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Passive Candidates without Search Firms
Article by Mike Tastle - Jun 11, 2019
If you are using search firms for any hiring under executive level positions, you're doing it all wrong. Allow me to explain. I first need to bust the myth that search firms will find and present "passive" candidates, which is their big pitch and how they try to justify you spending $$$$ when you...
Your Candidate Experience “Bill of Rights”
Article by Alan Margulis - May 24, 2018
Implement these best practices to turn your best applicants into new hires, and the rest into your employer brand advocates. The time has come for a candidate experience “Bill of Rights.” For employers, a well-planned and consistently positive candidate experience results in quicker times to fill...
Article by Alan Margulis - May 16, 2018
Smart tools and processes enable successful management of this highly consequential—and final—stage of the talent experience. At HoopsHR, we project that smart data-driven decisions will soon underlie every phase of the talent experience in our country’s best-managed workplaces. The transition is...
Article by Alan Margulis - May 15, 2018
For years, the road map was the best possible navigational tool a driver could use. “What could be better than the intricate detail and astounding accuracy of a map, printed on a large piece of folded paper that fit neatly in a glove box?” Maps were terrific until you had to read one yourself while...
Article by Alan Margulis - May 9, 2018
The strategies that worked to attract, recruit, engage, and retain Generation Xers are ineffective with Millennials. Major studies have revealed that this generation, which now represents the largest share of the US labor market, is highly divergent from preceding generations in its attitudes about...
The Business Case for a Talent Experience Platform
Article by Alan Margulis - May 2, 2018
A talent experience platform accomplishes far more than centralizing the structure of talent acquisition and management. It is indispensable in driving effective, high ROI workforce management strategies. These platforms are being widely adopted across industries, and 84% of organizations who haven...
Article by Alan Margulis - Feb 24, 2018
For two decades, companies in the U.S. and around the world have been focusing on employee engagement as a means to improve talent acquisition and retention. Despite countless talent surveys and organizational research on this subject, global engagement scores have continued to remain at all-time...
Article by Alan Margulis - Feb 24, 2018
Recent Studies Detail Correlation Between Employee Engagement and Retention The most serious challenge facing Human Resources is not benefits, compensation, or performance management. For two years running, the top two HR challenges have been employee retention and employee engagement. Engagement...
Employee engagement article
Article by Alan Margulis - Feb 24, 2018
Employees spend more time in their relationship with their employers than they do with family, friends, spouses, or children. Their experiences at work matter, especially at a time when retention risk is at its peak. In its 2016 Global Workforce Study , Willis Towers Watson says that retention risk...
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...
Recruiting Strategy
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...
Talent Acquisition for Restaurants
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...

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