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BY: JASON MCDOWELL Businesses in myriad industries are struggling with skills gaps, spurring executives to seek new methods and technologies for acquiring talent. Unfortunately, the tactics recruiters and hiring managers use to plug talent holes don’t always address the larger problem of the nationwide talent gap. While businesses can leverage freelancers and contract workers to make up for some weaknesses and scale up projects, at the end of the day, many companies simply require more full-time employees than they can get their hands on. The Tru
BY: RECRUITER Q&A Welcome to Recruiter Q&A, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you’d like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter Q&A! Today’s Question: If you could change one thing about the way recruiting is done, what would it be and why? 1. Trash Those Boring Job Ads Stop using job descriptions because they are boring, boring, boring! Even worse, most look the same.
BY: BETSEY BANKER Today, many employers are tasked with preserving and promoting the health and happiness of their employees. As a result, much attention is paid to perks beyond healthcare and 401(k) benefits. Wellness leaders are responding, offering a wide variety of lifestyle improvement and chronic disease management programs while exploring everything from flexible work arrangements to pet insurance. In truth, however, our employee wellness programs don’t have to be so complicated. A good wellness program improves the health and happiness of individuals. While
BY: MIKE WILLIAMS With a million jobs added since January, the American job market currently belongs to the buyers. Candidates have more options to choose from, which means your company must offer roles that appeal to both their financial and emotional needs if it wants to win over top talent Free lunches and 401(k) matching are no longer enough to attract the best talent. In fact, research indicates that, above all else, high-quality candidates want to work for companies that both align with who they are and provide personally relevant d
BY: SHARON GILLENWATER Where do you go to connect with talent? According to Korn Ferry, 52 percent of executives turn to their professional networks, and another 28 percent say they turn to LinkedIn. What if you could build relationships with talent face to face before even needing to make a hire? If you want to be more proactive in your recruiting efforts, consider going where the talent goes: industry events. Building relationships with talent at industry events can ensure you always have a lineup of skilled pros in your back pocket. Why
BY: MATTHEW KOSINSKI Recruiters are, by necessity, a diverse lot. Sourcing top-tier tech talent in Silicon Valley is a whole different ballgame from chatting up designers in New York City. Recruiters must respond to their contexts by adopting the tactics and strategies that make sense for their situations. Plus, recruiters are people, just like the rest of us. (Shocker, I know.) That means they all come to the table with their own unique personalities and postures toward the world. Combine this inherently human variation with a plethora of contextual needs, and wh
BY: SCOTT ENGLER When I moved to Oregon from California a few years ago, I decided to learn how to fish. I grew up in a family for which fishing wasn’t very popular; I can only remember fishing once in my entire childhood. I don’t recall learning anything aside from putting the worm on the hook. Back to Oregon: After some trial and error, YouTube videos, and the kind support of friends and local fisherman, I began learning the basics of fishing. Over time, I noticed that the more I practiced, the more frequently I caught fish. As my first summer
BY: JASON MCDOWELL The corporate world doesn’t always warm up to the idea of change, but change can certainly be good. Corporate cultures change. Outdated policies change. Occupants of those big comfy chairs in the boardroom change, sometimes. Even people well into their careers seek change every once in a while. According to “Time for a Change,” a survey conducted by the University of Phoenix School of Business, more than half of working adults are interested in changing careers, with nearly 25 percent expressing that they are extrem
BY: DANNY BOICE Government security clearances are a notoriously complicated process for HR professionals to navigate. There are multiple clearance categories, and the rules governing each often change during presidential transitions. Individuals with security clearance are perpetually in high demand due to funding limitations and the lag time necessary for gaining clearance. About 70 percent of security clearance holders work directly for the federal government, but the remaining 30 percent are state and local officials, independent contractors, and employees of priv
BY: FERRIS KAPLAN According to a Microsoft study, a goldfish now has a longer attention span than you do. Hey, over here — there’s more! Microsoft found that the average human’s attention span is now eight seconds, down from 12 seconds in 2000. The goldfish clocks in at nine seconds. Why does Microsoft care, and why should you? Because shorter attention spans affect concentration, comprehension, reading, advertising, and interpersonal interactions. Given how short the average person’s attention span is — and that includes hiring manag