New Year, New You: Best Recruiting Tips for 2014

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96397119Yesterday marked the beginning of a new year, and subsequently, a fresh start on all things related to your life and your business. Go ahead and look out your window. It’s 2014 and anything is possible.

January 1 is more than just a day on the calendar. It is a time to reflect on the past year, and more importantly, focus on the one ahead. How can you become a better recruiter? How can you become a better you?

And while it’s true that New Year’s resolutions fizzle out quicker than fireworks across a New Year’s Eve night sky, creating a list of goals and new recruiting techniques for 2014 can significantly increase your success as a recruiter, if you put them to practice!

Statistically, sales teams and businesses that make the fewest hiring errors are the most successful. Why? Because they have the best employees who were a perfect fit for the job from day one, and therefore, didn’t waste time with other candidates.

So, how can you improve your recruiting game in 2014? Here are a few helpful tips to get you going!

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Tips for Interviewing Different Types of Candidates

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Photo courtesy of theCampusCareerCoach.com

Photo courtesy of theCampusCareerCoach.com

Back in August, we discussed different candidate types one might encounter during both the recruitment and interview process. Like I said then, there is no ideal candidate personality perfect for every position across the board. Each job requires someone different and each company should look for personality diversity in its employees.

A common misconception many small businesses or companies have is the desire to hire like-minded employees who act and perform similarly to the owner or other employees. However, CEO and founder of Steven Step Recruiting, Beth Gilfeather, warns against this saying, “while it might seem like a good thing…it can hamper growth.”

With that in mind, a recruiter and potential interviewer not only needs to be aware of different candidate types, but also techniques and strategies to use for these different types of people during the interview process.

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Meet Zoho Recruit at Recruiting Trends Conference, Las Vegas!

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We are delighted to announce that Zoho Recruit will be exhibiting at the Recruiting Trends Conference, held at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas from 22-25 October 2013. We will be there on Thursday and Friday, the 24th & 25th of October 2013.

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We will be available at Booth no.415; so feel free to drop by for a demo and to chat about how Zoho Recruit can fit your recruitment needs and give you a strategic advantage in today’s challenging economic environment.

The Recruiting Trends Conference is a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with industry leaders. Please visit Recruiting Trends Conference website here to know all about the conference and register your details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Zoho Recruit: Post Jobs on LinkedIn

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Social media continually brings in new ways for individuals to connect and interact with each other across various platforms. While the popularity of social networking consistently rises, the process of finding potential candidates is advancing in great ways.

Among the multitude of social networking sites, LinkedIn is the most popular social media platform for candidate sourcing and recruiting. It has become an invaluable hiring tool to recruiters. You can reach thousands of professionals from multiple industries in a single portal.

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Today Zoho Recruit is pleased to announce deeper LinkedIn integration, in addition to associating candidates and client contacts with LinkedIn profiles. With the new LinkedIn Integration, you can reach top talents by posting jobs on LinkedIn. And, the info of the applicants who apply to your job postings will be entered directly into the Zoho Recruit system.

We hope you like this new integration with LinkedIn.  Do write to us with your feedback on support@zohorecruit.com  or share in your thoughts in the commenting section below.

Happy Recruiting!

What Recruiters Can Learn from Crocodiles and Plovers

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Nile crocodile and Egyptian plover Courtesy of www.wolver.org

Nile crocodile and Egyptian plover
Courtesy of www.wolver.org

Have you ever heard the tale of the African crocodile and the Egyptian plover?

The story of these two species and their symbiotic relationship has been around for thousands of years. Here, both the crocodile and plover benefit from the actions of the other. Its completely mutual.

According to this myth (and loosely based facts), the crocodiles lie on the shores of the Nile River with their mouths open while plover fly into the open mouths and, like a giant piece of dental floss, eat the leftover meat stuck between the crocodile’s teeth. The plover get full and the crocodiles keep their bright smiles.

The validity of this relationship is constantly in question — in fact most believe it is a myth — but it teaches an important concept of nature where two seemingly different parts can work together for the overall good.

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Employee Recruiting the Smart Way

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Successful Business People.Face it. Sooner or later – if your business is having success and growing – you’re going to have to hire employees so you can move on to the next level.

Here’s the problem. Every other company is competing for the brightest minds and most talented employees too. So how do you set yourself apart and get ahead of the competition? How can you recruit with the best of them? Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your recruiting process right away.

1. Utilize Employee Referrals — You already have great and productive employees who not only get the job done, but also fit in with the company culture. Why not utilize their address book or Facebook friends list? Looking at employee referrals as potential candidates is a great way to find qualified people without having to use social media or a headhunter. Referrals can also help speed up the hiring process and give you inside knowledge about the candidate’s character, personality and work ethic so you can streamline the hiring process.

2. Spend Time on the Job Description — This part of the recruiting process is often overlooked, but it can actually be one of the most important factors in finding that ideal candidate. Spend some time crafting a job description that accurately reflects not only the importance of completing tasks, but also qualifications and work experience necessary to benefit your company. If the job required 2-3 years of experience, make sure you say so. Don’t be afraid to talk about what you don’t want in a candidate either. A number of small businesses fail to accurately describe the details of the job, and therefore, don’t get the best possible candidate applying in the first place.

3. Use Social Networks — This may seem overwhelming, especially with what seems like an endless number of social media sites out there, but if you aren’t utilizing Linkedin, Facebook, or any other social media source, you are missing out on a number of recruiting opportunities. Start with creating a good online presence with a complete company bio and contact information. Make sure you appear human so potential employees feel an instant connection to your brand and company culture. Then, start using social media resources like filtering Facebook ads to those who have previously shown interest in your brand. You can also look into applicants Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter profiles before bringing them in for an interview.

4. Get Out of the Office — It’s easy to just draft a job description, post it online or in a local print publication and wait for resumes to come to you, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll find the best candidate. Get out of the office and away from your computer and find the brightest and hardest working people out there. Go to trade shows or conferences and talk with people about their background and work experience. Go to colleges and universities when they host job fairs and talk to recent or upcoming graduates about their future plans. In this ever-changing and dynamic professional landscape, you need bright young minds with experience with technology, even if they don’t have “real-world” experience just yet.

5. Stay in Contact with Candidates — As a job applicant, there is nothing worse than applying for a job or going in for an interview and not hearing anything from the company for weeks. Stay in contact with potential employees. Busy schedules are understandable, but if a candidate doesn’t hear back from you after a week, he or she may take another opportunity. Keep them informed about where you are in the hiring process. If you offer the job to the candidate and they turn it down, don’t burn that bridge. Stay in contact. They may change their mind six months from now or a position may open up at your company they are better suited for and more excited about.

So take action today and start recruiting the right employees that will help your company move forward in the coming years.

Zoho Recruit: Reach Out to Candidates Faster with an SMS

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The biggest challenge in the field of recruitment is to ensure that the job vacancies are filled on time. Talent acquisition is not an easy task, and contacting potential candidates when vacancies appear, following up them for the interviews, etc., can often be frustrating, expensive and a time-consuming experience. In recent years, mobile technology has proven to be a powerful communication tool than email because of its faster reach. That’s why we have been working on a new feature that will help you overcome the obstacles of recruitment and make the process much easier.

We are happy to announce the New Integrated SMS feature in Zoho Recruit, that will help you communicate effectively and efficiently with candidates and contacts during the hiring process.  A single click, and voi-là! You can send text messages to multiple candidates using Zoho Recruit! Not just that! You can also create custom SMS templates that will save your time from re-typing the same messages every time. All the messages you send will be recorded in Message History for future reference.

We hope you like this new feature. We look forward for your feedback!

Happy recruiting!