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Inside Recruiting Sep 22, 2015
Are Your Recruiters Making These 3 Major Mistakes?

The best practices for the hiring processes in general have changed dramatically over the past few years. The failure to acknowledge the evolving job market and adapt to the demands of today's job seekers can lead to missed opportunities -- and lost revenue. Here are three recruiting mistakes that may stand between your business and the best and the brightest job applicants. 1. Lack of...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 21, 2015
Developing an Effective Employer Value Proposition, Part 2: EVPs Are a Team Sport

Author and global vice president of strategy and advisory at Universum Richard Mosley knows a lot about employer brand management. In fact, he's written two bestselling books on the subject. Now, Mosley is here with a three-part series of articles on employer value propositions (EVPs), in which he'll share his eight tips on developing strong EVPs. Check out part one, and join us on...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 21, 2015
7 Keys to Success for New Hires in the First 3 Months

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 first 90 days on the job are critical for new hires. In that time frame, a new employee will either soar to the top...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 18, 2015
How to Detect a Candidate's Leadership Potential

In the war for talent, it is crucial for organizations to fill their talent pipelines with high-potential candidates who have what it takes to rise to  -- and succeed in -- leadership roles. Most organizations have systems in place to measure performance and leadership potential once a candidate becomes an employee, but few employers consider the importance of measuring such potential...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 17, 2015
What You Miss When You Don't Debrief Candidates After the Interview

As a recruiter, it's normal to focus most of your time and energy on the beginning part of the interview process -- e.g., identifying top candidates, conducting phone screenings, seeking approval from the hiring manager, and prepping candidates for interview. But your job shouldn't end there. Post-interview debriefing is just as important as pre-interview prep, and it should be done after...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 17, 2015
Developing an Effective Employer Value Proposition, Part 1: Why You Need an EVP

Author and global vice president of strategy and advisory at Universum Richard Mosley knows a lot about employer brand management. In fact, he's written two bestselling books on the subject. Now, Mosley is here with a three-part series of articles on employer value propositions (EVPs), in which he'll share his eight tips on developing strong EVPs. Join us on Monday, September 21st, and...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 16, 2015
How to Build an Effective Employee Referral Program

According to Glassdoor, only 10 percent of candidates come in from employee referrals. And yet, that 10 percent accounts for the highest quality hires. If your recruiting team is searching for a way to bring in better candidates, look no further than employee referrals. But how do you build a dependable pipeline of employee referrals? The answer, of course, is to create an employee...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 15, 2015
What's Your Hiring Process Like? 6 Experts Share Their 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! This Week's Question: Every employer has its own hiring process, and we want to know about yours! How many rounds of interviews do you do,...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 14, 2015
Recruiting in the Hospitality Industry: Put Culture First

There's no question that the hospitality industry is an extremely demanding one. Since the Industrial Revolution, hotels have been coming up with new and innovative ways to not only get more guests in the door, but also attract and retaining talented employees. This latter task can be quite difficult, due to the demanding nature of the hospitality industry and shifts in employee...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 11, 2015
Skip the Foosball Tables — Give Your Employees Perks That Really Work [Infographic]

Oddly enough, the foosball table has become the symbol of what we might call the "employee perks movement." Spearheaded in large part by tech companies -- both established giants like Google and the nimble startups following in its wake have placed heavy emphasis on perks in recent years -- the movement seeks to solve the employee engagement crisis by giving workers everything from on-campus...

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Inside Recruiting Sep 11, 2015
Remember to Swim in Your Talent Pool

As it turns out, a "talent pool" is pretty similar to a swimming pool -- you know, the one that you dreamed of putting in your backyard, the one you would swim all summer long, the one you would lounge around with a nice cool beverage. And yet, here it is, the end of summer -- and with work, kids, family outings, and other events claiming your time, you haven't even dipped a single toe in the...

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3 Invaluable Lessons From My First Client Meeting as a New Recruiter

I recently attended my first client meeting as a new recruiter. Naturally, I was a bit anxious about making a good first impression -- especially in front of my boss. But once I calmed my nerves, I found I was able to focus on listening to and learning from our client, which helped me gain some great insights on how to source and recruit most effectively on their behalf. Our conversation...

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Bring Back the Human Side of Recruiting

As a follower of Liz Ryan, I've read multiple articles on how to make the workplace more human. Thankfully, I have a supportive manager who empowers me to test out my new ideas in this regard. Here's a story of what happened when I tried a more human-centric recruiting approach recently. I received an application from an individual for one of our open positions. To protect his identity, let's...

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Will Your Employees Be Happy When They Learn How Much the CEO Makes?

204. That's how many times greater the average CEO's pay is than the average median employee's pay, according to a new report from Glassdoor. The report, which compares CEO pay to median worker pay at companies in the SP 500, found that "cross all companies, the average CEO pay was $13.8 million per year, the average median worker pay was about $77,800, and the average ratio of CEO...

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Did It Just Get More Difficult to Be a Recruiter at Amazon?

Now that the dust has settled regarding the New York Times exposé of what it's like to work at Amazon, did it just get more difficult to be a recruiter at Amazon? The Times piece, which ran a few weeks ago, made the online merchandiser out to be a scary place to work. Amazon was portrayed as the kind of place where long hours are the norm, total commitment is expected, and conflict among...

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How to Make Freelancers Fall in Love With Your Business

A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office show that 40 percent of U.S. workers now have contingent job, "contingent jobs" here meaning all manner of flexible work, such as temp workers, on-call workers, contractor workers, independent contractors, part-timers, and the self-employed. The makeup of the workforce and talent market is changing, becoming more flexible and...

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Is There a Leak In Your Talent Pool?

Your deep bench of emerging leaders doesn't matter when the talent you have is undermined by unrealistic, punishing demands. Conventional wisdom suggests that a dynamic talent pool is the key to winning that elusive human capital advantage. Attracting a deep bench of high-performers that delivers a diverse pipeline of future leaders can not only ease succession planning pressure in the long...

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3 Things to Know About Recruiting a Recruiter

A top-notch recruiter can make all the difference in the company's quality-of-hire. In today's job-rich, candidate-poor environment, much has been written about how to hire "ninja-rock star engineers" -- but very little attention has been paid to how companies can recruit top-notch recruiters who can hire those ninja-rock stars. Two Types of Recruiting: Full Cycle and...

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5 Mistakes Employers Make When Onboarding New Hires

It is amazing to think that employers will on average spend roughly $3500 on a new hire, and yet only 32 percent of them have formal onboarding programs in place to properly engage and retain those very same new hires. The reality is that the majority of new hires are left to sink or swim on their own. When you really think about it, however, this isn't totally surprising. The talent...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 31, 2015
6 Unlikely Places to Find Your Next Great Employee

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! This Week's Question: We all know about the major talent sources: job boards, social media, employee referral programs, etc., etc. But...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 28, 2015
'The Economy Will Always Destroy Jobs': Our Future in an IT-Driven World

While speaking with business futurist and author Robert Tercek, I come to realize that Google's self-driving cars are more than just neat examples of sci-fi tech made fact. They're actually, in a way, harbingers of the near future, physical encapsulations of what the whole economy is going to look like roughly a decade from now. "Today, we can say there are two kinds of companies:...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 28, 2015
It's All About Candidate Experience

Has hiring got you down? Are you struggling to find top talent in your field? Are you wondering why you lose great candidates to your competitors? If you're feeling the pains of recruiting, you may want to take a look at your candidate experience. Candidate experience has become a crucial driver of hiring success in recent times and a quantifiable metric that businesses are beginning to...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 28, 2015
Interview Questions You Should Ask Your Sales Applicants

Finding quality salespeople for your organization requires that you use the right interview questions to properly screen applicants. In order to build a strong sales team, employers need to be able to separate the candidates who will deliver on the job from those who won't. Although the unique responsibilities, challenges, and perks of a given sales role will depend largely on the industry...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 27, 2015
Are Many of Today's Employers Getting Culture-Fit Hiring Wrong?

Hiring for cultural fit is a growing trend. Today's employers are no longer settle for employees with good technical skills; they want employees who also fit in with the social and cultural atmospheres of the business. A 2013 survey from Cubiks illustrates how important cultural fit has become in the hiring process: according to the survey, 82 percent percent of respondents think that...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 27, 2015
Millennials Are Transforming Recruiting as We Know It

As you know by now, I'm a millennial. My not-so-unique perspective has helped me to realize that my peers and I are straying further and further away from phone calls. The conundrum for me is that making and taking phone calls is a central part of my job as a recruiter. How will this shift in behavior impact the future of recruiting as my superiors have known it? We millennials prefer quick...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 26, 2015
Why Independent Contractors Are Good for Business

Allow me to editorialize for a bit: I was pretty bummed when the whole Zirtual debacle went down a couple of weeks ago. For starters, I have a few friends who worked as virtual assistants at the company, and it was upsetting to see them taking to social media, wondering aloud if anyone had any job opportunities for them. I was also, in a way, rooting for Zirtual. I've worked with Maren...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 26, 2015
Bring the Candidate's Voice into Your Hiring Process

Job seekers often realize very quickly that not all hiring processes in the job market are created equal. While the job search should be a time of optimism and excitement, it is often ruined by hiring processes that are not optimized for the job seeker's convenience. Some recruiters get the process totally right, some get part of it right, and others simply miss the mark altogether. Even...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 21, 2015
How to Streamline Your Recruiting Workflow

Recruiting can make or break your company's success. Finding the right employees means the difference between expansion and extinction, so it's crucial to follow  a consistent hiring process. Not only does a repeatable workflow allow you to better identify  ideal hires, but it also keeps recruiting efficient, organized, and measurable. Assess Your Current Process To get where you want to...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 20, 2015
Haven't Started Hiring for the Holidays Yet? You Should Get on That ASAP

Christmas is about four months away; Black Friday, three months. You have plenty of time before you need to worry about hiring seasonal employees to help out around the holidays, right? Not exactly. According to a new white paper from Adecco Staffing USA, "Starting early is absolutely critical ... Most businesses need to start the seasonal hiring process in July or August." A recovering...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 20, 2015
6 Innovative Ways to Attract Talent in a Tight Labor Market, Part 2

Talent shortages are the new normal in the corporate sphere, and many employers are learning to adjust to the reality of a scarce talent supply. While it's right that stressed employers not succumb to desperate hiring practices  -- these can only lead to more bad hires and compound the problem -- it's also best that employers not become too accepting of talent scarcity and slow hiring...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 20, 2015
24 Top HR Executives Explain Why They Hire MBAs

Demand for graduate-level management talent has reached a new high, according to the results of a Graduate Management Admission Council study that surveyed corporate recruiters. The job prospects for MBAs in the U.S. are climbing: 84 percent of companies across the country plan to hire recent MBA graduates this year. The majority of employers that responded to the survey also intend on...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 20, 2015
The Restaurant Industry Is Failing Itself — and Millennial Employees

Appearances aren't everything, and this couldn't be any truer than it is in the restaurant industry. The smiling servers and amazing food belie the typically fractured workplace cultures and poor working conditions present in many restaurants. And as millennials begin to pour into the workforce, the high-stress approaches that may have driven growth in the restaurant business over the years now...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 19, 2015
6 Innovative Ways to Attract Talent in a Tight Labor Market, Part 1

For many employers, talent shortages have become the new normal. As a result, many of them have already adapted their hiring strategies in order to better thrive in a perpetually talent-starved climate. That being said, the fact is an employer can't afford to get too comfortable in these rapidly changing times. The talent shortage that we have all come to know and loathe has worsened,...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 17, 2015
The Top 5 Skills Recruiters Need Right Now

One could convincingly argue that there has never been a more challenging time to be a recruiter than today. As multiple industries struggle with massive skills shortages, hiring managers and employers seem to be making increasingly unrealistic demands on the modern talent market. Caught right in the middle of this bleak scenario is the embattled recruiter, required to find the hiring...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 13, 2015
It's Your Fault That Millennials Are Job Hoppers; What Are You Going to Do About It?

The millennials have a reputation for being job hoppers (though it's worth noting that some sources challenge the veracity of said reputation), and RecruitiFi's recent "Millennial Outlook Survey" adds some statistical confirmation to this stereotype: even though 83 percent of the millennials survey by RecruitiFi said they were aware that job hopping may negatively affect their careers, 86...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 13, 2015
5 Unique Places You Need to Look for Your Next Hire

The competition for top talent has grown fiercer within the last two years, according to more than 80 percent of the 520 organizations surveyed by CIPD for its "2015 Resource and Talent Planning" report. Not only that, but also roughly 75 percent of organizations are on what seems like an endless search for specialized talent to fill niche roles. Finding the right talent requires much,...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 11, 2015
Call Me, Maybe?

I resigned from the regional recruiting firm where I worked for the past eight years in January. After taking some time off to travel, relax, and enjoy a little "funemployment," I decided that it was time to get back to the real world and start thinking about what's next for me and my career. I reached out to my network and started reconnecting with old colleagues, but I also decided I should try...

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Inside Recruiting Aug 11, 2015
Why You Might Want to Focus a Little Less on Hiring for Cultural Fit

Diverse teams are awesome -- just straight-up awesome. Numerous studies from multiple sources have found strong correlations between the diversity of a team's members and the success of the team. The idea is that diverse teams are made up of people with diverse perspectives and ideas, and this mixture of perspectives leads to better problem-solving and more creative solutions. Diverse teams...

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4 Unusual Traits You Should Be Looking for in a Sales Professional

What characteristics do you think of when you envision a successful salesperson? For most people, words like outgoing, calculating, and calm traditionally come to mind -- but are these really the best a salesperson can offer? Do these characteristics ensure high sales numbers, or has the image of the friendly, outgoing door-to-door salesman just become our automatic reference point whenever...

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4 Pieces of Conventional Hiring Wisdom You Should Ignore

My business partner Jeff and I recently hired our first full-time employee, and we were nervous. We knew that choosing the wrong employee could be a devastating hit to our business. Before extending an offer, we read a lot of research and talked to consultants about how to make a good hire. And ultimately, we went the other way on a lot of decisions. Here are some of the hiring myths we...

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5 Ways You Can Immediately Improve Your Relationship With a Hiring Manager

If you're anything like the recruiters I've spoken with, it's a fair assumption that you and your hiring managers don't always see eye to eye. Okay, maybe not every hiring manager -- I'm sure there are ones you're in sync with like too-good-to-be-true-sitcom-​friendships -- but whether you work with one, five, or 50, there are moments you're both...

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Important Information as Millennials Enter the Workforce

Looking to recruit more millennials to your workplace? A study from the Pew Center for Research shows they are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. That may not sound terribly surprising, but wait until you find out where all these millennials are coming from. An analysis of census data conducted by the center found that more than one-in-three American workers are millennials....

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Inside Recruiting Jul 31, 2015
How Do You Know That Your Hiring Process Really Works?

Talent has been called a company's "most important competitive asset." It accounts for a significant amount of company spending, too -- for many business, labor costs are "second only to the cost of real estate." And yet, HR still struggles to make its business case to the C-suite. "If you go back in the recruiting and HR world even ten years ago, there was always a lot of discussion about...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 31, 2015
What to Do If You Keep Losing Talent to the Competition

If you're regularly losing great talent to your competitors, you likely feel drained of morale, unstable, and constantly anxious, waiting for the next employee to jump ship. Being on your toes at all times is not necessarily a bad thing in business, but when there is a net outward flow of talent to the competition, then you need to take action. Before doing that, though, you need to get some...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 30, 2015
Playbook: 3 Techniques for 2015's Savviest Recruiters

Richard Campione, CEO of Findly, makes frequent reference to "growth hacker marketing" during the course of our phone call, but I wouldn't call it a quirk or a preoccupation. In fact, from where I stand, Campione makes a pretty solid case for why recruiters should "take a page from the playbooks of growth hackers," as he says. First outlined by Qualaroo CEO Sean Ellis in a 2010 blog post,...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 30, 2015
The 'Candid' in Candidate: Hiring People, Not Resumes

There's a big difference between what's written on paper and what's reality. When it comes to new hires, know this: people are more than words on a page. Lesson.ly got a rock climbing coach, a yoga clothier, and a professional soccer player in the same room to run our company. This is the epitome of hiring people, not resumes. A resume reads involvement, credibility, and diversity. What...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 30, 2015
Social Media Recruiting: the Basics

If you're new to social media recruiting, it can feel complicated and intimidating -- but it doesn't have to be that way. Just pick your platform carefully, have a plan for your posts, and commit to following up on comments to keep it fresh. Above all, remember that most social media users are on mobile devices, not computers. Let's break it down: Pick Your Platform All too often, we...

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Inside Recruiting Jul 28, 2015
Why Social Recruiting Is Actually Really Difficult

Earlier this year, employer branding firm Universum released a four-part study, "2020 Outlook: the Future of Employer Branding." Based on a survey of more than 2000 HR professionals and CEOs from around the world, the study looks at where employer branding is today and how employer branding may evolve over the next five years. Over the past few weeks, we explored the first three...

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