The Type of Talent Recruiters Should Be Fighting For

There are certain attributes exceptional candidates have in common, and it’s up to the recruiters to recognize them and fight for them. Not all candidates possess all of these talents, nor do they need them all, but if there are candidates that naturally encompass a few of them, they are bound to become a rising star at whichever company fights the hardest for them. In no particular order, here they are:

Data Cruncher
With big data being at the forefront of a company’s growth, candidates should be able to crunch numbers, analyze data and explain what those numbers mean. This skill proves intuition, analytical abilities and top-notch problem solving skills. You’re not looking for a robot, rather someone who knows what numbers mean, not just what their numerical value is worth.Michael Thomas Executive Search

Communication
All employees, from every company, represent their employer. The best employees communicate intelligently on a social, public and interpersonal level. Whether this candidate is giving a presentation to hundreds, or having a one on one meeting, they communicate sincerely, accurately and professionally. Businesses can’t function without great communication, and it all starts with their employees.

Influencer
This trait comes in many forms. The ability to influence the growth of a business, the ability to influence a group at a meeting, or even the ability to influence the business your company is in. If a candidate can influence, they have the ability to lead. And, if you’re candidate can’t lead, they can’t grow.

Decision Maker
Being able to make a decision, and follow through on that decision, is one of the most admirable traits a candidate can possess. So many others are coy when it comes to decisions because they don’t want to be held responsible if something went awry. Great leaders make decisions, and if they’re the wrong ones, they are the first to understand why and they’re the first to work towards a solution.

Original Article found HERE.

Making Sure The Shoe Fits

Finding The Right FitThe search for talent has become an increasingly complex challenge as companies scour the globe for the right executive to lead a firm or business unit.

Not only are their needs getting more specialized, but the field of candidates is widening as the economy goes global. Jean Guilbault, co-founder of the Montreal-based executive search firm GXB Leadership, says companies need to change how they view the search process.

The old way of doing things was to “find the right person from your network of contacts,” he said in a recent interview. “Now what we’re looking for is a business solution.” Instead of trying to find the right individual, it’s all about asking the right questions, he says. Companies need to identify what challenges they face — whether it’s growing the business through acquisitions, restructuring, downsizing or productivity — before looking for a person who can contribute to those goals.

Read the full article here.

Written By: Peter Hadekel, Special To Montreal Gazette
Montreal Gazette

Mobile Job Recruiting

The job recruiting arena has changed tenfold from where it was a few years ago. No longer is “casting the widest net” an intuitive, or effective approach. Finding the specific candidate takes a specific approach. The Internet is by far the most effective tool for finding those perfect candidates, but how you use the Internet is where the effectiveness lies. As mobile phones and tablets surpass desktop use, executive search firms need to adapt their online advertising, marketing and overall presence to become mobile friendly, properly search engine optimized and much more.Mobile Recruiting Strategies

Jay Barnett, from Recruiting Trends explains 6 tactics to improve your mobile recruiting efforts:

1. Make sure your careers portal, if not your entire website, uses responsive design. This gives web pages the fluidity to scale and reorganize to fit any kind of screen, while still looking sharp.

2. Make it easy for candidates to upload résumés from a mobile device. At DT we allow people to upload directly from LinkedIn, Monster.com, Indeed, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or OneDrive. Note that this also ties mobile in with your social media strategy. Alternatively, candidates can copy and paste, or provide a URL to an online version of their résumé.

3. If you use questionnaires, provide radio buttons rather than pull-down lists. Not only is this easier for mobile users, but it also readily displays all the available choices.

4. To keep up with emerging best practices, do what you probably are doing already: monitor blogs and white papers from leaders in the digital recruitment space. There are webinars available as well. And here’s a unique idea: get feedback from candidates who are mobile users.

5. To ensure online images translate well to a small screen, use CSS (cascading style sheets — your IT team will know) to fit images to scale. You want to be sure images aren’t set to a fixed screen size or allowed to default to their “native” size.

6. Videos are relatively easy, thanks to services like YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler, and others. They provide “embed codes” that handle scaling for multiple devices.

Above all else, make sure your website and online initiatives are built with responsive design. So weather someone is looking at your site on their iPone, iPad, desktop or laptop, everything appears flawless and navigation is simple and easy to use. Take a look through our website on multiple devices, it’s a 100% responsively designed website.

Read Jay Barnett’s full article here.