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6 easy things that many job seekers fail to do

6 easy things that many job seekers fail to do

There are plenty of life hacks when it comes to job hunting, and if you’re a job seeker you need to take advantage of them. They’re easy, and they may be obvious, but they’re also effective. Here are some of the simple steps you can take towards job seeking success.

Update your LinkedIn profile

In today’s connected world, a LinkedIn profile is an absolute must for any professional – especially one who’s looking for work. A complete, up-to-date and well thought out profile will give employers insights that aren’t necessarily available through your resume, including endorsements and recommendations. You will also be accessible to recruiters who use LinkedIn to search for and specifically target talent, so ensure your profile is detailed and updated. When you update your profile your connections will receive notifications, and that will help keep you front-of-mind.



 
 
 

Time to make your next move?

Time to make your next move?

Overworked, underpaid. Challenged or motivated? The economy is picking up, and our view from the recruiter's chair is a positive one for candidates.

As recruitment budgets thaw, job seekers will have more power when choosing that next role, having the tools at your fingertips to research the values, employees and opinions of your prospective companies well before the interview stage. But how will you define your decision criteria for your next move?

Our advice is simple. Think carefully about what’s important to you. For many candidates salary is no longer the main driver, with many of our job seekers looking for career progression and development, project innovation and technical challenge as the next step. Strong Employer Brands are also topping the wishlist for job seekers. Businesses are becoming increasingly transparent so take the time to visit their website, social media feeds and employer recommendation sites like Glass Door. It’s never been easier to access information on your prospective employer so take advantage of the opportunity.



 
 
 

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and the Engineering Industry

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and the Engineering Industry

Engineering, utilities and energy are all sectors which are bucking the trend in these gloomy economic times. Whether it's a career in automotive, technology/electronics, nuclear, renewable energy or oil and gas, being an engineer is probably the safest job with the best career opportunities currently available anywhere. However, perception and severe under investment in previous generations of talent has resulted in a major global skills gap.

 
 
 

Building Talent Communities: 5 Lessons from the Frontline

Building Talent Communities: 5 Lessons from the Frontline

Search for the term ‘Talent Communities’ on Google and you’ll find scores of articles with a variety of definitions and opinions. The inexorable rise of social media over the last ten years generated the idea of social recruitment which informed the notion of talent communities.

There is no denying it’s a hot topic in recruitment but few practitioners are taking talent communities from concept to reality at the current time.

As part of our service offering to our client (Australia’s largest energy provider), Hudson RPO has been building a number of communities in niche industries where talent is scarce and the roles are critical to the company. Here are the top five lessons we’ve learned.

 
 
 

The Use of CRM in Talent Pipelining

The Use of CRM in Talent Pipelining

Smart companies don’t wait until they have a need to hire to begin recruiting talent. Building a talent pipeline, or a database of qualified individuals you can quickly connect with when a hiring need arises, is a mark of an excellent recruitment philosophy. It is the proactive approach to recruiting that is vital to be successful.

A Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) system is an excellent tool to assist with this problem and so many more obstacles we come across in finding talent. Leveraging a CRM in combination with talent pipeline methodology is a competitive advantage necessary in today’s world.

We always strive to have prospects ready and waiting when an opening occurs within our organization. Leveraging a CRM is a way to organize your contacts, learn more about a prospective candidate, let the prospective candidate learn know more about you, and increase your chances of hiring the right individual faster.

 
 
 

Tips for Contacting a Hiring Manager After Your Interview

Tips for Contacting a Hiring Manager After Your Interview

You've just completed a job interview and you walk out of the office thinking, "Nailed it!"

So what happens next when you're working with a recruiter?

In the past, applicants were advised to simply sit back and wait for a phone call from the hoped-for employer. These days, there are several proactive steps you can take to remain "top of mind" with the hiring manager, which is precisely where you want to be.

The key point to remember is that all post-interview activities should go through your IT recruiter — not the person who interviewed you. Why? Because your recruiter is in the best position to know the most appropriate methods of staying in touch.

 
 
 

Hire a Veteran: Roadblocks and Solutions to Supporting Vets

Hire a Veteran: Roadblocks and Solutions to Supporting Vets

Call it a case of good intentions: While the idea of supporting vets by adding them to your employee pool sounds great, it doesn't always come to fruition. Whether it's more qualified applicants, scheduling issues, or simply a poor fit, while you might hope to hire a veteran, it's sometimes hard to follow through. Still, if you're dedicated to making sure vets have a place in your company, there are ways to increase the chances of adding the right people to your team and hiring veterans.

Hiring Roadblocks
One of the issues facing companies hoping to hire vets is simply that of a rapidly moving job market and veteran job-seeking knowledge. Veterans are not aware of the opportunities that are in the marketplace. The jobs in the IT industry move fast; by the time a job is posted and searched for, it could be filled by someone relatively quickly due to a high demand of IT professionals.

 
 
 

Recruitment Process Outsourcing in 95 Seconds

Recruitment Process Outsourcing in 95 Seconds

What is RPO? Sure everybody knows what “recruiting” is, and they know what “outsourcing” means, but do you really understand the full benefits of an RPO solution?

 
 
 

Top Pitfalls to Avoid when Implementing an RPO Solution

Top Pitfalls to Avoid when Implementing an RPO Solution

You've chosen your RPO partner by assessing their performance, track record and potential as a long term partner. After determining that your culture and values align, you negotiated competitive commercial terms and finally signed on the dotted line. You're ready for the smooth launch of your new RPO program!

However… in reality it's not until solution implementation that you can truly assess your RPO partner. Implementation is the barometer of success for the overall RPO solution. Get the solution started on the right track by reducing risk and avoiding some of the common pitfalls associated with implementing change programs:

 
 
 

Hiring Manager Skills Impact Quality of Hire

Hiring Manager Skills Impact Quality of Hire

In the Hudson RPO/SharedXpertise Hiring for Success report, the vast majority (97%) of firms surveyed admit that measuring quality of hire is important, but remarkably more than two-thirds (69%) have not implemented a plan to do so.

The bottom line: if you want to improve productivity and reduce turnover costs, you must focus on hiring quality.

 
 
 
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