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An Inside View of How We Recruit (Without Recruiters)

Last week my post, “Why We Never Use Professional Recruiters,” spawned a terrific discussion with many commenters taking the time to share their views on the best way to do recruiting. I’m grateful for each of the comments. As I said in my very firstpost for this column, “I am hopeful that together, we can discover how to build a great team.” I want to use this post to walk through some of the comments from last week and then provide a specific example of recent recruiting efforts at H.Bloom. Before I start though, I will underscore the principle on which we all clearly agree: Always be recruiting! There were three main themes that emerged from last week’s discussion. As many commenters indicated, the professional recruiting industry, like any industry, has both exceptional recruiters that provide extraordinary value to clients and some less-than-stellar recruiters who do what you could do yourself:
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