Articles tagged 'recruiting & staffing'

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: To Hire the Best, You Have to Test

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The most effective and efficient hiring systems use testing software.

That’s because:

  • Test results more accurately predict success on the job than interviews, experience, schooling or references. Read more…
HR Basics, HR News & Trends

What the April 30 WOTC Deadline Means for Employers

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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides income tax incentives to any business for hiring workers that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined to have significant barriers to employment. ‘

Individual hires who make an employer eligible to capture the credit include veterans, those on temporary financial assistance, and residents of certain geographic zones (See the full and updated list here). This federal program is available to all income tax-paying employers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, meaning employers have equal access to tax credits, regardless of location.

WOTC offers federal tax credits ranging from $2,400 to $9,600 per eligible employee. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court: LinkedIn Isn’t an Agency When It Comes to Background Screening

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LinkedIn is off the hook.

A California district court has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against the business networking site (the full decision in Sweet v. LinkedIn Corporation can be found here).

The popular social network was sued last year by job seekers who claimed that LinkedIn’s Reference Searches cost them jobs. The theory of the case was that LinkedIn should be treated like other background screening companies — a theory that was successful against another website, Spokeo. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

What It Truly Costs for an $80,000 Per Year Hire

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For executives imbued with hiring power, perhaps no greater pitfall exists than the hiring of management staff earning $80,000 and beyond.

Besides the immediate costs of salary and recruiting, there are hidden costs that go along with any miscalculation, which can number into the tens of thousands of dollars. Plus, hiring management level professionals who don’t fit or aren’t up to the job run the risk of a trickle down effect in terms of productivity and morale. If talented employees recognize that their immediate superiors are not up to the job, they will be quickly on the lookout for new and better opportunities. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How Commute Issues Can Dramatically Impact Employee Retention

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As more companies adapt a data-supported approach to HR decision-making, new data is revealing that commute issues can have a major impact on hiring success and retention.

You may have assumed that commute issues were an obscure factor with only a minor impact — but you would be wrong.

You probably already know that long commute times frequently increase new-hire tardiness and absenteeism rates, but data now reveals that long commute times can have a major negative impact on new hire retention. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New York City Prohibits Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

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Last week, the New York City Council passed a bill that makes it unlawful for employers to request or use a job applicant’s credit history for employment purposes as part of their background screening practices.

Intro Bill 261-A amends the City’s Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to use an individual’s consumer credit history in making employment decisions. The bill is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill DeBlasio and will be effective 120 days following approval.

The City Council created a limited set of exemptions for sensitive positions (see below), however it’s worth noting that these exemptions are much more narrow than those provided in similar state laws. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

Beginning Tomorrow, Google Starts Rewarding Mobile-Friendly Websites

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Sometime on April 21 your website, the one you worked so hard to get on Google’s first search page, may disappear down the rabbit hole, banished to page 2, 3 or worse.

Tomorrow is when Google implements a new ranking system that rewards sites that are mobile-friendly by elevating them in its search results. The flip side of that is the bad news for any website that isn’t mobile-enabled — it will fall in the rankings.

Exactly how bad will it be? Until Google’s new ranking algorithm is switched on, we won’t know for sure, but the search engine experts are calling it “Mobilegeddon” and “Mobilepocalypse.”  Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Positioning Yourself For Interview Success

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Comfortable people will tell you almost anything. Uncomfortable people will tell you almost nothing at all.

This is why creating the proper interview environment – mentally and physically – means doing whatever you can to ensure the candidates relax because only comfortable applicants will give you the information you need to make the best decision: Read more…

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…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

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…