Val Matta

Val Matta is the vice president of business development at CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution for university career centers and HR professionals that gives job seekers complete control over their search. Connect with Val and CareerShift on LinkedIn.

Success March 29, 2018
3 Tips to Help You Re-Enter the Workforce After an Extended Leave of Absence

Anyone who has taken an extended period of time off from work for any reason understands just how terrifying it is to jump back into the professional world. Taking time away from your role also means taking a break from developing your skills. As a result, it can be easy to lose confidence in yourself. Given that 54 percent of employees surveyed by Pew Research Center said training and...

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Inside Recruiting December 13, 2017
When Interviews Turn to Stand-Up: HR Pros Talk Jokes

A good sense of humor is essential to keeping your sanity in talent acquisition. But no matter how experienced you are in the industry, you can never prepare for some of the shocking responses candidates can drop on you during an interview. We decided to collect a few of those responses below — with some commentary from the HR pros and hiring managers who heard them: 1. The...

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Inside Recruiting September 20, 2016
How to Write Job Posts That Attract the Best Job Seekers

On your mark, get set, go! You feel like Usain Bolt running the 100-meter relay in Rio. The two-weeks-notice baton has been passed to you, and you're off on the search for a new hire. The job post is out, but it's not yielding the top talent you were hoping for. Maybe the problem is that your posts don't appeal to the prospects you're hoping to attract in the job market. Here are...

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Inside Recruiting January 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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3 New Ways to Reach Gen Y Candidates

Generation Y: A group of professionals who act differently, think differently, and perform differently. Reports indicate that by 2025, Generation Y will make up roughly 75 percent of the workforce. Are you ready? While current recruitment methods may help you to find great workers, how long before these methods run dry? The clock is ticking: You've got 13 years until Millennials become the...

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The Dos and Don'ts of Employee Poaching

Employee poaching: The art of luring good employees away, sometimes from your competition, by conveying why your organization is better than their current employer. Think it's shady business? Not if it's done correctly. A recent survey indicated 69 percent of employed workers are either seeking a new job or would be open to hearing about one. This puts them in the passive category,...

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