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Are You Using The “Must Have” Recruitment Tool for 2014?

Is your company making use of video in its recruitment practices? If not, now might be the time to explore how this technology could work for you.

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Continue Reading January 14, 2014 at 11:41 am 1 comment

Overlooking the risk of hiring new graduates

In a new survey released June 10 by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 53 percent of survey respondents shared that they feel that the class of 2013 is far more likely to be under-qualified for the jobs for which they apply than their fellow applicants. Talk about a reality check after four years of undergrad or graduate work.

It’s tough enough that 62 percent of survey respondents state that there’s more competition for jobs overall due to the tough economic climate, but the survey also indicates that most HR professionals see no competitive edge from many of these new grads fresh on the job market.

Sure there may be drawbacks (49 percent of survey-takers say the single biggest skill these new graduates are lacking is basic grammar, spelling and skill writing in English), but what benefits might these new graduates bring to your organization? Well, most survey respondents (49%) find these applicants to be highly tech savvy, and many have come out of school with a network already in place within their industry of choice. These survey takers (54%) also find that these graduates are willing—perhaps more willing than their peers in recent years, given the length of the hiring slowdown that is just now beginning to pick up—to take entry-level positions to build up their experience, and Generation-Y recruits have a reputation for giving any position their all.

Are you still wary about hiring these brand new recruits? If that is because you’re like one of the 25 percent of survey respondents who say that they currently lack the resources to train these under-qualified graduates, consider letting them learn on the job through a mentorship program. Talk to your existing staff about the benefits of becoming a mentor, such as the opportunity to take a fresh look at their own job, the development of their leadership abilities and the opportunity to learn new skills (for example, picking up some of that technological savvy) from their mentees. This in turn provides the organization with an individual who is, in time, fully trained in the best practices for your company.

Keep in mind, for a mentor program to become a successful part of your organization, the HR department should work closely with these new partners, from finding appropriate pairings to managing expectations and resolving conflicts.

Want to learn more about the SHRM survey? Visit www.shrm.org for the full results.

June 27, 2013 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Hiring for the best fit, not the best resume

Recruiters are the ones out there on the front lines of the workforce bringing talent into organizations. There are a lot of qualified people out there from a credential standpoint, but fit is where the true challenge lies. Will this person fit our organization? Does the person look and feel to others like they belong here?

Continue Reading November 26, 2012 at 9:00 am 4 comments

Does your hiring policy exclude ex-cons? Watch out!

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new set of guidelines concerning the use of criminal background information in employment decisions. The guidelines should serve as a reminder to employers, and their attorneys, that they cannot automatically exclude from consideration all job applicants with criminal records. That includes applicants with felony convictions …

Continue Reading October 26, 2012 at 9:00 am 6 comments

Do you know why candidates turn down your job offers?

When a strong candidate turns down an offer from your organization, do you know why? Maybe the person got a more lucrative offer from one of your competitors. Or maybe the candidate decided that the commute was too long and relocation wasn’t an option. Those are certainly possibilities, but a new study conducted by recruitment firm Hays of over 870 Australian employers and job hunters indicates that other factors prompt more candidates than you might expect to refuse job offers …

Continue Reading September 28, 2012 at 11:47 am 1 comment

3 ways to break out of the HR silo and add value

If you start thinking about hiring for a position when your organization is ready to advertise it, you’re late to the game. Here are three actions you should be taking now …

Continue Reading September 13, 2012 at 9:30 am 2 comments

Attract top-tier applicants

Recruiting top-notch employees is no easy task. Sure, a mediocre job ad might garner applications, but don’t be surprised when those applicants turn out to be mediocre themselves. Raise the bar and attract the caliber of applicants you really want, by following this advice from Hire Exceptional Employees …

Continue Reading August 10, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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