Job Search Process

Is Not Hiring Smokers Discrimination?

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To hire a smoker or not to hire a smoker? That is the question! But is it discrimination not to? The answer is surprisingly yes and no, and primarily depends on where you happen to live. It’s a debate that has been recently reignited as U-Haul—the company best known for renting you a truck to help you move—has implemented a nicotine-free hiring policy. As of February 1st of this year, if you a candidate submits an application to work for U-Haul and they smoke cigarettes; they may be in for an unpleasant surprise. While this isn’t the first time a policy like this has been implemented, U-Haul (with its 30,000 employees) is the first major company in its field to do so. Let’s take a closer look at what’s really going on here, shall we?

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Employer Branding vs. Recruitment Marketing

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In today’s world, most everyone is stepping into their careers with a college degree and the best experiences in internships, special projects, and volunteer work. So, it can be difficult for companies to attract and eventually hire the hardest working and most talented candidates. These days, rather than everyone else scrambling for one job at a top company, top companies are scrambling to bring in top talent.

Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing are no longer just a term being thrown around among HR professionals. The ideas of Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing are now essential conversations in the creation of recruitment strategies and companies ranging from high-level corporations to local start-ups are all getting in on the action.

But what do these terms mean?

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How to Develop a Talent Pipeline

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Replacing employees is expensive.  The 2017 retention report says that it costs about $15,000 to replace an employee making $45,000.

To save on high costs, energy and resources, your team needs a talent pipeline.

A talent pipeline is a group of professionals who are ready to fill future positions that your company will need. It requires the act of switching from passive recruitment to active recruitment. Meaning, instead of waiting until an employee gives their two weeks, you are consistently in the recruitment process.

Talent pipelines are important to have in place to fill hard-to-replace positions like upper management or jobs, like sales, that have high turnover rates.

You can start by steadily planning the future structure of the company and building a network of professional relationships. Be strategic and follow these 5 talent pipeline recommendations.

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The Hidden Costs of Hiring

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Hiring skilled employees results in the company making more money, right? Perhaps in the long run, but throughout the hiring process you’ll need to be prepared for some hidden costs that can really add up. Let’s go over some recruitment costs that you’ll want to consider before beginning your hiring process.

Time and money are the easy hiring costs to identify. Dedicated HR staff compensation can be pretty costly per year, and less cost effective for smaller businesses. If your business is too small for a dedicated HR team, you’ll likely need to assign recruitment work to other employees in the office, which eats up time that could be spent on their normal day to day activities. Additionally, creating advertisements for the position takes time and planning, as employee qualifications need to be carefully considered before posting the position. Apart from time, the advertisements themselves can also be upwards of a few hundred dollars per day. If your ad is poorly written, it can deter the right candidates or bring in the wrong candidates, resulting in a longer hiring process in which the ad cost per day really starts to add up. On top of these costs, you’ll also be spending money on any equipment the employee will need, such as laptops, tablets, software, and other supplies.

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Nexxt Announces Enhanced Text2Hire Conversation Product

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We at Nexxt are excited to announce a software upgrade to our Text2Hire Conversation product!

According to a survey, only 14% of the workforce is actively looking for a job, but 73% are open to receiving new job opportunities via text message. Nexxt’s Text2Hire Conversation allows clients to start dialogs with targeted groups of candidates pulled from the more than 8+ million in-demand job seekers who have opted-in to receive text messages about new opportunities and other career information from employers through Nexxt.

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5 Things Interviewers Do That Candidates Can’t Stand

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Finding the best possible candidates for a role in your company is incredibly important, and of course, interviews are crucial for this. And while understanding who to hire lies heavily on the head of the person being interviewed, there are mistakes you could be making that are turning-off exceptional workers. Here are five things interviewers do that candidates can’t stand:

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Nexxt Brings the Power of AMP to Job Alert Emails to Greatly Improve the Job Search Experience

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We at Nexxt are very excited to announce that we are working toward improving the job search experience through an integration with Google. The integration of AMP, into Nexxt’s SmartMatch Alert emails will bring job seekers the most up-to-date, dynamic job content directly in their Gmail accounts.

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“It’s Over” – When Face-to-Face Communication Reigns Supreme

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Technology in regards to workplace communication has been a hot topic ever since business practices started evolving. What used to once require an international trip can now be done via Skype. Hiring practices that used to include newspaper ads have now shifted towards online job boards and even text messages. While things seem to get more convenient with each technological evolution, what does this mean for our communication skills in the workplace? Well, it means we can now use technology to do what we don’t want to do in person– like fire an employee.

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