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A Mobile Strategy is a “Must Have” for any Applicant Tracking System

April 7, 2014 Leave a comment

A Mobile Strategy is a “Must Have” for any Applicant Tracking System

A complete mobile strategy is the new must-have feature for any future-ready applicant tracking system.

  

Newton’s Hiring Software Optimized for Mobile – Coming Soon

March 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Newton’s Hiring Software Optimized for Mobile – Coming Soon

Soon, Newton will be the only Hiring Software that functions the same, no matter how you connect to the Internet.

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Preparing for the New 2014 OFCCP Regulations

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Preparing for the New 2014 OFCCP Regulations

Are you prepared for the new 2014 OFCCP regulations? Learn about “game-changing” VEVRAA & Section 503 regulations effective March 24, 2014.

Hire Efficiently: Employee Referrals

August 23, 2013 Leave a comment

When a company doesn’t have enough of qualified employees, productivity suffers. When productivity goes down the tube, so does the business’ ability to maximize profits and satisfy their customers’ needs. While recruiting employees via online job boards, newspapers advertisements and career fairs is fine, an employee referral program can be a way to help fill many open positions in your company.

Benefits of Referral Programs

Employee referral programs have been used by companies for decades to fill jobs. Employees who participate in these programs understand that the people they refer reflect on them. For this reason, new hires that are referred by current employees, tend to be of higher quality. If an employee’s reputation is at stake, she is less likely to refer someone who is unqualified or lazy.

Since people tend to associate with others in their profession, an employee referral program can be especially helpful when available positions require highly specialized skills and are hard to fill through other recruitment methods. In addition, when you use employee referrals to hire workers, it can reduce the need for newspaper ads, job fairs and other pricey recruitment tactics.

A referral program can be as simple as asking current employees if they know someone who might be qualified to fill a particular job. However, when you use this type of approach, the results are often lackluster. Employees want to know what’s in it for them. If they aren’t getting anything out of the deal, they are not likely to exert their energy trying to help.

Best Type of Referral Program

An ideal referral program emphasizes benefits to employees. They will also have systems in place to reward workers, track the success of referred employees and discourage unqualified referrals. Generally, the most successful programs offer some type of monetary reward for workers who refer people who stay longer than three months.

The amount of the reward must be significant enough to motivate employees, but not so much that it encourages them to recommend people who aren’t qualified. The kind of system you use will depend on the nature of your business and the kinds of things that motivate your employees.

Not having the right kind of employees can cost your company big. Using employee referrals is a reliable way to keep a pool of passive candidates to fill open job positions. In the end, the profit potential your company will gain from having qualified workers will outweigh the cost of the referral bonuses used to reward loyal employees.

How to Pick Your Resume Builder Software

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

One new category of software application that has been gaining visibility recently is the online resume builder.  If you search for “resume builder” you will discover a plethora of free and pay-for tools as well as expert resume writers soliciting their services.

So how do you pick which Resume Creator is best for you?  To help you out, I’ve taken the liberty to try four of the most popular resume builders.  Basically, I created a resume on each of the following sites and evaluated the program’s performance:

Visual CV

VisualCV differentiates itself by allowing users to add videos, images, and links to your standard resume.  The software also utilizes a very simple job search functionality as well as privacy settings over who has access to your profile.    This is a great program for users that are looking to showcase portfolios within their resume.  Think artists, web designers, film makers and more.

ResuWe

ResuWe is a free site that lets a user optimize their resume by uploading a current version of the document.  It points out the key components of a resume and automatically breaks up the information with very little data entry required. Although ResuWe is easy to use, some of the site seems a bit slapped together.  ResuWe also allows a user to search jobs through Indeed.com.  The service provides some basic SNS and promotional tools as well.

Job Spice

For the time being, Job Spice is free.  This program runs much like an application created during a school project, rather than software that could be valued by a business or paying consumer.  The service concentrates on making your resume visually appealing through the use of a number of preset templates.  One problem I had when demoing JobSpice was successfully exporting my resumes to .pdf format.

Pongo

Pongo has several options for subscription: a free trial account, a monthly fee or an annual fee.  For the fee you can download a resume you’ve created and also utilize tools like advanced job matching and task management.  The free option is fairly elementary, taking you through a step by step list to build your on site resume.  Overall, Pongo’s UI is not very efficient at all.

Overall, I give my best grade to ResuWe because it understands its target customers. ResuWe was created by experts that realize that in a resume, simplicity is the biggest factor. Their service doesn’t let you use thousands of fonts, insert videos, or export in anything but MS Word format, but it gets the job done.  In fact, MS Word docs are the standard for recruiting software programs that hiring departments utilize to upload and parse.