11.09.11 | Sales Recruiting | Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated
Companies spend a huge amount of time and resources crafting business strategies. Even so, most of these strategies end in failure. I saw one company spend half a million dollars and hundreds of employee hours implementing a new strategy, only to admit that it wasn't working. They had to spend even more money and lay off employees trying to put things back to the way they were before. The next time the company tried to introduce a new strategy, it was met with considerable employee resistance.
07.27.11 | Sales Recruiting | Christopher Simone, Vice President at Treeline Incorporated
Once in awhile, Treeline recommends a book to our community because the book is actually worth the time and attention of Sales Leaders. Derek Gatehouse's The Perfect SalesForce is easily one of these books that is truly worth your time! This book provides a framework and lens for unlocking the secrets to hiring and retaining the right sales people for your particular company, culture, and product/solution.
07.27.11 | Sales Recruiting | Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated
Why would a company use an executive search firm to find qualified candidates? Truth be told, an executive search firm is not always going to be the best bet for a company's search, it would be foolish to state otherwise. But, every company could find value in building a partnership with an executive search firm. Let's explore some of the challenges and benefits to working with a search firms. There are so many candidates out there - why would I pay a fee to find one? As recruiters, we know that there it is no great challenge to find candidates. Where we add value is in successfully finding the RIGHT candidates. We will partner with a company and find out the ins and outs of who they are looking for, who has been successful in the role in the past, and how we can replicate that success. We unearth information such as sales size, sales cycle, what kind of titles are being sold to, etc. A successful search firm does not just recruit candidates - they recruit the RIGHT candidates.
07.12.11 | Sales Recruiting | Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated
You've been doing most of the selling for your company. One day, you decide to recruit your first salesperson. After weeks of interviewing, you pull the trigger and hire the salesperson you hope will finally get you out of being your company's chief revenue officer.
06.20.11 | Sales Recruiting | Sean Cashman, Senior Consultant at Treeline Incorporated
The Technology sector is growing rapidly and many are on the lookout for the talented sales professionals. They look for a track record of success, a person that has found achievement cranking the phones and closing business and are passionate toward being a top producer. These sales teams are growing and there is a strong need for exceptional talent. The challenge is that this type of sales person is hard to acquire.
06.01.11 | Sales Recruiting | Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated
The unemployment rate in America is hovering around 9%. But if you are a competent engineer, sales executive, online marketer or general manager in Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston, or other startup hotspots, the unemployment rate is 0%. The talent market has gotten as competitive and aggressive as I have ever seen in the last 20 years. CNN recently reported that 40% of the 130,000 job openings in Silicon Valley are for software engineers. Senior executives have never been harder to secure. That's why, even though it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, I'm advocating that all my portfolio companies hire recruiters when they are trying to fill senior or key positions. Immediately.
05.24.11 | Sales Recruiting | Christopher Simone, Vice President at Treeline Incorporated
In part 1 of this series we identified and discussed the impact of major trends and 21st behaviors (related to social media) on the hiring process. Part 2 will take a more specific look at the ten clues....Are you heavily relying on job posts on monstrous job boards or paid advertising? Many companies today still garner most of their interested (not necessarily qualified) candidates by advertising (i.e. paid job posts, online ads, and online sponsorships). This is mostly a passive waiting game in which companies toggle between relevance and speed as contemplated below.