The Best of 2014: The Top Recruiting Take-Aways and Lessons

It's hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close, and in less than a couple of weeks, we'll be ringing in the new year....with many new resolutions and goals to accomplish!

If you're a premium LinkedIn member, like most recruiters--get ready for a change to your InMail capability. If you aren't familiar with InMails, it's LinkedIn's private messaging system that allows members to contact individuals outside of their network. Each premium membership level comes with a certain number of monthly InMails. Previously, when you sent an InMail and did not receive a response, LinkedIn would credit you back one InMail after one week. This was an excellent way to reach targeted prospects, with relatively low-risk. In 2015, the new policy changes everything. Now, instead of receiving your InMail credit when the prospect does not respond, you will only be credited when the prospect replies to your message. Read more.

Speaking of LinkedIn, there is tons of advice and best practice tips available on the internet to make the most of this popular social network. Sometimes, along with knowing all the right things to do, it can be just as valuable to know what NOT to do on LinkedIn. Here are 5 LinkedIn Best Practices that simply don't work.

2014 was the year we saw more corporate recruiting teams tasked with the job of building an end-to-end talent brand. With the ever increasing role social media plays in the recruitment process, the best talent acquisition professionals work with marketing departments to regularly broaden the brand and attract top talent. Learn more about The 9 Hottest Trends in Corporate Recruiting.

Over the course of last year, many in the staffing and recruiting industry saw their clients of many years, implement an organization-wide, Vendor Management System. This technology assists the client in managing their relationships with third-party vendors, and poises them to maintain greater control over the hiring process with external search experts. While some recruiters get a little squemish at the thought of losing access to their valued client, 2014 shows us that agencies and employers can both be more successful if they embrace and leverage these systems, to their fullest extent. For the recruitment agency, the solution empowers them to refer their best candidates without the need to cold call, and we know that time is money. RecruitAlliance is one solution that unites employers and recruiting professionals to fill more jobs than ever before. Read more and see how RA can explode your billings in 2015.

Do you feel you've learned any important lessons in 2014, and have you starting making your resolutions for the new year? Here are 3 Easy Yet Powerful Resolutions everyone should consider adding to their list.

Happy Holidays and here's to a successful and rewarding New Year!

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