Are Your Hiring Managers Recruiting Their Own Candidates in Business and at Work?
I received this great LinkedIn InMail this past Friday from a local hiring manager and colleague, Chris Nelson:
Now that’s what I’m talking about: a hiring manager who completely understands that recruiting candidates for his team is part of his job, not just the responsibility of his company’s HR / Recruiting team. Here’s the complete text of Chris’s message:
I’m looking for an entry-level software engineer to start regular, full-time employment after graduation in May. Do you know anyone who might be interested and appropriate? I can send you a job description but it’s every Associate Software Engineer profile you’ve ever seen. Red Lion has competitive pay, great benefits, a flexible schedule, and the lucky new graduate gets to work for ME! 😉
There are several green lights in Chris’s outreach message:
- Chris knows that recruiting is part of his job as the hiring manager;
- Chris considers himself deputized in this role; and whether it’s his company’s culture, or his own value system, or both: Chris is cutting edge in his outreach;
- Chris knows how to leverage LinkedIn and his contacts thereof (e.g., me, with over 500 local LinkedIn contacts alone), and his note is personable, authentic and to the point;
- Chris is not only a recruiting evangelist, he’s also an evangelist for his company: the green lights that every candidate wants to see;
- Chris is strategically starting his outreach 3 – 4 months before he actually needs to hire his newly graduated, entry-level software engineer in May 2014.
Are your hiring managers strategically deputized to recruit their own team members in business and at work? Choosy candidates want to know!
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