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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
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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...
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...
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
The first is that the metrics that recruiting leaders use are
mostly tactical or operational so that they omit any big-picture
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...
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...
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
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...
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 ...
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
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
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
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 ...
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...
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...
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
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
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
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&...
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...