4

Dec

2018

Don’t Forget About Soft Skills When Hiring for Tech Jobs

Author: Heather Nezich

West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consultancy, released a study earlier this year entitled, “Closing the Technology Leadership Gap.” The report investigates the state of soft skills, defined as communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and leadership in technology and IT hiring decisions. It pinpoints the lack of focus on soft skills in today’s workplaces as the cause of productivity, innovation, and growth issues.

4

Dec

2018

This Sugar Cookie Just Might be Your Key to a Great Hire

Author: Shannon Reed

Whether your preferences lean toward shortbread or gingerbread, this holiday season’s cookie exchange could possibly be the sourcing tool you are looking for. Sourcing “jam sessions” are a newer concept taking shape within organizations that welcome the input of their hiring managers, talent acquisition (TA) professionals, and subject matter experts into the selection process.  And they do it over food.

20

Nov

2018

Tips for Identifying Emotional Intelligence During an Interview

Author: Heather Nezich

Emotional Intelligence is critically important at the workplace, yet it can be difficult to assess during the interview process.  Even so, it’s often considered even more important than technical skills.

13

Nov

2018

Go-With-Your-Gut Hiring: Is This a Practice You Should Keep?

Author: Keisha Ward

Hiring managers and talent acquisition professionals have all heard the term, go with your gut, but when it comes to making solid hiring decisions, using your head is the best choice.

13

Nov

2018

Recruit and Retain Employees with These Top Non-Insurance Related Benefits & Perks

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It’s that time of year when many employers are deep in the middle of their benefits open enrollment period.  With unemployment at record lows, employee retention and engagement remain the two most pressing issues in HR today.  In order to differentiate themselves from their competitors, many employers are finding it imperative to utilize their benefit packages and employee perks as another tool in their arsenal to help promote loyalty and retention.  Recent data indicates...

6

Nov

2018

Job Seekers are in Control – Can You Meet Their Expectations?

Author: Heather Nezich

Low unemployment and high demand for talent is creating a recruiting environment where job seekers and newly hired employees are in control. CareerBuilder and SilkRoad have released the results of a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll identifying job seekers' and new employees' expectations for hiring and onboarding.

23

Oct

2018

Key Takeaways from Some of the Best Talent Strategies in the U.S.

Author: Heather Nezich

Retaining talent is number one on the list for many, if not most, organizations.  Today’s employees can change jobs with much more ease than even five years ago.  You can google “employee retention” and find hundreds of how to’s, but why not learn from those who are already winning the war for talent.

23

Oct

2018

What’s in Your Staffing Invoice?

Author: Shannon Reed

The cost per hour charged by outside staffing agencies can be shocking if you don’t understand the ingredients that make up that cost recipe.  As staggering as those invoices can be, the reality of where the money is going might surprise you.

16

Oct

2018

What is the Difference Between an Offer Letter and an Employment Contract?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although an offer letter and an employment contract have similarities, they are very different.  An offer letter has very basic terms and conditions of employment, generally subject to completion of a successful background check and/or medical exam, and states that employment is at-will.  In other words, the employee can walk anytime, although notice requirement is requested, and the employer can terminate for any reason at any time. This term will likely prevent, in a dispute...

16

Oct

2018

Using Criminal Checks in Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

More and more employers are using background screening as part of the employment process. This is important for protecting employees as well as the company. These days we see acts of violence happening in the work place far too often in the news. We also see more litigation against employers based not only on what they knew, but what they should have known, so it is logical that background screening is important.

2

Oct

2018

Recruit New Grads with Unique Benefit Options

Author: Keisha Ward

In the past, companies were able to offer college graduates a decent job consisting of a few weeks of vacation, healthcare benefits, and a 401(k) plan. Today, the needs of new college graduates are unique and to attract them, companies must consider evolving their plans.

11

Sep

2018

RIP, Resume

Author: Shannon Reed

It’s been the calling card of any job seeker.  From the French origin, résumé, meaning “summary,” Leonardo DiVinci is credited as the first one to use such a document when he was seeking a commission in 1482

11

Sep

2018

How Employers Can Help with the Tech Shortage

Author: Heather Nezich

The White House Administration’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicts that by 2020 the U.S. will be short 1 million tech professionals. How can employers do their part to help this growing shortage?

21

Aug

2018

What Do Prospective Employees Look for in an Employment Ad Before Applying?

Author: Heather Nezich

A new survey from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, reveals that the key pieces of information that job seekers and workers in the U.S. look for when researching job ads are salaries (67%) and benefits (63%). In addition, 59% U.S. workers/job seekers say that location is one of their top considerations, while 43% look for commute time.  The survey also explores the differences in men and women when job hunting.

21

Aug

2018

Hiring with No Resume?

Author: Keisha Ward

Resumes are merely an attention-getter – a tool used to attract the eye of a potential employer. They are proven to quickly target and identify skills, experience, longevity, and location.  But, what do they actually tell us about the person?

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