GREAT SHAPE MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Olympic champion Omar McLeod described his gold-medal run at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as technically his worst, but he underlined that with Olympic gold now fixed around his neck, his ambition has turned to breaking the 110 metres hurdles world record. McLeod capped a dominant year in the event with a 13.05 seconds run in a soaked Olympic Games final in Rio de Janeiro but noted that in that race, his focus was simply to cross the line in front and win his and Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medal in the event. “Technically, the Rio final was my worst race of the season. I didn’t get out; I was just preserving, holding back,” McLeod said. “I wanted to be an Olympic champion first. I didn’t want to overdo it. I had nothing to prove. I knew all I needed to do was stay in my comfort zone and hurdle, and once I got over the barriers, I would be a clear winner. “When I was at the Olympics, I told myself that all I needed to do was hurdle, not to try anything spectacular, just hurdle and be an Olympic champion first, and then I have all my career to break the world record,” added McLeod. McLeod, earlier in the year also won gold in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships, which he said helped his confidence going into the rest of the year. “It’s definitely an ambition. It’s every athlete’s goal to be the best at what they do, to break a world record to go in the history books, and I am no different. I think I was in great shape to do it this year, but, in this sport, you have to set your priorities straight,” said McLeod. “I have the speed, but it tends to get the better of me at times, such as when I had the two falls before the Olympics, but it goes to show that I was in great shape and ready to run fast, but I had to make an adjustment. “Being an Olympic champion – it’s an amazing feeling. That’s the pinnacle of all sport,” McLeod continued. “Just to be an Olympian is a big deal, so to be an Olympic champion, it’s even a bigger deal, and never in a million years did I think I would achieve that so early. I remember it like yesterday. It’s an indescribable feeling. It’s awesome to be honest.” McLeod, who is switching his technique to a seven-step approach, added that his win indoors came as a surprise and went some distance towards helping towards his Rio success. “I was really impressed that I actually won. I didn’t go there with that expectancy. I am not doubting myself, but there were experienced people there who also medalled already in the event, so I was just going there to have fun and it led to a gold medal, so I was really grateful,” McLeod said.
When first reaching out to a prospective candidate on Linkedin, a recruiter should follow certain guidelines. If you’re sending an invitation, rather than an inmail message, avoid the standard template provided by Linkedin. This is boring, impersonal and will get you nowhere! It’s important to keep your original communication concise, compelling, and inviting. What do I mean by this?As succinctly as possible, introduce yourself and explain there’s a hiring need at this organization for a . If the opportunity is at your company, then say so, since this should be transparent. However, if you’re recruiting for a client (as do most search firms) or a portfolio company (as I do in corporate venture capital), then sometimes it’s better to only mention the type of company and where they’re located. There are two reasons for this. Sometimes the search is confidential and the company name should only be revealed among those genuinely interested in pursuing the opportunity. Other times, by leaving out the company name, you create a sense of curiosity in the prospective candidate. By human nature, when information is omitted, we want to find out more, which engages the candidate further and develops in them a greater interest for the role.Brevity is key in your first communication. You don’t want to inundate the prospective candidate with information. If they’re not interested, they’ll despise you for it. If they’re somewhat interested, they’ll probably be turned off with your “spam”. By keeping it short and sweet, not only is it less pushy and more presentable overall, but most importantly, you also prompt the prospect to ask questions and get more involved in the process. Besides, at least in an invitation, Linkedin limits you to 300 characters anyway, so you’re forced to KISS.Once you’ve introduced yourself and explained the hiring need, ask the prospective candidate if they’re interested in either networking or learning more about the role. This low-pressure approach yields tremendous results. By giving them the option to network, you’re not demanding a yes/no answer for whether they want to be considered. Instead, you’re simply saying “let’s connect, so we can establish a relationship either now or down the road”. You’re also putting the ball in their court, letting them decide if they’d like to learn more about the position, refer someone from their own network, keep in touch, or do nothing at all. I’ve found that in venture capital and start-ups, few people opt to do nothing.If the candidate is interested – great! If not, be patient as they may provide you with a referral and/or send you a resume anyway in hopes of being considered in the future when the timing is better. Obviously as a recruiter, you’d like to have as many qualified candidates as possible from which to choose. As we’re aware, when someone accepts your Linkedin invite, unless they’ve changed their settings, you have full access to view their connections. Be ethical and avoid biting the hand that feeds. This candidate has already trusted you by allowing you to join their network. The last thing you need to do is diminish his/her chances of getting the job by recruiting someone from their very own network.So I digress! Here’s an example of what an effective first message might look like:Hi Felix,I’m a recruiter for OpenView Venture Partners. One of our portfolio companies that specializes in data storage needs a Marketing Analyst to join their team. I came across your profile and I wanted to see if you’d be interested in networking or learning more about the opportunity. I look forward to connecting with you.Thanks! Victor There are several resources out on the web that can enrich one’s education in Linkedin recruitment and best practices beyond the crucial first message. Stay tuned for some follow-up blog postings!Take the Next Step: Download the Free eBookHelp your company overcome one of the greatest challenges to growing a successful business: acquiring top talent.Download this free eBook and learn how to:Assemble and manage a successful, high-output talent teamExecute the six phases of an effective recruiting processLeverage the best recruiting tools and technology in the industryEstablish the key metrics you need to measure to regularly improve your talent factoryAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis