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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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Inside Recruiting Feb 18, 2021
The Top 3 Secrets to Recruiting Success in the 2021 Job Market

Few events can flip the entire world upside down, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of them. At the start of the pandemic, recruiters had to deal with uncertainty on the hiring front while companies struggled to stay afloat. Meanwhile, as layoffs increased and job openings declined sharply, the labor market saw a surge of candidates. For quite a long time, candidates have had the...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 17, 2021
Onboarding Was Bad Before the Pandemic, and It's Only Gotten Worse. Here's How to Fix It.

The world of work looks a lot different than it did a year ago, and many are predicting we'll see lasting changes for years to come, including more organizations opting for permanently remote or hybrid work environments. In this context, the process of successfully onboarding new employees has become more important — and more challenging — than ever before. Onboarding is a key program...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 17, 2021
5 Tips for Writing Better Sales Job Descriptions

First impressions count, and your job descriptions are typically a job seeker's first impression of your company. If you want candidates to apply for your positions, you need job descriptions that stand out — especially right now. Although unemployment rates are high, companies are still struggling to find qualified applicants. The market is flush with talent, but not all of it is the right...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 16, 2021
How to Ace Candidate Screening When Dealing With High Volumes of Applications

The pandemic has shifted the recruiting narrative from a war for talent to a war for jobs. On one side, companies have struggled to survive, and large numbers of employees have been let go. On the other side, the pandemic era has also brought forth new opportunities, and a huge number of active candidates are vying for them. For recruiters, this all translates to higher volumes of...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 12, 2021
Finding Your Perfect Match: A Recruiter Considers Valentine's Day

Let's face it: Dating is a lot like looking for the perfect candidate for a job. You have an idea about your ideal match, and you look for ways to find the most desirable catch. I can't guide you on how to fall in love, but as a professional recruiter, I can share some tips on finding the perfect professional mate. This is a relationship you will both be in for many years. Why leave it to...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 11, 2021
How Do Small Businesses Get Funding? Your Questions Answered

Growing, managing, and evolving your business has a learning curve. Funding your small business is no different. Finding the right funding program begins with understanding what's out there. Next, it's all about research. The most appropriate business funding solution will vary depending on your specific circumstances. In this article, we run you through some frequently asked questions...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 11, 2021
Black Professionals Are Underrepresented in HR. Could Changing That Help Close the Employment Gap?

No segment of American society has been immune to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Black workers have been hit particularly hard. When the earliest days of the pandemic set off a wave of business closures and job losses, unemployment among Black Americans hit 16.7 percent, compared to 14.7 percent for white Americans. Even now, as the first anniversary of the pandemic looms, the...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 11, 2021
Hourly Workers Are Essential. They Deserve a Better Candidate Experience.

Millions of people lost their jobs in 2020. At first, these were expected to be temporary layoffs. Now, nearly half of those workers who were let go don't expect to get their jobs back, and hourly workers are shouldering the brunt of these job losses. In 2019, hourly workers made up more than half the workforce. Now, many of these workers are looking for new jobs. We, as industry leaders,...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 10, 2021
How to Take Care of Your Employees When They Work Remotely

Remote work is not a new concept, particularly for those working as freelancers and contract workers. However, 2020 showed us all the importance of being able to facilitate and thrive when working remotely. A spotlight has been thrown on all industries, all companies, all employees, and all employers, highlighting the good and the bad of working remotely. For example, supporting employees...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 10, 2021
How to Build a Data-Driven Recruitment Strategy

Post and pray has long been dead, and the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 only killed it further. Companies, especially those in the scale-up phase, need to build solid data-driven recruitment strategies right from the word "go." Terra Carbert, founder and CEO of SHEops Talent, a recruitment firm that helps companies hire great talent, spoke with us about why you should build a data-driven...

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The Gender Pay Gap Has Deeper Roots Than You Think. Here's How to Tackle It.

The gender pay gap has been a widely discussed topic for a long time now, and nations worldwide have been trying to reduce disparities in pay based on gender for a long time now. While the gap has narrowed since the 1980s, women are still not making salaries equal to those of men. That makes us wonder: How did the gender pay gap arise in the first place? This article discusses the reasons...

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Tweeting Through It: 11 Things to Look for on a Candidate's Social Media Profiles

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: You're getting ready to hire someone — but first, it's time to check out their social media accounts. What are you looking out for when you browse their profile pages? Why? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only...

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5 Ways to Attract Great Applicants Without Breaking the Bank

Attracting top talent can be hard if you don't have a big budget to fuel benefits, perks, and commissions. That doesn't mean small companies, which typically have less budget than large corporations, can't attract top talent. If you really want to compete with big corporates while still operating as a small business, you have to commit to the advantages small companies have over big ones....

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To Hire Better Talent in a Virtual World, Get the Candidate Experience Right

Obviously, with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, hiring has changed completely. Companies have gone remote to continue their regular operations, which has necessitated a shift to virtual hiring. While we're coming up on the first anniversary of the pandemic's onset, many organizations are only now starting to embrace the one thing that can ensure the success of their virtual hiring...

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It Starts With a Three-Way Handshake: What Computers Can Teach Us About Candidate Outreach

No, I'm not here to say computers will replace recruiters. Instead, I want to offer my vision of how to make sourcing more structured and streamlined, using the operations of computers as a metaphor. I promise this is going to be easy. Recruiters often face challenges while contacting candidates. Before initiating outreach, they ask themselves many questions: How can I write better...

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It's All About Engagement: What 2020 Can Teach Us About Recruiting and Retention

The pandemic wreaked havoc on businesses all across the United States, leaving mass layoffs in its wake. In December alone, 140,000 people lost their jobs. These layoffs — coupled with 2020's already high unemployment rate — created a serious staffing problem for many industries. During the pandemic, decisions about how to handle reduced income have largely been made privately in...

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Here's How Unconscious Bias Affects Your Company

Recruiters want the best talent for the company. They scout for the ideal candidate everywhere around the world and are unwilling to settle for anything less. They post and advertise jobs in multiple places. They update their career sites regularly to ensure candidates have all the information they need. But all of this raises an important question: What does it mean for a candidate to be the...

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One Wrong Hire Can Ruin a Small Business. Can Preemployment Assessments Help?

Although it's difficult to think of anything more integral to a business's success than the quality of its employees, many selection processes are fraught with risks and challenges. Hiring and onboarding employees requires significant resources and all too often results in failure: new hires who take an excessive amount of time to ramp up, are ultimately unsuccessful on the job, and turn...

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What Laws and Requirements Must Construction Workers Follow During COVID-19?

According to the latest lockdown rules in many jurisdictions, building sites are considered essential work. That said, employers must follow a set of government guidelines to keep construction workers safe during the pandemic. Here are some regulations to be aware of: Safe Working Environments The government recommends certain best practices to maintain healthy business operations for...

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How to Pick Up the Hiring Pace Without Skimping on Candidate Quality

The year 2020 changed the way we work, live, and run our businesses. For HR professionals in particular, the pandemic sparked a dramatic shift in perspective. Following a period of record-low unemployment, we were suddenly thrust into a brand-new world: Remote work is now the norm, employees face constant burnout, and joblessness is high. The labor market as we knew it is no more. As...

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Cut Through the Noise: How Recruiting Agencies Can Land New Clients in Volatile Times

We are living in a critical time for the recruiting industry. Tomorrow's jobs are in a painful pruning process today. The economy has lost 22 million jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States, only regaining about 42 percent of them to date. A staggering 965,000 workers filed for unemployment benefits the week of January 4, 2021. While today's news may paint a gloomy...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 29, 2021
8 Must-Have Tools for Successful Employee Onboarding in a Remote World

If you are still using manual methods to onboard your new hires, think again. It is more important now than ever to make use of smart tools to give new hires an excellent onboarding experience, given that 72 percent of new hires onboarded worldwide in the past eight months have been onboarded remotely. Carrying on with all the usual onboarding tasks manually is physically impossible in a...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 29, 2021
5 Modern Recruitment Trends to Prepare for Post-2020

Organizations and recruitment teams usually fall into three categories with respect to the creation and analysis of recruitment trends: influencers, ignorant, and involved. Influencers: Whether it's DocuSign's candidate experience survey or Slack's relentless dedication to upskilling interviewers, these organizations are at the forefront of recruitment innovation. They never fail to see a...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 28, 2021
Become a Recruiting Pro by Understanding Hiring Managers Better

Hiring managers and recruiters come from two very different worlds. The former runs a team and looks for candidates when the necessity arises. The latter's entire day revolves around looking for great candidates and turning them into star employees. Yet they share one common goal: Finding perfect candidates. On the one hand, the recruiter is tasked with ensuring candidates are engaged and...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 27, 2021
As More Businesses Tap the Global Remote Workforce, H-1B Visas Are Growing Irrelevant  

Between 2000 and 2015, 1.8 million H1-B visas were awarded, allowing talented people from other countries to work in the US for up to six years and apply for permanent residence. Many business leaders made their way to the US through H1-B visas, including leading lights like Google CEO Sundar Pichai. During the Trump administration, however, H-1B visas were subject to numerous attempts at...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 27, 2021
Without Remote Work Opportunities, You Won't Be Retaining Your Employees in 2021

Today's business challenges are unlike any others we've seen, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. In spring 2020, companies had to enable remote workforces virtually overnight, and although many businesses have begun to see the advantages of remote work, 71 percent are still struggling with the transition. It's not hard to see why. Though remote work brings many significant benefits, it...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 26, 2021
10 Harry Potter Characters You Meet in Interviews

Sometimes, between all of the repetitive mundane tasks, recruiting isn't a very fun job. But meeting new candidates in interviews is always an experience to look forward to. (On that note, did you know that with the right tool you could free yourself of up to 80 percent of your recruiting workload?) With the advent of remote interviews, meeting candidates for in-person interviews may seem...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 25, 2021
To Understand the 2021 Labor Market, We Can Look to 2020

The US labor market is experiencing something it has never experienced before. As we start a new year, however, we can pinpoint the specific trends that drove the labor market at the end of 2020, and that in turn can help us predict how the market might look in 2021. Identifying and accepting these trends can enhance a company's speed of execution and productivity, while having a very...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 22, 2021
9 Common Recruitment Types: Which Works Best for You?

Employees are the most important assets in any organization. They are your prized possession. As a result, it is only sensible to invest time, money, and energy into finding the right employees who align with the organization's ethos and principles. In this quest, what is the best way to find the right employees? Where do you find them? Are they already with you, or do you need to explore new...

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