Staffing Advisors Blog

Why Recruiting is Not an HR Function Anymore

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 16, 2016


If you work in an association, it’s risky to think of recruiting as an HR function. It’s not.

By telling HR to “Post a job ad, get some resumes, and then I’ll starting interviewing,” you are making a career-limiting mistake, one that puts your personal reputation at risk.

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How to Justify Executive Search Firm Expenses to your Association Board

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 13, 2016

From time to time, you need to make a key hire to achieve your association’s mission, and that sometimes requires the services of an executive search firm who specializes in association work.

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Randstad Acquires Monster – What It Means for Job Advertisers

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 9, 2016

If you are one of the few organizations still posting jobs with Monster, what does the Randstad acquisition mean for you?

Let’s start with what happens to Monster. This deal is doomed. As famed investor Warren Buffet once observed, "When a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact." Monster is a business with a reputation for bad economics (as employers spend less money on Monster and more money on job aggregators like Indeed and social media sites like LinkedIn.)  That's why it could be acquired for only $429 million, down from a peak market cap of nearly $8 billion.
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5 Simple Ways to Lower Hiring Risk and Hire Better People

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 21, 2016

The hiring process seems familiar to most managers. Everyone has been through the process. It seems like hiring should be simple---everyone involved wants the same thing. Executives want to hire the best people. Candidates want a job where they can be successful. Everyone wants a recruiting process that accurately predicts performance on the job...and yet hiring is often disappointing.

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3 Ways Smartphones Make Your Recruiting Strategy Look Stupid

Posted by Mitch Corlett on June 3, 2016

If you are still posting job advertisements today the same way you did five years ago, I would not be surprised if your hiring process results are disappointing. And there’s a good reason why. Candidate behavior has changed more in the past 5 years than at any other time in the past 30 -- especially when it comes to how everyone uses smartphones and tablets. People are on their phones more than ever. According to Comscore, smartphone usage alone now exceeds total internet usage 4 years ago.

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3 Reasons Your Recruiting Process is 15 Years Behind the Times

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 18, 2016

Do you use a smart phone? Read restaurant reviews on Yelp? Search for things on Google? Of course you do. Today, Google, mobile devices, and reputation sites are just part of your day. But 15 years ago, smartphones and reputation sites didn’t even exist, and Google was still largely unknown.  Unfortunately, the recruiting practices at most organizations are trapped in a time warp. Most HR teams recruit about the same way they did in 1999. But these now-familiar technologies have fundamentally changed your behavior...and the behavior of your current and future employees.

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How Bad Glassdoor Reviews Affect Job Advertising Response Rates

Posted by Mitch Corlett on May 11, 2016

With the rise of employer reputation sites like Glassdoor, overwhelming dread has overcome HR and senior leadership -- a feeling of Glassdoor Angst. Anonymous reviewers are publicly posting "insider information" outside of management’s control.  In 2014, most CEOs we spoke with didn’t seem to know or care about Glassdoor. But now more than half of the CEOs we speak with mention their Glassdoor reviews in our first meeting.

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Opening Keynote: BLR Recruiting Conference, Las Vegas, May 12-13

Posted by Mitch Corlett on March 3, 2016


Staffing Advisors President Bob Corlett will be presenting the keynote address at BLR's Recruiting Conference in Las Vegas on May 12th.

"I probably should have named my presentation 'The 3 Horsemen of the Recruiting Apocalypse,'" he kids. "Job seeker behavior changed more in the last 3 years than it did in the past 30, but most people were too busy to notice. Lucky them. I had to know why. I pored over all the dull research so the audience won’t have to. In 45 minutes they can sip coffee while coming up to speed on the major forces that will continue to reshape the recruiting landscape."

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Make "Time to Fill" A More Useful Recruiting Metric

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 19, 2016

This article originally appeared in The HR Examiner, you can read it here.

HR professionals often disagree about the value of "Time to Fill (TTF)" as recruiting metric. The debate is largely pointless -- like TTF or not, it’s here to stay. TTF endures because for executives outside of HR, it measures outcomes in a readily understandable way. But measuring your recruiting performance by TTF is like measuring your marketing department by the time from wanting a sale until making a sale.
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The Best Recruiting Window Is Slamming Shut

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 8, 2015

Timing is everything in recruiting, and the best recruiting window of 2017 is about to slam shut.

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