Defining and Nailing Cultural Fit


When a new hire isn’t a good cultural fit, everyone loses. The employee loses time, and you lose time and money as well. It’s buzzworthy right now, but knowing that cultural fit is important and achieving it are two different things. RELATED: 5 Ways to Improve Company Culture Of course you want employees who fit […]

4 Common Challenges for Recruiters and How to Handle Them


Recruitment challenges pop up routinely, and they typically boil down to finding and keeping the best talent. Maybe the problem is in the process. Outmoded methods and dated technology don’t do anyone any favors. Or maybe your company suffers from a dwindling supply of qualified applicants. A recruiter’s work is truly never done. But with […]

How to Create an Employee Referral Program That Works


Employee referrals are unsurpassed in improving hiring volume and the quality of new hires. That’s according to ERE Media, and they go on to explain that this rich resource is #1 in improving time to fill, retention and applicant-to-hire ratio. If you don’t have an employee referral program, it’s time to pull one together. RELATED:5 […]

Recruitment is About Adaptability Now


It’s 8:00 a.m. Do you know where your job candidates are? Maybe they’re taking the train in to work a mediocre job. Maybe they’re in a different part of the country. Or maybe they’re in an office just down the hall. Your recruiting reach extends in a lot of different directions, which is one reason […]

Are There Really 600,000 Job Openings in California?


Are there 600,000 openings in California available on any given day? You couldn’t answer that by the volume of people who are looking for work, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that it’s true. If so many jobs are out there, and so many people are actively seeking work, why is it so […]

You’ve Got Great Talent, Now Keep It


When you subtract attrition from your new hire rate, the numbers might not be exceptional after all. Hiring a team is only part of the battle. You’ve got to hire the right team, and then you’ve got to keep that great talent. That’s arguably the biggest job you’ve got. Sourcing candidates and candidate retention go […]

5 Ways Recruiters Blow it at Tech Social Recruiting


It wasn’t long ago that social media and social recruiting were buzz-worthy ideas for recruiting. But now it’s part of everyday fare for a majority of recruiters, so you’ve got to get it right. There were no set rules when recruiters first tiptoed into the social recruiting arena to test it out. Now there are, […]

Interviewer Questions to Ask Candidates That Really Work

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Do you still spend time in interviews asking about an applicant’s strengths and past achievements? There may be better interviewer questions to ask candidates to find the right person. Many times, candidates who look good on paper struggle with jobs that require creativity and collaboration, two skills that are more and more necessary for companies operating […]

Is Your Recruitment Strategy Taking Advantage of Big Data?


Big Data. It’s not necessarily a new idea. The information has been there for a long time. But finding ways to tap into it and make it useful has been a bit elusive. Marketing and sales were some of the first areas to jump into the Big Data ring. But if your company’s recruitment strategy […]

5 Ways to Improve Company Culture


The backbone of a company is its culture, and one of the ways to attract top people to a business is to show off that culture. Employers can no longer rely on a simple statement of values or mission, they need to show a potential employee exactly how wonderful it would be to work with […]

6 Tips for Tackling Employee Turnover


With employee turnover being one of the costliest problems that a business faces, effective ways to whittle it down should be on every recruiter’s mind. According to the HR consulting firm, Corter Consulting, the loss of one $8 / hour employee costs over $5,000. A salaried employee earning $75,000 annually can cost about $15,000. Businesses […]

How Technology Can Help HR Hire Better Candidates

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The job of HR recruiters keeps increasing in complexity, so it’s no wonder that new technologies are more than a little welcome to help manage it all. Everything is changing. Candidate sourcing isn’t simple anymore, and neither is keeping up with the ways that they want and need to be reached. And that doesn’t begin […]

How You Can Snag the Best Candidates


You know what you expect from job candidates. But have you thought about what they expect from you? Most candidates wouldn’t dream of expressing that sort of opinion in an interview. But the way that they view your company and the hiring process could determine whether you snag the best candidates or send them down […]

Do You Treat Your Candidates Like Customers?


How well do you really know your candidates? If you have a recruiting process in place that’s seemed to work just fine for years, your answer to that question is probably at least a bit inaccurate. RELATED: Why Job Candidates are Attracted to Companies with a Mission Recruiting is, or should be, a great deal […]

Healthcare Industry Hires Grow In February’s Jobs Report

February was another great month for the job market as this month’s jobs report shows. Employers added 242,000 workers last month and unemployment held steady at 4.9 percent. That’s around 50,000 more jobs than economists were expecting. Employment gains have averaged 543,000 a month since December, the biggest increase in 16 years. It’s clear that […]

When an Improving Economy is Bad for Business

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Job seekers have worried for years about finding work, but the tide has shifted, and that’s not great news for recruiting. It’s the big truth about supply and demand. Whoever has the biggest supply has the odds stacked in their favor. Today, supply favors workers as the economy keeps improving. HR recruiters have a tougher […]

Is Mobile Job Apply for You? Your Candidates Think So


Job candidates are using mobile. Are you? It’s not as basic a question as it seems. Mobile capable and mobile optimized are very different animals. The former is the least that recruiters can offer to candidates. The latter makes searching and applying for jobs with a mobile device as easy as it can be. RELATED: […]

January Jobs Report: Wages Up, Unemployment Down


The January jobs report is starting the year off right with an increase in hourly wages and unemployment at an 8 year low. As President Obama said, “Americans are working.” This is great news for the economy, but it means that employers might find it more difficult to recruit the best of the best. Job […]

Whats Big in Recruiting for 2016?

4 Ways Top Recruiters Nail Their Brand as a Leader

Recruiting is anything but boring these days, and 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year. Everything is changing, from the way that the employees themselves factor into the equation to the way that qualified candidates are sourced. Recruiters are realizing that employees, and by default employee candidates, really are the vital asset that […]

Hiring for Emerging Roles? Think Competencies Not Certifications


There have always been emerging roles, at least for as long as times have changed. Problem is, times are changing faster now, and roles are branching out in so many different directions. The jobs of tomorrow may bear little resemblance to those of today. But while the decisions that recruiters make are of paramount importance […]

Discrimination Through Micro-Aggression: An Up and Coming HR Problem

Discrimination, at least in its most obvious forms, is growing more and more rare in the workplace, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone. The new face of discrimination, which admittedly isn’t new at all, is micro-aggression. Many employers are beginning to acknowledge the problem, but aren’t entirely sure what to do about it. RELATED: Millennials […]

The Race for New Hires: Be a Tortoise Not a Hare


Call it turnover, churn or whatever else that you will, when an employee leaves it costs you money. The clock is ticking, and recruiters are in a race for the best talent. But that mentality is at odds with making the best hires. The hare might scoop up candidates left and right, but there are […]

Hiring Military Veterans Commands A Different Approach and Closer Look


When U.S. military veterans transition from active duty to civilian life, there’s a lot more to the transformation than a change of clothes. Because hiring vets is so much different from hiring average civilians, it’s no wonder vets are seriously underserved and misunderstood. Question is, does your company know how to speak their language, and […]

4 Ways HR Can Help Shrink the Gender Pay Gap


It’s a sad and disappointing fact that women are, even now, paid about 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. The gender pay gap is much greater for minority women, with some earning nearly half that of their male peers. Although it’s gotten better overall, there is still a long way to go. RELATED: […]

13 Stats Every HR Professional Needs To Know For 2016

If you are in HR, you know that technology, social media, and the economy are all having massive effects on recruiting, passive job seekers, and hiring trends. But when you look at these 13 stats, you can understand how important it is you consider the full view of the HR and hiring landscape. Once you […]

Millennials Aren’t the Only Ones Qualified for Jobs of the Future


Time will march on, and the need for qualified candidates will keep growing. But how can you know which skills are important for the next big thing when there isn’t an existing pool of candidates pre-loaded with experience? And does the next shift mean Millennials will inherently have the upper hand while older candidates stay […]

Hiring Solutions: How Pay Per Applicant Can Get You Results

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There’s no doubt that recruiting has changed, especially in the Internet age. Years ago, recruiting was often conducted often by word-of-mouth, candidates stopping into businesses seeking handshake deals, and plain old paper applications. These days, however, digital recruiting technology and techniques have changed the game forever. Defining Modern Recruiting Via Digital Means RELATED: 3 Myths […]

6 Common Habits Recruiters Need to Stop


Some recruiters use procedures so common they’re practically second nature, but that doesn’t mean they’re good. Maybe it’s in the way that you write a job ad, or the erroneous idea that you can know a candidate by skimming a resume. Going with your gut has about a 50 / 50 shot of working. Parts […]

10 Words Recruiters are Tired of Seeing on Resumes


  The catchphrases and outdated buzzwords in resumes today are enough to send HR recruiters straight to the migraine zone. What is it about this commonplace document that makes job seekers haul out the War and Peace volume of corporate-speak? The job market hasn’t been especially great for the past several years, so maybe descriptors […]

How Tapping Into The Candidate Experience Can Boost Your Hiring

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While there’s no doubt that technology has made the recruiting process better in many ways for employers and job seekers, it has also caused a serious disconnect in the candidate experience. The oft-quoted Spider-man movie line, “with great power comes great responsibility”, certainly rings true here. Just because you have the technology to create a […]

Healthcare Recruitment Trends in 2016 [Infographic]

It is a good time to be healthcare professional. Our 2016 Healthcare Recruitment Trends in 2016 & Beyond infographic below shows this industry is in the midst of some serious growth, both for job seekers, employers, and just about every else along the hiring chain in the healthcare industry. While there may a lot of […]

January 2016 Jobs Report

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Generally speaking, the January jobs report is good news. The US economy continued to add jobs and wages went up slightly. These indicate that the economy is continuing to grow, however that growth may be slowing. While there are several indicators that suggest the economy might be slowing, the general feel is that the US […]

How to Use Social Media to Turn Job Seekers Into Applicants


Social media is a way for companies to put messages out to millions of prospective job candidates to find that one who fits the job description perfectly. While most recruiters use social media as a way to enhance their recruiting efforts, there are powerful ways to use social media to find your next employee and […]

Does Your Employer Brand Need Less Secret Identity and More Superhero?


In classic superhero tales, the protagonist is typically someone who wants to avoid the limelight. In doing so, the hero will usually don a secret identity to avoid suspicion, and this identity is often the complete opposite of who the hero is when he or she is fighting crime. In business, and especially in representing […]

Why Overqualified Candidates Might Be a Myth


The idea that overqualified candidates make terrible employees has been around as long as the coffee break. The idea of not hiring overqualified candidates is not without merit, as the Harvard Business Review indicates that a study by Israeli scientists found that overqualified workers do tend to be more miserable with their jobs and quit […]

Why Inefficient Hiring is Holding You Back


In 2006, announced that it was debuting the first pay-per-click job recruiting program that allowed employers to create targeted ads to reach very specific types of candidates. The initial draw of these programs is that they were designed to make online recruiting more efficient. Over the years, pay-per-click recruiting advertising has proven to be […]

Seasonal Trends Show How Hiring Happens on the Calendar


A new year doesn’t necessarily mean new hires — at least not right away. As the job market peaks and declines dynamically over the course of the year, it’s important for job board owners to understand how and where hiring and quitting patterns intersect. If you want to learn how these cycles affect your enterprise […]

How to Find More Passive Job Candidates


When it comes to recruiting, you’re likely seeking active candidates or candidates who are currently pursuing employment with your company. Although recruiting is never easy, it can be easier when put in this position. Active candidates are often seeking out your specific ad efforts, meaning your company is in a more advantageous position. Passive candidates, […]

How Subpar Job Postings are Sabotaging Your Recruiting


As the world transitions from print to digital platforms, everyone has to start altering the way they do things in order to get the right results. Before the Internet, recruiters could put out general job descriptions because there were a lot more general practitioners than specialists. But things have changed, and recruiters now need to […]

How to Combat Significant Change in The Recruiting Landscape


Recruiting for jobs may seem simple right now, especially with the economic climate remaining somewhat dismal. Simply put a job offer up online and watch recruits and candidates pour in, right? Actually, this strategy has been somewhat helpful over the past decade, but it isn’t working nearly as well these days. Yes, the economy as […]

Why Social Platforms Will Play an Even Bigger Role for Recruiters in 2016


When social media networks first debuted, companies and recruiters viewed them as places where people posted cat pictures and looked up new recipes. But as time has gone by, social media has threatened to completely change the Internet. As 2016 approaches, recruiters need to respect the significantly increasing role that social media will play in […]

How Your Hiring Process Reflects Your Company Culture

How Your Hiring Process Reflects Your Company Culture

With the pool of available employment candidates shrinking, it is more important than ever that companies understand the importance of a good interview process. When you are interviewing a candidate, you need to impress the candidate as much as they need to impress you. The process you use to bring in new talent can be […]

5 Trends and Challenges Ahead for Recruiters in 2016


As 2015 starts coming to a close, recruiters and candidates are analyzing the trends that they can expect to see in 2016. Recruiters always want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to matching the right candidate with the right opportunity, and candidates are always interested to see whether or not they are […]

The Future for Recruiters? Data and Social


It was not that long ago that a finely tuned resume was the best way for a candidate to get the interview they wanted. When the Internet came along, it was treated as an enhancement to the traditional process. As Internet technology developed, recruiters started to see the value in being able to sift through […]

Why Employee Self-Evaluations are Important

Employee Self Evaluations

Do you remember back in grade school when you were sometimes given the chance to grade your own paper? You might have felt liberated or inspired by the process. Why? Because this method uniquely involves students by offering the chance to look more closely at their own personal strengths and weaknesses while simultaneously assessing their […]

The San Francisco 49ers Offer a Lesson in Engaging Millennials


When you see the term “recruitment” in association with professional football, you probably assume that it has something to do with the college draft or pre-season team member selection. At the very least, you wouldn’t automatically assume that it has anything to do with your own job recruitment site. But a recent TalentCulture story concerning […]

How to Create Job Ads That Lure a Multi-Generational Workforce

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Every so often the workplace gets into a transitional period that sees one dominant generation give way to the next dominant generation. As the Baby Boomers edge closer to retirement, the Millennials are starting to take over management spots and leading the way as entrepreneurs. Stuck right in the middle is Generation X, which is […]

October Jobs Report Shows Strong Growth


The fourth quarter of 2015 continues to promise a better 2016 for the job market and the U.S. economy as a whole. Let’s explore what the Labor Department’s October report had to say about October’s strong showing, from what the numbers revealed to what the trends imply. Fulfilling September’s Promise October’s numbers indicated a strong […]

3 Myths Busted About Pay Per Application Advertising

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Pay per application recruiting is still a viable method of getting qualified applicants in the door, but there are a number of misconceptions about just how effective this method is in the digital age. Many employers these days feel like job boards are the way to go, but what many of these employers don’t realize […]

How to Attract Millennials to Your Company


The millennial generation is unlike any previous generation when it comes to hiring. Millennials, often considered to be people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, have grown up in an era where technology has become a part of virtually everything they do. From computers to smartphones and apps to search engines, millennial […]

7 Ways to Handle a Difficult Employee


In a perfect world, the workplace would consist of individuals working symbiotically toward a common goal. In the real world, the fact is that you will end up with a difficult employee. While learning to deal with difficult people may not be at the top of your “to do” list as a hiring manager, it […]

5 Reasons Employers Shouldn’t Pay to Post


Job seekers and employers alike have turned the Internet into a one-stop shop for employment these days, and while job boards have many benefits, they also have many downsides. When employers open positions, job seekers can apply by the dozens, the hundreds, or even the thousands. This leads to productivity issues for employers and many […]

How Much Does a New Hire Cost?


Hiring a new employee can be an amazing experience, but it can also be costly. With each new hire, you’re bringing someone onboard who may be with you for the next few decades, but this person may also cost your company thousands of dollars in the short-term in costs that include insurance, unemployment, training, and […]

Can You Change Your Company’s Corporate Culture?


A lot of business owners and recruiters like to throw around the words “company culture”, but many have no idea what company culture really is. Defining a corporate culture involves a number of factors, including attitudes, behaviors, philosophies, and values. Essentially, your company’s culture reaches and extends into all of the intangible aspects of your […]

4 Ways for Recruiters to Make an Impact at ‘Hello’


While most job prospecting focusing on the job seeker, there needs to be a significant amount of focus placed on recruiters. Recruiters are the first line of contact that job seekers have with potential employers, and these interactions can make a serious difference in whether or not a job seeker gets hired, but also whether […]

Top 4 Interviewing Red Flags for Employers


Interviewing candidates for a position in your company can be fun, it can be a nightmare, or it could be just plain boring. Unfortunately, when it becomes boring, it can be easy to miss some serious red flags that the candidate is displaying. When this happens, you may end up hiring someone who is not […]

How HR Can Get the Most Out of Social Media

How the HR Professional Can Get the Most Out of Social Media

Approximately 74 percent of internet-using adults utilize social media, according to the Pew Internet Project. While many people think of social media as changing the landscape for the job hunter, it offers equally transformational potential for human resources professionals. Read on to learn how to optimize your social media interactions. SEE ALSO: How Employers Can […]

4 Ways to Avoid Disaster with a Company Dress Code


Company dress codes in the past were often quite conservative, with many organizations opting for suits and ties for most male employees and dresses and blouses for most female employees. Likewise, dress codes typically required that hair and other grooming concerns be perfectly coiffed in order to present a formal image. These days, however, dress […]

Why Branding is Even More Important Than You Think


Branding is the process of defining who your company is. Not what it is– who it is. As such, you, your employees, and your marketing materials all need to reflect who your company is, both online and offline. Unfortunately, this can be difficult to achieve unless you have a solid plan in place. RELATED: Why […]