Global Recruiting

Wasting Time on Bad Job Orders?

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Bill Benson with WilliamCharles Search Group located in Grand Rapids, MI. WilliamCharles is an executive search and professional recruiting firm specialized in finding managerial and executive talent in finance, HR, operations, sales/marketing as well as president/CEO roles. They have a concentration of clients in Michigan but they also work across the US. Bill is the chairman of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors. Bill shares his thoughts on bad job orders and how to reduce the amount of time you spend working on those.

Can we agree that time is our most important commodity? More time is wasted on bad job orders than any other aspect of our business. What determines a good job order? Below are concepts, suggestions and questions to help you evaluate the investment of your time! Read the rest of this entry »


How tech recruiters can overcome the new H-1B visa changes

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Kate Ashford, Monster contributor. Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), is the global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and people. Monster uses the world’s most advanced technology to help people Find Better, matching job seekers to opportunities via digital, social and mobile solutions including monster.com®, our flagship website, and employers to the best talent using a vast array of products and services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network.  Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities globally. For more information visit about-monster.com.

Anyone who’s relied on the kind of talent afforded by the H-1B visa program (think programmers, engineers and scientists) is probably feeling the pain of recent changes—and struggling to fill the hiring gaps these new rules have created.

The H-1B visa program provides temporary visas to educated foreign professionals to work in “specialty occupations” – think mathematics, engineering and technology. For the tech industry, workers on H-1B visas are a huge commodity, as the U.S. doesn’t have enough skilled tech workers to meet demand. Read the rest of this entry »


What Is Important to Hiring Managers?

by Dave Nerz

There are millions of jobs openings that go unfilled each month. The global talent shortage is one reason, but other factors contribute to this condition.

Studies done by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have shown there is a disconnect between what job seekers, recruiters and hiring managers think is important to secure a job interview. The interview is obviously a critical step in the process of filling a job. Candidates are focused on work experience as the most critical factor, while only 37% of recruiters say work experience is the top factor in filtering candidates. In still other studies, hiring managers list “accomplishments” as the top consideration and “skills and abilities” before “work experience” as determining factors. Read the rest of this entry »


Global Hiring Plans Show Q4 Growth

by Veronica Blatt

global payroll outlookManpowerGroup has released its global Employment Outlook Survey results for the upcoming fourth quarter. Payrolls are expected to grow in 43 of the 44 countries that participated in the survey. The other country expects a flat hiring environment. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, 15 of the surveyed countries expect stronger hiring, 23 countries expect less hiring, while the final six report no change. The breakdown is identical when compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. The labor market globally remains strong. Some of the survey highlights include: Read the rest of this entry »


Selling Recruitment Risk Framework During Business Development

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Taufik Arief with People Search Indonesia, based in Jakarta. People Search Indonesia serves clients in FMCG, pharmaceuticals, IT, telecommunication, general manufacturing, and fashion & retail. Taufik currently serves on the NPAworldwide Board of Directors representing Asia.

New potential clients always ask us, “What differentiates you from another search firm?” It is never easy to answer. As a recruiter, we hire talents for our client, matching their criteria, as fast as possible. All headhunting firms do the same thing; for some companies, creating a price war is inevitable. Some firms extend a guarantee period, adapt their payment terms, etc. As a retained search firm, my firm tries to bring a different way of doing business development. We put a concept within our recruitment practice. We introduce risk management for their recruitment practice. As their search firm, we do not only help to hire their talents but also serve as guardians of their recruitment process, results, and impact on their business. Read the rest of this entry »


What employers need to know about the July jobs report

by Veronica Blatt

July Jobs Report imageToday’s guest blogger is Lily Martis, Monster contributor. Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), is the global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and people. Monster uses the world’s most advanced technology to help people Find Better, matching job seekers to opportunities via digital, social and mobile solutions including monster.com®, our flagship website, and employers to the best talent using a vast array of products and services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network.  Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities globally. For more information visit about-monster.com.

The economy added 164,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate held at 3.7%. Here’s what you need to know.

Employers and economists alike looked to the July jobs report to set the tone for the second half of this year—and neither were disappointed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy expanded by 164,000 jobs in July. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained at a low 3.7%, and average hourly wages jumped up by 8 cents, totaling $27.98. Here are the headlines from July’s report. Read the rest of this entry »


Tech Salary Trends Across the Globe

by Veronica Blatt

Hired has released its fourth annual State of Salaries report, providing tech salary trends for a variety of data points around the world. Survey data is tabulated from the Hired database and includes positions such as data scientists, software engineers, product managers, and more.

Which city is paying the highest salary for tech workers?

Tech salaries in San Francisco are the highest in the USA, for the fourth straight year. However, salaries are quickly rising in Boston and Toronto (9% increase in 2018 vs 2017). Austin, London and Washington, DC are also seeing significant salary increases. Each of those cities show an average annual tech salary increase of 6 percent. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruitment an Inch Wide and a Mile Deep

by Veronica Blatt

recruitment and talent acquisition imageThis post is from guest blogger Scott King of Kings Resources in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Scott is a longtime member of NPAworldwide and is currently serving on our board of directors. Kings Resources is a boutique recruitment firm that specializes in the placement of contract and direct-hire information technology professionals.

I was fortunate to recently attend one of NPAworldwide’s many global conferences this year. This one was a networking meeting in Porto, Portugal and it was attended by many experienced recruitment professionals from Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Australia and Asia. Read the rest of this entry »


The Danger of Assumptions

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Laura LaBine from LaBine and Associates in the San Francisco Bay Area (USA). Laura is a member of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors, with responsibility for the network’s practice groups. LaBine and Associates is a boutique recruitment firm specializing in placing highly skilled individuals with clients in the cybersecurity, clean energy, high tech, fin-tech and other industries.

Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct. You can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble. Read the rest of this entry »


Replace NO with YES, BUT!

by Dave Nerz

In recruitment it is not always easy to get what you want or even what is needed to deliver top talent. Sometimes you just need to walk away and say NO to something that is headed the wrong way. Before sealing the deal’s fate with a NO, why not try what some refer to as the evil twin of YES, AND…try a YES, BUT.

I heard a recruiter recount a story recently in which a longtime client that had been increasingly difficult to work with asked a recruiter to do a search for a senior leadership role. The recruiter, overwhelmed with many easier-to-fulfill-upon open orders was going to say NO. A moment of inspiration hit the recruiter just before saying NO and they said, “YES, BUT I will require a search engagement fee of some proportion based on the importance of the role and time I will need to invest.” The result was an agreed YES and a retained search fee in place and working toward a filled position. Read the rest of this entry »