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Next Practices

Best Practices are so yesterday! They are sourcing and recruiting techniques designed for a time that has passed.

Next Practices are strategies and tactics for winning the real War for the Best Talent – the one you actually face today and will face tomorrow. They modernize your approach to:

  • Job Posting
  • Social Recruiting
  • Candidate Engagement
  • Optimizing the Candidate Experience
  • Managing Your Own Recruiting Career

so you maximize your success.

The book is composed of short, straight-to-the-point essays that can be read in ten or fifteen minutes and still transport you to a whole new dimension in the state-of-the art for recruiting and sourcing talent. With titles like Become a Talent Whisperer, Post-Social Recruiting, The Inconvenient Truth of Recruiting and Don’t Post a Job, Advertise Respect, they are sure to entertain and enlighten you.

So, don’t recruit with yesterday’s techniques. Get Next Practices and start recruiting right now with the next generation of recruiting mastery.

The book is available on Amazon. Click here to place your order.

The Other Important Experience

Much has been written and spoken over the past several years about the importance of optimizing the candidate experience. The research is unequivocal: if you want to hire top talent, you have to pay careful attention to how they are treated during the recruiting process. There’s just one catch: it’s impossible to treat candidates properly if recruiters lack the tool they need to perform at their peak. Said another way, the key to optimizing the candidate experience is first to optimize the recruiter’s experience.

How do you optimize the recruiter’s experience? Well, just as with candidates, it’s a multifaceted challenge. As a minimum, you must give them:

  • The budget to invest in recruitment advertising and other sourcing channels;
  • The management priority and attention to get the internal support they need to do their jobs effectively;
  • The training to keep their skills and knowledge at the state-of-the-art;
  • and

  • The tools to work productively and excel at their job.

While the first two can only be provided by an organization’s leadership, the second two are typically delivered by external vendors. And there’s the rub. How do you know what vendors to use and what products or services to procure?

Helping organizations answer those two questions is the goal of the Recruiting Service Innovation Awards or the ReSIs (pronounced Rezzis). They are an annual competition conducted by the International Association of Employment Web Sites (IAEWS), to celebrate the world’s best sourcing and recruiting products and services.

The 2014 Competition

This year marked the inaugural competition for the ReSIs. To ensure an unbiased process that focused on the recruiter’s experience, a Selection Committee of talent acquisition executives was empanelled from Hewlett-Packard Company; Hyatt Hotels Corporation; New Belgium Brewing Company; Outerwall, Inc.; and Meritage Talent Solutions. These individuals evaluated the nominations and selected the Semi-Finalists.

Product and service nominations were received from Canada, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. They spanned internal and external sourcing, screening, and candidate management and selection.

Fifteen Semi-Finalist organizations representing seventeen products or services were announced in April. Each organization was asked to provide contact information for a number of users who were surveyed about their experience with the organization’s product or service. The results of that survey were then combined with the Selection Committee’s evaluation scores and a slate of winners was chosen.

The 2014 Recruiting Service Innovation Awards were presented to:

Platinum Award

StartDate Labs for its AppCast ad exchange and pay-per-applicant product.

Gold Award

EnchantedCareers for its Post Perfect Training Program in recruitment advertising.

Gold Award for it Talent Acquisition Portal serving workers with disabilities.

Silver Award

Aon Hewitt for its G.A.T.E. computer adaptive testing engine.

Silver Award

HarQen for its Voice Advantage digital interviewing platform.

Silver Award

HRBoss for its HiringBoss candidate management and selection tool.

In addition to the award competition, the ReSIs also collected data from recruiters on the current state of recruiting technology and on the kinds of products and services they would like to see developed. The IAEWS will present this research is a series of Webinars and White Papers later in the year.

Companies may start submitting nominations for the 2015 Recruiting Service innovation Awards in September. For more information, please contact the IAEWS at

The Recruiting Resources You Deserve

The best recruiters use the best resources to get the job done. And, when it comes to reaching top talent online, their choice is clear. It’s WEDDLE’s Books. Get yours today!

WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. This is the 11th edition of the Guide the American Staffing Association called the “Zagat” of job boards and social media sites.

The Talent Sourcing & Recruitment Handbook. This is Shally Steckerl’s tell-all guide to his sourcing secrets and cybersleuthing for hard-to-find talent.

WEDDLE’s Guide to Association Web Sites. This book details the recruiting resources and capabilities that are available at the Web-sites of over 3,000 professional and technical associations.

Finding Needles in a Haystack. This one-of-a-kind guide lists over 25,000 keywords and keyword phrases, across 5,400 job and position titles in 28 industries and professions.

2014 User’s Choice Award Winners

If you’re tired of reading the pundits’ picks for the best employment sites on the Web, here’s the alternative you’ve been looking for.

Each year, WEDDLE’s hosts an online poll for job seekers and recruiters to vote for THEIR picks of the best sites. We call it the User’s Choice Awards.

To see the 2014 winners, click here.

To cast your vote for next year’s winners, click here.

A One-of-a-Kind Recruitment Tool

WEDDLE’s Directory of Employment Web Sites is a one-of-a-kind database of job boards, social media sites, career portals, aggregators, employment-related search engines, job ad distribution companies, recruitment blogs and other recruiter resources. Its 9,000+ entries are organized by occupational field, industry, geographic focus and other specializations (e.g., diversity, veterans).

If you want to:

  • Develop a pinpoint targeting strategy for your recruitment advertising,
  • Identify the best social media sites for connecting with top talent,
  • Improve the quality of the applicants you source online,
  • Sell products and services to job boards and other employment Web-sites

then the WEDDLE’s Directory is for you!