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5 Ways HR leaders can improve Strategic Perspective

Comments Off on 5 Ways HR leaders can improve Strategic PerspectiveWritten on October 26th, 2017 by
Categories: Corporate Recruiters, Human Resources
RecruitAlliance.comIn Human Resources, your strategic perspective determines how your company views and solves important issues relating to HR. Organizations struggle to create, implement and carry out their visions because they lack a solid strategic perspective.  HR leaders strive to make better decisions on behalf of their company, to coincide with their understanding of the business’s strategic perspective.  They must consider the past, present and future of your business objectives, to provide them with the big picture. Senior management makes better decisions in all areas of the company, once it has a strong vision of its objectives.

Unfortunately, having a strategic perspective is much easier theoretically than in practice.  Today, we’re going to give five ways HR leaders can improve this important skill, and assist other leaders within their company to provide buy-in.

  1. Have a well-defined strategic thinking process, and share it with all members of the HR and Talent Acquisition team.  In the world of science, the scientific method is the gold standard “thought process.”  In HR, it’s important for leadership to apply a strategic process to all problems, to ensure issues are addressed consistently, efficiently and quickly.  Do you conduct brainstorming sessions with other leaders within the company?  Are you leveraging if-then flowcharts, to provide continuity in decision-making?  Just as HR leaders must create policies and procedures for other matters, it is just as important to create and follow a strategic thinking process.  If your company lacks this infrastructure, why not create a committee to work on this issue?  The only mistake you can make is not getting started.


  2. Observe and find trends that affect your business.  HR and recruitment is the first line of defense in seeing trends in the talent pool.  When Compensation identifies rising salaries, and your company is slow to address the change, your organization loses out on hiring the best people.  This one issue negatively affects every aspect of your company.  Human Resources leaders are in the ideal position to monitor trends, and and strategize on getting ahead of future problems that will result.  Are you setting hiring benchmarks and monitoring the results.  Does your ATS and VMS provide that important data, so your process is simple?  Staying in front of the talent trends can empower your company to become more profitable.


  3. Gain an understanding on what perspective adds to your organizational goals. All businesses strive to become and remain profitable.  HR is gaining more accountability for their role in increasing the bottom line, through their direct impact on recruiting, retention, and reducing the costs associated with acquiring the most impactful human capital.  HR leadership must begin to troubleshoot problems from a strategic perspective, to ensure they have the tools and resources to attract top talent, provide competitive salaries and benefits packages, and retain those employees in a more long-term situation.  For example, your company may regularly use recruiting agencies to fill C-level and director level roles.  Have you evaluated that process?  Have you reviewed which agencies are worth using in the future, and who has the most competitive fees? With talent, we often find ourselves willing to pay any fee, because our internal team could not produce results.  To add strategic perspective to this problem, think deeper.  Do you have a Vendor Management System that streamlines the process of working with agencies?  Are you in control of your Vendor contracts, and you set the fee?  Are you accessing data and analytics to help you determine which agencies are providing the talent that makes retention problems a non-issue?  Learn more about Vendor Management solutions.


  4. Is HR leveraging the digital intelligence perspective?   An effective and practical perspective requires accurate information. Gaining competitive intelligence through the internet has been a typical way of information gathering since the it was introduced.  This highly useful method of obtaining data from other companies and end-customers is an increasingly important way to drive business decision making.  If you aren’t already, consider optimizing your talent communities and having feedback mechanisms built into your career-social pages.  As you review competitors’ websites, make note of how they approach information gathering.  This is a crucial piece that strengthens HR’s strategic perspective.


  5. Embrace conflict as part of your process. The quest to build your strategic skills can be uncomfortable.  HR leaders must learn to embrace challenges, and be prepared for opposition to their ideas.  Providing organizational leaders with factual information to support your perspective and showing them how your path positively impacts the bottom line is crucial to your success.  If others are opposed to change, you must continue showing the leadership the value of making the changes you are proposing.


Gaining strategic perspective starts by first changing your mindset. HR leaders and hiring managers have the unique power to impact the organization’s bottom-line, through the delivery of a clear, strategic contribution.  Adopting the five recommendations mentioned offer a starting point for aligning human resources and talent acquisition with the strategic vision of any business.

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Candidate Sourcing Tips and Agency Usage Trends from “the Beehive.”

Comments Off on Candidate Sourcing Tips and Agency Usage Trends from “the Beehive.”Written on November 7th, 2016 by
Categories: Corporate Recruiters, Human Resources, Third-Party Recruiters
Is your organization struggling to uncover and identify quality candidates for your most pressing openings? Are you looking for creative and innovative ways to source candidates, as part of a larger talent acquisition strategy?

We recently reached out to the Global Director of Talent Acquisition at Aerohive Networks; Marie C. Norman, to gain tips on how she's directed this growing company on such matters. Marie is a passionate talent leader with close to 20 years experience leading and building scalable talent acquisition teams and HR programs in the following industries: Wi-Fi networking, management consulting, internet technology, IT consulting, global contract electronics manufacturing, insurance, and financial services. She's been a leader at Aerohive for nearly two years.

Question: What is your number #1 tip for sourcing candidates?

Marie's Answer: While there are many interesting, effective and unique methods for sourcing great candidates, my #1 tip is to know (really, know) what you are looking for. Simply put, know the job as if you actually worked in the job of an X. Allow me to explain further. More often times than not, a recruiter or sourcer thinks they know the requirements of a position simply by reviewing the job description and asking the managers a few basic and rudimentary questions about the new requisition assigned to them. But how are you truly certain that your understanding of the job is a realistic and accurate job preview? Well, it’s pretty simple which I’ll explain in 3 simple steps.

Step 1:
Conduct a core competency exercise with the hiring manager. This starts with asking specific questions related to what are the core, essential and necessary job tasks. You need to zero in on skills that are 'Must Haves' for any applicant to have in order to perform the job responsibilities effectively, consistently and competently well. Next, ask the hiring manager, what skills are “Nice to Have” but not critical, and then separate those critical, essential skills vs. nice to have in a simple two box grid.

Step 2:
Observe or shadow the job being performed by an actual incumbent. This may seem like a lengthy and unnecessary process. If you are one that actually thinks this way, I challenge you to go back to a time where you spent hours, weeks and maybe even months sourcing candidates for a particular role only to find out key skills or requirements were excluded in your search. Don’t you wish you would have known about it earlier? Job shadowing eliminates wasted time and increases your understanding of the position in a way no other process does.

Step 3:
Evaluate the job description (JD) once more with the hiring manager to make sure that information you learned and extracted in Step 1 & 2 are included. If not, this is your chance to modify the JD before you post this or share with applicants via LinkedIn and other sources.

Question: To what extent is your organization continuing to leverage staffing/recruitment agencies or external sourcing servces in 2016, versus previous years?

Marie's Answer: Aerohive Networks uses external staffing and recruitment agencies sparingly. Since we employ an internal team of recruiters who are qualified and assigned to source, recruit and fill a number of positions for specific business units within our organization, our reliance on external staffing partners is limited to “niche” and specialized roles. This has been part of our staffing strategy in 2016. Our reliance and dependency on recruitment agencies has decreased as opposed to previous years primarily because the ability of our internal recruiters to scope job requirements using the Core Competency assessment process described above is an effective and permanent fixture of our overall recruitment process. In addition, we have a highly robust and unique employee referral program that has successfully led to 47% of Aerohive hires companywide.

To learn more about Marie C. Norman and her role at Aerohive, visit her LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marienorman.

Aerohive (NYSE: HIVE) enables its customers to simply and confidently connect to the information, applications, and insights they need to thrive. Its simple, scalable, and secure platform delivers mobility without limitations. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Milpitas, CA. For more information, please visit www.aerohive.com.



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5 ways a Vendor Management platform will provide an influx of talent without the hassle

RecruitAlliance:  The no-cost vendor management solution for hiring companiesThe war for talent refers to an increasingly competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talented employees. It's not a set of superior Human Resources processes, but a mindset that emphasizes the importance of talent to the success of organizations. The term War for Talent comes from a late-'90s warning from McKinsey & Co. that alerted business to a coming talent shortage and urged companies to prioritize talent strategies around recruiting, retaining, and developing key employees. The statistics speak for themselves; by 2020, employers in the world’s richest nations are forecast to be short as many as 18 million college-educated workers.

What can organizations do to ensure they have access to top talent by the most efficient means, while increasing their candidate flow? Outside of cultivating talent from within, making learning on-demand, and redefining 'success' within a company, what can employers do to win the war for top talent?

A thoughtfully implemented and robust vendor management system (VMS) can completely optimize the disjointed and complicated process of the acquisition and management of a contingent and permanent workforce. A good VMS can result in significant cost savings through more efficient processes at every step of the workforce supply chain.

How can a VMS improve the talent pool for a growing company? Here are 5 ways a Vendor Management platform will provide an influx of talent on a consistent and scalable basis.

1. Significant cost savings across the enterprise. Many hiring companies do not have a centralized recruitment process. As such, fee negotiations with staffing and recruitment agencies is done by individual hiring managers, based on their approved talent acquisition budgets. By implementing a quality Vendor Management System, companies become empowered to reduce costs across the board.

2. Reduce time-to-fill metrics. For everyday a key position remains open, a department or business division loses precious revenue. Filling these jobs can impact an organization at every level. Time to fill is a measurement of how long it takes an organization to fill a position once the opening has been approved. It is an indicator of hiring efficiency but should be balanced with cost and quality hiring measures. Time to fill can provide valuable feedback in determining which sourcing methods and recruitment strategies can most quickly produce the needed candidates. Cost of vacancies in jobs can be significantly reduced by driving down the time it takes to fill a job. When hiring companies opt to utilize a VMS, they choose to take control of the speed at which their roles are filled with the right people.

3.  Source higher quality talent.  When a company works with staffing agencies to fill a specific role, they are often unsure which agency will deliver results. They may spend hours seeking one or more external recruiters who specialize in the area of their openings, and even more time completing an intake session with each recruiter.  Utilizing a Vendor Management System, matching recruiting agencies receive an instant email notification of the newly posted job, access the job order, and begin submitting candidates.  This process significantly streamlines the entire talent acquisition process, and ensures candidates are submitted who match the job specifications.

4.  Consolidated invoicing.  When an employer works with multiple search firms, they must receive and process multiple invoices based on different payment terms.  The process is taxing to the Accounts Payable department within the business, and can create further customer service issues for the hiring manager.  When working through a quality VMS, they offer managed billing or consolidate invoicing.  The agency simply invoices the Vendor Management company, and the Vendor Management provider processes everything.  When billing questions arise, it is the VMS company who handles the additional phone calls, emails and inquiries.

5.  Positively impact retention, while providing employers with the ability to measure recruiting agency performance.  It's no secret--when top talent comes your way, and a replacement or money back guarantee is in place, your hires are far more likely to remain in their new role.  Leveraging a Vendor Management solution impacts retention, which ultimately affects profitability.  With full-reporting capability, most VMS's provide employers with a wealth of statistical data to analyze their Vendors' results, to determine if maintaining the relationship is worthwhile for future endeavors.

RecruitAlliance is a no-cost Vendor Management Solution preferred by small, medium and large business entities.  This recruiting tool has successfully helped Clients reduce talent acquisition costs, reduce time to fill, improve retention, and provides employers with more control over cost, contracts and compliance.  To learn more, visit www.RecruitAlliance.com.

Talent Acquisition Tips for Every Recruiter

Comments Off on Talent Acquisition Tips for Every RecruiterWritten on March 21st, 2016 by
Categories: Corporate Recruiters, Human Resources, Third-Party Recruiters
Today, we’re going to share some great articles about talent acquisition, as a process.  Remember, if you’re an agency recruiter or hiring company, stop by and visit RecruitAlliance.

5 Reasons Talent Acquisition is About More than Luck:  Most recruiters have said it at some point in their career: “I’m so lucky I found that candidate. He’s going to knock everybody’s socks off.” But in reality, being able to consistently find great talent has little to do with luck. Solid talent acquisition requires a strategic plan and directive.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. A 2015 Adecco survey found that 47 percent of respondents said sourcing candidates is one of the biggest problems HR is currently facing. If you want to find and land great talent, you’re going to need more than a four-leaf clover and a rabbit’s foot.

If you want to create a hiring strategy that leaves nothing to chance, take the advice of these experts....Read more...

3 Ways to Prevent Misunderstandings During the Recruitment Process:  Working with a recruitment agency to find and recruit new hires for your organisation should be the perfect way to blend your business insight with their recruitment expertise. However, some hiring managers find themselves spending more time navigating through emails and disheveled correspondence than they spend getting to know the candidates their recruitment partner has found!  Read more...

Hiring Managers - How to Build a Strategic Partnership with your Recruiter:  We all know that business performance is largely attributable to the success of its leadership team, organisational culture and employees. Which is why it’s no surprise that one of the biggest challenges for HR and in-house recruiters is finding the right people to join their company.

Sourcing and hiring the very best people is a time consuming business, so it’s no wonder that many recruiters turn to agencies for a more efficient and effective search. In order to get the most out of your recruitment agency, it is imperative to build a strategic relationship with them from the outset. But what does this look like?  Read more...

“No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.”  - Jonathan Sacks

5 Steps to Differentiate Your Recruiting Agency from the Competition

Comments Off on 5 Steps to Differentiate Your Recruiting Agency from the CompetitionWritten on September 16th, 2014 by
Categories: Third-Party Recruiters

According to the American Staffing Association, the staffing industry generated approximately $122 billion in sales in 2013: 109.2 billion from Temp/Contract Staffing, and 13.1 billion in search/permanent placement services. Based on this data alone, we know there is a lot of opportunity in the recruitment field; but it's also a profession in which you can expect fierce competition.

How can your firm catapult itself ahead of your competitors, to gain a larger slice of the revenue pie? What steps should you take, to become the preferred agency in your vertical?

Here are 5 proven techniques to ensure your talent acquisition business stays a cutting-edge above the rest:

1. Choose a niche, and choose it wisely. Working as a search professional requires that you focus. What industries are hiring today, and more specifically, what specialties within those areas are employers struggling to hire? Do your research and determine what makes the most sense, based on current needs and your understanding of the space. It's important to look at the average fees within your chosen field, too. If fees are declining in your current target, look at other areas that are emerging and increasing. Be strategic, perform due dilligence, and select a niche that offers growth potential.

2. Create, implement, and utilize a marketing strategy for your recruiting business. As the old saying goes, "Recruiters don't plan to fail, they fail to plan!" Do you have a marketing plan you're following on a day to day, week to week, and month to month basis? Are you regularly measuring the success of your marketing activities, and are you realigning those activities as necessary to ensure business increases? In order to move ahead of the competition, you have to focus on marketing as a daily activity. Some areas to analyze for marketing include social media sites, LinkedIn Groups, the company blog, Google Adwords, etc.

3. Take the consultative approach with clients and candidates. Many recruiters treat the talent acquisition process as a transactional activity. Do what your competitor's are not, and serve as a trusted advisor and their 'go-to' professional. Not only does this set you apart from others, but it builds strong, loyal business relationships that will continue to work for you, in the future.

4. Focus on the candidate experience. Have you ever encountered a candidate who refused to work with a head hunter? They'd rather fill out a web application and wait an extended time to hear back from HR (if ever) than work with you - all because of a bad experience. Treat your candidates the way you would expect and want to be treated. It's simple and powerful. When candidates have a positive experience, they share that information with their friends and colleagues - giving you a steady source of referrals and essentially separating you from other agencies.

5. Become a one-stop shop. Does your firm offer additional services besides perm placement? When a client asks if you can provide a candidate for a temp assignment, do you turn them away? In today's market, it's important to determine what services your current and potential clients need, and then deliver them. Otherwise, you open youself up to losing that client to someone else. Forward-thinking staffing and search firms provide additional services such as temporary and contract placements, talent community management, consulting services, video candidate interviewing, and more.

Notice we've not addressed fees as part of this conversation. When you differentiate yourself from other companies, you set the standard and increase the value of the services you provide. You can gain access to full-fee jobs with some of the top Fortune 500 companies, with no additional business development required. Learn more.

Competition in the talent acquisition arena continues to grow, and economic indicators show that isn't likely to change in the near future. Recruiters and search professionals who want to outshine the competition must stop doing what everyone else is, and implement positive changes to differentiate themselves to increase and exceed their revenue goals.

Beef up your Recruiting Agency’s Client List and Increase Revenue

RecruitAlliance helps you generate more revenue in increased placements.Whether you're an independent search professional or work as part of an agency, one of the most challenging things about your job is to increase the number of clients who regularly utilize your services. Most full-desk recruiters spend at least 50% of their day reaching out to prospective clients via phone and email.

The great challenge of all talent acquisition professionals is to produce more each day, which means more placements. Here are some tips to help increase productivity, and generate more revenue in your recruiting business.

1. Plan to succeed. No one plans to fail, they fail to plan. Be focused on your work, and know what you must accomplish during your day. Take time at the end of each work day to draft a list of tasks you must accomplish, and mark completed tasks off as you progress. This gives you a sense of accomplishment, and ensures you stay on track.

2. The phone is still your best friend. Yes, there is value provided for recruiters in the social networks and your favorite search engine; but this impacts your sourcing efforts. The actual recruiting portion of your job still requires that you have a high-comfort level on the phone. Don't let the internet tools distract you from the money.

3. Gain back those hours invested in business development, by aligning with RecruitAlliance. Focus on candidate development, and doing what you do best - uncover top talent for clients who have immediate needs. When you become a member of RecruitAlliance, you gain access to hundreds of new employers with job openings who need your great candidates. What if you can place 10, 25 or even 50% more candidates this year? RecruitAlliance can positively impact your bottom line - fast.

Independent and agency recruiters are always looking for new ways to more effectively manage their time to ensure success. By planning, staying on the phone, and partnering with RecruitAlliance, they are sure to increase their revenue faster and more efficiently.

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