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In case you haven’t been following current news, the US government is currently partially shut down, and this is affecting hundreds of thousands of government and agency workers across the country. For example, 95% of NASA is currently furloughed – some of the most highly qualified and brilliant minds we have. This is not only a very challenging time for affected staff but also an opportunity for industry folks to step up. Together with TOPAS and the recruiting community, we’ve created a quick way to expedite connections between highly qualified staff to be connected with relevant industry recruiters.

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Employee referrals are known to result in more efficient hiring. U.S. companies hire 29 percent of their workforce through referrals—and at least 88 percent of employers love employee referrals. At companies like Ernst & Young, referrals can account for up to 45 percent of non-entry level hires, according to The New York Times.

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Hubspot, the inbound marketing and sales software for social media marketing, content management, web analytics and search engine optimization, has one of the best employee referral programs in the industry. Devon Brown, Recruiting Manager at Hubspot, is one of the secret forces behind this success.

Beyond Employee Referrals

It takes a village to raise an all-star team. If you’re always helping, referring an amazing new teammate is the highest impact way to help any team accomplish their mission. With Drafted Communities, companies can curate, manage and build their own referral communities. You can create or join your very own referral community today, for free. Great hires don’t come just from employee referrals, they come from the community you build around your employer brand. Why community referrals? 40% of referral based hires actually originate from somewhere in your community. Your community includes friends, family, advisors, investors, customers, and anyone that cares about your company. Those of you in the recruiting world might also know these as external referrals. A[…]

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When it comes to hiring, timing is everything. How many stories have you heard about the right person getting hired because they were in the right place at the right time? Or even more common, the right person was referred at the right time. Finding and sending referrals isn’t always the clearest and easiest process for people. And the only way to start getting a consistent flow of referrals is by making the process as easy as possible. Follow these 3 steps to simplify your referral hiring.

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Guest Post: Getting poached sounds like just another cost of doing business, until it happens to you. My company, a video platform for businesses based in Kitchener, Ontario, was raided by poachers after a new company moved into the region. I soon heard through the grapevine that if their HR department discovered a potential recruit had already received an offer from us, they’d automatically make one of their own with an incremental signing bonus. In other words, they were essentially using us to do their employee vetting for them.

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Guest Post: As one of the few female tech CEOs in Boston, I feel a tremendous amount of pressure to hire a diverse team. I fully believe that diverse teams are better teams. As a female CEO I thought it would be easier for me to find strong female candidates than other male founders, but historically, we have received 95% male applicants for all job postings which has led to a male-dominated team.