Want Greater Diversity? Remove Bias from Sourcing

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 9:54:09 AM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Diversity

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For the last decade, sourcing has worked like this:

  1. Start with 400 million candidates.
  2. Filter aggressively until that number seems manageable.
  3. Lob messages into the abyss.

It’s not a perfect system.

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When Jobs Are Open Too Long

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2016 10:12:00 AM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Hiring, ROI

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43% of jobs are filled in the first 30 days, but the other 57% are likely to stay open for 3 or more months. Leaving a position vacant for 60-90 days is detrimental to your bottom line.

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Source For Soft Skills, Not Hard Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2016 2:55:50 PM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Hiring

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Let’s face it: identifying, engaging, and hiring great people is hard work.

What are the top things you look for when you’re sourcing candidates? If specific hard skills, certifications, degrees, or other keywords are on the list  I'd challenge you to reconsider sourcing for great people, not great keywords.

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How Tech Companies Hire Top Talent

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 7, 2016 2:08:49 PM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Hiring

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Tech companies know that the best hires come from employee connections, but how do you make sure you get enough or the right ones in the door? Dropbox, Facebook, and Google have a ton of talented people joining their teams every day. If you want to hire top talent, do it like them. 

Rather than mass-emailing employees for referrals, they take matters into their own hands to make the process a lot easier (and fun). 

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Reverse Engineer Employee Referrals For Better Results

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2016 2:11:34 PM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Referrals

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Employee referrals are one of the best sources of hire, but you can make them even better.

Most referral programs ask employees to look at job openings, go through their contacts, and make possible matches. Even with software, this process is time consuming for employees.

If your organization has 100 open jobs, here's how you can reverse engineer your employee referral process to be 100 times more efficient with smarter sourcing.

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Improve Diversity Hiring With Smarter Sourcing

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM / by Christian Rice posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Referrals, Diversity

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Diverse teams make better decisions and are better at complex problem solving than homogeneous teams.

Pinterest recently improved the diversity of its team through a smarter sourcing methodology, and it's really simple.

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How To Efficiently Hire From Employee Networks

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 18, 2016 7:54:48 AM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Referrals

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How much time do you spend combing through your employees’ networks?

If your answer is “not much,” read why the best hires come from employee connectionsIf your answer is “a lot,” here are some tips on how to mine employee networks more efficiently to improve quality of hire, time-to-hire, and cost-per-hire.

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How To Engage Employees To Identify Top Connections

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 10, 2016 1:12:14 PM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Hiring, Referrals

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It's no secret that employee networks are full of great candidates, but did you know that companies only regularly hire from a pool of about 5-10% of their employees' connections? This is because: (1) most of an employee's connections are not very strong (e.g. they're acquaintances from a conference), (2) most of an employee's former colleagues aren't the standout few who were fantastic, and (3) most employees don't regularly participate in even the most robust employee referral programs. Probably no big suprises, here, but the implications are.

We've already seen that big bonuses are not that effective in identifying top employee connections; so, how do you drive participation and find more great people?

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Why Big Referral Bonuses Don't Yield Big Results

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 2, 2016 3:31:29 PM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Referrals

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Identifying top employee connections is crucial for companies that want to hire great people fast. 

That's why most companies offer a monetary reward when employees refer their friends. While large referral bonuses seem like a great incentive, they're not always as useful or cost-effective as one would think.

Why is it that big bonuses don't actually yield big results?

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The Recruiter's Dilemma: Quality Of Hire vs. Time To Hire

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2016 5:00:39 PM / by Andy Wolfe posted in Recruiting, Sourcing, Hiring

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Every recruiter is faced with the age-old dilemma of having to decide between hiring fast and holding out for the perfect candidate.

You want to accelerate time to hire, but you also need to ensure you’re bringing qualified players to the team. How do you decide on: quality of hire vs. time to hire? 

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