Inside Recruiting Apr 16, 2021
From Hybrid Jobs to Empathy at Work: 12 Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2021

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: As 2021 ramps up, so does hiring. What's one recruiting trend you predict we'll see this year, and why? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful young entrepreneurs....

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Inside Recruiting Apr 16, 2021
Need to Hire a Digital Marketing Manager? Here's What to Look for in a Candidate.

If you want to grow your online presence, you need a skilled digital marketing manager — but finding a great digital marketer is hard. There are many talented people in the job market, but few can execute the specific growth strategies you need to take your company to the next level. However, if you know what skills to look for, you can make your hunt a little easier. Here are the five...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 15, 2021
Employee Turnover Is on the Rise. Here's How to Make Them Stay.

If organizations thought employee engagement was a challenge before the pandemic, they've now seen what economic turbulence can do to company culture. Disrupted work/life balance, companywide disconnects, and rising rates of disengagement are just a few of the hurdles HR leaders and their organizations face in the post-pandemic world. Engagement initially rose during the pandemic, thanks...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 14, 2021
Confidentiality Agreements: What Recruiters, Employers, and Candidates Need to Know

Confidentiality agreements (CAs) are written contracts that permit an individual or organization with information it considers proprietary to disclose that information while protecting its secrecy. The person who receives the disclosure is obligated not to misappropriate, share, or steal the information, according to the terms of the CA. CAs have taken on new importance as many companies...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 13, 2021
Retaining Talent in a Virtual World: It Starts With Really Knowing Who Your Employees Are

Over the past year, employees everywhere have had to rapidly adjust to the demands of a virtual workplace. Of all the challenges employers have faced while transitioning from in-person to remote work — and potentially back again soon — one of the most glaring has been determining how to make smart and informed decisions related to talent development and employee support. In a KPMG...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 13, 2021
The Pandemic Taught Us What Really Matters in a Workplace Culture

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us what the essentials of good workplace culture really are. When offices are closed and employees work remotely, perks like award-winning coffee bars and napping pods no longer mean much. Wherever they are and however they work, employees need to feel they are part of a strong, focused, connected, and supportive organization. Companies, in turn, are...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 12, 2021
Employee Expectations Have Changed Since 2020. Has Your Company Kept Up?

In March of last year, everything we deemed normal changed overnight. Around the globe, we found ourselves redefining how we work and how we live. And while the light at the end of the tunnel has finally come into view, there are still plenty of challenges and uncertainties for us to navigate in the months ahead. One of those challenges entails defining what, exactly, the future of work...

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The MBTI Is Backed by Solid Science. Why Do Some Claim Otherwise?

In the recent article titled "What HBO's Persona Gets Right and (Mostly) Wrong About Personality Test," the author makes some good points about the recent HBO documentary Persona. First, both the author of the article and the creators of the documentary were correct that some companies are misusing personality assessments. My company, The Myers-Briggs Company, has taken the consistent stance...

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To Build Great Teams, Get Onboarding Right

Many companies think of new hire onboarding as the logistics of getting people a desk and a computer. Yes, it is that, but it should be a great deal more than that, too. Onboarding should be about how a candidate becomes part of the community as an employee. It should be how they learn the real culture and philosophy of the company. During the interview phase, you establish that a...

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As Businesses Seek Long-Term Growth Over Short-Term Efficiency, Talent Teams Are Stepping Up to Drive the Transformation

For all the damage it has caused, the COVID-19 pandemic has also sparked a mass awakening across business sectors. In fact, according to a recent Forbes survey, almost 80 percent of executives feel the pandemic has actually revealed their organizations' strengths. These companies are now in a position to reset and reorient themselves, and many executives are prioritizing long-term growth over...

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What the Growing Corporate Sustainability Movement Means for Recruiting Top Talent

It wasn't that long ago that corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability teams were shoved in back offices, miles from the core operations of a business. Even worse, responsibility for corporate sustainability would sometimes be awkwardly shoved onto an existing role with little care or attention from senior leadership. Now, the picture looks very different. A perfect storm of...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 31, 2021
6 Qualities to Look for in a Potential New Hire, Inspired by Marvel Characters

When you have the right people on your staff, your employees become a team of everyday superheroes. Whether they're solving complex problems or designing more efficient processes, great employees swoop in when and where they're needed to improve outcomes for the business. So why not look to Marvel characters like the Avengers for inspiration as you interview prospective hires? You may not...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 30, 2021
The Softer Side of Onboarding New Talent in a Work-From-Home World

Prior to 2020, many companies didn't embrace work-from-home (WFH) models, but the need to protect employees and business operations in the face of COVID-19 forced even the most reluctant companies to shift to remote work arrangements. In a matter of days, the way most businesses operated changed irrevocably — especially in terms of recruiting and hiring. HR pros and talent acquisition...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 29, 2021
SEO Is the Secret Recruitment Weapon You're Not Using

The pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life, including recruitment. Remote work has made it easier than ever for candidates to search for job opportunities and even interview without ever leaving their homes. On the flip side, remote work has also opened up national and even global talent pools for organizations that had once been tied to the idea of only hiring local...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 26, 2021
Recruiting Top Talent When Everyone Wants to Work From Home

When the pandemic forced companies worldwide to suddenly let employees work from home, top talent got a taste for it. Now that they've tried it, many workers no longer want to return to traditional office buildings. Moving forward, recruiters will face two challenges as they look to place candidates: attracting the right talent for non-remote jobs and managing the influx of (not always...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 25, 2021
Freelancer Compliance: 5 Ways to Keep Your Company Safe When Working With Freelancers

In the wake of COVID-19, a growing number of employers have found themselves relying on freelancers to get things done. Your organization may be among them. The use of independent contractors was growing even before the pandemic, and more and more professionals turned to freelancing throughout 2020. By 2027, more than half of US workers may do freelance work in some...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 24, 2021
Building an Authentic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative: 3 Lessons We Learned

Most corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives focus on examining recruitment practices, salaries, raises, types of work, and internal training opportunities, looking for signs of potential disparities between employee demographic groups. These are, of course, important components of any initiative — but if an organization wants to really shift corporate mindsets...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 24, 2021
HR Pros Can't Solve Fix Everything Wrong With the Workplace, but Creating a Culture of Appreciation Goes a Long Way

While COVID-19 has affected us all, it has made the jobs of those in HR especially challenging. The human resources team is the keystone of an organization. These individuals commit to inspiring and motivating employees; finding the best candidates; keeping people engaged; and building atmospheres of equity, diversity, and inclusion. What makes the division so special is in the name...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 23, 2021
Are You as Objective as You Think? How Traditional Hiring Methods Keep Us From Building More Divorce Workforces

"Why does it matter what our leadership team looks like? We hire and promote people based on their performance, not on the color of their skin." If you've ever been involved in discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, you've likely encountered some variation of this protestation. Maybe you've even uttered it yourself. At first glance, the logic is...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 22, 2021
'As the Individual Evolves, the Company Evolves': LinkedIn's Scott Shute on Cultivating Compassion in the Workplace

Scott Shute is LinkedIn's head of mindfulness and compassion programs — a unique title if ever there was one. Just reading that sentence, you might start to wonder why LinkedIn would have such a "squishy" position on staff. After all, LinkedIn is a professional networking site, a venue for finding jobs, making deals, and keeping tabs on your industry. How do things like "mindfulness" and...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 22, 2021
Effective Upskilling and Reskilling: How Workforce Planning and Development Improve Productivity and Talent ROI

It's no secret that automation and digital transformation are rapidly restructuring the talent landscape, putting as many as 85 million jobs at risk. What many people don't realize is that this same trend is also poised to create an additional 97 million jobs and an additional $8.5 trillion in global revenues. There's just one small caveat: We have to upskill more than half of the global...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 19, 2021
The Most Powerful Recruiting Tools Might Just Be Behavioral Health and Well-Being Programs

Employee behavioral health and well-being dramatically affect a company's culture, productivity, and overall success. Robust behavioral health and well-being programs are considered reliable indicators of a positive culture, and many candidates specifically prioritize employers with such programs in their job searches. That's why recruiters would be wise to highlight their company's...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 19, 2021
What HBO's 'Persona' Gets Right and (Mostly) Wrong About Personality Tests

The new documentary Persona: The Dark Side of Personality Tests is a confusing and often muddled look at the world of personality tests, but it does raise some really important issues. First, let's look at what the documentary gets right. The documentary focuses on a legal case first brought many years ago against Unicru, a personality test provider that once was used by Kroger and many...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 18, 2021
Salary Bands: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes

Could something as simple as offering candidates and employees an expected salary range actually diminish workplace performance and equity? I believe so. Salary bands (also called "salary ranges") are growing more acceptable in companies worldwide. While they're intended to create transparency in pay grades and elevate equity, diversity, and empathy in the workplace, they can have...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 17, 2021
How the Shift to Remote Work Is Revitalizing Employee Benefits

Any disruption is a chance to evaluate and revitalize old processes. COVID-19 has been, for many companies, the catalyst to rethink benefits structures and compensation arrangements as employees adapt to an increasingly virtual work environment. The dramatic changes to the way people work have given employees all across the country an opportunity to rethink their priorities when it comes...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 16, 2021
12 Ways to Make Hiring a Priority — Even When You're Swamped

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: Your company is slammed with work — but you also need to make a hire or two to keep the team running at full capacity. What do you do to ensure hiring doesn't get put on the back burner? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 15, 2021
Worried About Employee Retention in the Post-Pandemic Era? You Really Should Be.

Economic upheaval tends to make employees skittish. When all around us businesses are shutting their doors and slashing their staff sizes, the people lucky enough to keep their jobs often balk at the prospect of making a move. Who's to say that company courting you now won't go under next month? The devil you know is always better, after all. But a handful of recent reports suggest the...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 12, 2021
How Your Small Business Can Hire Top-Tier Freelance Talent

If you're not already hiring freelance and contingent talent, you probably will be soon. The use of contract, freelance, and otherwise flexible labor — as opposed to full-time employees — has been on the rise for years. Partly, it's a matter of agility: Business moves fast these days, and working with contingent talent allows an employer to scale up or down as needed at a moment's...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 11, 2021
This Women's History Month, Cut Unconscious Bias From Your Interviews With These 6 Tips [Infographic]

March is Women's History Month in the US, which means many companies are rightfully taking the time to reflect on how far working women have come — and how much further there is to go. The danger, however, is that the discourse can quickly become self-congratulatory. Between all the flashy tweets, enthusiastic press releases, and searching think pieces, you might start to wonder whether...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 10, 2021
The War for Contingent Talent Is On — Here's How to Win It

We're in the midst of a workplace evolution. When it comes to the rapidly changing employee-employer relationship, the stakes are getting higher as we all try to envision what the future holds. One thing we know for sure: Contingent work is growing more appealing to both employers and employees. As a result, competition for the best contingent talent will be more intense than we have ever...

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Finding It Hard to Attract Top Talent in a Pandemic, More Hiring Managers Adopt a Skills-Based Approach to Recruiting

The unpredictable trajectory of the global coronavirus pandemic has had a serious impact on every area of company operations. Within the HR industry, the traditional hiring practices companies have long relied on were totally upended. At the outset, many hiring managers believed the high unemployment rate caused by the pandemic would make it easier to attract top talent. In fact, many...

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Are Online Degrees Worth It? What Hiring Managers Think

Even before COVID-19, online degree programs were growing increasingly popular. The ability to earn a college degree without being tied to a physical campus opened doors for many students with existing commitments, like families and jobs. Plus, online degree programs and other educational options, like short-term coding boot camps, are often — though not always — more affordable than...

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4 Ways to Win Talent With Transparency in Recruitment

First impressions matter, particularly during the recruitment process. From your initial touchpoint with talent, you're setting an example of what they can expect from your relationship. One unintentional stumble might leave you with disgruntled applicants. Although many factors can contribute to a stellar first impression, transparency in recruitment can top them all. For candidates,...

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When Recruiters Act More Like Salespeople, Companies and Candidates Both Benefit

In many organizations, the sales team is valued as having the greatest impact on the company's bottom line. They use tactics such as sourcing leads through social media to garner interest and keep in touch with past clients, in the hopes of eventually turning prospects into buyers. If you stop and think about it, recruiters are more or less salespeople. In fact, many people believe...

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4 Mistakes Every Company Makes When Recruiting Generation Z — and What to Do About Them

A new generation is now entering the global workforce — one that Deloitte calls the most educated generation to date. How will the arrival of Generation Z affect your recruiting strategy? Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind right off the bat is that, like any generation, Gen. Z has its own unique tendencies, priorities, and needs. That means the hiring strategies that used...

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The 5 Interview Questions You Need to Ask Every Candidate in 2021

Within the last year, a global pandemic changed the work landscape completely — and most of these changes are here to stay. According to a recent Upwork report, 41.8 percent of American workers are working fully remotely, and an estimated 26.7 percent will continue working from home through the end of 2021. The report also predicts the number of remote workers in the US workforce will...

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A 21st Century Framework for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Executive Search

Last year was an incredible and challenging year for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Coming into 2020, many HR departments had slashed their DEI budgets, but just one year later, 90 percent of companies are making DEI a top priority for 2021, according to a survey from Reflektive. Why? Because, quite frankly, it pays off. Companies with greater levels of diversity,...

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The Future of HR Is Virtual: 3 Things HR Teams Need to Do in 2021

In the current landscape, organizations are watching their workplaces transform before their eyes (or, more accurately, screens). Every year, HR leaders must adapt to shifting priorities, business plans, and employee needs. However, following the tumultuous year of 2020, many HR professionals are grappling with a more radical realignment of their strategies. The pandemic changed the needs...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 26, 2021
Why Top Performers Leave Your Company — and How to Prevent It

Employee turnover is as inevitable as death and taxes. Employees come and go; it's only natural. But it can be especially painful when a company loses one of its top performers. After all, a high-performing employee can be as much as 400 percent more productive than your average staff member. With so much at stake, it's important to prioritize the retention of your best workers. To...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 24, 2021
3 Ways Your Company Can Help Close the Tech Skills Gap

The digital skills gap in our country has persisted for years, and unfortunately, it's getting worse. Technology is evolving fast, and automation is sweeping across every industry. Companies are in urgent need of tech skills, but they're struggling to find qualified candidates through traditional pathways. About 225,000 computing jobs are open in America, and only about 70,000 computer...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 24, 2021
In the Age of Remote Work, International Hiring Is Still Tricky: Best Practices for Recruiting Global Talent

Recruitment can be complex and challenging, so it's no surprise the average hire costs thousands of dollars. The process takes time, requires organization, and can be a logistical nightmare under even the best circumstances. When you're making international hires, the headaches only increase. But sometimes, a foreign employee is the best addition to your team, and it would be a shame to...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 23, 2021
Why Aren't You Using Corporate Social Responsibility as a Recruiting Tool?

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a broad-strokes term for practices companies enact to ensure their work impacts society at large in a positive way. These practices are often rooted in the organization's mission, vision, and core values, cascading from there to each stakeholder involved. CSR practices tend to be industry-specific, meaning the particular form they take depends heavily...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 22, 2021
Drafted Surveyed 200+ Companies About Their Employee Referral Programs. Here's What We Learned.

It's common knowledge that employee referrals are a gold mine when you're looking to make great hires quickly. But creating, managing, or scaling a successful referral program takes some tactical effort, and there's not a lot of information out there about exactly what to do and where to start. That leads to a lot of frequently asked but rarely answered questions, like: • Shouldn't...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 19, 2021
Speed or Safety? You Can Have Both: The Top 5 Employment Screening Trends for 2021

Amid the uncertainty and disruption of 2020, we at the background screening firm Sterling conducted more than 100 million background searches to help organizations across the globe hire safely and with attention to compliance. Based on our industry expertise and our clients' unique hiring needs during these unprecedented times, we've been able to observe the ways that COVID-19 has changed...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 19, 2021
Two Key Workforce Trends Are Combining to Create Massive Opportunities for Contract Recruiters. Now's Your Chance to Seize Them.

As the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic approaches, we're finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccine rollouts are underway across the country and worldwide; a return to normalcy is within reach. But as the world opens back up, the pandemic's legacy will linger. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, for contract recruiters, it's shaping up to be...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 19, 2021
Have You Tried Video? And 8 Other Strategies for Narrowing Down a Mountain of Resumes

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: With the average corporate job opening attracting hundreds of resumes, what strategies do you use to wade through the sea of applications to find the right candidate quickly? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 19, 2021
Making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a 'Mantra': DE&I Strategist Talia Fox on Representation and Company Culture

Things have been different lately for Talia Fox. When the CEO of learning consulting firm KUSI Global walks into a room, she notices a new look of respect when people's eyes meet hers. The energy is different. People are paying more attention to her, as if they're wondering who she might be. "I absolutely know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it's because she just became vice...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 18, 2021
Build Loyalty, Break Down Hierarchies, and Recruit Better Talent With Mentorship Programs

"Employees want to be part of something that is bigger than a company. The business culture is internally based, but the philanthropy is external. That volunteer ethos provides more than a quarterly return on earning — it stretches employees beyond their day-to-day jobs." — Rick Luftglass, Former Director, Pfizer Foundation's Education Volunteer Program Do executive skills primarily come...

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