Workplace Culture

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.

Check out our fun Infographic on the topic of Movember.

 


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.


Human Resources IS Brand Marketing

I love HR TshirtToo often the HR department gets bogged down with paperwork, compliance, and legalese, but in reality Human Resources should be all about branding.

“HR is the front-line of brand warfare,” says Joe Weinlick, Vice President of Marketing for Beyond.com. Coming from an ad agency where Joe spent years helping companies build their brands, it is only a natural fit that he is now an integral part of the Beyond.com team that helps HR professionals do their jobs better. Joe wrote a piece to share some easy things HR can do to help build brand.

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National Survey Finds College Doesn’t Prepare Students for Job Search

A new study from Millennial Branding and Beyond.com reveals how personality can impact hiring and long term career prospects

Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm, and Beyond.com, The Career Network focused on helping people grow and succeed professionally, today announced the results of a study entitled, “The Multi-Generational Job Search.” Following a national survey of job seekers and HR professionals, 43% of the 2,978 respondents said that “cultural fit” was the single most important determining factor when making a new hire. And while academic success was helpful, the majority of hiring managers (64%) would still consider a candidate who hadn’t even attended college.

According to the survey, the top three attributes that companies are currently looking for are: a positive attitude (84%), communication skills (83%) and an ability to work as a team (74%). However despite this need, liberal arts majors were shown to be the least likely to land a job, with only 2% of companies actively recruiting those graduates – versus 27% for engineering and computer information systems and 18% for business.

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10 Cute Snow Dog Photos You Have To See -- Vote For Your Favorite Snow Buddy!

Another snow storm has hit the Northeast which means us Beyond.com employees are working from home. Instead of the usual suspects we see at the office each day, we’re sharing our workspaces with some very specials friends.

Vote for the cutest work buddy. Just leave their names in the comments below and please feel free to pass this along (because who doesn't like to see cute puppies in the snow).


Maddy (Being photobombed by her brother, Joey)

Joey and Maddy in the snow

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