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People love to talk about themselves, and companies are no different. Explore the job pages at any tech employer and you’ll agree. Each job listing will contain boilerplate text about their fun-loving culture, describe their engaged and productive employees who enjoy solving big problems, and outline their generous benefits packages. But what about the job descriptions themselves?

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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

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This week’s news brought yet another cautionary tale about what happens when companies deprioritize diversity. While we all claim that diversity matters, we put it on the backburner while we focus on revenue growth and product innovation. However, a new report from Lightspeed Ventures about startup recruiting trends suggests that with a few simple recruiting practices, hiring for diversity might be easier than you think. Unlocking the mystery of diversity hiring starts with a program that you’ll find at almost every startup, across all growth stages: the referral program.   The reality of startup recruiting: one third of hires come from referral programs Referral programs are the second most common of all human resource programs, only after new hire onboarding,[…]

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If you limit yourself to an in-house referral program, you’re neglecting the majority of talent in your network As we’ve written about before, employee referrals are a valuable, powerful tool for building teams. There are several types of employee referrals, and companies with referral programs have higher retention rates and are overall more effective than other sources of hiring. But many companies just incentivize their employees to make referrals – and stop there. In doing so, they’re ignoring a much bigger network of potential talent from which they could be getting introductions to candidates. Even without an external community referral program,  41% of referrals come from outside of your company already. A robust, community-sourced referral program should extend to clients,[…]

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Big Cartel – a big family with a mission The mission statement that headlines Big Cartel’s career page is concise: “We help artists make a living doing what they love” The company is dedicated to giving artists successful ecommerce outlets by letting artists set up their own online shops to sell their work. Big Cartel arms its clients – a wide community of over a million artists and creators – with robust retail tools and sleek website design capabilities to create their unique digital space. Part of what makes the company so successful, and compelling, is the creative, individualistic culture that reflects the community they serve. The crossroads of culture & community Richard Laing joined Big Cartel in 2015 as Director of Community,[…]

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It’s a match! For both parties involved, the hiring process is a little bit like dating. It’s confusing, and often you don’t know where to look for the right opportunity. You usually dress a little nicer than usual for first dates and interviews, and both sometimes end in rejection. You usually go on a few crummy ones before you find a good match. Here at Drafted, we’re professional matchmakers. We believe the connections between people are one of the most effective forces in creating and maintaining strong teams. So before you swipe right, let us give you a couple tips on how to make sparks fly with your next hire: Don’t go on blind dates – get referrals from friends Getting[…]

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Lately, you’ve been wondering about whether your talent team is really effective. Are they doing a better job than if you did it yourself? You’re a founder, CEO, COO, or VP. You want to hire faster. You want to hire only the best. You want your organization to be fast and free of bureaucracy. You hired a talent acquisition (TA) team to solve this. But it seems like they’re not getting enough great people in the door. You think something along the lines of — these talent people are all the same. It always seems like they’re always doing data entry and unnecessary gatekeeping, we end up just paying external headhunters an arm and a leg anyway. Before you replace your talent[…]

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If you’ve ever considered building a referral program to help you find and hire your best team members, you  know that there are lots of variables to consider: Should we provide rewards for hired referrals? What types of rewards align with our corporate culture and budget? Should we extend our program outside of our team? … to name a few. The #1 question we get asked at Drafted is: “What’s the best type of referral program for my company?” While we love to provide guidance on the most effective ways to drive referrals, the truth is that the ideal referral program for AirBnB is almost certainly different than the ideal referral program at Lola Travel. The best referral program for your team needs[…]