Articles tagged 'hiring'

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

LinkedIn Lawsuit Puts Background Screening Function in Question

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Have you ever used LinkedIn to check up on someone? An employee or a prospective new hire?

I know I for one am guilty of this. And while I’ve never actually given the “recommendations” on LinkedIn much weight, I’ve often wondered whether employers actually rely on them to make a hiring decision.

Social media sites have given us a whole new window through which to view candidates — both professionally and personally. A recent case has pushed the issue back into the headlines, and this time, LinkedIn is in the spotlight. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring People Is Like Buying a Car: Do You Go With Flashy or Reliable?

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I’m going to put this into a car analogy.

Reliable is a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry. Flashy is a Chevy Camaro or a Dodge Charger.

You really can’t be both. In the auto world, the closest thing to being both is a Tesla, and most people can’t afford one of those! Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Is There Really a War For Talent, or Are We Just Paying Lip Service to That?

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Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates.

This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and, gives us some insightful data.

Accenture’s survey underlines that, at the end of the day, many organizations are not effectively developing their entry-level talent.

When we consider that 69 percent of 2014 graduates state that more training or post-graduate education will be necessary for them to get their desired job, we see that organizations are likely facing a major talent supply problem. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

5 Things to Get Your Mobile Recruiting Back on Track

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We sleep next to our phones, unlock the devices an average of 150 times each day, and we’re even seeing mobile device separation anxiety, or nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia), among today’s college students.

Yes, it was only a matter of time before our faithful e-companion would help us find talent to fill open positions, too.

Mobile recruitment has changed the way we hire, enabling us to maintain constant communication through a variety of channels. Though some companies have tried to adopt mobile recruitment strategies, it isn’t going well for all. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Yes, You Really Do Need to Screen Temporary Holiday Employees

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Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and that means Black Friday, shopping online, and holiday music overload as we get ready for the big gift-giving season.

It’s hard to believe, but holiday hiring season is already well under way. If you hire holiday or other temporary workers, it’s important to hire ones that you can trust. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Hiring Just For Skills Can Be a Big Mistake

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Harvard Business School found that four factors are critical to success in business:

  • Information;
  • Intelligence;
  • Attitude; and,
  • Skills.

The surprise was that information, I.Q. and skills combined accounted for only seven percent of success while attitude accounted for 93 percent! Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting Transparency Can Be Scary, But It Might Be Just What You Need

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We’re all on this “transparency” bandwagon in our hiring practices.

We make sure to be ultra transparent about everything — except the real challenges that we’re currently facing. See why transparency is in quotes up there now?

Recruiters, although not intentionally trained to sell, end up being quite the pitchmen when it comes down to it. They become transparent about all the right things. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Actually, Contract Workers Really ARE the “Cream of the Crop”

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There is a common misconception that contract workers are lower-level or not the “cream of the crop.”

This misconception stems from the picture many people have in their minds of the clerical or blue-collar temps of the past who mostly took temporary work when they couldn’t find a traditional job.

But today’s contractors can be found in nearly every industry and in positions up to and including the C-suite. Companies can truly find cream of the crop contract candidates, particularly in the technical, professional, and health care arenas.

For many candidates, contract staffing is no longer a last resort or simply a path to direct employment — it is a chosen lifestyle. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Is It Finally Time to Ditch the Phone Interview?

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In the 1870s, we were first able to transmit speech electronically, thanks to Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray.

Over the years, phone technology evolved from candlestick to rotary-dial, eventually becoming cordless, and now, completely mobile. Before then, we relied on hand-delivered messages and in-person communication, much like companies do in the hiring process with in-person interviews.

Of course, companies also began using the telephone as a resource for conducting interviews more efficiently. It was the most convenient way to speak to a candidate quickly without having to wait and schedule an hour block of time to meet later in the week. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Webinars

Avoid Common Pitfalls When Using Criminal Background Checks

Is your company properly obtaining background check reports? Still confused about the EEOC’s criminal records guidance?

If that’s the case, then please join this upcoming First Advantage webinar, presented by Dana Howells and Paul Kehoe, as they uncover and share all the latest and greatest information, including:

  • How to follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act when obtaining, and before using, a background check report.
  • Designing a process to account for relevant risks and qualifications under Title VII.
  • When and why to ask applicants about their criminal history, and, how to do it properly.
  • And much, much  more!

This exciting and groundbreaking webinar is sure to be loaded full of information that you will find absolutely relevant, make sure you don’t miss out and register today!

Date/Time of Webinar: November 12, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Register: HERE

Sponsor: First Advantage

Can’t attend the live webinar?  No problem! Register and receive links to the webinar slides and recording to view at a more convenient time!

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