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The 7 Characteristics of a Great Recruiter

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Last month we polled nearly 130,000 HR/OD/Talent Management/Senior Executives about the top traits of a great job recruiter.  We thought it would be extremely valuable to identify these traits, since 86% of staffing firms feel they are doing a good job recruiting, yet only 60% of job candidates report having a positive experience during the recruiting process.1 The results are in and the top characteristics are listed below in the order most frequently cited by respondents: They have great listening skills. The highest-performing and most effective recruiters harness the power of careful listening, which far better ensures they:  ...

Lessons From My First Job

Both of my daughters are now getting their first taste of joining the working world, something all of us experienced years ago. Seeing their excitement and challenges from babysitting have made me a little nostalgic about my first job. Do you remember your first job? What did you learn that helped you in nearly every other job you’ve had since? What experiences in that job did you knowingly jettison and attempt to avoid in all of your future jobs? Exploring these questions can yield some pretty powerful knowledge about how you approach you current job. I started out on the ...

What Being Kidnapped as a Child Taught Me about Culture

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Recently, the famous dictionary producer Merriam-Webster named culture as the “Word of the Year.” I am sure most experts on Employee Engagement were not surprised by Merriam-Webster’s choice. Indeed, legendary management expert Peter Drucker was one of the first to get it right years ago when he coined the phrase, “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” While Drucker first said this decades ago, the words still ring very true in today’s business environment and workplace landscape. His seminal point in making this statement was that all of a company’s efforts on strategy will fall flat if the company culture ...