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The Top 10 Actions for Dramatically Improving Employee Referral Program Results

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:02am

As the economy improves and recruiting top talent becomes more difficult, focus on employee referrals. They routinely produce the highest volume and quality of hire. If you are getting less than 40 percent of your hires from your employee referral program, here are the top 10 actions that I have found will dramatically improve your ERP results.

The Top 10 High-impact Actions for Increasing Referral Results (more…)

Webinar: Don’t Compromise Your Talent Strategy with the Wrong Tactics

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:55pm

Is your company trying to implement a “hire the best talent” strategy and simultaneously refusing to offer a competitive compensation package? Having trouble hiring the best people because your hiring managers are only willing to offer lateral transfers? Are your critical jobs hard to fill because the best people are passive candidates and all you can do is cross your fingers that they respond to a boring and demeaning job posting?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to join Lou Adler on Thursday, November 6, for this informative webinar. He will help you tackle each one of these challenges, by helping you start to understand how to convert jobs into careers, how to tame hiring managers, how to build a deep network, and more. Don’t maintain the status quo. Don’t keep doing the same old things. A strategy to raise the quality of people you hire requires a new way of thinking and a new set of tools and processes to pull it off. Don’t miss this webinar!


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Webinar – Preparation is Key: Implementing an ATS

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:55pm

Planning to embark on the critical mission of implementing an applicant tracking system for your organization? Then this webinar is a must-see! Whether simply from oversight or because of assumptions, missing key pieces of the puzzle until after you’ve gone live is a common problem. If you want to avoid your users bringing red flags and horrible “misses” to your attention or realizing at the last second you may need customizations before being able to bring this system to life, then join Megan and Shawnee on Wednesday, November 5 for a step-by-step guide for implementation, based on recruitment industry leaders’ experiences with applicant tracking systems. It will be an in-depth look at what you need to know to make your implementation a success.

Recruiting in the Purpose Economy

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:45am


It’s what employees and job candidates, particularly the millennial generation, want in their work. And it’s what companies need in their teams to produce the goods and services millennials and others want to buy.

Employers are starting to find clues to help them attract people with purpose. (more…)

Webinar: Hiring Metrics — Linking Talent Metrics to Quality of Hire & Financial Performance

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:12pm

Today’s market is seeing hiring metrics as a benchmark to achieving business goals, and this is especially true in the areas of HR, Recruitment, and Talent Management. With that being said it is quite helpful to know exactly WHAT they are looking for, and your host in this upcoming iCIMS sponsored webinar, Shanil Kaderali, has the answers as well as the following:

- What defines both pre- and post “quality of hire” metrics

- The link between financial performance and talent metrics

- A comprehensive, analytical (yet summarized) session for talent acquisition and HR leaders

- And so much more!

This is absolutely one webinar you do NOT want to miss; if your organization is currently using metrics to gauge their benchmarks/goals then you NEED to know just what that entails. Hurry and register today and don’t miss out!

Date/Time of Webinar: October 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST

Registration Link:

Sponsor:  iCIMS

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At Glassdoor and Gild, the Marketing Was Skilled

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:32am

In case some of the spring ERE gossip and the fall ERE gossip wasn’t enough, here’s a little of what I picked up yesterday at the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. (more…)

Transportation Is Facing a Talent Shortage. How Will Employers Find the Candidates They Need?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:47am

If you’re hiring in transportation today, finding the talent you need in the coming years might seem a bit daunting.

More than in the labor market overall, employment in transportation related occupations are highly attuned to economic fluctuations. Acting as a bellwether of the nation’s economic health, that employment fell dramatically during the Great Recession. As the economy began to recover, transportation hiring outpaced other industries for two years starting in 2011. Now, consumer spending continues to improve and the energy industry is booming, meaning that demand for drivers is higher than ever. (more…)

Time to Fill Lengthens Again

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:16am

On the heels of a survey finding that a quarter of all employers plan to add temporary staff this quarter comes a forecast that temp agency staffing will increase 8.7 percent over last year.

Temp industry consultant G. Palmer & Associates says temp employment will average 2.978 million workers in the fourth quarter. For the last quarter of 2013, the average was 2.739 million. As of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports temp agencies employed a record 2.934 million workers.

“Our forecast for the 2014 fourth quarter follows recent trends, demonstrating growth and indicating another increase in demand for temporary workers, marking the 19th consecutive quarter of year-over-year increases,” says Greg Palmer, founder and managing director of the Newport Beach, California human capital advisory firm.

“The data is also showing that with the advent of lower unemployment rates, labor is tightening, wages in certain categories are increasing, and temp help as a percentage of new job growth is beginning to tapper off,” he adds. (more…)

Peace Corps Applications Way Up

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:53pm

Apparently that worked.

The Peace Corps says applications (17,336) are at a 22-year high, and are up 70 percent over last year.

In July 2014, at the launch of the changes, the organization’s applications went up 400 percent over July 2013. Also: last year 23 percent of applications who started a submission finished it. Now, it’s 95 percent.

As More Employers Plan Hires, Recruiting Workers Will Get Harder Still

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:28am

In what could be the strongest finish since before the recession, an increasing number of employers say they intend to hire full-time permanent workers this quarter.

CareerBuilder’s quarterly survey of employers found 29 percent of them expect to add permanent headcount before the end of 2014, an increase of four percentage points over those saying that last year.

While hiring expectations don’t necessarily translate into action, so far this year more employers have ended up hiring more workers than they told CareerBuilder they planned.

The survey doesn’t say how large the headcount will grow, but numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show 2014 is on track to add more workers to the nation’s payrolls than at any time in a decade. Since January, employers have averaged 227,000 new jobs each month. For the same period last year, the average was 193,000. (more…)

A Recruiting and HR System Is Being Built on Salesforce

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:01am

You may know that Salesforce, the wildly successful and widely used system businesses use to keep track of their customers, has also been used on occasion to keep track of job applicants. A new partnership will result in a more formal recruiting and human resources system built on the Salesforce platform. (more…)

Cornerstone OnDemand Buying Evolv

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 6:23pm

Late-breaking news this evening in the talent-acquisition world: I’m hearing that Cornerstone OnDemand will be buying Evolv. (more…)

Time to Kill the Requisition?

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:48am

Most corporate recruiting teams still rely on requisition-based hiring. In most cases this means they focus on recruiting for openings as they arise using whatever recruiting channels yield the “right” talent readily available. Unfortunately their processes don’t typically yield the best talent as quickly as needed, leaving operational teams frustrated with the results.

The solution is to have a pipeline of talent at the ready when a new position arises. (more…)

The Top 100 Employment Brands of the Fortune 500

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:42pm

A new list of the best employment brands among the Fortune 500 contains a lot of familiar names (if you guessed Google, you guessed right), but a few less-familiar ones too. (more…)

Recruit Top Prospects During Their ‘Angry Hours’ — Because Timing Is Everything

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:03am

An in-depth analysis on how the right timing can dramatically improve recruiting

In my experience, the hardest-to-recruit exceptional targets are those who I label as “no, and stop calling me” passive top prospects who simply won’t accept a recruiter’s call. Even though most recruiters will tell you that their lack of interest in changing jobs is unwavering, my research has found that there are exceptions that may occur once or twice during each year, and I call them “their angry hours.”

During this brief time period the prospect is open to a recruiting discussion because something has recently occurred that makes them angry about their job, their manager, or their company. And for at least a few hours … that anger makes them suddenly receptive to recruiter calls and to new job opportunities.

Timing Is Everything in Sales and Recruiting (more…)

Startups Tackling LinkedIn, Onboarding, Hourly Hiring, Resume Screening, Interviewing

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:42pm

You know those short summaries at the top of LinkedIn, where the person describes themselves and what they do? Like this:

Connecting Talent With Opportunity At Massive Scale

or this:

The “Mad Scientist of Online Recruiting” – Specializing in Talent Acquisition, Employer Branding & Social Recruiting

or just a simple:

Public Relations Director, Human Resource Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Well, a new tool will help companies and employees put those summaries together. It’s just one of many new technologies in the talent acquisition field. Read on. (more…)

September Adds 248K New Jobs as Unemployment Dips to 6-Year Low

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:43am

Propelled by strong hiring across a range of occupations and industries, September saw 248,000 new jobs added to the economy, which helped drive down unemployment to a six year low of 5.9 percent.

The monthly jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also adjusted upward its count of hiring in August and July, increasing both by a combined 69,000 jobs. August’s initial anemic 142,000 estimate, which surprised analysts and prompted worrying about a hiring pause, was upped to 180,000.

Today’s announcement was a more pleasant surprise. (more…)

Someone Had to Pull Some Strings to Make This New Recruiting Video

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:07am

If you just listened to the audio — or read a transcript — of a new recruiting video from Dropbox, you wouldn’t find it all that different from any other.

It just tells you that Dropbox is down to earth, respectable of people’s out-of-work time, diverse, and full of great perks like a gym, and a tea and scones cart. It’s a place where you can not only come to work, but come to grow, one person says.

Yada, yada, yada … you’ve heard all that before. But you haven’t seen many recruiting videos whose stars look like they do in this two-minute video, below. (more…)

What Soft Skills Are

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:03am

To some, soft skills are code for corporate culture; for others they are the emotional side of working well together as a team and being a team player. Yet to others it represents specific skills that companies spend large amounts of money to develop within their people.

I ask companies small to large what kinds of skills they are looking for in their new recruits.  They often start the conversation by saying “I can teach the hard skills specific to my organization or industry but what I really need are people that are problem solvers, can work in teams, can communicate well, have learned how to learn, and can lead teams.”

What they are saying is they need 21st-century skills or what we are calling soft skills. These five skills below are the essence of soft skills, and every company, no matter its size will either succeed or fail in the 21st century based on how well these skills are developed and used in their organization.

Let’s look at five soft skills and the role they play in your success. (more…)

Wait’ll You Hear the Role This Company’s Hiring Managers Play in Recruiting

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:19am

You might think that little hasn’t already been said about the relationship between recruiters and hiring managers. And most everything has already been tried to better that relationship.

But what one company did is a little different. (more…)