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Today’s Candidate Market

8 February 2022

Today’s Candidate Market

Author: Sheila Hoover

Recruiters are feeling the effects of the pandemic and the current market for recruiting quality employees to your organization.  The constantly changing trends make it harder to recruit top talent, and right now it is definitely a candidate’s market.  In addition, there are trends all recruiters should be aware of as you are working harder than ever to source good candidates.

Do You Survey Your Candidates?

18 January 2022

Do You Survey Your Candidates?

Author: Sheila Hoover

Human Resources conducts many surveys each year that may include compensation, benefits, interest in activities, wellness, employee engagement, etc.  These surveys give employers insight into the employee experience and provide an opportunity to improve and become more competitive. 

What is the Hardest Job to Recruit For?

21 December 2021

What is the Hardest Job to Recruit For?

Author: Sheila Hoover

The answer to this question can vary from time to time, era to era, etc.  There are always jobs that are “hard to fill” and professions or skill sets that aren’t as popular as others. 

Culture Fit vs Culture Add

30 November 2021

Culture Fit vs Culture Add

Author: Sheila Hoover

Raise your hands…how many of you have said hiring for culture fit is as important, or more important, than hiring for skillset?  We can train people on the skills needed to perform a specific job, but we cannot change who a person is.  But, have you thought that hiring for culture “fit” could cause an unconscious bias and result in a culture that ends up being discriminatory?  

Social Media Scanning

9 November 2021

Social Media Scanning

Author: Sheila Hoover

I recently received an inquiry asking if a company should use social media scanning during the recruiting process.  At first I thought, yes, companies utilize social media to source candidates and learn more about their skills and experience.  However, the inquiry was more focused on recruiters and HR personnel scanning public social media sources to review personal about a potential candidate looking for any red flags or posts that may not align with company values. 
The Holidays Are Coming

19 October 2021

The Holidays Are Coming

Author: Sheila Hoover

The holidays are coming, yet Americans are quitting jobs at a record rate according to a recent Labor Department report.  “Quits jumped to 4.3 million in August, the highest on records dating back to December 2000, and up from 4 million in July.  That’s equivalent to nearly 3% of the workforce.  Hiring also slowed in August, the report showed, and the number of jobs available fell to 10.4 million, from a record high of 11.1 million the previous month.”
Hiring Gig Workers in a High-Volume Recruiting Environment – Are You Prepared?

6 October 2021

Hiring Gig Workers in a High-Volume Recruiting Environment – Are You Prepared?

Author: Sheila Hoover

What are ‘Gig’ workers?  And what is a ‘Gig’ Economy?  New trends in the business world? Maybe; however, it has actually been a thing since 2009 when New Yorker editor Tina Brown, defined the “gig economy” as knowledge economy workers pursuing “a bunch of free-floating projects, consultancies, and part-time bits and pieces while they transacted in a digital marketplace.” With the holiday season approaching quickly, many...
The Value of Hiring Internal Candidates

7 September 2021

The Value of Hiring Internal Candidates

Author: Sheila Hoover

As a hiring manager, seeing the resume of an outstanding internal candidate land on your desk is the best-case scenario. Why? You can fill the job immediately, and because current employees know the organization and its quirks, they require less handholding in order to get up to speed quickly.
Hiring Entry-Level Employees:  Experience vs. Potential

17 August 2021

Hiring Entry-Level Employees: Experience vs. Potential

Author: Sheila Hoover

We have talked previously about the most effective ways to assess job candidates – generally, experienced candidates.  Do we assess entry-level candidates the same way?  Assessing any candidate inevitably involves weighing two important types of information: what they’ve accomplished in the past (their experience) and how they’re likely to perform in the future (their potential).  The question is, can we assess entry-level candidates past work experience?
The “Great Resignation”

27 July 2021

The “Great Resignation”

Author: Sheila Hoover

The number of job openings, as well as people voluntarily leaving employers, hit all-time highs in recent months. New data finds an astounding 95% of workers say they are considering changing jobs.  The U.S. has 9.2 million jobs open, with 92% of workers saying they are willing to switch industries for a new job.

Hiring for Soft Skills Reduces Turnover

6 July 2021

Hiring for Soft Skills Reduces Turnover

Author: Sheila Hoover

Throughout my career in HR there have been various techniques that promised to identify the best candidate for a particular job.  The focus always seemed to be on technical skills, education, and experience.  Competency-based interviewing techniques are still a go to in today’s world in order to ensure you choose the best applicant.

The Candidate Experience – Is Yours Exceptional?

22 June 2021

The Candidate Experience – Is Yours Exceptional?

Author: Sheila Hoover

Consumer experiences define and shape our economy. Consumers are more likely to make additional purchases, refer friends, and remain loyal to a brand when they have an exceptional experience — while a negative experience can wreak havoc on a brand. 
Combining Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

25 May 2021

Combining Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

Author: Sheila Hoover

Talent acquisition and talent management have traditionally been separate functions within human resources, but now some companies are starting to combine them under the umbrella of one leadership position.

Agility in HR

4 May 2021

Agility in HR

Author: Sheila Hoover

Agile: The ability to move quickly and easily; relating to or denoting a method of project management that is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans.  Agility has been working its way into areas and functions from product development to manufacturing to marketing—and now it’s transforming how organizations hire, develop, and manage their people.
Noisy Job Interviews

13 April 2021

Noisy Job Interviews

Author: Sheila Hoover

We've all been there – the awkward small talk. The fluorescent lights illuminating the sweat on your brow. The feeling like you're a used-car salesman — but the used car is yourself. Job interviews are the worst. And according to a new book, they're often pretty much useless for selecting the best candidate for a position.

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