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The Employee Experience Is As Important As The Customer Experience

By Ron Thomas

First of all I just want to say thank you for this amazing opportunity. I have learned a lot and I am still learning. The past 5 months have been life changing. By working here it has really boosted my self-confidence and gave me the courage that no matter what size I am, I can do anything. I just want to thank you for being patient with me and not getting upset when I make a mistake and for worki...

5 Ways Employers Bungle the Hiring Process Without Realizing It

By Heather Huhman

More than half of employers admit it’s grown increasingly difficult to find qualified talent in the last five years, according to CareerBuilder’s 2015 Candidate Behavior Study, examining responses from 2,002 hiring managers across the U.S. The shrinking pool of great talent to draw from could be due to mistakes employers unknowingly make that drive away superstar talent. The best emplo...

5 Vital Parts of an Exceptional Job Listing

By Jeana Quigley

Creating job listings is something we do a lot. We’ve got a job opening to fill and one of the first things we need to do is collect enough information to put that listing together. And not just any job listing—an exceptional job listing. Not one that will get you tons of applicants (that’s just creating more work than you need or want). You want to write up a job ad that will ge...

The 6 Strategic Recruiting Metrics That Executives Want To See

By John Sullivan

During the many decades that I have been a metrics expert, I have found that the amount of time recruiting leaders devote to recruitment metrics adds little value to recruiting or to the business. Those frustrating failures can be attributed to three basic causes. The first is that the metrics that recruiting leaders use are mostly tactical or operational so that they omit any big-picture business...

Secrets to creating an award-winning career site

By Molly Moseley

A company’s career website isn’t just for facilitating the application process – it’s one of the most important tools businesses can use to lure talent and educate them about the workplace culture and open opportunities. So how effective is your current career website? From the most minimalist, bare-bones career pages that embrace a utilitarian approach to elaborate multi-t...

7 Ways in Which Employment Screening Can Improve Your Company's Success

By Michael Klazema

If your company isn't already screening prospective employees with background checks, then it needs to be. Adding background checks to your hiring process is one of the most effective things you can do to improve your company's success and protect your business assets. These types of screenings aren't just important because everyone else is doing them—though, in today's business world, pre-e...

10 Reasons to Run a Pre-Employment Background Check

By Michael Klazema

It goes without saying that every time a business needs to fill an open work position, there are a few steps that need to be taken. The job description needs to be published online, for instance, so that interested parties can submit applications for consideration. The employer then needs to sift through these applications, pick out qualified candidates, and set up interviews. Some employment proc...

Gender Gaps

By Jeana Quigley

Back in college, I was obsessed with the plays of Wendy Wasserstein. To this day (dare I say how many years later?), I will always think of Wendy Wasserstein and her play “Isn’t It Romantic” (written in 1983—and no, I wasn’t in college that long ago!) when I consider if it’s possible for a woman to “have it all.” I guess you could say I’m one o...

The Danger Within: Internal Risks to Look Out For in Your Team

By Laura Stack

Sometimes failure is an inside job. As much as we worry about external dangers like the economy, global competition, technological change, financial crises, and a host of other outside factors in our assessments of business risk, we humans are just as likely to cause the problems that bring down our organizations. We don’t do it on purpose of course, but the worst aspects of human nature do ...

How to set up a Pre-Employment Background Screening Process at Your Company

By Michael Klazema

So you need to set up a pre-employment background check process at your company, and you're not sure where to start. Perhaps you are an entrepreneur whose start-up venture has now grown to a point where it requires a few new employees. Or maybe your business is implementing background checks after years of relying on the honor system. Either way, the process for designing a new background check po...

What Questions Should You Ask a Potential Employee?

By Michael Klazema

Potential employees are on a slippery slope of sorts when it comes to balancing job interviews and background checks. There is certain information an employer can learn about its applicants via background checks (e.g., criminal history, credit history, etc.) that they are not legally allowed to ask about in an interview. Similarly, there are things that can be learned in a job interview—such...

5 Reasons Leaders Admit When They’re Wrong

By Dianna Booher

Do these statements sound familiar? “We had no control over that project in our department.” “Upper management made those decisions.” “Competitors forced us into those arrangements.” “Those policies are set by the government/industry regulators/committee.” “If it were my decision, I’d handle it differently.” “I wasn’t gi...

How to Spot Winning Talent

By Dale Kurow

As the boss, you’re responsible for hiring and promoting the best. Whether it’s gauging a candidate’s qualifications in an interview, or determining an existing employee’s ability to move up within the company, you need to be sure the job is in the right hands. But spotting that winning talent can be challenging. When throwing their hat into the ring, everyone has on their ...

Age Differences

By Jeana Quigley

HR is in the people business. Because employees are HR’s customer, understanding your workforce and how they all interact with one another is vital. Isn’t that why we’re always trying to figure out what Millennials want? And how Baby Boomers and Millennials can best work together to play off each other’s strengths? And what makes Gen X-ers tick? We’re excited about ho...

First Time Hirers: Should You Do Social Media Background Checks?

By Michael Klazema

Perhaps you are in the process of growing a new business, or maybe you got promoted into a role where you are responsible for interviewing and hiring a few new team members at your job. Either way, you will have to learn the ropes of the hiring process, and suffice to say that it’s a fairly complicated gauntlet to run. In fact, the hiring process may seem so complicated at first that it coul...

10 Tips for Hiring the Best

By Brad Karsh

This article was written by Allison Lackey, a guest contributor featured on Brad Karsh's blog atwww.jbtrainingsolutions.com. Given this wavering economy, hiring the best employees has never been more important. Companies do not have time for interviewing and training multiple times in search for the perfect new hire. Here are ten tips to ensure that you are hiring the best, the first time ar...

Travel Diaries: What They Tell Hiring Managers

By Jeana Quigley

The topic of vacation seems to come up a lot at work, especially in HR. Employees are always wondering about how many vacation days they’re accruing. Experts armed with reports keep telling us that we need to take more vacation days to re-energize and be most productive. On a particularly trying week, you may fantasize about when you next can spend a couple relaxing, sun-filled days. It may ...

Bold And Aggressive Ways To Get Noticed By Hiring Managers

By John Sullivan

Most job seekers rely exclusively on job boards and their resume to get them a position. Unfortunately, using this conservative approach, there is upward of a 90% chance that your resume will never be seen by a hiring manager. If you have been frustrated with the job search results that you’ve been getting, now might be the ideal time to put together a bolder and more aggressive campaign. Ra...

Preparing for Surprises

By Gayle Lantz

No matter how much planning and preparation you do to succeed in your business, inevitably something will happen to catch you by surprise. It may be a good surprise, like landing a new account you thought was impossible, or a bad surprise, like losing a star employee. Big surprises can either derail you or catapult you to another dimension in your business. You decide. While you can&...

How to Prepare as the Interviewer

By Alexandra Levit

It’s that time again.You need to interview for an open position on your team, a position that you need filled yesterday! Giving advance consideration to the questions you will ask your candidates will go a long way in terms of making the process as smooth and streamlined as possible. While it’s appropriate to tailor some of your inquiries to each candidate, it will be easier to compar...

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