Chronically open positions

The best hook to attract high value employees

High Value employees always have options. Virtually never do they have to look for a job. High value employees are always employed because their employers see their value. If they move jobs it is almost always due to their employer making a mistake. The mistake leads to the employee leaving or in most cases they make a decision to listen to other opportunities.

Saying no and other difficult things

Recently I was working on identifying recruiting sources for a client. I ended up at two sources which were almost identical. The physical locations were very similar. They were physically close. A few minutes from each other actually. The people who were at the locations were demographically identical. The goals of the people were also very similar. My visits were at the same time of day.  

Does your organization reek of desperation?

High value employees can smell desperation from miles away. They will have plenty of opportunities and will not go somewhere that is desperate. High value employees always know what comes along with the desperation. They want no part of it. Low value candidates will look for desperation. They know they have a greater chance of being hired. Low value will not care about the other factors as it will not affect them.

An engine overhaul versus replacing a switch

Years ago I had a car with a problem. You could be driving along and it would just stop. It would not restart until it was ready. When it was ready, it started and ran until it did not want to run anymore. We took it to a mechanic and they said we needed a complete engine overhaul. It was going to cost a fortune. I had several issues with their explanation of the problem.

How to increase both candidate quality and productivity

Every time you hire, you are setting a standard either high or low. The applicant pool will know your employer reputation. The really good quality candidates will steer far from a company who will hire anyone. The good employees know they are good and know what it is like to work with bad employees. They don’t want to waste their time.

Managing your employer reviews and reputation

"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”

Your organization has an employer reputation. Your employer reputation is not what you think it is. Your reputation is what THEY think it is. They may be wrong. It may be easily proven to be wrong. But until you start getting the facts out there and effectively communicate, it will not change.