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Inside Recruiting Feb 11, 2015
The Surprisingly High Value of Company Perks [Infographic]

Depending on whom you ask, company perks are either an invaluable piece of both talent acquisition and retention strategies, or they're a nice bonus -- definitely good to have, but not as important as, say, salary, or office culture, or great management. I myself have dealt with plenty of irate readers in the comments on posts I've written about perks. Some have told me I was crazy to imply that...

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Inside Recruiting Feb 10, 2015
5 Common Interview Questions That We Should Retire

Maybe they have been superseded by better alternatives, or maybe they serve no purpose, or maybe they have become so cliché that everyone knows the right answer, but whatever the case, some interview questions just need to be retired. Here are five of the most common questions we should get rid of: 1. "How Would You Deal With..." Hypothetical questions that ask the candidate to...

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The Use and Misuse of Your Unconscious Psychological Assessment Tools

Among the most important tools you bring to and use on your job are ones you may be unaware of having and using—especially when your job requires you to assess others, their skills and their tools. These unrecognized tools are "unconscious"—not in the way a carpenter's steel hammer is unconscious, but in the Freudian sense that even if you are fully or dimly aware of their existence, your...

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Are You Truly Giving Candidates a Great Experience?

Candidate experience matters: a bad one can damage a company's brand and profit margins alike. In 2012, CareerBuilder reported that 78 percent of candidates who had a bad experience with an employer would share that experience with friends and family; 32 percent of candidates would be less likely to purchase products from companies that gave them poor candidate experiences. But if you spend...

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Exploring Employee Referral Programs: Big Talent Pool, Short Timeframe

When it comes to sourcing candidates, a solid employee referral program (ERP) is one of the most effective places to start. Jobvite discovered that implementing a strong employee referral program in its recruiting process increased employee satisfaction; it also found that 46 percent of employees hired via referral stay for more than a year, 45 percent stay beyond two years, and 47 percent stay...

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What's the Ideal Format For a Job Advertisement? [Study]

Do you know if your job descriptions are optimized? Are they designed to maximize readability and (qualified) candidate engagement? Job advertisements are usually a bit of a gamble, aren't they? Usually, you write a job description, add all the required sections, spruce it up with some lively language, and then hope for the best. Now, however, we have insight into designing more effective...

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Could a 4-Day Workweek Make Your Firm More Attractive to Talent?

Just when you thought it might be safe to go back into the talent market: this CareerBuilder/Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. study suggests that talent shortages are set to persist into 2015 and beyond, especially in IT, healthcare, and marketing, where the average monthly gap between job postings and hires is between 15,000-20,000 per position. You're going to have to further...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 30, 2015
How to Hire an Ethical Hacker

Just to be perfectly clear: we are not talking about hiring hackers to engage in unethical or illegal activity; this article looks at the process of hiring hackers who can engage in ethical and legal hacking assignments. Think of an ethical hacker as "a computer or network expert who systematically attempts to penetrate a computer system or network on behalf of it's owners for the purpose...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 29, 2015
Want to Retain Your Employees? First, Meet Their Impossible Demands

Let's start with some healthy alarmism: there's a good chance that a significant portion of your employees want to leave. Sorry. This is according to research from talent management software providers Saba and market-research firm Harris Interactive, Inc., which found that roughly one-third of employed adults in the U.S. are looking to leave their jobs in the next seven months. Other...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 29, 2015
Top 10 Predictions for Employee Referrals in 2015

2014 saw employee referral programs gain a lot of momentum as organizations tried to hire the best talent in the market without spending too much on recruiting. The biggest recruiting challenge for 2014 was gaining access to the pool of passive candidates, and this is where employee referral programs came in particularly handy. 2014 was also the year that social media finally entered the realm...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 28, 2015
What if a Candidate Has No Social Media Footprint?

Everyone has a social media profile of some kind, right? Actually, no: as of September 2013, 73 percent of online adults were using social networking sites, which means that a significantly large portion of adults (27 percent) are off the Web's radar. What if one of these anti-social media adults becomes one of your candidates? Does it matter if they don't have a social media...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 27, 2015
Why Retailers Are Turning to Supplemental Workforces

Despite a disappointing Black Friday, last year's holiday shopping season wasn't all bad news. In fact, staffing and recruitment solutions provider Corporate Resource Services, Inc., (CRS) says the season was "more boom than bust" overall. Reports from the National Retail Federation suggest that CRS is correct: holiday sales rose 4 percent in 2014 to $616.1 billion. Alongside rising sales,...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 27, 2015
How to Recruit the New Generation of Top Sales Talent

Do you believe you understand millennials? Well, forget what you think you know about young talent and prepare to recruit the next wave of sales professionals: Generation Z. A recent report from Millennial Branding found that Gen. Z is more entrepreneurial than its millennial predecessors. Among those surveyed, 17 percent of Gen. Z respondents said they want to start their own business,...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 26, 2015
How Anonymous Applications Can Help You Diversify Your Workforce

Here's a great example of how not to look for new talent: Finnish startup Sportacam posted a job ad for a backend developer that included some misogynistic and homophobic language. Using this sort of language in an ad is crude, unprofessional, and just plain unnecessary. It can can alienate a large part of your client base -- would any woman or gay man feel comfortable in a workplace that used...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 23, 2015
3 Tips to Boost Quality of Hire During the 'Talent Crisis'

It seems that talent shortages -- or the debate about talent shortages -- are set to persist into 2015, if this recent survey from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Speclaistis Intl. is anything to go by. The study charts both the demand for and supply of talent over the last 12 months in the U.S. Currently, the average monthly gap between job postings and new hires is sitting at 21,084 for...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 23, 2015
How to Hire Remote Workers Who Will Not Just Survive, but Thrive

It's hard enough to determine whether or not a candidate will be a good fit for a job after an in-person interview, but how can you be sure of candidates you never actually meet? For companies looking to hire remote employees, this is an issue that needs to be addressed, especially since 2.6 percent of the nation's employee workforce (3.3 million people) consider home their primary place of...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 21, 2015
Does GPA Matter?

Human resource professionals and universities have important roles in the hiring process for recent college graduates. Ideally, universities teach the requisite skills and evaluate student learning, while human research professionals screen by the educational institutions' assessment measures and ultimately hire based on a candidate's fit with the demands of a job. The selection process can...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 20, 2015
Why Do So Many Employers Resist Global Hiring?

"If you look at the HR and recruiting industries, they move more slowly than other industries," says Alexandra Levit, cofounder of  Career Advisory Board (CAB). "They're just getting started on social media now — recruiting being a little better than HR in that respect." Yesterday, we posted about the CAB's fourth annual Job Preparedness Index (JPI), the results of which support Levit's...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 20, 2015
Do You Have a Lack of Internal Applicants for Managerial Roles?

Do you place internal job advertisements for managerial roles within your business, hoping that many of your high-potential workers will apply? Do you find that many of them look blankly at the ad, move on, and fail to apply? Worse still, do these same workers grumble about lack of career development or even leave to take up managerial roles at other companies? If you recognize this situation,...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 19, 2015
Combating the Modern Recruiter's Unrealistic Expectations

Everybody's talking about the war for talent -- but are recruiters and hiring managers really paying attention? The results of the fourth annual Job Preparedness Indicator (JPI) from the Career Advisory Board (CAB) suggest that, despite all the lip service, talent acquisition professionals are failing to heed their own warnings. The latest JPI, a yearly survey that analyzes the gaps...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 19, 2015
Jobs Return to 'Normal,' but What Is 'Normal' for Recruiting?

The jobs picture for the United States continues to improve, with many economists declaring a "return to normal." But has recruiting also returned to normal? According to CNNMoney (via HartfordBusiness.com) "America had 5 million job openings at the end of November, the most since 2001, according to new government data. That means the U.S. isn't just back to pre-recession levels, it's...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 19, 2015
Employee Referral Programs: 8 Key Lessons from 2014

Shortages in key skill domains are emerging as the biggest obstacles to business growth in 2015, as all organizations vie for talent in the same limited candidate pools. "Innovation" is becoming the new mantra in hiring as organizations go all out to be the first to gain access to and hire highly sought after talent. Employee referral programs have proved to be very successful in these...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 16, 2015
Get Ready for the Gig Economy: Employment Predictions for 2015

Tim Arnold, CEO of recruiting software company Fyre, is pretty excited about 2015. "Things have really been ramping up," Arnold says. "We're finally starting to see some real innovation." In part, Arnold is referring to recruiting software itself, which he believes has resembled a "digital version of a filing cabinet" for far too long now. "You're sticking things in folders and the...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 16, 2015
How to Tackle Favoritism in Hiring

As you are probably aware, workplace favoritism has been around for decades, probably even centuries. The nod and the wink -- and a nice helping of cronyism -- has for many years been a more effective method for climbing the corporate ladder – or even getting a job – than hard work, qualifications, and ability. But with the advent of personnel department and its various incarnations of HR...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 16, 2015
How to Improve Your Company Reputation and Attract Top Job Candidates

When you have an open position, you want to recruit the best possible person to fill it --that (usually) goes without saying. But have you considered the role your company reputation plays in ensuring that you appeal to the most qualified candidates? A recent CareerBuilder study found that company reputation can carry more weight than salary for job candidates. In fact, 67 percent of job...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 16, 2015
How to Market Your Flexible Work Program to Candidates

January marks the start of a new year, and for many recruiters, it also signifies the start of a hiring frenzy. The recruiters at your company are most likely no exception. But how can you attract the top tier talent that your organization wants and needs when so many other organizations are also trying to snatch it up? It's certainly no secret that flexible work programs are a great draw...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 15, 2015
Are You Hiring Yesterday's Leaders?

Many of you may feel the world is becoming more chaotic, volatile, and incomprehensible. Maybe you have no real evidence for this other than a gut feeling and an increasingly fried brain at the end of the workday. Well, as they say, great guts think alike (or is it great mind?). It seems that grand institutions like the United States military share this feeling of uncertainty and have even...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 14, 2015
Hiring a 'Boomerang' Employee Can Save You Big

The practice of 'boomeranging' -- or rehiring employees that used to work for you -- is on the rise -- but is it actually a good idea? I'd say yes, it is: boomeranging an employee can end up being better for you than starting fresh. Rehiring Saves Money Letting someone go is expensive. Between all the exit paperwork, potential severance pay, and having to train a new employee, laying...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 13, 2015
The Evolution of Social Media Recruiting

Social media has taken the world by storm in recent years. With so many people spending their days checking in and posting out, it makes sense for recruiters to take advantage of the phenomenon. While social media recruiting is not a new concept, the way that hiring managers utilize these websites to find the right employees has changed. Social Media Recruiting Statistics Over 90 percent of...

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Inside Recruiting Jan 12, 2015
Top 10 Things Talent Acquisition Leaders Need to Do in 2015

As the New Year dawns, it's a great time to consider what you'll do to attract and retain top talent in 2015. I spend a lot of time networking with peers in talent acquisition and am lucky to get an inside view on what is at the top of the list for those on the forefront of recruiting. Here's my take on the top 10 things that you need to do in 2015 to take your TA program to the next...

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The Mobile Workforce Is Here to Stay

A survey from PwC predicted that the number of mobile employees will grow by 50 percent by 2020. Mobile work lends itself to a better work-life balance for employees and has brought productivity gains to companies who have implemented it properly. As a company with virtual workers in nine states, we at Visibility Software have seen the true benefits of having a mobile workforce. Quality...

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Want to Be One of the 'Best Places to Work'? Here's What You Need to Do

On December 9, Glassdoor released the results of its seventh annual Employees' Choice Awards, naming the "Best Places to Work" in the U.S. and the U.K. This year's list features a number of impressive companies from a wide array of industries, including Google (No. 1, large companies), Mayo Clinic (No. 10, large companies), and CARFAX (No. 34, small and medium companies). "This is our most...

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3 Hiring Headaches: Too Many, Too Few, and Poor Quality

Technology advancements and the evolution of best practices make the hiring process much more efficient than it once was. Even though these developments have brought the hiring process light-years past where it used to be, recruitment and hiring still cause all sorts of pain for HR professionals. The number of applicants, determining a cultural fit, and the balancing act of speed and agility in...

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Hiring Veterans: 4 Reasons a Vet Is Your Best Bet

"We need to do our part to explain to HR leaders that veterans possess the skills to help organizations thrive." – David Sutherland, cofounder and chair of the Center for Military and Veterans Community Services at the Easter Seals Dixon Center. Last February, first lady Michelle Obama announced that more than 100 construction companies will hire 100,000 veterans over the next five...

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For the C-Suite, Rising Compensation and a Widening Gender Gap

Let's start on a higher note before diving headlong into the bad news: 2014 was pretty good to executives overall. According to the Association of Executive Search Consultant's (AESC) BlueSteps Executive Compensation Report, most of them saw a rise in total compensation last year, with forty-four percent of CEOs/presidents, 62 percent of non-CEO C-level executives, 65 percent of executive vice...

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Hiring Differences Between the Three Generations

By now we are all familiar with the three distinct generations of Americans still in the workforce: baby boomers, Gen. Xers, and millennials. While much is made of the differences between these generations, it turns out they also have a lot in common, when it comes to job-seeking practices. The Indeed Hiring Lab, a global research institute that focuses on advancing the knowledge of human...

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5 Ways to Boost Your Recruitment Efforts in the New Year

Hiring might have taken a backseat during the recent holiday season, but the new year has officially begun, and the search for top talent is back on. Get the year off to a great start by streamlining your recruiting process, and position yourself to beat the competition in the constant war for talent. Is your recruitment process in need of an upgrade? Here are five ways to boost your recruitment...

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