Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Why One Millennial Thinks You Should Be Hiring Older Workers

123RF Stock Photo

There‘s much discussion about Generation Y and the benefits we bring to the workforce, but what about the Baby Boomers who are often times overlooked?

This generation is 76 million strong, and Boomers are now working far beyond the retirement age.

According to the Labor of Bureau Statistics, the labor force will continue to age, with the annual growth rate of the 55-and-older group projected to be 4.1 percent, four (4) times the rate of growth of the overall labor force. By contrast, the annual growth rate of the 25-to-54-year age group will be 0.3 percent, and that of the young age group consisting of 16-to-24-year-olds will be essentially flat. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The One, Single Trait That Separates Great Hires

123RFPhoto.com

For 20 years, I’ve been hiring and firing people.

I’ve been lucky enough to have some great performers, a bunch of good performers, and an also a few crappy performers. It seems like every time I turn, someone has an answer for me on how to hire better.

For years I have given the advice that if all else fails, hire smart people.

It’s not a bad strategy. For the most part, if you hire the smartest ones of the bunch, you’ll have more good performers than bad ones. I’m talking pure intelligence, not necessarily book smarts. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

When It Comes to Social Recruiting, It’s All About the Mobile

From 1234RFphoto.com

Nearly seven out of 10 (69 percent) of recruiters expect competition to increase in 2015.

The demand for highly skilled workers is on the rise, with no indication of plateauing anytime soon. With the fiercely competitive nature of talent acquisition, what can organizations do to make sure their recruiting and organizational talent management functions are up to speed?

Jobvite’s 2014 Social Recruiting Survey highlights trends, tools, and practices that are making a splash in recruiting effectiveness right now. The annual survey was completed by 1,855 recruiting and human resources professionals across most industries. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: The Secret to Hiring Great Employees

123RF Stock Photo

While many employers play up the perceived rewards that a new hire will enjoy when they join the team, few do anything to mitigate the risks new employees take when accepting the job offer.

So, here are five (5) ideas to help you balance out the risk/reward ratio:

  1. Go after boomerang employees (the good ones who have left you) — This can net you an employee who will need little or no training and it tells your other employees that the grass really isn’t greener elsewhere. Read more…
Recruiting and Staffing

Here’s Why Talent Analytics Must Be a Part of Your Talent Strategy

123RFstockphoto.com

Anyone who has experience with recruiting and hiring talent of late understands that talent acquisition is as much a science as it is an art.

The exciting potential behind talent analytics is that it has fueled the science side of power recruiting and hiring – using data, metrics and analytics to understand who you should be sourcing and from where, for example, instead of making decisions solely on gut instinct.

Yet the potential of analytics, in power recruiting and hiring in particular, is still in its infancy. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Whether Employers Realize It Or Not, It’s Now a Candidate-Driven Market

© christophe BOISSON - Fotolia.com

The candidate-driven market is here to stay and the pace at which candidates are rejecting offers is quickening.

MRINetwork’s most recent Recruiter Sentiment Study says that  83 percent of the 333 responding recruiters describe the current employment market as candidate-driven. In three years, the percentage of recruiters who say candidates are in the driver’s seat has risen 29 points.

“It is definitely and without a doubt a candidate-driven market, however many employers are still laboring under the same processes as they did when it was an employer-driven market,” the twice yearly survey report notes, quoting one of the participating recruiters. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Why It Makes Perfect Sense For You to Hire a Hustler

the-hustler

Hustle (via Merriam-Webster): “To sell or promote energetically and aggressively.”

Hustle (via Urban Dictionary): “Anything you need to do to make money.”

Hustle (via Sackett): “Getting sh*t done with a smile.”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately on what really makes someone successful. I know folks who are completely brilliant, in a way most of us can’t even comprehend, both intellectually and creatively. I know why they’re successful. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

The Top Screening and Employment Issues We Faced in 2014

123RF Stock Photo

I almost can’t believe it myself, but it’s already December. And this point in the year means it’s almost time to close the books on 2014.

As the year comes to an end, I’ve spent some time looking back at the legal trends in hiring and employment screening throughout 2014.

Here is a list of the Top 5 background screening and employment issues from 2014 that are worth reflecting on as we get ready to raise a glass to ring in the New Year. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Are We Just Getting Too Smart For Our Own Good?

smart-people

I read a quote the other day that reminded me that being dumb has never been so unpopular.

The quote was attributed to Diana Galbadon, the author of the Outlander book series, who said: “People ask me why I write strong women, and I say, ‘Well, I don’t like stupid ones.’”

Galbadon’s quip caused me to recollect how I once foolishly chided a manager for including “intelligent” in her job posting, because what’s the point of requesting a smart candidate? Who the hell doesn’t think he’s intelligent? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

November Job Growth Surges and Hits Highest Rate in 3 Years

jobs_hiring_t607

Economists were expecting November’s job growth to be about average, right around 220,000. Instead, the U.S. Department of Labor said employers added 321,000 jobs last month, the most in almost three years.

To add to the robust report, the government adjusted upward its initial numbers for September and October by 44,000 jobs.

Together with November, the U.S. economy has averaged 241,000 new jobs each month this year. In 2013 the average for the 11 months was 204,000 and in 2012 it was 184,000.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent. A year ago the rate was 7 percent. Read more…