Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting and Staffing

Passive Candidates? They Aren’t Passive or Candidates, Either

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Using the term “passive candidate” is just wrong for so many reasons.

First, these recruiting targets haven’t applied for anything, so they can’t be classified as candidates (the correct name for those who have not applied is prospects).

Calling them “passive job seekers” is equally inaccurate because they are not in fact currently seeking a job.

And finally, they can’t accurately be called “passive” because they are definitely not passive individuals. In fact they are frequently bold and aggressive individuals while on the job. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Do You Know What Your Employment Brand Is?

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Every company, no matter how large or small, has an employment brand.

In most cases, that brand is created by the general public’s perception of the industry and the same broad-brush brand is given to everyone in it unless a concerted effort is made to manage that brand.

For example, what is your perception about working in these industries: restaurant, retail, convenience stores, call centers, entertainment, hospitality or manufacturing? Read more…

HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

6 Problems with Job Interviews Today (And How to Fix Them)

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What’s wrong with job interviews today?

Too much. In fact, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 6,000 global hiring managers, more than half of employers in each of the ten largest world economies have felt the effects of a bad hire.

With that many people having had bad hires, something must be wrong with the way we interview job candidates.

For starters, here are six (6) common problems with the job interview process today, and how to fix them to land better hires and improve employer brand: Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Pre-Employment Test Trends You Need to Know About

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The year 2014 was a great one for job growth.

December alone added 252,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent. American economist Mark Zandi predicts that “At the current pace of job growth, the economy will be back to full employment by early 2016.”

That means that 2015 will be a busy year for hiring managers and HR leaders. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

A Candidate Bill of Rights? Good HR Pros Can Handle Applicants Right

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Back in November 2010, Monster.com asked me to write a post on a hot topic at that time — a “Candidate Bill of Rights.”

Needless to say, I’m not a huge fan of a Candidate Bill of Rights.

I’m a capitalist and believe in a free-market system of HR and recruiting, and back in 2010 (remember those days?) we had candidates coming out of our ears.

Here in 2015, most of us are begging for talent. Welcome to the show kids! Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

SimplyHired’s Top Employer Brands: Interesting, But Not Your Typical List

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Job search engine SimplyHired has come up with a way to measure the interaction between job seeker and employer job postings — their Employer Brand Index.

The result of a complex mining of job seeker behavior and statistical adjusting, the Index is actually a ranking of employers in seven broad industry groups: automotive, entertainment, financial services, health care, insurance, technology, and transportation.

Last week, SimplyHired released the top 25 employer winners in each category (you can find it here). Here are the top winners in each category:

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HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: A New Job Is a Really Big Deal – For Them AND You

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Whether it’s a first job, the tenth job, or a promotion (even a lateral one), a new job is a big deal.

That’s why a new employee’s first day is the perfect opportunity for you, as the manager, to leverage the power of first impressions and ensure the company gets a positive ROI on the time and money it took to recruit, select, and train your new hire. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Why You Need to Make Hiring a One-Day Affair

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The average time to fill an average job in the United States is 25 days. Unfortunately, in many cases top candidates are no longer available after 10 days.

You may think that making quick hiring decisions would lower the quality of your hire, but the reality is that in most cases, the reverse is true.

The very best candidates are in high demand. They are likely to receive multiple offers. And because they are decisive individuals, they are likely to accept another offer before most corporate processes are only one-third completed. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Yes, Active Applicants Are Better Than Passive Candidates

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Most active job applicants either don’t have a job because of something out of their control (like layoffs or mergers) or they are still working, but are looking for a better situation.

I have to admit, you would not want to hire some of them, but there are a lot of passive candidates (the ones who are not looking, who you go after) that could turn out to be just as bad or even worse. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

You Need a Smart Retention Strategy, Because It’s Not 2011 Anymore

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I opened my email last week to see a message from a dear friend that said, “I resigned!!!! I pulled the trigger!!”

My friend and I have talked FOR YEARS about her unhappiness and lack of engagement, about the corporate politics and leadership egos that consume her days, about the constant pressure to do more with fewer people and resources, and about her exit strategy.

That’s right. She has had an exit strategy, and she has been refining and polishing it for years. Like the best strategic plans, it was deliberate, well-thought-out and executed over a multi-year time frame. Read more…