There may be a disconnect between candidates and employers, an incongruence in where candidates and employers spend time searching each other. This is quite a surprise in the age of information and transparency.
The year 2018 has come and gone, and it’s been an interesting year here at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. We’ve shifted gears, changed the status quo, and become much more dynamic in recruiting and sourcing. We’ve gone from the “what is a sourcer” mentality to sourcing and outreach becoming a major focal point in our day today.
Many companies are looking to build out internal sourcing teams strategically aligned within the organization due to the value sourcers bring to an organization. We will dive further into this in the next article “The Sourcing Impact on the Business,” so be sure to stay tuned. Being able to source is a skill and a talent that takes practice. With unemployment at an all-time low, candidates do not just come running to opportunities anymore. Companies have to find new ways to attract talent and retain that talent as well. In this article, we will look at the job market for a sourcer and how to position yourself to stand out.
There has been a high demand for sourcing tools and extensions. Many sourcing tools come and go, yet the market is undoubtedly hot for an extension that enables us to better communicate with candidates.
This is the sense I get when reading so many articles or LinkedIn posts. Recruiters, especially new ones, are evil. They are lower than car salespeople, worse than the political campaign calls and just a wee bit better than the fake IRS calls. How in the heck did the profession of finding/helping people get jobs turn in to the butt of endless Reddit snark?
When we sit in face-to-face conversations with others, whether it’s a friend, your child, your spouse, or teammate; how frequently are you thinking about nothing else other than the words that are coming out of the individual’s mouth? Probably not too often. You may be surprised to know that research shows only about 10% of us listen effectively.
The power of communication is a fantastic thing. Reflect upon a recent conversation with someone that went great. The one whereas you walked away you felt like you had a clear image or purpose from what was discussed. The chances are that person was a great communicator. Maybe they told a great story or painted a crystal clear picture. There’s a variety of ways to be a great communicator.
This has to be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking experiences. The question that came up during the interview process along with even networking with other individuals, “How would you handle the change of pace?” Depending on the size of the agency and the corporation which you are moving to and from would alter this but the principle still stays the same.