Workplace Culture

You'll Be Shocked To Hear What Freelance Workers Are Demanding

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recently conducted a survey of more than 5,000 job seekers, which revealed that many are hesitant to pursue the growing number of independent contractor opportunities with on-demand companies, such as driving for Uber or performing jobs through TaskRabbit. The survey found that 68% of respondents indicated that they would not work for an on-demand company or would maybe consider it depending upon their financial situation at the time. The gig economy in the U.S. has grown rapidly in recent years, creating more independent contractor opportunities for workers. However, the survey results showed that the lack of legal rights and benefits for on-demand contractors are deterrents for job seekers. 

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Job Ads: Make Your First Sentence Count

JobAd_meme_400x400Want to get more responses to your job ads? You can advertise in more places. If you are paying based on performance you can raise your bid. But, there is one thing you can do that doesn't cost anything and might have a HUGE impact. Write a compelling introduction in your job description. In fact, just focus on making the very first sentence as compelling as possible.

When someone searches for your job on many career sites, they will see the job title, the company name, the location, and the first sentence of your job description. For the name, you need to use the commonly accepted professional title, or else they won't find the job at all. And company name and location are straightforward. But the first sentence of the job description--that is the wasted opportunity.

Remember, this is a job advertisement. Advertising is supposed to be fun and creative! Imagine advertising your job on morning drive time radio.

This is Howard Stern, here to tell you about a new Project Manager Job at XYZ Construction. Applicants are asked to submit a resume along with a cover letter that outlines their qualifications and compensation requirements. To apply, visit their website at. . .

Or, how about this scintillating read:

Don Imus here to talk about Yellow Hat Contractors. They've got a new position for a project manager who is responsible and fully accountable for the full project life-cycle manager of projects from initiation to closure. Learn more by. . .

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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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