Visual Content Is Critical To Building Engagement

Visual Content Is Critical To Building Engagement

Lately the fastest-growing social networks are those that emphasize visual content. Instagram is the fastest-growing social network, followed by Tumblr and Pinterest. Data from Statista shows that people spend more time on Pinterest (1 hour 17 minutes per month) than on Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Google+ combined.  Here are a few items to consider when […]

Patterns For Success

Patterns For Success

Do you know your advocates from within each of your clients? We learned that we have the most success with clients where an internal advocate takes ownership of our relationship. Recognizing this, we are now much more insistent with new relationships that this advocate be identified early. Does your product or offering put up barriers to […]

Facebook Tests New Business Service

Facebook Tests New Business Service

Facebook is testing a new professional service specifically intended to be used in the workplace. The company has so far been mum about “Facebook at Work.” However, the Financial Times, which disclosed the secret project, said it is designed as a collaboration tool, allowing users to share documents, communicate with colleagues, and build networks of professional contacts. […]

5 Signs One Of Your Employees Is Interviewing For Another Job

5 Signs One Of Your Employees Is Interviewing For Another Job

We called this one the FOT Turnover Predictor, which was basically what things do your employees begin to do to start showing you they are getting ready to turnover? We all had different ones, but here are some of my favorites: Parking lot calls — It doesn’t haven’t to be the parking lot, it can be […]

4 Of The Stupidest Things Men Have Said About Women In Business

4 Of The Stupidest Things Men Have Said About Women In Business

It’s not just Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Remember Evan Thornley, Paul Graham and Larry Summers? Microsoft CEO Nadella said that it’s “good karma” for women to refrain from asking for a raise: “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,” Nadella […]

Realign HR with Organizational Performance

Realign HR with Organizational Performance

“On a basketball team, you have to have pretty good players, or you’ll never win,” Wayne Brockbank, a clinical professor of business at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. “But that group of midlevel players who work together as an integrated, effective team will almost always beat the team that has […]

7 Tips For Hiring Top Design Talent

7 Tips For Hiring Top Design Talent

Don’t Rely Solely on Help Wanted Ads. The people really reading those ads are usually unemployed and generally less likely to be the top talent you want. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule, but if you’re short on time don’t waste it going through a stack of 200 mediocre candidates to find one gold […]

The Interview Question You Must Answer Correctly

The Interview Question You Must Answer Correctly

It’s different for every person—and every position. But one thing about this question is the same… it starts out like this: “Do you have experience doing… (insert whatever responsibility, duty, etc. the employer is looking to find in someone)?” So, how do you answer this all-important interview question in the best way possible? Tell Them […]

Big Data – Does HR Even Matter Anymore ?

Big Data – Does HR Even Matter Anymore ?

One of the most overused clich?s in the HR profession is HR’s desire to get a seat at the table. What this initially meant was HR was not invited to strategic initiative discussions and likely was not included in the executive leadership team.  For the most part those days are gone, but today, even as […]

Are You Brave Enough To Wear The Same Thing Everyday?

Are You Brave Enough To Wear The Same Thing Everyday?

Steve Jobs. Mark Zuckerberg. President Obama. Karl Stefanovic. (Okay, I bet you have no idea who this guy is… hang in there, we will come back to him). Besides being extremely successful in their chosen fields of endeavor (even Karl—I will explain), they all at one time or another adopted a personal uniform, i.e., they […]

Rise Of The Smart Creative

Rise Of The Smart Creative

So, What Is A Smart Creative? This term is coined in the book “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. In the book, they describe the type of employees that Google attracts as well as some stories of how Google started their unique hiring and retention process. If you’re an HR manager or even an […]

Hospital Leaders Share 8 Tips To Manage Multigenerational Staff

Hospital Leaders Share 8 Tips To Manage Multigenerational Staff

Framing The Issues: Multiple generations working side by side in hospitals can create tension. Younger staff bring different expectations and goals to the workplace than do their older counterparts. Older staff offer experience and institutional knowledge that can be a valuable resource for hospitals. Many hospitals have a hard time finding Gen Xers and millennials […]

Top Hiring & Recruiting Blunders By Employers

Top Hiring & Recruiting Blunders By Employers

Blunder No. 1: Recruiting or hiring employees using “coherent people profiles” assembled by aggregators like Spokeo. Spokeo was fined $800,000 in 2012 by the Federal Trade Commission because it gathered all kinds of data about individuals — including race, ethnic background, religion, economic status, and age ranges — and sold the information to employers who used it […]

The ATS Isn’t The Problem. Recruiters Are.

The ATS Isn’t The Problem. Recruiters Are.

Within the insular world of HR technology and recruitment software, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are perhaps the most hated, at least judging from the online conversation among talent acquisition practitioners and pundits alike – not to mention the target of vitriol and invectives by candidates and job seekers, too. Every day, there are a litany […]

SeaWorld’s Rebranding Strategy

SeaWorld’s Rebranding Strategy

SeaWorld acknowledges that ticket sales have declined because of changing perceptions of killer whale shows, as well as competitive pressure. Rivals Disney(DIS) and Universal (CMCSA) have recently added crowd-pleasing Pixar and Harry Potter attractions, respectively, that SeaWorld has yet to counter. On Nov. 12 the company reported a 28 percent drop in profit and a 5.2 percent drop in attendance, to 8.3 […]

Happy 5th Birthday WhatsApp! [Infographic]

Happy 5th Birthday WhatsApp! [Infographic]

Instant messaging apps have exploded as a means of personal communication, particularly on mobile devices but their take up in professional sourcing is still slow. We also recommend you read “Components Of A Great Job Description”. Social Talent

Innovative Ideas In Unexpected Places

Innovative Ideas In Unexpected Places

Looking far outside your own industry can yield surprising solutions to tough problems. A few years ago, executives at PepsiCo gave the R&D department a challenge: Find a way to cut the sodium content of snack foods, while still keeping the salty taste consumers crave. After toiling away in their own labs and searching across […]

How And Why To Forget All Your Recruiting Problems

How And Why To Forget All Your Recruiting Problems

Check Baggage at the Door: I’m not suggesting you space out on how to do your job. I’m not referring to that kind of forgetting.However, I’m advising you manage your emotions during the search. As a new assignment begins, let go of memories attached to previous failed to fill scenarios, candidate behaviors, and hiring manager decisions. Like […]

Are These Strippers Employees?

Are These Strippers Employees?

You know the cost of misclassifying employees as independent contractors. But can you determine whether or not these exotic dancers were employees? Here are the facts: The dancers couldn’t adjust their thongs to show tan lines at any time They couldn’t chew gum They couldn’t have a bad attitude Their bodies had to stay in shape They couldn’t […]

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder

In our business of contingent search you have to be mindful of what you are working on and its likelihood of converting into revenue for your company. This does mean that smart work may have you sometimes working weekends. However, I’ve found the trick is to really think about what you are putting your effort […]

5 Nighttime Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs

5 Nighttime Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs

Assess your day: what good did I do today? Ask yourself three questions: What progress did I make toward my vision and goals today? What am I grateful for today, specifically? Finally, what improvements can I make with what I learned? Set three priorities for tomorrow. Use this principle of building momentum by thinking about your objectives, […]

Why Parenthood Is Great For Productivity

Why Parenthood Is Great For Productivity

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis looked at the productivity of men and women with and without families over the course of 30 years. After analyzing data from 10,000 individuals, the study’s authors concluded that men and women with two or more children are more productive over the course of a career than those with one or no […]

Select Stores Say No To Thanksgiving Shifts

Select Stores Say No To Thanksgiving Shifts

The Christmas shopping season has now grown so long, it’s officially bumped into Thanksgiving. Macy’s has announced it will begin its Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, before the leftovers even have a chance to get cold. Kohl’s and Sears followed suit and will open at the same time. J.C. Penney went a step […]

New Software Will Let Your Boss Know You’re About to Quit

New Software Will Let Your Boss Know You’re About to Quit

Workday is an HR technology company that wants to tell your employer that you’re planning to leave your job — ideally before you’ve even started looking for your next gig. The new software, due out next year, works by looking at your career progression and comparing it with other employees who have followed a similar […]

I Quit Google – Here’s Why

I Quit Google – Here’s Why

This isn’t the first time I quit my job, but it will be the last. Honestly, saying goodbye to Google was supposed to happen a year ago. And six months before that. If you ask my friends, they’ll tell you that I’m kidding myself and Google is too good to let go. They’re right, but […]

Does Whitening Resumes Improve Hiring Prospects?

Does Whitening Resumes Improve Hiring Prospects?

You may not recognize the names 1) Ilyena Vasilievna Mironoff 2) Krishna Pandit Bhanji 3) Carlos Ray Norris 4) Allen Stewart Konigsberg or 5) Onika Tanya Maraj. But these are just the stage names for 1) Helen Mirren 2) Ben Kingsley 3) Chuck Norris 4) Woody Allen and 5) Nicki Minaj. As shocking as that is, it’s understandable that celebrities are looking for pizzazz, […]

Hardest To Fill Jobs

Hardest To Fill Jobs

The American Staffing Association premiered the ASA Skills Gap Index, which tracks the number of hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S., during Staffing World®, the association’s annual convention and expo. The index identified 207 occupations as hard to fill, with the 10 most difficult being Occupational therapists Physical therapists Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer Occupational therapist assistants Speech-language pathologists […]

Questions To Ask When You Are Forced To Resign

Questions To Ask When You Are Forced To Resign

If you resign you don’t have to explain why you were fired in future interviews. If you are fired you are most likely eligible for unemployment. But before you make your decision, here are some questions to ask: How much severance will you give me in exchange for my resignation? Yeah, I know, it seems like you […]

The Happiness Machine: How Google Became Such A Great Place To Work.

The Happiness Machine: How Google Became Such A Great Place To Work.

A few years ago, Google’s human resources department noticed a problem: A lot of women were leaving the company. Like the majority of Silicon Valley software firms, Google is staffed mostly by men, and executives have long made it a priority to increase the number of female employees. But the fact that women were leaving […]

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3 Lessons From 22 Years In Staffing

3 Lessons From 22 Years In Staffing

Lesson 1: It really is all about the people. Of course, this is a “people” industry — but I honestly cannot stress the importance of having the right people in your organization. I decided early on that I was only going to hire people who understood my purpose and vision for Solving IT — what I […]

Recruiting Has The Highest Business Impact Of Any HR Function

Recruiting Has The Highest Business Impact Of Any HR Function

Within most corporate HR functions, the atmosphere is simply too politically charged to even consider raising this powerful question:“Which HR function ranks No. 1 with the highest impact on two critical business success measures — revenue growth and profit margins?” Well, the data is in, and we now definitively know that the answer is … recruiting […]

Top Life Changes To Make You Happier And More Productive At Work

Top Life Changes To Make You Happier And More Productive At Work

There are two things in particular that we can do to change our satisfaction level with the work that we do and with the people we work with. First, we can make changes in how we interpret the experiences that we have at work. We can make changes in how we respond to what happens […]

Fired HR Chief In Edmonds Awarded $1M In Defamation Case

Fired HR Chief In Edmonds Awarded $1M In Defamation Case

A federal jury has awarded more than $1 million to the former human-resources director for the city of Edmonds after finding she was wrongfully fired and defamed by ex-Mayor Mike Cooper after she raised questions about the pay and working hours of his executive assistant. Debi Humann had been the director of human resources in […]

4 Ways to Hire Great People We Learned from Chipotle

4 Ways to Hire Great People We Learned from Chipotle

We found these 4 simple but important techniques you can apply to your hiring strategies…..  1. Create an inspiring brand story Chipotle’s brand positions the restaurant as a healthier and more natural alternative to traditional fast food. Since that’s a concept difficult to flesh out in a 15- to 30-second commercial, Chipotle uses alternative media […]

  1. Rise Of The Smart Creative - openreq: […] We also recommend you read “4 Ways To Hire Great People We Learned From Chipotle”. […]

Holland Staffing Company Closes And Hundreds Stand To Loose Jobs

Holland Staffing Company Closes And Hundreds Stand To Loose Jobs

MAGY Staffing, LLC (OWL Staffing) intends to cease operations at their 1615 Timberwolf Drive (Holland) and 2035 Reynolds Road (Toledo) locations around Jan. 16. Jobs for 228 current employees are expected to be permanently lost, including 91 full-time customer service reps and various administrative staff. The announcement was made Nov. 3 via an official notice […]

Shift Performance Management From Pain To Gain

Shift Performance Management From Pain To Gain

Provide direction by fusing strategic and tactical approaches to PM. In HPOs, leaders balance PM strategies. On the strategic level, they support an enterprise-wide focus on high performance, making sure those activities required to achieve business goals drive skills development and recruiting priorities. On the tactical side, HPO leaders ensure ongoing goal review and managerial feedback. They also […]

Don’t Fall In Love With Your Manager

Don’t Fall In Love With Your Manager

Good Managers. These are people who trust your abilities. They inspire you. You may feel a strange feeling of accountability, wanting to please him/her for reasons you cannot explain. You don’t work for them, you work with them (at least that’s what you think). You find yourself working harder, feeling better about it, and generally enjoying your professional life.  The sad […]

Quick Tips To Standardize The Candidate Rejections Process

Quick Tips To Standardize The Candidate Rejections Process

Candidate applications that do not meet specified requirements. Every job posting receives applications from candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements for the position. If you have clearly stated the requirements in the job description (and you should), it is okay to have a standard template to use for rejections. These templates can be straightforward. […]

3 Contempary Ways To Screen Candidates

3 Contempary Ways To Screen Candidates

Check out their web presence. Looking through someone’s twitter feeds or tumblr page is like getting a glimpse into their world. How do they carry themselves on the Internet? You can gain a much better sense of a candidate’s personality by skimming through their social media pages than in a formal interview. The applicant claims to […]

Trying To Build Better Workers With Big Data

Trying To Build Better Workers With Big Data

Bosses as it turns out, really do matter — perhaps far more than even they realize. In telephone call centers, for example, where hourly workers handle a steady stream of calls under demanding conditions, the communication skills and personal warmth of an employee’s supervisor are often crucial in determining the employee’s tenure and performance. In […]

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Snapchat Vs Facebook [Infographic]

Snapchat Vs Facebook [Infographic]

In case you’re like me and have fallen behind on the Snapchat craze, see this infographic comparing Snapchat and Facebook (something gen exers and boomers have definitely embraced). We also recommend you read “Social Media Takes A Larger Role In Job Hunting”. SourceCon

Big Changes For Workplace Health Plans In 2015

Big Changes For Workplace Health Plans In 2015

Is my doctor still in the network? Some employers are shifting to plans that look like the HMOs of the 1990s, with limited networks of physicians and hospitals. Provider affiliations change even when companies don’t adopt a “narrow network.” Is where I get labs and medications changing? For expensive treatments — for diseases such as cancer or […]

Start Developing Future Leaders Now

Start Developing Future Leaders Now

Research conducted by Zenger-Folkman suggests that 88 percent of development effort within organizations goes to Gen Xers and Boomers. Only 12 percent goes to Generation Y, the people who will be running the show in the not-too-distant future. Perhaps it’s time to invest more in developing the new entrants to the workplace… especially when it […]

Video Killed The Written CV [Infographic]

Video Killed The Written CV [Infographic]

So they say a picture paints a thousand words… Screw that! A minute of video is worth 1.8 MILLION words according to this infographic from BrightonsBM, which is exactly the reason you need to create a video CV…. like yesterday! We also recommend you read “Do Job Postings With Images Really Attract More Candidates?”. Social Talent

Whats With Those Indeed TV Ads?

Whats With Those Indeed TV Ads?

Remember when LinkedIn used to say it wasn’t a job board? Oh, wait – I guess they still do. Yet if you ask a room of HR professionals that question, the answer is crystal clear: “Of course LinkedIn is a job board!” Well, I would argue that Indeed is going through something similar. Launched in 2004, the […]

Suffer From Social Recruiting Paranoia?

Suffer From Social Recruiting Paranoia?

Consider this: If you’re too afraid to get started, you’ll have no social recruiting plan. Period. Research shows that 59% of recruiters who have hired candidates using social media found them to be of the “highest quality.” So if you aren’t using social networks to target talent, are you getting the best applicants? When you’re too worried […]

Unfilled Jobs Cost Employers $160 Billion Annually

Unfilled Jobs Cost Employers $160 Billion Annually

In the US, 33% of job vacancies remain open for three months or more. The cost of these unfilled jobs reaches $160 billion each year, a significant cost to the nation as a whole, businesses and individuals. These findings come from a study conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) on behalf […]

It’s Not Over Yet: 9 Recruiting Tricks To Try In 2014 [Webinar]

It’s Not Over Yet: 9 Recruiting Tricks To Try In 2014 [Webinar]

With budgets and headcount pretty much frozen until the new year, if you’re like most recruiting organizations, it’s time to actually take a deep breath – and a step back – while planning for what’s next for you and your recruiting organization in 2015.  Join Michael Goldberg, Director of Talent Acquisition at American Heart Association, […]

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