How can you get the most of your professional network when hiring? The answer is employee referrals.
In a recent blog post by Heather Huhman for BusinessInsider.com, she busted a few of the myths of employee referrals. In the piece, she reminds readers that employee referrals provide better workers, as well as loyal employees who stay with the company longer than the average outside hire.
The sad thing is that despite evidence employee referrals are a powerful recruitment tool, many organizations remain skeptical.
If these companies can only see referrals in a new light, they will not only gain more candidates, but also a wider range of quality candidates from which to choose.
Employers may think they hold all the cards when it comes to interviewing job candidates, but they too can do things that will scare off would-be workers.
That may not matter if it’s a low-level position the company is seeking to fill, but if its top talent the company is after, then interviewers have to tread carefully during the interview process.
“Employers scare off candidates probably more often than they realize,” says Crystal Miller, a strategist at Branded Strategies, the recruitment and brand strategy company. “Everything is geared toward what the candidate should and shouldn’t do. Many employers don’t realize it’s an audition for them too.”
The job market may be tight, but when it comes to sought-after skills, companies are increasingly competing for top talent. The worst thing a company wants to do is lose a potentially great employee because of bad behavior on the part of the interviewer. From being unprepared to saying inappropriate things, here’s a look at seven behaviors that will send potential employees running for the hills.
Small business is looking up in the U.S., but small business hiring took a hit in May.
Although small business optimism increased a bit in the U.S. in May, small business hiring plans took a dip compared to April, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’s Index of Small Business Optimism.
For the second month in a row, U.S. small business confidence edged slightly higher, increasing 2.3 points to reach 94.4 for May. Although this reading is the second highest since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, this doesn’t necessarily reflect strong economic growth.
Planned job creation fell a full point, which seems to be stalling after five consecutive months of gains.
An overall optimistic small-business economic sector is certainly a good thing, but when coupled with an unenthusiastic view of future small business hiring, the result brings the whole outlook down.
The way to connect with the one thing every candidate owns–a cell phone–is with SMS recruitment.
Almost everyone owns a mobile phone, but SMS (Short Message Service) in recruitment is amazingly underutilized. SMS recruitment is an untapped market, one that saves money and time, something which can clearly be appealing for any organization.
The advantage of SMS recruitment is that it saves administration costs. Bulk SMS communication takes only seconds to send, where individual phone calls take hours or days.
Everyone carries cell phones–including candidates
In a recent study,80 percent of mobile phone owners carry their phones all the time. Text messages have become the most reliable form of contact.
Consequently, SMS is also an effective way to get the right person for a job.