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Every position needs to have a strategy on how the position will be sourced and filled. There are multiple factors to consider such as your budget and timeline. The question remains for your position, which methodology will be cost effective and fast.

Video marketing and talent attraction have joined in a marriage that has allowed brands to reach once uninterested “passive leads”. Rather than bore you with the top 50 video marketing stats and 30 reasons why you need to use video today, I’ll share the 6 most credible channels for video marketing (in app form) that recruiters can […]

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Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 6.58.13 AMHR and business leaders who haven’t operated within a recruitment model that includes dedicated recruiters or sourcing roles often undervalue the concept of critical talent sourcing or pipeline sourcing. As opposed to full life cycle recruiters (see definitions below) who handle the end-to-end recruitment process, sourcing recruiters are expert researchers focused on finding and cultivating relationships with talent.

While the two roles are quite different, it’s easy to make the mistake of equating them, and therefore measure and motivate sourcers’ performance and activity in the same manner as a full-life cycle recruiter – on hires. The bottom line: few people in HR understand how to manage sourcers to fully capture the potential positive impact sourcing has on lowering the costs of future hiring and cycle time to hire.

Below are a few tips to avoid making the most common mistakes, while significantly increasing the ROI of your investment in dedicated sourcing recruiters: (more…)

Michael Durney Dice

Michael Durney

Dice Holdings, operator of multiple niche job boards, changes leaders next week, when current CFO Michael Durney takes over as CEO and president.

Chairman, CEO and President Scot Melland steps down Sept. 30 after a dozen years in the top company jobs. He will stay on as a company director.

Both Durney and Melland have overseen the growth of well-known tech career site, Dice.com, into the eponymous public company that today owns niche sites in energy, finance, and healthcare, as well as operating ClearanceJobs.com for jobs requiring security clearances, and tech networking and collaboration site Slashdot and code sharing site SourceForge, among others.

With so much recruiting attention focused on social networking, it’s a challenging time for job boards. LinkedIn has become the darling of the recruiting industry; its stock price soaring to nearly $250 a share, while Monster struggles to keep from falling below $4 a share.

Dice, too, hasn’t been spared the fallout. It’s stock which soared above $18 two years ago, has been trading at less than half that. Yet Durney, who took on operational responsibility for some of Dice’s newest acquisition just over six months ago, is optimistic about the future of the company and job boards generally.

In a Q&A, he credits LinkedIn for helping grow online recruiting budgets, and sees Open Web as a powerful new talent search tool that will be rolling out to much of the Dice family in the coming months.

Here’s our interview with kindergarten and high school dropout (read to the end), and incoming Dice CEO Michael Durney: (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

LinkedIn_logoIn a blog post Saturday, LinkedIn denied charges in a federal lawsuit that it hacked into users email accounts collecting addresses of their contacts in order to send them marketing messages.

“Quite simply, this is not true,” writes Blake Lawit, senior director, litigation at LinkedIn.

He was responding to a class action suit filed last week that alleges LinkedIn accessed users’ Gmail, Yahoo, and other email accounts by pretending to be the account owner.  On its website, the  Los Angeles firm of Russ August & Kabat says, “The class action lawsuit charges LinkedIn with violations of federal and state law,” and solicits others to “Tell us your story.”

In the lawsuit, the firm cites numerous examples of posts on LinkedIn’s community site complaining about LinkedIn sending invitations to their contacts without their permission or knowledge. Typical of the cited complaints in the lawsuit is this one, posted in March to LinkedIn’s Help Center: (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

Editor’s note: Cody Voellinger is founder and principal of RockIt Recruiting in San Francisco. The IT specialty firm is developing a reputation for its innovative, engaging, and unconventional candidate marketing. In this post, Cody explains the rationale and the results.

Cody Voellinger

Cody Voellinger

Recruiting in the hyper-competitive Silicon Valley start-up market requires that we are constantly looking for a competitive edge, whether it be new tools, messaging techniques, or throwing parties.  In this age of mass online communication, parties and events may seem unnecessary, which is exactly why we do it.

Here is a quick recap of some events we have organized, and you can see more here and here: (more…)

About the author: Cody Voellinger is founder of RocktIT Recruiting. Cody found his calling as an International headhunter, working in Japan for Robert Walters, the #1 international staffing firm in Tokyo. He quickly became the firm’s top technology recruiter. A natural connector and avid proponent of the “good-things-come-to-those-who-help-others” philosophy, he surprised himself by finding a profession to make use of his sociology and marketing & management degree from Duke University.

After 4 years of sushi, sake and ninja training, Cody said sayonara to Japan and relocated to San Francisco to build a permanent recruitment team at K2 Partnering Solutions.

Cody started RockIT to show the world that not all recruiters are created evil. He loves the challenge of making a client happy and the thrill of helping candidates elevate their careers. A sure way to make Cody smile is with a pun, a hug, or a headband. Email him at cody@rockitrecruiting.com

Graph Search guidePuzzled about how to use Facebook to proactively find candidates? The social networking site — the world’s largest — has thoughtfully issued a quickie how-to guide for both job seekers and recruiters.

Oout last week, Graph Search for Job Search final offers no secret insights. Any recruiter who’s tried even a casual search won’t learn much. But if you’ve not given Facebook a try before, this one-page guide will help you get started, and may even surprise you. (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

How does a team of technical co-founders recruit a top notch designer?

Maybe they realized it; maybe not. But whoever posted that question to Quora asked what every recruiter on the planet has wondered at one time or another: How can I recruit the best candidate for my job?

It’s a simple question, yet one to which there is neither a simple answer nor even consensus about just what combination of characteristics, background, skills, experience, personal traits, and so on make someone “the best candidate” or even a “top notch” candidate.

Yet right there on Quora, amidst the predictable suggestions about searching GitHub and hitting the networking circuits, is a blueprint for building a recruiting program to attract not only a coder-designer. but an entire team of tech talent. (more…)

HD-Scour-PadsI was reading an article today about the ferocious talent wars for tech going on right now in Silicon Valley and a sentence caught my eye.

“Whether she is scouring Stanford or Parsons for up-and-comers or more established candidates, de Baubigny says, ‘I am always very open-minded about what good talent looks like.’”

Maybe it’s because I watched a new show this morning called Brain Games

or maybe it’s because I’m a compulsive anagrammer, or maybe it’s my Dyslexia kicking in — for whatever reason when I read the word “scouring” I saw “sourcing.”

I started to think.

Has sourcing become scouring?

I believe it has.

What a few of us began doing (and talking about) in the latter days of the 20th century and on into the present century has turned into an incessant scouring (for many) of what can be found on the Internet. (more…)

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 11.15.16 AMA problem common to most recruiters and human resources professionals today is a lack of understanding the actual job they are trying to fill. It’s really a fine line a recruiter toes, because understanding the role itself is not only imperative for sourcing talent but is also a huge advantage for closing that top passive candidate. The overall understanding of the role itself starts with the job title. If the job title is not a good fit for what you seek, you are likely in big trouble. (more…)