Just a few years ago, competition for available positions was fierce. Advertising an open job could yield 100 or more qualified applicants. If you’re in charge of hiring for your organization, you may wish those days would return. Don’t. The economy is strong and that’s good for business. Today’s tight hiring market just means you’ll need to work a little harder to attract the candidates you want. But it’s still a terrific time to hire. Why?
Conducting a job interview over lunch is a great way woo a top prospect. But it can be easy to let the friendly, social nature of a meal overshadow the task at hand, which is to learn as much as you can about your guest in a short period of time. Here are tips to keep things on track while you enjoy your working lunch.
Some companies manage to attract top talent, again and again. But how? Many of these "applicant magnets" offer average salaries and benefits, yet workers flock to join their ranks. The truth is that job seekers look for more than a paycheck. And when they find an employer with the ability to make their work-life fulfilling, they pursue a position with that business with passion.
So how can you cultivate the X factor for your business? Use these tips as a guide:
Successful businesses are always poised for growth. Using employment agencies to add staff during busy times can help your company seize new opportunities while keeping costs in line. It can also boost morale by helping team members manage growing workloads. Here are five ways to use staffing and employment agency services to take your business to the next level.
Temp agency. Staffing firm. Recruiter. Headhunter. Executive search firm. Placement agency. Whew. Choosing an outside firm to help you find the right workers can be a complex. What’s the difference between one firm and another? Which one fits your needs? The truth is that many companies need more than one solution, or a hiring partner that’s a hybrid. Use these insights to help your company find the right staffing partner.
We recently sat down with the CEO of an insurance firm who was struggling to fill a key sales position. The spot had been empty for three months and she was ready to bring on a recruiting partner to help fill the role. By asking a few questions, we realized that the empty position was draining her company of thousands of dollars each month. No one had realized it because her team was juggling more work and overflowing to-do lists due to the empty position. The hidden costs of hiring were damaging her business.
Some costs related to expanding your staff are easy to track, such as the price of advertising, background checks and new equipment. Others require a bit of digging to reveal, but are still relatively straightforward to calculate, such as the value of a hiring manager's time spent writing job descriptions and interviewing. So what are the hidden costs — the sneaky, silent items that drain value from businesses, often without their even knowing? Keep your eye out for these stealthy wealth eaters.
Shifts in business hiring practices and the workforce have pushed companies to carefully evaluate the need for new hires. As a result, more and more companies have turned to highly skilled, temporary personnel as a solution to their staffing problems. Here are five signs that suggest a temporary hire may be the best solution for your business.
Have you ever wondered why some companies seem to attract top talent, again and again? Have you ever wondered why your organization may have high turnover? Aside from the position and salary, there is something else at play that is a powerful force in attracting top talent to a job — and keeping them.
So what is it?
Work culture. Having a positive, engaging, and supportive work culture can make a huge difference for current and potential employees.
If you want to learn how to attract top talent, use these tips as a guide:
We've all been there. Fed up with a service or product that we paid good money for. You call the customer service phone number and play Customer Service Representative Roulette, hoping your call lands on someone who is understanding and can help you resolve your issue. If you are unlucky and get a representative who is not either of those things, your feelings towards this particular company will sour.
That's why customer service representatives are so important to a company's image. For some companies, the only interactions with the clients are through these individuals. Customer serivce representatives need to be confident, calm, patient and knowedgeable of their company's products and services.
Have you ever met with a candidate who had the perfect resume, excellent experience, perfectly-matched skills and said all of the right things in the interview but your gut still said “don’t hire them?” Recently, I was part of a team working on a high-level executive search. We had hundreds of candidates interested in the position but only a few met our hiring criteria. One candidate in particular looked perfect. The resume was a model which could have been used as our job description. In a panel-style interview, this candidate was poised, provided thoughtful answers with brevity and clarity and was completely comfortable with their surroundings. Not a single bead of sweat rolled down their face as they zapped every tough question from the committee of 7. A presentation followed. One of the best we’ve seen. A perfect performance.