Responsive web design: The one question for businesses to consider

Posted by Guest Contributor

March 26, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

JobMobile NYC panelist shares his organization's transition to a mobile-responsive website.

By Jay Woodruff

Affinity_Resource_GroupHere’s the only question you need to answer in deciding whether to move to a responsive-designed website:

Do you want to stay in business?

About two-thirds of Facebook users now gain access via mobile devices, and for sites like Pandora and Instagram, the number is approaching 100 percent. As more and more people migrate to mobile as their primary access to digital information, you can't afford to not put your best face forward on portable devices.

At Affinity Resource Group, our recruiting practice focuses on digital technologists, so for us the move was a no-brainer. And still we dragged our feet. Our website is important, but it is not our primary revenue driver, so during those first couple of years we were focused on establishing relationships, attracting clients, and making placements. 

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Social & Mobile Trends

In a time crunch? Contact candidates faster with this new feature

Posted by JP Park

March 18, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Recruiters, you’re getting 10 minutes of your day back with TheLadders new candidate messaging feature.

Between interviews, conferences and career fairs, talent acquisition professionals don’t have a lot of spare time. Do you sometimes wonder how you do it all AND find and contact the best candidates for your difficult roles?

Our job at TheLadders is to make sourcing and connecting with top talent as quick and easy as possible so you can spend more time getting them hired. That’s why we’re excited to share a new product update with you: Mass candidate messaging. You can now compartmentalize your work on TheLadders by searching for and saving quality candidates, then sending a personal, individualized message to each of them at once.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, TheLadders Announcements

Introducing the app that will change the way you do your job

Posted by Sarah Woodard

March 16, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Revolutionize the way you find top talent with TheLadders’ app.

Between sending emails, calling candidates and checking their social networking pages, recruiters spend a lot of time on their phones. So why is it that such an integral part of the job – sourcing candidates – hasn’t been mobilized? Enter TheLadders.

The newest mobile offering, "TheLadders Recruiter," was built to save you time and revolutionize the way you recruit; enabling you to find top talent while on the go. The app strives for three things: To make your candidate discovery effortless, to show you the most relevant candidates, and to make it fast and easy to directly connect with them, no matter where you are. 

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, TheLadders Announcements, Social & Mobile Trends

The company culture myth part 2: The perks

Posted by Mike Deissig

January 09, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

While the perks aren’t everything, the extras certainly help attract – and keep – top talent.

TheLadders_Culture_02In my last post, I talked about the importance of building “company culture” and what that really means. The term has become synonymous with “company perks,” and while perks are a huge part of culture, they aren’t everything. That being said, they can be extremely helpful in the hiring process, making it easier for prospective candidates to make the decision to join a company.

So what are some of the perks out there? I can’t speak to all companies’ perks, but I do know what TheLadders offers and why we do it. These are just a few of the categories I’ve seen to be especially effective.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

The 5 areas to focus on during small business hiring

Posted by Jessica Morales

December 18, 2013 @ 02:16 PM

Hiring candidates at a small business can be daunting. Follow these instructions to optimize your hiring process. 

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Bridging the candidate skills gap with a compromise: Part II

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 09, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Learn how Adcap developed its apprenticeship programs to address the candidate skills gap.

By Brad Wilkins

Adcap_NetApp_Update1In my last post, I discussed Adcap’s belief in bridging the candidate ‘skills gap’ with a compromise. With an abundance of intelligent and capable recent graduates, returning veterans and individuals seeking industry transitions, we knew we could find a successful compromise.  Instead of complaining about the lack of an already-qualified talent pool, we would create one.  This is how we got the idea to institute our apprentice program.

When we first discussed the concept of an apprenticeship position with the management team, they were a bit confused by the language.

Is this an internship?they asked. No, this was a full W-2 salaried position with benefits. 

“Then how is this different from an entry-level position?” they wanted to know. 

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Attract top candidates through mobile recruiting

Posted by TheLadders

December 05, 2013 @ 09:45 AM

To find the best talent, recruiters must optimize their talent acquisition strategies for the mobile candidate.

Social_Media_MobileA recent Jobvite survey found that 75 percent of the American workforce is comprised of job seekers. Of these job seekers, 77 percent take to their mobile phones to get leads on potential job opportunities. With individuals increasingly relying on mobile devices to job search, recruiters and hiring managers need to follow suit if they want to get the best candidates. As demonstrated in our JobMobile event series, it’s easy to talk about mobilizing recruiting strategies, but actually implementing them can be a challenge.

Here are three mobile strategies that you should take action on immediately to engage and recruit top talent.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Social & Mobile Trends

The company culture myth

Posted by Mike Deissig

December 04, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

Company culture is the new HR buzzword, and we get to the bottom of what it really is.

TheLadders_Culture_01The word ‘culture’ is thrown around a lot In the NYC tech space and hiring market as a whole. It’s as hot a topic as data science. As the technical recruiter at TheLadders, I’ve seen first-hand that members of the HR and talent acquisition community tend to look for easy ways to instill ‘culture’ into a company. Because of the popularity of these shortcuts, the term has become diluted. So what’s really at the heart of company culture?

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

Relationships: The missing element in modern recruiting

Posted by Guest Contributor

November 07, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

JobMobile Boston panelist talks about how 'paying it forward' can really pay off in the recruiting business.  

By Steve Kasmouski

handshakeFor recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers, finding top talent requires more than just posting ads, making phone calls and sending emails. In today's world of information overload and technology abundance, in-demand professionals are doing everything they can to avoid constant solicitation from recruiters. And who can blame them? Regardless of your profession, it is likely that you have had a bad experience with a narrow-minded recruiter who claims to have the ticket to your dream job without knowing the first thing about you. These conversations lack what is most important: the candidate-recruiter relationship.

Topics: TheLadders Events, Recruiting & Sourcing

Bridging the candidate skills gap with a compromise: Part I

Posted by Guest Contributor

November 05, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Could the Founding Fathers hold the talent acquisition solution?

By Brad Wilkins

Mind_the_GapThe Opportunity Nation Coalition published a study last week indicating “Almost 6 million [people aged 16 to 24] are neither in school nor working.”  Additionally, veterans are coming home from serving our country with great teamwork skills and discipline, but are unable to provide for their families.  Yet HR departments across the country bemoan the lack of qualified candidates for the 3.7 million job openings unable to be filled. This is because of what HR collectively calls the “skills gap,” which we have been trying to bridge for over a decade. 

Let’s start calling it what it really is:  The “compromise gap”

The compromise gap is when both parties stop blaming each other for the gap, and recognize that they must meet in the middle.  Employers need to invest in substantial training and career planning, and the unemployed need to adjust their expectations.  As long as HR continues to call it a “skills gap,” implying the onus is on the candidate to bring all the qualifications to the table, we will continue to have this issue.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits