Hiring

Candidate Net Promoter Score

Do you ever wonder why you’re not getting the “right” talent applying to your job postings? Is your company well-armed for the “war for talent?” How is your company thought of in the marketplace? Answers to those questions may lie in your candidate net promoter score. Read on to learn about this key recruiting metric.

Headhunter

Having trouble filling a role? Do you find yourself wondering, “Is there a better way?” Maybe it’s time to hire a headhunter and watch the quality candidates come flooding in. Read on to learn about headhunters and how they can help your organization.

Boomerang Employee

When you’re struggling to fill important positions, you may consider reaching out to former employees to see if they’re interested in returning. Or, former employees may contact you with a desire to come back. Like any hire, there are pros and cons—and pitfalls to be avoided—in re-hiring and re-onboarding so-called “boomerang” employees.

Benchmark Jobs

Do you ever wonder if you are paying employees too much? Not enough? Benchmark jobs give you valuable points of reference to gauge whether you are leading, matching, or lagging in pay compared to the market. It also helps optimize job descriptions and effectively screen candidates.

Recruiting Operations

We all know that staffing is a core function of Human Resources. When HR professionals manage recruiting well, we hire the right talent to support our organization. Let's look at how you can make recruiting more efficient and effective.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)

We all know that recruitment is essential to staffing your company with great employees. But do you know that many companies outsource some of all of their recruiting needs? Here is a guide to better understand recruitment process outsourcing and see if the scalable, customizable solutions that these providers offer are right for your organization.

Candidate Correspondence

We've all had the experience of applying for a job and never hearing any response. It doesn't feel respectful, does it? How you communicate with job applicants can make or break a great candidate experience. Read on for tips to improve your correspondence and increase candidate engagement.

Post & Pray

Is your organization posting jobs and hoping that great candidates will magically apply? This tactic is called “post and pray,” and it’s not the most effective way to recruit top talent. Read on to learn more about alternatives!

Inbound Recruiting

Does recruiting feel impossible for your organization and you can’t figure out why? Maybe it’s time to change from outbound recruiting to inbound recruiting. Read on to learn more!

Personality Interview

Have you ever evaluated a candidate with the skills and experience you’re looking for, but you wonder if they will fit into your culture? It’s time to deploy the personality interview! Read on to understand how this interview technique could be helpful for your organization.

Counteroffer

We have all heard the term “war on talent,” which refers to the competitive challenge of attracting and retaining talent. A counteroffer may be part of your organization’s answer to this challenge. Read on to learn more.

Interview Note Taking

Distinguishing top candidates for open positions is the most important job of an interviewer. While some candidates may stand out in terms of qualifications and personality, all candidates deserve an equal chance to compete for a position. Remembering who said what after interviewing several candidates can be nearly impossible. By taking notes during the interview, the interviewers can later score and rank the candidates in order to make a final selection.

Hiring with ZipRecruiter

There are lots of different ways to recruit new talent to your company and many online venues on which to do it. This article dives into ZipRecruiter and how it can be effective in recruiting for your company.

Retained Search

When executive roles open up in your organization, do you have the network and skills to recruit for them? If not, consider hiring a retained search agency. What is retained search, and when will it benefit your organization?

Interviewing Techniques

Post-pandemic, in the midst of social change, companies cannot afford to continue with the status quo of interviewing. Job seekers are demanding better and companies have a short window of opportunity to hire better.

Job Boards

A job board can provide the opportunity to not only attract top talent, but give candidates insight into your company… when it is utilized in the right way. How will you know if your company is correctly utilizing job boards? Let’s dive in.

Behavioral Interviewing

You’ve sorted through piles of resumes to compile a pool of qualified candidates for the role you’re hiring. You’ve narrowed down your list of top candidates that meet the minimum requirements and invited them for a second-round interview. How can you maximize the interview to ensure you select the right fit?

We recommend behavioral interviewing. Behavioral interviewing techniques provide insight into the way a candidate handled certain situations in the past and how they may act in the future. Continue reading to learn what behavioral interviewing is, why it's effective, how to conduct a behavioral interview, and examples of behavioral interview questions.

Internal Job Posting

When posting a job internally, it can be intimidating to know how to go about it. This article will answer some of the most commonly asked questions and provide insight on the best ways to approach an internal job posting.

Candidate Pool

Your company will need new employees at some point as turnover naturally occurs. How will you fill those spots? Your first step is to create a well-stocked candidate pool filled with qualified potential employees that can help your company grow for the future.

Screening Interview

You’ve sifted through a mountain of resumes and picked out applicants that meet the bare minimum requirements. How do you best utilize your time to ensure that you interview the top candidates—potential employees that fulfill the demands of the position and match your organizational culture?

Screening interviews allow you to learn more about applicants’ experience and personality without dedicating weeks to formal interviews. Continue reading to find out what a screening interview is, why you should conduct them, and what questions will help determine which candidates pass through to a second interview.

Direct Hire

Most of the positions in your organization may be direct hire and you might not even know it! Is that a good thing? Is that a bad thing? Read on to learn the pros and cons of direct hiring as well as some best practices to implement in your organization!

Situational Interview

Wondering about the difference between situational and behavioral interviews? Read on to learn more about situational interviews and how they can elevate your interview process.

Functional Resume

How do you respond to different sorts of resume formats? Do you favor one type above others? Let's examine the pros and cons of functional resumes, which can be a great option for those seeking to change careers or focus on skills rather than their work history.

Labor Market

What is a labor market? How does it impact HR, and why should you care about it? Read on to learn more about how this key area can help you meet your recruiting objectives.

Video Screening Interview

You've posted a job opening, and now it's time to screen the responses. Traditionally, this has been done by reading resumes and ranking the promising candidates. What if there was an inexpensive, time-effective, easier and more productive way to accomplish this step? Consider the video screening interview.

Reference Check

After working hard to narrow down the applicant pool, you think you have finally found the perfect candidate to fill the open position. One of the next steps is typically to complete reference checks to solidify your candidate as your next new hire. Let's discuss the pros, cons, and how-tos of checking references.

Pre-Employment Screening

The hiring process is a time-consuming, costly HR task. Bad hires can lead to high turnover, negatively impacting your organization and requiring you to expend resources hiring.

Pre-employment screening provides a thorough evaluation of candidates and improves your chances of making the right decision. This detailed article will help teach you what applicant screening is and how to incorporate pre-employment screening into your hiring process to ensure your organization hires the best individuals for open roles.

Temporary Employee

Many workplaces rely on temporary employees for gap coverage or additional labor. For those of us in HR, there are some important considerations when dealing with temporary workers. Read on to learn more.

E-Verify

Is your organization using the E-Verify program? If not, you should be. Read further to learn what E-Verify is and why it may be beneficial for your organization.

Unions

As an HR professional, it is important to be prepared for any challenge that may present itself. One of these challenges may come in the form of working with a labor union. It’s crucial to understand the laws and practices behind unions in order to avoid lawsuits, strikes and ethical violations. This article will talk about unions, their history, HR responsibilities concerning them, and general tips on working with labor unions.

Seasonal Employment

Does your organization need seasonal help? There’s a lot to learn about navigating this type of employment, and it can be challenging. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research. This article will help you determine if it’s a good option for your team.

Knockout Question

One, two, three strikes you're out! We're not talking about a ballgame; we're talking about interview questions that can knock a candidate out of the running. Read on for knockout questions made simple: what they are, how to build them and when to ask them.

Unstructured Interview

Interviewing costs money, as well as skill and planning. Even those of us who are natural interviewers need to be prepared when meeting with an applicant. Whether the interview is on the phone or in person, it is crucial that the interview time is used appropriately. Knowing what type of interview to use and when to use it will help make the interview more successful, yielding the critical information needed to select the right applicant for the position. Read on to learn more about the unstructured interview process and how to conduct one.

Promoting Talent

When you have an open position, do you automatically start posting it everywhere you can think of? If so, you may have missed a step. Promoting talent you already have can put your organization ahead in many ways.

Hiring Millennials

We've heard a lot about Millennials in the workplace. It’s important for you to learn more about Millennials and how to adapt to their characteristics and work style. We can help.

Hiring Gen Z

They are Gen Z, Zoomers, the “digital natives.” Called by many names, their adaptability, motivation, global awareness and fresh perspective is increasingly valuable for employers but… where are they? Let’s take a look at how we can meet this generation where they are and become the workplace they’re searching for.

Intern

Do you want to be an employer of choice? Do you need helping hands to get projects off the ground? Do you want to manage labor costs? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may find your answers in an internship program. Read more to learn how.

Part-Time Employee

How do you know when a role should be part-time rather than full-time? You may wonder what defines a part-time employee and what advantages or downsides there are to hiring someone part-time instead of full-time. You can find these answers and more in this article.

Minimum Qualifications

Does the never-ending flood of non-qualified candidates make your head swim? Is there no light at the end of the tunnel for your recruiting pipeline that’s miles long? Maybe it’s time to adjust your minimum qualifications! Read on to learn what minimum qualifications are and how to utilize them in your organization.

Structured Interview

Quantify, clarify, and share relevant candidate data by using structured interviews. Whether you are assessing candidate ability (skills), alignment (culture, mindset, behavior), or growth potential, you can use structured interviews to guide your interviewers through a less stressful, fairer, and equitable candidate experience. The result: a more confident and defensible hiring decision, every time.

H1-B Visa

We have all heard the term war on talent, meaning that your best candidates are hard to find. Positions are becoming more difficult to fill. Have you considered hiring outside of the US? If so, then an H-1B visa may be right for you. Continue reading to learn more about the H-1B visa program.

Entry-Level Job

The term “entry-level” is seen all over the place on posted jobs. However, what entry-level means can be different for every company. Read on to understand what entry-level means and how it should be communicated to applicants.

Competency-Based Interview

Have you ever hired someone that you ”just knew” would be the perfect fit? They looked and sounded the part; they gleefully accepted the job offer; then they promptly failed. Learn how to use competency-based interviews to avoid bad hiring decisions.

Blind Screening

A diverse workforce has become more important than ever. Nevertheless, how do you ensure that recruiters and hiring managers won’t inadvertently impose their cognitive bias on the recruiting process? A blind screening process is a tool that helps you find the best candidate for the job and minimize bias.

Lateral Hire

Struggling to hire hard-to-fill roles? Lateral recruitment turns many traditional procedures of recruitment upside down. These tips on lateral hiring will help your organization find the niche talent you are looking for.

Interview Guide

You want to make a great hire: the person who fits your culture and brings the skills and experience you need. Here's a tool to get that result while keeping your interviewing team focused on what's important and avoiding bias.

Meticulous Interviewing

The goal of any interview is to find the most qualified candidate in the most efficient way possible. How is meticulous interviewing any different? Here's how meticulous interviewing is the marriage of efficiency and effectiveness.

Freelancers

Freelancer, gig-worker, independent contractor... Why are more and more businesses hiring third-party workers in addition to or in lieu of hiring full-time workers? Get a grasp on the pros and cons of your worker-status options to see if it’s in your organization’s best interest to engage freelancers.

Candidate Persona

Some applicants look perfect on paper, but end up not working out for one reason or another. Why? The act of hiring the best fit is more complex and abstract than an application or resume has the capacity to convey. Using a candidate persona as a tool to make the abstract parts of this process measurable can help make a hiring decision more well-rounded and comprehensive.

Employment Types

Your company needs extra help and looks to you to find it. Do you need temp workers, freelancers, part-time employees, or something else? Seasonal staffing fluctuations, employee work preferences, and productivity needs are but some of the reasons companies hire different types of employees. It's up to you to know the difference and make the right choice.

Contract to Hire

There are many different kinds of hires and it is important to understand each one. In this article we will explain what a contract to hire is and their pros and cons.

Contingent Workers

Is your company struggling to find and retain talent? Do you have budget limitations that prevent you from filling all critical open positions? One alternative to fill a talent gap is to use non-traditional staffing methods. Contingent workers can help.

Batch Interview

When there’s a position that needs to be filled, the whole company feels that gap. When there’s multiple positions that need to be filled, that gap can be a massive pain point throughout your organization. With so many interviews and so little time, having a batch interview process in place is an absolute necessity.

Candidate Feedback Survey

You had the best interview of your career with a candidate and you're ready to make them an offer when suddenly, they let you know they will not be moving forward with your company. What happened? Where did you go wrong? It’s time for a candidate feedback survey.

Hidden Job Market

What is so secretive about the hidden job market, and why doesn’t everyone use it? Here are three quick tips for accessing the hidden job market when you're looking to hire.

Case Interview

Do you ever wish you could see how a candidate works before you hire them? Case interviews get you close to that by providing an opportunity to see how the candidate thinks and solves problems. Read on to learn more about what a case interview is, the pros and cons, and how to successfully conduct one.

Employer Information Session

Are you struggling to recruit university talent critical to your company’s future? Part of the issue could be the way you’re communicating with that talent. If you do not currently hold info sessions for college graduates or you feel like your sessions could use an upgrade, check out this article to walk through what good looks like for recruiting and employer branding events.

Employment Status

As an employer, it is important to understand the different employment statuses and what they mean for you, your company and your employees. Employment status helps set expectations between an employer and employee in regards to what is expected of them.

Apprenticeship

You’ve heard of apprenticeships, and maybe you're wondering if they can help your organization. In this article, we will discuss what an apprenticeship is, the pros and cons of offering one, and how to build an apprenticeship program.

Recruiting Funnel

Are you tired of hearing your organization’s leaders say that recruiting is easy? Here are the steps to building a recruitment funnel that will showcase the expertise you bring to your organization.

Declined Offer

You've tirelessly sourced, interviewed, and offered the job to your ideal candidate, but then the worst happens — they decline! What do you do now? Why would they decline your offer? How do you respond? Keep reading to learn all you need to know about a declined offer.

Candidate Disposition

The hiring journey can be as lengthy as it is confusing. To tighten up your company’s hiring process, having a candidate dispositioning process gives structure and definitive steps. When it comes time to reject an applicant, are you doing so consistently or is there room for a discriminatory gray area? Here are actionable steps to ensure you’re fully prepared.

Applicant Auto-Rejection

The value of a quality gatekeeper is non-disputable. They let all the right people in and keep the, uh, less-right people out. When this principle is automated and applied to the application process, it can save you hundreds of hours and headaches. Here’s how to make sure your auto-rejections are just as effective and empathetic as a human gatekeeper.

Candidate Journey

If you're lost in an unfamiliar city, what do you do? You probably ask for directions, all the while wishing you had some kind of guide. We should look at our candidates' journey in the same way. If you're prepared, you can hand the candidate a carefully mapped out route so they arrive at their destination and even enjoy the journey.

Evergreen Requisition

If you've ever been a recruiter for a position that needs to be filled regularly, you have probably found yourself thinking, "I have got to make this process easier." Use evergreen requisitions to streamline the process and keep those fast-turnover positions filled.

Video Job Description

When it comes to catching and holding attention, there’s no debate: video is king. If your goal is to get an open position in front of the right people, leave plain text in the past and reach further in the most engaging way with a video job description. Here’s where to start.

Full-Time Employee

In some organizations, being a full-time or part-time employee is the difference between receiving benefits, getting overtime pay, or being eligible for FMLA leave. At what point does a part-time employee become full-time and vice versa?

Purple Squirrel

Why would you want a purple squirrel in your organization? What do you do if you can’t find one? Don’t let the daunting task of finding purple squirrels overwhelm your recruiting process.

Employee Poaching

Unlike poaching wildlife, employee poaching is generally legal, and is even considered ethical under certain circumstances. Continue reading to find out what employee poaching is and whether it might be useful to add to your recruiting methods.

Reneging

Perhaps you've had this happen to you: a candidate spends many hours convincing you that they are dependable, reliable, and exactly what you are looking for, and then leaves you and your organization high and dry when you offer them the position. This is reneging, and we must understand why it happens in order to prevent it and respond appropriately.

Employee Social Media Takeover

The social media content scramble is a real struggle. Where do you go for carefully curated content? What is an impactful way to shift your audience demographic or increase your reach? A social media takeover may be the solution you need!

Employment Eligibility Verification

Many HR folks find the employment eligibility verification process to be a hassle. Read on to find out why it’s important and how you can incorporate best practices to simplify this obligation.

Ghosting

Do you believe in ghosts? Well, you should. They are active in the job market, wreaking havoc, causing frustration, damaging employer branding, or simply being hurtful. Join me to explore more about ghosting in the labor market and how to combat this phenomenon.

In-House Recruiter

What’s so great about being an in-house recruiter, you might ask? Well, it’s better than being an outhouse recruiter! Corny jokes aside, an in-house recruiter might be just the thing your organization needs to meet its hiring needs. Continue reading to find out what an in-house recruiter is, their responsibilities, the benefits and drawbacks to in-house recruiting, and more.

Candidate Withdrawal

You’ve done the required due diligence, evaluated qualified candidates, interviewed and shortlisted your best when suddenly a candidate withdraws! How can you stop this from happening? What do you say to this candidate? Read on for these answers and more when it comes to the dreaded candidate withdrawal.

Boolean Search

Did you know that there’s an online search method that helps you locate and narrow information? It makes it easy to locate, target, and identify desired results. Even better . . . it saves time!

Mock Interview

Job interviews can be stressful and intimidating for anyone. Next time you’re up for an interview, utilize a mock interview so you’ll be sure to stand out above the other candidates.

Backfill

Your top performer has given their notice that they will be leaving to pursue their degree full time, and you’re now in full-on panic mode. Who will be able to produce numbers like that? Where do you even begin to look for candidates for this role? How do you keep business running smoothly in the meantime? Read on for these answers and more on backfilling positions.

Job Requisition (Req)

A manager comes to you and says they need to hire a new employee. Where do you start? The hiring manager can walk you through the need for the position, but is that enough to justify the role? Job requisition to the rescue! Read on to find out the differences between a job requisition, job description, and job posting, and how this item can assist your HR department on so many levels.

Elevator Pitch

Do you know what you would say if you got on an elevator with someone you really wanted to network with? Time’s running out—you only have four floors to go—what do you say? This outline will help you develop what you can say to make a positive first impression in brief professional interactions.

Glassdoor Recruiting

Glassdoor is a powerful tool that can either help or hurt your recruiting efforts. Read on to see why.

TV Recruiting

As the fight for talent looms, you may want to consider an unconventional way to recruit: television (TV) recruitment. Continue reading to learn what TV recruitment is and how it can benefit your organization.

Strategic Recruitment

Attract top talent in less time with strategic recruitment. Read more to find out how!

Intake Meeting

A manager calls and tells you that they need to fill a position—pronto, of course. Your next step can make for a smooth, successful recruitment and hiring process (or not). Read on to learn the details of conducting a great intake meeting.

Cybervetting

Have you ever wanted to learn more about job candidates’ personal brand and how they will fit into your organization? Cybervetting is a tool to accomplish just that in 15 minutes or less.

Hiring Preparation Process

The pressures of hiring can be overwhelming. A good preparation process can ease a lot of the stress. A hiring preparation process not only helps you as an employer but makes a positive impact on your candidates’ experiences.

Hiring Laws

Let’s demystify the complex and daunting stigma of hiring laws and empower you to be a true business partner and thought leader. Read on to explore the HR professional’s beginner guide to employment law.

Indeed Recruiting

Recruiting is one of the most time-consuming tasks in the HR world, and that can leave some recruiters feeling overwhelmed. How do you find qualified candidates? Let’s take a look at how Indeed recruiting can help with some common recruiting stressors and what this platform can do.

Instagram Recruiting

Recruiting quality candidates is an evergreen challenge for HR professionals everywhere, and one of the newest opportunities comes with social media. If you're considering dabbling in social media recruiting, keep reading to learn about Instagram's potential and how to get started with it.

Cover Letters

The controversial cover letter! Is this additional work really worth it? Should you skip applying for jobs that require one? As an organization, should you ask for one or avoid it all together? Read on to decide!

Negligent Hiring

When you're trying to fill an essential role quickly, it may be tempting to skip background checks and screenings. Read on to see why this is never a good idea and how to protect your company from charges of negligent hiring.

Company Goals

Company goal setting is an important part of bringing your vision to life by creating actionable steps toward your company’s mission. If you find yourself wanting things done for your business but haven’t been able to make them happen, then this is the goal-setting article for you.

TikTok Recruiting

Get your job posting in front of millions of people with little effort. TikTok gives you and your TA team the power to reach more candidates than any job board.

Online Job Application

Does your company have an online job application process? Or are you still wading through email and paper, and hiring mostly people that you or your employees already know personally? Online job application tools have drastically changed the hiring process for companies large and small, improving efficiency and often leading to larger, more diverse candidate pools. This article looks at the pros and cons of implementing online application processes, provides some how-tos of creating your own online application, and includes a few recommendations on high-quality platforms to consider using.

Networking

Are you a networker? Everyone in the business world has been told networking is important. But many people have no idea when or how they should be doing it, and some think it is pointless (or even borderline unethical.) Let’s talk about some of the keys to effective networking and why you (and your employees) should prioritize it in your career. We’ll also outline the potential value to your company of enabling and empowering employees to network.

Age Discrimination

“Over the hill” plastered on black balloons alongside a matching cake in a company break room for a colleague’s 60th birthday. The new software training is optional, but only younger workers are signing up for it. Your recruiter consistently offers you younger workers to interview for a senior-level management position and you notice your company tends to promote younger workers at a rate that far exceeds that of older workers. Should you be concerned? Could these be signs of age discrimination? Read on to learn more.

Essential Job Function

Identifying essential job functions for each role in your company is, well, essential. It gives you a strong grasp of each job, teaches candidates what the job entails, provides benchmarks for employee evaluation and protects your company from legal claims. Learn how to accurately assess the difference between essential and nonessential job functions to help your business thrive and create a more inclusive working environment.

Facebook Recruiting

Recruiting is a science and an art, and there are a lot of different ways to do it. Social media is a very common method, but are you getting the best out of your efforts? This article provides an introduction on how to recruit using Facebook.

External Recruiting

We’ve all been there. You posted a job that urgently needs to be filled, but responses haven't been good. The hiring manager is frustrated, and you still don’t have a solid candidate in the pipeline. When is it time to call an external search firm, and should you choose contingent, retained, or contained recruiting? Read on to learn how to choose the right option, how much you can expect to pay, and other tips for a win-win partnership and great candidate experience.

Job Design

Creating jobs that can be both beneficial to the company while simultaneously motivating your employees can be challenging! That’s where job design comes in. Read on for more information.

Seasonal Employee

Whether your company is a ski resort or a retail store, certain seasons can make or break your business. In this article, you will learn about seasonal employees, why you should hire them, and how to build a great seasonal employee experience.

Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)

Have you ever filled out an I-9 form and wondered why it's required? This article explains what the Immigration Reform and Control Act is, its purpose, how you are obligated to comply with it, and more. That I-9 form is not only a bureaucratic or legal requirement; it protects jobs and prevents discrimination.

Talent Acquisition

You know that the key to your company’s success is its people. However, your question may be, “How do we find great people?” The answer: talent acquisition.

Qualified Applicant

Identifying the characteristics of a qualified applicant sounds like a simple task, but there is more to this task than matching up resumes with job descriptions. Read more for tips on how to identify top talent and qualified applicants.

Cost per Hire

How much does it cost you to hire a person, and why is that helpful to track? Cost Per Hire (CPH) is a commonly used metric that helps you understand how you align to similar organizations and how you might improve your recruiting strategy. Read on for more details about why this is an effective metric for determining the productivity of your recruiting process.

Culture Interview

A culture interview can be a helpful tool to focus on how a candidate will be compatible with and add to the culture at your company. Keep reading to find out how culture interviews are beneficial, how to conduct one, and potential interview questions.

Hiring Manager

We all know that whom you hire is the most critical predictor of organizational success. A hiring manager might be part of the HR department or might not, but they are central to bringing the best people to your company. If you aspire to this role, continue reading to learn what a hiring manager does and how to become one.

Contingency Recruiting

This article will take a quick glance at contingency recruiting to better understand the stigmas that are placed on this industry. This article will explore whether or not contingency recruitment is worth it.

Phone Interview

The candidate is preparing for the phone interview and you need to as well. It may seem like an easy task to conduct a phone interview, but your preparation will determine if it is successful. Read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages of a phone interview, the process of a phone interview and tips to elevate your phone interview.

Candidate

Making the right hires is crucial to your organization's success, so it stands to reason that sourcing and managing your pool of candidates is critical as well. Here's an overview of how to find, choose, and hire great candidates, with links to more in-depth articles so you can find out more.

Co-Employment

You may have heard the term "co-employment" in ways that gave it a negative connotation, but it extends many possible benefits. Find out what co-employment is and why it makes people nervous, why it might suit your company, and how to manage any associated risks.

Employer Value Proposition

If you are interested in talent acquisition and retention—and what HR rep isn't?—take a look at your Employer Value Proposition. It's important to understand what it is, how it works, and how you can use it to your benefit if you want to attract the best talent.

Ban the Box

Have you ever reviewed a job application, seen that the applicant had a criminal history, and hastily placed that application on the “reject” pile? We all have knee-jerk reactions, but the Ban the Box movement asks us to assess candidates on their qualifications rather than their histories. Removing that bias in the initial steps of candidacy may find you some great employees you would otherwise not consider. Read on to find out about the “Ban the Box” movement and if it applies to your organization.

Sourcing

The days of “post and pray” are in the past. An effective talent sourcing strategy is no longer a luxury that only mature organizations have, it is an essential for any organization to reach their hiring goals. This article will reveal what it takes to have a high caliber talent sourcing strategy and how to get started developing your own.

CV

“What’s a CV?” is a question job seekers and those new to HR and recruiting may find themselves asking. In this article, we’ll learn what a CV is, the differences between a CV and a resume and how to evaluate a CV.

Employment History

We all have a “past.” When we are applying for jobs, that “past,” with reference to our employment history, is put on display! HR professionals review employment history every time we look at a resume. Reviewing employment histories may be second nature to us, but let’s look together at the importance of these histories, how to get a complete history, how to evaluate them and how to spot potential red flags. At the end, we will not only be able to review these histories in our sleep, but we can confidently evaluate them to better understand our candidates.

Career Gap

More often than not in today’s culture, we as HR professionals are running across career gaps that could span from months to years. It can be hard to put aside our bias about the candidate before evaluating them further. What on earth have they been doing for three years without a job? Did they get fired and cannot find something else? Are they just globetrotting? It is our job to ask ourselves: How do we find out about a gap without crossing a line? Based on the rest of the application, is it worth finding out at all? Keep reading for some additional career gap knowledge, tips and ways to evaluate the career gaps without bias.

Twitter Recruiting

If you are spending a lot of time posting jobs and not getting great talent applying through job postings on job portals or LinkedIn, maybe it’s time to invest in something different. Try twitter recruiting. It’s free! All you have to invest is time! Below we’ll talk through the pros and cons of recruiting via Twitter and walk through the steps of tweeting your first job post.

Time to Hire

Time to hire is a key recruiting metric that provides an easy way to measure and improve HR’s impact. Recruiting is one of HR’s most important functions, so how can you be sure that you’re doing a good job? Equally as important, how can you show company leaders that you’re doing a good job? Never fear, time to hire is here!

Candidate Pipeline

Imagine there’s an urgent need to hire someone as quickly as possible—and you already have three great candidates on file. Sounds like a dream, right? Building a candidate pipeline can make this dream come true.

Outplacement Firm

Layoffs are not fun for anyone, but outplacement firms can make them less expensive and less stressful for everyone. Investing in outplacement firms can save companies a small fortune by reducing unemployment costs and legal fees while improving its reputation.

Reverse Recruiting

It is easy for your organization to get left behind when you’re not keeping pace with the latest approaches to attracting talent. That is why you should consider reverse recruiting. Read more to learn what reverse recruiting is, it’s benefits and more.

Job Ads

There are endless ways to recruit applicants, and it can be challenging to decide which methods will result in the great hires you are looking for. Ads can be an effective tool, but how do you know where and how to advertise, and how much to spend? Read on to start understanding this complex topic.

Passive Candidate

Have you posted your open position on every job board you can think of and you still don’t have the right applicant for that hard to fill role? This article will help you source passive talent so that you can find the perfect candidate for your hard to fill role.

Workforce Planning

Your organization has strategic goals, but how can you ensure you have the right workforce to accomplish those goals? Workforce planning is the key. Workforce planning is the process of analyzing your current and future workforce needs in order to accomplish your strategic goals.

Salary Budget

Ever wonder how your company handles payroll planning? An employee’s salary is a large part of your organization's compensation package and budget. In this article you will learn why your organization’s salary budget is important and how to create a salary budget.

Virtual Job Fair

Looking to step up your recruiting game? Virtual job fairs can reach more candidates more easily and cheaply than other recruiting options. Continue reading to learn how to find, prepare for, and reap the benefits of virtual job fairs.

Campus Recruitment

Recruiting on college campuses can be more time and labor intensive, but it can also have a great payout. College campuses provide a vast talent pool and can be a reliable talent pipeline as you establish a company brand and presence among the students.

Staffing

Deciding on the right recruiting approach can be challenging for any HR department and company. In many instances we simply don’t have the time to invest in a traditional recruiting approach. That’s where staffing and staffing firms come in.

Pitchfork Effect

The decisions you make—hiring, firing, and more—have a lot of impact on people's lives and on the success of your organization. One way to respect that is to closely examine your cognitive biases. As powerful as the human brain is, we cannot process everything consciously, and much of our decision-making happens subconsciously. In many cases, this helps us function, but in other circumstances it leads to unfair and incorrect decisions. Read on to learn about one type of cognitive bias and how to mitigate it.

Non-Essential Job Functions

We all know intuitively that there are both essential and non-essential duties in our jobs, but classifying them officially is important. Knowing the difference can be challenging, and getting it wrong can have legal consequences. This article will help you better identify the differences in these types of job functions, as well as understand why it’s significant.

Social Media Recruiting

Recruiting is a tough gig, particularly in challenging labor markets and niche expertise. If you are eyeing social media as a resource but feeling uncertain how to get started, you are not alone. Here are the fundamentals on using social media for recruiting. Jump in—the water is fine, and the results can be near-immediate.

Physical Job Requirements

When a candidate looks at a job description, they are generally looking for details about job duties and pay range. However, the physical requirements of the job are also important, and shouldn’t be overlooked by job seekers, hiring managers, or you as you write the job description. Read on to find out why.

Internal Recruitment

The perfect candidate for that hard to fill role may be closer than you think — they may already be in your organization. Today we will take a look at internal recruiting and get a better understanding of when this may be the right option for your company and how to successfully recruit internally.

State Employment Agency

State employment agencies are beneficial for both employees and employers. They offer many kinds of services to the public, as well as play a role in helping mediate employment and labor issues. Read on to learn more.

Nepotism

“He only got the job because he is related to the owner.” Nepotism can destroy the motivation and morale of any team. In this section, we will discuss nepotism, its impact in the workplace, examples of nepotism, how HR can respond to nepotism and nepotism policies you can implement in your workplace.

Employment at Will

“Employment At-Will” means a company can fire whoever they want, when they want, right? Not exactly. In this article, you will learn all about what at-will employment entails and how to untangle its complicated concept.

Recruitment Agency

Have you wondered if you should use a recruiting agency for your open jobs? Read on to find out what you should know about when and how to work with agencies to find the job candidates you need.

Careers Page

Considering creating or revamping your organization’s online careers page? Read this article to help you get rolling! Below, you’ll find the main reasons to invest in an improved online presence, elements of an effective careers page, examples of great careers pages you might model your own after, and software tools to consider using to build it.

First Impression Effect

Recent research has found that we make our first judgments about someone as quickly as the blink of an eye. The difficulty is that snap judgements may or may not be correct, yet they seem to endure. So what can be done to minimize the effects of first impressions in your hiring?

Recruitment Fees

Recruiting can be a headache and many HR departments don’t want anything to do with it. How do you find the right firm to contract with? What should be your expectations when it comes to fees? This article answers these questions and details what to expect when it comes to recruitment fees.

Contrast Effect

It hides in plain sight and you won’t see the impact until after the fact. The contrast effect is a seemingly normal mindset with regards to recruiting, performance management and leadership development. Nevertheless, the impacts of this bias can result in poor data and poor decision-making. Read on to learn the definition of contrast effect, examples of this bias, and how to prevent it in recruiting for your organization.

Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications (BFOQ)

As a new HR professional you will want to be aware of the BFOQ doctrine. BFOQ stands for Bona Fide Occupational Qualification. It allows a company to discriminate on the basis of national origin, sex, religion or age in rare, unique sitautions that are logically necessary for the business. A BFOQ is based on objective facts, reason, and logic, not on stereotypes, prejudice, or bias. The following article will help to define what a BFOQ is, when to use it, and when not to use it.

Succession Planning

You’re amazed by your current leadership team and the results they are able to obtain month after month. At times you wonder what would happen to your company if they decided to take another offer or retire. Is there something you should be doing to prepare for this? This article will cover what a succession plan is, how to start a succession plan, and examples of a company's succession plan.

Signing Bonus

As the fight for talent continues, more employers are offering sign-on bonuses to get employees through the door — even those companies that traditionally didn’t before. Signing bonuses are a way to help your organization incentivize against competing offers to a candidate. Let’s explore why a signing bonus may work for your organization.

Job Fair

Recruiting for potential employees is a never-ending job, and is more effective with a diverse set of approaches. Posting jobs online will probably always be a primary avenue, but job fairs are one possibility many recruiters forget to consider. Read on to decide if job fairs are for you, and how to go about it if they are.

Internal Transfer Policy

We’ve all been part of a company where there didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to how or why employees got promoted or transferred to other teams. We crave that clarification. Creating a policy that is public to your employees fosters greater trust and transparency among your team. This article will cover the ins and outs of internal transfer policies and how to create one at your company.

Internal Job Board

Internal job boards can be a bit of a hot topic. The biggest question is if it’s actually necessary to have one. Smaller companies may see an internal job board as simply a place to post internal jobs, whereas larger companies may not need to invest money into an internal job board because they may have internal processes already in place to cover the aspects of an internal job board.

Billboard Recruiting

Today’s talent war is heating up. Have you noticed some of your competition using billboard advertising to post job openings? You may wonder if it is really that effective and if you should give it a try. Before you jump into a billboard advertisement campaign, let's look at what you need to know.

EEO Statement

Understanding the legal requirements and benefits of using Equal Employment Opportunity Statements can be confusing. Do your job descriptions, contracts, and other documents include one? Why should they, and how do you write one? Inspiration is within!

Start Date

So, you’ve hired your prime candidate and they can’t wait to get started—congratulations! But how do you pick the right day for them to start work? Read on to learn how to plan ahead and set a new-hire start date.

Salary Expectations

Salary negotiations can be hard. It can be intimidating to try to find a number that works for the company and the candidate, but it is vital in keeping the candidate aboard for the long haul if you hire them, and it plays a big role in creating a company culture where employees feel valued and important. You always want to make your employees feel valuable to your company, and that all starts in the hiring process. Read on to learn how to navigate your candidate's salary expectations to ensure success.

Co-Op Program

Are you looking to create new ways to bring awesome students and entry-level professionals into your organization? One option is a co-op program. Skim through our overview of co-ops, including the main differences between co-ops and internships, possible reasons to consider building a co-op program at your company, and questions to answer if you do.

Illegal Question

The hiring process can be challenging. The process of advertising a job posting and filtering resumes is lengthy. When it comes time to interview, you need to ask the right questions to determine if the candidate is qualified, but you also must be wary of asking the wrong questions. Let's explore the dos and don’ts of interview questions.

Halo Effect

We all have inclinations to favor or disapprove of certain human characteristics, and we may or may not be aware of them. But these cognitive biases can impact your hiring process, performance management, and communications negatively. Here, we will define the "halo and horns effects" and provide ways to help you minimize it when it matters most.

Job Hopping

Don’t reject that candidate just yet! Historically, job hopping has been looked down upon, but as the job market changes, opinions are changing, too. Read on to widen your vision and see job-hopping candidates in a new light.

STAR Method

When you interview a candidate, do you get the information you need to make a good decision? Using structured interviews can help keep you on track and avoid the candidate giving you their life story when all you want is to fill a certain role.

The STAR Interview Method allows you to stay on schedule with your candidates, easily identify the candidates' past behavior, and see their potential to fulfill job expectations. This article covers what is the STAR Interview method, why you should use it, how to conduct the STAR interview, and examples of interview questions.

Employment Contract

An employment contract, more commonly referred to as an offer letter is a legally binding agreement which can be created verbally or in writing. During all stages of interaction with a candidate or employee, you may be verbally implying pieces of an employment contract. Continue reading to ensure your processes and actual employment contracts keep your company out of legal trouble.

Verbal Offer

You've found a great candidate, and your team has decided to make him or her an offer. You want to do so in a way that has the best chance of gaining an enthusiastic "Yes!" Should you use a verbal job offer? Here, we look at the advantages to doing so and the steps to doing it right.

LinkedIn Recruiting

Recruiting is an ever-changing challenge, especially if you don't have a big budget. If you're looking for a new avenue, consider using LinkedIn. It may look a little intimidating, but we can help you get comfortable. You will also be able to reach a wider audience of those who may not be searching for a job, but can spread the word to their own networks when you have a position to fill.

Group Interview

Group interviews can make or break a candidate’s interview experience. It’s important to create a strong process and prepare an outline and question bank if you choose to include group interviews in your interview process. Let’s dive in to learn more about how to create an awesome group interview process and the best possible candidate experience.

FLSA Non-Exempt

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) divides jobs into two very different buckets: those that are exempt from FLSA regulations, and those that aren’t. To keep your business complaint, it’s important to understand the difference between the two.

Internship Program

Are you thinking about creating an internship program but don’t know where to start? This can be a daunting task, but luckily we’ve done the research and have some helpful tips as you begin this process!

Panel Interview

It can seem like you are walking into a courtroom as a candidate walking into a panel interview. As the HR representative for your company it is easy to ensure a candidate feels comfortable and engages in conversation about their background and goals. This article covers what is a panel interview, should you conduct a panel interview, advantages, how to conduct one

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the most comprehensive anti-discrimination law for people with disabilities. Because the ADA applies to both employees and qualified applicants, having a solid understanding of what the ADA requires and how to stay in compliance is key for any HR office. In this article, we’ll help you get started.

Job Post

A job post, or job posting, is an external advertisement that provides an overview of a position you’re hiring for. Job posts are used to recruit qualified applicants and a well-written job description can help reduce time and money spent on recruiting.

Continue reading to learn what a job post is, the importance of having a good job post, how to write a job post and where to list job postings.

Workplace Tour

Outreach is a constant but rarely recognized part of HR work. You need to reach out to future potential employees and to the community you are a part of. Hosting a workplace tour is one way to accomplish both of those goals. Let's look at how to plan and facilitate a great tour of your company's facilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a powerful agency in the business world. To help your company follow laws and avoid lawsuits, you need to understand the EEOC and how your company can follow EEOC regulations. Read on to understand more about The EEOC in the article below.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

One of the first major laws to help regulate and protect the workforce was the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This law is essential to understanding basic HR regulations your company needs to follow. In the article, you will learn why it is so important and how you can stay compliant.

Job Analysis

Conducting a job analysis is one of the first strategic actions an HR professional should do. The data gathered from a thorough job analysis is used to build job descriptions, job specifications, and to ensure the best employee-organization fit.

Job Description

A compliant job description is a strategic tool used to support many critical HR and recruiting decisions. Its main purpose is to identify all of the job requirements and qualifications needed, but it may also be used externally for recruiting.

Job Classification

Job classification is the process of evaluating jobs and grouping them into categories based on similar skills, abilities, tasks, experience and other criteria. Creating a job classification system can help provide an overview of your organizational hierarchy and evaluate employee performance.

Continue reading to learn more about job classification, why it’s important, criticisms of job classification and how to create a job classification system for your company.

Candidate Experience

You've found a candidate you're excited to hire: congratulations! But you're aware that they are interviewing with other companies, and you don't want to lose them.

Candidate experience can make or break your recruitment strategy. While a positive candidate experience can help you win them over, a poor candidate experience can just as easily cause you to lose them—even if you’re offering the highest salary. In this article, we’ll help you get started on creating a great candidate experience—no matter your budget.

Job Evaluation

How do you know you are paying your people fairly? Job evaluations—determining pay rates—are one of the more difficult responsibilities HR has because of the emotional toll it can take on the workforce. But not all job evaluations are bad! Some can be used to increase salaries and remove inequities, both of which will improve morale. Regardless of the purpose, starting a job evaluation the right way will help it go smoothly, and ultimately get you the best results.

Job Offer Negotiation

How you negotiate a job offer negotiation will be one of the most important first impressions you will make as an employer. It’s important to know the basic dos and don’ts of negotiation. In this article, we give you the tips you need to successfully negotiate an offer with a candidate. Spoiler alert: It’s not all about salary.

Interviewing

Interviewing candidates allows you to gather the necessary information to make a hiring decision. It is one of the most important steps in the hiring process.

Continue reading to learn what interviewing is, why it’s so important, what different types of interviews there are, how to conduct an interview and tips on conducting a strong interview.

Recruiting

A sound recruiting strategy can help you identify and attract qualified talent for open positions and create a network of potential candidates for roles in the future.

Continue reading to learn what recruiting is, why it’s important to have a recruiting strategy, who should be involved in the recruiting process, where to find the best candidates, and how to start recruiting for your company.

Employer Brand

Your company’s employer brand sets the tone for the organization and helps create a culture that people want to work for.

Continue reading to learn what an employer brand is, why building an employer brand is important, how to develop your employer brand and examples of organizations with strong employer brands.

Employee Referral Program (ERP)

An employee referral program (ERP) can help you identify qualified candidates for open roles by leveraging the networks of your current employees.

Continue reading to learn what an employee referral program is, how your company can benefit from an ERP, how to create a program and to gain ideas from other companies’ employee referral programs.

KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Hiring someone is a labor-intensive activity, and we know turnover is expensive; you want to choose the right person the first time. Here's a tool to help you determine whether a candidate is likely to succeed in a particular role.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, also known as KSAs, are specific qualities that indicate a person is qualified for and likely to succeed in a position. KSAs are used throughout the hiring process to assess needs in a position, help create job descriptions, and gauge whether applicants are fit for the role.

Keep reading to learn what KSAs are and how they can help you in your hiring process.

Applicant Tracking System

When you’re trying to identify qualified applicants for an open role, the last thing you want to deal with is messy spreadsheets and administrative tasks. It’s nearly impossible to organize the most important information for every candidate, efficiently communicate with them, and select the right fit if you’re completing every task manually.

That’s where applicant tracking systems (ATS) come in. Continue reading to learn what an applicant tracking system is, the benefits of using an ATS, the best applicant tracking systems available, and how to choose the right platform for your company.

Hiring Process

Do you dread the thought of finding qualified applicants to fill open roles in your organization? Do you find yourself hiring with a sporadic, unorganized hiring process? Hiring is time-consuming and selecting the wrong candidate can be costly. If your organization lacks a structured hiring process, you’re probably spending more time than desired conducting interviews and searching for suitable applicants.

Continue reading to learn more about the hiring process, why it’s important to have a defined hiring process, and how to hire a new employee!

Resume Screening

The average recruiter spends 23 hours screening resumes for a single hire. Do you want to know how to decrease that time while also making sure the candidates you interview are the best fit and most qualified?

Offer Letter

The job offer letter is your company’s first opportunity to make a great impression on your future team member. At the same time, it is also a document that must be drafted both strategically and compliantly to avoid creating unintended legal obligations.

In this article, you will learn not only what to put in your next offer letter, but also how to do it the right way so that your candidate is just as excited to accept your offer as you are to offer it.

Rejection Letter

Nobody wants to write a rejection letter, much less multiple rejection letters. However, a well written rejection letter can both create opportunities and help applicants move on with a positive impression of your organization. In this article, you’ll learn how to write a professional, empathetic rejection letter for any circumstance.

Second Round Interview

Finding the best fit for a position you’re hiring for is intense. It requires critical thought and can be draining. While reviewing resumes and screening applicants will give you a pool of qualified candidates, how can you ensure you make the right hire at the end of the day?

Second interviews are a crucial component of the hiring process that ultimately leads to a hiring decision. Continue reading to learn what a second interview is, why it’s important, how to conduct a second interview and what questions to ask!
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