Apr 16, 2018
Most recruiters are lazy. Things are broken, great talent is
slipping through companies’ fingers, and no one is doing anything
about it. Is it because they don’t want to, or because they don’t
know how to? Today Laurie talks to ‘America’s Best Recruiter,’ Tim
Sackett. Tim answers the most common questions he gets from talent
recruitment managers including how he would fix recruitment for
- Laurie asks a very pointed question: can recruitment be fixed
or does it need to be changed from the ground up? According to Tim,
there’s no single answer. Maybe it’s just a tech or metrics
measurement problem. Perhaps it’s the company’s brand or even their
- Tim dispels some major myths about why recruitment and
retention are broken and it’s NOT candidate experience. That’s a
made-up concept. So is employee experience. If you disagree, you
need to hear Tim’s example from the movie Jerry McGuire.
Are you the kind of boss you need to be? If so, the candidate and
employee experience fall into line naturally.
- Do you have to be a great manager to be a great leader and vice
versa? Tim’s answer to this question is very revealing, and if you
don’t know the subtle difference between the two, there’s a very
good chance you’ll find your talent problem there.
- Some leaders/managers do all the right things when it comes to
ticking off boxes. But the big thing they’re missing is compassion,
empathy. Tim is quick to advise against firing them or moving them
to non-management positions. His pragmatic view might surprise
- Tim and Laurie diverge just a bit from the topic to talk about
putting content out there into the world, how to do it when you
don’t know how, and how to deal with the haters even if you’re from
Gen X or before. This is advice you don’t want to miss because it
applies to more than just putting your content online.
- Tim is releasing a book, The Talent Fix. In it, he
addresses the major problems he sees when he works with companies.
First among those is the belief that tech is the problem, not
people. He gives his advice on how to deal with that issue right
off the bat. Before you even ASK him for help.
- You’ve heard of the ‘days to fill’ directive for recruitment
teams. Tim explains the breakdown of why that measurement fails and
offers an alternative: the recruitment funnel. It works kind of
like a sales funnel and at the end of it, if you have 10 candidates
and you only want to interview 1 of them, you know your funnel is
- Tim blows the lid off the truth about recruiters. They want
that big paycheck but they don’t want to recruit. Instead, they
want to be recruiting administrators, and Tim explains what that
means, the ‘post and pray.’ In the same vein, Tim and Laurie talk
about being mediocre or being exceptional at work. Where do you
fall on the scale, and where do you want to be?
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