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Can We Please Stop Asking for Cover Letters Yet?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 03/31/2017 in Recruiting articles |

From what I can see, it seems most companies still ask for cover letters.  Isn’t this just one more hurdle and inconvenience to make applicants go through that really doesn’t add value? Based on my experience, cover letters are not needed anymore.  I know I am not alone in this (from speaking with peers), but […]






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Reviewing Careerbuilder’s Annual Surveys of Job Seekers

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/06/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I was reading Careerbuilder’s report, “How to Rethink the Candidate Experience and Make Better Hires,” this week and saw some interesting things.  In today’s post I will go over a few of the things… 1. More candidates (74%) want to see salary than any other feature in a job posting. Not a big surprise, but […]






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The Quickest Way for Recruiters to Shame Their Company

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 06/07/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I know we all have a job to do…for recruiters it is finding people for our open positions.  I know it is not an easy job to do at times, but we need to do it in such a way as not shame our companies. For example, before you reach out to a potential candidate […]






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What If We Thought of Our Employees as Volunteers?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 05/04/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I believe it is important to think differently as a recruiter or leader.  Today’s post is about our employees.  How we treat them is derived by how we think of them.  Because we pay them, many believe this should be enough for them to keep coming back, give us their best, and do as we […]






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Help Applicants With Visas to Know Which Jobs to Apply

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 03/02/2016 in Recruiting articles |

If you are a recruiter in the IT space, you already know that certain skill-sets are dominated by people that are in the United States working under a work visa.  When the time comes when a hiring manager says he will get the necessary internal approvals and take on the costs of visa transfers (and […]






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How Recruiting Internally Makes Employees Feel Unvalued

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 02/18/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I am a major supporter of promoting from within and careers tracks and such.  I think it is a great thing when people grow within the company and stay for years working their way up the chain. But we are also likely disenfranchising other employees and making them feel unvalued and without hope of a […]






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A Plea to Recruiters to Send Relevant Jobs to Candidates

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 01/19/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I know we are busy (as recruiters) and are pulled in multiple directions trying to help all our hiring managers.  Perhaps we have too many open jobs on our plates.  Perhaps it is just laziness.  Perhaps we don’t care who we irritate and annoy.  Perhaps it is just ignorance.  Not sure, but what I can […]






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Don’t Be One of Those Recruiters (Recruiters Are…)

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 01/05/2016 in Recruiting articles |

Have you ever gone to Google and typed in “recruiters are” and looked at what auto-fills? Recruiters are…   Don’t be one of those recruiters. Not all recruiters are like this, of course, but it happens enough that this is what comes to mind for many candidates.  If it were not accurate (to be almost […]






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Salary Transparency: The Key to Better Applicants?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 11/05/2015 in Recruiting articles |

This is a long one…just a warning…. For many years, working as a recruiter, I have been told that we should never post the salary information in the job posts.  When you post on job boards, there is often a place to put this information and I am told to leave it blank. Why? Often […]






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Measuring Quality of Hire – Part Two

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/27/2015 in Recruiting articles |

In a prior article, “The Minimum Requirement for Improving Quality of Hire,” I spoke about the need for determining quality of hire and shared an idea for a short survey to send to the hiring managers. Well this is really only half the story, because how well we did as a recruiter is not only […]






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