Articles tagged 'hiring'

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

City of Austin Shows the Wrong Way to Handle “Ban the Box”

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Question: What do you get when you combine “ban the box” compliance with utterly idiotic hiring practices? (I know I’m supposed to be diplomatic but no can do in this instance.)

Answer: Ask the city of Austin, Texas, who hired a six-time convict to work in their public library — and who just plead guilty to attempted indecency with a child.

Before we dig into the details, let me show you the resume (see: rap sheet) of said employee, Joe Heath, brought with him to the Austin Public library where he would come in regular contact with the public, including children. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Screening Candidates on Social Media: 5 Keys in Doing It Effectively

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Should you use social media to screen candidates?

The answer in most cases is YES, but you should also be careful when doing so.

According to a survey conducted by Reppler, 91 percent of businesses are already using social media, in some form, to review candidates. Since most companies appear to be doing so already, the question really becomes, how to effectively use social media without putting your business at risk. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Bill Protecting Unemployed Job Hunters

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By Eric B. Meyer

A bill that would have made it illegal for New Jersey companies to refuse to hire a job candidate because of his/her employment status is dead for now.

Last week, New Jersey banned the box.

However, Bob Jordan over at the Cherry Hill Courier-Post reports here that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has put the kibosh on a bill that would essentially make “unemployment” a protected class, like race, religion, national origin and others protected under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Good Places to Find Good Candidates – For Free

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The smartest recruiters build relationships with intelligent, potential candidates even before there is a role that needs filling.

As competitive as the recruitment market can be, there are places where you can find potential candidates for free, you just need to be proactive about investing the time it may take to do so.

You don’t need to target paid job sites to find smart people who are looking for employment, there are plenty of other places you can locate them. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Big Data and the Moneyball Moment in Data-Driven Talent Acquisition

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Big Data has been permeating into the lexicon of every aspect of company strategy over the past few years, and 2013 proved to be the “Moneyball Moment,” as the spotlight turned to how data science is changing recruitment.

Last year brought recruitment managers a suite of data-driven panaceas, from semantic search to predictive analytics, along with a host of case studies analysing the effectiveness of calculated hiring decisions, such as Google’s now famous data-driven interview process.

So how is this cambrian explosion of “next-big-things” in Big Data hiring spilling over into 2014, and what talent acquisition strategies are coming into the spotlight? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues, Recruiting and Staffing

New Jersey Latest State to Ban the Box in Employment Applications

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By Eric B. Meyer

Come Jan. 1, 2015, most New Jersey employers will no longer be able to ask about an applicant’s criminal record during the initial employment application process.

That’s right.

Ban the box will be b-b-b-b-banned in the Garden State! Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Employers Find That Time-to-Fill Job Rates Are Growing, Hit 13 Year High

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The time to fill open positions has reached a national average of just about 25 days, the lengthiest job vacancy period in the 13 years covered by the DICE–time to fill by industry DFH Vacancy Duration Measure.

The monthly report on time to fill and recruiting efforts says that on average it took 24.9 working days (Monday-Saturday) in June to post, source, and hire a new employee. That’s more than nine days longer than it took at the height of the recession in July 2009. Then, the average was 15.3 working days.

The lengthening time to fill is having a serious impact on search firms. Data from MRINetwork says growing numbers of candidates are taking alternative offers while clients make up their mind. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

To Poach or Not to Poach Talent? It’s Just Un-American If You Don’t

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Before we get right in and answer this question, let’s all get on the same page.

What is “Poaching?” Wikipedia defines it this way:

Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.”

It can also be a cooking term, like “Poached Eggs” or “Poached Salmon,” but that’s not what we’re talking about. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Weekly Wrap: Sweet Little Lies? Not When They’re in Your Resume

Resume snobs focus too much on form rather than the experience the author brings to the table. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime)

Raise your hand if you have never, ever fibbed on a resume.

Slightly fudging your previous experience, education, and job credentials has always been a time-honored tradition, and in the past, recruiters and hiring managers simply accepted that people would do that here and there.

Somehow, the world of work survived.

But then, background checks came along and as they got more and more extensive, all that time-honored resume fudging turned into a big problem as people got caught up in the fibs they were telling — as this latest survey from CareerBuilder makes very clear. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

College Grads Are Engaged, But Here’s How to Engage Them Even More

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We all know that a college education can almost double a person’s median income, but what can it tell us about how engaged that person will be while making that income?

Gallup’s annual Gallup-Purdue Index Report is a great resource for employers looking to get a feel for the well-being and mindset of recent college graduates entering the workforce, and this year’s report shed some light on what the future of engagement holds.

Some key findings were: Read more…