Share Your Best Practices In Recruiting

During my visits with staffing managers I’m continually amazed at the number of innovations that firms are implementing in order to increase the impact of their recruiting efforts. Because I can’t visit every firm I am asking for your help in spreading the word about innovations in recruiting. As a result this week I am announcing a “share your best practices in recruiting” program. The concept is simple. Send me a brief description of any innovative approach or best recruiting practice that your firm has tried and I’ll mention the best ones in a future column. Best practices can be in any area of recruiting or employment but I’m particularly interested in best practices in the following areas:

  • Innovative sources for finding candidates
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  • Innovative features on your firm’s Web page
  • Strategies and tools that improve the offer acceptance rate
  • Effective employment metrics
  • Innovative strategies to reward managers and recruiters
  • New uses of technology in staffing
  • Innovative tools for identifying prospects
  • Strategies for luring candidates from other firms

Don’t be shy, submit your nominations for best practices in recruiting via email to Dr John Sullivan at Please try to include not only a description of the practice by also any estimates you might have on the impact that the program had on your recruiting effort. No vendor submissions please. I’ll mention the best company examples in a future column. Thanks in advance for sharing!

Dr. John Sullivan, professor, author, corporate speaker, and advisor, is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high-business-impact talent management solutions.

He’s a prolific author with over 900 articles and 10 books covering all areas of talent management. He has written over a dozen white papers, conducted over 50 webinars, dozens of workshops, and he has been featured in over 35 videos. He is an engaging corporate speaker who has excited audiences at over 300 corporations/ organizations in 30 countries on all six continents. His ideas have appeared in every major business source including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, CFO, Inc., NY Times, SmartMoney, USA Today, HBR, and the Financial Times. In addition, he writes for the WSJ Experts column. He has been interviewed on CNN and the CBS and ABC nightly news, NPR, as well many local TV and radio outlets. Fast Company called him the "Michael Jordan of Hiring," called him “the father of HR metrics,” and SHRM called him “One of the industry's most respected strategists." He was selected among HR’s “Top 10 Leading Thinkers” and he was ranked No. 8 among the top 25 online influencers in talent management. He served as the Chief Talent Officer of Agilent Technologies, the HP spinoff with 43,000 employees, and he was the CEO of the Business Development Center, a minority business consulting firm in Bakersfield, California. He is currently a Professor of Management at San Francisco State (1982 – present). His articles can be found all over the Internet and on his popular website and on He lives in Pacifica, California.



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