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Inside Recruiting May 14, 2021
Interviewing a Remote Software Developer: Questions and Best Practices to Find the Right Fit

According to an estimate from Evans Data Corporation, the number of software developers around the world is expected to reach nearly 29 million by 2024. Despite this sizable talent pool, souring and hiring a software developer is rarely easy. In fact, with more companies now embracing remote work in the wake of the pandemic, hiring the right developer has gotten even harder. Hiring remote...

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Inside Recruiting May 13, 2021
Transferable Velocity: A Forward-Thinking Way to Close the Post-Pandemic Talent Gap

While the picture is improving, unemployment remains high thanks to changes in the specific skill sets employers need today. The pandemic spurred dramatic shifts in our lifestyles, business practices, and consumer preferences, creating gaps between what organizations need and what candidates have to offer. As is the case in all economic recoveries, recruiters are on the front lines as...

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Inside Recruiting May 12, 2021
The 3 Most Important Traits You're Overlooking in Candidates

In the more than four years that Inter (formerly Junto) has been in business, we've hired over 50 people for full-time and freelance roles. Thirty-five of those people are still part of the team. The rest either quit or were let go. For us, 2019 was a particularly difficult year for hiring. We let go of a few people who weren't the right long-term fit, and a few other employees quit. In...

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Inside Recruiting May 10, 2021
The Brave New World of Work: What Employers Can Expect After the Pandemic

As we turn the corner on the first year of the COVID-19 national health crisis, the fog is beginning to clear. We can finally catch a glimpse of how the world of work might look by this time next year. Several workforce trends that had emerged before the pandemic have exponentially accelerated over the past 12 months, including the mass adoption of remote working by previously office-bound...

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More Candidates Are Listing Lockdown Hobbies on Their Resumes. Don't Dismiss Them Outright.

Often, when candidates don't have a lot of job experience that is directly relevant to the role at hand, they'll apply with a resume that focuses heavily on transferable skills. For example, a candidate who has never worked in sales before might use their experience managing a fundraiser for their kid's sports team to show off their customer service skills. Honestly, transferable skills...

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Hire Better: 10 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips on Finding the Right Candidates, Fast

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: How do you develop effective, targeted hiring programs that turn up exactly the kinds of candidates you're looking for? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 30, 2021
Global Talent Acquisition in 2021: How AI Is Changing the Game

Global talent acquisition is changing. The pandemic has accelerated the transition to remote work, meaning many companies are looking further afield at overseas talent pools as they recruit. Businesses that want to successfully compete for talent in these international markets will need to rethink their recruiting and onboarding strategies. While the tried-and-tested methods of hiring...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 29, 2021
Collaborative, Curious, and Connected: 7 Reasons to Hire New Graduates in 2021 

A tough job market is making the class of 2021 — from undergrads to MBAs — nervous. Between an uncertain economic recovery and competing with more experienced professionals who lost their jobs during the pandemic, the newest members of the professional workforce have a lot to worry about. But, as always, youth has its advantages. Here are seven reasons why hiring a newly minted grad...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 28, 2021
3 Science-Backed Tips to Get More Out of Your Employee Referral Program

Employee referrals are a game-changer in the field of recruitment. What's not to love about higher-quality candidates, lower cost per hire, reduced employee turnover, and bonus goodwill with your current employees? And yet, while two-thirds of companies have referral programs, only 24 percent of employees are hired through referrals, according to a report from iCIMS. But that doesn't mean...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 28, 2021
Why Are People With Disabilities Left Out of Conversations About Board Diversity?

According to the CDC, 61 million Americans — about 26 percent of the population — have some type of disability. Yet I was not surprised when Nasdaq's recent board diversity proposal failed to reference people with disabilities. I had the same reaction to a study published recently in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which found 75 percent of nonprofit boards don't have people with...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 26, 2021
Dig Deep: How to Find the Hidden Leadership Potential of Your Employees

Behind every great leader is a team of professionals who first saw their potential. Managers and executives don't suddenly gain leadership qualities when they become leaders. Rather, these traits and skills are within your employees at every level of the organization. The 4 Signs of Leadership Potential Certain indicators of leadership, like communication, confidence, and honesty, are easy...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 26, 2021
COVID-19 Shifted Job Seekers' Priorities. They Want Careers, Not Jobs.

It's no surprise the COVID-19 pandemic upset many people's careers. Working parents have had to manage their job and family responsibilities in the same space and often at the same time. With our homes becoming our new offices, our physical workspaces are often less than ideal. Boundaries have blurred as "work life" and "home life" have grown less distinct. Amid the chaos, many have made...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 22, 2021
Hidden Disabilities: Are You Accidentally Leaving Employees Out of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives?

The world of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a broad and shifting landscape, and it's currently undergoing another much-needed evolution. With the rising importance of neurodiversity in DEI initiatives, employers and HR pros are starting to recognize the existence of hidden disabilities. Hidden disabilities, also referred to as "invisible disabilities," denote...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 22, 2021
6 Simple Ways to Make a Good First Impression on Candidates

As the US economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and the unemployment rate drops, things are looking up for the job market. More job opportunities are opening up, and Americans are eagerly applying. And they know that, if they want to land a new gig, they need to make a good first impression during the interview. According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Occupational and...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 21, 2021
Candid, Consistent Communication Is the Key to Attracting Candidates in Today's Market

Candidates want to impress hiring managers. That's the name of the game — it's how they get hired. However, the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a shift in the talent market, and companies are no longer holding all the cards. Today's top candidates have options, which means employers have to do some impressing of their own. How do companies navigate this changing landscape, particularly during...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 21, 2021
How Long Are Workers Staying at Their Jobs? Not Very.

Each generation displays its own trends when it comes to retention, but younger workers in particular seem less likely to stay with their employers for the long term. Millennials are notorious for job hopping in pursuit of new opportunities, while Gen. Z has a reputation for growing bored within their existing companies. It's hard to blame individuals for leaving to pursue new endeavors,...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 20, 2021
Humble Hiring: The Importance of Recruiting Candidates With Humility

If you ask supervisors what makes a good employee, a predictable list will emerge: reliability, teamwork, problem-solving, and the like. There's one character trait that likely won't make the list, but it should: humility. Despite being deeply undervalued in the workforce, humility is a trait shared by nearly all of the most valuable employees. Some conceive of humility as...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 20, 2021
Diversity and Data: Why DE&I Efforts Should Start With the Numbers

I am the father of mixed-ethnicity children. I started my career around the same time I had my first child. Diversity and inclusion have always been important in my personal life, and this focus naturally carries over into my work. As I've taken on roles with more leadership responsibilities and broader scopes, I've made it a point to bring that focus with me. But awareness of diversity,...

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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 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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