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Best Applicant Tracking System Getting Upgrades

May 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Best Applicant Tracking System Getting Upgrades

The newest version of Newton features an updated and modern user interface that will automatically make Newton universally available on any smartphone, tablet, operating system and modern browser without having to download any special apps. 

4 Common Corporate Recruiting Myths

May 9, 2014 Leave a comment

When companies are hiring, the ultimate goal is finding the top professionals and best talent. While there are some factors that can help set candidates apart, certain myths and misunderstandings have developed that only complicate the process. By understanding the myths associated with hiring, it is easier to find qualified and capable candidates who may not fall into a particular category.

Only Ivy League Candidates are Exceptional

An Ivy League education does not automatically qualify a particular person or suggest that the individual is better than someone who may have an education from a college or university that is not as well known.

Look for candidates from unexpected places. You may be surprised to find that some of the top professionals were educated in public schools or even trading schools. Education is only one factor to consider during the hiring process and some of the most exceptional individuals did not attend Ivy League universities.

Trip Them Up During the Interview

The trick question that interviewers sometimes throw out to candidates may provide some unexpected answers, but it does not always find that gem that is expected. Realistically, a hiring manager is more likely to find that gem by asking consistent questions and focusing on skills, education and experience during the interview.

Avoid questions that are designed to trick the candidate during an interview. It only throws off the pace of the interview, wastes time and eliminates individuals who may be better for the position than someone who came up with an interesting answer.

Avoid Contacting Candidates who are not Hired

A huge myth is to avoid candidates who are not hired for a particular position. By using the applicant tracking system, it is easy to keep in touch with candidates who may be better qualified for a different position than the one that they initially applied for. Stay in contact with potential candidates, even if the position was filled. It is likely that future positions will need talented professionals and staying in touch can make it easier to connect with those individuals.

It is important to separate the myths from the tools that work. The process of finding the top talent is more complicated than just looking for the top schools and ignoring the rest. It is a process that require technology and consistency.

Use Traditional Tools for Evaluation of Skills

The idea that a white board or a chalk board is enough to evaluate the skills of a candidate is not appropriate. Hiring managers need to use the most up-to-date tools and technology to find highly qualified candidates.

Use an applicant tracking system to connect with appropriate candidates and keep in touch after a particular position has been filled. Use computers and technological tools during the interview to test specific skills. Get rid of the white board and use updated technology.

Hiring Software Upgrade

April 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Hiring Software Upgrade

Newton Continues Momentum with New Version of Hiring Software.

What keywords hiring managers should look for in a resume

March 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Locating the best employees for staffing any office requires a lot of experience, intuition and “reading between the lines.” In other words, what a person writes does not always accurately describe an applicant’s skill set or professional abilities. If a typical recruiter spends under two minutes looking at any given resume, that gives them time to do a quick scan of information and key words they are looking for before putting it down and going on to the next one. Staffing professionals are not easily impressed by general resumes without specifics to the position being applied for.

Paying Attention to Descriptions

According to a recent Harris poll, the types of wording a potential candidate uses on a resume can be extremely revealing as to the person’s experience and appropriateness for a certain position. For instance, a number of descriptive phrases job applicants use are immediate turnoffs to staffing professionals. The survey involved more than 2,200 human resource professionals and hiring managers who were all involved in a wide range of industries.

Just Say No

A high percentage of hiring managers agreed that many of the most commonly used terms on a resume jump out at them as a big bold NO. Those are words like:

 

  • Best of breed
  • Go-getter
  • Thought leadership
  • Think outside of the box
  • Synergy
  • Go-to person

 

Words that Win

Employers taking part in the survey gave some tips as to the types of words that they see as positive. Those are the types of words or terms that prove action on the part of the candidate. At the top of that list is “achieved,” which cuts through the fluff and means the applicant actually did something positive in the position. Rather than being subjective, these words convey real information. Other words that hint at positive work skills are:

 

  • Improved
  • Trained
  • Mentored
  • Managed or Created
  • Resolved

 

Verifying Experience and Balancing Credentials

One type of verification lies in the amount of time the applicant spent at any given job, and the reason for leaving. While quick turn-around in a position is not usually an asset you’re looking for, there may have been extenuating circumstances that explain the situation. References can also be beneficial, but only to a certain extent. It can be hard to judge credibility and partiality when speaking with references stated on a resume.

With so many points to balance and verify, the best way for recruiters and companies to fill positions is by using the latest technological platforms, such as the Applicant Tracking System. This is an integral system that can locate available talent with the needed qualities for any position.

Top Applicant Tracking System to Address Section 503 and VEVRAA Regulation Changes

March 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Top Applicant Tracking System to Address Section 503 and VEVRAA Regulation Changes

Newton Software Enhances Applicant Tracking System to Address Section 503 and VEVRAA Regulation Changes  #HR #ATS 

Applicant Tracking System of the Future: Responsive Web Design

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Applicant Tracking System of the Future: Responsive Web Design

NextNewton has become “responsive”  by adapting to different screen size variations automatically, whether you are running your recruiting program from your mobile, tablet, or desktop – Newton fits all size variations.

What Employers Really Want From Their Applicant Tracking System

December 24, 2013 Leave a comment

What Employers Really Want From Their Applicant Tracking System

Employers are looking for an easy-to-use applicant tracking system with recruiting dashboards that improves process.