New Marijuana Laws Mean Updates to Drug and Alcohol Policies

marijuana-lawsThe nation is undergoing some major changes right now, and not just politically. Not only did voters have to choose a new President, but many states also voted on whether or not to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.

On November 8th, five states voted “yes” or “no” to recreational cannabis. The states who have recently joined Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon, where it was already legal, are California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Arizona was the only state with this topic on their ballots that for now voted “no”. Continue reading

The Human Element of Recruiting Cannot Be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence

human-element-of-recruiting-replaced-by-aiRecently, I read an article with a title that caught my eye, “Startups are making the rejection letter a thing of the past”. The author’s viewpoint was essentially that Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) gives companies the ability to pass human recruiting tasks on to tools like Mya. Not only does this delegate the prescreening process to a robot, it can also prevent would-be candidates from even becoming applicants. This would effectively reduce the need for “turndown” or rejection letters, at least within the initial phase of the recruiting process. Continue reading

Five Strategies to Effective Recruiting in a Candidate Driven Market: Making the Final Selection

This is part five of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett
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This week wraps up our five-part series on recruiting in a candidate driven market. We’ve covered strategic planning and determining need, and internal and external recruiting. In our previous installment, we looked at external assessment tools. As promised, today we’ll be talking about the final step in the recruiting process: Making the Final Selection.

Making the Final Selection

There is one key thing that that should happen even before the prescreening process begins, and that is for you to remember that you are the expert on market conditions. It is your job to educate your hiring managers on what is going on within the landscape of a candidate-driven marketplace. Don’t expect them to already be aware of that, especially those managers who rarely do any hiring. This will make the expectations going in to the interview process clear, and the process that much smoother. Continue reading

External Assessment Tools: Part Four of a Five Part Series on Recruiting

This is part four of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett
external-assessment-toolsIn part three of our series on recruiting, we discussed internal screening. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the assessment tools available to us when our search for talent takes us outside the organization.

With the average cost of recruiting, hiring, and training being $4,000, and the cost of turnover being $16,000 for entry level employees and $120,000 for mid-level associates, it’s easy to see why employers care so much about making the right hire the first time. When putting candidates through the assessment process, having the right tools is critical for employers. Continue reading

Internal Screening: Part Three of a Five-Part Recruiting Series

This is part three of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett

help-wantedIn part two of our five-part series on recruiting, we took a look at resources, strategies and processes. We’ve already briefly touched on the topic of internal screening, but today, we’re going to further unpack this important topic.

All too often, as soon as an employee gives notice that they are leaving, organizations quickly post the open role to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. It’s a natural reaction as losing someone means lost productivity, lost revenue, and a heavier workload for their colleagues. However, taking a step back and examining your current talent pool may prove to be the best first option.

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Resources, Strategies and Processes: Part Two of a Five-Part Recruiting Series

This is part two of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett

resources-strategies-and-processesTwo weeks ago we started our five-part series on recruiting, where we began by examining how we determine recruiting needs and establish strategic processes. This week, we’re going to take a look at recruiting resources, specific strategies, and more on processes.

Recruiting Resources

Obviously one main focus of every recruiting team is where and how they will find candidates. In today’s recruiting climate, the opportunities for sourcing are significant. Let’s take a look at some of the tried and true, and some you may not have considered.

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Five Strategies to Effective Recruiting in a Candidate Driven Market

This is part one of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett

5 strategies to effective recruitingRecruiting today is not the same as it was even a few short years ago. The market is candidate driven, meaning the talent you’re seeking is receiving multiple offers at a time, being contacted by recruiters regularly, and in the position to change employers easily when their work stops being fulfilling. If you or your team are looking at making your recruiting more effective as you navigate these market changes, or are just jumping into recruiting, join us for our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate drive market.

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Three Strategies for Staying in Compliance with Wage and Paid Sick Leave Changes

 

Business cartoon showing businessman with therapist and saying, 'my industry has probably transformed again just since we started this session'.Several states throughout the nation continue to experience significant change as it relates to employment. As of July 1, 2016, still more changes will be going into effect, and employers will need to be ready. These changes, affecting minimum wage and paid sick leave (PSL), can be expected to continue throughout the country.

In response to concern over the need for a living wage, State and municipalities are raising minimum wages and creating  their own PSL laws. A great example is Continue reading

Biggest Isn’t Always Best – Choosing the Right Applicant Tracking System for Your Business

dog doorThere are times when we assume that bigger is, of course, better. A bigger house, a bigger car, a bigger office. Through experience, we come to learn that bigger is definitely not always better. Just like a bigger house isn’t necessarily the best fit for a single person, or a sports car the right choice for a family of eight, your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) isn’t necessarily the better fit, just because it’s the biggest option on the market.

In the world of Applicant Tracking Systems, there are three different profiles companies generally fit into:
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6 Must Follow Steps for Compliant Background Checks

background checks TAM and GoodHire recently joined forces to present a webinar on background checks. They discussed the FCRA requirements that result in the most claims and how to comply, the role and requirements of the EEOC, when and how to use employment credit checks and drug screening, and how ban-the-box laws affect background checks.

In addition to reviewing relevant state laws and consulting with legal counsel, here are six must follow steps to create compliant employment screening policies for your business.

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