Archive for June, 2014
Believe it or not, the World Cup has several characteristics that coincide with the staffing industry. Talent, specific positions, impressive lineups, and a team are all things you can find in recruiting too.
Recruiters are consistently working on impressive lineups by finding several candidates that fit the position so the clients can have their pick for the best fit. The same goes for soccer. The coach creates an impressive lineup for the soccer club. Both lineups are comprised of different types of talent.
The use of and placement of talent is similar in the World Cup as in the recruiting industry. There are some candidates that outperform others and others that have different skill sets. When it comes down to it, you have your good recruits and you have your great recruits. In soccer you have different positions for each player and each player’s position serves as a different purpose. Relative to soccer, there are lots of different positions in staffing too. The recruiters must fill those positions with candidates that have the best skill sets for each position.
In recruiting, Account Managers work with companies to find out what positions they need to fill. The recruiters then work on finding the best candidates to fill those positions. As with a soccer club looking to build a winning team, the coaches work to place the best players in the right positions on their team. By coaches placing the best player in the best position on the soccer team and by the Account Managers placing the best candidate up for the position that needs to be filled, they are both striving to BUILD A WINNING TEAM!
Social recruiting is a great tool to use in order to pinpoint and reach out to potential candidates. Some would even say that it could be the future of recruiting, but I think there are some traditional recruiting techniques that still need to be employed when using social recruiting.
Don’t get me wrong I think that social recruiting is a remarkable new technology, but one has to keep the relationship personal. Once you have found a potential candidate on a social platform you should plan to collect their contact information and reach out to them either on a call or if at all possible in a face to face meeting.
Last week Kyle spoke about how meeting face to face can greatly improve a working relationship. That being said, texting and emailing can only get you so far with a candidate. Plan on using a combination of emails, phone calls, texts, mentions/messages and if you can, a face to face meeting to help build your relationship.
Another challenge in social recruiting is verifying the candidate’s skills and profiles that are online. Anyone can create a profile and make themselves out to be someone they are not. Following up with the candidate on a call can help to establish some credibility to their profile, confirm that their skills match up to their resume, and also gives you an opportunity to check their professional references.
Social platforms are great places to meet talent. Just make sure to take the talent to an offline environment to make things more personal and to improve your working relationship.
In today’s, world face to face interaction is becoming increasingly rare. Almost anything can be taken care of online. Although the internet has had a huge impact on how candidates look for jobs, the lack of in-person communication and guidance a candidate can get from a recruiter will often lead to an unsuccessful job search. By meeting in-person, a recruiter can evaluate an applicant’s skills, behavior and character. Meeting the recruiter, not only benefits the recruiter, but also provides a better working relationship with the candidate.
By walking into the staffing agency you can learn a lot about who is working for you and what kind of work they promote. You should also check out their website. People often question the authenticity of a company. By being able to walk in to an office, you gain confidence and assurance of the company/recruiter you are working with.
Being able to meet someone automatically creates a sense of ease between the two. More trust and understanding is built throughout the process. Meeting with the recruiter can provide him with a better sense of your personality and whether you will fit in certain companies or positions. Some things cannot be communicated through a resume.
Working with a recruiter can also improve your interview skills. From being able to answer some specific questions, to calming your nerves, the recruiter is there to make sure you ace the interview. You should act just as professionally with the recruiter as you would for an actual interview. This will provide the recruiter with insight on how things should go. After meeting with the recruiter, he will be able to provide you with constructive criticism on what to improve. Recruiters can also provide you with information and tips on resume improvements, interview advice and workplace etiquette.
So, if you have the opportunity to meet your recruiter in person, take it! You will be happy knowing who will be representing you throughout the job seeking process.
If you would like to get in touch with one of our recruiters please visit http://vereduscorp.com/contact-us.
One of our Business Unit Leader’s, Denise Jones, shared with us The Big Four in IT Hiring. Here’s what she had to say:
It seems like there are new IT positions popping up every day. There are so many different skills that are needed as technology progresses. There are four positions in particular that prove to be the most popular this year and they are: security, mobile, big data and cloud.
IT Security is a recent necessity with all of these security breaches in big companies. The more that technology advances, the more we are going to need security. Security is a big component of the other three positions talked about in this post. The government as well as most organizations has its hand in the advancement of IT security.
The second popular position is mobile. This one is a little more visual. You can see how the mobile development has advanced over the years with tablets, cell phones, apps and recently watches. Mobile development has several skills associated with it as well. You have different types of platforms and coding languages in mobile. Mobile is technology that is here to stay and might possibly eliminate desktops and laptops.
Another really popular position is big data. The amount of data in the world has been increasing very quickly. Larger companies, especially in the public sector, healthcare, retail and personal location data have been investing in the technology. Utilizing big data helps companies pin point failures and successes. We have just begun to scratch the surface of big data. The more data that is created will open up new opportunities for engineers to harness big data.
The last position I want to talk about is cloud. Being how mobile the world has become created a need for this type of technology. Companies and individuals are turning to the cloud to store the data from their computers, smart phones and tablets. The cloud is providing them a mobile way to do this. No longer do you need a hard drive, when you can access all of your data from the internet. This is another one of those positions that will grow in time.
The Big Four will continue to grow along with technology. Security, mobile, big data and cloud are just a few of the hot positions in IT. There are many more and with so many specializations and growth, there will be a need for people to fill them.