Real-Life Recruiting Lessons: What I Learned From Growing a Company

Finding and retaining the best workers is always a challenge — but companies must do more than just post an open vacancy online and wait for applications to pour in. Recruiting the best talent and then managing those new hires successfully requires a mix of imagination and perseverance — something I've learned firsthand over the years as I've grown my company. Here are some of the...

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Smart Tech Jul 8, 2021
5 Ways Recruiters Make Better Placements With Text Request

As a recruiter, you're constantly coordinating and communicating to vet and place candidates, but candidates can take a long time to respond to your emails, and your phone calls might be silenced and flagged as spam. The hiring process relies heavily on back-and-forth communication, which is where business texting can be your most effective tool. Texting saves you from playing phone tag,...

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Score Points With Young Talent by Developing an Effective University Marketing Strategy

They're motivated, they're eager to make a difference, and they bring a breath of fresh air to every team. I'm talking, of course, about college students and recent graduates. Young talent is a real asset for a company, which is why competition for these candidates is so high. To attract qualified young professionals, you need a solid university marketing plan. Understanding University...

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Hiring the 'Overcomers': Why Some of Your Best Employees Will Be Found in Rehabs and Prisons

Many employers today would likely be reluctant to hire a woman with eight felony convictions, a history of 20 years of crack and heroin addiction, or one who has worked in the sex trade. And if a company were to take "that risk," the motivation would likely be to help the poor woman as part of a philanthropic or corporate social responsibility initiative. But the reality is these women...

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Escape Rooms and Recruiting Have a Lot More in Common Than You Think

Remember the '90s horror hit, The Blair Witch Project, which shocked audiences with its groundbreaking found-footage style? More than 20 years after its release, audiences are going to be able to step inside the house where it all took place — except it will be happening just steps off the Las Vegas Strip. Immersive experiences are a hit in the entertainment world, whether it be the...

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Don't Hire Based on Job Title — Hire Based on Business Strategy

In today's business environment, where millions of open positions remain unfilled and labor shortages abound, hiring right is more critical than ever. Yet, many organizations are woefully shortsighted in their hiring decisions, ignoring the very business strategies that differentiate their companies in a competitive market. Hiring is so much more than just filling empty seats, and hiring...

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9 Incentives You Should Offer to Attract Top Talent

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: Other than a competitive salary, what's one incentive top candidates always look for when job hunting? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful young entrepreneurs....

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Success Jul 6, 2021
12 Entrepreneurial Truths Working Parents Should Embrace

Article by Daisy Dowling You're a working parent or planning to become one. More challenging still, you're an entrepreneurial parent or planning to become one. And you're feeling daunted, conflicted, exhausted — or all three — by what you're going through or what lies ahead. You feel like you're all on your own. How could you not? Each parent walks their own path. Each...

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Why Our CEO Personally Conducts Every First-Round Interview

Most companies today have something to say about their company culture and how it makes them unique with regard to what they do and how they treat their employees. And that's a good thing: Today's employees are not motivated solely by money, and behaving as if they are will rarely lead to good long-term recruiting results. When candidates are considering prospective employers, they have a...

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Smart Tech Jul 2, 2021
The Agnostic Approach That Will Boost Your Campus Recruiting Strategy

With the rise of virtual recruiting over the past year, employers have been able to work with more schools than ever before. This has accelerated the move toward an agnostic recruiting process, in which employers consider multiple schools, recognize more majors, and rebuild their tech stacks to support more data coming from more sources. The Case for Agnostic The advantage of being able to...

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5 Reasons Why Your Recruitment Strategy Is Failing

You've invested time, effort, and money into designing your recruitment strategy — but you're still not getting the results you'd hoped for. What's going wrong with your recruiting strategy? Why isn't it attracting the top talent your business needs? To help you troubleshoot, here are a few of the most common reasons why recruitment strategies fail — and how to fix the problem: 1....

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How to Keep Your Company Culture Healthy in the Era of Remote Work

For millions of employees, the pandemic was a period of isolation and disconnection unlike anything they've ever experienced. As COVID-19 steadily yields to mass vaccination campaigns and the broad outline of the post-pandemic economy comes into view, this difficult period will prove to be instructive. Remote work is here to stay, and the past year-plus has taught companies invaluable lessons...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 30, 2021
Looking for Candidates in a Talent Shortage? Get Back to the Basics of Great Recruiting.

You only want to hire the best. That's a given. But so do your competitors. Your team is not going to reach the ambitious goals you've set for it — or even maintain its market share in an increasingly competitive business environment — without first-rate talent. Yet employers are battling it out for workers right now, with the Washington Post reporting that there are more open jobs...

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Get Hired Jun 30, 2021
4 Ways to Advance in Your Industry Without an Internship

Working an internship is good for more than just earning college credit — it's also an opportunity to make valuable connections in your preferred professional field and gain real-life work experience. However, many college students have a tough choice to make this season: accept an unpaid internship to get a foot in the door of their target career, or find a summer job to help pay for...

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Success Jun 29, 2021
Beyond First Impressions: 6 Ways to Deepen Your Connections

Article by Tristan Ahumada A miller and his son were taking their donkey to sell at market when they passed a group of girls who laughed at how foolish the miller was to have a donkey and yet be walking. So the miller put his son on the donkey. Further down the road, they passed some older people who scolded the miller for allowing his young son to ride when he should be riding himself....

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Inside Recruiting Jun 29, 2021
The 'Jerry Maguire' Moment: Why Workers Are Quitting in Droves and What Companies Can Do About It

Remember Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire? That intense moment when he's standing in front of his teammates with a goldfish in his hand, shouting, "Who's coming with me besides Flipper here?!" Well, that scene is playing out across the country right now as Americans leave employers at their highest level in more than two decades, according to the Wall Street Journal. The pandemic forced...

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Smart Tech Jun 28, 2021
Keeping Employees Connected and Projects on Track in a Remote Work Environment

Before the pandemic, 17 percent of US employees worked remotely full-time. Now, it's closer to 44 percent. More businesses than ever before are operating without physical headquarters or offices, giving their employees lots of flexibility around their work schedules and workplaces. And it is safe to say that these remote work policies are here to stay, with 73 percent of workers saying...

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The Innovators Jun 28, 2021
How — and Why — to Track Your Employee Training Program

Training is a vital part of any business's long-term growth plan. In fact, a study from the American Society for Training and Development found that organizations that invest the most in employee training have 218 percent higher income per employee. And to make matters even better, employees actually want to be trained. In a 2017 Randstad US survey, 82 percent of employees said lifelong...

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Smart Tech Jun 25, 2021
Your Tech Stack Was Good Enough for the Pandemic — but Is It Right for Long-Term Digital Transformation?

While the world of work was certainly well on its way to becoming more digital and remote-friendly prior to the pandemic, the arrival of COVID-19 accelerated the digital transformation timelines of many organizations. Years-long plans turned into overnight changes, showing us just how much our organizations can truly achieve in such a short period of time. To aid the sudden transition to...

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The Innovators Jun 25, 2021
Great Customer Service Starts in the HR Department

Good customer service is like art: We know it when we see it. And we instinctively return to brands that promise — and deliver — frictionless, consistent, and positive experiences. The businesses that do this usually bear the hallmarks of a solid service culture: responsive leadership, accountable call-center representatives, and an overall sense of trustworthiness at every...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 24, 2021
Many Happy Returns: How Employers Can Use Returnships to Bring Displaced Workers Back to the Labor Force

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic loosens its grip on the US employment market, millions of people who lost their job or otherwise left the workforce during the health crisis are struggling to find pathways back to work. Women and older workers were among the groups hit inordinately hard by job loss during the crisis. Despite recent gains, women still lost 4.2 million net jobs between February...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 24, 2021
Make a Great First Impression on Remote Talent: 4 Things Your Virtual Hiring Experience Needs

Sourcing, interviewing, and hiring top-notch candidates always come with challenges. Then COVID-19 happened, and classic recruiting methods like in-person interviews became impossible, even as plenty of jobs needed filling. To adjust to the market and current safety restrictions, organizations have made a seismic shift and embraced virtual hiring experiences. In the process, they've...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 23, 2021
The Recruiter Shortage — and 4 Other Challenges Facing HR Leaders Today

If you want to find out what's on the minds of today's HR leaders, the best thing to do is just ask them. That's exactly what we did for our 2021 Findem recruiting study. We surveyed 100 high-level HR professionals from organizations of varying sizes, from under 50 employees to more than 1,000, to understand the most pressing challenges facing HR leaders today. Before we get into the...

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The Innovators Jun 23, 2021
The 4 Traits of Leaders Who Drive Employee Engagement and Retention

When we look at the workplace today, we see a very different environment than it was just a few years ago. Teams are becoming more diverse, roles are becoming more complex, and work is becoming more dynamic. But is leadership evolving to accommodate these changes? There is a common combination of skills and attributes employers tend to look for in potential leaders, including...

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Success Jun 22, 2021
Want to Thrive at Work? Learn to Wake Up Earlier

Article by Cecilia Meis It's one of the most surefire ways to improve productivity, yet many of us simply can't force ourselves to start the day sooner. The benefits are undeniable: A 2019 study jointly conducted by universities in the UK and Australia found that participants who woke up earlier reported decreased feelings of stress and depression and increased levels of physical and...

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The Innovators Jun 22, 2021
FOMO, Burnout, and the Hybrid Workplace: 3 Things Managers Need to Know About the New World of Work

As US vaccination rates continue to climb and states lift restrictions and mandates, companies are starting to bring employees back to the office. But at the same time, employees are leaving the workforce in droves. Four million people quit their jobs in April, looking for better pay and work conditions. Many others are saying "YOLO" – "You only live once" – and quitting their careers...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 21, 2021
How to Send a Rejection Email That Job Seekers Will Actually Appreciate

Photo by Van Tay Media on Unsplash Rejecting a candidate is never fun. They've expressed interest in your company and taken the time to apply to your open role. Now, it's up to you to let them know they weren't the right fit. In reality, candidates don't always find out when they've been rejected. According to a survey from CareerBuilder, 75 percent of job seekers never hear back after...

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The Innovators Jun 21, 2021
8 Ways to Lighten Your HR Department's Load

Your HR department works hard. Maybe too hard. Business leaders often look to their HR teams to make work more efficient for the rest of the organization, but it's very likely that your HR department is itself crying out for ways to lighten its workload. You need to listen. Here are a few tips to help your HR department help the rest of your workforce: 1. Upgrade Your Payroll...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 21, 2021
12 Characteristics All Top Recruiters Share (and Why They Get Results)

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: The best recruiters all have certain characteristics in common. In your opinion, what's one of those traits, and why? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful young...

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Smart Tech Jun 18, 2021
How AI Simplifies the Search for Diverse Talent

Today, many companies are making diverse hiring a key component of their business strategies — and they are making these efforts more transparent to the public, too. In fact, 50 of the US's largest public companies have agreed to disclose their Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data on the racial, ethnic, and gender demographics of their workforces. Despite these good intentions,...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 18, 2021
4 Tips to Turn Your Company Careers Page Into a Powerful Recruiting Tool

In my experience, many companies treat their careers page as an afterthought, something they just put together because others were doing it or they thought it would make them look good. However, such an attitude defeats the purpose of building a careers page in the first place. Apart from showing job seekers the current vacancies in your organization, your careers page should compel...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 17, 2021
A Pandemic Silver Lining: Age Discrimination Has Fallen in 2021

The past year of work has been different, for obvious reasons. While our organizations have faced their share of new challenges — and even achieved new successes — some longstanding issues remain. That includes age discrimination. However, there is some good news to be found in all of this. According to new research we conducted at SeniorLiving.org, the number of workers reporting age...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 17, 2021
Top Talent Looks Different Today. Here Are the 4 Skills Your Next Great Hire Needs.

The war for talent appears to be getting fiercer by the day as the U.S. economy stirs back to life in the wake of the pandemic. Supermarkets are handing out bonuses in their desperation to hire and retain frontline staff; franchise owners at 7-Eleven are pushing the company to drop its round-the-clock service pledge because they can't find anyone to work night shifts; major cereal producer...

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The Innovators Jun 16, 2021
Learning to Trust Your Remote Employees: 7 Routines That Help

Let's face it: COVID-19 has changed the relationship between offices and knowledge workers forever. Companies that think they're going to force employees to revert to pre-pandemic work arrangements really need to think again. Of course, an employer can choose to be heavy-handed and reinstate mandatory office attendance — but those that do will experience a lot more turnover. And if your...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 16, 2021
Being More Than Diverse: How to Be Inclusive of Immigrant Hires in the Workplace

Many businesses aim to be diverse employers, but are they inclusive? It's important to practice both diversity and inclusion in order to help your employees thrive in your workplace. Diversity is a fact; inclusion is a practice. Diversity refers to the makeup of one's workforce, the variety of identities, backgrounds, and experiences that every employee brings to the table. Inclusion, on...

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Success Jun 15, 2021
7 Tips for Dealing With Uncertainty

Article by Blush Life Coaching If this year has taught us anything, it's that uncertainty is a b----. Although we may see the light at the end of the tunnel now that vaccines are accessible to many, it's going to take a while to shake off the trauma of 2020. Between our health and safety being under threat, changing restrictions, simply not knowing when our normal lives would resume,...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 15, 2021
Bootcamps Could Be Your Solution to the Talent Shortage

The pandemic has caused significant shifts in the workforce, driving a growing skills gap.  According to a recent report by McKinsey Company, before the onset of the pandemic, it was estimated that 7.9 percent of US workers would need to transition to new occupations due to job loss. Now, McKinsey estimates 10.1 percent of American workers will need to change occupations. The shift...

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Get Hired Jun 14, 2021
Young Professionals: 10 Things to Include in Your 5-Year Plan

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: What is one thing that every young professional's five-year plan should include, and why? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members...

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The Innovators Jun 14, 2021
How to Build a Great Virtual Team, According to Behavioral Science

In-person interactions are a critical aspect of team-building, yet face-to-face contact is one thing that today's virtual workplaces simply cannot replicate. The lack of these interactions has a direct impact on team cohesion at both the individual team and companywide levels. As a result, organizational structures are changing from traditionally hierarchical models to looser and more...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 11, 2021
Build High-Performing Teams by Hiring, Empowering, and Developing Employees

When companies attempt to build high-performing workforces, they often rely on antiquated measures of assessment and development that put them at a severe disadvantage in an increasingly complex and hyper-competitive global economy. Human capital has never been more indispensable, but many hiring managers and HR professionals aren't leveraging the resources at their disposal to build and...

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The Innovators Jun 11, 2021
The Office Isn't Dead, but It Must Be Reborn

Over the last 18 months, the way we work has changed almost beyond recognition. We have gone from spending eight hours a day in an office to answering emails in bed — and many have found the latter suits them better than the former. Now that the world is reopening, many workers have little desire to go back to the traditional office environments. In light of this, flexible work...

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Smart Tech Jun 10, 2021
5 Unexpected Ways Interview Scheduling Software Saves You Time

According to recruiters, interview scheduling is the most time-consuming aspect of the recruiting process. In fact, two in three recruiters say it can take up to two hours to schedule just one interview. Jumping between calendars, emails, spreadsheets, resumes, and post-it notes can make for a lengthy — and inefficient — hiring process. That's why leveraging interview scheduling...

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Inside Recruiting Jun 10, 2021
Employee Retention in the Post-Pandemic World: Health and Safety Come First

After more than a year of soaring unemployment rates, America is ready to get back to work. As COVID-19 cases continue to dwindle throughout the country, companies are eager to welcome staff back to the office. However, things aren't necessarily going according to plan. In what has been called "the turnover tsunami," companies are bracing for a colossal wave of resignations. According to...

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Smart Tech Jun 9, 2021
Recruiters Spend Hours Every Day on Admin Work. These Tech Tools Can Lighten the Load.

It's an open secret that recruiters and HR professionals spend a significant amount of their time on mundane and repetitive tasks. But do you know how much? Up to 86 percent of the workday, according to research from EY. That's an eye-popping number, but luckily, we live in the automation era. More and more HR pros are turning to cutting-edge recruitment technology solutions to optimize...

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Smart Tech Jun 9, 2021
The 7 Common Success Traps, Part 4: Overreliance on Data

The seven common success traps are the traps I've learned about over the course of my career working with clients and collaborators from some of America's top organizations, including Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies. These traps are based on both my personal experience and the stories shared by my clients and collaborators.  These success traps can and do happen to the best of us....

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Success Jun 8, 2021
How I Avoid Loneliness While Working Alone

Article by Catherine Downes Edie's nose is small and dark. It looks like it belongs to Teddy Ruxpin. Her snout was once a similar shade of charcoal, but swards of white fur have sprouted up around the edges of her mouth. I can't tell you when this occurred. One day, it registered that my once entirely black dog had a muzzle that appeared to have been dipped in a bowl of marshmallow...

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Smart Tech Jun 8, 2021
Post-Pandemic Resignation Boom? Not If You Embrace Remote Work

Texas AM University Associate Professor of Management Anthony Klotz's prediction about a forthcoming "great resignation" went viral for many reasons. For one thing, it taps into the many ways in which the pandemic has changed the world of work. More employees have seen the benefit of working from home, and that's going to impact how they make employment decisions going forward. In...

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The Innovators Jun 7, 2021
Maturity and Joy: the Neuroscience of Effective Leaders 

Our country is experiencing a maturity crisis. A rampant lack of emotional and relational maturity is having a devastating impact on culture, families, and the workplace. In a Harvard Business Review article simply titled "We Need More Mature Leaders," Richard Davis wrote, "At a time when we need solid, grounded leadership more than ever, we seem to be in short supply of adults who act...

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