Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Here’s What Happens When Candidates Go From Passive to Active

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Yes, you do it, too. Don’t deny it.

When you’re gainfully employed, happily or not so, and you actually make the time to update your LinkedIn profile, for whatever reason, you uncheck the box in your account settings that reads:

Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How Employee Turnover Can be a Source of Long-Term Strength

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Departing staffers can become a source of new networks and competitive intelligence.

Given the effort and expense in recruiting, identifying and hiring talent, organizations want to retain their employees at all costs. But in the increasingly mobile labor market, companies should view departing employees as continuing assets and employee turnover as a source of long-term strength.

A team of researchers from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland studied linkages between the firms on both sides of an employee move and patterns in the way the firms cited patents. They found that after an employee changed jobs, both firms became more likely to cite the other firm’s patents and gained knowledge. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

How to Avoid Job Candidates Who Are “Just Not That Into You”

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Have you ever come across a candidate who you thought was “just not that into you?”

Maybe the candidate was not into your organization or the job, but it most likely wasn’t you personally.

It is very possible that you have candidates who have gone through the application process but are not really interested in the job or in the organization. Maybe they feel like the job is beneath them, or maybe they see the job as a “backup plan,” or simply applied to provide moral support for a friend who was also applying. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Turning Your Biggest Recruiting Challenge Into Your Biggest Asset

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What’s your biggest recruiting challenge?

That’s one of the questions we asked 570 HR professionals in our Global Talent Recruitment Survey and the answer we got back wasn’t what we expected. Getting hiring managers to participate in the recruiting process came back as the No. 1 challenge.

Here are the top responses:

  1. Finding qualified candidates — 53 percent;
  2. Finding the right technical skills — 41 percent; Read more…
HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

Yes, Most Recruiters Are Usually NOT HR Professionals

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Recruiters are not HR professionals.  And not all HR professionals are recruiters.

In companies, it’s typical to see recruiting fall under the broad human resources umbrella but it shouldn’t. Recruiting and HR need to be totally separate job functions joined at the hip so they can collaborate on succession planning, onboarding and the business-related priorities surrounding humans.

Full time recruiters are not HR professionals. They’re recruiting professionals. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Why You Should Ask “What Was Your First Paying Job?”

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If you’ve ever been late to a movie, you know that trying to figure out what happened before you took your seat can be extremely frustrating.

When you don’t know what led up to what’s now unfolding, the things you see and hear can cause you to make false assumptions and only further confuse you.

The same thing happens when you begin an interview by asking an applicant about their most recent job. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

August Job Growth Is the Slowest So Far This Year

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Editor’s note: The Weekly Wrap is taking one more week of vacation. It will return next week.

Even taking into account the usual summer hiring slowdown, the August jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department can only be called surprising.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 142,000 new jobs were created in August, a number far off the 220,000 to 230,000 economists forecast. Unemployment inched down to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent.

It was the smallest increase yet this year, and follows six months of gains over 200,000 jobs each. Going into August, the monthly average gain in new jobs was 230,000. Read more…

News, Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The Challenges You Face Using Social Media Screening and Hiring Process

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Most business functions have – to some degree – succumbed to the ubiquity and power of social media, and the HR department isn’t immune.

According to research conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management, 76 percent of companies currently use or plan to use social media during the recruiting process.

Whether it’s spreading the word about a new job posting through LinkedIn groups, or reviewing candidates’ Twitter feeds before an interview, social media offers HR managers a quick, cost-effective way to expedite the recruiting process. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Your Hiring Formula – It’s Recruit For Attitude, Train For Skill

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When hiring for a new position, all employers want to recruit the most talented and skilled candidates possible – preferably with a great attitude, too.

In reality, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find potential hires who “have it all.” All too frequently, these “have it all” individuals aren’t actively seeking a move.

Instead, employers are faced with an ever decreasing talent pool where the right combination of attitude, culture fit, and skills are difficult to find in one person. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

5 Talent Acquisition Trends You Really Need to Watch

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Ultimate Software (They’re No. 20 on this year’s Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for list) just released a whitepaper that looks at Top 5 Talent Acquisition Trends in today’s market.

As much data as we might see on talent acquisition, it’s a perpetually interesting topic to look at because (and Ultimate Software puts it well), “A company can have the right technology, the right infrastructure, the right products and services – yet still fall short of expectations without the right people.”

People are the heart and soul of an organization, and attracting, hiring, and engaging the right people for an organization is vital to its growth and success. The whitepaper highlights that over the past five years we’ve seen a huge change in the landscape of talent acquisition. Read more…