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Where can you go to find great employees?


Aside from looking through obvious sources such as the classifieds, where do you search for competent and reliable employees who understand your business ?


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Opened by Antoine Fournier, Consultant
Nov 16, 2012.



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Shane Granger Analyst
Nov 21, 2012

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Antoine,
One really good example of a multi-sourced and multi-channelled recruitment strategy (via a central repository for sorting & filtering) would be the SuccessFactors strategy. Their social media strategy is very good (their Twitter presence via @CareersatSF but they utilise other channels as well).

The monster in the room, in terms of a confluence of social media and recruitment is LinkedIn and its premium package is a must have tool for recruitment firms and departments.

My advice is always to utilise internal referrals and keep a really good recruitment Customer Relations Management System to track your interest over recruitment firms. Internal referrals can be found at a fraction of the price of utilising recruitment firms but more importantly your internal CRMS can then act as a 'mini LinkedIn'. Just because a person wasn't the right fit this year, doesn't mean they won't be in the future.
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Shane Granger Analyst
Nov 19, 2012

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Antoine, I know it wasn't your intent but its interesting that you utilised classifieds as an obvious source for new employees when the numbers are in on all classifieds as a source for employment or employee's. Classified revenues have collapsed by as much as 60%. In the US which is the bell weather for the global print advertising community the revenue has reduced from 44.93Bn in 2003 to just $20.69 in 2011 (data sourced from the Pew Research Centres Project for for excellence in Journalism). Classified employment revenue has actually surpassed that with the decline reaching 70-80% from a decade ago. These days classified employment ads would be one of my last options in recruitment.

Back to the original question. There is an enormous amount of choice in recruitment but my two favourites are: Multi-sourcing or multi-channeling, whereas you deploy an ad on a job board (or by another preferred method) then you utilise multiple channels to source the best prospects for the role, anything from internal referrals, CRM Db, graduate programs, employment days, utilising Social Media and direct advertising.

My favourite and absolutely preferred methodology though is to recruite someone I know or someone who has been referred by a trusted source.
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Antoine Fournier 61 Antoine Fournier Consultant

Nov 20, 2012
Shane, your statement about classified is true and well documented - thanks.
You said "multi-sourcing & multi-channeling" : this is exactely my question. Beside obvious Linkedin, what channel do you use? what suggestion do you make ?
(keeping in mind that trusted individual sources is the best).

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Andrew S. Baker Virtual CIO (Expert Technology Consulting Services), BrainWave Consulting Company, LLC
Nov 28, 2012

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Great employees will come from two major sources:
-- Referrals from your existing employees
-- Candidates who find you and desire to be a part of what you are building.

The second one means that you have to have a clear and positive buzz about who you are and what you are about so that people will want to work for you.
This means that a haphazard recruitment strategy is out of the window.

-ASB: http://XeeMe.com/AndrewBaker
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Jesse Domingo Leadership Adviser, Strategist
Oct 20, 2013


Classifieds, most often than not is the territory of employers looking for employees.

Good sources of great employees are normally seen in "forums" like Xperlink and LinkedIn.

One can not just judge a candidate based on his resume; for one, you'll never really know how he accomplished his achievements - like, he may have just been lucky to continue a program, or he may have just been caught by circumstances.

But with forums or blogs, you can determine the real quality of the candidate as you can ascertain his mind, capability and convictions.

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