Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Dec 9, 2016
The end of year is a time for gratitude and reflection before holiday celebrations give way to the New Year and forward thinking. The same holds true for many companies, which is exactly why you shouldn’t wait for the New Year to refocus your hiring efforts, especially important in today’s tight...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Dec 5, 2016
In our recent 6 Ways to Check Your Background Before You Apply for Jobs post, we talked about the importance of fact-checking your own records. Red flags in your academic, employment, criminal, driving, credit, financial, and even social media history can prevent you from landing the hourly job you...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Nov 18, 2016
Recruitment strategy is a major factor in your organization’s success. For small and medium-sized businesses in particular, hourly front line talent is the company’s lifeblood. Yet many companies scrutinize their employees far more rigorously than their recruiting processes. To attract the top...
5 Culture Questions Restaurants Should Ask Job Candidates
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Nov 3, 2016
A cohesive restaurant staff that demonstrates teamwork and attentiveness to guests impacts every aspect of your business. These positive behaviors are the products of individual employee values married to a compatible company culture. Finding the right values in new hires isn’t always easy, but...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Oct 28, 2016
What’s eating restaurant profits? Rising rents, food spoilage, and empty tables are the usual suspects but another culprit is also taking an excessive bite. Labor costs are cannibalizing profit margins. Recruitment and retention are two of the top five industry challenges, rising above food costs...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Oct 26, 2016
What can you learn from that guy at work who always seems to get the plum assignments, or your co-worker who gets asked her opinion in every staff meeting? Plenty. There are certain types of employees who make a great impression on everyone, from subordinates to peers to executives. Here are three...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Oct 14, 2016
Sometimes hiring managers are so eager to fill open positions that they end up making mistakes that could lead to accidentally hiring the wrong person. If you focus on attracting the right kind of candidates and have a well thought out evaluation process, you can easily identify and hire top talent...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Oct 11, 2016
As the job market tightens, hiring managers are starting to focus less on experience and skill when assessing candidates. Instead, they’re looking at things like fit, communication style, and drive – traits that are harder to quantify but critical when building great teams. Here are a few qualities...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Oct 7, 2016
Filling positions in the healthcare industry is growing more and more difficult each day. No one is more acutely aware of this than hiring managers in the space, who find themselves struggling to attract and retain quality personnel. So what are the top issues in healthcare recruiting? Here are two...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Sep 29, 2016
The prevailing attitude when discussing retention is to simply accept turnover as a fact of life . This fatalistic mindset does nothing to help improve the situation or solve the problem. In actuality, there are specific and actionable that can be done to improve employee retention rates. Think...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Sep 22, 2016
Here’s a sobering statistic: the voluntary turnover rate was 11.6% . in the US last year. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s startling when you really think about it - on average, almost 12 out of 100 employees quit their jobs. This costs companies millions per year, not to mention the...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Sep 13, 2016
After actually doing what many only dream about (starting a company), you're finally ready to expand beyond the founder’s circle and hire your first employee. It’s a huge step, fraught with both excitement and risk. After all, at this stage in your company's lifecycle, a new hire could either help...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Sep 9, 2016
Remember mullets? The iconic “business in front, party in back” hairstyle was once worn by pop stars, all the cool kid in the 80s, and even the irrepressible David Bowie . But eventually the mullet fell out of favor, along with disco and parachute pants. Today, the mullet is a cautionary tale and a...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Sep 1, 2016
“To thine own self be true.” Shakespeare wrote those words of wisdom and Drake, international superstar and unofficial rapper laureate of Canada, preaches the same thing in his song "Know Yourself” . Self awareness plays a huge part in your quest for a great job, one that is a fit for your...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Aug 23, 2016
There is a direct (and hopefully positive) correlation between your recruiting and retention efforts. Specifcally, the time, money, and effort spent landing the best talent for open positions is a complete waste without a commensurate effort to keep them engaged. The folks at Great With Talent talk...
What NBC’s Olympic Coverage Can Teach You About Recruiting
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Aug 19, 2016
The Rio Olympics took place in front of 78,000 live spectators and was watched by well over 33.4 million viewers on NBC. As usual, the games have been a showcase for the most talented athletes from scores of countries competing in a plethora of events, some of which we only get to see televised...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Aug 16, 2016
That candidate you hired today will likely write your company’s next review on Glassdoor. What do you want it to say? If you peruse the annual lists of best companies to work for, the ones with outstanding reviews and a slew of virtual thumbs up on Glassdoor, they share some characteristics that...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Aug 4, 2016
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 5.8 million job openings in America . Think about it: that’s enough openings to give every single person in Chicago and Houston a brand spanking new position, and still have some left over. Coupled with the historically low unemployment...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jul 25, 2016
Online talent platforms are transforming hiring by helping to quickly connect jobseekers with opportunities that match their needs. In fact, by the year 2025, online talent platforms could potentially add $2.7 trillion to the global GDP . How exactly can online talent platforms provide that much...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jul 20, 2016
It’s 2016, and big data is the name of the game. Companies have more information than ever at their fingertips. The key is turning all of that data into meaningful information that can be acted upon. In the hiring and recruiting realm, companies are using talent analytics to dig into employee data...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jul 18, 2016
Restaurants are hiring new workers at a fast and furious pace. However, according to the National Restaurant Association’s chief economist, Bruce Grindy, there are indications that job vacancies in the industry are becoming harder and harder to fill. Recruiting and retaining quality employees is...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jul 12, 2016
Let me know if any of these questions sound familiar: • “What's your biggest weakness?” • “Why do you want to work for us?” • “Why should we choose you over all the other candidates?” • “If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?” • “How many quarters would it take to fill Lambeau Field...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jul 10, 2016
Just about every company in hiring mode conducts phone screens prior to bringing candidates in for face to face interviews. Most leave this task to HR in the hopes that finalists for the job have been properly vetted so time’s not wasted with candidates who aren't a fit. Some companies do phone...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jul 6, 2016
When companies have a lot of positions to fill, it’s tempting to take shortcuts. From rushing through resume reviews to scheduling interviews with multiple candidates in the same room to acknowledging only the ‘winners’, many companies ignore the long-term consequences of these actions simply to...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jul 3, 2016
One of the most difficult situations a company faces is quickly identifying, vetting, and onboarding new hires when a position opens up. Regardless of the seniority level or specific responsibilities of the position, there is a ripple effect that occurs and it travels up and down the org chart...

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