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You Can’t Be Strategic Until … You Reward Managers for Great Hiring

In this continuing series of articles entitled “You Can’t Be Strategic Until …” I highlight the strategic actions that talent-management leaders should take to increase their measurable strategic business impact on their firms. In this case, the needed strategic action is for HR executives to find a way to reward managers for great hiring results directly. As a result of …

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HR, We Have A Problem: Up To 80% Of Employees Don’t Trust Us

Building employee trust is a cornerstone of HR’s values. So, everyone in HR should pay immediate attention when they learn that in excess of 70% of employees working at each of the top 4 most valuable firms in the US report that they “Don’t trust HR.” Yes, a recent survey by TeamBlind found that even at these four powerhouse top market cap …

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Clashes Over Ethics At Major Tech Companies Are Causing Problems For Recruiters

Dr Sullivan interviewed and quoted in this Buzzfeed article. ________________ Already dealing with backlash from employees who object to working with government agencies, major tech companies are now facing criticism from a new source — prospective hires. Caroline O’Donovan BuzzFeed News Reporter Posted on August 27, 2018, at 4:02 p.m. ET When Matt Meshulam, a Chicago-based software engineer, received a …

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The Top 10 Reasons Why Social Media Background Checks Are a Dumb Idea

The latest addition to the modern recruiting process, social media background checks, may be the dumbest element. Unlike most background checks, they don’t verify positive job-related information. Instead, they are used almost exclusively to reject candidates based on a subjective reaction to things that the candidate did while off the job. If you are among the whopping 70 percent of employers that …

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Excite Applicants by Boldly Providing Promotion, Pay, and Retention Info

If you need to gain a competitive advantage in recruiting, consider proactively revealing detailed information covering the attraction factors that applicants care the most about, including pay, development opportunities and promotion, and employee retention rates. Now before you prematurely reject the idea of revealing previously strictly kept information, realize that with a little work this information is, in fact, findable …

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A Story Inventory Will Allow You to WOW Top Candidates

How Stories Will Dramatically Improve Your Recruiting Results If you want to improve your recruiting results dramatically, one of the smartest things that you can do is to ask your new hires “Why did you say yes?” during onboarding. Most recruiting leaders are surprised when they learn that the top convincing factor was a “compelling story” that clearly revealed why …

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Old-School Recruiting Messages Stand Out in a Digital-World

Most of your recruiting messages are simply lost within the literal flood of digital messages that top prospects receive every day. So, if you need your recruiting message to stand out, consider using unique but effective message delivery mechanisms that few other recruiters use. For example, print your recruiting messages on paper and deliver them via snail mail. One example …

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On Becoming A Scientific HR Function – Learning From Amazon And Google

Did you know that “becoming scientific” is a strategic goal that is shared by the HR functions of two of the top three most valuable firms in the world? Yes, Amazon’s goal is to “Become the most scientific HR organization in the world,” and Google’s goal is to become as scientific as their engineering functions by bringing “The same level of rigor …

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How a Hiring Committee Can Dramatically Improve Your Recruiting Results

You probably already know that despite their good intentions, many managers are not very good at hiring. During simpler times, it made sense for supervisors to hire their own team members and for car owners to repair their own cars. But now that cars are computerized and hiring top talent has become extremely competitive and complex, a do-it-by-yourself approach can …

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Offsite Recruiting — Boldly Recruit Where Your Targets Hang Out

If you’re having difficulty attracting applicants, consider adding an off-site recruiting component to your existing recruiting strategy. The standard corporate recruiting model is a “come to us” approach. Meaning that if you want a job at our firm, you must be willing to take time out of your busy day to find out about and then apply to our firm. …

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