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[Podcast] Human Resources Challenges in a World with COVID-19

Dr. John Sullivan was interviewed by Marc Raco for Strategy Update: COVID-19 Business Playbook. If trying to keep the doors to a business open isn’t challenging enough, especially when you don’t know how long you have to do it for, diligent consideration of the productivity, safety, care, morale, and profitability of your employees may be even more daunting. Dr. John …

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[Webinar] Employer Branding Techniques for Engaging Candidates Online

Learn best practices and the most modern techniques for attracting and engaging potential applicants. If you’re struggling to get enough applicants for your open jobs, regardless of company size, you must move beyond simply posting open jobs. It’s time to realize that if your organization expects to succeed in attracting top talent in today’s ultra-competitive job market you need to …

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Recruiter Job Security – Be The Last Recruiter Standing During Turmoil

Trauma from COVID-19, travel bans, broken supply chains, and new TA tech will all contribute to upcoming recruiting cutbacks. So don’t wait, ask “What have I done to increase my value and job security?” I’m not trying to be alarmist; strategic recruiting leaders always plan for the inevitable up-and-down cycles of recruiting. I am suggesting that now may be the …

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Half of Top Performers Quit Last Year — and It’s Likely Happened to You

Perhaps the most alarming statistic of the year comes from recent research by The Predictive Index (TPI) revealing that “on average, 47% of high-performing employees left their company last year.” What could be worse news to your executives than learning that nearly half your firm’s high-performing employees quit?  The loss would be staggering not only because of the obvious loss of performance …

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Why Job Fairs Stink — and the Superior Recruiting Alternatives

Job fairs stink as a hiring source. They don’t even make it on Jobvite’s top 13 list of most effective recruiting sources, and typically they produce less than 2% of all experienced hires. HR executives rated job fairs as the least effective job-search method, with a survey rating of only 1.6 out of a possible 5. And with the seemingly endless list of “what’s …

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The Many Problems Caused by HR Relationship Building

Note: This is one of a series of “think pieces” that are designed to stimulate your thinking about the future of HR. I have found that “building relationships” can be the #1 factor damaging HR’s internal brand. If HR leaders want to succeed in a data-driven business world, they will need to lose their fixation with building interpersonal relationships and …

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Possible Recruiting Impacts From the Coronavirus Scare

The growing fear of the coronavirus requires recruiting leaders to prepare for an increase in discrimination against Asian candidates and to become aware of how far this fear could severely hurt global recruiting and local diversity efforts. Also, expect real travel restrictions and an increased fear of flying to increase the need for more remote video interviews. Let me be …

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Rejecting Resumes With Spelling Errors: A Silly and Costly Hiring Mistake

When you analyze the data, it becomes instantly clear that screening out resumes because of spelling and grammar issues is a costly and antiquated practice. For example, many people simply assume that any job that requires writing can’t be successfully filled by someone who is a weak speller. That doesn’t explain why writers like Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Austen all …

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Elite Firms Are Investing in These Big-Bet Recruiting Areas

This article is co-written by Michael Cox, a project manager at Dr. John Sullivan & Associates. The Big-Bet Recruiting Trends at the Top 10 Companies It’s a dream of every recruiting executive to accurately predict the future direction of talent acquisition. Unfortunately, current recruiting-trends surveys (like LinkedIn’s annual Global Talent Trends report) can only reveal what the average firm is planning (because …

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What Differentiates Good From Great HR Departments – Hypothesis Testing

Adapting the title from the famous book, I pose this question to HR leaders: “What differentiates Good from Great HR departments?” In my view, understanding the key factors that contribute to greatness is something that every HR leader that wants to excel should be doing continually. However, it turns out that because HR is a copycat industry, it’s hard to …

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