October 16, 2007

Staff Picks: New Excerpt - from Recruit or Die

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's a new excerpt up over on the Excerpts Blog. It's taken from Recruit or Die: How Any Business Can Beat the Big Guys in the War for Young Talent by Chris Resto, Ian Ybarra and Ramit Sethi. More than money and perks, the authors say, fresh-out-of-school candidates are looking for opportunities to stand out, move around quickly, and build up a strong resume of experiences and achievements. They offer college recruiters the strategies for finding the talented people you need while at the same time--and by following good practices--building a diverse and dynamic staff.
Here's a snippet of the excerpt, wherein the authors discuss the difficulties of recruiting minorities:
Diversity is one of the most difficult, and sometimes controversial, aspects of college recruiting. Competition is fierce, and the number of quality minority candidates is disproportionately low. Consider the plight of employers in the technology sector. Of all engineering students across the country, only 6.6 percent are African American, 7 percent are Hispanic, and less than 1 percent are Native American. One recruiting manager from a medium-sized software company said, "It makes me pull my hair out."

Check out the excerpt:

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.