Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jun 26, 2016
What is ‘culture’ in the workplace? Is it a set of guidelines articulated in the mission statement? Is it the way company leaders treat employees, or the way employees treat each other? Does it exist inside the building only, or does culture also influence attitudes and behavior towards customers...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jun 20, 2016
As a new generation graduates and starts the job hunt, they're looking for careers that are dynamic, flexible, and challenging, at companies with a culture to match. Understanding what motivates them is the first step to engaging them in the recruitment process. It's easy (and foolish) to ignore...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jun 13, 2016
‘Hire slow, fire fast’ is a mantra that is repeated as gospel in the talent sourcing and recruitment community. According to a Harvard Business Review article , sticking to this principle allows companies to be highly selective about new hires to ensure cultural fit as well as job fit. Following...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jun 7, 2016
Unsurprisingly, many companies attempt to emulate Google’s business practices. As one of the most successful companies of the past decade, the tech giant is a leader in rethinking existing systems, resulting in disruptive change in a variety of areas beyond its core business. A prime example is the...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jun 2, 2016
In today's fast-paced business world, hiring managers need to speed up the recruiting process in order to get the best talent. Candidates tend to make decisions in the blink of an eye, causing the top talent to disappear fast. This is especially true for ‘active’ jobseekers who are eager to get...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - May 29, 2016
A well-known quote from Richard Branson is making the Internet rounds again, because it resonates for reasons that I’ll discuss in a bit. The quote goes ‘Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.’ Branson acknowledges what all good business leaders...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - May 10, 2016
Here’s an important question to ask if you're involved in talent acquisition: do you have a system in place to connect recruiting to onboarding? Companies spend a significant amount of resources finding, screening, and hiring new employees, and then drop the ball when it comes to one of the most...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - May 6, 2016
When deciding what traits to look for in your recruiting pool, there are lots of opinions and little consensus. Some experts claim that optimal traits are role-dependent: the personality traits that make a great customer service rep aren't the same ones possessed by an outstanding salesperson...
Article by Chad Truby - Apr 21, 2016
Most hiring professionals spend lots of time scanning resumes for key words that match up with the job description, words like ‘leadership’, or ‘results-driven’ or ‘self-motivated’. Keyword scanning is the reason most HR professional spend 6 seconds on average looking at a resume before deciding...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Mar 28, 2016
The costs of hiring employees is an important metric for businesses to track. It’s a critical component when measuring the ROI of the hiring process, and if you're not constantly evaluating your hiring process, start now. Small Business Trends examined the costs in today’s economy, where there are...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Mar 14, 2016
Most of the forecasts for hiring trends in 2016 are predicated on a continuing economic upswing coupled with higher adoption rates of new technology in HR departments. In this article by Susannah Snider (@SusSnider), there's good news for job-seekers (higher pay) and bad news (increased healthcare...
Article by Chad Truby - Mar 6, 2016
Noted author and thought leader Seth Godin once said, “People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories, and magic.” In other words, consumers are looking for more than marketing copy and slick packaging - they want to engage and connect with brands in an authentic way. They’re...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Feb 29, 2016
In a piece for Forbes.com, Cover Letters Are Dead And Other 2016 Recruiting Trends , Liz Ryan argues against including cover letters because frankly, no one reads them. She also urges employers to move beyond traditional hiring methods, makes a strong case for referrals, and points out what most...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Feb 15, 2016
From ABC’s Shark Tank to HBO’s Silicon Valley to bestselling books like Steve Jobs , the narrative of startups is embedded in our culture. It’s the story of a founder with an idea who executes on it and changes the world. And it always happens in the garage . While the startup mythos has become a...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Feb 9, 2016
The relationship between HR and hiring managers, specifically when it comes to filling open positions, can be complicated. HR professionals work diligently to find and screen candidates, only to get pushback from managers about the quality or quantity of applicants. Front-line managers are...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jan 31, 2016
A recent report on the labor market outlook said that the US leads all major markets in unfilled jobs. There are various reasons cited including the lack of technical competencies and stagnant wage growth. However, the biggest factor was an overall lack of applicants for open positions, no surprise...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jan 14, 2016
Hiring, like most areas of business, is about wins and losses. It’s about making the right decisions at the right times, eating the costs of wrong decisions and hopefully learning from them. Recruiters are always on the lookout for superstar hires that can make a difference from day one. But...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Jan 5, 2016
It’s the start of the new year which means simultaneously reflecting on the past and looking to the future. And there’s no better time than now to think about ways to improve your hiring process. Here are some tools to help you examine your talent pipeline, revise your workflow, and position your...
Candidate Experience Matters
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Dec 22, 2015
If you’re responsible for filling open positions, your top priority is finding the best fit for the job, period. The actual experience candidates have working their way through your pipeline may not seem as important as just getting them through it, but believe it or not, it matters. There are...
Hiring is a Team Sport
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Dec 14, 2015
When it comes to filling open positions, the relationship between hiring managers and HR is equal parts exhilaration and exasperation. Hiring managers want the best people available and they want them identified, screened, interviewed and hired yesterday. Meanwhile, HR is hard at work posting the...
The Cost of Hiring the Wrong Person
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Dec 7, 2015
Companies spend a significant amount of time and money filling open positions. Regardless of the position, the benefits of finding and hiring the right person for the right position are self-evident. And after writing and posting the job description, sifting through resumes, conducting phone and in...
What To look for in a talent analytics team
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Nov 29, 2015
The widespread use of data analytics has been transformative because it gives companies a way to dig into large datasets (e.g. 'Big Data') and pull out the information required to make better decisions rather than relying on gut feelings or instinct alone. It brings quantitative power into business...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Nov 24, 2015
The concept of fit is talked about incessantly in the context of hiring, for good reason. It is a key indicator of employee retention and productivity, and, as Katie Bouton ( @katiebouton ) writes in the Harvard Business Review, in many instances it is as important as job knowledge or skill set in...
Article by Kelly Marc Alston - Nov 16, 2015
The importance of keeping staff engaged is crystal clear to many companies. When talent is given challenging but achievable goals, regular feedback, and training they become highly invested in business outcomes and strive for success in their work. Companies that make talent engagement a priority...
Article by HoopsHR - Sep 21, 2015
Please, have a seat, and welcome to corporate recruiting! In the spirit of “walk a mile in another man’s moccasins,” I thought today would be a good day to have you visit the recruiting “pit.” “How are you doing?” you ask? We’re quite fine, thank you. Just another busy day in the pit, making calls...

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