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15 Can't-Miss Recruiting & HR Events to Attend in 2017

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

If one of your recruiting resolutions for 2017 is to focus on professional development opportunities, then you’re in the right place! We understand how much you value the opportunity to gather with other people-people and share your challenges, successes, questions, and quandaries. That’s why we’ve scoured the internet and put together this list of some of the top recruiting events of the year. It’s time to start planning your budget and your itinerary!

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Getting Buy-in for an Employee Referral Program

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

You may already be aware of the positive impact a successful employee referral program can have on your company (a smoother recruiting process, better quality hires, and better retention, to name a few), but how do you get the rest of your company bought in?

If you need help getting your execs bought in or increasing employee adoption, we offer a few tips in today's post.

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Is Boolean Search Dead for Recruiters?

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Dr. Yihua Liao is the Chief Data Officer and Co-founder of Brilent. He oversees the research and development of Brilent’s big data and artificial intelligence (AI) based recruiting technology. Before joining Brilent, he was a data science manager at Facebook, leading a team of data scientists in multiple product areas including payments, games, commerce, and site integrity. Prior to Facebook, he developed identity and payment fraud detection systems using machine learning techniques at ID Analytics and Microsoft. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Davis.

Most recruiters are familiar with Boolean search in the context of looking for candidates, but how have you ever wondered how this technique has been used in other industries? 

Guest writer Dr. Yihua Liao of Brilent shares a brief tale of Boolean search and what he believes it signals for the fate of this method.

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Making the Case for Employee Referral Programs

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

In today’s workforce, the people you hire have a big impact on what your company can achieve both creatively and financially. We have a feeling you probably already know this—that’s why you’re looking for ways to get even better people through your doors.

Luckily, there’s one approach that will help you find top-performing, dedicated employees who will lead your company to do great things: Asking your existing employees to make referrals!

Let’s take a look at why referrals should be an essential part of your recruiting strategy.

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16 New Year's Resolutions Every Recruiter Should Make

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

It’s that time of year again. In late December and early January, many of us feel the need to look back on everything we’ve done (or haven’t done) over the past 12 months and attempt to make some promises to ourselves in the hopes that we’ll do a better job over the next 12 months.

But don’t worry—I’m not here to make you feel guilty about that unused gym membership or the monthly budget that got blown on a cute pair of boots. Nope, I’m just here to share some of the best practices we’ve gathered from the Greenhouse community over the past year. While they may not be exactly easy, these resolutions should be pretty simple to stick to. And if you’re hoping to make 2017 the year you get a promotion, a raise, or just a rousing round of recognition for your hard work, then these are some resolutions you’ll definitely want to follow!

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5 Ways to Improve Your Recruiting Process in 2017

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Karri Bishop is a marketing communications specialist at TechnologyAdvice, a B2B marketing firm that connects buyers and sellers of business technology. Karri manages social media strategy and covers various topics in the industry.

There has never been a more competitive time for hiring. With the increasingly flexible job market, talent can apply for positions not just in their hometown, but remotely all over the globe. That means recruiting competition is no longer limited to local companies, and recruiters can expect a much higher volume of applicants for every open position.

Make 2017 the year you crush the competition and get the best talent into your open roles with these tips for improving your recruiting process.

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The 5 Most Popular Greenhouse Blog Posts of 2016

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

As 2016 comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights of this past year. And what better way to do that then to review some of the most popular posts from the Greenhouse Blog?

So without further ado, here are the top 5 posts of the year, and a few of the major lessons they’ve taught us.

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How to Add Skip-Level One-on-Ones to Your Management Toolbox

Michael Boufford

Michael Boufford is the VP of Engineering at Greenhouse. He was the first employee/engineer at the company and currently the head of all engineering teams including Product, Customer Solutions, Infrastructure, Automation & QA, Data Science, Security, and IT. He's a regular speaker/panelist at conferences and events including NASDAQ CTO Summit, Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference, and SiriusXM Business Radio.

The problem

As a manager of managers, it is hard to get enough visibility into your direct reports' organizations to provide specific and actionable feedback.

The solution

In my experience, the most useful forum for finding out the “why” and “how” behind what managers are doing has been via skip-level one-on-ones. I have nearly 60 engineers on my team, but I still make sure to find time to meet with each person at least once per quarter. There are a number of benefits to doing this, but in this article I'm going to focus on one angle: finding out what's going on inside of each manager's team so I can offer specific and actionable feedback on how to improve.

What does a skip-level one-on-one look like—and how can you implement them without freaking out your managers? Read on to find out...

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3 Ways to Improve Your Candidate Experience in 2017

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Casey Marshall is the Marketing Campaign Manager at Greenhouse. She teams up with Greenhouse partners and customers to tell a story and share insights into ways companies can improve their recruiting. She loves that this job allows her to build relationships with thought leaders and showcase how innovative companies are changing their recruiting approach. Connect with Casey on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Candidate experience is a term that we’re all too familiar with. But the fact that it’s a buzzword in our industry doesn’t mean that everyone has it figured out. Even though a lot of people use the term “candidate experience,” it means different things to different people. Some companies think that a good candidate experience is what you can offer a candidate through material incentives, like fully stocked fridges, doctors on site, or laundry services. And while perks like those may be great, they will only wow candidates temporarily.

In our latest Hiring Hacks webinar, Greenhouse partnered with two top candidate experience experts, Kevin Grossman, VP of Talent Board, and Lauren Roberts, Talent Acquisition Manager of The Muse, for a lightning round discussion of six elements that will up your candidate experience game.

Read on for Kevin and Lauren's candidate experience tips! 

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Your Job Description Is Doing Double Duty—And Why That's a Problem

Jon Stross

Jon Stross is President and Co-Founder of Greenhouse. At Greenhouse, Jon drives the product strategy and works closely with customers and partners to build a platform that improves recruiting performance. Before founding Greenhouse, Jon served as the GM for BabyCenter.com and was responsible for the global rollout of the business.

For anyone involved in recruiting, job descriptions are an integral part of the hiring process. Unfortunately, many companies are not using this tool optimally. The misuse of job descriptions boils down to one core problem: Using a single document to serve two completely different purposes.

There should always be a distinction between how you describe a job internally and the way you promote it to the outside world—and the typical job description doesn’t do either very well.

Why is this distinction important? And how can you make sure you’re not guilty of overburdening your job descriptions? Read on to find out.

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