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Your Essential New Hire Checklist [Infographic]

New EmployeeHiring a new employee is an exciting time for both employee and manager. The first few days and weeks on the job are an essential part of the introductory period. Yet, a poor onboarding experience can ruin a new job for any employee.

As their manager, it is your responsibility to ensure their first impression is a positive one. It’s important they settle in well and overcome any initial hurdles of a new workplace and a new environment as quickly as possible in order to begin adding value to your team and organization.

FACT: Nearly 33% of new hires look for a new job within their first six months on the job.

How can you prevent this from happening and ensure you’re giving your new employee what they need?

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The Phone Interview: What Hiring Managers Want to Hear from Candidates

The phone interview has become more commonplace than ever during the early stages of the interview and hiring process. This is a way to efficiently screen through large candidate pools, as well as minimize interview expenses for out-of-town candidates. For some remote positions, a phone interview may be the only method.

Below are some ways candidates can ace their next telephone interview, according to Glassdoor:

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Working with Gen Zers

The media has focused a lot on millennials in recent years, but now it’s time to give some attention to the millennials’ future co-workers: Gen Zers.  

According to Forbes.com, Generation Z is made up of “those born between 1995 and 2010, which means that the oldest are about 22 and are just entering the workforce”

As a recruiter, I have placed several recent graduates in their first “real” job, and I can honestly tell you it has been refreshing to work with these young candidates!

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Growing Fast AND Smart: Hiring Tips for Your Small Business or Startup

Employee team

70% of CEOs say that “Talent” is their “highest priority”. 90% say Talent is their #1 asset, but almost no one LIVES it. We react when we have someone quit or behave badly, but do we really know what it takes to build and KEEP a good team?

It’s a no-brainer that the best way to grow your small business is to hire quality employees. While doing this will be one of your biggest keys to success, it is also the most difficult to achieve. One good employee can propel your company forward, while a bad hire can set back productivity, damage morale, and cost an employer both time and money.

Here are some tips to making your next smart hire(s) a reality:

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8 Ways to Set Your Company Apart From the Competition

Men wearing suits and bright colored socksNo matter what industry you’re in, you’re certain to have competitors-- whether it's someone selling a similar product or service, or someone who wants to snag your top job candidate. Whatever the competition is, we all want to beat them and stand out to our clients and consumers.

Yet, in today’s world where everyone claims to be # 1, it’s not so easy to differentiate and build your own authentic identity. Effective differentiation happens to be one of the main challenges small businesses face, as they are forced to compete against the big dogs.

Here are some effective ways to help your company stand out from the rest of the crowd:

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It's About More Clay….

Hands molding clayOur President Danny Cahill is never one to lack the perfect words to motive, encourage or help close deals... Below is an email he recently sent to our team of recruiters. Hope it makes you think, or at the very least - motivate you on this wintry day!

Subject: A Morning Metaphor on a wintry Friday...

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No End in Sight for Low Unemployment: Prepare Now for 2019!

Woman looking out horizonUnemployment is currently at historic lows. A really positive thing, right? The flip side: think it’s tough to find great talent NOW?  New research from the Korn Ferry Institute shows that finding new talent is only going to get more challenging in the coming years.

  • The skills gap is widening, unemployment in the U.S. is at its lowest rate since 2000, and nearly 60% of employers struggle to fill job vacancies within 12 weeks.
  • By 2030, the global talent shortage could reach 85.2 million people—costing companies trillions of dollars in lost economic opportunity.

Industries such as technology, financial services, and manufacturing will be some of the most affected, as they require a high volume of skilled workers—and as demand outpaces supply, competition for qualified candidates will continue to soar.

  • Two-thirds of organizations are not adequately addressing the infrastructure and operations (I&O) skills gaps that will impede their digital business initiatives, according to Gartner, Inc. Successful I&O organizations will need to implement vastly different roles and technologies during the next five years.
  • Gartner forecasts that, by 2019, IT technical specialist hires will fall by more than 5 percent. Moreover, by 2021, 40 percent of IT staff will hold multiple roles, most of which will be business-related rather than technology-related.

With these stats in mind, what does this mean for your organization, and what should you do?

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A Recruiter’s Observations at a Conference

Smiling businesswoman at a trade showApril 2018 was my second year attending the RSA conference in San Francisco. The conference is an annual gathering of leading information security companies and professionals from around the world. Since I specialize in recruiting top talent for cybersecurity technology leaders, RSA is a MUST on my calendar each spring.

The conference tends to remind me a bit of a carnival for adults:

  • There are popcorn machines at every corner
  • Each vendor booth competes to be the flashiest and most eye-catching
  • Free stuff everywhere: t-shirts and other swag, artists drawing caricatures of people, you name it.
  • All the way down to the cheap attempts to draw visitors to their booths by having attractive women dressed up in pigtails and short skirts (THAT is a whole separate blog topic…)

I remember that first year thinking “where the hell am I?” Yet once the glitter and shine faded away, I was able to make a better assessment of the experience in its entirety. This year I wasn’t as distracted by the masses of people, food, amusements and flashing lights. I was a smarter, less distracted and way more successful attendee.

I’d like to share some of my observations and experiences–in the event you will be attending the RSA conference, or any large conference in the future, and help you get the most out of it:

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Candidate Rocks Your World? Then Pull the F***Ing Trigger!

Attractive woman looking at her watchAs a seasoned executive recruiter, I cannot stress enough how difficult it has been lately to get the dots connected between my clients and candidates. By dots I mean it being a "candidate-driven" climate, with unemployment at an all-time low of 4%.

The candidates of “today”, including recent college grads, have many, many employment options. Most industries, including manufacturing, are booming and companies need to hire many more talented folks. Great problem to have, right? One would think so. Yet, I have recently experienced most clients not moving fast enough with their offer letters and losing great candidates to their competitors. 

So WHY are employers wasting time over extending job offers? If I can make one important suggestion it is this: PULL THE [email protected]#$ING TRIGGER IF THE CANDIDATE ROCKS YOUR WORLD, because I assure you that he/she will be gone tomorrow!!

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Want to Be an Awesome Boss? Learn These Skills

Like a bossThe world of work is rapidly changing, particularly when you hear stats like the shelf-life of a skill today is just 5 years. The skills managers need to possess will rapidly change as well.

So what skills will become critical for managers to master over the next few years? Check out what this article by LinkedIn had to say about it.

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