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...

11

Apr

2017

You Want the Truth

Author: Chance,Susan

“You want answers?” “I want the truth!” This was a passionate exchange that took place between Tom Cruise as Lt. Daniel Kaffe, and Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan R. Jessup, in the 1992 film A Few Good Men. When you run a background check you don’t just want answers, you want the truth, but are you getting the whole truth?

4

Apr

2017

Finding Technical Talent is Tough, Not Impossible

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

April 3rd marked the first day this year that H-1B visa applications were accepted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The date holds particular significance for many employers who hire technical talent, as the H-1B is a vehicle by which many difficult-to-hire IT and engineering vacancies are filled with foreign workers. Historically, the application cap of 85,000 has been reached within five days.  This year, the agency announced that it is temporarily...

28

Mar

2017

Anti-Trust Concerns in Hiring and Compensation

Author: Michael Burns

On the list of wrongful employment practice issues, the risk of engaging in illegal anti-trust practices is pretty far down there. But everyday, employers in competitive industries (think tech) aggressively recruit and seek to retain valuable talent through various employment policies and practices. Some employers take these practices too far. What kinds of employment practices could result in a federal anti-trust lawsuit?

14

Mar

2017

Recruiting KPIs: Tracking What Matters

Author: Keisha Ward

There are several Key Performance Indicators (KPI) used to analyze organizational recruitment processes.  Metrics such as Time to Present, Interview to Offer, Offer Acceptance and Time-to-Fill are areas that are often tracked to evaluate the success of your recruitment strategy.  Combined, these tools are all aimed at providing a clear understanding of your talent acquisition team’s success and challenges in various areas. Of the many methods and tools used to measure...

28

Feb

2017

Trouble Caused by Post-it® Notes for Texas Roadhouse Restaurant Chain

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Employers have long known about being careful when it comes to appropriate non-discriminatory hiring practices and the legal risks involved when they are not.  Interview notes can become problematic when they contain inappropriate comments or evidence that potentially discriminatory hiring practices may have been used.  The restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse has found out the hard way how something as simple as a Post-it® could become key evidence in an age discrimination lawsuit.

21

Feb

2017

Still Having Hiring Challenges? It Might be Time to Take a Hard Look in the Mirror

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

You may have noticed a marked increase in radio advertisements by the job posting service ZipRecruiter over the past several months.  According to the website, Inside Radio, the firm launched a major advertising campaign late last year which eventually elevated it to the number two ranking among national advertisers in spots purchased, second only to GEICO.  While reviews appear mixed about the tool’s true efficacy, the dramatic increase in marketing points to significant...
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