Everyone has a LinkedIn profile these days, and we think nothing of it. In fact, online job recruitment is so prevalent in today’s job search that even Facebook is getting in on the action with Facebook Careers. But before we all give three cheers for online recruitment, there are some important risks to consider. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
Social recruiting, like most things social media-related, has become increasingly popular and useful over the last few years. Social recruiting, by its simplest definition, is the use of social media by companies to recruit talented employees. Some point out that for true social recruiting to take place, a community has to form around a particular media source (a website, a blog, etc.)—linking the term “social” to its broader meaning, rather than a social media tag. However, either interpretation of the term can be useful in your company recruiting strategies. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a Continue reading
The world is changing, whether it’s the seasons or the winning streak of the Chicago Blackhawks. The world fluctuates, people fluctuate, and the ways people communicate fluctuate. As a human resources professional it is your job to stay on top of these things so you can keep your company changing for the better. One of the things most affected by change in the last few years is the way in which candidates are applying for jobs and putting themselves out on the internet, forever changing the hiring process. Being the spunky fisher that you are, you need to make sure Continue reading
We’re all familiar with the quick-clicking that accompanies a manager walking by. Employees rush to browse away from the cupcake recipes, news stories, and sports scores that they are secretly looking at when they should be working. On the one hand, letting employees spend on-the-clock hours on-the-net can be a waste of resources. However, new research suggests that perks like browsing the internet can actually increase employee productivity. As the discussion about company culture heats up, let’s talk about the pros and cons of letting employees surf the internet. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a Continue reading
Every candidate comes with their own set of unique interviewing challenges. That’s why we’re tackling how to video interview different types of job seekers with this how to series. Today, we’ll be talking about how to connect with job seekers with a less than ideal digital footprint. Who hasn’t Googled themselves from time to time? Doing a quick Google search of a top candidate’s name is just second nature in today’s digitally-connected world. The online presence of your top talent can certainly tell you something about the individual’s personality and responsibility level. In today’s world, leaving your Google results to Continue reading
Does your company employ a probationary period for new hires? What do you think of it? For some companies, it’s a great way to test out a new employee before fully committing to bringing them onto the team. On the other hand, it could make things a bit confusing or ambiguous for the new hire. Tune into our podcast and hear what we have to say about it and why it can be ambiguous. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
Walking around your office, you might spy employees updating their status on Facebook or hashtagging their thoughts on Twitter. While today’s social media-connected world means we’re always just a click away from friends and family members, should those clicks be happening in the workplace? And what does this social obsession mean for your company culture? There is some reason to at least think social media might be hurting your workers’ productivity, and by proxy your bottom line. A study from 2011 showed 60 percent of work interruptions were caused by technology tools like email, instant messages and- you guessed it- Continue reading
Is your superstar candidate stretching the truth in their video resume? Unlike Pinocchio, the animated Disney character whose nose would grow if he told a lie, there’s no surefire way of telling whether or not your candidate is being truthful. It’s always a good idea to be skeptical about the skills, qualifications and experience being presented on a resume. Whether you’re viewing a video resume or scanning over a traditional paper resume the odds are high you’ll come across at least one or two candidates massaging the truth. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly Continue reading
In light of the 2013 Social Recruiting Strategies Conference Spark Hire will be attending in January, we thought this infographic on social media recruiting was a great one to share. It’s no secret that social media has made it’s way into the recruiting and hiring process. In fact, the conference on January 29-31st in San Francisco is aimed at teaching recruiters and HR professionals how to incorporate social media into their hiring to recruit top talent. Therefore suggesting that if you aren’t using it yet, you should be. So how embedded is social media in the hiring process today? Let’s Continue reading
‘Meeting’ has become a dreaded word in the office dictionary. For many employees, just the word can bring on a shudder of despair. This is because many meetings turn out to be huge time wasters, where the agenda is unclear and not much ends up getting accomplished. This causes your employees to burn the midnight oil in order to make up the time wasted sitting in these endless gatherings. Schedule too many meetings, and you might see your employee engagement lower in response. If your employees hate meetings, they’re not alone. A recent survey showed nine out of 10 employees Continue reading