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What you need to know about performing background screens

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July 10, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Make sure a background check doesn’t get in the way of a great hire. 

By P. Johnston

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You’ve interviewed ten candidates and think you’ve finally found the perfect match for a job in your company.  You make the offer, she accepts, and the only remaining step is a background screen. But what if the screening company you’ve hired tells you she has a criminal record?

Uh oh. If handled incorrectly, the candidate could sue. Or you could end up screening out someone who would be a great fit. It’s a mistake for an employer to just fob off the screening process on a third party and not take responsibility for it. Here are some tips on dealing with background screens in the digital world:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

Key advice for recruiting leadership roles

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July 03, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

By Ken Sundheim 

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Leaders get things done. They command the attention and respect of those under them and consistently upgrade subordinate performance via clear goal setting, positive reinforcement and frequent feedback.

Moreover, their direct reports genuinely like them. While they exhibit great strength and resolve, top managers also display compassion, patience and tolerance for mistakes.

The importance of recruiting leaders

A firm lives and dies by its ability to recruit leaders. Staffing effective managers can dramatically increase productivity, heighten employee morale and grow a firm’s competitive advantage.

While recruiting superior managers can prove arduous, it is nothing short of crucial. To assist, our recruiters have laid out a platform which should help your organization in hiring the most effective leader for any open position.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

5 common hiring mistakes that prevent firms from recruiting top candidates

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June 17, 2014 @ 03:07 PM

By Ken Sundheim 

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Hiring great employees is as is crucial as it is complex. Organizations around the world spend countless amounts of money, time and energy pursuing top candidates. While some consistently land the candidates possessing passion, audacity and intelligence, others continually fall short of their staffing goals. 

The main reason for their shortcomings is not an external factor such as availability of applicants, but rather, it stems from common hiring mistakes that can easily be avoided. Firms can make alterations in their processes to increase the odds of staffing dedicated, competitive and engaged employees.

Below, you’ll find five common mistakes that prevent many organizations from hiring top candidates.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Elements of a successful candidate recruitment

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May 27, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

by Aiden Rotton

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The key to successfully recruiting a candidate is knowing beforehand what you want to achieve.The idea sounds self-evident, however, many companies do not have any idea as to what their goals are, leading to an unsuccessful, redundant or fragmented recruitment process. This mess is avoidable by structuring the recruitment process and focusing on these key elements:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

How to spot the best recruiters for your business

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April 24, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Having a great recruitment professional on your side can help to shape your company. Here’s how to spot the best ones. 

By Janine Davis

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Having a great recruiter in your corner can make hiring simple. Everyone should have at least one go-to recruiter that becomes their career partner in crime. Someone who has known you for years, tracks your career and business, provides advice just to be a nice person, and knows your personality and quirks when it’s your turn to hire. I’m not talking about the used car salesman type that only remembers you when they need you. I’m talking about a professional that is your sounding board, keeps you in mind and calls you when something of interest comes in, and knows your career motivations and passions. 

Fetch came up with this “List of Qualities that make Successful Recruiters” as part of our internal hiring process. Here I’m sharing a slightly modified version of it, since I’m often asked how someone can assess a good recruiter (whether you are a client or a candidate). There are nuances depending on which side of the hiring equation you are on, but the basics apply regardless. Be on the lookout for these qualities. The ones that are soft in nature are obviously harder to gauge (The Soft Stuff), but there are also three solid tangible barometers (The Hard Stuff) you can use.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Responsive web design: The one question for businesses to consider

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March 26, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

JobMobile NYC panelist shares his organization's transition to a mobile-responsive website.

By Jay Woodruff

Affinity_Resource_GroupHere’s the only question you need to answer in deciding whether to move to a responsive-designed website:

Do you want to stay in business?

About two-thirds of Facebook users now gain access via mobile devices, and for sites like Pandora and Instagram, the number is approaching 100 percent. As more and more people migrate to mobile as their primary access to digital information, you can't afford to not put your best face forward on portable devices.

At Affinity Resource Group, our recruiting practice focuses on digital technologists, so for us the move was a no-brainer. And still we dragged our feet. Our website is important, but it is not our primary revenue driver, so during those first couple of years we were focused on establishing relationships, attracting clients, and making placements. 

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Social & Mobile Trends

The convergence of social media and mobile recruitment

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February 21, 2014 @ 01:26 PM

JobMobile panelist talks about the need to modernize your entire recruitment process to be competitive in today's candidate-driven market.

By Scott Bass

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Technology is continually changing the way recruiters and HR professionals interact with candidates every day. Social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have become a rich source of passive candidates; top professionals that are typically employed. But is it enough to simply be present on social media? If the goal is to hire exceptional talent, there has to be more - and all signs point to mobile recruitment as the latest tool in connecting with top candidates.

Topics: TheLadders Events, Social & Mobile Trends

HubSpot thinks your “careers” site is broken

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January 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

By David Fernandez

HubSpot_LogoSo there we were, the HubSpot recruiting team, sitting around a large conference room table. We were prepped with ideas for solving a problem that to most people didn’t seem like a problem at all.

Let me explain.

recruiter gets an approved headcount. He meets with hiring managers, asks some important questions, then creates the job description. Finally, he publishes it on the company website. Shortly after he blankets the web with said job description. Done. He waits, with fingers crossed. The thing is that this works for generating tens, and in our case, hundreds of resumes but it doesn’t solve for fit. See? We were just marketing our jobs and not US, not our culture. We didn’t just want new employees who could do their jobs extremely well, we also wanted new employees who wanted to be a part of our culture. But how could they learn about our culture without experiencing it firsthand?

Topics: Social & Mobile Trends

Bridging the candidate skills gap with a compromise: Part II

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December 09, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Learn how Adcap developed its apprenticeship programs to address the candidate skills gap.

By Brad Wilkins

Adcap_NetApp_Update1In my last post, I discussed Adcap’s belief in bridging the candidate ‘skills gap’ with a compromise. With an abundance of intelligent and capable recent graduates, returning veterans and individuals seeking industry transitions, we knew we could find a successful compromise.  Instead of complaining about the lack of an already-qualified talent pool, we would create one.  This is how we got the idea to institute our apprentice program.

When we first discussed the concept of an apprenticeship position with the management team, they were a bit confused by the language.

Is this an internship?they asked. No, this was a full W-2 salaried position with benefits. 

“Then how is this different from an entry-level position?” they wanted to know. 

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Relationships: The missing element in modern recruiting

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November 07, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

JobMobile Boston panelist talks about how 'paying it forward' can really pay off in the recruiting business.  

By Steve Kasmouski

handshakeFor recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers, finding top talent requires more than just posting ads, making phone calls and sending emails. In today's world of information overload and technology abundance, in-demand professionals are doing everything they can to avoid constant solicitation from recruiters. And who can blame them? Regardless of your profession, it is likely that you have had a bad experience with a narrow-minded recruiter who claims to have the ticket to your dream job without knowing the first thing about you. These conversations lack what is most important: the candidate-recruiter relationship.

Topics: TheLadders Events, Recruiting & Sourcing