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Recruit or Die: How Any Business Can Beat the Big Guys in the War for YoungTalent Hardcover – August 2, 2007
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ÂRecruiting exceptionally talented and accomplished college candidates has never been more competitive or more important. Recruit or Die provides proven, practical solutions that will help any company, including Microsoft, compete with the strongest college recruiting organizations.Â
-- Kerry Olin, senior director for college recruiting, Microsoft
ÂRecruit or Die should be a college recruiterÂs bible! Everyone on the IBM team will get a copy!Â
-- Eletta Kershaw, IBM University recruiting and relations
ÂIf you want a great organization, you need to hire amazing people. These days, if you want amazing people, you need to earn them. This book shows you how. I canÂt imagine hiring on campus without a copy.Â
-- Seth Godin, bestselling author, The Dip
ÂGreat recruiting takes great relationships. Recruit or Die is chock-full of ways to build trust on campus and recruit the best.Â
-- Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author, Never Eat Alone
ÂRecruit or Die is a thorough and complete guide to successful recruiting for companies large and small. Recruiting is an ongoing process that does not stop once the candidate arrives for their first day of work, and this book drives home that important point.Â
-- Aaron G. Flores, Ph.D., director, Cordis Cardiology, a Johnson & Johnson Company
ÂIf your company believes in recruiting and growing young talent, this book will provide you with insights on how to do just that.Â
-- Rajesh Setty, serial entrepreneur, investor, and author, Beyond Code
"A detailed guide to attracting and winning top entry-level job candidates. Their advice rings true ..."
"Recruit or Die offers strategies that can help level the playing field between Wall Street darlings and companies with lower profiles and lesser budgets."
-- Washington CEO --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ian Ybarra, a recent MIT graduate, now assists bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi with book marketing and writes an early career advice blog.
Ramit Sethi, a recent Stanford graduate, is now VP of marketing for an online start-up and writes a personal finance blog.
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This is the only book I've read on recruiting that start inside the heads of top recruits (1000 of them interviewed for the book). Only knowing their perspective can you sell top talent on working for you.
The first part of RECRUIT OR DIE does a great job of telling you exactly what you need to know about today's young people to successfully recruit them. And the authors back up their points with stories straight from the mouths of current students and recent grads.
The second part of RECRUIT OR DIE lays out the recruiting process from start to finish--including what to do AFTER THEY ACCEPT YOUR OFFER to make them more productive and happier at work to give you the best chance of keeping them in your company.
The best part is that Resto and his co-authors demonstrate how effective recruiting should be as rigorous as sales. In fact, you could probably just replace "recruit" with "customer" and the book becomes a sales management handbook! And a pretty good one at that.
Here are few of my favorite parts:
1. "Their Lives are Their Careers" - This section calls out the fact that recent college grads don't draw a bold line between work/life balance; WORK IS LIFE for this new generation, and in order to recruit the best talent, you must embrace this new way of life in your company. The authors suggest rotational programs, special project assignments, and an informal work culture to bring out the best in your new recruits.
2. "Gossip Hounds and Constant Communicators" - Ah, word of mouth! These guys have been doing their reading. The authors accurately assess that with online social networks you can bet that your recruits are talking about their experience with you the second they leave your boardroom. In fact, they may be doing it WHILE THEIR IN YOUR BOARDROOM!!! In order to make sure they're telling their freinds about the good stuff, you have to pay attention to details. It ends up being the most topical stuff that makes a big impression: the money, the perks, powerful people, execution of the recruiting process (call them back on time!)
3. "Improving Your Recruiting Staples" - This truly is a step-by-step, highly detailed section that will allow you to fine-tune your career fair booth, information sessions, and job postings. Some VALUABLE ADVICE from this section: (1) All about location, (2) Have recruits RSVP, (3) Get the RIGHT speaker, (4) Talk up the glamour, (5) Haul in the Alumni, (6) Be clear about next steps. This is just a taste - this section really lays it out for anyone participating in recruiting activities.
I have a lot of exposure to recruiting at my company, and everyone that has read this book (about half of our recruiters at this point) seems to "get it". We have changed our approach to campus recruiting in many ways, and I truly recommend that you get this book if you are serious about recruiting the best talent to your company.
The good advice begins in the Introduction, where the authors ask and answer the question: "Why Microsoft, McKinsey and Goldman Sachs?" They point out that all three of these favorite places for graduates to seek employment have a great brand. But other companies do, too.
What sets these three apart from the pack is what they do. The authors identify four things.
They won't settle for anyone other than exactly the recruits they want.
They work harder and smarter than their competitors to know their target audience: the recruits.
They sell themselves better than their competitors do.
They present a united front.
That's strategy. Tactically, the authors tell you that contact is king, that you should sell your people first and your company second and that courtesy and class go a long way.
The authors suggest that if you follow the kind of diligent process that the recruiting stars follow, you'll get great results. I think they're right.
Years ago, when police departments suddenly found themselves facing massive retirements with few recruits showing up at the door, I designed recruiting programs for police departments. Almost everything I learned that's positive is here plus a ton of details that I wish I'd known at the time. You can cut your recruiting learning curve by reading Recruit or Die and applying its lessons.
You'll learn to think, for example, about your company and the jobs you're offering from three perspectives. You'll ask yourself what the differences are between what you have, what recruits think you have, and what recruits want. That set of distinctions, alone, can help you sharpen your offerings and your process.
Again and again you're reminded to build on your strengths. You're reminded to meet the questions and needs of the people you want to recruit. That's all good, but there are some things I wish were different.
There's too much emphasis on "talent" as "people who've done well in school." Sometimes the young person who's dramatically improved performance late in school is a better choice for your company. One Fortune 200 company used that as part of its target recruit profile for years.
There's also way too much emphasis on big schools, big companies and the east and west coasts. Scan the schools whose students are quoted in the book and you're hard pressed to find any schools in the Midwest or in the South below Chapel Hill.
There are virtually no smaller company examples even though the lessons of the book are adaptable to small companies. And there are virtually no small schools represented either.
The fact is that the bulk of college graduates will be something other than first-tier brains and come from something other than first-tier schools. They will go to work at companies of all sizes, all over the country.
I wish the book reflected that reality better. But even if you're a small company recruiting at a small state school in a Midwestern state, there's a lot of good practical nuts-and-bolts advice in this book. You'll find a wealth of information on the operational details of attending job fairs, effective job postings, following up with recruits.
The bottom line is that if you need to recruit, you need to read Recruit or Die.