The convergence of social media and mobile recruitment

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February 21, 2014 @ 01:26 PM

JobMobile panelist Scott Bass talks about the need to modernize your entire recruitment process to be competitive in today's candidate-driven market.


Technology is continually changing the way recruiters and HR professionals interact with candidates every day. Social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have become a rich source of passive candidates; top professionals that are typically employed. But is it enough to simply be present on social media? If the goal is to hire exceptional talent, there has to be more - and all signs point to mobile recruitment as the latest tool in connecting with top candidates.

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HubSpot thinks your “careers” site is broken

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January 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

HubSpot_LogoSo there we were, the HubSpot recruiting team, sitting around a large conference room table. We were prepped with ideas for solving a problem that to most people didn’t seem like a problem at all.

Let me explain.

recruiter gets an approved headcount. He meets with hiring managers, asks some important questions, then creates the job description. Finally, he publishes it on the company website. Shortly after he blankets the web with said job description. Done. He waits, with fingers crossed. The thing is that this works for generating tens, and in our case, hundreds of resumes but it doesn’t solve for fit. See? We were just marketing our jobs and not US, not our culture. We didn’t just want new employees who could do their jobs extremely well, we also wanted new employees who wanted to be a part of our culture. But how could they learn about our culture without experiencing it firsthand?

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Bridging the candidate skills gap with a compromise: Part II

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December 09, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

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

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. 

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Relationships: The missing element in modern recruiting

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November 07, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

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

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.

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Bridging the candidate skills gap with a compromise: Part I

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November 05, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Could the Founding Fathers hold the talent acquisition solution?

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.

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Four truths about mobile recruiting

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July 09, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

JobMobile panelist Ed Newman discusses how mobile recruiting is an opportunity to rethink how we connect with and engage job seekers. 


After more than 25 years in the HR field, I have seen my share of technology shifts and breakthroughs that have influenced the face of Recruiting.  Every time it happens the hype machine kicks into gear and we come up with fancy names and labels.  In the early ‘90s when applicant tracking systems were coming of age, we called it Electronic Recruiting.  About 5 years later when the web exploded, we called it Internet Recruiting. By 2007 with the advent of LinkedIn and Facebook, it was Social Recruiting. And now with the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets, we have all jumped on the Mobile Recruiting bandwagon.

For the last twelve months I have been very focused on the evolution of the mobile recruiting space, and I can tell you there is no shortage of hype.  There has been a flood of new solution providers; in fact, it seems as though any vendor selling a recruiting related product is now all about mobile.  There is so much noise about mobile recruiting it makes it hard to know what’s real.  Will your ATS vendor have it solved in the next release? Will the recruitment ad agency fix everything with responsive web? Isn’t it OK for job seekers to email themselves a link to apply later on a desktop? 

If you are in talent acquisition and trying to figure out mobile, here are 4 key truths I would like to share with you:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, TheLadders Guest Contributors, Social & Mobile Trends

Rolling the team development boulder up the hill

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June 14, 2013 @ 05:35 PM

JobMobile panelist Martin Kupferman discusses his approach to building a great team at a start-up.


The mythic king Sisyphus was not the prototype for a modern executive. He was cruel and deceitful, for which he paid a big price—condemned in the afterlife to roll a boulder up a big hill only to have it continually roll back on him. Sound like the challenge of building a great team in a startup? Perhaps, but it’s easier if you have a sense of the hill and how to approach it.

In organizational parlance, this means being clear about the type of people you’re looking for, the challenges you’ll face in attracting them and the infrastructure you’ll require.

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9 questions to ask your next sales hire

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January 23, 2013 @ 10:33 AM

Sales people, by virtue of their profession, have the potential to be dazzling interviewers.  Take control of the interview process and ask the questions that will allow you to probe on leadership, organizational, interpersonal, sales and communication skills.  

Sales Interview QuestionsThrough my many years of recruiting sales leaders and sales professionals, I have found that targeted selection questioning (behavioral interviewing) can truly help you understand the motivation and true character of your potential hire.  If you accept the premise that past performance indicates future success, then asking these sorts of questions, could give you the potential for a more successful sales hire.

This list takes it further by focusing on targeted selection questions, specifically for the sales professional. Outlined below are nine of my favorite questions to ask on an interview, with the types of ideal answers to look for.

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Free recruiting resource and iPad winner

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January 03, 2013 @ 09:53 AM

As a recruiter, I’m always on the lookout for new sources that I can use to either market my Philips Healthcare job openings or reach out to potential candidates that have the necessary skillsets that I’m looking for.  

I’ve known about TheLadders for years as one of the leaders in $100K+ job search, however, back in October, I heard through Twitter that TheLadders was now offering a free resource at all salary levels to Recruiters and Employers…and yes…it caught my attention at the word “free”.  
Of course, I wanted to do my due diligence and I did in fact find that it was a free resource.  As with many engineering openings, Healthcare engineering openings can be particularly challenging and I like to find as many resources as possible in order to identify strong candidates either for current openings or openings I may have down the road.  TheLadders has been a good resource to add to my recruiting tool belt and I plan to continue using it in 2013.
I was using TheLadders before they announced the holiday refer-a-colleague program so sharing and promoting TheLadders through Twitter to my colleagues was a no-brainer.  I never really thought that I’d be the one to win the iPad, so that was definitely a nice surprise!  If now I can only keep my twin teens from taking it away from me, maybe I can get some recruiting done on it!

Chrystal MooreChrystal Moore, PHR has been a Senior Recruiter with Philips for close to seven years and has over 10 years corporate recruiting experience.  In her role, she recruits for the Customer Service side of the Philips Healthcare business which consists of recruiting for service engineers that repair medical equipment such as MRIs, X-Rays, Patient Monitoring equipment, and more.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University (Go Pack!) and her MBA from Valdosta State University. She is very active on Social Media and actively engages with candidates so feel free to network with Chrystal on Twitter at @RecruitMoore

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