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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...
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...

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