Category Archives: Employee Referral Programs

Introducing The Tasting Room

By | Data and Measurements, Employee Referral Programs, Recruitment Process, Talent Acquisition Budget, Talent Acquisition Program Management, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Talent Community, TalentBlend, TAPM Hangout, Technology | No Comments

Kara and I are passionate about building a community and resources for Talent Acquisition Operations, Project and Program professionals.  We created a space where you could access all of our content in one place. We are calling it the Tasting Room based on our affinity for wine (hence our name, Meritage). Join the Community With your free Tasting Room membership,…



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Call for TalentBlend Speakers

By | Employee Referral Programs, Talent Acquisition Budget, Talent Acquisition Program Management, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Talent Community, TalentBlend, Technology | No Comments

TalentBlend is the only conference for talent acquisition professionals in programs and operations roles. Our first conference in 2015 was a great success. Here’s what some of our participants had to say: “The TalentBlend conference was well planned, and well executed. There was a diverse range of topics that were covered – from strategy to tactical. If you are in…



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Why Intel’s Double Referral Bonus for Diverse Hires Will Fail

By | Diversity, Employee Referral Programs, Recruitment Process, Talent Acquisition Strategy | One Comment

On Tuesday, Intel announced that it double the normal employee referral bonus for women and ethnic minority hires. While this double bonus is driven by good intentions and seeks to improve the make-up of the company’s workforce, it is a bad idea. It is not going to achieve their goal. Here’s why: 1. Numerous studies (and anecdotes from my clients…



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Create a Culture of Referrals in 5 Easy Steps 

By | Complaining, Employee Referral Programs, Recruitment Process, TalentBlend | One Comment

I’ve been passionate about creating engaging and effective employee referral programs for most of my talent acquisition career. Many studies prove that employee referral candidates complete the application and interview process faster, are more engaged, and stick around longer than non-referral candidates. Plus, who doesn’t want to work with their friends and respected former colleagues? I’ve conducted research on referral…



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Become a Rock Star Talent Acquisition Operations or Program Manager

By | Data and Measurements, Diversity, Employee Referral Programs, Leadership, Recruitment Process, Social Media, Talent Acquisition Strategy, TalentBlend | No Comments

The talent acquisition world is overwhelmed with conferences. There are great conferences for recruiters, specialty conferences for sourcers, and numerous conferences for recruiting managers, directors, and VPs. However, one major portion of the talent acquisition team is left out of the conference scene – those individuals and teams who run recruiting operations and programs. The existing conferences may occasionally have…



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Minimalist Guide to Innovating Your Talent Acquisition Program

By | Diversity, Employee Referral Programs, Recruitment Process, Talent Acquisition Budget, Talent Acquisition Program Management, Talent Acquisition Strategy | No Comments

When you’re caught up in the daily minutia of running your talent acquisition program, it makes it almost impossible to bring in new ideas to your organization. To innovate your program, you’ll need to look to the outside world. External research inspires, gives perspective and energizes you to keep innovating. It helps push you beyond the “we have always done…



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Become an Expert Talent Acquisition Program Manager in 14 Days

By | Data and Measurements, Diversity, Employee Referral Programs, Talent Acquisition Budget, Talent Acquisition Program Management, Talent Acquisition Strategy | No Comments

Are you responsible for managing a key talent acquisition sourcing or pipeline program – like employee referrals, the intern program, military and veteran recruiting, or contingent labor? If your experience is like mine, you really had no blueprint or outline to help you effectively manage the program. The very first program I ever managed was a small intern program, mainly…



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The 2 Main Problems with Your Employee Referral Program

By | Employee Referral Programs, Hiring Managers, Recruitment Process, Social Media, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Technology, Vendors | No Comments

Most companies of any size have an employee referral program. Best in class programs provide 40% or more of their new hires through employee referrals. Many studies show that employee referral hires are a better culture fit, achieve productivity faster and stay longer than non-employee referral hires. However, there are 2 main flaws with almost every employee referral program, no…

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Top Trends in Employee Referral Programs

By | Data and Measurements, Employee Referral Programs, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Technology, Vendors | One Comment

This post was originally published on LinkedIn on April 8, 2014. Today, Meritage Talent Solutions released our 2014 Trends in Referral Programs report.  We uncovered that employers are tapping into their employees’ social networks and extending their employee referral programs to non-employees in order to compete for top talent. The nationwide survey of over 100 large and small employers showed…



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