I just returned from the monthly California Staffing Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter’s monthly lunch and discussion. It was well worth the trip, what a breath of fresh air! This non-profit membership organization provides products and services to its members within the staffing services industry. There was quality networking time with top recruiters from the major agencies, independent recruiters and boutique agencies, and the icing on the cake was a panel of Senior Talent Acquisition folks: Talent Manager, Cepheid, Director of HR, Embassy Suites – Monterey Bay – Seaside, Senior Talent Engagement Manager, Plantronics, and Senior Talent Engagement Manager, Cisco.
Major tips from the panel of Senior Talent folks to the recruiters included: recruiters – slow down in our pitches & messages and learn to build relationships by being strategic rather than tactical. There was general agreement that response time for resume iteration needs to be quick and staffing managers agreed that they are more than happy to” push back” to hiring managers in order for the process to be effective. Recruiters be patient! Don’t give up after your first business development call, try to be personal rather than robotic by leaving clear & concise messages, and say your phone number s.l.o.w.l.y.
The recruitersrecruiter was a bit surprised that the panel members don’t Tweet, but I’m sure it won’t be long until they realize that Twitter is a great / free way to advertise their companies.
This was my first trip to the Silicon Valley CSP but you can bet that I’ll be going back next month when the CEO of VIPE, inc. will be sharing Web 2.0 secrets. I bet even the recruitersrecruiter will learn something ;*)
Contact the recruiters’ recruiter (Joe Litvin) at: JoeLitvin@yahoo.com