Where Gen. Z Wants to Work, What They Expect, and What It All Means for Recruiters

As more and more Americans receive vaccinations and businesses begin reopening to full capacity, the nation faces a labor shortage. With increasing competition for workers, employers will have to be more strategic than ever to attract the best talent. It's critical that employers don't overlook one particular group of talent: Generation Z. Many Gen. Z-ers — those born after 1996 — are...

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What's in a Name? Understanding Junior, Mid-Level, and Senior Developers

I have been working in recruitment for over 14 years, four of which I have spent running my own IT recruitment agency. Clients regularly contact us for help building candidate profiles. Our key task at this stage is to help the company construct a portrait of the candidate they need. A big part of that entails determining the level of tech talent they need. Is a junior-level developer...

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How Events and Other Industries Hit Hard by the Pandemic Are Staffing Back Up

As the economy begins opening back up in earnest, many companies are struggling to fill their open roles. The industries hit hardest by the pandemic, like hospitality and entertainment, are among those struggling most to find the right candidates. Event staff are proving particularly hard to find. These people are the face of your event, the first and the last people your attendees...

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Get Hired Jun 3, 2021
5 Actionable Tips to Find Your First Job Faster

Searching for your first job is a rite of passage. Every year, millions of young people enter the job market for the first time and grapple with the uncertainty of figuring out their first career step.  The COVID-19 pandemic only adds another layer to the uncertainty faced by first-time job seekers. In 2020, we saw the weakest job market for recent graduates since 2008, with a 45% drop in...

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The Innovators Jun 3, 2021
The Influencer Leader: A New Approach to Management for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The world is in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and other cutting-edge technologies are transforming how we work, which in turn is changing the profile of the workforce. As technology becomes more of a horizontal that affects every industry vertical, the workplace evolves in lockstep. The future of work will be...

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Attracting and Retaining Purpose-Driven Tech Talent: 6 Tips and 2 Red Flags

If your company is in the market for tech talent, you're no doubt aware the current landscape is a challenging one for employers. Great technologists are hard to find, attract, and retain. Understanding the changing wants and needs of candidates is more important than ever. For younger Generation Z and millennial tech workers in particular, a sense of purpose and a focus on corporate...

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With Employees Losing Trust in Employers, It's Time to Hit the Reset Button on Talent

While the economic recovery has been anything but straightforward over the last few months, overall outlooks for 2021 remain relatively optimistic. One projection foresees 73 million hires taking place by the end of the year. But there's a complication. As the economy opens up, many employees are considering changing jobs. Why? Because they've lost faith in their bosses. A recent Buck...

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These Minor Tweaks to Your Job Ads Can Give Your Apply Rates a Powerful Boost

The war for top talent is in full effect as US employers ramp up hiring efforts at a record pace. To attract qualified candidates and ensure business continuity post-pandemic, an effective job advertising strategy is key. Recruiters must learn the factors playing into candidate behavior and recruitment outcomes if they wish to boost ROI and meet hiring goals in the current talent...

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Get Hired Jun 1, 2021
Going Job Hunting? 11 Tips to Help You Clean Up Your Personal Brand First

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: What's one piece of advice you'd give someone who is trying to clean up their personal brand before job hunting? How will this help their chances of getting hired? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization...

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Success Jun 1, 2021
Zoom Etiquette 101: 8 Tips to Put Your Best Face Forward During Virtual Meetings

Article by Megan Nicole O'Neal 2020 required professionals across all industries to change the way they handle business. After a year, working remotely has proven to be as successful as — if not more than — working in an office for most companies. In fact, more than 20 Fortune 500 companies like Google, Spotify, and Zillow have declared they will adopt remote or hybrid work models...

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Get Hired May 28, 2021
How to Land a Job Virtually Anywhere

Pre-pandemic, physical offices were still a major part of recruitment. Businesses built huge campuses where employees could work, eat, and even sleep so they could stay at the office as long as they needed. In fact, labor has been tied very directly to geography in every stage throughout human history. Laborers either worked where jobs were available or moved elsewhere to fulfill other...

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Inside Recruiting May 28, 2021
3 Simple Steps Every Company Can Take to Start Closing the Gender Wage Gap

The gender wage gap isn't new, but it continues to hold women back from reaching their full earning potential. In 2020, women's annual earnings were just 82 percent of men's, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The wage gap is even more pronounced for women of color: Black women with advanced degrees earn 70 percent of what their white male counterparts make. Large companies and...

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Smart Tech May 28, 2021
Every Inclusive Hiring Strategy Starts With the Right Data

Diversity has been the buzzword of the last year for many organizations. LinkedIn reports that the number of people holding a "head of diversity title" more than doubled between 2015 and 2020. In the same time period, the number of directors of diversity grew 75 percent, and chief diversity officers grew 68 percent. While hiring an executive focused on diversity, holding splashy events...

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The Innovators May 27, 2021
Forcing Employees Back to the Office Could Spur a Retention Crisis. Do This Instead.

Companies need to think carefully about the decision to bring employees back to the office full-time. The flexibility of remote work is driving employee satisfaction and a healthier work/life balance. Take that away from employees, and it could have far-reaching impacts on everything from recruiting and retaining talent to employee productivity and innovation. Instead, HR executives and...

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Smart Tech May 27, 2021
How to Build an Application Experience That Prioritizes People

HR is tasked with the most critical role in any business: taking care of the company's people. Successful people management starts with getting the right people in the door and making sure they have what they need. For far too long, however, HR technology and tools have been built around processes rather than for the people they serve. That's especially true in the case of tools built for...

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Inside Recruiting May 26, 2021
The New Model of Hiring: If You Want to Attract Top Talent, You Need to Create an Attractive Opportunity

Log in to LinkedIn, and you'll find an abundance of coaching and advice for job seekers on every topic from resume tips to offer letters. I can scroll down my newsfeed on any given day and 5-10 people will have tips to help me stand out to attract the job I want. In fact, for many years now, I've been one of those people, coaching job seekers on much of the same stuff. I even wrote an...

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Smart Tech May 25, 2021
Beyond the Coolness Factor: Why Staffing Firms Should Reconsider Their Technology Priorities

A recruiter's success depends largely on candidate and client satisfaction, which is why staffing technology priorities tend to focus on improving candidate experience and client service. In fact, there are thousands of tech tools available to do just that. Unfortunately, back-office processes and operational systems that may be critical to the smooth functioning of the recruiting...

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The Innovators May 24, 2021
COVID-Induced Income Volatility Is Hurting Worker Productivity. This 4-Point Plan Can Help.

More than a year into the global public health crisis, questions remain about the scope of the economic recovery. To what extent has the pandemic exacerbated financial fragility among Americans? How are workers weathering COVID-induced financial disruptions? How is income volatility affecting the US workforce? Prudential recently released its Financial Wellness Census, which gauges the...

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Smart Tech May 24, 2021
The Problem With Resume Screening — and How You Can Fix It

Through countless rewrites, keyword-stuffing, and sweating over the exact alignment of bulleted lists, candidates struggle to create the ultimate resume that will catch the reader's attention and keep them from landing in the hiring manager's wastebasket. In my opinion, they needn't bother. In fact, I believe every resume belongs in the bin. Why? Because resumes don't predict job...

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Get Hired May 21, 2021
How to take ownership of your authentic power in the workplace: Five tools for women

As founder of Pavo Navigation Coaching, AmyJo Mattheis has a specialty in helping companies large and small identify and address workplace toxicity in all its forms. Mattheis frequently finds herself serving as a sounding board to women in leadership positions who are struggling to own their real power. "As women, we are often conditioned not to ask for things, and to adapt to the...

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Get Hired May 21, 2021
Why Successful Hiring Managers Look Beyond the 4-year College Degree

There is a growing need for skilled tech talent, and the demand for these individuals is outpacing the number of those earning technology and computer science degrees. The result—companies have a tech talent shortage and stalled or slowed workflow. Compound this issue with the pandemic which has resulted in college-bound students taking a gap year due to financial strains or losing faith in...

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Smart Tech May 21, 2021
Virtual Onboarding: Why Company Culture Is the Key

2020 was the year of virtual onboarding — and not necessarily by choice for most companies. But even as offices start opening back up, virtual onboarding will continue to be a reality for many across the globe. When we were all forced to take our hiring processes virtual in the spring of 2020, we adjusted fairly quickly. We figured out how to get new hire paperwork filled out and IRS...

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The Innovators May 21, 2021
Succession Plans That Work: Follow These 3 Principles

When a C-level executive resigns from their post, it can cause widespread disorganization unless your company already has a succession plan in place. If we've learned anything from the last year, it's to expect the unexpected. Putting together a blueprint for the next in line is somewhat like hedging your bets. That's never a bad thing, and especially not when we're talking about executive...

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Smart Tech May 20, 2021
How to Fix a Broken Interview Process

It's a conundrum: Nearly half of today's organizations consider the interview the most important part of the candidate experience, yet their interview processes are lengthy, confusing, and inefficient. Usually, they have not rethought their processes in years, and their offers are being declined at ever-growing rates. Yello has identified six signs that indicate it's time to reassess your...

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Inside Recruiting May 20, 2021
In the Battle for Talent, Corporate Sustainability Can Give You the Advantage

As the world has shifted to a knowledge economy over the last 20 years, the battle for talent has intensified. The search for quality candidates has become more competitive than ever as employers vie for top talent, who are now looking for more than just a job. These days, the best candidates on the market seek meaning in their work and purpose in their career paths. They want to...

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Smart Tech May 20, 2021
The Robots Aren't Taking Your Job: 5 Things You Have Completely Wrong About Automation

Mention automation in any work-related conversation and a sense of dread may sweep across the room. Images spring to mind of humanoid robots and sophisticated machines doing the jobs done by people. People may ask themselves: Can my job be automated? Will it? Automation is prone to such myths, but it doesn't have to be scary. Many small and medium-sized businesses rely on automation...

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The Innovators May 19, 2021
Culture Makes Us Human: 3 Lessons for Building a Vibrant, Adaptive Company Culture 

What knowledge and skills do you need to build a strong, vibrant, agile, and adaptive culture where people achieve extraordinary results for your organization? During our combined 75 years' worth of research, teaching, consulting, and training, we have learned a few fundamental lessons about what makes a culture healthy: Lesson 1: Success Begins and Ends With Culture Most culture-building...

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Smart Tech May 19, 2021
A Practical Guide to Social Media Screening: Keeping It Simple in a Complex World

Social networks have developed into an excellent communication channel between candidates and employers. The latest numbers show an astonishing 3.78 billion social media users worldwide in 2021 across a variety of platforms. Each social media site has its own unique audience. LinkedIn, for example, is the go-to professional networking site for more than 750 million active users in more...

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Success May 18, 2021
4 Traits Every Next-Generation Leader Needs to Possess

Most business leaders had never previously experienced anything close to the disruption the pandemic has inflicted on both our lives and our work. It has posed brand new challenges for companies, turning the workplace upside down and inside out. Employees, too, have had to deal with job insecurity, health concerns, and heightened anxiety in various aspects of their lives. The very concept of...

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Smart Tech May 18, 2021
How E-Learning Can Help Your Company Differentiate Itself in This Talent Market

Did you know that offering career advancement opportunities can reduce employee turnover by 94 percent? Or that employees are 30 percent more engaged when they have access to professional development? These statistics alone make the argument for why your company should invest in professional development. But you can't tie up all of your team's time in training sessions. Sure, your...

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Inside Recruiting May 17, 2021
Look Beyond the Resume: How to Assess New Grads With Limited Work Experience

The graduating classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 will likely have significantly less experience with job shadowing, volunteering, and interning due to the restrictions brought on by the global pandemic. Of course, this will impact how their resumes stack up against the competition. However, there are ways in which these candidates may have advantages over other talent. The world of work is...

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Inside Recruiting May 17, 2021
13 Common Hiring Manager Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: What's a common faux pas you see hiring managers committing during the hiring process, and what should they be doing instead? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most...

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Get Hired May 14, 2021
Ten Tips for Adjusting to Workdays in the Office After a Year of Remote Work

You might be feeling an intense case of the "back-to-school butterflies" when you think of returning back to the office after a year of remote work. But unlike a long, lazy childhood summer, it has been a tumultuous year filled with a great deal of change and upheaval. Rest assured, it's natural to have a range of emotions toward the shift, while feeling conflicted about the myriad of...

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Smart Tech May 14, 2021
Employee Benefits Are Evolving. Are Employers Keeping Up?

Flexibility is often cited as one of the keys to a strong employee benefits program, but exactly what kind of flexibility are workers looking for? Is it the flexibility to choose how and when benefits are used? The freedom to access them at any time and from any location? Is it the flexibility to create unique packages for each employee's individual needs? The truth is, benefits are...

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Inside Recruiting May 14, 2021
Interviewing a Remote Software Developer: Questions and Best Practices to Find the Right Fit

According to an estimate from Evans Data Corporation, the number of software developers around the world is expected to reach nearly 29 million by 2024. Despite this sizable talent pool, souring and hiring a software developer is rarely easy. In fact, with more companies now embracing remote work in the wake of the pandemic, hiring the right developer has gotten even harder. Hiring remote...

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Smart Tech May 13, 2021
The Data Point Revolution: How Gig Platforms Are Changing the Way We Hire Professional Talent

Gig economy platforms like Uber and DoorDash have changed the way we get to the airport, order food, and find a place to stay when traveling. By now, you've probably heard the expression "Uber for X" to describe bringing these gig-platform models to other industries. Now, the model is changing how businesses hire workers, too. Traditional hiring methods rely on resumes and word-of-mouth....

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Inside Recruiting May 13, 2021
Transferable Velocity: A Forward-Thinking Way to Close the Post-Pandemic Talent Gap

While the picture is improving, unemployment remains high thanks to changes in the specific skill sets employers need today. The pandemic spurred dramatic shifts in our lifestyles, business practices, and consumer preferences, creating gaps between what organizations need and what candidates have to offer. As is the case in all economic recoveries, recruiters are on the front lines as...

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The Innovators May 12, 2021
Employers, Let's Not Abandon All the New Habits We Picked Up During the Pandemic

I don't think anyone will be surprised when I say the coronavirus pandemic made us dramatically change how we work at Doodle. As a software-as-a-service company with offices around the world, we already had a good handle on virtual meeting culture. But even with this head start, moving to a completely remote work model came with new challenges. Thankfully, it looks like we might finally...

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Inside Recruiting May 12, 2021
The 3 Most Important Traits You're Overlooking in Candidates

In the more than four years that Inter (formerly Junto) has been in business, we've hired over 50 people for full-time and freelance roles. Thirty-five of those people are still part of the team. The rest either quit or were let go. For us, 2019 was a particularly difficult year for hiring. We let go of a few people who weren't the right long-term fit, and a few other employees quit. In...

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The Innovators May 11, 2021
Customer Love: How to Take Your Business From Good to Great

Article by Simon T. Bailey Need to give your business an edge over the competition? Stop selling and start connecting. Customer love is the key. Going beyond the transaction is what keeps you in business. Only 4 percent of entrepreneurial ventures survive for 10 years. I'm proud to be among them, with 18 years behind me as a speaker, author, and coach. Before setting out on my own, I...

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Smart Tech May 10, 2021
Do InMails Actually Work? Yes, If You Know How to Use Them

Nearly 100 percent of all recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates, which means you have some stiff competition if you're looking for your next hire on the platform. But you can't afford to ignore LinkedIn, either. It's pretty much the only game in town when it comes to professional networking sites. Sure, there are more niche sites — like your AngelLists and Quoras — and those...

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Inside Recruiting May 10, 2021
The Brave New World of Work: What Employers Can Expect After the Pandemic

As we turn the corner on the first year of the COVID-19 national health crisis, the fog is beginning to clear. We can finally catch a glimpse of how the world of work might look by this time next year. Several workforce trends that had emerged before the pandemic have exponentially accelerated over the past 12 months, including the mass adoption of remote working by previously office-bound...

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Smart Tech May 7, 2021
COVID's Biggest Lesson for Business? Always Expect the Unexpected.

It has been over a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the world has drastically changed. With virtual spaces becoming the default for so many activities, the pandemic has altered how we interact with everything from our homes and our friends to our work. Now is the time to ask what we can learn from this. From an HR perspective, the past year holds all...

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The Innovators May 7, 2021
Are You Using Employee Resource Groups to Their Full Potential?

Organizations widely utilize employee resource groups (ERGs) as tools to amplify the voices of underrepresented employees. By creating empowering spaces for people of shared, marginalized identities, these groups can become positive forces for female, BIPOC, disabled, LGBTQ+, and veteran employees. As businesses increasingly focus on scaling the impact of their diversity, equity, and...

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Get Hired May 6, 2021
3 Steps to Guarantee Your Next Job is More Fulfilling

Finding a new job can be arduous.  Securing a new position that enables boundless joy can seem virtually unattainable.  However, with a bit of self-exploration and awareness, attaining a role that fuels joy is possible.  Follow these steps to find out how.   1 | Ensure the job matches your values: Can you quickly rattle off your top 5-10 values? I would venture to say probably not. ...

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The Innovators May 6, 2021
What Remote Work Can Teach Us About Keeping In-Office Employees Engaged

Nearly a third of all workers would rather take a pay cut than return to their office. This tells us a couple of things. First, it turns out employees really enjoy working from home, which suggests companies have succeeded in creating positive experiences for their dispersed workers. Second, it reveals opportunities for organizations to reimagine how they approach in-office engagement, for...

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Smart Tech May 6, 2021
Do It Yourself: The HR Pro's Guide to No-Code Tools

If you chose a career in human resources, it's a safe bet you enjoy working with people more than working behind a screen. That's not to say there aren't plenty of tech-savvy HR folks who are thriving remotely during the pandemic, but by nature, the business lends itself to interaction. When it comes to designing processes that work for your department, having to wade through pages of code...

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Smart Tech May 5, 2021
Hiring Gen. Z Candidates Today: Why 1 in 3 Zoomers Are Reconsidering Their Careers

The children of Generation X and the millennials, Gen. Z-ers — also known as "zoomers" — are an especially attractive target for recruiters. They're known for being loyal, likely to stay in their first jobs for three years or longer — a dramatic difference from the average millennial's tenure. Gen. Z candidates are willing to make a long-term investment in your company, so it's...

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