Chris Russell

Chris Russell
Considered the 'mad scientist of online recruiting' by his peers, Chris is an entrepreneur and former corporate recruiter based in Connecticut. When not writing you might find him bass fishing from his kayak on the lakes & rivers of New England.
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Recent Posts

How to Stand Out: Humanizing your Job Ads

by Chris Russell on Dec 5, 2016

The typical job posting is usually an anti-talent mess of bullet points that do nothing to sell the job. When a candidate reads a job ad they should be saying to themselves "this is a company I’d want to work for." Too many job postings just list the requirements instead of convincing them why they should work there.
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Subject Lines: the Key to Catching the Candidate’s Eye

by Chris Russell on Nov 28, 2016

Too often in recruiting, candidates end up getting emails that start with phrases like “Great Opportunity with Fantastic Company.” Well, a line like that has been so overused that it can actually hurt your recruitment brand. As recruiting becomes more of an email sport especially among the younger talent scouts, I thought a post about email subject lines would be timely.
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Top Tools for Sourcers: 26 Resources you Need Now

by Chris Russell on Nov 21, 2016

Over the past few years, the rise of sourcing candidates online has enabled employers everywhere to find talent on their own. Fueled by an influx of new tools, they’ve turned the internet into a giant resume database just waiting to be searched by you, the recruiter. We at Jobs2Careers wanted to give you a simple guide to finding these tools. We crawled the web and came up with the top 26 sites, browser extensions and apps that will make you a better recruiter. Need a people search engine? We found it. Need an email finder? We’ve got that too. For each tool we have provided a screenshot, pricing, and link to the product. Happy sourcing!
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Metrics Every Recruiter Should Follow

by Chris Russell on Nov 16, 2016

Recruitment metrics are defined by Wikimedia as, “a standard set of measurements used to manage and improve the process of hiring candidates into an organization.” In my experience, the bigger the employer, the more important these metrics become in order to manage hiring cycles and talent acquisition. By actively tracking your recruitment efforts you can begin to fine-tune and optimize for efficiency and cost savings. Here’s a look at what you should be tracking and why.
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Stuck in a Recruiting Rut? Try These Outside-the-Box Tactics to Win Candidates

by Chris Russell on Nov 15, 2016

When it comes to recruiting, most employers do the same things to attract talent. But sometimes it pays to think “outside the box” and try other tactics to get candidates' attention. The ideas below are fairly inexpensive to implement, but can offer big rewards if you do them right.
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What’s the Best Way to Reject an Applicant?

by Chris Russell on Nov 11, 2016

When you reject a candidate after a phone screen or in-person interview, do you let them down gently or just tell them they didn’t make the cut? No one likes rejection. I recently asked my network of business owners and recruiters how they reject their applicants. Here’s some of their responses which may be helpful to share with your hiring managers.
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