Category: Recruiting

Recruiting is changing at a rapid pace. Some organizations are abandoning traditional methods for social media; some think software can do a better job than people.

Review Résumés at Rocket Speed!

Placing one job ad can result in a torrent of resumes. Here’s how to cut through the pile quickly and have more time for qualified candidates. Every HR manager knows this situation: You put a job ad in the newspaper or on the Web. Within days, or even hours, your inboxes (electronic and plastic) are […]

EEO-1 Revisions: What You Need to Know … And Have to Do

A decades-old government report, due each September and covering 50 million workers, finally gets revised. Here’s what you have to do, starting this fall: Next week marks the start of September. And that marks kids back in school, leaves turning … and the annual EEO-1 Report. This report to the federal government is due by […]

How to Improve Hiring and Retention in Entry-Level Jobs

To keep entry-level jobs filled, offer respect and opportunity … and get to know the communities from which you want to hire. It’s natural for an organization to fear the loss of a key executive. But what really terrifies many these days is having their entry-level people leave. In today’s service economy, this most basic […]

Job Descriptions: A Job Better Left to the Pros?

Writing job descriptions has become so time-consuming and legally complex some managers just ignore using them and deny themselves a valuable HR tool. A solid prewritten or sample program might be the answer. They’re often the unwanted stepchildren of the HR office. Stashed on a high shelf. Stored in a dusty binder. Written, filed, and […]

Job Descriptions: They Can Do More Than One Job!

By Scott Delman Use job descriptions to tell workers their specific activities … but also their part in improving the company’s reputation. Take an objective look at your job descriptions and hiring practices. Ask yourself if they are in line with obtaining workers who will bring you to that elusive “level of performance” you’ve often […]

Seasonal and Temporary Employees: What Are the Risks?

Contingent employees can pick up the slack when business get busy, but structure the relationship carefully or their liabilities may linger long after they’re gone. Mid-summer traditionally means beach parties, picnics … and seasonal and temporary employees. It’s easy to see why. The jobs of vacationing employees have to be covered. Seasonal businesses are going […]

Employment Ads: What Are the Best Days to Post Them?

An Internet job-posting company survey finds wide daily variances in when job seekers are looking at ads In 2005, U.S. companies were estimated to have spent nearly $300 billion on advertising, with much of that allocated to employment advertising … the familiar “help wanted” ads in classified and display formats, and in media from the […]

Improve Your Reference Checking and Break Through the “Stone Wall of Silence”

Reference checking an applicant’s past can make today’s hiring decision easier … but to get past a former employer’s rendition of “name, rank, and serial number,” you need some “breakthrough” strategies. Here they are: It’s been said that “the answers to all questions of today reside in the past.” While not true about everything, this […]

When writing job descriptions, don’t forget the excitement

With today’s top job candidates besieged with offers, how you go about writing job descriptions may determine your chances of winning the talent you need. Here are two ways an HR manager might go about writing job descriptions for the same position. See which way of writing a job description you think would attract more […]

Before job descriptions, job analysis

You can’t really write a job description until you’ve explored all phases of the position you seek to fill. Job analysis is the process that does it. In today’s business, before there is a job, there is a job description. But, say occupational specialists from Ohio State University, before there can be a job description, […]