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The 5 Toughest HR Challenges You'll Encounter in 2015

January 30, 2015 at 11:38 AM Katherine Wood

Human resources professionals face challenges in the workplace that require preparation and dedication to make everything run smoothly. These challenges tend to change over time, as it is common for the workplace dynamic to evolve over the years.

Here are five HR challenges that companies are likely to encounter throughout 2015, and what your HR department can do about them.

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Advanced Candidate Assessment: Back Channel References

January 29, 2015 at 12:33 PM Rob Stevenson

Today, I want to take some time to dig into the middle of the hiring cycle. Let's assume you've already sourced, qualified, engaged, and brought in your candidate for the first round of interviews. Easy enough! They performed admirably, so you've scheduled them for round two, and it's time to follow up with their references. You know what's coming. Someone's not going to list a reference unless they know they're going to receive a glowing recommendation, so you'll need to ask some truly hard hitting questions if you want to get a genuine look. Even then, if you can to get a full view of a candidate, you're going to want to do some sleuthing and get some info from someone who might not be expecting your call. Operation: Back Channel Recruiting is now in effect.

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Meet the World’s Greatest Sourcer

January 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM Kathleen de Lara

It could be you!

We’re excited to announce the kickoff of the World’s Greatest Sourcer, your chance to prove you’ve got the search skills to find and engage talent better than anyone else in the space. Seriously.

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Here's the Most Overlooked Step of the Hiring Process

January 27, 2015 at 12:47 PM Kathleen de Lara


Before you kick back, relax, and breathe a little air of relief after filling a few of your open positions, there’s one more thing we need to bug you about your latest hires.

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Are You a Career Recruiter, or a Desk Filler?

January 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM Rob Stevenson

Hello {},

I viewed your profile, and based on your experience I think you'd be a great fit for {role}. It's a hot opportunity at a well-funded startup, working with social analytics and advertising in a mobile, cloud-based platform. We offer competitive salary as well as an equity component. Please let me know if you're interested, and we can set up a few minutes to chat.


Have you ever sent the above email or InMail? Please do me, other recruiters, and top talent a huge favor, and never do it again. I know I'm not suggesting anything revolutionary by condemning the indistinguishable-from-spam mass message, and what use is commenting on a problem without offering a solution? Rather than sending mass emails, I'd like to suggest a different approach. Obviously, the more personal you can make outreach, the better, but even in the event of a carefully tailored message, you can't get away from the truth that you're selfishly looking to fill a role for your company. Choosing between careless spam and curated selfishness is no happy dichotomy, so instead, why not try an approach that genuinely seeks to help people? I'm talking about a brief exploratory call where you focus on the candidate's ambitions for their next move and their long term goals. In short, being a Career Recruiter.

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4 Recruiting and HR Blogs to Add to Your Team’s Reading List

January 23, 2015 at 12:17 PM Kathleen de Lara

New hiring team? Check.

You’re already on your way to filling your open reqs. Sounds too good to be true, right? Training sourcers and recruiters is a continual cycle of practice, nurturing, trial-and-error, and success.

Among the tools, networks, and training guides you’ve equipped your team with, there should be a solid reading list of hiring books, blogs, and websites to help them stay updated, inspired, and innovative with their sourcing and engagement strategies.

Here’s what’s sitting on our virtual nightstand.

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Best Outreach Strategies for Recruiting Millennials

January 22, 2015 at 11:47 AM Rob Stevenson

I know what you're thinking. Not another post on how to best manage, understand, and engage with the slippery, narcissistic, digital native, upwardly mobile and hyper career-ladder focused millennial generation. Rather than riff on how they need to be given regular feedback, how they're expert multitaskers, entrepreneurial in spirit and focused on personal development and career growth, I'm just going  to go through the most effective ways to reach out and get the process started. It's a simple part of the hiring cycle, but with a generation well-versed in every sort of digital communication, one faux pas could turn them off to your entire organization.

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Announcing Entelo's Latest eBook: Predictions and Trends for Data-Driven Hiring in 2015

January 21, 2015 at 12:44 PM Kathleen de Lara

Do you know who you're hiring in 2015?

We took another look into our crystal ball with the hopes of finding some answers to our most pressing questions.

  • What's in store for recruiters in the New Year?
  • Are recruiters' and hiring managers' jobs changing?
  • How can companies keep up with the war for talent by properly equipping their own hiring teams?
  • What's with all the hubbub around data-driven hiring? Ephemeral trend, or a force to seriously be reckoned with?

Our crystal ball turned up zilch, so we turned to the industry's top influencers for their insights on engaging, hiring, and retaining talent in this golden age. 

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Talent Acquisition & Retention Study Reveals Key Hiring Trends

January 20, 2015 at 11:10 AM Rob Stevenson

The fine folks over at Harris Allied have today presented the results from an extensive survey aimed at putting some numbers on recruiting, hiring, and retention.  The findings represent the experiences and concerns of all manner of talent, from Analysts up to CEOs, and now that they have three years in the books, some trends are beginning to make themselves more clear. Let's take a look at some of the key findings.

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Missed Our Webinar on 3 Sites to Find Hidden Tech Talent? Here’s the Quick Version

January 16, 2015 at 12:12 PM Kathleen de Lara

Want to source talent unseen by your recruiting competitors? We’ve got you covered.

We rounded off our tech recruiting webinar series this week with a final run-through of not just three, but five other networks to source the top engineers, data scientists, designers, and other candidates for your hard-to-fill roles.

Push aside those go-to networks saturated with other recruiters vying for the same people, and scope out tech talent on sites like AngelList, Quora, and Meetup.

Think you’ve sailed and sourced through all waters of the tech world to find the best candidates? Check out these highlights from our webinar and find out.

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