Will Texting Help You Hire or Get You Fired?

 

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“Sorry, it’s just not going to work out. Good luck with your life.”

Breaking up via text isn’t anything new, but it still makes us cringe at a personal level because it feels incredibly impersonal. It’s almost paradoxical, because the texting medium itself represents a connection we have with people we know and trust.

Text messaging has become a powerful piece of communication in our everyday lives. While we all know that person that has steadily refused to participate in the SMS frenzy, research shows that it’s grown to be a core part of how we interact with others. Other than making a call or taking a photo, sending text messages is at the top of the list in terms of how people use their mobile devices.

For recruiters on the front lines of communication for their organizations, it’s worth noting the power of text. It’s innately personal and incredibly direct – what better way to cut straight through the noise and get a person’s attention right away? Plus, it’s becoming an increasingly acceptable communication tool in the business world. It makes sense that recruiters will want to leverage this ubiquitous form of communication for reaching and engaging with candidates.

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Candidate Career Journeys - Cheryl Thompson

 

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Say a resume comes across your desk and the candidate’s career path seems so erratic you think their career GPS must have failed them at some point. Do you cast it aside in favor of a someone with a more predictable trajectory? Not so fast.

For the next few weeks over at The Confident Career, we’ll be looking at people who took unique paths to career success. They’re inspiring, surprising, and they just might make you take a closer look at the next unconventional candidate you come across.

In our first profile, we’re featuring a member of our own Beyond family, Cheryl Thompson. Cheryl is an Account Manager on our Client Success team who helps companies hire great people on Beyond. She also happens to have “Olympic athlete” on her resume.

Read about Cheryl’s career journey to the Olympics and Beyond.

 


13 Uncommon Recruitment Metrics You Can't Afford to Ignore (SlideShare)

Have you struggled to find what’s really holding your recruitment efforts back? Knowing there’s an inefficiency is one thing, but feeling completely alone in fixing it is another. These metrics are used by recruiters who know what they’re doing and you can use them in your recruitment processes today!

That’s why we’re here to help! We’ve located the most important recruitment metrics you may not have considered yet. Maximize your recruitment efficiency with these power metrics and learn where and how to calculate them with our SlideShare and bonus content! 


 

 


3 Plays Every Recruiter Needs for Competitive Hiring

We’re coming upon the time of the year where the air is getting a bit crisper, leaves are changing colors and everyone’s scheduling their fantasy football drafts. If you know recruiting, you know the hiring landscape is competitive, both on the football field and in employment.

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Like fantasy football, no matter what number pick you land, there will always be a missed opportunity once the season ends. Thankfully, in the land of talent acquisition, it doesn’t have to be a wait and see situation. With the right competitive hiring approach, you’ll be getting your first draft pick, every time. You don’t need a huge recruitment budget, you just need a winning recruitment strategy.

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4 Tips to Help Startups Compete with Industry Giants

Rich MilgramAt Beyond, our primary goal is to help you find and hire the best people for your business. That’s what our team is here for. But, outside of helping businesses of all sizes meet their hiring goals, I am also passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs and helping businesses succeed in all areas. This post is a bit different from the others you typically read on Employment Metrix, but my hope is that by sharing some of my learnings over the course of 18+ years of growing Beyond as a company, you will be able to take your budding business to the next level.

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How Olympic Athletes Can Inspire Your Own Career

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With the 2016 Summer Olympics kicking off this Friday evening, we’ve been reminiscing about past Olympics and wondering what incredible stories will come out of this year’s games. And then (because we can’t help ourselves) we started thinking about how Olympians actually have a lot to teach us about navigating our own careers.

Check out our latest post over on The Confident Career for 3 Career Lessons from Olympians.

But sorry, it doesn't include a secret tip for shaving :30 off your time to hire.

 

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The Secret Weapon For Your Millennial Retention Strategy

IStock_70826111_XXXLARGEEmployers are realizing that putting total control of retirement decisions in the hands of their employees was a bad idea.  Older employees are delaying retirement due to underfunding of their retirement portfolios and market volatility.  The end results are increased healthcare costs for companies to support an aging employee population and decreased upward mobility for younger employees.  Many employers have taken steps to solve the underfunding problem for future generations of retirees through auto-enrollment and auto-escalation in defined contribution plans.   However, they have been unable to solve a continually nagging problem.  How do they retain their millennial employees?

Human Resources leaders now have a new secret weapon for solving the millennial employee retention issue.  The $1.2 trillion of outstanding student debt new hires are facing.  According to a recent article publishing in the Wall Street Journal, 70% of seniors took out loans for their education and are carrying an average of over $37,000 in student debt.  More and more companies such as Fidelity, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and SunTrust are launching employee debt assistance programs, in response to the record amount of student debt new employees will have accrued by the time they enter the workforce.   

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Hire Those Job Seekers That Are Doing Creative Things to Get Noticed

Whats-it-like-to-be-a-recruiter-imagine-a-browser-with-2487-tabs-open-all-the-time-ef3a7If you’re looking to make a change in the way your company operates, maybe you need to change your hiring process. Seek out the job seekers that are doing creative things to get noticed. Their fresh ideas likely don’t end once they accept your job offer. They’ll bring innovative, out of the box ideas to the job, so go ahead and respond to that girl who sent over a box of candy bars wrapped in her resume, or call the guy who announced that he’s searching for a job on a billboard. Take the risk and soak in the reward.  

As a recruiter we know you spend countless hours sitting in front of a screen with what seems like a thousand tabs up, scouring the internet for the perfect candidate. But sometimes, you need to do something different. And who knows it could pay off big.

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