Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting Transparency Can Be Scary, But It Might Be Just What You Need

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We’re all on this “transparency” bandwagon in our hiring practices.

We make sure to be ultra transparent about everything — except the real challenges that we’re currently facing. See why transparency is in quotes up there now?

Recruiters, although not intentionally trained to sell, end up being quite the pitchmen when it comes down to it. They become transparent about all the right things. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Actually, Contract Workers Really ARE the “Cream of the Crop”

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There is a common misconception that contract workers are lower-level or not the “cream of the crop.”

This misconception stems from the picture many people have in their minds of the clerical or blue-collar temps of the past who mostly took temporary work when they couldn’t find a traditional job.

But today’s contractors can be found in nearly every industry and in positions up to and including the C-suite. Companies can truly find cream of the crop contract candidates, particularly in the technical, professional, and health care arenas.

For many candidates, contract staffing is no longer a last resort or simply a path to direct employment — it is a chosen lifestyle. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Is It Finally Time to Ditch the Phone Interview?

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In the 1870s, we were first able to transmit speech electronically, thanks to Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray.

Over the years, phone technology evolved from candlestick to rotary-dial, eventually becoming cordless, and now, completely mobile. Before then, we relied on hand-delivered messages and in-person communication, much like companies do in the hiring process with in-person interviews.

Of course, companies also began using the telephone as a resource for conducting interviews more efficiently. It was the most convenient way to speak to a candidate quickly without having to wait and schedule an hour block of time to meet later in the week. Read more…

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Avoid Common Pitfalls When Using Criminal Background Checks

Is your company properly obtaining background check reports? Still confused about the EEOC’s criminal records guidance?

If that’s the case, then please join this upcoming First Advantage webinar, presented by Dana Howells and Paul Kehoe, as they uncover and share all the latest and greatest information, including:

  • How to follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act when obtaining, and before using, a background check report.
  • Designing a process to account for relevant risks and qualifications under Title VII.
  • When and why to ask applicants about their criminal history, and, how to do it properly.
  • And much, much  more!

This exciting and groundbreaking webinar is sure to be loaded full of information that you will find absolutely relevant, make sure you don’t miss out and register today!

Date/Time of Webinar: November 12, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Register: HERE

Sponsor: First Advantage

Can’t attend the live webinar?  No problem! Register and receive links to the webinar slides and recording to view at a more convenient time!

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HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Skilled Worker Shortages Are Slowly Starting to Push Pay Upward

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Reports from the Federal Reserve say that a shortage of skilled workers in a variety of trades are showing up here and there across the U.S., putting upward pressure on pay.

Employers are having to pay more to attract workers in construction and manufacturing in several parts of the U.S. In parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic region, and the Northern Plains states, transportation workers are seeing somewhat higher pay. And in New York the number of workers quitting to take higher paying jobs is on the rise. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Temp Staffing Still Rising as Time to Fill Rates Get Even Longer

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On the heels of a survey finding that a quarter of all employers plan to add temporary staff this quarter comes a forecast that temporary agency staffing will increase 8.7 percent over last year.

Temp industry consultant G. Palmer & Associates says temporary employment will average 2.978 million workers in the fourth quarter. For the last quarter of 2013, the average was 2.739 million. As of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports temp agencies employed a record 2.934 million workers. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: How You Should Deal With Underperformers

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It’s pretty much the norm that about 10 percent of your employees will always fall into the “underperformers” camp.

If you are tired of the headaches they routinely cause, here are the only two ways you can permanently remedy the situation:

1. Increase accountability while simultaneously reducing your tolerance level. Specifically, make everyone accountable for their own performance, starting with you. You are the one who hired the underperformer and you are the one letting it slide. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

What You Should Know About Recruiting Millennials

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The workforce is changing. Millennials are entering the workforce in droves and can add so much to an organization.

While managing Millennials can pose some interesting challenges to management, the upside is tremendous, with the fresh ideas and hard work they bring.

Before you can start strategizing on managing your Millennial workforce first you need to recruit them, and just like managing Millennials is different, they need to be recruited differently as well. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

California Temp Workers Can Now Sue Employers For Agency Violations

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Employers in California will now share liability with their labor contractors for complying with state labor and wage laws, including safety and workers’ compensation laws.

California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law the hotly contested AB 1897, which extends to nearly all employers rules that previously applied to temps and contract workers in the agricultural, construction, and garment industries.

Strongly supported by organized labor, the bill was labeled a “job killer” by the California Chamber of Commerce, which sought to rally its members to have the governor veto the bill. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New Washington D.C. Law Goes Well Beyond Ban the Box

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With over a year of debate and some last-minute amendments, the District of Columbia’s Council recently passed a ban-the-box law that includes its own unique list of considerations before an employer can withdraw an offer of employment based on criminal history.

The Council vote was 12-1; only Chairman Phil Mendelson voted against the bill.

In an interview, Mendelson said that he supports the “basic thrust” of the legislation but that late amendments were “troublesome,” giving ex-offenders greater rights in the hiring process than other citizens.

“This goes way beyond ‘ban the box’ and into telling businesses how to hire,” he said. “How much do we want to regulate how a business wants to hire somebody?” Read more…