Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How to Get Great Engagement Out of Your Seasonal Workers

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The Holiday Season is fast approaching, meaning retailers and restaurants all across the country are preparing to hire seasonal and part-time staff to help with the added foot traffic.

However, because of the fleeting nature of seasonal positions and the fact that these industries tend to have higher-than-average turnover, it can be difficult to engage and retain temporary staff when the work ramps up. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

3 Things to Help Hold on to Recent College Graduates

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In many ways, recent college graduates are the perfect candidates to hire. They’re young, fresh, and willing to learn.

However, they also come with a problem: Most recent grads don’t stay with an organization very long.

A new study by America Employed found that 77 percent of franchises surveyed said they expected new graduates to leave within a year. This can be frustrating to hiring managers, who have to continuously find new talent, as well as being costly for the organization (they’re constantly having to onboard and train, and high turnover hurts productivity). Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Are Recruiters and Candidates From Different Planets?

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Recruiters, you’ve probably experienced this: You say one thing, candidates hear another.

You say you’ll be in touch, and candidates take that as a sign they’re frontrunners for the position. You say you’re looking for specific industry experience, and candidates think any experience remotely related will do.

All of these miscommunications lead you to wonder: Are recruiters and candidates from different planets? Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

How to Really Recruit (and Hire) Self-Motivated People

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Yesterday, I wrote about how recruiting highly motivated people is The Single Smartest Thing That a Hiring Manager Can Do.

Today, I am going to give you some tips on just how to go about recruiting those kind of employees.

Once you are committed to hiring self-motivated individuals, you need to work with your firm’s recruiting leaders to come up with the most effective recruiting and assessment approaches. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Five Big Social Media Red Flags to Avoid From Potential Hires

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Does your company use social media screening as part of the recruiting process? If not, consider it.

Social media can be a useful tool for screening, as detailed in a June TLNT article about candidates rejected based on their public profiles. Only 20 percent of employers examine candidates’ social media profiles for screening, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Of the recruiters that screen via social media, 69 percent rejected applicants based on the content on those profiles. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

The Single Smartest Thing That a Hiring Manager Can Do

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First of two parts

If you are a corporate manager, you already know that you routinely spend a significant portion of your time trying to motivate your employees.

On average, I estimate that encouraging, cajoling, and the worst part, having to hang around just to ensure that your employees are continuously working takes up to 50 percent of the average manager’s time each week.

If you don’t believe my estimate, ask a few managers to keep a work log for a few weeks if you want an accurate time for your firm. You might go a step further and ask a few of your managers if they enjoy trying to motivate and if they are good at it, because you’re likely to find that they dread every minute of it. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Why Hiring Boomerang Employees Makes So Much Sense

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Employees quit their jobs for various reasons — career advancement, higher salaries, increased benefits, better commute and more opportunities.

And you know what they say: the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and sometimes you’ll find an employee that wants to come back “home.”

As an employer, you have to decide whether or not you want to rehire this “boomerang employee.” There are certainly advantages to rehiring  a former worker, but there are disadvantages to consider as well. Read more…

HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

Yes, Even Harvard Grads Can Get Turned Down at The Container Store

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You probably saw this on the web this past week, but just in case you didn’t, a Harvard University graduate and Emmy award-winning writer recently got rejected for a holiday job at The Container Store.

She was very surprised by this, in a pompous “I’m-really-too-good-for-you, but I’m desperate, so you would be lucky to have me” kind of way. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

What A Difference a Year Makes: Employment For Vets Jumps in 2014

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As America honors its military veterans again today, there is encouraging news on the jobs front: The unemployment rate for the nation’s veterans has declined sharply in the year since the last Veterans Day.

Thanks to a nationwide focus on hiring veterans, and especially younger veterans who served in the post 9/11 military, unemployment for all veterans went from 6.9 percent in October 2013 to 4.5 percent last month. The national unemployment rate dropped 1.4 percentage points to 5.4 percent. (All percentages are non-seasonally adjusted.)

Contributing to the sharp decline was a project launched three years ago by JPMorgan Chase and 10 other large employers. As its name implies, the 100,000 Jobs Mission committed to hiring 100,000 veterans by the end of 2020. Now, with more than 170 companies participating, the project has employed more than 190,000 former military. Read more…

HR Technology, Recruiting and Staffing

Tech Insights: The Scariest Thing I Saw at the Las Vegas Conference

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There is a lot to report from the recent HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas, and I’ll start with the category “Scariest in Show” — and the winner is Gild.

Gild Source is, on the surface, just a really good tool for finding software developers. It scours the web for information about passive candidates and presents it to recruiters in a useful way.

What makes Gild special is that it uses algorithms to assess the programmer’s expertise, the likely demand for someone with those skills, their social media footprint and their likely availability. Gild is not just finding people, or finding data about people, it is making sense of that data. Read more…