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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.

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.

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?

10

Jul

2018

Employers Can’t Afford Burnout - Learn How to Prevent It

Author: Keisha Ward

Voluntary resignations are at a 17-year high. The Wall Street Journal states that in the third quarter of 2009, 2.1% of workers changed jobs, according to Census Bureau data. That climbed to roughly 4% by the first quarter of 2017, matching the highest rate since 2001.

22

May

2018

Smartphones Require BYOD Policies

Author: Keisha Ward

Bring your own Device (BYOD) is an area that all organizations are having to address more today then ever before.  According to SHRM, in 2017 86% of employees used their personal smartphones for work. As we grow more and more reliant on technology and more accustomed to having information readily available, the desire to use one’s own personal device increases. 

10

Apr

2018

Salary Speaks Louder Than Gender

Author: Keisha Ward

We’ve discussed impending changes in the way salaries are approached in today’s market.  It is understood that many states are banning and have banned the practice of using salary history as a factor during salary negotiations. On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled that salary history cannot be considered as a factor to justify wage inequalities between men and women.  To put it plainly, employers can no longer justify paying a man more than a woman based on what she...

27

Feb

2018

Can We Predict Future Performance Based on Past Behavior?

Author: Keisha Ward

We have all heard the phrase “past performance determines future behavior.” This theory has been used throughout many industries. HR professionals have depended on this rule of thumb for more than 20 years as a tool to make decisions on hiring employees. In fact, one of the most highly regarded interviewing methods was designed with it in mind. 

16

Jan

2018

The Gig Economy: Is Employment in the U.S. Changing?

Author: Keisha Ward

The gig economy is an interesting shift occurring in today’s workforce. The term itself might be new to some, however the concept is not foreign at all.  Many Americans have considered themselves independent contractors, consultants, freelancers, or temps at one time in their career. In years past, these titles were used to describe a smaller group of workers who have found themselves in a short-term position – often as a result of unemployment or career transition....

28

Nov

2017

Tis the Season: Overcoming Holiday Recruiting Challenges

Author: Keisha Ward

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the office is merry, parties are approaching, and there are goodies for everyone to share.  For recruiters, getting through the holiday season can feel like sprinting a marathon. Without the right mindset and strategy in place, it can easily get away.

17

Oct

2017

Salary History Bans – How to Handle Them

Author: Keisha Ward

As an experienced recruiter, I have talked to thousands of candidates throughout the years.  Candidates from all levels within numerous industries from manufacturing and healthcare to finance, IT, and engineering.  No matter the level of the positions that I have supported, it has always been considered the norm to request a candidate’s salary history.  However, in recent months recruiters are being cautioned on this approach.

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. 

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.  

25

Apr

2017

Employee Engagement Starts with Onboarding

Author: Keisha Ward

The term onboarding means different things to different companies.  Some describe onboarding as the time it takes to complete paperwork and conduct a background screening after a new hire accepts an offer. Others consider onboarding to be the first-day orientation, consisting of one day (or one hour in some cases) packed with paperwork and everything you need to know about the organization.  But in actuality, orientation is merely the first step in the onboarding process....

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...

24

Jan

2017

Recruiters are Watching

Author: Keisha Ward

If you ever feel like you are being watched, you are probably right! A recent survey conducted by Jobvite revealed that recruiters spend a great deal of time reviewing social media accounts.  Careerbuilder.com says using social media to screen candidates has increased by 500% over the last decade and will continue to grow.

20

Dec

2016

Preparing for a New Year in Talent Acquisition

Author: Keisha Ward

The current year offered challenges, wins and opportunities for many, but what should talent acquisition teams expect in 2017?  Market researchers and industry experts suggest that the areas for upcoming challenges, wins and opportunities will be found in mergers and acquisitions among social networking giants. Changes will also be felt in increased hiring demands versus stagnant company budgets, process automation and how talent data is tracked.  

22

Nov

2016

Bad News Is Better Than No News

Author: Keisha Ward

As a recruiter I spend a large portion of my day speaking with candidates.  I take pride in getting to know each candidate’s background, career goals and motivation.  To better understand my candidates, I ask a variety of questions. One of my go-to questions is “How are things going for you in today’s job market?”  This allows me to learn more about their “candidate experience.”  I am usually not surprised by the responses received....

18

Oct

2016

Good Bye, for Now…

Author: Keisha Ward

Employees leave companies for various reasons.  The decision to move on is one that is often thought out and carefully planned. When this decision is made, the employee usually has no intension of returning.  However; recent studies have contradicted this theory. In fact, the rate of rehiring “Boomerang Employees” increased from 48% to an astounding 76% in 2015, according to YOH.com.  

6

Sep

2016

Goodbye Phone Screen? Hello Video Interview?

Author: Keisha Ward

Today’s digital age has brought on many welcomed—for some, unwelcomed—changes.  One area of Human Resources that is quickly becoming more digitized is Talent Acquisition.  Many companies are no longer relying on phone screens as the initial contact with candidates. Rather, several organizations have moved to video and virtual interviews. In fact, companies such as IBM, have taken it a step further by trading in the face-to-face interview and replacing it with...
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