."
It’s no surprise that recruiting is evolving, and even changing as I write. Gone are the days when a simple newspaper ad brings in qualified candidates. Technology is making it easier to connect with and understand people. We have more access to data and people than ever before. This week’s roundup showcases some recent articles speaking to the future of recruiting. Fads? Or legitimate shifts in recruiting?
1) 3 Things That Should Define the Future of Recruiting from TLNT
“The future of recruiting depends on the future of technology. As we’ve seen, man hangs on for dear life as technology progresses. The person (or company) who understands the progress of tomorrow will have a leg up on the competition.”