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In With The New Hiring in 2015

January 26, 2015 Leave a comment

When it comes to filling open job positions, there are two ways to go about the process — the old way and the new way. While the old way worked well many years ago, the new way brings forth many benefits that the old way simply cannot yield.

The old way of hiring people was more like announcing a job opening and hoping that the right person saw the ad and applied. The new way is more about recruiting and tracking applicants, to ensure that the right person gets chosen for the job. And the new way goes beyond typical hiring strategies to find job candidates in unfamiliar places. The best of the best candidates tend to be hiding under a rock, and it’s a hiring managers job to find them and recruit them.

It’s imperative that you understand that not everyone in today’s age and time has a college degree, and there are many talents that simply cannot be substituted by a degree. Because of this, unless the line of work explicitly requires a degree, you should always be open to the idea of hiring people who didn’t follow a traditional life plan — graduate high school, go to college, graduate, get married, have children, etc.

It’s also important to keep in mind that as your company grows, whether you realize it or not, the hiring process will likely become more mundane, and less exciting. You must stir excitement back into it. After all, with each new employee that you hire, this presents an opportunity of growth for your company.

Did you know that one day it is expected that much more than a person’s resume will be looked at when it comes to hiring a person? That’s right! Employers will likely have the option to sift through a person’s resume, social media profiles, portfolios and much more to determine which person is the best suit for a particular position.

All of this boils down to having an applicant tracking system in place that meets the needs of your particular company. For instance, let’s say you have a position that you want to fill with three potential candidates on a probationary basis. At the end of the probationary period, you will make a final hiring decision. Your applicant tracking system would need to pinpoint the top three candidates, not just one.

With an applicant tracking system, you can easily evaluate candidates against one another. And ultimately, you can rest assured that you are hiring people who will bring growth to your company.

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Get Your Hiring Program Up To Speed This Year

January 12, 2015 Leave a comment

If you are like most businesses, you may be planning on adding additional positions to your workforce in the coming months. In fact, according to Business News Daily, 36 percent of businesses have plans on expanding the full-time workforce in 2015, whether it is turning part-time jobs into full-time, or simply creating new positions. If your company falls under this umbrella of hiring statistics, there are a few bits of information you need to keep in mind before you start posting “help wanted” signs.

What to Keep in Mind

First, when working in numbers into your bottom line, you need to remember the minimum wage increase. If you pay minimum wage to workers, the increase is going to affect you. Beyond this, over 50 percent of current employers have stated they are going to increase their worker pay by over $2 an hour. When determining whether or not you need to bring on new help, this is something you need to equate for, otherwise you might bring on an employee and not realize you simply are unable to afford it.

Program Up to Speed

If your company is looking at increasing the number of employees you have on staff, you need to look for improved skill sets held by these different employees. While more businesses are hiring, many of these new jobs require both tech skills and other forms of knowledge and experience. With the previous lull in hiring, a large number of college educated employees are out there, you just need to make sure you are able to locate the job seekers who have the necessary skills your business requires. While expanding your business and bringing on added employees is a good sign towards progress, hiring the wrong employee can set your business back financially and productivity wise.

Applicant Tracking System

An applicant tracking system is something your business needs to invest in. This software allows you to quickly go through applicants and pinpoint those who match the required skills, education and experience you are looking for. Without this kind of software, you are often left trying to dig through dozens, if not hundreds of different applications. All of this takes time, which is time away from other work you could be doing. When integrated into online job posting websites you might use (such as Monster.com), all applications are directly sent into the software, which then informs you whether or not the potential applicant is a fit for your business.

Just because you are looking to expand your business with new employees does not mean you should rush into any hire. You need to make sure they fit your requirements.

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