Kim Pope: How to Beat The War for Talent in 2015 [SlideShare]

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Is there a war for talent?

Our good friend and incredibly talented recruiter Kim Pope says there is. Kim works (fights) in one of the tightest talent markets out there: California’s tech industry.

Now, your industry might not feel like a battlefield.

You might not need to fight tooth and nail to hire candidates before your competitors snatch them up. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a savvier, better-performing recruiter in 2015. That doesn’t mean you can’t adopt – and benefit from – a few tactics from the trenches.

So we asked Kim for her insights on how to win the ‘war for talent’ in 2015. She came up with six tips – call them resolutions, if you like – for standing out in a crowded employer market and catching your ideal candidate’s attention.

We put them together for you in a little SlideShare presentation … 

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Recruiter Kim Pope: How to Beat the #WarForTalent in 2015

Why follow Kim’s advice? 6.25 a month – that’s her average engineer hires, per month, in California tech’s ultra-tight talent market.

Don’t just say you’re interested – show it. Be different; be creative. Find out the candidate’s favourite restaurant [check Instagram] and send them a gift card with a note that reads “we want you”.

Get off of email. Get out there and actually go meet your candidate. Make your pitch face-to-face.

Don’t be so formal. Grab coffee, eat lunch, play Ping-Pong. Let the candidate relax so you can get to know them on a personal basis.

Be completely transparent. Let the candidate know why you want to hire them, what you’re looking for as a company, and how you can help them grow.

Be brief, be bold, be gone. Give the candidate just enough to bite on – just enough for them to want to know more.

Maintain and expect integrity. Don’t let hot talent play you (or your competitors). A good hire needs to want you as much as you want them.

Now, go out and get them.

Pithy insights – Kim Pope [@kimdpope]
Writing & layout – Christian De Pape [@christiandepape]

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