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Posted 03/19/2014

The Importance of an Applicant’s “Ability to Learn”

Making high-quality hires is always important but seldom more so than during “start-ups” when every hire will likely “define” the position for years to come. The most successful of these workplaces also put the highest premium on an applicant’s “ability to learn.” The best way to determine if someone actually can learn pertinent job skills and knowledge is to observe them in action (ex. watch them draw a straight bead using MIG or TIG welding).  In addition, these companies instituted rigorous formal programs such as: pre-hire training, pay-for-knowledge programs, pay-for-skill programs, internships and apprenticeship programs (both external and internal).  Such…
Making high-quality hires is always important but seldom more so than during “start-ups” when every hire will likely “define” the position for years to come.…
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Posted 03/17/2014

Perspectives: Fundamentals of Good Hiring

Costs associated with making a bad hire are considerable.  Put the right person in the right place at the right time and your problems melt away.  You can also quickly put your organization on track towards realizing its strategic objectives.  Doing this well, however, requires building a customized plan and then deliberately executing that plan.  Effective hiring should never be left to chance.  Improve results by designing a series of activities and tools that collect and evaluate job-related information from individuals and can be used to extend an offer of employment.  There are several hallmarks of good hiring plans.  Include…
Costs associated with making a bad hire are considerable.  Put the right person in the right place at the right time and your problems melt…
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Posted 03/10/2014

Keys to Retaining Good Employees

As we all look for ways to solve the growing qualified labor gap, retention of our best and most talent employees plays a crucial role. Erica Fener of Human Resources IQ shares these great tips:       Ensure clear and consistent expectations. Just like in your employees’ personal lives, when confronted continually with unclear and ever-changing situations on the job, employee stress and insecurity can build resulting in worker unhappiness. Employee security and confidence increase when they know what to expect on the job and understand job performance goals and requirements. Ensure high quality supervision. Ms. Fener writes, “A…
As we all look for ways to solve the growing qualified labor gap, retention of our best and most talent employees plays a crucial role.…
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Posted 02/19/2014

Common Recruiting Pitfalls to Avoid

As we all face the challenges of recruiting enough highly-skilled and professional workers to sustain company growth, it is important to put your best foot forward to attract top talent. Here are some common pitfalls we see and that you should avoid. Job descriptions with too many requirements.  Some companies post job descriptions with an impossible number of requirements, and then use software to filter through thousands of applications. Their talent search is doomed from the start when there are precise words needed to alert the applicant-tracking software that a candidate should get through the gates and into an interview. …
As we all face the challenges of recruiting enough highly-skilled and professional workers to sustain company growth, it is important to put your best foot…
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Posted 02/17/2014

How to Attract Top Talent

Employers can make their organizations more attractive to prospective top talent in several ways by: Cultivating a strong company culture Developing an employment brand Offering competitive pay and benefits Having a well-designed recruitment plan Start first by cultivating a company culture that attracts the type of talent you seek. By way of an example, Southwest Airlines allegedly recently received more than 50,000 applications for 500 available positions.  Companies concerned over what their culture is or what it is becoming use employee surveys, listening posts, town hall meetings, spokespersons meetings, suggestions boxes, social media, exit surveys, etc., to solicit issue areas. …
Employers can make their organizations more attractive to prospective top talent in several ways by: Cultivating a strong company culture Developing an employment brand Offering…
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