Inside Recruiting Feb 25, 2016
9 Buzzwords You Don't Want to Ruin Your Job Descriptions

You need to hire someone. It's time to sit down and write that job description! "Let's make it really special," you think. "Can't just call it a plain, old marketer, developer, or sales position. Let's add awesome adjectives and nouns! Like ninja marketer, rockstar developer, and sales guru!" Sure. There you have it: what others call "buzzwords." They may sound cool, but...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 23, 2016
How to Get the Most From Your Employee Referral Program

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: We all know that employee referral programs (ERPs) help employers make better hires in less time – but only when they're...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 23, 2016
FLSA Changes Are Coming: Is Your Staffing Model Ready?

Last year, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced changes to the exempt classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes will have a profound impact on your staffing model and labor budget. We checked in with our colleague, employment attorney Sonja McGill of Bell Nunnally Martin LLP. Here are a few insights she had on how employers should prepare for these...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 22, 2016
Your Best Employees Are Going to Leave – and That's Okay

Once upon a time, an employee joined a company and stayed for life. Those days are over, and they will probably never come back, but many companies today have yet to embrace this fact. Their structures and HR processes treat turnover as the exception, rather than the norm. Operating as if employees will stay for decades sets everyone up for failure when those employees inevitably move...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 19, 2016
How the Best Recruiters Communicate

As a recruiter, you're often a candidate's first touchpoint with a company. You're the first opportunity for an employer to make a good impression, yours is the first hand that a potential employee shakes, and you're the first ambassador of an employer's brand. Because of all this, your ability to communicate well can be the difference between establishing a new relationship or losing...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 19, 2016
Interview Questions: The Top 10 Curveball Questions – and Why You Should Pose Them to Candidates

Welcome to Top 10, Recruiter.com's weekly rundown of the best of the best in recruiting! Every Friday, we release a list of some of our favorite people, things, and ideas dominating the industry. From awesome tech tools and cool companies to great books and powerful trends, no stone in the recruiting space will be left unturned. This Week: Top 10 Curveball Interview Questions Google...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 19, 2016
You Can't Tax Me, I'm an Independent (Contractor)

Do you use independent contractors as part of your staffing model? If so, you should be aware of sweeping changes that the Department of Labor (DOL) is making to determine if your workers are truly independent contractors or actually employees. In the past, the Department of Labor (DOL) used to rely on the IRS 20-factor test to determine if a worker was an independent contractor or...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 18, 2016
4 Ways to Elevate the Quality of Your Healthcare Talent

It's a new year with new goals, and for a majority of healthcare recruiters, improving candidate quality is a top priority. With all of the recent regulatory changes in the healthcare environment, that link between candidate quality and quality of patient care has jumped from business-as-usual to central focus for hospitals and health practices. Progressive organizations are tracing quality...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 17, 2016
4 More Things Candidates Hate About Your Hiring Process

If employers want to attract top talent, they have to build hiring processes that serve both their own needs and the needs of the candidates they are trying to woo. Failure to provide a positive candidate experience can lead to higher candidate drop-out rates and more rejected job offers. Studies show that 34 percent of candidates base at least part of their decision to join a company on...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 17, 2016
Chief of Work: The C-Suite Hire You Didn't Know You Needed

Welcome to the new world of work. Culture and balance have stepped into the limelight where salaries and titles have once stood. "Work-life" has been replaced by "work/life." As Hari Ramanathan, chief strategy officer of YR Asia, put it, "People seek a holistic life: ... values and purpose are as important as money; working for social good is an option; and they want to be part of 'the...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 16, 2016
Employee Competencies: Hiring For Jobs That Don't Even Exist Yet

Technology has radically altered the way we work, the way the global economy runs, and the way organizations of all sizes and in all industries operate. It should come as no surprise, then, that it has also changed the types of jobs companies need to fill in order to succeed, introducing brand new roles that that did not exist in the past and bringing highly specialized roles to the...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 16, 2016
Be a Better Recruiter: 10 Simple Tips

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: We're looking for some easy things recruiters can start doing right now in order to become better recruiters. Share your...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 16, 2016
4 Things Candidates Hate About Your Hiring Process

It's hard enough to hire talent in the current climate. The last thing you need is a toxic hiring process that frustrates candidates. A frustrated candidate will be much harder to convert into an enthusiastic and willing member of your workforce. According to CareerBuilder, 34 percent of job candidates believe strongly that the candidate experience – be it positive or negative –...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 16, 2016
Avoiding Burnout: Why Your Company Needs to Support Work-Life Balance for All

We hear the phrase "work-life balance tossed" about quite frequently, but what does it really mean? How this concept is defined runs the gamut. For some, it means flexible work hours, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and fitness benefits. For others, it means reduced travel time, cost-of-living raises, skills development, and short breaks throughout the workday. What makes for a...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 16, 2016
4 Things You Need to Talk About With Candidates During the Interview

The reality is we're in a war for top talent. After years of employers having control over the job market, candidates now know they are in control. In order to hire your next great employee, you're going to have to adapt your candidate experience. One thing that often goes overlooked in the candidate experience is the communication between hiring managers and candidates during the...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 15, 2016
3 Ways to Identify a Toxic Worker During an Interview

In a Harvard Business School publication entitled "Toxic Workers," Michael Housman and Dylan Minor explore a novel dataset regarding the actual performances and characteristics of many workers in different organizations. In doing so, they identify three prominent signals that are associated with toxic behaviors. Do yourself a favor: Take the following signals into account in your next...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 15, 2016
7 Skills to Look for in a Clinical Research Manager

Hiring a clinical research manager is a challenge for even the most skilled and committed hiring manager. The clinical research manager is responsible for organizing and administering clinical research and will likely be involved in some capacity in the hiring of research associates and technicians who will carry out the day-to-day steps of a clinical research trial. Educational...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 12, 2016
Recruiting Books: Top 10 Books for Hiring Professionals

Welcome to Top 10, Recruiter.com's weekly rundown of the best of the best in recruiting! Every Friday, we release a list of some of our favorite people, things, and ideas dominating the industry. From awesome tech tools and cool companies to great books and powerful trends, no stone in the recruiting space will be left unturned. This Week: Top 10 Books on Recruiting and Hiring Much...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 12, 2016
8 Reasons Why Your Employee Referral Program Is Failing

Employee referrals are easily one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of attracting talent to organizations. You can count on new hires referred by current employees to be fully immersed within your company culture in a matter of weeks. But sometimes employee referral programs don't bring desired effects and result in few, if any, quality hires. Here are some key reasons why your...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 11, 2016
5 Ways to Make Your Job Ad Stand Out

Last year, 83 percent of respondents in MRINetwork's "Recruiter Sentiment Study" said the job market was predominately candidate-driven. As a result of this candidate domination, organizations have to compete harder and harder with one another to attract top talent. And that, in turn, means traditional job ads aren't going to cut it. You have to find new ways to capture top talent's...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 11, 2016
7 Essential Onboarding Best Practices

Onboarding is as essential to the hiring process as your sourcing, application, and interview processes are. In fact, in some ways, onboarding is more important: Many companies can hire the best person in the candidate pool, but if they can't figure out how to make that person fit their job, it doesn't matter how good the candidate is or how quickly the candidate was hired. After your...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 10, 2016
A 'Foolish' Guide to Employee Engagement

Most companies with hourly employees know that employee engagement is absolutely critical but largely lacking in many workplaces today. During the recent TDn2K Global Best Practices Conference, Tom Gardner, the CEO and cofounder of The Motley Fool reminded the audience that the average Gallup employee engagement score is 30 percent. Even if you're lucky enough to have an engagement score...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 10, 2016
Be Aware of These Employment Law Changes in 2016

Employers in the United States should prepare for another year laden with shifts in labor laws. In the year 2015, new U.S. labor laws were systematically implemented on topics ranging from wages to workplace safety, privacy, and more. You should expect more of the same in 2016. Proposals on the table include more protection for white-collar workers, married LGBT couples, non-exempt...

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6 Things Employers Should Know About Working With Recruiting Agencies

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Some employers have never worked with outside recruiting firms before, but they may be interested in doing so. This piece is...

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18 Building Blocks to Help You Articulate Your Employer Brand on Social Media

If an organization has a well-defined employer brand on social media – which means more than just sending the occasional tweet out – then it will benefit from having a heck of a lot of fuel for social media, blogging, search engine optimization, public relations, and word-of-mouth when it comes to sharing job openings. In contrast, a plain job ad, by itself and not backed by a strong...

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For Staffing Companies, the ACA's Employer Mandate Can Be Downright Baffling

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, it brought with it an Employer Shared Responsibility provision, also known as an "employer mandate." The mandate is fairly straightforward for average employers. Per the IRS, "For 2015 and after, employers employing at least a certain number of employees ... will be subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility. "Under the...

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Employee Engagement ROI: Don't Set The Bar Too Low

Nobody's disputing the value of an engaged workforce. Decades of research prove a connection between performance and employee engagement. The problem is so well documented that The Economist estimates 87 percent of C-suite executives recognize that disengaged employees are one of the biggest threats to their businesses. As a result, there's a billion-dollar industry that produces employee...

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What CRAs Want in an Employer

The market for clinical research associates (CRAs) is competitive at the moment, and the demand for CRAs is expected to remain strong for the foreseeable future. Because of this – and because CRA roles are similar across employers – it's usually not that difficult for CRAs to change jobs. Therefore, employers would do well to learn what CRAs look for in an organization and try to meet...

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6 Things Employers Want to See in Your Resume

When you're on the job search, you are a product. If you are going to sell that product to a recruiter or hiring manager, you have to answer the same questions that any company selling a product has to answer: What does this product do? How was this product made? How can this product benefit someone who buys it? How durable is this product? Why is this product better than a...

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Are You Recruiting Executives with Blinders On? 3 Ways to Dig Deeper

When hiring for executive positions, employers are sometimes less stringent with the vetting process. The erroneous assumption is that individuals who hold executive positions are automatically trustworthy or that a typical employee screening will be sufficient. Sometimes executives are treated as if their experience, connections, education, and charisma can make up for any minor...

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3 Ways to Avoid Choking Under Interview Room Pressure

It has long been acknowledged – and backed up by research – that what separates the winners from the losers is the ability to perform under pressure. Sure, many people can perform well on the training grounds of life, but only the elite few can reach those same heights in real scenarios. Nerves often get in the way. As a worker professional, you likely face a lot of high-pressure...

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Why Banning Ex-Convicts From Your Firm Is a Bad Business Decision

You are in charge of screening applications and resumes at your firm. You see the perfect potential candidate come across your desk. She has a the right combination of education and experience and is even a member of an academic honor society. In addition to all her educational experience, she has also operated a successful business while going to school full-time. Yet, as you flip through...

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How to Hire a Recruiting Firm

Hiring managers may balk at the idea of using a recruiting firm, but in highly specialized industries like pharmaceuticals and medical devices, working with a specialty recruiting firm can be the best possible approach to filling open employment positions. For example, a third-party recruiter is able to step in when a company is coping with any of the following difficulties: - A...

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No Excuses: If HR Wants to Be Seen as a Strategic Business Unit, Then It Has to Start Acting Like One

I've seen that term "strategic HR" thrown around so much in recent months that I'm starting to worry it's slipping into buzzword territory – and there's no quicker way to ensure something doesn't get done than to turn it into a buzzword. Once that happens, all we have to do is say the word, invoke its power, and make everyone "ooh" and "aah" for long enough that we all forget to move on...

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7 Ways Hiring Managers and Recruiters Can Work Better Together

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: The relationship between recruiters and hiring managers isn't always so amicable. Let's fix that: What are your top tips to...

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Why You Should Never Badmouth Competing Employers to Your Candidates

When I was in sales, I was almost always in a competitive situation. Whether I was responding to a request for a proposal (RFP) or trying to develop a relationship with a prospect who was using a competitor's equipment, I became accustomed to not being the "only game in town." Although competitors can keep us on our toes and might even bring out our A-games, managing competitive threats...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 29, 2016
What Employee Onboarding Needs Most: Heart

Starting a new job is a huge deal, full of unforgettable moments like finding a team where you belong and envisioning your brand new career with the company you've just joined. These moments are the ones that pave the way for a new employee's future at your organization. Unfortunately, however, most onboarding processes focus on the totally forgettable aspects of starting a new job:...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 29, 2016
How to Hire Remote Workers With the Right Skills

When looking to hire remote workers, a recruiter cannot simply apply the same guiding principles as they would to hiring in-office workers. Granted, the job titles and descriptions may very well be the same in both cases, but there are certain soft skills that remote workers must possess if they are going succeed in their roles. It is these soft skills that a recruiter must look for when...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 28, 2016
9 Tough Hiring Obstacles Every Startup Faces

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Hiring is difficult for most organizations, but it can be especially challenging for startups. What are some common...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 28, 2016
5 Reasons You Need a Staffing Firm

Are more time, a deeper hiring pool, and more qualified candidates important to your Human Resources department? We'll wait while you give three resounding "Yes!" replies. Hiring a new employee is sort of like picking out an engagement ring. In both cases, you browse through a variety of choices before making the perfect choice. However, unlike the act of picking out an engagement...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 27, 2016
The Most Revealing Questions to Ask During an Interview

All entrepreneurs have given soliloquies about how finding great talent is our priority. Yet, we rarely take the time to craft the best recruiting processes. At Enplug, a tech company that builds digital display software for businesses, we found we were able to instantly improve our hiring process simply by asking better interview questions. It is hard to confirm the truth of a...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 27, 2016
Achieving Company Goals Starts Before You Even Make a Hire [Infographic]

It doesn't matter what your company does or what its goals are: In order to achieve organizational success, every member of the team must work together strategically and at every step along the way. A new infographic from ClearCompany, makers of talent management software, takes a closer look at what strategic action means in a variety of contexts, from performance reviews to supporting...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 26, 2016
10 Revealing Interview Questions to Help You Select The Best Virtual Workers, Pt. 2

Virtual teams are no longer a differentiator. If you want to build a company that can outpace the competition, then virtual teams are now a necessity. If you are new to the virtual workforce game, you have some catching up to do. To help you get up to speed, I outlined five screening questions you can use to find top-tier virtual workers for your team. Today, I'd like to offer five more...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 26, 2016
Humanizing the Candidate Experience

Recruiting has never been easy, and with today's competitive talent marketplace, it's only become more challenging. To separate themselves from the pack and attract top performers who are looking for more than their next job, companies need a fresh approach to talent management – and it all starts with humanizing the recruitment process. The Talent Marketplace Is Changing In the...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 25, 2016
10 Revealing Interview Questions to Help You Select the Best Virtual Workers, Pt. 1

Given increasing levels of global competition, today's startups need to be faster to market, more scalable, and more flexible than ever before. One way that many startups are achieving this agility is through the use of virtual workers. Research shows that telework grew by 102.1 percent between 2005 and 2014, with a lot of this growth being concentrated in the startup...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 25, 2016
Programmatic Media: The Future of Recruitment Advertising

If you've been in the job-ad buying space long enough, you know that every now and again a technology comes along that revolutionizes the way we run ad campaigns. Today, the new kid on the block set to fundamentally reshape the recruitment advertising landscape is programmatic advertising. What Is Programmatic Advertising? In a nutshell, programmatic advertising uses machine-to-machine...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 25, 2016
The Top 4 Ways to Retain Your Best Employees

Employee loyalty is a valuable asset for any growing company. Without the full support of your team, you will be hard pressed to keep your growth going. Furthermore, hiring new employees is often a costly endeavor, and overlooking your veteran employees can potentially drive up your turnover rates. So the question becomes: Once you've identified your best employees, how do you retain...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 25, 2016
Money Matters (Or, Stop Pretending Your Employees Shouldn't Care About Their Paychecks)

There's an issue that keeps popping up over and over again. I've got to be honest: This issue is one of my biggest pet peeves, and I've been hearing about it from so many people lately. Now, I'm fired up about it. What is the single fastest way to drive a great, hardworking employee to lose faith in your company? You got it – mess with their money. As much as an employee may love...

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