3 Surprising Ways an All-In-One Solution Will Disappoint You

Enterprise SolutionLet’s say that, for your next date-night, you choose the new fancy steakhouse in town. Their chef is world-famous, and you’ve never seen such stellar reviews for a pricey steak dinner. They promise to cater to your every need for the evening, and the meal does not disappoint. That is, until your dessert arrives. Where the rest of your dinner thrilled, your bland, boring soufflé falls, literally and figuratively, flat.

Sure, you might go back for that killer steak, but the next time the waiter asks if you’d like a dessert menu, you politely pass, despite your insistent sweet-tooth. Why would you settle for a lackluster lava cake, when the best bakery in town is right down the street? The bakery staff are experts in their craft, and their passion and expertise are reflected in their unique creations and uncompromising service. You know that their meringues and macarons will never, ever disappoint. Dessert is important! Why would you compromise? Continue reading

The Applicant Manager Announces Partnership with Verified First

The Applicant Manager Streamlines Hiring Through Partnership With Verified First
In-house screening tools will improve efficiency of hiring process

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Verified First, the premier background and drug screening company in North America, announced that their screening tools are available through integration with The Application Manager (TAM), a customizable, cloud-based applicant tracking system. As the premier pre-employment screening provider, Verified First brings a wide variety of background verification services to companies who utilize TAM’s system. The SaaS applications offered by Verified First and TAM are integrated via a patent-pending technology developed by Verified First. Continue reading

How Google for Jobs is Changing the Job Search Game

Job MazeWhen job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder hit the scene, employers and job seekers alike were excited about how much easier posting and searching for new positions was going to be. And it was. Then, Indeed and LinkedIn came on the scene, and because their sites scrape data from the Monsters and CareerBuilders of the world, it made it even easier to search for jobs when, rather than checking several different job boards, one could find all of their postings in only a few places.   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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What Is the Best Job Board?

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With all the job boards available, it’s not always easy to decide where your time and money are best spent.  So what is the best job board? The short answer – there really isn’t just one. Not for everyone, anyway. There are, however, better ones. The key is figuring out what makes sense for your business, and to spend your time and money in those places. Let’s begin by breaking things down…

The Big Guys

You’ve no doubt worked with Monster and CareerBuilder already. They’re not the biggest for nothing. These sites have been around a while, and are still a “go to” of choice for employers and job seekers alike. They’re professional, they’re user friendly, and they have a whole lot to offer with regard to resources and communities. They span the gambit in terms of industries and levels of positions. If you’re trying to recruit candidates from all over the nation, or the world for that matter, these sites are a great place to start.
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Why Good Communication with Job Applicants is so Important

Put yourself in an applicant’s shoes. When they apply for a job at your organization what is their experience? Do they receive an acknowledgement that their application has been received? Will they be contacted even if they’re not a good fit or when they fail at a step in the recruiting workflow? Stephen Bruce, PhD/PHR, in an article for HR Daily Advisor explains that, “More than half of employers (52%) respond to less than half of the candidates who apply. What these employers may not realize, however, is that not only do most candidates expect an automated reply that acknowledges their application, the majority (84%) also expect a personal email response, and 52% anticipate a phone call.”
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