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This Thanksgiving, Remember to Give Thanks for the Jobseekers

Thanksgiving_work Are you preparing to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast? Perhaps you aren't even working the day before Thanksgiving, taking off an extra day to prepare.

Not to put a damper on the holiday, but it's worth remembering that while we are relaxing, others are working, and many would prefer to be working. In a poll Nexxt conducted last week, 49% of job seekers said they would be willing to work on Thanksgiving. Another 13% were already doing so. A sad sign of the times that, despite being several years into the recovery, a large number of people would forego a day spent with family and friends for an additional paycheck.

Will you be spending Thanksgiving with any of these job seekers? If so, keep in mind that they may put on a positive face even if their thoughts are elsewhere. And, as recruiters, are we giving thanks for the people that are looking for work?  Are we striving to truly understand the person behind the resume?  When candidates apply and interview for open positions within or through our organizations, are we putting ourselves in their shoes. . . thinking and appreciating the time, energy, personal scheduling logistics, the daycare arrangements and the fretting and stress that they’re experiencing as they prepare to put on their best face for us and the hiring managers?  Are we making an effort to sincerely tell them thank you for investing part of their life to explore opportunities at our company, even if they’re not a fit? 

How do we help build the confidence of each and every candidate that we meet by being open, up-front, and honest with them?  Are we treating them in the same way that we want to be treated?  Even though we’re in the driver’s seat, we should strive always to maintain an attitude of gratitude, not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the entire year.  We never know when we may be the candidate sitting on the other side of the desk.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nexxt is a recruitment media company that uses today’s most effective marketing tactics to reach the full spectrum of talent – from active to passive, and everything in between. Learn more about hiring with Nexxt.


The ‘Sultan of Sourcing’ has Spoken!

Shally_Steckerl_book_coverOK, he’s finally done it. Shally Steckerl, the Jedi master of all things recruiting and sourcing,  has spewed out his vast knowledge into 488 pages of pure sourcing joy.

Earlier this month, Shally released his new book, The Talent Sourcing & Recruiting Handbook on Amazon....and it's even in electronic format for you eReader junkies.  For those of you who don’t know Shally, he’s probably the most visible, vocal and creative thinker when it comes to sourcing talent online.  In addition to providing comprehensive online and in-person training through his company, The Sourcing Institute, Shally also speaks at over 50 events annually and is a master at figuring out how to reach into the nooks and crannies of the Internet to perform deep sourcing efforts and extract talent. 

Shally_steckerl_sourcing_recruitingIn addition to being smart, he’s a pretty interesting and unique human being, and he’s larger than life on stage. An excited and rapid method of delivery, coupled with his brutal honesty, make his presentations a welcome diversion from the boring and bulleted PowerPoint drudgeries that we’re all accustomed to. During his sessions, you’ll find yourself feverishly taking notes about the amazing and interesting methods he has uncovered that can help recruiters and sourcers mine the free and paid resume sources, search engines, and internal employee lists. And now, we get to own his brain. Pretty cool.

Having known Shally professionally for many years, I thought it would be fun to catch up with him and ask him a few questions about his book.

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Nexxt (formerly Beyond) Awarded Patent for Social Recruiting Technology

Software provides an easy way for companies to create their own talent community and build a lasting relationship with professionals

Nexxt, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 8,543,515 recognizing the invention of a technology that allows for social recruiting, the process of sourcing or recruiting job candidates through the use of social platforms.

As the economy continues to recover and more employment options present themselves, recruiters and HR professionals are seeking methods of retaining promising candidates in hopes of staying connected with them over the long term. The patented social recruiting technology from Nexxt provides an intuitive solution by enabling companies to build their own database of qualified people seeking employment opportunities, thereby creating a unique talent community that allows for increased engagement and the option of future hiring.

“This technology allows for a holistic account of all candidate interactions, thereby streamlining the recruitment process and the enhancement of corporate brands,” said Rich Milgram, CEO of Nexxt. “While the practice of social recruiting is still fairly nascent in the industry, we see value in taking a leadership position to help companies navigate the social media landscape to connect with the right talent, and allow professionals to follow companies of interest—it’s mutually beneficial for both parties.”

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