Workplace Culture

A Quick Guide for International Employer Branding

Thanks to technology, the ability to work with people ANYWHERE in the world is now truly a reality. So, if a company in the United States wants to hire people who live in Sweden, Japan, and New Zealand for example, it is now easier than ever before to connect with those candidates and hire them.

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Want to Improve Employee Retention? It All Starts Here

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I see these headlines everywhere (especially with Valentine’s Day approaching), “The Key to a Healthy Relationship,” “The Thing You’re Doing Wrong in Your Relationship,” “Why Relationships Last”…it keeps following me around the internet. And it’s true these three things are key…to ANY relationship—whether it’s with your boyfriend, wife, mother, best friend, or boss.

So these headlines got me thinking...if you want to retain your relationship, ugh, I mean your employees—it comes down to three things.

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Want to Hire Achievers? Avoid this Personality Type

We have now entered the time of year when most NFL teams’ seasons have ended and coaches are getting fired and hired. I couldn’t help but think, about how public this job search process is for them. True, it’s on a level that most of us will never encounter as these people’s successes and failures are analyzed to death week after week on ESPN, but it got me thinking—in the real world, if you knew someone’s failures at work so intimately, would you want him on your team, let alone running it?

With that being said maybe it’s time we embrace the failures of job candidates and give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe their last opportunity was actually a learning experience.

Show me a person who has never made a mistake, and I’ll show you a person who has never achieved much
Plus, do you really want to hire someone that’s perfect? When a candidate tells you their biggest weakness is that they’re a perfectionist, do you even buy that line anymore? Here are 5 reasons why hiring a perfectionist is not actually a great move.

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Just Accept It, Millennials Are Our Future: 3 Strategies to Train Tomorrow’s Leaders

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[Excerpted from Social-Hire]

Can Millennials become good leaders?  More companies are starting to embrace Millennials as Baby Boomers begin to retire from the workforce. Since Generation X is smaller demographically, Millennials will become the dominant force in the workplace. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2025, Millennials will account for 75 percent of the global workforce.

In a recent survey on Multi-Generational Leadership, a growing number of Millennials are currently managing Gen X and Baby Boomer professionals. However, the survey found that 45 percent of Baby Boomers and Gen X respondents feel that Millennials’ lack of managerial experience could have a negative impact on a company’s culture. On a related note, more than one-third of Millennial respondents said that it’s difficult managing older generations.

...read the full story at Social-Hire.


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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