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Monday, May 03, 2004

INSIDER TIP 1: LEARN HOW TO THROW A BOOMERANG

Welcome to the Hiring Insider. Let's begin to build you a Hiring Toolkit you can use. We'll archive all posts and assemble tips and tools into a toolkit you can access, so don't worry if you are trying to figure out where to store these ideas! Besides, you must admit you’re curious about the proper way to throw a boomerang?

“The boomerang effect” is a relatively new trend of inviting back talented former employees into the fold.

Surveys indicate 12% of employers cautiously admit they would re-hire ex-employees (alumni). An additional 21% say they welcome back alumni without hesitation because of the time and dollar savings. In fact, the Gartner Group estimated that in 2003, 60% of midsize to large companies will have routinely hired back former employees.

Here are four simple strategies you can consider to reclaim lost talent swiftly:

Keep your alumni on your press release distribution list. Keep them in the loop!

Send current and former employees alike a list of your job openings!

Invite alumni to company picnics, holiday parties, and other casual, festive events!

Keep lines of communication OPEN. At the very least, you want these people might to refer other talented candidates your way.

Remember, they’re going to talk either way. Why not help your own cause?

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