Last week, we outlined a few ways that new graduates can make the job search easier as they set out for the next step in their lives. The Class of 2015 is facing the best looking job market in years, and employers are hiring about 9.6% more college grads than last year (The Chicago Tribune). If you aren’t part of the sixty-five percent of employers planning on hiring new grads this year, take a look a look at why hiring a fresh faced college graduate could be a great decision for your business: Read More
Monthly Archives: May 2015
Reference checks. They’re a necessary evil in the world of human resources. It’s a good way to cross reference a candidate’s background and experiences, but the process can easily become a formality with little to no relevance, or worse – provide incorrect information. With things like bankruptcies and mergers, it may be difficult to find accurate information – especially if the employer no longer exists. There can be lack of meaningful information when firms have policies of restricting reference checks to only confirmation of employment dates and job titles in order to avoid legal problems. A big problem with reference checks is biases, good or bad, that have nothing to do with work performance.
The job search process is difficult. You spend hours perfecting your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. You attend networking events and expand your connections. You comb through page after page on every career site with job openings, researching companies, trying to find that perfect opportunity. You make it through the first round of screening and advance to the interview. You dress the part and prepare your answers. Yet still, something is amiss. You’re back to square one. What went wrong?
It’s graduation season! Millions of new and soon-to-be grads are in the midst of celebrating their achievements as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Though many are still enjoying the commemoration with family and friends, the challenge of finding a job can be a very stressful time for these new graduates. But don’t panic yet, Class of 2015! The Chicago Tribune wrote about a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers claims that U.S. companies plan to hire 9.6 percent more college graduates from this year’s class than they did in 2014. In addition, a Simply Hired study estimated that full-time opportunities in 2015 would grow by 20 percent. With an optimistic outlook for entry-level candidates, make sure you are set for success with these tips: Read More
Nobody is perfect and we are all bound to make mistakes from time to time. If and when those mistakes happen and we fall flat on our faces, we just get back up and proceed with caution. However, if mistakes are made when hiring, not only do we fall hard, but so do other members of our team if the new hire doesn’t pan out. Bad employees are a drain on budget, time, and morale. So what are the mistakes we need to avoid to make sure that we don’t pick an unsuitable candidate? These are the 10 worst mistakes that could ever be made when hiring: Read More
Writing a resume and writing a winning resume are two very different things. The resume is often the first document that an employer will look at, so it serves as your first impression. And as we all know, you only get one shot at a first impression. That first impression includes the design, format and content of your resume. Though all are important, one aspect of writing a winning resume is using keywords.
You’ve heard it time and time again: When it comes to advancing your career, it’s all about who you know. Yes, networking is an important factor in professional development. Professional references will serve you well. But the truth is that networking is a skill, one that needs to be practiced and developed. So next time you find yourself heading to a networking event, keep these things in mind to make the most of your mingling:
In 2015, it may seem the traditional resume is outdated or old-fashioned. As technology develops, shouldn’t resume writing become easier? The fact remains, the resume is the primary method for outlining our credentials and accomplishments. However according to Undercover Recruiter, 1 in 4 HR managers receive 50 resumes per job opening. So how do you set yourself apart and land that interview? We’ve outlined a few things to not do:
Video recruiting is one of the major trends in the latest of HR tech. In a digital society relying more and more on virtual communication, recruiting has begun to make that shift. The truth is that traditional recruiting can be inefficient, time consuming and a waste of money. Video recruiting may be the answer to shortening the process to find great talent in an easier way. Maybe video recruiting will never take over the traditional methods of recruiting toward the end stages of the process, but it could definitely have a place in the beginning rounds of talent search. Below we look at a few ways that video recruiting could solve talent search inefficiencies:
In our fast-paced, digital world where attention is such a limited resource, how can a job applicant hope to get even the tiniest scrap of attention from a recruiter or hiring manager who already spreads his or her attention so thin? Could the answer be the old-fashioned cover letter? Read More