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Small Business Success: Remembering Success is a Marathon Not a Sprint

Small business owners know they have challenges unique to their size. Larger organizations have overcome the first hurdles of how to run their businesses and understand more about the market and the internal systems needed to thrive. They have naturally moved beyond survival and into a natural marathon mode that can sustain their organization, hopefully for years to come. Small business owners typically need to be reminded that their work isn’t a sprint.   Recruiting is one area where small business owners face challenges. Company growth can be sporadic, which means that recruiting efforts can be short and quick instead of systematized and methodical. [...]

October 4th, 2019|HR, Management|

Not Sure Where to Start With Your KPIs? Here’s What the Top-Performing Staffing Firms Measure

Key performance indicators, or KPIs, are standard metrics that can track everything from sales to recruiting. KPIs apply a standardized methodology to track activity. No matter the KPI, they can help you gain an accurate picture of your progress toward a goal. They are extremely popular measurements used widely in business today.   KPIs are a standard measurement in many staffing firms, where constant effort and hard work can pay off in the form of a new hire. Looking closely at the KPIs of the best staffing firms gives other companies a leg up in finding the best ways to be successful, no [...]

September 21st, 2019|HR, Management|

Are You Onboarding Your Employees With Proper Phone Etiquette?

Preparing your new employees to be successful always starts with a positive onboarding experience. That’s where new employees learn the best techniques to do their job, what is expected, and how to fit in with your team.  One of the skills you might forget to teach, however, is proper phone etiquette. Some positions require extensive phone work, so training on how to provide the best customer service is a necessity. But for other roles, the phones may be used so seldomly you simply forget to teach best practices. For millennials, who typically prefer texting or online communication to talking, basic phone etiquette is important. [...]

September 6th, 2019|Management, Uncategorized|

Using Virtual Job Interviews to Speed by the Competition

We spend a lot of time in interviews, and if the candidate doesn’t end up getting hired, it can feel like time wasted. One way to cut down on some of this time is to set up a virtual interview online. These meetings make it easier to schedule candidates quickly because they don’t have to juggle travel time to your office for the traditional meeting. While the virtual interview may not work for every job, it’s a good way to meet candidates quickly to speed up the hiring process and potentially steal candidates away from your competitors. Here’s how employers [...]

August 27th, 2019|HR, Management|

Recruiters, is Juggling Daily Tasks a Struggle?

Today, most recruiters are in the thick of a war for talent that keeps them busy and in demand. There’s a lot of pressure to fill roles, and a lot of work to be done every day, so staying organized and working efficiently is an important part of meeting your goals. Recruiters struggling with time management of their myriad admin tasks can use these strategies to improve their productivity and give themselves a needed boost to win more candidates faster. Tips on Task Juggling Tip #1 – Make a plan One of the best suggestions for managing administrative tasks on [...]

August 20th, 2019|HR, Management|

Want More Placements in a Candidate-Starved Market? Use These 4 Tips to Nurture Passive Candidates

In a 4% labor market, we are all candidate starved. Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 7.4 million job openings with a hire rate of 5.9 million, falling far short of fulfilling all the roles available. For the first time in two decades, the U.S. economy simply doesn’t have enough workers. This is across all categories, from STEM to blue-collar skilled workers. We are no longer struggling just to find computer software engineers; Vox reports home health aides, restaurant workers, and hotel staff are highly in demand. With so many challenges facing recruiters seeking new talent, [...]

August 13th, 2019|HR, Management|

6 Recruiting Basics

Defining the Job and Not the Person is more important: Sourcing the best candidates must start with a compelling vision of what the job entails. Don’t rely on a traditional job description to source candidates. Instead, ask hiring managers what the person needs to do in the job to be successful, and get a description of at least three or four major projects. The best candidates will only explore a job if it offers growth opportunities. Having a Strong Basic Pitch will help engage Candidates more: Would you be open to exploring a situation that’s clearly superior to what you’re [...]

August 8th, 2019|HR, Management|

Are You a Hunter, or Gatherer? The Difference Between Sourcing and Recruiting

Recruiters need a variety of skills in today’s market to find candidates. Unemployment is at a 50-year low, so the process of finding the right talent is, literally, like finding a four-leaf clover in a football field of grass. That’s why the necessary skills and techniques professional recruiters use should include the process of sourcing candidates. But what is the relationship between recruiting and sourcing? Why is sourcing so important today? Can recruiters hunt for candidates today without using sourcing techniques? Here’s how to understand the difference and why you need both. What is Recruiting? Recruiting is the process of [...]

August 6th, 2019|HR|

Here’s How Staffing Industry Leaders Are Handling the Candidate Shortage

The candidate search and hiring process is very different today than it was a decade ago. With record levels of unemployment, it has become a candidate-driven market. Staffing industry leaders have had to change up their tactics to focus on the passive candidate. While always a targeted audience, with only 4% of the labor market unemployed, staffing teams must now focus on the 70% of employees that are thinking about a better job but not actively looking. What are some of the biggest challenges staffing leaders face in this candidate-driven environment and how are they coping with the new realities [...]

July 30th, 2019|HR, Management|

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Fill More Open Reqs You Can’t Fill With Job Boards

Social recruiting seeks to maximize free social media to reach passive candidates. It is one of the biggest and newest trends in the recruiting field and it leverages marketing to reach candidates on social media, like Facebook or Twitter. It’s a process to reinvigorate the traditional posting of job ads and turn it into a more proactive way to reach candidates who haven’t applied yet. Social recruiting is widespread; 92% of recruiters use the technique. Social media recruiting is different from other forms of candidate finding, because hiring teams can use these channels to connect with people in new ways. [...]

July 25th, 2019|HR, Management|