Workplace Culture

Hey Employers, The Number of People That Want to Work on Thanksgiving Will Shock You!


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Go Ahead and Stay Open on Thanksgiving, Your Employees Don't Care!

Back in 2012 when big box stores announced that they would be opening on Thanksgiving to allow shoppers to get a jump on their holiday shopping, American workers were appalled. But four Thanksgivings later, it seems as though working on Thanksgiving is just something we now accept as…well acceptable.

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HR Pros Outline The Attributes That Define A Quality Candidate

We often hear from job seekers that they are constantly getting conflicting job search advice and given that there are tons of resources out there, we’re not surprised. One of the most common complaints we hear is, “How am I supposed to know what employers want?” And we have to hand it to ‘em, it’s an excellent question.

With the ever-changing landscape of recruitment, emerging industries (start-ups), the stressed importance of corporate culture, and work-life-balance, we decided to let candidates hear it directly from the HR Pros themselves--What REALLY Matters to Employers?

We asked everything from what makes you dismiss a resume, if a candidate’s style helps or hurts their chances of landing the job, and if their caliber of education matters.  Here’s what they had to say, let us know if you agree.

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HR Pros Have Spoken: Proofreading and Punctuality Matter

While the stock market has been on a roller-coaster ride this year, the employment market has maintained a healthy trajectory. On average, 246,000 jobs are being created each month. While there’s a surge in hiring, recruiters aren’t any less discriminating than they’ve been in the past. As a matter of fact, a recent survey by Beyond shows that HR pros are just as thorough as ever when it comes to which candidates they hire.

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4 Companies Doing a Great Job of Promoting their Awesome Culture

Office-Ping-PongWe live in an age where digital relationships flourish perhaps more frequently than those IRL. (That's code for "in real life" for those of you who may not be fluent in text speak.) Coming from the generation that bridges social media and the desire to communicate face-to-face, I find it hard to believe that more companies don't try harder to relate to their candidates online. Sure, you use a job board and you post job listings on Facebook and Twitter, but are you really connecting to your future employees? Are you even trying?

It's crucial to ensure you extend your candidate experience beyond your career site. While I was at B2B LeadsCon last week, a key take-away from the session on using video as part of your content strategy, is that it has to be relatable.  What makes a video relatable? You do. The people you are proud enough to say you employ. The people you may even call "family". 

With that in mind, I set out to find some examples of corporate recruitment videos that give candidates a true sense of who they will be working for and with. The videos I selected highlight company values and the type of drive you need to be successful at each organization.

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Workaholics Wanted: Hiring at Amazon after The New York Times Article

IStock_000057678276_MediumWe all know Amazon for their staggering array of merchandise and impressive ability to deliver urgent – and not-so-urgent – purchases to your door with lightning-quick efficiency. Now, most of us also know them as a slightly scary place to work, if you believe the recent revelations in The New York Times about the highly competitive, incredibly demanding work environment fostered at their Seattle, WA headquarters.

The piece portrays Amazon as a place where long hours are the norm, total commitment is expected, and conflict among colleagues is encouraged if it helps bring out the best ideas. But, there are also stories of brutal performance reviews, unfeeling management practices, and grown men crying at their desks.

Of course, the accuracy of these accounts has been questioned, with Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, staunchly defending the company and culture he has built.

But the story is out there, and it’s hard to imagine that it won’t at least give prospective applicants pause when they’re considering an opportunity with Amazon. With HR pros already reporting that it’s harder to find quality hires than it was six months ago, did it just get more difficult to be a recruiter for Amazon?

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I Got a Promotion, But You’d Never Know It from My New Job Title

GrandCzar_blogpostWhen I first started putting some thoughts to paper, I was going to write solely about how the job title an employer lists on their job postings can affect the job’s performance – but then I looked at my own situation and the subject matter grew.

Northeast Sales Team Lead, Talent Solutions (a position with several direct reports)… that’s the job title that I was recently promoted to.

Director of Employer Sales (a sales representative role with no direct reports)… that’s my previous title.

If you are confused how going from “Director” to “Northeast Sales Team Lead” is a promotion, based on title alone, you would be justified.

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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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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.

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