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The benefit of unrehearsed answers and how to get them in an interview By the time a candidate is brought in for an interview, initial screening through a resume and frequently a phone interview, have already warranted them a good match for your company - on paper that is. The objective of bringing the applicant into the office for an interview, is to get a clearer picture of their personality, work ethic and values. To do so, you'll need to elicit open, honest answers from the candidate.   Read full Article - Download PDF [218 KB]

February 2018

 

 

Employment Trends to Watch and Embrace in 2018 To stay competitive in today's ever-changing business environment, C-level executives agree that finding and retaining the right talent is essential. But how to do that effectively remains a challenge. According to a joint research study by Dow Jones and the HR Certification Institute, the area of talent strategy and engagement is a top concern. Surveyed C-suite executives ranked it among the top five items on the corporate agenda, yet only 59 percent consider their companies to be effective at attracting and retaining talent.   Read full Article - Download PDF [174 KB]

January 2018

 

 

Have you modernized your employee review practices? Traditional business practices are being shaken up. Many companies are reviewing their long-held traditions in favor of more agile, responsive ways of managing workers. Some of these changes include providing employees with flexibility to work from home more often, and leveraging technology like Skype for Business or Yammer to better communicate and share information among team members and even the entire organization. One area experiencing a large transformation is performance reviews.   Read full Article - Download PDF [110 KB]

December 2017

 

 

Finding Right-Fit Candidates through Social Media It's no secret that employers research job candidates' social media profiles to help them make hiring decisions. In fact, social media presence has become vitally important in the hiring process. According to the MRINetwork 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study, over 80 percent of employers and 90 percent of recruiters review social media profiles sometimes or all of the time for insight on candidates.   Read full Article - Download PDF [167 KB]

November 2017

 

 

Preparedness for Impending Boomer Retirements Nine years ago, the first of 78 million Baby Boomers turned 60, and 2008 was supposed to see a huge number of retirements. When the first Baby Boomers began to draw benefits, the Social Security Administration dubbed it the start of "America's silver tsunami," but then the economy faltered, housing values plummeted, retirement portfolios shrank, and seniors who thought they had planned for financial security decided to postpone retirement for a few years. Now the economy is strong once again, candidates are in the driver's seat, and statistics are coming in from a variety of industries saying that large numbers of their senior management will be retiring soon.   Read full Article - Download PDF [181 KB]

October 2017

 

 

Employer attitudes on traditional degrees vs. online degrees The working world has changed: No longer must job candidates have traditional four-year degrees to be considered for professional positions. Not only has online education become more popular, it has also become more sophisticated, with virtual learning experts developing immersive, dynamic online courses that are as valuable and informative as their on-campus counterparts.   Read full Article - Download PDF [169 KB]

September 2017

 

 

Working From Home - How Important Is It? Recently, some large companies have curtailed the ability of their employees to work from home, now asking staff to work in corporate offices. These changes are focused on driving increased collaboration, creativity, mentoring and innovation, but may alienating top talent in the executive, managerial and professional labor market - a sector that has been candidate-driven and challenged by talent shortages for the last few years.   Read full Article - Download PDF [220 KB]

August 2017

 

 

The Recruiter's View: Top Hiring Insights of 2017 According to a June New York Times article, "We may be closer to full employment than it seemed." Based on the May jobs report, the source asserts the possibility that this is as good as it will get for the United States labor market. Why? Slowed job growth with 121,000 new positions as the three-month average, and an all-time low of 4.3 percent for the unemployment rate - not because of more people finding work - but because of modest wage increases and a labor force that has been shrinking for the last few years.   Read full Article - Download PDF [303 KB]

July 2017

 

 

Retain Your Clients by Retaining Your Employees Suppose you have a client who deals with a specific representative within your organization on a regular basis. Then that client starts to see multiple employees being funneled through that position. Every time the client contacts you, they're dealing with a new person. What does this say to your client about your company? Countless negative things can be inferred from a high turnover rate, which often results in the loss of your clients to another company they perceive as better managed and more reliable.   Read full Article - Download PDF [179 KB]

June 2017

 

 

How to Avoid Costly Hiring Mistakes In today's highly competitive job market, businesses can't afford to take a lackluster approach to recruitment and hiring. Not only can a bad hire lead to costly turnover, but it can also negatively impact the organizational performance of a business and, therefore, its bottom line.   Read full Article - Download PDF [189 KB]

May 2017

 

 

Revamp Your Playbook to Attract Top Talent in a Tight Candidate Market Late 2015 was the most difficult hiring period in four years, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and things have only become harder for businesses both large and small, especially in the realm of professional and managerial positions. With the BLS reporting an unemployment rate down to 2.1 percent for this segment of the workforce, competition for candidates is accelerating. In fact, a report issued by the National Federation of Independent Business indicates that the share of small businesses with few or no qualified applicants for job openings hit a 17-year high in November.   Read full Article - Download PDF [216KB]

April 2017

 

 

Getting the most out of your interview process Many candidates can interview well - but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the right person for the job. There are ways that you can improve your company's interview process to get a better sense of whether or not a candidate will be the right fit. At the same time, you can use the interview process as a way to market your company as a great place to work.   Read full Article - Download PDF [164 KB]

March 2017

 

 

 

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