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February 01, 2013

These Days, Recruiters are Worth The Money

Here's a nice article from Inc. Magazine by Vanessa Merit Nornberg, on how paying a recruiter to find candidates for your open positions can actually cost you less than trying to do it yourself by paying for postings, sourcing, screening, interviewing, and reference-checking your own candidates. I think business people forget that Time = Money.

Read the remainder of the original Inc. article here.

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When it comes to sourcing the right interview candidates, I've never been keen to use recruiters. But I recently changed my mind.

My company, Metal Mafia, has an excellent candidate screening process, a super training program, and a very successful team of employees to show for it.

But hiring has always been a difficult task for me because each time I get ready to hire, it takes me forever to find the right type of candidates to even get the screening process started.

Despite the fact that I carefully consider where to advertise for candidates--I try to maximize the search dollars and get a good mix of potential applicants--it always takes me a long time to find people suited well to the company, and therefore, even worth interviewing.

I've tried everything from placing ads on large job boards like, to smaller specialized job boards that cater to sales hires or fashion jobs, to local university boards where I can post for free (or close to it). Each time, I experience the same slow crawl toward finally finding the right person. It has taken me up to five months to find the right kind of hire in the past. So in November when I decided I needed to think about hiring for the new year, I was not optimistic.

Read the remainder of the original Inc. article here.




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