Stop Receiving Unqualified Resumes

Imitation-GameWith the Academy Awards approaching I’m trying to see as many nominated films as I can—so I recently saw “The Imitation Game”. If you’re not familiar with the (true) story, it takes during WWII and it is the story of the incredibly smart team of people that worked to crack Nazi codes in England. Alan Turing (he is considered the creator of computer science) led this team of geniuses and he knew that recruiting these brilliant minds was going to be hard (a concept recruiters are sadly all too familiar with). But Turing’s recruitment method while unconventional was actually quite simple.

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3 Changes We Expect to See in The Job Market in 2015

Social icons flickrBeyond recently conducted a national survey of more than 4,000 job seekers and the findings are quite interesting, especially if you plan to grow your team in 2015.  One thing’s for sure, get ready for a lot of confident applicants. Job seekers said that they are more optimistic about finding jobs in 2015 than they were going into 2014. At the end of 2013, 39% of job seekers said they felt it would be easier to find a job in 2014, and when asked the same question at the end of 2014, that number jumped to 47%.

What else should we expect to see from candidates in 2015?

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Hire That Mustache!

Yes, it is Movember once again. That time when well-grHire That Moustacheoomed, clean shaven males sprout
Chevrons, Handlebars, and Fu Manchus. And when the typically hirsute take special care to shave their beards regularly, leaving only the region above the lip to flourish...

...This got us to thinking. As recruiters and hiring managers, do we think better or worse of the young man who interviews with an uncharacteristic Walrus? As people, we may applaud the fun way to raise money and awareness for men's health. But, when it comes to picturing this person working in our organization, does their Movember 'stache help or hurt them compared to the serious, clean-shaven guy?

We're curious for your thoughts. And, we'd like to issue a challenge. Go ahead, hire the guy with the mustache. After all, he's demonstrated some valuable things by participating in Movember.

You can read the full post on LinkedIn.

Check out our fun Infographic on the topic of Movember.

 


Recruitment Marketing: We're the Cool Kids Now.

The Recruitment technology ecosystem is changing, and it was more than evident based on the 286 interesting companies who displayed their wares at the recent HRTech event in Las Vegas earlier this month.

HrtechRetargeting, Cost-Per-Applicant models, HR analytics...HR is catching up to the rest of the advertising world, and with all the funding flowing into the industry, it appears we're the cool kids now.

I thought it would be fun to summarize the conversations, trends and companies to give you a snapshot of how the HR\Recruitment ecosystem is evolving.

Read the full article on JobBoarders.com.

 


Beyond.com Launches SmartMatch Technology to Improve Job Search Experience

The Career Network introduces an algorithm that learns from the user and offers more relevant job openings based on engagement 

Beyond, The Career Network, today announced the launch of a new technology designed to match job seekers to available positions using an algorithm that learns from user habits. Appropriately called “SmartMatch,” this behavioral technology evolves as a person engages with Beyond, learning from their activity and scanning millions of job openings to find other similar positions.

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Stop hunting for purple squirrels and start recruiting the best candidates

Purple Squirrel
The way we currently recruit talent for top positions is absurd. We need to accept that that perfect candidate doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find an amazing person for the job. Beyond, Vice President of Marketing, Joe Weinlick shared his thoughts on the current recruitment process and why we’re all kidding ourselves.

You can read the full post on HRMorning.com.

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National Survey Reveals 75% of HR Professionals View Job Seekers as Unqualified

Beyond.com uncovers potential reasons why so many Americans are not getting hired

Beyond, The Career Network, today announced that there may be a significant disconnect during the hiring process. Following a national survey of nearly 4,000 job seekers and HR professionals, 75% of the HR respondents said they were having trouble filling open positions because too many of the candidates were unqualified. Meanwhile, the same survey found that 55% of job seekers felt they were not getting those open positions because they were competing with too many qualified candidates.

One reason why HR professionals might not think candidates are qualified is because of their resumes. 73% of HR professionals feel that job applicants do a "bad job" of tailoring their resumes to specific positions. In fact, only 28% of candidates said they always customize their resumes for a position, which means the majority of candidates may not be taking advantage of the opportunity to highlight their most relevant experience.

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If you want change, don't hire yourself

Black TshirtWhen recruiting talent step out of your comfort zone. Yes, recruiting talent that will fit into your organization's culture is important, but it doesn't mean that you should discount candidates that don't fit every requirement you're seeking.

Joe Weinlick, Vice President of Marketing at Beyond.com shares a story from his past of winning business because he was different from the client and how that was a receipe for success.

You can read the full post on LinkedIn.