Workplace Culture

National Survey Finds Disconnect Between Employers and Job Seekers

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, a research firm dedicated to rethinking and re-imagining the workplace, and Beyond, The Career Network, recently announced results of a national survey that found a disconnect between employers and job seekers. The “Active Job Seeker Dilemma” survey includes a national sample of 4,347 job seekers, as well as 129 human resource (HR) professionals. According to 71% of HR professionals surveyed, employee referrals are the best resource for finding candidates, yet only 7% of job seekers surveyed view referrals as their top resource for finding a job. In today’s employment landscape, job seekers who are “passive” with a wide network of referrals have the advantage over job seekers who are “active.”

When it comes to the job search, “passive job seekers,” or those who are employed but open to new opportunities, have a better chance of being hired over “active job seekers,” or those who are unemployed and searching for work. Employers value “passive job seekers” and according to the survey, 80% of HR professionals believe “passive job seekers” become the most effective employees. HR professionals also say the benefits of hiring a “passive job seeker” over an “active” one include: they have more experience (44%), they possess valuable skills (44%) and they take their careers seriously (42%). However, many job seekers are unaware of this advantage. When asked about who has a better edge in the job market, less than half (47%) of job seekers said “passive job seekers”.

In addition to the “active job seeker” disconnect, the survey also revealed the sentiment of HR professionals and job seekers in various areas.

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Indebted to You? Student Loan Benefit Could Be Key Retention Tool

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With crippling student loan debt the norm these days, a survey finds employees are attracted to companies that offer repayment benefits.

Every day parents and students alike research the cost of a college education — and sticker shock sets in. Even worse than knowing the cost of college is actually paying the bills after graduation.

That’s why some employers are now looking to attract talent by setting their sights on something that pains many young people in the workforce: crippling levels of student loan debt.

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The Secret to Keeping Your Employees From Leaving You

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According to the Bureau of Labor statistics the average professional switches jobs every three to four years and when you have to fill that position that can cost you big bucks.

The secret to recruitment and retention is the same thing. It all comes down to corporate culture. Corporate culture is your employer brand. You can’t tell me that an employer who offers flexible hours, free lunches, an open door policy, and nap pods shouldn’t highlight those things in their job description.

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This Yelp Employee Can Teach Your Company about Employee Engagement

YelpEmployeeWhen’s the last time one of your employees told you what they really thought? For Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, the answer is last week. That’s when 25-year-old Talia Jane, a member of Yelp/Eat24’s customer support team, posted an open letter to him, detailing her struggles to survive on the entry level salary she receives from the company. Her 2,392-word rant includes in-depth accounts of her struggles to afford food, transportation and even healthcare co-pays after spending 80% of her salary on rent in the notoriously expensive bay area. There’s also more than a little overt complaining about her lot in life, some resentful mentions of Stoppelman’s multi-million-dollar salary and even a request that he pay her phone bill.

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Beyond Hosts Webinar on How to Effectively Recruit Talent Globally

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Chief Human Resources Officers and Global Heads of Recruitment are shifting their local recruiting budgets to focus on attracting international talent. Although global recruitment programs are a means to save time, money and administrative costs, they can create unique challenges. There is no “one size fits all” job marketing tactic, and often recruiting beyond borders fails to perform optimally when programs are consolidated.

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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.

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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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