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As a recruiter or a sourcer, do you ever wonder about ways to get qualified candidates to respond to your messages? Greek Goddess of Sourcing, Angie Verros shares her tips and tricks in order to get started.
Elena Valentine: Hello everyone, and welcome to what will be an amazing series of #HRAgainstLame episodes, with our one and only Greek Goddess of Sourcing, Miss Angie Verros. Miss Angie, why don't you tell everyone what you do, and what you're passionate about.
Angie Verros: My name is Angie Verros, and I have been in the recruiting world for about 12 years. I'm passionate about everything recruitment, from social recruiting, to candidate experience, how to find those hard to find candidates. That's me.
EV: We're here today because you've faced, as a sourcer yourself getting candidates to respond. Let's talk about both the challenges of sourcing, and getting candidates to respond. Let's go into some of the tips and tricks you've used in your work.
Tip #1: Personalize Your Message
AV: You have to personalize. You're out there looking to find some people. You want to personalize the message that you're going to send out. Whether it's an email, an InMail, a direct message on Facebook or Twitter, you want to make sure that it's personalized to the candidate.
For example, "I see that you play the guitar. We're looking to add a guitar player to our team." Things like that, as opposed to, "I have a really great job opportunity."
Tip #2: Keep it Entertaining
AV: I think you got to keep it entertaining. Right? You got to make it fun. Tell a joke. Make it fun. Don't just make it be about just the job. Find something interesting to talk about.
EV: How might you find out about something that could hook that candidate?
AV: You can go to Twitter. You can go to Facebook. A simple, Google, if you know the candidate's name. It'll take you to some other places, then having a phone call. Having a conversation with the candidate. Once you get that point, you just ask. You know? Ask them what they like to do outside of work.
Tip #3: Keep it Real
AV: Be transparent about the whole process. Let them know that this process could take a little bit longer due to travel schedules or whatever the case may be. I know that there's so many tools out there, and so much technology. When I say keep it real, be human about it. Be yourself. I think candidates appreciate that a lot more than just a blanket email.
I think the outcome is a relationship, perhaps a friendship. I say this all the time. The first person that I placed 12 years ago, in an agency, is actually a good friend of mine, and will send referrals to me, or when she's looking for something.
I've talked to other people who their first candidates that they placed are now CEO's at companies. Keeping it real, keeping it authentic, which is real. I think the outcome is so much better when you're human about it.
EV: Awesome. Well, that's all we've got for this episode. Watch out for more Greek Goddess goodness in upcoming episodes. Talk to you soon.
If you have any tips or tricks you'd like to share, comment in the comment section below!
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