Can You Use Facebook Jobs to Land Job Candidates?

October 19th, 2017

Are you missing out on a large audience for advertising your open positions? If you’re not familiar with Facebook Jobs, you may not be attracting the most qualified and engaged employees in your area. More and more people are engaging with companies through online social media, so if you’re not using Facebook Jobs, your competition probably is, and that could mean you lose out. Here are some of the ways Facebook Jobs can help you in your hiring process.

Free access

Facebook Jobs is free to use both for job seekers and for companies looking for talent. If you’re logged in for your business and you visit Facebook.com/jobs, click on Publish a Job Post. This will bring up the free tool for you to enter your information. Once this post is up on your page, it will be accessible to anyone who has followed your company.

Wide audience

Not only will your followers see it, but you can also elect to share it with others based on certain criteria. On top of that, your content will be shareable, which is one of the many ways that Facebook posts get seen by a wider audience. If one of your followers knows their friends or family are looking for a job, they will share your post to their network, and so on.

Easy to use

The tool couldn’t be easier to use for job seekers. If they follow your page, they’ll see it in their feed. If they visit Facebook.com/jobs they will see all the current jobs available in their area. This will allow for them to submit their application through the “apply now” button or visit your website for more information.

Online reputation

Of course, posting jobs online has a lot more positive implications than negatives ones. Building a good reputation on social media will help draw more people to your page, site, and business. It will show how your company is a good place to work as well as a good company to do business with in your specific area of expertise. As online communication becomes more prevalent, building this reputation will be more important.

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Need Extra Holiday Cash? Why a Seasonal Job Is the Right Answer

October 12th, 2017

The holiday season is sneaking up on us faster than we would like to admit. And with all the added pressures of making the holidays perfect for you, your family, or your friends you may find that you aren’t making enough money to do all of the things you want to this season. What if you could make a little extra cash on the side? Seasonal jobs have been a great solution for many people who just need some additional money during the holidays. Here are some of the reasons why a seasonal job might be the right answer for you.

You can work part-time.

Working with an agency for seasonal work doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment. You can work part-time on your own terms. Talk with a recruiter about your needs and see how they can help you find the right project for the holidays that can give you some extra cash to get you throughout.

You don’t have a long-term commitment.

Seasonal work is as advertised. They are short assignments meant to carry a company through the season as well. Some may be due to increased workload depending on the industry. Others may be covering for the vacation time permanent employees might take around the holidays.

You may have a flexible schedule.

Another great reason to do short-term seasonal work is to be flexible. You may also have commitments during the holidays and working a full-time second job wouldn’t fit into your plans. With seasonal work, you can talk to the recruiter about your scheduling needs and work only the times you want.

You can learn new skills.

Of course, the flexibility, commitment, and part-time nature aren’t the only benefits of seasonal work. When you are doing a new job, no matter how temporary, you are going to run into new tasks along the way. Once you know how to do them, you have added new skills to your resume – making you a more valuable candidate in your next job search.

You can increase your network.

Temporary and seasonal staffing also has the added benefit of networking. You make the connections at the agency. You make connections at the job, both in management and in their internal staff. You may even meet other seasonal employees who may have something to offer in the future.

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Don’t Hold Yourself Back: Overcoming Obstacles that Are Hindering Your Ability to Find a Great Position

September 28th, 2017

Are you feeling frustrated by your job search? Have you taken a step back to have a critical look at what might be in your way? There may be several obstacles holding you back, so it’s important to see them and determine the best solution. Whether the hurdle is self-imposed or from an outside source, they can be overcome. Let’s take a look at some of the common obstacles job seekers face and what you can do about them.

Only using one method to apply.

Many job seekers make a big mistake by following only the path of least resistance in the job market. Applying for jobs online using the popular job boards is, by far, the easiest way. But it isn’t always the most effective. Instead, vary your methods by applying online, connecting through social media, networking in person, and more.

Not having enough experience.

You may find yourself not applying for jobs you really want because you’re worried you don’t have enough experience. And in some cases, this may be a reasonable strategy. But not having all of the exact experience isn’t always an issue on the job market. Look at the experience you do have. Could it be transferable? Could you market yourself differently?

Saying you can’t network.

Networking in person can be scary, especially if you’re introverted or shy. But simply avoiding it can be the very difference in your job search. Challenge yourself to get out there. Pick just one event a month. Make sure to bring business cards with you. But also push yourself to get at least 5 business cards. Then make sure you’re following up.

Thinking the employer holds the cards.

Many job seekers believe that the only power in the job market lies with the employer. But that isn’t always the case. You have the talent they need, so leverage that. Create a list of employers you want to work within your community. Next, connect with them on social media. When the time is right, ask them how you can apply with their company. You’ll be surprised by the results.

Not looking at all your options.

Finally, many job seekers pigeonhole themselves without even realizing it. If you’re avoiding certain opportunities or avenues, you may be cutting yourself off from the very job that’s perfect. Always weigh your options. Always look outside of the box. Give yourself a chance to be creative in your search and try new things.

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Are Your Talent Screening Technique’s Out of Date? Here’s What to Do

August 17th, 2017

There is so much changing about the job market today. And many companies simply aren’t prepared for the new trends or technologies available for hire. You may be using outdated techniques for screening or vetting the talent before making a job offer. It’s important that you make the right decisions for pre-screening candidates across the board, so we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the current trends.

Ban the box.

Employment laws referred to as “Ban the Box” encourage employers to hold off on asking an applicant about a potential criminal background. This is spreading and will become normal in employment over the next few years. The idea is that basing hiring criteria on a check box prevents valuable contributors from re-entering the workforce. This doesn’t mean that background checks aren’t run, but they may be run much later in the process.

Contingent employees.

Since the economic recovery began, more and more people are working on a project-basis rather than pursuing full time, permanent jobs. This gig economy means that companies are working more with short term or freelance workers than ever before. But what does that mean for your employment screening process? The important part is to keep your process consistent for all employees, traditional and contingent alike.

Continuous screening.

Another trend that is picking up steam is the idea of continuous screening. Make sure the consent form you use when hiring new employees is explicit about the company’s policies on continuous screening. You also need to make sure that you’re continuous screening process is in compliance with the EEOC.

Social media.

Many employers are curious about the role of social media when it comes to screening. It can be so easy to plug someone’s name into Google and read the corresponding social sites that return. But it is important to keep some things in mind if you do this, you may run into illegal or uncertain situations. If you’re not an expert in employment law, you may want to hire a third party company to include social media searches.

Unconscious bias.

You also need to ensure that you’re not allowing your unconscious bias to influence how you hire or what actions you take in the workplace. Unconscious bias can inform your decisions even when you are actively trying to avoid discriminatory behaviors. You may prefer to hire someone who has a similar background to yourself, but this may leave out perfectly qualified candidates.

Work with a recruiter.

There is a lot to be concerned with when it comes to screening potential employees. There are many moving pieces that are governed by different laws and employment regulations. By working with a recruiter, you can allow them to use their expertise to ensure the proper checks are run and the information isn’t being used incorrectly to inform your hiring decision.

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5 Signs You Need Outside Staffing Help

August 3rd, 2017

You know you need to focus your time and talent on running your business. So if you find yourself spending a lot of time searching for and interviewing new employees, there may be a much more efficient way to handle that process. Have you considered working with a staffing agency? Consider these 5 signs and how they may point in the direction of working with a firm to help you with your hiring and onboarding processes.

1. High turnover rates.

Is your company struggling to keep good workers on the job? Do people sometimes leave within their first 90 days? Have you been tracking their reason for leaving and been noticing specific patterns? A staffing partner can help you determine the cause and effect, such as an onboarding experience that isn’t matching the expectations of the job. Or the hiring process not drilling deep enough into employee skill levels.

2. Slow hiring process.

You have a lot on your mind. And even with the importance of hiring, sometimes it gets put on the back burner. That leads to a very slow hiring time, which can impact your business even if you don’t realize it. The time it takes to hire someone for an important position is costing your company money. Other employees are taking up the slack. You can’t afford to wait too long to fill a necessary role.

3. Low-quality candidates.

You may have several tried and true resources for hiring employees, but what happens when the well starts to run dry? You don’t have the time to try to access every avenue to hire your next great employee, so you may start to notice that the quality of candidates you’re bringing in isn’t the caliber that you’re looking for. A staffing partner can solve this problem.

4. Inability to test skills.

And how do you prove that a candidate is who they say they are? Not necessarily on an identity fraud basis, but on the basis of what they say they can do. If you bring in someone who claims to be an Excel wizard only to learn they can barely skate by, how does that affect the job at hand and the entire office? A staffing partner can test for skills before presenting candidates.

5. Too many resumes.

Another problem you’ve probably faced is simply too many resumes to effectively narrow your choices down for any given job. When you post online for a position, you probably get hundreds of resumes. That is too many to review and most of them won’t meet the qualifications. But a recruiter is dedicated to this process which can free up your time so you can focus on what you do best.

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Do You Know What to Look for on a Company Website?

March 24th, 2016

As a job seeker, you’ve been told over and over again to do your research before you go into an interview. But what exactly are you looking for and how do you find it? Before your next meeting, consider these strategies for finding the right information on a company website without wasting time going down rabbit holes that won’t serve your job search.

The mission and vision statement

You will find a mission statement and the company’s overall vision usually stated clearly on the landing page, but if you dig deeper you will find a little more. What you want to know is why the company exists. What problems do they solve? How do they see themselves fitting in with the greater industry? Do the mission statement and overall vision actually get implemented when you visit during the job interview or is it just fluff?

Community involvement

Many employees today want to know their employers are in touch with the local community. What is the organization doing in relation to charity, volunteering, or community involvement? This can better help you understand if the company has the same or similar core values to you and if you’ll be a fit in their environment. There is a balance between being active and helpful in the community and going over the top by trying to promote every single thing the company does.

The target audience

It is also helpful to know how they market their products or services. Who is their target audience? How have they built their core customer base? What is their presence on social media? The more you know about how they attract new clients or conduct their business overall can help you better understand your role if you were to be hired.

How it is different from competition

Chances are, this company isn’t the only one in the area conducting this type of business. Do a compare and contrast between the websites of several of their competitors. This will give you a picture of how they are different from other companies in the same industry and why they might be a better match for you.

The company culture

Hopefully, with their website and their social media, you’ll also get a sense of their overall corporate culture. You want to see what an average day is like for the employees in the office and how they interact with others. Look at their Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn more information. Review their staff bios to see if you have common interest with others in the office. You might only bring up one of those details in the interview, but that could be enough to show you did your homework and want the job.

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When Is It the Right Move to Hire a Boomerang Worker?

January 21st, 2016

Have you ever heard the term boomerang worker? This is someone who, for whatever reason, decided to leave your organization and, after a period of time, ask to come back to work for you again. There may be dozens of potential reasons that they left in the first place and just as many that led them to back to the table. For employees who were originally the right fit for your company, when do you consider bringing them back into your organizations? Here are five reasons to consider.

1. Easy to reintegrate to company culture.

The biggest benefit of bringing someone back who left the company is that they already understand not only the job but the corporate culture. There will be little training in terms of integrating them into the office environment. They will be able to, for the most part, pick up where they left off and get right down to business in their official role.

2. Incorporate their new skills in your business.

What did they do in the time since they left your company? They may have worked in a job or for a competitor that taught them skills you can now incorporate into your own business. Use their increased experience to your advantage. That could be a main reason they left your company. The employee wanted to learn new skills they wouldn’t easily learn. Now, they want to return to your great culture and use their newly acquired skills.

3. Bring back a sense of excitement.

Bringing back a favorite employee can help boost morale in the office. Not everyone leaves for negative reasons, but their departure can impact the rest of the staff. When someone returns, it is like a homecoming for everyone. Your staff will be delighted to see their former co-worker back in the office. Even new employees can’t help but react to the positivity.

4. Reinforce company loyalty.

Hiring someone back does something else to the team mentality of the business. It will demonstrate that you are still loyal to people who do well for you in the company. You hire someone back because they were a good employee at the time, and you allowed them to pursue other interests. You reinforce that when someone leaves, you don’t just stab them in the back or erase their memory.

5. Save money on the hiring process.

Finally, one of the biggest benefits for hiring a former employee back is to eliminate all of the cost of recruiting. You won’t need to review resumes, conduct interviews, do references or any of the other trappings that come with hiring a new candidate. You will also save time and money on the training process since it will be faster for them to get up to speed in their new role.

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Make the Right First Impression at Your New Job

November 12th, 2015

The first days at a new job can be terrifying. You don’t know anyone in the office, save for the interviewers, and you don’t know if they’re going to like you or vice versa. Your co-workers, managers, and all the other employees will begin to form their own first impressions in your first days, weeks, and months on the job. So how do you start off on the right foot and be successful in your new position? Let’s take a closer look.

Prepare ahead of time

Your first day doesn’t actually start on your first day. There are a lot of steps you can take prior to the time you arrive. Consider your wardrobe. Do you need to buy anything new? Do you need to make sure your route will work with the morning rush hour traffic so you’re not late? Do you need to re-acclimate your system to waking up earlier in the morning?

Don’t be late

The single most important thing you can do on the first day of a new job is to arrive on time. You can even arrive early, but not too early. (If you do show up really early, you can stay in your car and read your mobile device. If you’re taking public transportation, go for a short walk and give yourself plenty of time to return.) Arriving late for your first day of work you will set the tone for how everyone else in the office will react to you. They will expect that this will become a pattern. Instead, establish the pattern that you’re reliable.

Take notes

Your first days, and weeks, will be a lot of learning. Even if you’ve done a similar job before you’ll need to learn the policies and procedures of your new organization. Don’t forget to bring a small notebook and a pen with you on the first day. Write down the things you learn so you don’t have to ask again in the near future. Once you write them down, look at the notes to help ingrain the new information. Don’t just leave it on the notepad and never revisit it.

Ask questions

But speaking of questions, don’t forget to ask them as you go. If you don’t understand exactly how something is done, clarify before you write down your notes. If you want to know how one step leads to another, ask. There are no stupid questions, but there are better times to ask the questions than others.

Take initiative

Lastly, don’t be afraid to jump in and contribute. As you begin to get comfortable with the tasks at hand, take more responsibility to finish them on your own. But, don’t go full steam ahead without accepting feedback from your co-workers or supervisors. This combination will give you a good chance at success and a great first impression with the company.

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4 Tips to Posting Job Listings on Social Media

October 22nd, 2015

Are you using the best resources to find the candidates that you need for your open jobs? Specifically, are you posting on social media? By using social media you can target your audience where they already are and attract the right candidates to your company. But before you get started, it is important that you have an understanding of how social media works. Here are four tips you can use today.

Know the right target.

Social media, whether you love it or hate it, isn’t going anywhere. It will evolve over time, but there are no signs of it being a fad. This means you need to make sure that you get your message out where your target audience is. For professionals, LinkedIn is a great medium. For general employment, Facebook might be a better target. You also don’t have to use every platform available. Instagram might not be a fit for your organization, but Twitter might be helpful.

Grow your network.

If you create a LinkedIn business page, or a page on Facebook, your number one goal is to grow the network. You need followers. Ask your employees to follow your page. Ask them to ask their network to follow your page. Advertise. Put links in your e-mail signature. Get the word out there that you want to make connections with the right community.

Engage with followers.

Once you have a network, don’t just let it sit there. Engage with your followers. Between job postings, share interesting articles or information about your office or staff. This will encourage people to engage. Respond to their posts and responses. Answer their questions. Any of this personal interaction will make your company seem human and not just a company looking to increase revenue. This engagement will keep them reading for when you do post a job opening.

Encourage sharing.

When you post information, whether it is a job opening or an interesting article, encourage your network to share it. When they share it, more people will see it. This is particularly helpful on Twitter. The more people who retweet information you’ve posted will give you more eyes on your final message. There is a reason the term “viral” is used frequently in relation to content on the internet.

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