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5 Reasons Why Candidates Should Love Video Cover Letters

by Dec 18, 2014, 5:53 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 7.51.36 AMEarlier this month, I decided to dip my toe back into the job market. It’s incredible to see how the candidate experience varies by company. While most of the applications and interviews are pretty standard, last week a company I applied with requested a video cover letter.

Initially I was surprised. I’ve been in the talent acquisition space for over 15 years and have never been asked (or asked anyone else) to create a video cover letter. I knew I didn’t want to do the standard “webcam 90-second life story,” so I decided to get creative. After editing the video, I compared it to my standard cover letter and came away with five advantages a video provides over a traditional written cover letter: keep reading…

What 1 Fast-growing Company’s Recruiting Budget Looks Like

by Nov 12, 2014, 4:53 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.47.09 PMNow’s your chance to see what a budget looks like for a small company, but one with many challenges of any size company: limited resources in the recruiting department; hard-to-fill jobs; a lot of open jobs; and societal changes like the growing use of mobile phones.

As it happens, the company happens to be one you know. keep reading…

Here’s What Companies and Governments Are Learning About Veteran Hiring

by Nov 10, 2014, 11:56 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 8.54.04 AMMilitary job fairs are producing so-so results for companies, and “job fairs that do not involve virtual technology or provide employers an opportunity to filter resumes in advance appear less useful to companies,” according to a new report on what’s working and what’s not working when it comes to hiring veterans. keep reading…

Check Out the Q and A on This Career Site

by Oct 30, 2014, 8:47 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 5.33.41 AMSure, you’ve seen career sites where you can ask the company, or even a recruiter, a question. But one company has a new q-and-a section that’s far more individualized than most, allowing candidates to pick which recruiter or employee should address their hiring question.  keep reading…

Someone Had to Pull Some Strings to Make This New Recruiting Video

by Oct 3, 2014, 8:07 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 4.55.20 AMIf you just listened to the audio — or read a transcript — of a new recruiting video from Dropbox, you wouldn’t find it all that different from any other.

It just tells you that Dropbox is down to earth, respectable of people’s out-of-work time, diverse, and full of great perks like a gym, and a tea and scones cart. It’s a place where you can not only come to work, but come to grow, one person says.

Yada, yada, yada … you’ve heard all that before. But you haven’t seen many recruiting videos whose stars look like they do in this two-minute video, below. keep reading…

A Look at Employers’ Policies and Practices for Workers With Disabilities

by Oct 1, 2014, 12:25 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 9.15.05 AMA new study looks at how flexible employers are and aren’t when it comes to flex time and “flex place” (working from home or offsite) for people with disabilities. keep reading…

Take SourceCon’s ‘State of Sourcing’ Survey

by Aug 25, 2014, 4:25 pm ET

sourcecon-logoAs ERE junkies know, SourceCon is owned by ERE Media (which also owns TLNT and the Fordyce Letter).

In case you’re not already a SourceCon reader, SourceCon’s focus is on all things (you guessed it) sourcing. Last year, it conducted the first annual “State of Sourcing” survey. The results were shared on SourceCon and at the 2013 Fall SourceCon conference. In preparation for SourceCon Fall 2014, you can take the survey and help build a picture of what has changed during the last year.  keep reading…

62 Interview Questions People Said Were Their Favorites

by Aug 19, 2014, 12:58 am ET

war bonds.govA contest for people to submit their favorite interview questions yielded the interesting, the odd, the useful, the insightful, and the obscene. They included such questions as: “What is your favorite palindrome?” and “Why did America stop selling War Bonds?”

And some I can’t publish without washing my own mouth out with soap.

The contest, put on by VoiceGlance, ran in a 10-week period in May, June, and July. Most of the answers came in via LinkedIn groups, and were sent in by HR managers, recruiters, and some job seekers in the U.S., India, China, Nepal, Malta, the UK, and Canada.

Here are the questions turned in, and at the end of this post, some of the questions the judge — me — selected as winners.

(I generally tried to pick questions that were related to actual success on the job. Suffice it say, I didn’t pick any questions about your favorite barnyard animal, and I didn’t pick the one about “what does family mean to you?”)

The Questions Submitted keep reading…

How to Really Calculate the Cost of Employee Turnover

by Jul 18, 2014, 12:56 am ET

Employee turnover costs are often described with generic numbers such as “$X,000.00 per employee” or “X% of annual salary” (actual dollar amounts and percentages vary from source to source). It is tempting to go with simple sound bites like these, but keep in mind that they are based on averages. These overall tendencies probably don’t accurately describe your specific organization, department, or team.

The following is a simple but detailed method of computing the cost of employee turnover. The main factors in this calculation (aside from specific costs) are time and money involved with a departing employee, such as:

  • Time spent on filling the vacant position;
  • Hours/weeks in lost productivity before the employee leaves
  • Time that coworkers and the manager/supervisor combined will need to make up for the vacant employee (overtime, added shifts, etc.);
  • Number of hours in lost productivity resulting from orientation and training of a new employee; and
  • Time spent on admin and hiring tasks (advertising, resume screening, interviewing, onboarding).

We can directly translate between time and money (time = $) to provide specific costs by multiplying hours by hourly wage for different types of employees, tasks, and responsibilities. The numbers that you provide can either be averages for your organization, department, or team, or they can be specific to a single turnover event. The calculation will total all the time and costs spent with every employee turnover so you can determine what the final cost is for your business.

Here are the steps to calculate all of this: keep reading…

This Employee Handbook Is So Good, It’s a Recruiting Tool

by Jun 19, 2014, 1:21 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 10.05.17 AMInspired by Valv, The Motley Fool has released an online employee handbook, one of the most memorable you’ve ever seen, so much so that it’s as much a recruiting tool as it is a set of rules. keep reading…

With New Website, Pep Boys Wants to Attract People Who ‘Put Customers First’

by Jun 3, 2014, 9:04 pm ET

pep boysPep Boys has sent a new career site live, one aimed at attracting people with a customer-service mentality.

Pep Boys, which operates in 35 states in the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico, wants to be known for having great customer service.

That effort has been a couple of years in the making. keep reading…

5 Tips to Help Increase Your InMail Response Rates

by Jun 3, 2014, 12:32 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.16.21 AMPaul DeBettignies recently published an ERE.net post titled, “Informal Survey: 1 In 10 IT Recruiting Inquiries Do Not Suck,” which generated several comments about increasing InMail response rates. Todd recommended everyone read this post, but a few recruiters said the tips it provides are “basic.” So I asked Todd if I could share five tips — some new, some oldies but goodies — my team and some of our customers use to increase InMail response rates. Here you go: keep reading…

A Guide to Ruby on Rails Interviewing

by May 20, 2014, 2:46 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 11.41.05 AMA career site for developers has a new interviewing guide out for evaluating a candidate’s Rails knowledge.

It’s not meant as a list of questions a candidate must know the answer to, but as more of a sample interview question page.

Here’s the link.

Check Out These Recruiting Tools

by May 14, 2014, 12:01 am ET

bullhornRecently, I showed you how Jobvite’s latest survey revealed that recruiting via social media is increasing. Ten percent of respondents said they found their “favorite or best” job through Facebook; 6 percent found it through LinkedIn and 5 percent through Twitter. As for recruiters, 94 percent of them are on LinkedIn and 65 percent are active on Facebook — and, most importantly, 78 percent say they’ve made a hire through a social network.

In addition, social media is a great way for recruiters to engage passive candidates. There are some great new tools that integrate social media into your talent acquisition efforts. Here are my favorites. Before I start, let me say that this isn’t an exhaustive list meant to exclude; it’s merely meant as some good examples! keep reading…

Experimenting With Immersive Technology to Increase Candidate Engagement at Job Fairs

by May 13, 2014, 12:14 am ET

Hershey_LogoThe candidate experience at job fairs hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. Booths have gotten bigger, with more creative use of space, but the concept is still the same — attendees line up, talk to a company rep for two or three minutes and walk off with a paper brochure. If they’re lucky, they get a chance to interview in a makeshift, curtain-walled office flanked by three other candidates doing the same thing.

In this environment, candidates often don’t have an opportunity to engage with the company culture, understand the direction of the business, or clearly see the reasons why they should join.

With a key university job fair approaching, a crack team of three Hershey employees — myself, a graphic designer, and a university relations analyst — decided we were going to attempt to improve candidate engagement by taking a more modern approach. After a quick ideation session, we landed on an idea to experiment with augmented reality technology. keep reading…

The Current State of Mobile Recruitment in the Netherlands

by Apr 11, 2014, 12:38 am ET
Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 10.07.26 AMIn the last quarter of 2013, Intelligence Group studied the situation of mobile recruitment in the Netherlands.” The results of this study are published in the whitepaper embedded below, ”What is the current state of mobile recruitment?” The study has two viewpoints: the perspective of the job seeker and the perspective of the employer.

A New Recruitment Moment Is on the Rise keep reading…

Help Produce the Data You’ve Always Wanted

by Mar 26, 2014, 12:48 am ET

Among the most common requests we’ve gotten over the last decade and a half is for data that’ll help you compare your department to others, gauge the state of the profession, and just get a sense of how your peers tend to do things. We’re compiling this information, and we’d love for you to take a survey that’ll help. By taking the State of Recruiting survey, you’ll get a summary of results emailed to you.

Topics include everything from:

  • What you outsource and what you don’t
  • Who your department reports to
  • Who your department should report to
  • The metrics you pay attention to
  • Whether your department is growing or not
  • How you decide if a hire was a quality one

… and more.

Click here to take the survey. We’ll present the full results at a special session at the first day of the ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo in San Diego.

These People Might Make Good Sourcers

by Mar 18, 2014, 5:01 am ET

hiring sourcersHiring a good sourcer is difficult. Identifying new sourcers who do not have experience in the recruiting function is even more difficult. If you’re trying to build a team of sourcers, consider targeting these professional backgrounds: keep reading…

New Tips Out on Background Checks

by Mar 11, 2014, 10:33 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 7.27.21 AMNew assistance is out from the U.S. government on the use of background checks.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission co-published the documents. Fortunately, they’re written pretty clearly, and have a good set of links for more information.

There’s a link for employer information as well as a page for job seekers and current employees.

U.S. Govt Lists Resources for New Disabilities, Veterans Guidelines

by Dec 5, 2013, 1:19 pm ET

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 10.07.31 AMIf you’re following the action on the new disabilities and veterans hiring guidelines in the U.S., there’s a new site that may help a bit.

This one’s coming from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and it’s simply a list of resources to help you when sourcing and hiring people with disabilities and/or veterans.

The info is divided into categories: accommodations; tax incentives; inclusive environments; disabilities, and veterans.

While I’m at it, in case you’re a service provider yourself, here’s a link to information on getting on the resource list.