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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?

14

Aug

2018

Could Apprenticeships be an Answer to the Skills Gap?

Author: Heather Nezich

A majority of Americans (62%) agree that apprenticeships—or “earn while learning” vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

14

Aug

2018

Your Background Screening FAQ’s Answered

Author: Susan Chance

We have all been exposed to the belief that things come in threes, deaths, good things, bad things, etc. There is even a name for the superstition that things come in threes, Triaphilia. ASE gets repeated questions in many areas of background checking and drug screening, and the following outlines the most frequently asked questions.

7

Aug

2018

The Talent Shortage is Affecting More than Just the U.S.

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study by Korn Ferry revealed that if not addressed, the skilled talent shortages could have significant impact on global economics by 2030. 

7

Aug

2018

Have You Been Ghosted?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

When most people think of the term “ghosting”, they think of online dating sites.  Ghosting is an expression first connected with dating, and it's when someone suddenly cuts all ties and communication with the person they've been seeing.  The practice of ghosting is now creeping its way into the workplace and is quickly becoming some employers’ biggest recruiting headache. 

31

Jul

2018

Drop the Skills and Chill?

Author: Shannon Reed

The Wall Street Journal got people talking last week about a recruiting trend:  downskilling. Coined by Alicia Modestino of Northeastern University, the concepts of downskilling are simple in theory:  lessen the former favored “four-year college degree” and requisite experience to broaden your overall talent pool.

31

Jul

2018

Immigration Policy Impacts Employers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

At a time where unemployment is 4% and the need for skilled workers is at a premium, a source for these workers is being slowly shutdown.  The immigration issue is an important one for Americans and played a decisive role in the presidential election.  However, the barriers being raised for business visas could have a negative impact in the long-run for American businesses.

17

Jul

2018

How to Prevent Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  It sets people up to overgeneralize, sometimes leading to discrimination even when people feel they are being fair.  Since implicit bias is unconscious, how do you identify it?

10

Jul

2018

Risks of Using Social Media in Hiring Decisions

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to a Career Builder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, and 3 in 10 employers have someone dedicated to reviewing online profiles of job applicants.  In addition to social media, 60% of employers are using online search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing to research candidates as well. 

26

Jun

2018

Employee Non-compete Agreement Developments Continue in 2018

Author: Michael Burns

ASE is following judicial and other developments in the areas of employee non-compete and no -poaching (also known as No-Collusion) terms normally used to restrict employee job hopping activity. As addressed earlier this year in ASE’s EPTW articles, the USDOJ continues to update its Anti-Poaching Agreement Position (4/18/2018) and Know Your Restrictive Covenant’s Terms and Definitions (4/23/2018).  The courts and the government (both state and federal) are attacking...

19

Jun

2018

Multimedia and Bot Recruitment can Lead to EEOC Charges

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Employers have to be mindful of their recruitment activities, especially when utilizing social media platforms or bots.  With respect to multimedia litigation, it may become the new bane to recruitment, said Ifeoma Ajunwa, a lawyer and sociologist who teaches at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School.   “The same types of discrimination issues that you would see in traditional hiring are now just being transferred over to the platforms,”...
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