Employers

August 2017

Wage Increases are Essential in a Near Zero Unemployment Environment

Wage Increases are Essential in a Near Zero Unemployment Environment

Goldman Sachs economists underestimated just how low the unemployment rate would drop this year; so much so that they have actually adjusted their outlook for 2018 to 3.8% from the original 4.1% projection. Typically, wage increases occur when the job market is tight because employers have to pay more to attract and retain workers. Despite a current 4.3% unemployment rate, and a highly competitive job market, wages are rising barely faster than inflation. The most recent Bureau of Labor [...]

July 2017

Phone Screening Candidates

5 Reasons Phone Screening Must be Part of your Hiring Process

It can save you up to 45 minutes per candidate In our experience, the average phone interview takes around 15 minutes, versus the average in-person interview which is often at least an hour. Essentially, you can conduct three phone interviews in the time it takes to conduct one in-person interview. Statistic Brain published the results of an online survey by AOL jobs that revealed that 21% of resumes state fraudulent degrees, 29% show altered employment dates, 40% have inflated salary [...]

Five Ways to Keep Top Applicants from Walking Out the Door

Five Ways to Keep Top Applicants from Walking Out the Door

You’ve probably encountered quite a few articles lately about employee satisfaction and employee engagement. Both are major concerns of employers in today’s market. Many organizations are not placing sufficient value on the need to enhance the candidate experience during the application and hiring stages. There is a grave imbalance that is occurring between the talent shortage in the current market, and the hiring processes of many organizations. Both the American Staffing Association and the Society for Human Resource Management [...]

June 2017

Out of Office: Planning for Summer Vacations in the Workplace

Out of Office: Planning for Summer Vacations in the Workplace

Rarely is summer fever more prevalent in the U.S. than around the Fourth of July. In nearly every industry, employees are planning their summer getaways and family vacations. Even if a full blown summer vacation is not in the cards for everyone, most people will take a long weekend at least once throughout the summer, opting to take off on Friday, or extend their trip to include Monday. According to Statista, the July 4th weekend was the most popular [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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. [...]

Not Like the Others: Tips for Choosing an Experienced Staffing Firm

According to the American Staffing Association, there are nearly 750 staffing firms in Pennsylvania. These agencies vary in nature from large national agencies and overseas companies to smaller, privately held firms. Clients can choose between those firms that provide more of a resume brokerage type of approach, to those that deliver a full service consultation and staffing service. These varying agencies also staff a broad array of jobs, from industrial laborer to chief executive. Here are 4 core qualifications [...]