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Recruiter Development as an Exercise in Cooperation: Donate Yourself!

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:25am

If you work in recruiting in any capacity, ask yourself this question: “When was the last time someone really invested in making me better?”

Then give yourself the responsibility of that development for someone/everyone around you.

Why would we do that? Who has time for that? Where should I start? If this is what comes up top of mind, you might owe it to yourself to put some thought into this topic. I’ll tell you why I think it’s not only a business imperative but a preservation technique as well. (more…)

The Last Strategic Recruiting Frontier — Sourcing Using Consumer Data

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:08am

Recruiting leaders are constantly looking for strategic opportunities, which admittedly are rare in this progressive field. There is only one big missed opportunity in strategic recruiting and that is …  (more…)

Disappearing Applications, 6-Minute Toilet Times, and HR’s Abundant ‘Faulty Practices’

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:13am

This July is the kind of month Roundup lives for. It’s the silly season times three.

So far this month we’ve heard about:

How to Really Calculate the Cost of Employee Turnover

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:56am

Employee turnover costs are often described with generic numbers such as “$X,000.00 per employee” or “X% of annual salary” (actual dollar amounts and percentages vary from source to source). It is tempting to go with simple sound bites like these, but keep in mind that they are based on averages. These overall tendencies probably don’t accurately describe your specific organization, department, or team.

The following is a simple but detailed method of computing the cost of employee turnover. The main factors in this calculation (aside from specific costs) are time and money involved with a departing employee, such as:

  • Time spent on filling the vacant position;
  • Hours/weeks in lost productivity before the employee leaves
  • Time that coworkers and the manager/supervisor combined will need to make up for the vacant employee (overtime, added shifts, etc.);
  • Number of hours in lost productivity resulting from orientation and training of a new employee; and
  • Time spent on admin and hiring tasks (advertising, resume screening, interviewing, onboarding).

We can directly translate between time and money (time = $) to provide specific costs by multiplying hours by hourly wage for different types of employees, tasks, and responsibilities. The numbers that you provide can either be averages for your organization, department, or team, or they can be specific to a single turnover event. The calculation will total all the time and costs spent with every employee turnover so you can determine what the final cost is for your business.

Here are the steps to calculate all of this: (more…)

TeamPlayer Wants You to Hire People Who Are Compatible

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:54pm

I went to a Jobvite “roadshow” networking event in Los Angeles this week, and the first attendee I met — well, dedicated ERE.net readers can guess exactly what he said to me: “I’m starting a recruiting technology company!”

In this case the guy’s name is Jim Lanas. He’s a Vietnam-era veteran and a recruiter in the medical field, whose new company, TeamPlayerHR, is in the assessment field. But it’s not exactly a personality or psychometric assessment (and it drives Lanas bonkers when people assume it is).

Let me explain how this works. (more…)

How to Start Planning for Recruiting Gen Z

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:56am

Digital Generation. Gen Z. Silent Generation. Second generation in the Millennial cohort. The “coming demographic tsunami.”

However you refer to them, Generation Z (born 1995-2010) is the young, fresh round of talent you’ll be recruiting very soon, which will be a different experience than generations before them.

Gen Z was born into a digitized economy and, according to a study by New York-based marketing agency Sparks & Honey, 37.8 percent hope to “invent something that will change the world.”

The connected quality of the older Millennial generation will only be amplified by Gen Z, so be prepared to adjust your recruiting strategy as you begin to connect and communicate in new ways when you start recruiting Gen Z: (more…)

ERE Webinar: Effective Employee Engagement Involving Rewards Programs

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:47am

With a majority of companies struggling to engage or connect with their workforce, now is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with some various ideas involving rewards programs for employees. Please join host Gwen Seeboth in this highly educational and eye-opening webinar sponsored by Michael C Fina. The following and more will be covered:

  • Exactly how employee reward programs are designed to engage your workforce
  • How the program in turn generates better morale and better referrals
  • How effective leadership is required to really be the driving force behind a recognition program

Better to sign up and get registered for this event now as it shaping up to be a big hit. How great would it be to receive a little recognition for helping to incorporate a recognition program?

Here Are the Countries and the States Where People Want (and Don’t Want) to Work

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:01am

What countries do job seekers most want to move to? How about away from? In the U.S., where do they most want to go … and what states do they want to leave?

Where People Search for Jobs, a new report from Indeed Hiring Lab, takes a stab at those questions.

Let’s take a look (click to enlarge any of them). (more…)

Charles Schwab’s New Site Is for Feeling, Not Just Transacting

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:39pm

Big photos and a big emphasis on diversity, women, and veterans highlight Charles Schwab’s new careers website.

The new career pages, part of a larger “about Schwab” series of pages — play up the “people business” — not just the financial services business — that Schwab is in. (more…)

U.S. Govt Updates Info on Pregnancy-related Discrimination

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:08pm

There’s new info out from the EEOC in the U.S. about pregnancy discrimination, the first big explanation of federal pregnancy-related rules in 30 years.

It’s not all recruiting related; much of what the government is spelling out deals with employees already on the job.

But, there are some sections on applicants. (more…)

It’s the U.S. Peace Corps’ Turn to Improve the Candidate Experience

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:36am

Even the 50+ year old Peace Corps is getting a job-application makeover.

The application is shorter; what used to take eight hours and involve 60 printed pages should now take less than an hour.

On top of that, there’ll be clear dates for applying and for finding out if you’re accepted.

The process is explained in this PDF.

Creative Ways to Keep Your Interns Working for You

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:38am

What’s the difference between university and experienced hire recruiting?

It’s more than just the age of the applicants.

The purpose of university recruiting is generally not to immediately fill a job or internship. It is to build your employment brand on campus in front of students who will apply to your company’s entry-level job or internships … eventually. It is about keeping track of the students you want to attract and then putting on your marketing hat to continue your brand engagement with them.

One way to make that happen:  (more…)

What’s New With ‘Peer Review’ and What It Means to You

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:49am

New websites are being created where the technical talent your company is seeking (and often struggling to find) will be going to publish and discuss their work, evaluate other people’s work, and collaborate with their peers on new work.

These sites are underused or not used at all by most talent acquisition departments. They are fertile ground for those who understand the rules of engagement.

The Start of Peer Review (more…)

Finance Hiring Site ‘Street of Walls’ Rebranding as ‘Vettery’

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:00pm

Street of Walls, a recruiting company for the financial field, is relaunching and changing its name. (more…)

Passive Candidates Are the Target of Two More Startups

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:28pm

Speaking of pipelines, passives, and prospects: there’s more where that came from.

Two new recruiting technology companies are launching with passive candidates in mind. (more…)

15 Ultra-bold Recruiting Practices — Are You Falling Behind Your Competitors?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:29am

by Trena Luong and John Sullivan

In case you haven’t noticed, the world of corporate recruiting has become so intense that formerly rare aggressive and ultra-bold recruiting practices are now becoming mainstream. Of course as a professional, you know that you have an obligation to keep up with the latest practices, but your outdated recruiting approach is damaging your firm. Are you willing to explain to: your managers why you can’t hire top performers?;  your employees why they can’t work alongside the very best?; your customers why your products have outdated features?; and to your shareholders why your company can’t grow because of its inability to recruit top talent?

For a busy manager or recruiting professional, realize that the recruiting bar is being raised every day. Because we specialize in advanced recruiting practices, we have put together a quick list of examples of ultra-bold recruiting practices in order to demonstrate just how aggressive and bold recruiting has become. Each bold practice takes only a minute to scan and we assure you that most will be startled with how much recruiting has changed.

The Top 15 Ultra-bold Recruiting Practices (more…)

What LeBron James Can Teach Us About Hiring

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:16am

I’m amused when sports analysts state their predictions with near certainty. Take for example ESPN’s David Thorpe saying on July 10 that the chances of NBA superstar LeBron James returning to the Miami Heat next season were 99 percent. The following day, James announced he would play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

We hiring managers and recruiters know you can’t guarantee human performance. The best you can do is conduct pre-employment tests, ask candidates insightful interview questions, gather gobs of important data about them, and then play the percentages based on your analysis of the data.

For example, if Candidate A has a track record of switching jobs every six to nine months and Candidate B has reached 10 years of tenure for her two previous employers, who should you reasonably bet will remain with your company five years from now? There’s no guarantee if you select Candidate B they will stay with your organization a long time, but the odds are in your favor.

Which brings me back to LeBron and to an important hiring rule of thumb. (more…)

With More Hiring Forecast, Fill Time and Recruiting Difficulty are Rising

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:16am

Employers are expressing more optimism about the future and it’s showing in their hiring plans for the rest of this year.

CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast says more employers expect to add headcount in the next several months than said that last year. Employers told CareerBuilder they will add to the ranks of full and part-time workers, and 33 percent will increase their temp or contract staffing workers.

The CareerBuilder survey shows a brighter employment picture than the one at the beginning of the year. With the U.S. Congress mired in budget politics and with a renewal of the debt ceiling crisis looming, barely a quarter of the hiring managers surveyed for the report foresaw increased full or part-time hiring ahead. (more…)

How Recruiters Can Create Successful Partnerships With Hiring Managers

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:01am

Recruiters and hiring managers’ shared goal is to fill positions with top talent. So why do they often end up frustrated with each other? Most often, it’s because hiring managers and recruiters have different perspectives and approaches when it comes to hiring.

The only person you can change is you. Take on the responsibility to be a guide, to provide value by serving to help the hiring manager succeed, and in doing so, create a spirit of partnership. Here is some guidance to help you forge a successful working relationship with hiring managers. (more…)