Recruit Your Own Talent

It wasn’t long ago that most leaders had assistance booking their travel, typing their memos, and printing and coping their reports.  Now, with today’s technology, most leaders book their own travel on-line, use their PC to type their own memos, and have high-speed laser printers for printing their reports.  It’s time for leaders to use technology to do their own recruiting as well.

Today, just like in the days of having assistance typing memos, most leaders seek assistance recruiting their next hire – typically from HR.  These HR experts, while well intentioned, are working with some handicaps.  They typically don’t know exactly where the industry or profession-specific experts are to be found and if they find the superstars they typically aren’t given access because they lack the credentials to “enter the fold.”  If they do get access to an industry or professional group (on-line or in-person), the passive candidate superstar wants to talk to the industry expert to understand what might be alluring about the work being done in the department with the vacancy, not the HR person.  College athletic coaches understand this the best.  When they recruit superstars, they personally contact the recruit’s school, meet with the recruit, and pitch them and their family on joining their team.  College coaches do not rely on someone from the admissions office to recruit their talent.  You shouldn’t either.

There are many easy to use technological resources for leaders to recruit their own talent.  Aside from the common job boards, Craigslist, industry sites, and LinkedIn are often free, effective for reaching the passive job-seeking superstars, and easy to use.  HR Advantage will be hosting a webinar March 4th at 2:00 EST to demonstrate how to use LinkedIn to source and recruit superstars.  A follow-up session will be held on March 25th at 2:00 EST for a hands-on, step-by-step workshop where, live, we’ll walk an entrepreneur through establishing a presence/profile and help him begin trolling for talent right then and there.  Reply to this email to reserve a spot for the webinar or click here for more information.

Empower yourself with the tools to recruit your own talent and you’ll be even more successful.

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