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Inside Recruiting Mar 31, 2015
Need More Applications? Check Your Job Advertisements

On average, 118 people apply for any given job. Having trouble getting that many candidates to apply for open roles at your company? The job itself may not be the problem; rather, the requirements and job description may be driving candidates away. Framing the job in a way that is relatable, realistic, and true to your company can turn a vacant position into a position worth clamoring for. You...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 31, 2015
10 Employee Referral Program Fast Facts

Employee referral programs can be the lifeblood of the recruitment process. The quality of the candidates -- as well as the retention rate -- is higher for applicants recruited through employee referral programs than it is for employees recruited through other means. Your employees know the culture in the office and what kind of work ethic it takes to perform above par at your company, and...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 31, 2015
4 Tips to Remove Unconscious Bias From the Hiring Process

Unconscious bias and negative stereotyping can do serious damage to the equality and fairness of the modern hiring process. For example, a recent study found that men are twice as likely to be hired for a mathematical task than women, even if the men and women appear equally qualified. This is likely only the tip of the iceberg, and unconscious bias is thought to negatively impact hiring right...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 27, 2015
Five Tips to Retain Your Top Millennial Talent

Why do companies, large and small, spend so much time worrying about how to retain millennial (aka: Gen. Y) employees? Well, aside from the big expense they incur for recruiting and training millennial talent, there's something else. According to the Employment Policy Foundation (EPF), our country is at the beginning of a labor shortage of approximately 35 million skilled and educated...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 27, 2015
Here Are the Secrets That Will Make Your Employees Stay

A new poll from Right Management reveals that 86 percent of employees intend to actively seek a new position this year. The recovering economy has renewed job confidence, which inspires career mobility. If employees can find clear paths for advancement, training, and learning opportunities in their current careers, you can expect they will be more likely to jump ship. How do you keep your...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 26, 2015
Do You Recruit in a Telecommute-Friendly State?

Whether or not your organization is a leader in its industry, it can stand out by having a robust flexible work program. What work flexibility policies does it have in place already, if any? Many of the top companies in the country are offering flex to their employees, and with good reason. It's estimated that over 80 percent of people would work from home if their companies offered it to them...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 26, 2015
3 Tips to Actually Reach Your Recruitment Goals in 2015

It's one thing to dream up a goal, it's another to set one, and it's a whole different ball game when it comes to the process of actually reaching a goal. Now that we are entering Q2, you have probably already set your recruitment goals for 2015. Whether your goals are departmental, for your professional team, or address the entire organization, there are steps you can take now to ensure...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 25, 2015
Learning to Play Detective: Assessing Candidates Through a 'Who Interview"

If you regularly interview job candidates, you've likely had the following experience: you ask a candidate a question, and they answer almost automatically, is if they're accessing an internal cache of prerecorded answers and spewing out whichever one most closely meets the parameters of your question. Alan Foster, a principal at leadership advisory firm ghSMART, calls this the "40-minute...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 24, 2015
Do Your Job Titles Drive Away Younger Candidates?

It wasn't too long ago that I was on the job hunt that would eventually lead me to Recruiter.com, and I can still vividly recall toiling away at my laptop for hours every day, scouring job boards for jobs I was qualified to perform. As we all know, the job hunt frustrates in myriad ways. For me personally, one of the most annoying things was the fact that I seemed to repeatedly come across job...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 24, 2015
What to Look for When Hiring Your First Recruiter

Your company is growing, and that means more business. More business means it's harder to handle everything yourself -- including hiring new team members to share some of the burden. You don't have the time to search for talent yourself, so you'll need a recruiter. You can't just choose any old person to be your recruiter. No, there are certain skills and traits you need to look for. Here...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 24, 2015
Want to Take the Fear Out of Hiring? Build More Trust

Right after video interviewing was introduced, recruiters in the contingent staffing world -- especially those recruiting technical talent -- saw a clear, if unexpected, benefit to the technology: they could now prevent the dreaded "bait-and-switch." Before video interviewing hit the scene, most technical verification occurred by telephone, and anybody could stand in and pretend to be a...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 23, 2015
Marketing to Millennials: the Power of 'Authentic Interactions'

We don't normally write about issues of B2B vending. We are, after all, a website dedicated to the world of recruiting. But IBM has an impressive track record when it comes to studies on everyone's favorite hot topic, the millennial, and the company's latest effort, "To Buy or Not to Buy: How Millennials Are Reshaping B2B Marketing," is no different. But more than just being thorough and...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 20, 2015
How to Attract Talent With Effective Storytelling

In a job seekers' market, employer branding is important. In fact, among executives and HR professionals surveyed for a December 2014 Brandemix report, 80 percent said they believe employer branding is effective. But employer branding is more than just promoting a company online -- like marketing and advertising, it relies on effective storytelling. When done right, telling the company's...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 20, 2015
4 Ways to Find Star Performers in the Underqualified Candidate Market

With talent shortages affecting many areas of the talent market, employers now have to utilize new and innovative ways of finding and attracting talent. One unfashionable -- but potentially effective -- tactic for dealing with talent shortages is hiring underqualified staff and training them on-the-job, with the goal of making them into competent employees or even high-performing superstars....

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Inside Recruiting Mar 18, 2015
'It's Quite Wonky': the Real-Life Market Value of Good Company Culture

It's a story we in the HR and recruiting communities tell ourselves every day: a great company culture leads to happier, more engaged employees; happier, more engaged employees are more productive and perform better than their less satisfied counterparts; when employees are more productive and perform better, the company performs better overall; therefore, great a company culture leads to a...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 17, 2015
Do You Know How to Assess EQ?

When assessing a candidate's potential, its easy to focus solely on verifying their technical and functional skills -- probably too easy. In the world of hiring, there is definitely a tendency to emphasize assessment criteria that are tangible, easily measured, and readily verifiable. It's the path of least resistance. The irony is that these "tangible" skills have only a small bearing (11...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 13, 2015
"Do the Decent Thing": Candidates Are People, Too

There's a lot to complain about when it comes to the world of recruiting: shoddy tools, obscenely high volumes, a shrinking talent pool, etc., etc., ad nauseam. But for Chris Hague, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) director at TempWorks Staffing Software, the single biggest problem in recruiting today is the lack of follow-up. "My bugbear is really what happens to afterwards, when...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 12, 2015
Is It Time to Introduce a New Class of Employee?

There are currently 16 million "freelancers, consultants, and other independent workers" in the U.S., according to a study conducted by MBO Partners. Moreover, this same study predicts that, by 2020, these workers will account for the majority of the U.S. workforce. Within the next decade, MBO's study says, the U.S. will have between 65 and 70 million independent workers in the workforce. That...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 12, 2015
Have You Upgraded Your Talent Strategy to Version 2.0?

The traditional workforce, the one that we all know and love, has until recently been largely composed of colocated workers. By this, we mean mostly full-time employees working in the same building and collaborating on projects face-to-face. Call this "Workforce 1.0." As we can see, however, the world -- and the workplace practices of the world -- is quickly evolving.  Many modern-day...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 12, 2015
The Power of a Unified Brand

If you align employer and consumer branding, you'll see benefits that impact every level of a company. Universum conducted a survey of over 2,000 senior executives, including CEOs, HR and recruiting heads, and marketing professionals, on the topic of employer and consumer branding. The insights Universum gained point to new shifts in marketing and branding that will impact companies for years to...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 12, 2015
Does Unconscious Bias Damage Your Hiring?

In light of the continued challenges organizations face in their talent retention efforts, I was drawn to a recent study from Korn Ferry. The study found that an overwhelming 84 percent of respondents believed that a lack of attention to diversity and inclusion is a key driver of employee turnover. We have always known that lack of diversity is a problem, but the link between diversity and...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 11, 2015
The 5 Must-Have Qualities of a Modern HR Pro 

There are currently 275,000 members of the Society for Human Resource Management. These several thousand people all have to wear multiple hats: they must be adept at employee relations and employee development, knowledgeable about workplace regulations, and walk a fine line between protecting the needs of the employees and the needs of the organization. With all these HR professionals floating...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 10, 2015
Is Passive Recruiting Dead?

For many years, the headhunting process was a dark art, performed by high-powered private-investigator-type recruiters. Their weapons of choice were little more than landline telephones, corporate directories, endless cups of coffee, and private networking meetings. They were elusive creatures: you couldn't find them, but they found you. Social media and mobile technology changed all that....

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Making Your Employee's First Day Their Best Day

An employee's first day on the job can sometimes be their worst. It's often filled with paperwork and onboarding activities, and they rarely get a chance to actually work. The first day of a new hire's job is often not indicative of what it's really like to work at the company. Despite the highly developed skill set a new hire may have -- say, a highly skilled programmer entering their...

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A Perfect Storm, but in a Good Way: Millennials and the Rapidly Modernizing Workforce

Generally speaking, whenever I discover that yet another company is releasing a study on "millennials in the workforce," I roll my eyes. Great, I think to myself. Another chance for a bunch of bored researchers to tell me about what kind of person I am purported to be. Not so with IBM's latest report, "Myths, Exaggerations, and Uncomfortable Truths: the Real Story Behind Millennials in...

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Should You Fire That Bad Hire?

It may seem like the tempting and practical solution, but quickly firing bad hires may not be a sustainable solution when you look at the figures. For example, the typical hiring process using structured interviews and tests is perhaps 50 percent reliable, and that statistic is borne out by a Leadership IQ study which found that 46 percent of new hires fail in the first 18 months. If you...

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How to Find Tech Talent in a Shortage

Recruiters in the IT space are feeling the strain of a skills-based talent shortage. More and more IT professionals with specialized skills are needed, and there's not enough talent to go around. Although tech talent may be hard to find, recruiting the best is possible by leveraging the power of big data and analytics. Predictive analytics use statistics, data, and algorithms to determine...

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4 Methods Proven to Increase Your Number of Job Applicants

For the most part, attracting talent remains a highly most challenging issue for companies and recruiters. Time and time again, organizations post job advertisements and hope for a flood of qualified candidates; what they receive instead, however, is a certifiable trickle. Of course, the scarcity of job applicants is partly the result of demand for talent outstripping the supply in many...

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3 Recruiting Claims You Shouldn't Believe

Associate Professor Emeritus of Baruch College Aaron Levenstein once said, "Statistics are like a bikini: what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital." Between manipulating sample sizes, asking leading questions, and presenting findings in a deceitful way, people have plenty of tactics for making statistics say whatever they want them to say -- and sometimes, the stats are...

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A Sorority Sister's View on IT Recruiting

Melanie Batenchuk is the chief of operations and brand management for a boutique IT firm in the Washington, D.C., area called Scope Group. She wrote an article recently for a national sorority website that prompted us to do a QA with her about millennials, recruiting, and the IT field in general. Recruiter.com: Describe Scope Group and your role there. Melanie Batenchuk: I joined...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 27, 2015
How to Create a Company Blog That Attracts Talent

You've tried every tool in your recruiting toolbox to attract talent to your company. You've added candidates on LinkedIn, attempted to recruit talent on Twitter, and even spruced up your job descriptions. Unfortunately, none of these tactics have helped you attract the talent you desire for your open positions. However, there is a solution that many recruiters forget when attracting...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 27, 2015
When It Comes to Determining 'Fit,' It's About What You See and Hear — Not What You Ask

With apologies to Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a recruiter in possession of a role to fill must be in want of a candidate who "fits" that role. But "fit" is such a strange thing -- a pressing concern in any hiring matter, but also a vaporous notion, a concept we all kind of know and understand but can't always articulate. It has something to do with skills and...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 27, 2015
3 Game-Changing Recruiting Trends for 2015

There is a significant amount of change and volatility in the talent management arena. Fortunately, however, there are also a myriad of statistics, reports, and analyses to help guide you through the fog. In particular, my attention has been drawn to three specific trends which, when considered together, indicate that we are at a game-changing point in the talent management story. I have...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 26, 2015
Executives Know Recruiting Is a Problem — So Why Aren't They Trying to Solve It?

In a new study, iCIMS calls it "the elephant in the room": the fact that CEOs and CIOs know recruiting the right people is critical for company success, and they know that talent acquisition is one of their companies' biggest challenges, but despite this knowledge, they aren't taking the steps necessary to improve recruiting efforts and address the challenge of finding the right people. "The...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 26, 2015
Interview: Theory Meets Reality

We've really woven an intricate interview web, haven't we? We've developed all kinds of interview methods for candidates to obsess over — structured, unstructured, phone, video, face-to-face, behavioral, stress, technical, panel, case, peer, group, lunch, brunch — and, as a result, we're giving them headaches. Interviews spark fear in 92 percent of the talent pool, and that...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 26, 2015
Financial Services Industry Faces a Recruitment Crisis

A survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) finds that financial services CEOs overwhelmingly feel there is a lack of talent available to hire. This lack could ultimately affect the long-term growth and success of businesses in the financial industry. The report, "A New Take on Talent," is based on a survey of 410 financial services CEOs across 62 countries and finds these CEOs challenged by...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 24, 2015
To Improve Your Recruiting Efforts on College Campuses, Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

Walk into any job fair on any college campus in the U.S., and you'll likely find throngs of eager students searching for the careers of their dreams. (You'll probably also meet a number of gloomy undergrads shuffling through the crowd, burned-out on the "real world" already -- but that's a story for another time). The question, however, is whether the students at this particular job fair, at...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 24, 2015
Should an Employee Be Allowed to Rescind Their Resignation?

According to research from Hay Group, employee turnover rates spiked in 2014, and they're set to reach 23.4 percent by 2018. The increasing volatility of employee turnover poses plenty of challenges to employers, but I'd like to focus on one in particular, because it seems to be an issue that gets little attention: the employee who wants to rescind their resignation. It's an odd situation,...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 23, 2015
4 Ways to Audit Your Candidate Experience

Let's be honest: the hiring process is stressful for everyone involved. However, the candidate experience goes especially overlooked too often, and strong candidates are deterred by negative experiences during the hiring process. Positive candidate and new-hire experiences are essential, not only to attracting and retaining top talent, but also to a company's overall brand. According to...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 19, 2015
6 Ways the Great Recession Changed Hiring

With the world economy starting to mend in the wake of the Great Recession -- for the most part -- it's probably now worth taking stock of some of the impacts this recession had on the hiring landscape. Are there any long-lasting legacies changes that recruiters, employers, and job seekers should be aware of? Below, I outline several things that have changed in the hiring and labor markets...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 18, 2015
Everyone Is an Acquired Taste 

When it comes to a good glass of wine, not everyone likes the same levels of dryness or sweetness. It takes time, trial, and error to find your perfect wine. Similarly, it can take the same sort of time, trial, and error to find your dream candidate. Without an ATS, this struggle can be even harder. You are left to find the perfect combination of dry and sweet -- functional and cultural fit...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 18, 2015
Don't Just Onboard, Reinforce: HR's Role in Cutting Ramp-Up Time for New Sales Hires

"Can you imagine hiring a engineer who couldn't code or contribute anything to development for  six months?" asks Christopher Faust,  CMO of sales-execution software provider Qvidian. The answer is probably "Absolutely not," unless your approach to hiring is highly unorthodox. And yet, when hiring sales team members, organizations routinely expect that their new hires will contribute...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 17, 2015
Reshoring: Plenty of Reasons Why Manufacturing is Coming Home

What was once just a glimmer of hope on the manufacturing jobs horizon has, in recent years, begun to sparkle, as the "reshoring" of jobs back to the U.S. has gathered momentum. Now there is clear and growing evidence of a trend toward reversing the loss of manufacturing and its associated jobs through the previously relentless outsourcing of jobs to China, India and...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 17, 2015
Get Your Onboarding Together, Reap the Engagement Benefits

How effective is your onboarding? Chances are that the answer is a resounding "meh": 40 percent of organizations say their onboarding is either not at all effective or only slightly so, 33 percent say it's moderately effective, and only 27 percent say it's very effective. This lack of effectiveness is doubly troubling when we consider that onboarding is one of the most important aspects...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 16, 2015
4 Negative Personal Traits That Can Produce Positive Performance

Many of the personal traits that we think of as negative are not inherently negative, but negative in certain situations only. This means that, with an appropriate shift in perspective and situation, a seemingly negative trait can produce positive performance. Being able to turn negative traits into positive performance is both empowering for the person involved and incredibly enabling for...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 14, 2015
Valentine's Day Cards and HR Best Screening Practices: an Unexpected Mathematical Equivalence

A Valentine's Day card appears on your desk, in your email inbox or in your home mail box.  What you may not realize is that what you experience from that point on is virtually identical with or equivalent to some of the key stages of recruitment screening. I intend to show that these recruitment stages, in turn, and the sending and receipt of a Valentine card, are governed by principles of...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 12, 2015
Hiring for Tomorrow, Instead of Today: a Look at Challenge-Based Recruiting

Joanna Weidenmiller, CEO of candidate assessment purveyors 1-Page, is not the first person to point out that 2015 will be the "Year of the Candidate" -- the war for talent's been escalating for a while now, and Jobscience CEO Ted Elliott told us in December that 2015 would be a year in which demand for employees increases as the supply of candidates decreases (not that he was the first to...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 12, 2015
'Non-Cooperative': a Dangerous HR Buzzword?

Police, the military, private security services, and the latest, super-agile Google/Boston Dynamics spooky mini-tank-like robo-dogs have, as part of the specification of their present or future mandates and tasks, guidelines on how to deal with "non-cooperative" individuals or the capacity and potential (if not also the authorization) to do precisely that. It is reported that, in some...

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