Recruitment News from NPAworldwide

by Veronica Blatt

I don’t normally use this space to directly talk about NPAworldwide, but in the world of recruitment news, we have had a couple of notable events in the past week that are worth sharing.

First, for regular readers of our blog, you’ll have noticed regular contributions from Dave Nerz. Dave has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2024. Our Board of Directors has been engaged in a search process to find his replacement and we are pleased to announce that Kerry Crockett, MBA, CPC, CAE, CMP Fellow, DES has joined NPAworldwide as our new President and COO. Kerry comes to us most recently from the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association where she served as CEO. She is a dynamic professional with a strong background in team building, product development, strategic planning, international event planning, event profitability, membership growth and sponsor recruitment. We are excited for this new chapter in NPAworldwide’s nearly 70-year history. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from Kerry as she settles into her role. Read the rest of this entry »


Every Day is March Madness in Recruiting

by Liz Carey

basketball net with basketball in itRecruiters are constantly faced with challenges, obstacles, and the unpredictable nature of the job. Sound familiar? That’s because recruiting is a lot like March Madness – the annual college basketball tournament that captivates audiences around the world. In this blog post, we will explore how the recruiting industry mirrors the excitement, intensity, and unpredictability of March Madness. Read the rest of this entry »


Winning the Talent Wars: How to Secure Top Talent for Your Business

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Rachelle Mire, senior account executive at McQuaig, a global leader in talent management solutions. McQuaig assessments are designed to provide a deeper insight into a candidate’s personality, cognitive, and behavioral attributes. With over 50 years of experience, McQuaig assessments provide a comprehensive view of a candidate and their potential to succeed in an organization while shedding light on the most important areas of employee development. Read on to learn what you need to do to win the talent wars.

In today’s competitive business landscape, attracting and retaining top talent is crucial for success. The talent wars are heating up as companies vie for skilled professionals who can drive innovation, boost productivity, and fuel growth. To come out on top, businesses must adopt effective strategies that matter most in securing top talent. In this blog, we’ll explore key tactics and approaches to help you navigate the talent wars successfully. Read the rest of this entry »


Marketing Most Placeable Candidates For Business Development

by Liz Carey

Ace of spades playing card amongst other cardsIn the competitive world of recruitment, the ability to identify and attract top talent can make or break a business. As recruiters, your success hinges on your ability to connect qualified candidates with the right opportunities. However, in order to truly excel in this field, it is essential to focus on marketing Most Placeable Candidates (MPCs). These individuals possess the skills, experience, and attitude that set them apart from the rest. By strategically targeting and promoting MPCs, you can elevate your business development efforts and achieve unparalleled results. Read the rest of this entry »


Understanding Key Recruitment Trends: Insights for 2024

by Dave Nerz

Recruitment trends play a pivotal role in shaping hiring strategies and understanding the dynamics of the job market. Here are some key recruitment trends to keep a close eye on:

Sectoral Job Growth Dynamics:

In 2023, an astonishing 79% of non-farm job growth was concentrated within a select few sectors: government, education, and health services. This data, extracted from the Glassdoor December Jobs Report, sheds light on the discrepancy between sectors experiencing growth and those facing challenges, such as manufacturing or finance. Understanding this disparity is crucial for recruiters navigating the landscape of job availability and demand. Read the rest of this entry »


Global Net Employment Outlook 26% for Q1

by Veronica Blatt

green and blue watercolor-style world mapDespite global economic uncertainty and continued recession woes, the latest Employment Outlook Survey from Manpower Group indicates that 42 percent of employers anticipate increased hiring this quarter. With 16 percent of employers anticipate shrinking payroll, that leads to a net employment outlook of +26 percent. This is a decrease of four percent from Q4, but a YOY increase of three percent. Thirty-nine percent of employers don’t anticipate any changes to current staffing levels. Read the rest of this entry »


Employers Aren’t Changing Relocation Packages Despite the Market

by Veronica Blatt

Our guest blogger is Roman Duty of Recruiting Services International / RSI in Rushville, Indiana. RSI is a boutique executive search firm that celebrated 50 consecutive years of business in 2020. The firm provides highly individualized recruiting services to clients on a local, regional, and international basis. RSI’s recruiting activities are focused on high-level technical search and managerial placement in many manufacturing arenas. Read his post below about relocation packages.

As I finish my four-year tenure as a Board Director with NPAworldwide, I asked network members to comment on the current state of their clients’ commitment to relocating talent for their open positions. More specifically, I was most interested in learning if their clients had recently or EVER amended relocation packages. As recruiters, we know the recruiting market can change dramatically but I was amazed to discover that of the 25-30 recruiting firm owners who responded, not a single one disclosed a client having changed their relocation policy in at least five years. Isn’t this bad for business?

For middle-management or high-end individual contributor roles (up to $125K), the relocation packages were all strikingly similar, $5,000-$15,000 lump sum. That’s it. Take it or leave it. Relo packages offered between these roles and upper management/directors, C-suite is often incredibly dramatic. The vast majority of employees for a company are not in upper management, but they are overwhelmingly the engine that powers company profitability. Factor in new market trends such as sky-high interest rates and candidates are more reluctant than ever to move. When asked if they were relocating more or less candidates, a single firm owner said it was more in 2023.

A few years ago, companies began to get creative with how they attract and retain talent. Unlimited vacation, hybrid-remote options, higher salaries, cafeterias with more food options than Mall of America, etc.… In shifting markets, I would think companies would be more strategic and innovative with relocation offerings. For instance, many of us have clients with multiple sites but the relocation packages never deviate regardless of cost-of-living in certain areas? Painting with a broad brush, wouldn’t you say?

In the ever-competitive landscape of attracting the best talent, it behooves companies to pivot and take a closer look at relocation packages across all levels of employment. At some point, we’ve all coached clients in one way or another on their recruiting strategy, but relo packages remain outside of our touch points. Despite shifting sands, it appears that companies are unable to move quickly enough in this area to keep up with market changes.


Recruiters: The Cupids of Hiring

by Liz Carey

Statue of Cupid shooting his arrow

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air. But for recruiters, the focus is on finding the perfect match between job seekers and employers. Just like Cupid, recruiters have the ability to bring two parties together in a way that can change their lives forever. In this blog post, we’ll explore how recruiters are like Cupid — the ultimate matchmaker — and why their role in matching jobs to candidates and candidates to jobs is so important.

  1. Understanding Compatibility

Just as Cupid has an innate understanding of what makes two people compatible, recruiters have an expert knowledge of what qualifications and skills make a candidate perfect for a particular job. They don’t just go through resumes and pick out anyone who looks good on paper; they take the time to understand what each employer needs in an employee and use that information to find someone who is not only qualified but also fits well with the company culture.

  1. Making Introductions

Once a recruiter has identified a qualified candidate who would be a good fit for a particular job opening, they don’t hesitate to make introductions between the candidate and the employer. This is where their skills as a matchmaker really come into play – they know how to sell both sides on why they’re each perfect for one another. They highlight the candidate’s strengths and show how those strengths align with the employer’s needs.

  1. Overcoming Obstacles

Just like in any romantic relationship, there can be obstacles that stand in the way of making a successful match between a candidate and an employer. It could be anything from salary negotiations to scheduling conflicts or even personality clashes between team members. Recruiters have experience navigating these challenges and finding creative solutions that benefit everyone involved.

  1. Building Long-Term Relationships

Cupid doesn’t just fire off arrows willy-nilly; he takes the time to carefully consider each match and ensure that it has the potential for longevity. Similarly, recruiters don’t just place a candidate in a job and move on to the next one. They take the time to build relationships with both the candidate and employer, ensuring that everyone is happy with the match and that it has long-term potential.

  1. Spreading The Love

Finally, just as Cupid spreads love wherever he goes, recruiters are constantly networking and building connections within their industry. They attend conferences, join professional organizations, and stay up-to-date on all of the latest trends in recruitment. This allows them to keep making successful matches between candidates and employers – spreading positivity and success wherever they go.

In conclusion, recruiters truly are the ultimate matchmaker – bringing together two halves to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Just as Cupid understands what makes two people compatible, recruiters understand what qualifications make a candidate perfect for a particular job. They make introductions between candidates and employers while overcoming obstacles that might stand in their way. Recruiters also build long-term relationships with those they work with while constantly striving to spread positivity throughout their industry by networking at every opportunity. So this Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate our favorite matchmakers – recruiters.


Benefits of Attending Professional Recruitment Conferences

by Veronica Blatt

montage of attendees from NPAworldwide professional recruitment conferencesProfessional recruitment conferences offer a host of benefits to attendees and are an important opportunity for training and development. We’re getting into the thick of our conference planning for 2024, and here are some of the main reasons members cite as reasons for attending in-person events.

Networking—Year after year, networking ranks as one of the top, if not the main, reasons for attending professional recruitment conferences. This can come from meeting other like-minded professionals in your practice area. It can mean meeting speakers or service providers and bringing those resources into your office for your whole team. It can mean getting to know the staff of the hosting organization and how that can lead to future business opportunities. We’ve seen speakers gain new business by talking with sponsors about other events. We’ve seen service providers create business opportunities among each other. And we’ve seen personal and professional relationships that have blossomed into lifelong friendships as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Mastering Videoconferencing Lighting: A Guide for Recruiters and Job Seekers

by Veronica Blatt

image of a man in front of a laptop with poor lightingIn the dynamic world of professional recruitment, how you present yourself can be the difference between landing that coveted opportunity or being passed over. Today, we’re focusing on a vital yet often overlooked aspect of your digital presentation – lighting.

The Impact of Lighting on Videoconferencing

What makes one video call visually appealing and another less so? The answer is simple, yet profound – lighting. Proper lighting not only enhances your on-camera appearance but also projects an image of professionalism and attention to detail. It’s not about vanity; it’s about visibility. Read the rest of this entry »


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