Why Data Is Your New Friend in Recruiting

April 6th, 2017

At its core, recruiting is still a people-based process. You search for new candidates and, though a select process, determine who will be the best fit to work with your company. But data shows us there is more of a science to it than just being in the right place at the right time. Is there additional data that can help you determine the techniques that are most effective? How do you use this information to hire the right people for your company? Here are some of the metrics you can use to determine the best hiring strategy for your business.

Sources of candidates.

Start by reviewing where all of your candidates come from. What percentage reach you by an online job posting? How many are referrals? How many discover you through alternative means, such as social media? Then, determine where your top performers came from to see which channels are the most successful for your office environment. Once you begin to track all of this information you can begin to see patterns emerge that can help you focus your searches in the future.

Location of candidates.

For most companies, it is also important to determine where, geographically, your employees are coming from. The commute to your office will often be reflected in your employee’s ability to arrive on time and perform at top efficiency. This will help you determine where to target with ads and how to get involved in your community to reach out to individuals who might be a fit for your organization.

Essential skills of candidates.

Next, review the essential skills your top performers have in common. What background traits do they share? Are there commonalities in previous employment, education, or other factors that can help you determine the best ways to narrow down potential employees in the future?

Common personality traits of candidates.

You will also want to evaluate the soft skills and inherent personality traits common in your staff. Your office environment is as important as the work you do, so it is important that your team can work well with each other and have a similar value system to your corporate identity. This can all be determined based on how well they fit with your corporate culture and one another.

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Is This a Fun Place to Work? Look for This

March 30th, 2017

Where you work is as important, if not more, than what your job will entail. You can’t work effectively in an environment that makes you feel uncomfortable. More and more employers are figuring this out and working on making the office culture an integral part of the conversation. So how do you determine if a new place of employment will be a fun spot for you to work?

Talk to other employees.

The first step to determining if a company is right for you is to talk to the current employees. During the interview process, ask if you can meet with others in the department where you will be working. Ask them candid questions about why they like working for the company, their favorite things, and get a sense of their personalities to learn if this is a department you can work in.

Talk to former employees.

It is safe to assume that any current employee would speak well about the company, so it is also a good idea to talk to former employees and get a better-rounded picture. Connect with former employees on LinkedIn and ask to speak with them either over email or to get together for coffee. If more of the former employees describe the working situation as challenging rather than satisfying, you may be right to have some concerns.

Review social media.

Another place to review and see if you can find insider information is social media. Search Facebook and Twitter for mentions of the company. See what people are saying and if their impressions are overall good or bad. However, know that Facebook is often used as a place to vent, so learning to discern these comments will be an important tool as well.

Trust your gut.

Lastly, be sure to trust your instinct. If you get a bad feeling about a place during the interview process, it probably won’t go away once you’re working there. If at any point you think this isn’t the right place for you, don’t take the job. On the other hand, if the company gives you a generally good feeling, there is a good chance that this place will be a good fit for your personality.

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5 Things Your Employees WANT You to Say

March 23rd, 2017

As the manager of your department or owner of a small business, you’re the leader. As such, your job is to inspire and motivate your staff. By now, everyone understands that micromanagement is not the best solution to a positive work environment, but what is the best way to be the right kind of leader in your office? Consider these 5 things your employees genuinely want to hear from you monthly, weekly, or even daily.

1. I have trust in you.

You don’t just trust your employees, you have trust in them. This means that you believe that they are capable of doing the job at hand. Tell them so. But also show it in your behavior. Don’t micromanage. Don’t hover over them when they are completing a task. Trust in their ability to get the job done without being overly concerned with the processes they follow.

2. This is what we want to achieve.

At the same time, your team wants to understand the end goal of the project or initiative. They don’t need you to micromanage how it is accomplished, but they want buy-in for what it is they should be achieving. Any time you roll out something new, give your staff an idea of what the outcome should be before letting them take control.

3. I want to set you up for success.

Your staff also wants to know that you’re putting processes and tools in place specifically to help them succeed. When you tell your staff that their success is your priority, you are making them feel appreciated on the job. That the ultimate goal isn’t the success of the job or the product, but of each of their individual contributions that make up the whole.

4. What else can I provide for you?

Far too few managers will ask employees to tell them what they need to make something more successful. Don’t be afraid to ask them what you can do to help them succeed in their jobs. If there are tools that can assist or materials that can help, be sure to provide them. If someone feels overwhelmed, get them the additional help them they need to unload some of the burden.

5. Ask if you need help.

They also want to know that you, as a manager, can pitch in and help out if push comes to shove. You’ve worked your way up to your position, so how can you demonstrate that you can still get your hands dirty. If your staff needs you in any capacity, they should feel comfortable coming to you to ask. You can facilitate this process by letting them know they shouldn’t be afraid of asking for help.

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4 Tips to Create the Perfect Reference List

March 16th, 2017

Any company worth working for will do its due diligence and check your references before making an offer. That means you should be putting together a reference list that will help you land the job and start off on a positive note. So who should you include and how do you create the perfect reference list? Here are four tips to putting together the best references you can.

1. Make contact ahead of time.

The first step to finding the perfect reference list is to contact your preferred references ahead of time. A surprise call from a stranger may not go as well as you hope. Your references will want to be prepared regarding what to talk about and when they might be contacted. Call your former managers and co-workers and let them know you’re applying for open positions and you may need their help with references.

2. Give them heads up.

That isn’t the only time you should be contacting your references. When you advance through the pre-hiring process with a company, they should let you know when they plan on contacting your references. When this happens, send your list a quick email to let them know they may be contacted shortly. You can also give them some tips that can help them formulate what they will say to the employer.

3. Know who to leave off.

You should never provide names of managers or co-workers you haven’t spoken to in years. This is a good reason to use online networking tools, such as LinkedIn, so you can maintain contact with good references for the future. If you had a manager who loved you but you haven’t spoken to them since 2003, it is best to not include them in your reference list.

4. Avoid negative personalities.

The other type of reference to avoid is anyone who would focus on the negatives. For example, if you were fired from your last job you don’t have to give their contact information to the potential employer. Instead, focus on individuals who will provide positive professional feedback to a potential hiring manager.

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Wellness Trends to Improve Your Employee Relationship

March 9th, 2017

As we gear up for the arrival of spring, many people are ready to shed their winter habits and embrace a healthier lifestyle. And, in many work places around the country, management is actively encouraging healthier choices for their employees. These wellness trends can even help improve your employer/employee relationships moving forward, creating a better workplace culture for everyone. So what trends should you embrace this season to improve work qualify and office interactions? Let’s take a closer look.

Provide tips for better sleep

A good foundation in the workplace starts with healthy sleep habits. Provide tools and support to encourage your staff to get quality sleep so they can wake in the morning ready to go. Productivity will improve with this encouragement. To do this, make sure you’re limiting working hours and not expecting responses late into the evening. Provide flexible work schedules so your team doesn’t have to stay up late to handle other aspects of their lives. You can even set up a nap zone in the office for quick afternoon catnaps to help them recharge their batteries.

Take a holistic approach

It is also important to know that health and wellness isn’t just about the physical body. Mental health is just as important and this can be done in a number of ways. You can provide services to help people manage their stress. Emphasize participation in a spiritual community, taking great care to leave the individual choices up to each employee. Provide them with professional development to help their minds stay active and healthy.

Encourage community service

Volunteering is good for everyone. There have been multiple studies that demonstrate the healthy benefits of giving back to the community. Make it easy for your team to participate in volunteering activities within your area. Give them incentives or provide days of service where they can spend the day outside the office helping others.

Provide healthy incentives

Speaking of incentives, make sure that rewards for good work or increased productivity are in line with your healthy initiatives. Rather than hosting a pizza party, give people an opportunity to do a physical activity, like a kickball game. Rewarding positive behavior with unhealthy choices will quickly lead to a breakdown in the overall healthy initiatives you’ve implemented.

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10 Minutes to Mindfulness Every Day

February 23rd, 2017

You may be skeptical about the practice of meditation. But, not all meditation is created equal. You might think about sitting in a lotus position, closing your eyes, concentrating on your breathing, and clearing your mind. But mindfulness meditation is not like this at all. With this method, you don’t try to turn off your brain. You embrace your thoughts and lean into them. And learning to do this can change the way you think every day. It has helped many successful people achieve the next level of their careers, and it can help you too. Here are some ways you can start a 10 minute a day mindfulness routine to help enhance the way you think.

Choose the time of day

People often try to shoehorn themselves into a schedule that doesn’t work for the natural rhythms of their bodies. The same is true with meditation. If you’re a morning person, then 10 minutes just after you wake up can be a great way to start the day. If you are more of a night owl, then 10 minutes right before settling down for the night can help calm you and establish a good routine for bedtime. Choose the time of day that works with the way your mind and body naturally work together.

Avoid technology

Mindfulness is not the same as trying not to think about anything. But in today’s connected world, technology does serve to keep us tethered to things outside ourselves and outside our control. In the morning and at night, put down technology to connect with yourself and your own thoughts better. Don’t be tempted to use a meditation app to facilitate your mindfulness, this should be a time when you are alone with your thoughts.

Stop multitasking

Another problem many modern workers have is the need to constantly multitask. There is one major problem with that idea. The human brain was never designed to multitask. We may think we are when we find ourselves pulled in many directions at once, but we are much better at focused tasks one at a time than trying to do all things at once. Don’t multitask while spending 10 minutes being mindful and you’ll begin to see how it can affect everything you do.

Check in with yourself

Once you begin a mindfulness meditation practice, check in with yourself once a week or once a month to see how you feel about it. Has it helped you make better decisions? Has it helped you slow down to accomplish things more deliberately? Does it help you keep your thoughts in check? Only you can determine the success of your new meditation routine, but it is still important to see where you are with it on a regular basis.

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The Latest Technology to Help in Recruiting

February 16th, 2017

Hiring may be one of the most difficult, and important, aspects of your job as a business leader. Hiring the wrong person can result in missed opportunities and damage control. But hiring the right person will aid in your company’s growth and success. But the old fashioned recruiting methods might not be your best bet in our new, modern world. Using technology to help you find and hire the right candidates for your business can not only save you time and money but also help you put the right people in the right positions. Here is some information on the latest technology that can help you out.

Use marketing automation

Many businesses will start the hiring process over again when a need comes up, but that means they are missing out on stellar candidates who have applied in the past. There are potentially dozens of talented individuals who have already responded to your open positions, so don’t forget about them. One way to make sure you stay in touch with former candidates is to use targeted marketing to stay top of mind with them as they continue their job search. You may not have something right now, but make your company a desirable place to work when you do.

Use an applicant tracking system

An applicant tracking system, or ATS, is technology that helps you keep potential candidates in a database that you can search when a need arises. They are often used by staffing agencies and large corporations that receive hundreds of applications at any given time. An ATS can allow you to search for specific keywords so you can find former applicants who fit current job openings and reach out to them.

Use video interviewing

Another popular technology trend in hiring today is the video interview. Using programs like Skype or Google Hangouts, you can take the phone interview to the next level. This gives you a chance to talk to individuals who are willing to relocate for your job. Or, it allows you to be face-to-face with a candidate before bringing them in for your in-person interview process. It gives you access to their communications skills and body language and allows them to see yours as well.

Use mobile application processes

Online applications are also key in today’s connected economy. Successful companies are using mobile apps to help job seekers apply to their open positions faster and easier. Current research shows that if a job seeker needs to jump through multiple hoops to apply for a job, they aren’t likely to finish the process. This is true for people of all skill levels, so you may be missing out in very talented performers who would be an asset to your company. Make the application process easier for candidates rather than harder.

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3 Questions Your Competition Isn’t Asking in the Job Interview

February 9th, 2017

Do you want to stand out from the competition in your next interview? The best way to do that is to ask the questions that no one else is asking. Experts always suggest that, as a job seeker, you always ask questions in the interview to demonstrate your interest and show what you want to learn about the business. Here are three questions to add to your list to impress a potential employer.

1. How will you view me as a success in 6 months?

What this question says to an interviewer is that you’re dedicated to making the onboarding process work. That you have as much buy-in for making your hire as successful as the company does. But you also want to know what the company expects out of your in the first 6 months. Is it a trial by fire or do they have a dedicated training and onboarding program in place? By what metrics do they measure performance for new employees? How much will they expect you to know and retain? How do they train you in the important aspects of their business?

2. What would you improve about the company?

You’re not looking for dirt. Instead, you’re looking to get deeper into the mind of your interviewer. Everyone has ideas that will make a company a better place. So what makes this person tick? As their potential employee, you could be solving a problem and by getting some insight on what the interviewer thinks is a problem, you could put yourself in a better position to be the solution.

3. Why wouldn’t you hire me?

This is another way of asking for the job directly, but it also gives them a chance to suggest improvements. If you are willing to make these improvements, would this be the job for you? If any of their reasons are deal breakers, then maybe you should consider a different opportunity. But to get this feedback early in the interview process will help both of you narrow down what is necessary for you to get this job.

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Want Better Candidates? Reduce Time-to-Fill with These Tips

February 2nd, 2017

Far too often, recruiting experts hear businesses say they want to keep interviewing to “see if there is anything better out there.” Sometimes these same clients can’t express exactly what they’re looking for and simply suggest “they’ll know it when they see it.” The time it takes to fill your open position is as critical as filling it with the right candidate. While the opening stays vacant, your costs are rising. The longer you take to make a hiring decision, the less your top candidates are interested in accepting your job. So reducing your time to hire will actually give you better access to the right new employee. Here are three tips that can help you reduce your hiring time frame and bring on the best candidates in the market.

1. Stay engaged with past candidates.

When you have a new position become available, don’t immediately start by searching for new talent through job boards and social media. Start by reviewing the candidates you have interviewed in the past for the same or similar jobs. In fact, it is a good idea to maintain contact with the candidates who just missed the mark in the past. You can even automate this connection by including them on your social media, especially LinkedIn, and reaching out from time to time. If you already knew they possessed the skill but didn’t make the cut for a variety of reasons at the time, you could fill your job much quicker when it opens up.

2. Connect with people on social media.

Using social media has evolved. Our culture is now connected almost entirely through the internet and this is a powerful tool. Using your social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and more you can reach out to more people faster. Don’t just reach out when you have a new job, keep your audience and followers engaged with important information throughout the year. But when you do have an open job, you can showcase it on social media and reach better-qualified candidates faster.

3. Streamline your application and hiring process.

One issue companies are having today is that candidates find the application process difficult or overinvolved. Studies have found that if an online application is too long, even qualified candidates will abandon the process before completing it. Use an easy application form or allow people to apply with their LinkedIn profiles. Once the process has moved on to resume reviewing and interviewing, you should also keep the focus on your time frame and candidate experience. While you want to be thorough, too many pre-screening steps can turn off a potential employee rather than allow them to feel comfortable with your process.

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The Truth About the Job Search

January 26th, 2017

A job search can be frustrating at best. But it doesn’t have to be as long as you know a few universal truths about how to find your next opportunity. You are multi-faceted, and so is the job market. There are so many options it can be overwhelming. Before you get lost in a sea of online applications and details on job ads, consider these truths to help you better focus your search and come out on top.

Don’t apply to everything

Conventional job search wisdom suggests that the best way to find a new job is to apply to anything and everything. The idea is that the more you apply to, the more calls back you’ll receive. But, it actually can create an opposite effect. Instead, you should pick a few jobs and focus your efforts. Choose jobs with target companies, ones that request skills you excel it, and things you want to learn more about.

Don’t miss out on hidden jobs

Many people believe that job postings are public, but this simply isn’t the case. Often, a job posting never makes it off an internal job board. Or, the company may choose to work with a staffing agency to help them source candidates. Individuals who don’t consider working with a recruiter may miss out on important jobs in their field or area.

Know the truth about job hopping

Another big concern for job seekers is job hopping. They believe that the market has a negative perception of someone who has left multiple jobs in the past. While too many over too short a period of time can be a red flag, most companies are more than happy to consider someone who has worked a year or so at several companies. Those durations can be easily justified and explained.

Don’t stop with the application

You haven’t done enough by simply applying to an open job. There is so much more to a successful job search than sending your resume to an anonymous email address. This is when you need to work your network. Check LinkedIn to see if you know someone or someone who knows someone, working for the company. Try to reach out to gain some insight or more information.

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