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Referral parties tend to go something like this… A department of 20-30 people hangs around the office for a couple of extra hours to be fed pizza by the talent team. While eating a slice of pie they search through their LinkedIn connections to find some people that they can refer. Referrals are found, maybe even contacted, and recorded in an ATS, spreadsheet, or hopefully somewhere.

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Boston is a mecca for high growth startups. Sharing the talent pool with companies like Salsify, EzCater, and Toast is no easy feat. Not to mention competing with the likes of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offices. There’s a lot of companies reaching for the same talent right in Klaviyo’s backyard. What’s even harder is hiring quality people, fast.

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Lightspeed’s Startup Hiring Trends Report discovered that new hire onboarding, referral programs, and performance reviews were the most common. These programs are designed to foster career development, build company culture, and promote general employee well-being. They are the key to building and scaling successful teams.

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Everyone involved here knows perfectly well that the people on a reference list are expecting your call, and they’re probably prepared to sing the candidate praises. So if you already know exactly how this conversation is going to go, why bother picking up the phone? The truth is, reference checks can be extremely valuable.

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Werk work work work Workable – Announcing our new partnership with Workable. Workable, like Drafted, is a truly ambitious company, so it was a no-brainer to work together where our ambitions align. When we spoke with customers that used Workable – the alignment was obvious. Workable is the all-in-one solution for sourcing and managing candidates, and Drafted is the all-in-one solution for referrals.

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Get your 2018 started off on the right foot with these recruiting events. There’s something for every part of your hiring team. 103 Recruiting Hacks to Make 2018 Your Most Productive Year Yet — A four-part webinar series hosted by Lever. January 10th:  24 Recruiting Hacks for Employer Branding and Candidate Experience, feat. Ariel Jolo of Medallia and Michelle Hart, formerly of Whisper. January 17th:  31 Recruiting Hacks for Sourcing and Diversity Recruiting, feat. Zeenat Bhamani of Netflix. January 24th: 25 Recruiting Hacks for Partnering with Hiring Managers and Data-Driven Recruiting, feat. Melissa Trahan of Thread and Pat Morey of LevelUp January 31st: 23 Recruiting Hacks for Interviewing and Closing Candidates Register for the series today and get caught up on what you missed.   ASU +[…]

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We’re excited to announce the launch of diversityreports.org, a free community resource to share data about diversity programs. You can check it out on Product Hunt too. See a collection of diversity reports in a side-by-side comparison. Compare your current company diversity metrics, set new goals for hiring, and see whose at the top of the list in these diversity categories. Now that we’ve compiled the information for you, you can stop searching the Internet for diversity reports at other companies and start browsing DiversityReports.org. We hope you enjoy it, discuss it with your peers, and send us any feedback at [email protected] Enjoy, Vinayak + Team Drafted