Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How to Lose a Job Candidate in 10 Easy Steps

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It’s no secret that finding a great candidate can be difficult.

A whopping 75 percent of companies are struggling to attract and recruit the top people they need. The problem is that we don’t view candidates as part of our organization until they start.

And that’s not the right mindset. Every candidate you spend time on is a mini investment. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The Millennial Turnover Myth: Why Young Talent Really Decides to Leave

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My company is obsessed with Millennials, and for good reason.

The traditional old guard of global industry is rapidly changing – and the youngest ranges of the workforce are primarily responsible for the disruption.

With the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company down to 15 years, we are all actively investing resources to attract a new generation of talent that will keep our companies viable. Read more…

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Can Jobcase Really Give LinkedIn a Run For Its Money?

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In a world of 100,000 (more or less) job boards, there’s one for practically every occupation, industry, and personal interest.

The few big players — Indeed, CareerBuilder, SnagAJob, SimplyHired among them — count their monthly visitors in the millions and their dollars in the double-digit millions. The majority of commercial career sites, though, gross less than a million annually and have far fewer visitors in a year.

When they’re not worrying about what Indeed will do to their business, they’re worrying about what LinkedIn will do. Or about each other.

It makes you wonder why anyone, let alone a former Wall Street fund manager, would want to jump into the business. Read more…

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Hiring Wisdom: Why You Must Make It Easy For Candidates to Apply

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Pretty much everyone who wants to work and everyone you would want to hire is now employed — especially the best of the best, the candidates you should aim for first.

But, you need to realize these are busy, working people, so, once you get their attention, you have to make it extremely easy for them to get into your hiring system or they flat out won’t bother.

They don’t have time to update resumes, complete long, online applications, or write cover letters. Read more…

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4 Incredibly Common Hiring Mistakes — and How to Prevent Them

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Hiring right is one of the most important decisions a company can make.

Hire the right person and you increase productivity and retention. Hire the wrong person and you increase turnover, decrease productivity and waste a lot of time and money.

Here are some common hiring mistakes most companies make — and how you can avoid them: Read more…

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How to Get Better Information From Hiring Managers

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I asked the question — open-ended, curious, and fearless — setting the stage for an answer with little information.

It was the wrong question to begin with and I was in for the wrong answer: “What kind of candidate are you looking for?

This question is a complete head fake, and opens the flood gates to irrelevant intake information. Instead, lead the discussion and better focus your questions.

Do not succumb to five minute explanations of the perfect candidate, who lives down the street, who happens to be upset with his current manager, and, is willing to take our position for less than market value. This is a candidate scenario and is not relevant. Read more…

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Fixing the Hiring Process: Getting More Women Involved Would Help

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The New York Times had an article regarding hiring practices and succession practices at Google, and God knows if Google is doing it, it must be important and we all must try to do the same thing.

What I liked about this article was it didn’t necessarily look at practices and processes, it looked at data. The data found that Google, like almost every other large company, does a crappy job hiring and promoting women.

That’s shocking, I know, if you’re a man! We had no idea this was going on! In America of all places… Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: 7 Common Mistakes With Referral Rewards Programs

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Research repeatedly proves that employee-referred candidates are three times more likely to be a good match for the job.

This is because your employees give these candidates much more detailed information about the job and the working conditions than you would.

As a result, candidates are only likely to proceed with the selection process if they feel they will be a good fit. And because they’re a good fit and they already have a friend or acquaintance in your employ, referral candidates are also much less likely to quit or be fired. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Here’s Why We Need to Pay Higher Referral Fees For Diverse Candidates

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I know a ton of HR Pros right now who have been charged by their organizations to go out and “diversify” their workforce.

By “diversify,” I’m not talking about diversity of thought, but to recruit a more diverse workforce in terms of ethnic, gender, and racial diversity.

Clearly by bringing in more individuals from underrepresented groups in your workforce, you’ll expand the “thought diversification.” But, for those HR Pros in the trenches and sitting in conference rooms with executives behind closed doors, diversification of thought isn’t the issue being discussed. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Building Ambassadors, or Why You Need to Offer More Than Just a Job

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“I am so thankful that I got this new job. I now work for a non-profit and we are spearheading all these new initiatives, connecting children and health care. I am on a mission. Never been so excited about a job before from my past of working for profit companies.”

This email message came to me the other morning from one of my colleagues in the U.S. I am hearing more of this type talk from people over the last few years.

This brought me back to a time one of our rising executives quit a promising job and career because her dream job materialized — one that would allow her to work with animals. At the time, I was sitting there listening to this and in the back of my mind, I just did not get it. Read more…