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The Top 16 Articles of 2016: #2 – Randstad To Acquire Monster For $429 Million

Editors Note: For the last 16 days of December, SourceCon will be resharing our most popular articles from the year. Yes, each time you’ve turned around this year, there has been more big news in the recruiting field. If you didn’t get whiplash from the news we broke in May that SimplyHired was…

Dramatically Improve Your Applicant Quality Using a Simple Side-By-Side Job Post Test

A quick and low-cost approach for improving the attraction power of your job postings The most damaging failure point in recruiting is having a weak job posting! Even if your job is exciting, you will get fewer applications if your post doesn’t come across as the most exciting among the current postings for…

ZipRecruiter Testing an Interesting ‘Check Salary’ Feature on Job Ads, Including Its Own

ZipRecruiter is testing a new feature on its site that it hopes will get more employers to provide salary information about a job. On some job ads on ZipRecruiter, the feature I noticed last week gives job candidates the choices of either applying for a job or pressing a button that says “check salary.”…

Recruitment Agency Getting Heat Over Job Ads for Models

If you’d heard about and are surprised by job advertisements out of a UK recruitment agency, at least rest assured you’re not alone. Yes, a long lists of websites from around the globe are weighing on the controversy, where job ads for attractive female candidates include requests for a “classic look,” a “bubbly personality,” a “classy and…

A Recruiting-technology Company Is Testing Unusual ‘Early Admittance’ Job Posts

In searching for its own employees, SmashFly is dabbling in “early admittance” — something many of us have seen done similarly in the college-admission process, but not in recruiting. Michael Hennessy, SmashFly CEO, and Tracey Parsons, director of the recruitment marketing practice, came up with the idea a couple of months ago. The two wanted…

A Contrarian Perspective on Hiring for ‘Fit’

Many industries today are accelerating their focus on innovation to capture opportunities in ever-changing markets. CHROs and recruitment leaders are being tasked, as recently noted in a Deloitte study on innovation in the fast moving consumer goods, to “figure out new ways to incorporate non-traditional employees into their resource model to import the…

Try This 5-10-minute Experiment if You Are a Real Recruiting Human Being

A great analogy for candidates (both active and passive) these days is a tourist wandering into a foreign food and goods marketplace. What first starts out as a genuine desire to see what goods and eats are available quickly turns scary and intimidating. You know the scene: vendors screaming “over here!” and “I have…

What the #$##@ Is Human-centered Design and Why Should Anyone in Recruiting Care?

Jill inherited a recruiting function in a large company with operations in numerous locations across the world, although her primary concern was for the operations within her country. With more than 10 locations, some in remote areas, recruiting had always been a struggle. Attracting qualified people, especially at the salaries they were able to…

Your Job Postings Aren’t Attracting Top Applicants, and a Simple Test Will Prove It

You simply can’t catch trophy fish with weak bait, and similarly, you can’t attract quality candidates with dull and ineffective job post descriptions. But most corporations simply post their descriptions without design criteria or any pretesting. This is a serious error because a simple side-by-side comparison test approach (borrowed from advertising) can reveal…

There’s an 85% Chance Your Recruiting Tactics Are Repelling the Best Candidates

When a company advertises a position, they are essentially painting a picture of what the future could look like for the candidates they are trying to attract. More often than not, that picture isn’t a pretty one, and when you put that up against a more skillfully crafted picture, side-by-side, the differences become…

Goldfish Have a Longer Attention Span than Job Candidates

A Microsoft study shows human attention spans to be eight seconds in our mobile-device-driven world. Goldfish have an attention span of nine seconds, according to scientists at MacEwan University. That’s one second better than us humans! “Not now, I’m looking at this job descrip … Hey, nice goldfish!” Conduct your own survey of job…

Candidate Research — The Critical Information That You Must Know About Your Recruiting Targets

It’s a sad fact that most of what we know about those who we are trying to hire (recruiting prospects and candidates) is anecdotal and historical. At the same time, both the job search process and candidate expectations are changing at an incredibly rapid rate. These changes are a result of the Internet, social…

If You Want a Great Workforce, Don’t Use These 5 Traditional Hiring Practices

Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, famously said, The secret to my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.” Hiring the best people in the world is an exceptionally high standard that many companies aspire to reach. But, how can you expect to hire…

Reflections of a Compensation Pro: Things I’ve Seen That Drive Me a Little Nuts

I’ve worked in Compensation my entire career. Spent most of it in Corporate America and now, for a bunch of years, as a global consultant. I love what I do, but at the same time can acknowledge that it’s not all fun and roses. There are dark times. Not every day ends with…