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Recruiter Top 10: New Year's Resolutions for Recruiting and Hiring Professionals

Recruiter Top 10: New Year's Resolutions for Recruiting and Hiring Professionals
From Recruiter - January 13, 2017

1. Eliminate Bias

I talk with recruiters in the Bay Area as part of my work on improving corporate culture, and what Ive been hearing again and again is that recruiters here are resolved to find and use best practices for eliminating bias in recruiting.

This includes widening pipelines, checking how ads are written and positions are defined, and incorporating anti-bias communication training into interviews.

Dr. Suzanne Wertheim, Founder and CEO, Worthwhile Consulting

2. Get the Whole Company Thinking Like Recruiters

My New Years resolution is to get the whole company thinking like recruiters.

I have learned something over the years something I remember the HR execs at Google saying when I was there: We get a lot of our best employees through referrals from current employees. So my goal for the year with respect to recruiting is to get employees to have on the top of their minds that they should bring us up with their friends who were great at their last company (or their current company).

Its not good enough to have people ask around about who happens to be looking for a job right now. What we need to do to be effective here is have employees sit down for coffee with friends of their friends who come highly recommended.

Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

3. Call Everyone

My New Years resolution is to call every candidate who submits a resume to one of our roles, even if they are not a fit. This takes a little extra time, but you never know whom you are going to meet and what you can learn from them!

Justine Akley, Founder, JumpSmart

4. Embrace Social Recruiting

Its here. We need to learn WhatsApp, how to find candidates on Facebook, and explore other networks like Github to find fresh talent.

Christy Hopkins, Human Resources Consultant and Staff Writer, Fit Small Business

5. Challenge Myself With More Complex Searches

First of all, I would like to improve the way I establish my priorities and organize my day-to-day routine to be as effective and efficient as possible.

Also, Im trying to think of an innovative way to attract new customers and, at the same time, increase the number of quality assignments on my desk as well as challenge myself with more complex searches.

Finally, I would like to work on my networking in order to increase the number of connections I can count onwhich will also increase my chances of matching great companies with perfect candidates.

Alessia Pagliaroli, Recruiter, Goldbeck Recruiting

6. Get Personal

Our New Years resolution is to prioritize the personal touch with our clients and candidates.

Why? Connecting via text, email, and the web does help recruiters to be more efficient with their time, but it cant replace the human element of interacting with people, building relationships, and demonstrating empathy and concern for clients who are hiring and candidates seeking employment.

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