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June 2017

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and the Candidate Experience

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and the Candidate Experience

We use the term Artificial Intelligence quite liberally these days, maybe without fully having an understanding of what it means, and how we are already affected by it in 2017. In his book The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements, Nils J Nilsson describes Artificial Intelligence as “that activity devoted to making machines intelligent, and intelligence is that quality that enables an entity to function appropriately and with foresight in its environment.” We have seen [...]

Why you should hire overqualified candidates

Above and Beyond: 5 Reasons You Should Hire Overqualified Candidates

With the unemployment rate at 4.3% in May 2017, the current economic situation is forcing many employees to apply for positions that don’t match their skills and salary level. Yet employers in practically every industry are having difficulty finding candidates to fill open positions. The number of open jobs as reported by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics hit a record high of 6 million on the last business day of April. There is a general imbalance in candidate [...]

When your resume portrays you as a specialist rather than a jack of all trades, hiring managers will find you easier. You can land an interview and quite possibly a job.

5 Ways to go from Jack of All Trades to Specialist using your Resume

You’ve probably heard the phrase “jack of all trades” to describe a person who has a vast quantity of skills. While this can often be viewed as a high compliment, unfortunately the second part of that phrase, “master of none,” is the element that keeps many candidates from getting an interview. As recruiters, we have yet to receive a request from an employer for someone who has dabbled in a little bit of everything. Employers want specialists who will [...]

Job Boards vs. Job Search Engines Infographic

Job Boards vs. Job Search Engines: What You Don’t Know May Cost You (Infographic)

Undoubtedly, job boards and job search engines are invaluable tools for recruiters and hiring managers. HR software company Silkroad reported that job boards and job search engines were the second most common source of hire in 2016. While the use of these types of websites is not likely to decline in the coming years, it is definitely projected to change with the evolution of artificial intelligence. Online statistics and analytics company Statistic Brain reported that the average cost for [...]

May 2017

How to explain your termination in an interview

From Fired to Hired: How to Explain Your Termination in an Interview

Being fired from a job is among the top ten most stressful life events an adult can experience. Besides the obvious financial concerns that come with being dismissed from a positon, it’s a huge blow to your ego and self confidence. No one wants to be told that they are not good enough, but it happens to the best of us. According to Business Insider, some very successful people were let go from their jobs before they went on [...]

Top Performers

How do You Keep Your Top Performers…and Attract More of Them?

In Part 1 of this 2 part blog, we talked about how to identify those key players on your team; the force multipliers that literally keep your business running, growing and innovating. You may have been surprised to learn that the top performers in your organization are up to 400% more productive than the average performers.  With that kind of productivity on the line, keeping those top performers needs to be a top priority. A study by Future Workplace [...]

Hands typing on laptop in the grass to illustrate spring cleaning your resume

Spring Cleaning: 5 Ways to Enhance Your Resume

As the weather gets warmer and we get more hours of daylight, we get a little more motivated when it comes to housekeeping and organization. We clean out closets, cars and garages to prepare for summer, dust off the cobwebs and get out there into the world. While you’re feeling this new sense of motivation, it’s great time to do some resume maintenance. A study by online job search service provider, The Ladders revealed that recruiters spend an average [...]

Keeping really important employees

How Important are Your Really Important Employees and How do You Keep Them?

Similar to professional sports teams, in practically every corporate organization there are key players. They are identified by their ability to exceed expectations and provide innovative solutions to challenges. They are self-motivated, and very reliable. Often referred to as force multipliers, top performing employees are able to work independently as well as with other employees to produce high quality work consistently. You may be wondering just how much better your best employees really are. According to the Harvard Business [...]

April 2017

High Turnover Jobs

Seeing the Signs: How to Identify and Avoid High Turnover Jobs

Whatever job site you frequent, you’ve probably seen a job post or two that looks oddly familiar. It may be because it’s been posted and reposted month after month because the organization is having trouble filling it. It could be because it was filled, and now it’s inexplicably open again. Whatever the case may be, this scenario is justifiably concerning to job-seekers. A reputable staffing agency can spot a high turnover job a mile away, and will do whatever [...]

Feeling the Stress of Staffing? 5 Tips to Get Ahead of Hiring in Today’s Market

It is not uncommon for large local companies to have 200 or more job openings. Recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that there are still more jobs open than candidates to fill them. Real average earnings for employees increased 0.5% from February to March of 2017. This is creating a level of competition among employers to win top talent.  Employers are faced with the need to raise wages in order to attract and maintain key employees. [...]