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Captain Lou & the best book I’ve ever read on hiring

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Some of you know that I started the first four years of my career in the recruiting industry working w/ @douglaskling & @egrasing. Our sweet spot was hiring unique technical talent that typically could NOT be found on job boards around the $75-125k salary range in Atlanta.

This was basically executive headhunting for critical tech hires and through this role, I learned A LOT about sourcing talent, making opportunities attractive for them, interviewing candidates, closing, & on-boarding.

There were two resources that really helped me to be most effective in my effots. One was an industry magazine, The Fordyce Letter, & the other was the greatest book I ever read on hiring: Lou Adlers “Hire With Your Head“.

Hire With Your Head is fantastic because its not just a tactical guide for hiring, but a definitive summary for the hiring landscape & a step by step tool that can be used to bring on the best talent available for your role.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is building their own team, or providing services helping others.

I’ve put together a book review of Hire With Your Head which can be found here and on Amazon but here is my brief summary.

The best talent is not on job boards or waiting to hear from you. They are heads down, doing their job- good at what they do and others in the organization are benefiting by them

so… in order to reach them, you need to do something different. You need to reach them where they are and bring them a message that shows them why they should act.

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