5

Sep

2017

Networking Remains King

Author: Keisha Ward

Networking is an essential activity for both job seekers and talent acquisition professionals. These groups network to expand their contacts and pipelines with the hope that it will lead to a filled position or new job opportunity down the road. 

29

Aug

2017

First, Do No Harm

Author: Chance,Susan

Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath in an important step to becoming a doctor. One of the most well-known premises of that oath is, “first, do no harm.” That is a good oath for any profession and is certainly something to be considered in background screening.

22

Aug

2017

When to Start College Recruiting – NOW!

Author: Sara Pebbles

Back to school time usually means summer vacations ending and heavier traffic on your way to work, but does it also mean time to start college recruiting?  Traditionally the end of the school year and graduation season kick-starts the hiring of college seniors, but a new survey by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry says by then your organization will be late to the game and will have already missed out on top candidates.  

15

Aug

2017

Organizations Need to Get Creative in Order to Attract and Retain Employees

Author: Heather Nezich

Companies can no longer compete for talent with traditional offerings and expect new hires to stay long term. In a 2016 iCIMS study, 400 U.S. full-time employees were surveyed to discover the factors that lead to job satisfaction as well as motivations for leaving an organization.  

8

Aug

2017

Studies Show That Your Interviewing Process May be Scaring Candidates Away

Author: Heather Nezich

Interviewing candidates can be just as painful for the interviewer as it is for the candidate.  If you are consistently having candidates turn down job offers, it might be time to look at your process.

25

Jul

2017

What is That Unfilled Position Costing You?

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

Research continues to point to an increase in the time it takes employers to fill open positions.  On average, it took employers 29 working days to fill vacancies in 2016, with nearly 60 days for engineering and other technical roles. There are a number of reasons for this trend, including less available talent, increased recruiter workloads, and cautious decision making as managers try to avoid hiring mistakes or keep interviewing until the “perfect” candidate finally comes...

11

Jul

2017

To Ask or Not to Ask

Author: Heather Nezich

The salary history question has become quite controversial in recent months, and some cities and states have created laws around it.  It used to be an expected question during the interview process, but there is debate over whether the question is a fair one and could cause pay inequality to prevail as women progress through their careers.

11

Jul

2017

Beware of False Knowledge

Author: Chance,Susan

You have spent time and resources looking for just the right candidate for your open position. You finally found the person you want to hire, but there is still the background process to go through. You get the final report.  Something came up on your applicant’s background check, now what? As stated by George Bernard Shaw, “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” What does the warning from Mr. Shaw have to do with the background report? An item...

27

Jun

2017

How to Turn Recruiters Into Business Partners

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

The terms “human resources” and “business partner” have become increasingly enjoined over the years, as organizations have awakened to the value of aligning HR expertise with the strategy and daily operations of the core business.  Yet, among the many HR functions, recruiters may not be viewed—or view themselves—as having a true partnership relationship with the hiring managers they support.  Talent Acquisition is a critical function, but without...

20

Jun

2017

Online Persona vs. Resume – Which Wins?

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by CareerBuilder reveals that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring.  Just one year ago that number was only 60%.  Is a person’s online persona becoming as important as their resume?

6

Jun

2017

Obstacle Course Hiring is a Thing of the Past

Author: Keisha Ward

Studies show that 89% of Glassdoor users are actively looking for or would be willing to consider a new opportunity.  Yet many organizations say they have experienced a decrease in the number of responses received from their job postings resulting in trouble finding strong candidates to fill their openings.  Maybe it is time to take a step back and evaluate the issues that are preventing applicant flow and successful job offers.  

6

Jun

2017

No Jerks Allowed

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s likely fair to say that we’ve all come across a jerk or two in our work lives.  In a recent survey by Connectria Hosting, 83% of respondents said they’d worked with one or more jerks during the past five years.  Connectria and others have now created “No Jerks Allowed” policies for their workplaces.

16

May

2017

Retention Begins with Good Recruitment

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

There is an old recruiting joke that describes a man who passes away, and as he arrives at the “pearly gates,” is given the option of touring both Heaven and Hell before he decides where to spend all eternity. To his surprise, in Hell he is greeted by the jubilant sounds of celebration, with everyone laughing and appearing to have a grand time.  By contrast, Heaven, with its harp music and gently floating angels, seems bland and boring.  The next day he professes his...

2

May

2017

Is it Legal to Pay a Woman Less if Based on Salary History?

Author: Heather Nezich

Solely based on Federal law…yes.  A federal court ruled last week that it is legal to pay female employees less than men if it is based on past salary history.  This decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous ruling that stated that pay differences solely on past salary history were discriminatory, based on the Equal Pay Act.

2

May

2017

Will Your Applicants or Employees Kick You in the Teeth?

Author: Chance,Susan

According to Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who is as well known for his drug use as he is for his song writing and guitar skills, “if you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you may as well use two feet.” If you don’t want to be kicked in the teeth because of drug use by your employees or applicants, then you should consider your company’s drug testing program and policy prohibiting drug use, or the lack thereof, and how you can best protect your...
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