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Who’s Responsible for Social Recruiting?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 7:09am

Candidates today connect, communicate, and proactively do their homework as they interact with future employers through social media. Their first impression of your brand often takes place through your social media presence. They expect responsiveness, a person behind the brand voice, and the ability to ask questions, learn about job openings, and feel you out before they commit to clicking “apply.” The value of social recruiting is not in question. How to implement your social strategy is. (more…)

Half of All Job Seekers Consult Glassdoor Reviews

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 6:54am

Glassdoor, the careers site that offers employee reviews of companies, has been successful since its founding in 2008. The company has expanded internationally, and last year it made the news for an additional $50 million round of investment. It definitely seems that its unique offering of employee reviews has been a hit with job seekers.

But as the site grows in popularity, what impact do its reviews have on an organization’s ability to hire? Our company Software Advice, which reviews HR and recruiting software, decided to find out. We polled 4,633 job seekers to see how Glassdoor has affected their decision to apply for, and accept jobs.

Here’s what we found. (more…)

Millennials Are Attracted to Public Service, But Government Needs to Deliver

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:30am

This is not an easy time to be a public servant. Heated budget battles and rhetoric about the size, function, scope, and effectiveness of the public sector have generated criticism — not just of government, but also of the public servants who deliver government services.

It’s ironic that while the government is being criticized, Americans continue to ask public servants to solve some of our nation’s toughest problems: revitalizing the economy and putting people back to work, supporting a war that has stubbornly persisted for more than a decade, protecting the public, eliminating poverty, improving our education system, providing affordable health care, and so on.

This paradox — attacking public servants while also expecting them to solve problems other sectors can’t handle — presents an extreme challenge for government leaders and agencies as they strive to maintain or improve performance despite harsh criticism and shrinking resources.

The Government Talent Challenge (more…)

ERE WEBINAR – 2014 Recruiting Strategy: Top 10 Things Recruiting Managers Need to Include

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:25am

With so much to focus on and with so little time to do so… the day in the life of a Recruiting Leader can be daunting. With that in mind we have created a webinar specifically designed to streamline the day-to-day activities of a Recruiting Leader. In this webinar we have narrowed down the top 10 best practices that Talent Acquisition Leaders should incorporate into their 2014 strategy. Join us in the upcoming webinar and find out if your strategy is as spot on as you think.


Date/Time of Webinar: Feb. 20th, 2014 at 2:00pm ET

Register Here

Sponsor: ZALP

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I Wish We Knew Some of the Best Answers to These Questions

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:20am

It’s strange that some of the most important questions related to hiring people never seem to get clearly answered.

Yes, I realize many of the questions below could be answered with, “it depends” and “it’s different for every job/company.”

But after all the time they’ve been discussed, I’d think there would be some solid information as to what would be considered “best practices” for some of the following (or at least what “worst practices” to avoid):  (more…)

‘Only Some People Are Talented’

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:57am

This is what an employee of a client of mine said to me this week. He continued, “And we should only hire the talented people.”

This is worthy of a conversation. (more…)

You’ve Got 6 Minutes to Capture People on Your Career Site

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:54am

We’ve taken a look before at the days of the week desktop and mobile users are most likely to search for jobs.

New data from Peoplefluent shows how much time people spend on career sites.

Let’s take a look. (more…)

Unless You Segment Your Recruiting Messaging, You Won’t Attract Top Performers and Techies

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 6:45am

Unless you tailor your bait, you’ll never attract the very best prospects

It might sound silly on the surface, but fishing and recruiting have a lot in common. Any seasoned fisherman or woman would tell you without hesitation that the same bait that effectively attracts small fish simply would have no impact on attracting the harder-to-land big fish.

In recruiting, the need to match your “bait” or attraction features to your target is no different. The job and company features that would attract the average Joe to a job (I call them “paycheck jobs”) would barely get the attention of top performers, techies, and innovators. For example, the average Joe might be excited about the fact that you have good benefits while an innovator may be more interested in how often you take risks and fund innovative ideas.

There lies the problem in corporate recruiting. Almost all the information provided by corporate recruiting is designed to be general to meet a larger audience. But unless there is a separate message on your site or external to it that has “bait” that is tailored to attract this more desirable and harder to land target, they will never view your firm as desirable. (more…)

Where to Find Dependable, Intelligent, and Hard-Working Employees

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 7:26am

Say hello to your newest employee Baxter.

He stands three feet, one-inch tall and weighs 165 pounds. He’s dependable and works well on teams and alone. He’s very productive especially performing tasks most employees don’t like to do such as stocking shelves and order picking. He doesn’t take breaks or vacation and doesn’t require health care and retirement benefits. He costs only about $3 per hour, less than half a minimum wage. Best of all he can work 24 hours per day, and seven days each week without violating labor laws! (more…)

Coming Up: Take Your Parents to Work and Get Them to Do It For You Day

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 1:03am

First we had Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. Then the boys wanted equal time so now we have the tongue-stumbling Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  As the childless Millennials crept into the workforce, they began bringing their dogs to work, which led to Take Your Dog to Work Day.

In the last couple of years, as childless and dog-less Millennials infiltrated America’s workplaces and tried to explain to mom and dad (with whom they were still living) just what they did as a UI architect, someone decided how cool it would be to have a Take Your Parents to Work Day.

But now (and I took the long way ’round the mountain to get here), now we’re hearing reports of the kids bringing mom or dad, or sometimes mom and dad to the job interview. (more…)

New Job Board for Women in STEM

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:09pm

There’s a new job board for the hiring of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions.

The Women of STEM job board postings are part of a larger group of sites called TheJobNetwork.

One Degree Wants to Match People Based on Corporate Culture

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:40pm

In its infancy is a startup hoping to match job candidates up with companies based not on resumes but on the type of culture where the candidate would best fit.

“We have consciously stayed under the radar,” says co-founder Sean Storin. “We really haven’t been enough of a story until now.”

The One Degree story was launched in Chicago but employees are also in Austin, Texas, and Silicon Valley.

To match them up with the right opportunity, candidates are asked: (more…)

How Prepared Are You For This Year’s Flu Season?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:42am

With this year’s flu season already widespread and, in some areas, turning increasingly deadly, employers are being urged by OSHA to encourage their sick workers to stay home.

Now deemed widespread in 35 states, and regionally extensive in several more, this season’s influenza outbreak has not yet reached the pandemic stage, but, says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, if the flu outbreak of 2009 is any guide, most workplaces will not be ready if it does. (more…)

Inside the Millennial Mind, From a Gen Y Recruiter

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:40am

There have been many articles written about my generation — the millennials, or Generation Y — and the disconnect we have with employers. We’ve been called lazy, entitled, and even job-hoppers looking for the next best opportunity.

As a millennial myself, I view this as a rite of passage that each new generation experiences when they enter the workplace. There’s tension that exists between the newcomers and the veterans, and some negative stereotypes get all the attention. Like each generation, millennials have unique experiences and backgrounds that shape who we are, how we behave, and our expectations. Understanding these nuances will help employers see that many of us are driven and want to make a bright future for ourselves and our organizations. You just need to take the time understand how we engage and interact. (more…)

Food and Drink Job Site Launches

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:22pm

The food and drink industry has a new job board aimed at the U.S., UK, and the rest of Europe. (more…)

ERE WEBINAR – Video Interviewing: Increase Quality of Hire; Decrease Time to Fill… and Have Fun!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:20pm

With all of the various options that today’s current technology offers it’s hard to discern what intuitive tools to take home and which to leave by the wayside. One of these tools, video interviewing, is proving incredibly effective AND popular amongst talent acquisition leaders. Specifically because it simultaneously allows them to promote and strengthen their employment brand, increase their quality of hire, able to interview while they may be sleeping, avoid scheduling conflicts, and much more. So please, join Rachelle Snook of WD-40 where she is currently head of Global Talent Acquisition, in this 1-hour webinar sponsored by Jobvite, as she discusses what prompted WD-40 to implement video interviewing, it’s various uses, and the already proven results, as well as the ability to readily identify if your business is ready to implement video interviewing.

Date/Time of Webinar: Feb. 5th, 2014 at 2:00pm ET

Register Here

Sponsor: Jobvite

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Startup Connect6 Says It Has 500 Million Profiles of Potential Employees

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:48pm

Sure, the list of companies pulling together information on candidates from around the Internet and packaging it together for sourcers and recruiters is long. Tools and technologies doing something like this include Gild, Dice, Entelo, TalentBin, HiringSolved, 3Sourcing, RemarkableHire, and more.

But from what I can tell from my quick look at its offerings today, a startup called Connect6, quietly in beta, may end up being mentioned in the same breath as these others. (more…)

New Job Board’s for Hiring People With Disabilities

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:58pm

The U.S. organization Enable America has launched a jobs board.


Recruiting Great Talent Is the Core of the Netflix HR Revolution

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:59am

How did Netflix reinvent HR? In one word, “Recruiting.”

“Hire, reward, and tolerate only fully formed adults,” writes Patty McCord in the Harvard Business Review. “The best thing you can do for employees — a perk better than foosball or free sushi — is hire only “A” players to work alongside them. Excellent colleagues trump everything else.”

If you hire the right people, so much of what companies do in the name of human resources becomes, if not superfluous, at least of much less importance. (more…)

This Tool Will Help You Rethink Talent Acquisition

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:49am

Regardless of mission or vision statements, the ultimate goal of any high-performing HR function — and or its “talent fulfillment” group — is to provide the support, resources, and expertise to help their organization acquire, develop, and retain top talent — a responsibility that starts with strategy, focuses on acquisition, and never ends.

Talent fulfillment — the act of identifying, acquiring, and retaining top talent – can mean different things to different organizations and HR professionals. It could be hiring external recruitment agencies, temporary employees, contractors, or some combination thereof. That said, those organizations operating with that mindset, unless in the midst of a significant growth phase, aren’t likely to meet anyone’s definition of high performing. High performance means finding talent, growing talent, securing talent, and keeping talent — your organization’s own talent.

This is sort of like a short-order cook and a baker.  (more…)