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Are You Revisiting Your Runner-Up Candidates?

There is a pool of applicants that we are almost certain you’ve forgotten. Runner-up or silver medal candidates were practically perfect—but they were edged out by the gold medal winner, sometimes, just like in the Olympics, by inches. Why is it important to go back to your runner-ups, and how can they help your business?  Benefits of Hiring the Runner-Up Candidates  Revisiting the runner-up candidate pool has some advantages. For example:  These candidates have already been screened. They may have gone through multiple interviews, learned more about your culture, and at least partially, or perhaps nearly totally, been deemed a [...]

November 13th, 2020|Recruiters|

Small Business Success: Are You Putting People In the Right Seats?

The best business leaders say that their secret to success has always been to hire the right people for the right job. Many would even say hiring employees that are smarter than the business owner is also the key to success. But how can companies do this? How can you know that you even have the right candidate, let alone the right job bit? We have answers. Understand the Position You’re Hiring For  You can hire great people but set them up to fail by putting them in ill-defined positions or failing to set expectations for their success. That’s why the [...]

November 6th, 2020|Management|

Do Your Control Your Work Day?

Is your day running you, or are you running your day? It’s easy to feel like our schedules are running us ragged. If you’re constantly interrupted by instant messages, texting, or email or spend too much time getting caught up on the Internet, you’re likely going to be less productive than you can be. We have a few tips for how to regain control of your workday to become more effective. Plan Out Your Day in Advance If you’re still working from home, you could even consider getting up a little early to set out your schedule and goals for [...]

October 23rd, 2020|Recruiters|

Identify Your Recruiters Pain Points Before They Quit

Recruiting is a role where you improve the longer you work in a specific position. As recruiters get better at their job, the time to hire process reduces, and efficiencies improve. The last thing you want is for this skilled worker, who has reached their maximum efficiency, to leave. Here are some of the top pain points your recruiter may have today and how you can alleviate them. It's Hard to Get All of My Daily Tasks Organized Recruiting is an incredibly task-intensive process. If your recruiter can't stay organized around their daily activities, they are going to rapidly fall [...]

October 16th, 2020|HR|

Best Practices for Harvesting Niche Resumes

Niche recruiting is a precise process. Specialization can save time wasted reviewing piles of unqualified resumes. Niche recruiting is less about the job board and more about precision targeting of the best candidates with exactly the right skills. Niche recruiting is especially important now, when so many people are out of work, placing a job board ad is sure to flood your hiring teams with a lot of candidates that are nowhere near qualified.  Here are some best practices for harvesting niche resumes and finding better candidates for your most skilled positions.   Start with the Job Description  Every job starts with a [...]

October 9th, 2020|HR|

Small Business Success: 4 Tips to Start Creating an Employer Brand

The key to attracting the best candidates today is to develop and maintain an employer brand. But what is an employer brand? What is it so important? How can you create and build your employer brand?    Understanding the Employer Brand  Employer branding is the reputation you have with your employees, candidates, the public, and even your sales targets. From a recruiting perspective, your brand is how outsiders view your company and the values you offer. You use your brand to attract candidates and retain your existing employees. The better your brand, the easier it will be to attract top [...]

October 1st, 2020|Management|

Recruiters, Beat Your Phone Interview Stressors

Recruiting can be stressful for the recruiter in addition to the applicant. Every recruiter has a favorite and least favorite part of the job. One of the toughest interviewing venues to master is the telephone. There are no facial expressions, just the sound of voices on a phone interview, and this can be stressful for the recruiter. But we have a few tips that can help you get better at what is one of the trickiest parts of the recruiting job. Tip #1 Be Prepared The last thing you want to feel when you’re uncomfortable being on the phone is [...]

September 25th, 2020|Recruiters|

Allow Your Recruiters to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Not everyone can make it as a recruiter. It’s a hard job even when the economy is terrible, and people are begging for jobs. There’s no trick to finding the best talent when you’re overrun with resumes, just a lot of hard work sourcing, screening, and negotiating with candidates and employers to close the deal and get people hired.  Your recruiting and hiring teams need help to keep up with all the tasks associated with the talent finding business. Exelare offers recruiting teams subscription software-as-a-service (SaaS) that can give even the smallest companies a competitive hiring edge. Here’s what Exelare [...]

September 18th, 2020|Management|

Are You Using Modern Tools to Help Recruit?

Recruiting is a tricky business. When unemployment is low, it’s incredibly challenging to find top talent. When unemployment is high, you have hundreds of resumes to sort through to find top talent. In both cases, your applicant tracking system (ATS) can help you work smarter. What tools should you be using today to give your recruiting efforts a competitive edge?  What to Look for in an ATS  The majority of recruiters are likely familiar with ATS platforms as a centralized repository for candidate information. Companies can track all candidate data, including resumes, testing, and interview notes from one hub. However, [...]

September 11th, 2020|Recruiters|

Small Business Success: Stay Balanced

Most small business owners would agree that it's hard to find a balance between work and life. Small business owners remain the backbone of the American economy, and they work long hours to launch and build their companies. But as the saying goes, all work and no play make for a difficult life for these entrepreneurs. Here are some tips for the small business owner seeking some balance. Scheduling a Time Out Small business owners need a time out. You cannot work 24/7. Scheduling breaks throughout the day is one way to build a little more balance into your hectic [...]

September 4th, 2020|Management|