The 7 Secrets of World-Class Recruiting Organizations (Part 5 of 7): Sharpen Your Saw

December 11, 2012 at 3:40 AM by Vivek Reddy

This is the fifth post in a seven-part series entitled "The 7 Secrets of World-Class Recruiting Organizations" covering some subtle tactics for how to use social media to recruit candidates. You can read the previous posts in the series here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Secret #5: “Sharpen your saw.” What tools do you use to recruit? When’s the last time you added a new tool to your toolkit? The best recruiting organizations in the world look at their tools the same way Tiger Woods looks at golf clubs and Maria Sharapova looks at tennis racquets. They stop at nothing to find the absolute best tools in the world that will give them an edge at finding great candidates.

They think about where their top candidates hang out. Facebook perhaps? Are you using Facebook Ads for recruiting yet? If you aren’t, why not? The world’s best recruiting organizations are.

These organizations are on job boards of sites like Github and Dribbble early because they know that the getting is good when you’re one of the first people to discover a high-quality audience. They want to get the best candidates and this means being ahead of the curve on where the best people hang out.

And they’re always testing new tools. Of course they’re using Entelo but they’ve also tried out Branchout, Gild, Identified, TalentBin, Work4 Labs and other cutting-edge tools. Sure, a lot of those tools won’t be the right fit but they’ll darn well make sure they’ve tried as many things as they can before they settle on what they’ll use long-term. The right tool represents an order of magnitude improvement in productivity and so it’s worth it to them to spend the time to make sure they are using the best possible equipment.

And it’s not always about spending a lot of money either. In fact, a little while back on our blog we wrote a post entitled 7 Power Tools for Talent Scouts. The tools highlighted in that post will set you back less than the cost of dinner- well worth the investment for things that can help you do your job better and reduce the amount of time you need to spend at the office.

We’re geeks for great tools so if you come across anything amazing be sure to let us know and we’ll hook you up with some great Entelo swag! :)

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