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We’re Exposing Kids to Careers They Didn’t Know Existed

by Feb 27, 2015, 5:15 am ET

labAn initiative to provide students with exposure to the world of work and engineering is almost one year new at Qualcomm campus in San Diego. The company opened its doors to educators, parents, and students to get kids interested in engineering careers, and for students to understand what it takes to have a successful career in one of many exciting, in-demand and well-paying STEM fields. keep reading…

The War With Talent — Epic Battle No. 2: Talent assessment violates the golden rule

by Feb 26, 2015, 5:00 am ET

1936 Grand Canyon photoPart 1 of this three-part series identified a growing rebellion in which individuals looking to obtain meaningful work opportunities (i.e. talent) are taking up arms against the companies for whom they are trying to work. Part one focused on the use of public data as a substitute for more the more traditional talent assessment fare, a battle that involves chess-playing terminator robots, hackers, psychographic profiling, drones, and the like.

While the first battle is more about covert ops, there is a second battle that is raging directly in the public eye. This battlefront is the job application process, and the reason for the rebellion is especially visible to anyone who is applying for a job these days.   keep reading…

How Using a Recruiter Quality Index for Your Recruiting Team Drives Results and Delivers Transparency

by Feb 25, 2015, 5:26 am ET

recruiter quality indexAre you looking to infuse quality into your talent acquisition metrics? Need a fresh approach to evaluating the effectiveness of your team or individual contributors?

With growing pressure to continuously improve results and prove quality, the time is right to collide metrics within your team and calculate your Recruiter Quality Index.  keep reading…

Not Another Dumb Survey: State of Talent Acquisition

by Feb 24, 2015, 5:12 am ET

survey shirtDear Reader,

I have recently joined ERE Media as Chief Analyst. One of my goals is to improve the quality of information that is disseminated within the talent acquisition space. As a former talent acquisition leader, I know that there is a lot of, well, crap out there. I am going to do this better! So, I need your help. I need you to fill out ERE Media’s 2015 State of Talent Acquisition Survey. keep reading…

While Some Companies Launch, Others Look for Beta Testers

by Feb 23, 2015, 6:45 pm ET

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There are the startups we hear about daily in the recruiting-technology field, and then there are those that have been already announced, but are looking for people to test their systems.

Today, a tiny sampling of both. keep reading…

White Paper: 7 Things the Best Know the Rest Don’t

by Feb 23, 2015, 5:21 pm ET

erewebinars-event-erc15[1]John Brubaker, an award-winning lacrosse coach turned leadership and performance consultant, is out with a new white paper on leadership.

Brubaker, who’s speaking at ERE’s conference in San Diego in April, offers some short tips and inspiration in the white paper as to what makes successful leaders successful.

More here.

Hire Like Google — Project the ‘Career Trajectory’ of Your Candidates

by Feb 23, 2015, 5:49 am ET

job movementI frequently get asked the question “What is the one thing that recruiting functions should be systematically doing, but for some unexplained reason, it doesn’t do it?”

Well, one quick answer to that question is “to project the career trajectory of potential hires.” Which simply means to assess whether a candidate, after they are hired, are likely to progress and develop at top speed, average speed, or below average speed in critical areas like learning, promotion, leadership, and innovation. keep reading…

Better Hires Through Behavioral Interviewing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 2:00 pm ET
60 minutes
Register for this free webinar

presented by Kevin Dunn

How many times have you found yourself asking, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or “Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses?” knowing that any smart candidate will have prepared for exactly those questions with answers tailored to the job description? How many times have you hired someone who breezed through those standard interview questions but ended up being an expensive bad hire? Wouldn’t you like to have more of a chance to weed out those candidates at an earlier stage?

Behavioral interviewing is a great way to avoid those clichés and get into a meaningful conversation with your potential hires. It revolves around open questions that invite a candidate to talk about how they have handled specific situations in real life.

The idea behind the approach is that past behavior is a better predictor of future performance than prepared answers to standard questions. Used appropriately, behavioral interviewing techniques can help you to make better informed hiring decisions and identify candidates who have the skills and attitude to shine at your company.

Join our free webinar on Wednesday April 1, 2015 for practical guidance on proven behavioral interviewing techniques and how best to apply them to reduce your risk of making a bad hire.

During the webinar, speaker Kevin Dunn will share his extensive experience of behavioral interviewing, including:

· why you should be using behavioral interviewing

· techniques for creating useful questions and evaluating the answers

· how you can set up successful behavioral interviews

Who should attend?
If you’re a recruiter who wants to use behavioral interviewing techniques to make better informed hiring decisions, identify the best candidates for your company and reduce the risk of bad hires, join us on Wendesday, March 11.

The webinar will fill up fast. Register for free to reserve your seat now.

Can’t attend? No problem! Register for the webinar and you’ll receive a link to view the video recording the next day.

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Lessons in the Karma of Recruiting

by Feb 20, 2015, 5:18 am ET

Buckland TweetToday’s Roundup (you do remember Roundup, don’t you?)  is about recruiting karma.

Not yet another reprise of those stories about great people who were rejected by some frenzied recruiter working 39 reqs. No siree, this Roundup is all about that “what goes around comes around” thing.

First up is a lawsuit against Apple, accusing it of poaching the cream of battery maker A123 Systems’ engineers. keep reading…

Yes, Millennials Can Drive One Nuts, But If You Adapt It Pays Off

by Feb 20, 2015, 12:24 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.23.22 PMBy 2020, millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce. By 2025, that number is likely to reach 75 percent.

Given the huge millennial population, companies must hire them in increasing numbers. A study done late by my company, Scout Exchange, and Oracle HCM Users Group, sheds light on what we can expect from this generation of Americans born between 1976 and 1994.

This survey of over 20,000 human relations professionals shows that while many millennials fit their negative workplace stereotype, there is reason for hope, too.

Here are what many of the HR managers said:  keep reading…

The Talent Acquisition Departments of the Year

by Feb 19, 2015, 5:04 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 12.07.13 PMWe’ve done college recruiting, mobile recruiting, referral programs, and career sites. We’ve done onboarding, technology, branding, and military hiring. Now we’re ready for the final category: the talent acquisition department of the year, where past winners include, among others, cloud-computing company Rackspace, government contractor CACI, and foodservice giant Sodexo.

This award is divided by company size. keep reading…

The Next Frontier in Talent Acquisition Is Marketing

by Feb 18, 2015, 12:31 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 10.27.13 AMIn the next two to five years the top employers of choice will be the organizations that consistently communicate an authentic employer brand story and value proposition that wins the attention of highly specialized talent and compels them to follow, engage, and ultimately join (and stay) on their teams.

To tell the right story and deliver on their employer brand promise, chief human resources officers and talent acquisition leaders must evolve their recruitment marketing strategy with a tighter focus on building longer-term relationships with the right candidates. To do this, talent acquisition leaders will need strong marketing competencies within the talent acquisition function, a measurable process, and purpose-built technology. In this piece, I focus on the urgency to strengthen marketing competencies within the talent acquisition function and offer my tips for how to get started. keep reading…

Hot Sauce Sourcing: Spice Up Your Recipe for Success

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 2:00 pm ET
60 minutes
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presented by Aaron Lintz

As recruiters, we know much of the information we need can be found online. That information is spread out across the Web like ingredients in your pantry, but we need a finished meal. Like good chefs, recruiters need to hunt for the freshest ingredients (candidate data), and use the right tools at the right time. Then you add hot sauce to kicks everything up a notch.

This webinar will help you identify the best places to go, the tools to use, and best practices for online data collection and use. Then we can spice it up with hot new tool and tricks that will boost the performance of your current sourcing and recruiting efforts.

Join our free webinar on Wednesday, March 18, to hear what’s cooking in emerging platforms and tools to help you take advantage of online data.

During the webinar, our speaker, Aaron Lintz, will share some of his original recipes sourcing tips, including:

  • Free web scraping tools

  • Stacking (layered tool use)

  • Select the right tool for each job

  • Time saving shortcuts

  • Test Kitchen  (Real-world scenarios)

Who should attend?

If you want to know about the latest tools to help identify, filter, and organize candidate and recruitment information, this webinar is for you. It’s intended for all levels of cooks, foodies, and master chefs. Bring your appetite and questions.

The webinar will fill up fast. Register for free to reserve your seat now.

Can’t attend? No problem! Register for the webinar and you’ll receive a link to view the video recording the next day.

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15 Employer Branding Best Practices You Need to Know

by Feb 17, 2015, 5:12 am ET

ownershipI was fortunate to share many wonderful moments with friends and partners during my 2014 Employer Brand Global Tour, which took me to London, New York, Milan, Vilnius, Toronto, Sydney, Perth, Cluj, Bucharest, Vienna, Stockholm, and Singapore! On the way home (24 hours of flying) I reflected as I always do at this time of the year to think about the year ahead.

I’ve now travelled to more than 50 cities in 30 countries on my employer branding global tours since 2007 and each city I visit provides new insights into the challenges and successes companies are experiencing in developing, implementing, and managing their employer brand strategy.

The rest of this year will be a break out year for the employer branding industry if the trend of companies hiring dedicated employer brand leaders continues as it has over the past few years. We will see a tipping point in employer branding, led by the U.S. keep reading…

The Best Sources for Identifying ‘Passives’ … or How to Find “Not-Looking Top Prospects’

by Feb 16, 2015, 5:14 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 3.16.14 PMIn a related companion article last week, I highlighted why using the term “passive candidate” or “passive job seeker” was inappropriate and I proposed a more accurate name, “not-looking top prospects.” In this article I highlight the best sourcing approaches that can be used to identify and eventually attract the highly desirable “not-looking top prospects.”

You Must Use the Best “Not-Looking Sources” And Approaches keep reading…

Break Out of Your Recruitment Rut: 6 Stats Every Employer Must Know Now

by Feb 13, 2015, 5:20 am ET

“Where have all the candidates gone?” If you’re among the nearly 40 percent of employers who have an open position for which you can’t find the talent to fill those roles, you’re probably asking yourself this very question.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 2.06.56 PMAccording to CareerBuilder’s 2015 hiring forecast, more than a third of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees this year, the best outlook from the annual forecast since 2006. But many are finding that planning to hire and actually making a hire are two vastly different undertakings. Across industries, the demand for candidates with specific skills far outnumbers the supply, and the old rules of recruiting no longer apply.

Faced with these new challenges, many employers are exploring alternative approaches to finding talent with the skills they need, as results from the forecast show. Consider the following findings from CareerBuilder’s study, which reveal how employers are working to overcome today’s most common recruiting challenges, and see how you can apply the takeaways to fill skills gaps at your own organization.  keep reading…

Military, Technology, Onboarding, and Branding Award Winners

by Feb 12, 2015, 5:28 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 12.07.13 PMYou’ve seen the first batch of winners of the ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards.

Those first categories announced were related to college recruiting; mobile recruiting; career sites; and referrals.

Now, onto the categories of military talent; technology; onboarding; and branding.

As I said last week, the info below is brief, with more in the months to come in the form of webinars, articles, and conference sessions.

I will say that one of the neatest things about these annual awards (besides the celebrations some of the winners have been telling me have been going on in their workplaces) is finding the hidden gems. Below, you’ll read about a large grocery chain whose talent-management practices, before this, you likely knew little about.

keep reading…

The U.S. Navy Is Crowdsourcing Recruitment Branding

by Feb 11, 2015, 3:12 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.58.14 AMRemember how the Navy in the U.S. is moving away from the whole “force for good” message, into something a little more, uh, aggressive?

It’s looking for a new slogan, and looking for up to three ideas from anyone who wants in. keep reading…

2 Percent Raises Not Making Tech Workers Happy

by Feb 11, 2015, 10:55 am ET

Dice IT survey pay graphicParalleling the national average wage growth, tech workers saw their pay rise 1.9 percent last year to an average of $89,450 annually, more than twice what the average U.S. worker earns.

But with 2014′s increase the lowest since 2010, there’s growing discontent in the ranks.

The annual Dice Tech Salary Survey says satisfaction with pay declined 2 percent in 2014 to 52 percent of the surveyed workers. That may not seem like much of a change, but it’s a big drop from 2012 when 57 percent expressed satisfaction with their pay.

“Tech pros are less happy with their earnings,” observed Dice President Shravan Goli, “Signaling to companies that in order to recruit and retain the best candidates, offering more will be necessary.” keep reading…

Talent Assessment — Friend or Foe in the War With Talent?

by Feb 11, 2015, 5:22 am ET

handler vs terminatorNo, I did not mean to say the war for talent. While there is a lot of talk about such a war, the real war going on right now is not “for talent.” It’s against it.

Employers vs. Talent — The War has Begun! keep reading…