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Inside Recruiting Jun 11, 2021
Build High-Performing Teams by Hiring, Empowering, and Developing Employees

When companies attempt to build high-performing workforces, they often rely on antiquated measures of assessment and development that put them at a severe disadvantage in an increasingly complex and hyper-competitive global economy. Human capital has never been more indispensable, but many hiring managers and HR professionals aren't leveraging the resources at their disposal to build and...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 10, 2021
Employee Retention in the Post-Pandemic World: Health and Safety Come First

After more than a year of soaring unemployment rates, America is ready to get back to work. As COVID-19 cases continue to dwindle throughout the country, companies are eager to welcome staff back to the office. However, things aren't necessarily going according to plan. In what has been called "the turnover tsunami," companies are bracing for a colossal wave of resignations. According to...

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Where Gen. Z Wants to Work, What They Expect, and What It All Means for Recruiters

As more and more Americans receive vaccinations and businesses begin reopening to full capacity, the nation faces a labor shortage. With increasing competition for workers, employers will have to be more strategic than ever to attract the best talent. It's critical that employers don't overlook one particular group of talent: Generation Z. Many Gen. Z-ers — those born after 1996 — are...

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What's in a Name? Understanding Junior, Mid-Level, and Senior Developers

I have been working in recruitment for over 14 years, four of which I have spent running my own IT recruitment agency. Clients regularly contact us for help building candidate profiles. Our key task at this stage is to help the company construct a portrait of the candidate they need. A big part of that entails determining the level of tech talent they need. Is a junior-level developer...

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How Events and Other Industries Hit Hard by the Pandemic Are Staffing Back Up

As the economy begins opening back up in earnest, many companies are struggling to fill their open roles. The industries hit hardest by the pandemic, like hospitality and entertainment, are among those struggling most to find the right candidates. Event staff are proving particularly hard to find. These people are the face of your event, the first and the last people your attendees...

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Attracting and Retaining Purpose-Driven Tech Talent: 6 Tips and 2 Red Flags

If your company is in the market for tech talent, you're no doubt aware the current landscape is a challenging one for employers. Great technologists are hard to find, attract, and retain. Understanding the changing wants and needs of candidates is more important than ever. For younger Generation Z and millennial tech workers in particular, a sense of purpose and a focus on corporate...

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With Employees Losing Trust in Employers, It's Time to Hit the Reset Button on Talent

While the economic recovery has been anything but straightforward over the last few months, overall outlooks for 2021 remain relatively optimistic. One projection foresees 73 million hires taking place by the end of the year. But there's a complication. As the economy opens up, many employees are considering changing jobs. Why? Because they've lost faith in their bosses. A recent Buck...

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These Minor Tweaks to Your Job Ads Can Give Your Apply Rates a Powerful Boost

The war for top talent is in full effect as US employers ramp up hiring efforts at a record pace. To attract qualified candidates and ensure business continuity post-pandemic, an effective job advertising strategy is key. Recruiters must learn the factors playing into candidate behavior and recruitment outcomes if they wish to boost ROI and meet hiring goals in the current talent...

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Inside Recruiting May 28, 2021
3 Simple Steps Every Company Can Take to Start Closing the Gender Wage Gap

The gender wage gap isn't new, but it continues to hold women back from reaching their full earning potential. In 2020, women's annual earnings were just 82 percent of men's, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The wage gap is even more pronounced for women of color: Black women with advanced degrees earn 70 percent of what their white male counterparts make. Large companies and...

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Inside Recruiting May 26, 2021
The New Model of Hiring: If You Want to Attract Top Talent, You Need to Create an Attractive Opportunity

Log in to LinkedIn, and you'll find an abundance of coaching and advice for job seekers on every topic from resume tips to offer letters. I can scroll down my newsfeed on any given day and 5-10 people will have tips to help me stand out to attract the job I want. In fact, for many years now, I've been one of those people, coaching job seekers on much of the same stuff. I even wrote an...

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Inside Recruiting May 26, 2021
'Where Do You See Me in Five Years?': Job Seekers Are Turning the Tables of Professional Development

Employee engagement is a huge factor in retaining skilled talent in your organization. Increasingly, it's also becoming a big part of the recruiting process. Employees today, especially younger job seekers, tend to place more value on training and professional development than previous generations did. Enterprises that want to stay competitive and attract the best and the brightest need to...

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Inside Recruiting May 20, 2021
In the Battle for Talent, Corporate Sustainability Can Give You the Advantage

As the world has shifted to a knowledge economy over the last 20 years, the battle for talent has intensified. The search for quality candidates has become more competitive than ever as employers vie for top talent, who are now looking for more than just a job. These days, the best candidates on the market seek meaning in their work and purpose in their career paths. They want to...

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Inside Recruiting May 17, 2021
Look Beyond the Resume: How to Assess New Grads With Limited Work Experience

The graduating classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 will likely have significantly less experience with job shadowing, volunteering, and interning due to the restrictions brought on by the global pandemic. Of course, this will impact how their resumes stack up against the competition. However, there are ways in which these candidates may have advantages over other talent. The world of work is...

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Inside Recruiting May 17, 2021
13 Common Hiring Manager Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: What's a common faux pas you see hiring managers committing during the hiring process, and what should they be doing instead? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful...

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Inside Recruiting May 14, 2021
Interviewing a Remote Software Developer: Questions and Best Practices to Find the Right Fit

According to an estimate from Evans Data Corporation, the number of software developers around the world is expected to reach nearly 29 million by 2024. Despite this sizable talent pool, souring and hiring a software developer is rarely easy. In fact, with more companies now embracing remote work in the wake of the pandemic, hiring the right developer has gotten even harder. Hiring remote...

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Inside Recruiting May 13, 2021
Transferable Velocity: A Forward-Thinking Way to Close the Post-Pandemic Talent Gap

While the picture is improving, unemployment remains high thanks to changes in the specific skill sets employers need today. The pandemic spurred dramatic shifts in our lifestyles, business practices, and consumer preferences, creating gaps between what organizations need and what candidates have to offer. As is the case in all economic recoveries, recruiters are on the front lines as...

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Inside Recruiting May 12, 2021
The 3 Most Important Traits You're Overlooking in Candidates

In the more than four years that Inter (formerly Junto) has been in business, we've hired over 50 people for full-time and freelance roles. Thirty-five of those people are still part of the team. The rest either quit or were let go. For us, 2019 was a particularly difficult year for hiring. We let go of a few people who weren't the right long-term fit, and a few other employees quit. In...

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Inside Recruiting May 10, 2021
The Brave New World of Work: What Employers Can Expect After the Pandemic

As we turn the corner on the first year of the COVID-19 national health crisis, the fog is beginning to clear. We can finally catch a glimpse of how the world of work might look by this time next year. Several workforce trends that had emerged before the pandemic have exponentially accelerated over the past 12 months, including the mass adoption of remote working by previously office-bound...

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More Candidates Are Listing Lockdown Hobbies on Their Resumes. Don't Dismiss Them Outright.

Often, when candidates don't have a lot of job experience that is directly relevant to the role at hand, they'll apply with a resume that focuses heavily on transferable skills. For example, a candidate who has never worked in sales before might use their experience managing a fundraiser for their kid's sports team to show off their customer service skills. Honestly, transferable skills...

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Hire Better: 10 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips on Finding the Right Candidates, Fast

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: How do you develop effective, targeted hiring programs that turn up exactly the kinds of candidates you're looking for? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful young...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 30, 2021
Global Talent Acquisition in 2021: How AI Is Changing the Game

Global talent acquisition is changing. The pandemic has accelerated the transition to remote work, meaning many companies are looking further afield at overseas talent pools as they recruit. Businesses that want to successfully compete for talent in these international markets will need to rethink their recruiting and onboarding strategies. While the tried-and-tested methods of hiring...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 29, 2021
Collaborative, Curious, and Connected: 7 Reasons to Hire New Graduates in 2021 

A tough job market is making the class of 2021 — from undergrads to MBAs — nervous. Between an uncertain economic recovery and competing with more experienced professionals who lost their jobs during the pandemic, the newest members of the professional workforce have a lot to worry about. But, as always, youth has its advantages. Here are seven reasons why hiring a newly minted grad...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 28, 2021
3 Science-Backed Tips to Get More Out of Your Employee Referral Program

Employee referrals are a game-changer in the field of recruitment. What's not to love about higher-quality candidates, lower cost per hire, reduced employee turnover, and bonus goodwill with your current employees? And yet, while two-thirds of companies have referral programs, only 24 percent of employees are hired through referrals, according to a report from iCIMS. But that doesn't mean...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 28, 2021
Why Are People With Disabilities Left Out of Conversations About Board Diversity?

According to the CDC, 61 million Americans — about 26 percent of the population — have some type of disability. Yet I was not surprised when Nasdaq's recent board diversity proposal failed to reference people with disabilities. I had the same reaction to a study published recently in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which found 75 percent of nonprofit boards don't have people with...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 26, 2021
Dig Deep: How to Find the Hidden Leadership Potential of Your Employees

Behind every great leader is a team of professionals who first saw their potential. Managers and executives don't suddenly gain leadership qualities when they become leaders. Rather, these traits and skills are within your employees at every level of the organization. The 4 Signs of Leadership Potential Certain indicators of leadership, like communication, confidence, and honesty, are easy...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 26, 2021
COVID-19 Shifted Job Seekers' Priorities. They Want Careers, Not Jobs.

It's no surprise the COVID-19 pandemic upset many people's careers. Working parents have had to manage their job and family responsibilities in the same space and often at the same time. With our homes becoming our new offices, our physical workspaces are often less than ideal. Boundaries have blurred as "work life" and "home life" have grown less distinct. Amid the chaos, many have made...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 22, 2021
Hidden Disabilities: Are You Accidentally Leaving Employees Out of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives?

The world of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a broad and shifting landscape, and it's currently undergoing another much-needed evolution. With the rising importance of neurodiversity in DEI initiatives, employers and HR pros are starting to recognize the existence of hidden disabilities. Hidden disabilities, also referred to as "invisible disabilities," denote...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 22, 2021
6 Simple Ways to Make a Good First Impression on Candidates

As the US economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and the unemployment rate drops, things are looking up for the job market. More job opportunities are opening up, and Americans are eagerly applying. And they know that, if they want to land a new gig, they need to make a good first impression during the interview. According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Occupational and...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 21, 2021
Candid, Consistent Communication Is the Key to Attracting Candidates in Today's Market

Candidates want to impress hiring managers. That's the name of the game — it's how they get hired. However, the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a shift in the talent market, and companies are no longer holding all the cards. Today's top candidates have options, which means employers have to do some impressing of their own. How do companies navigate this changing landscape, particularly during...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 21, 2021
How Long Are Workers Staying at Their Jobs? Not Very.

Each generation displays its own trends when it comes to retention, but younger workers in particular seem less likely to stay with their employers for the long term. Millennials are notorious for job hopping in pursuit of new opportunities, while Gen. Z has a reputation for growing bored within their existing companies. It's hard to blame individuals for leaving to pursue new endeavors,...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 20, 2021
Humble Hiring: The Importance of Recruiting Candidates With Humility

If you ask supervisors what makes a good employee, a predictable list will emerge: reliability, teamwork, problem-solving, and the like. There's one character trait that likely won't make the list, but it should: humility. Despite being deeply undervalued in the workforce, humility is a trait shared by nearly all of the most valuable employees. Some conceive of humility as...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 20, 2021
Diversity and Data: Why DE&I Efforts Should Start With the Numbers

I am the father of mixed-ethnicity children. I started my career around the same time I had my first child. Diversity and inclusion have always been important in my personal life, and this focus naturally carries over into my work. As I've taken on roles with more leadership responsibilities and broader scopes, I've made it a point to bring that focus with me. But awareness of diversity,...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 16, 2021
From Hybrid Jobs to Empathy at Work: 12 Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2021

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: As 2021 ramps up, so does hiring. What's one recruiting trend you predict we'll see this year, and why? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful young entrepreneurs....

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Inside Recruiting Apr 16, 2021
Need to Hire a Digital Marketing Manager? Here's What to Look for in a Candidate.

If you want to grow your online presence, you need a skilled digital marketing manager — but finding a great digital marketer is hard. There are many talented people in the job market, but few can execute the specific growth strategies you need to take your company to the next level. However, if you know what skills to look for, you can make your hunt a little easier. Here are the five...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 15, 2021
Employee Turnover Is on the Rise. Here's How to Make Them Stay.

If organizations thought employee engagement was a challenge before the pandemic, they've now seen what economic turbulence can do to company culture. Disrupted work/life balance, companywide disconnects, and rising rates of disengagement are just a few of the hurdles HR leaders and their organizations face in the post-pandemic world. Engagement initially rose during the pandemic, thanks...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 14, 2021
Confidentiality Agreements: What Recruiters, Employers, and Candidates Need to Know

Confidentiality agreements (CAs) are written contracts that permit an individual or organization with information it considers proprietary to disclose that information while protecting its secrecy. The person who receives the disclosure is obligated not to misappropriate, share, or steal the information, according to the terms of the CA. CAs have taken on new importance as many companies...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 13, 2021
Retaining Talent in a Virtual World: It Starts With Really Knowing Who Your Employees Are

Over the past year, employees everywhere have had to rapidly adjust to the demands of a virtual workplace. Of all the challenges employers have faced while transitioning from in-person to remote work — and potentially back again soon — one of the most glaring has been determining how to make smart and informed decisions related to talent development and employee support. In a KPMG...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 13, 2021
The Pandemic Taught Us What Really Matters in a Workplace Culture

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us what the essentials of good workplace culture really are. When offices are closed and employees work remotely, perks like award-winning coffee bars and napping pods no longer mean much. Wherever they are and however they work, employees need to feel they are part of a strong, focused, connected, and supportive organization. Companies, in turn, are...

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Inside Recruiting Apr 12, 2021
Employee Expectations Have Changed Since 2020. Has Your Company Kept Up?

In March of last year, everything we deemed normal changed overnight. Around the globe, we found ourselves redefining how we work and how we live. And while the light at the end of the tunnel has finally come into view, there are still plenty of challenges and uncertainties for us to navigate in the months ahead. One of those challenges entails defining what, exactly, the future of work...

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The MBTI Is Backed by Solid Science. Why Do Some Claim Otherwise?

In the recent article titled "What HBO's Persona Gets Right and (Mostly) Wrong About Personality Test," the author makes some good points about the recent HBO documentary Persona. First, both the author of the article and the creators of the documentary were correct that some companies are misusing personality assessments. My company, The Myers-Briggs Company, has taken the consistent stance...

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To Build Great Teams, Get Onboarding Right

Many companies think of new hire onboarding as the logistics of getting people a desk and a computer. Yes, it is that, but it should be a great deal more than that, too. Onboarding should be about how a candidate becomes part of the community as an employee. It should be how they learn the real culture and philosophy of the company. During the interview phase, you establish that a...

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As Businesses Seek Long-Term Growth Over Short-Term Efficiency, Talent Teams Are Stepping Up to Drive the Transformation

For all the damage it has caused, the COVID-19 pandemic has also sparked a mass awakening across business sectors. In fact, according to a recent Forbes survey, almost 80 percent of executives feel the pandemic has actually revealed their organizations' strengths. These companies are now in a position to reset and reorient themselves, and many executives are prioritizing long-term growth over...

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What the Growing Corporate Sustainability Movement Means for Recruiting Top Talent

It wasn't that long ago that corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability teams were shoved in back offices, miles from the core operations of a business. Even worse, responsibility for corporate sustainability would sometimes be awkwardly shoved onto an existing role with little care or attention from senior leadership. Now, the picture looks very different. A perfect storm of...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 31, 2021
6 Qualities to Look for in a Potential New Hire, Inspired by Marvel Characters

When you have the right people on your staff, your employees become a team of everyday superheroes. Whether they're solving complex problems or designing more efficient processes, great employees swoop in when and where they're needed to improve outcomes for the business. So why not look to Marvel characters like the Avengers for inspiration as you interview prospective hires? You may not...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 30, 2021
The Softer Side of Onboarding New Talent in a Work-From-Home World

Prior to 2020, many companies didn't embrace work-from-home (WFH) models, but the need to protect employees and business operations in the face of COVID-19 forced even the most reluctant companies to shift to remote work arrangements. In a matter of days, the way most businesses operated changed irrevocably — especially in terms of recruiting and hiring. HR pros and talent acquisition...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 29, 2021
SEO Is the Secret Recruitment Weapon You're Not Using

The pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life, including recruitment. Remote work has made it easier than ever for candidates to search for job opportunities and even interview without ever leaving their homes. On the flip side, remote work has also opened up national and even global talent pools for organizations that had once been tied to the idea of only hiring local...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 26, 2021
Recruiting Top Talent When Everyone Wants to Work From Home

When the pandemic forced companies worldwide to suddenly let employees work from home, top talent got a taste for it. Now that they've tried it, many workers no longer want to return to traditional office buildings. Moving forward, recruiters will face two challenges as they look to place candidates: attracting the right talent for non-remote jobs and managing the influx of (not always...

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Inside Recruiting Mar 25, 2021
Freelancer Compliance: 5 Ways to Keep Your Company Safe When Working With Freelancers

In the wake of COVID-19, a growing number of employers have found themselves relying on freelancers to get things done. Your organization may be among them. The use of independent contractors was growing even before the pandemic, and more and more professionals turned to freelancing throughout 2020. By 2027, more than half of US workers may do freelance work in some...

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