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Bridging the candidate skills gap with a compromise: Part I

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November 05, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Could the Founding Fathers hold the talent acquisition solution?

By Brad Wilkins

Mind_the_GapThe Opportunity Nation Coalition published a study last week indicating “Almost 6 million [people aged 16 to 24] are neither in school nor working.”  Additionally, veterans are coming home from serving our country with great teamwork skills and discipline, but are unable to provide for their families.  Yet HR departments across the country bemoan the lack of qualified candidates for the 3.7 million job openings unable to be filled. This is because of what HR collectively calls the “skills gap,” which we have been trying to bridge for over a decade. 

Let’s start calling it what it really is:  The “compromise gap”

The compromise gap is when both parties stop blaming each other for the gap, and recognize that they must meet in the middle.  Employers need to invest in substantial training and career planning, and the unemployed need to adjust their expectations.  As long as HR continues to call it a “skills gap,” implying the onus is on the candidate to bring all the qualifications to the table, we will continue to have this issue.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

Four truths about mobile recruiting

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July 09, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

Mobile recruiting is an opportunity to rethink how we connect with and engage job seekers. 

By Ed Newman


After more than 25 years in the HR field, I have seen my share of technology shifts and breakthroughs that have influenced the face of Recruiting.  Every time it happens the hype machine kicks into gear and we come up with fancy names and labels.  In the early ‘90s when applicant tracking systems were coming of age, we called it Electronic Recruiting.  About 5 years later when the web exploded, we called it Internet Recruiting. By 2007 with the advent of LinkedIn and Facebook, it was Social Recruiting. And now with the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets, we have all jumped on the Mobile Recruiting bandwagon.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Social & Mobile Trends

Rolling the team development boulder up the hill

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June 14, 2013 @ 05:35 PM

JobMobile panelist discusses his approach to building a great team at a start-up.

By Martin Kupferman


The mythic king Sisyphus was not the prototype for a modern executive. He was cruel and deceitful, for which he paid a big price—condemned in the afterlife to roll a boulder up a big hill only to have it continually roll back on him. Sound like the challenge of building a great team in a startup? Perhaps, but it’s easier if you have a sense of the hill and how to approach it.

In organizational parlance, this means being clear about the type of people you’re looking for, the challenges you’ll face in attracting them and the infrastructure you’ll require.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Does your job description read like an obituary?

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May 23, 2013 @ 05:25 PM

Are the people who write obituaries the same people who write job descriptions?

By Scott Leishmann

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It sometimes seems like it! Or perhaps job descriptions are the proverbial camel that was supposed to be a horse but was designed by a committee overseen by lawyers (full disclosure, I am an attorney). After deciphering a lengthy and confusing job description, you’ve probably heard the hiring manager say, “never mind, this is what I’m really looking for.”

Here are some tips on writing job descriptions that will attract the right candidates the first time around:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

How employers can help their workers stay healthier

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April 05, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

Try these strategies for promoting well-being and health in the workplace.

By Carlo Pandian

sweatband_healthyA healthy workplace is a highly functioning and productive area to work because the better the health of the employees, the fewer sick days they take and therefore the more energy they have to contribute to the goals of the organization. That is why it is important for employers to encourage their workers to stay as healthy as possible.

Many businesses are offering a wide range of programs including health risk assessments, biometric screenings and on-site clinics and pharmacies.  Although these programs are showing low participation, when workers do take part in them they report very high satisfaction.

Topics: HR & Benefits

9 questions to ask your next sales hire

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January 23, 2013 @ 10:33 AM

Sales people, by virtue of their profession, have the potential to be dazzling interviewers.  Take control of the interview process and ask the questions that will allow you to probe on leadership, organizational, interpersonal, sales and communication skills.  

By Don Leon

Sales Interview QuestionsThrough my many years of recruiting sales leaders and sales professionals, I have found that targeted selection questioning (behavioral interviewing) can truly help you understand the motivation and true character of your potential hire.  If you accept the premise that past performance indicates future success, then asking these sorts of questions, could give you the potential for a more successful sales hire.

This list takes it further by focusing on targeted selection questions, specifically for the sales professional. Outlined below are nine of my favorite questions to ask on an interview, with the types of ideal answers to look for.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Free recruiting resource and iPad winner

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January 03, 2013 @ 09:53 AM

By Chrystal Moore

As a recruiter, I’m always on the lookout for new sources that I can use to either market my Philips Healthcare job openings or reach out to potential candidates that have the necessary skillsets that I’m looking for.  

I’ve known about TheLadders for years as one of the leaders in $100K+ job search, however, back in October, I heard through Twitter that TheLadders was now offering a free resource at all salary levels to Recruiters and Employers…and yes…it caught my attention at the word “free”.  

Topics: TheLadders Announcements

My experience at TheLadders Connect NYC

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October 23, 2012 @ 04:27 PM

TheLadders panelist shares his thoughts on TheLadders Connect event.

By Mitch Schwartz

TheLadders ConnectI had a fantastic time at TheLadders Connect event last week in NYC representing Hewlett-Packard on a panel discussion about a multi-generational workforce with the growing population of Millennials.  TheLadders put on a first-class event that was well-attended by over 150 HR and Recruiting professionals in the NYC area.  At the event they announced some new free services for recruiters and their focus on capturing the mobile recruiting platform of the future helping us reach candidates through relevant and effective cutting-edge technology.

Topics: TheLadders Events, TheLadders Announcements

How to write better job postings

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April 06, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Why do so many recruiters seem resigned to cold, dull, error-filled and totally unappealing job posting descriptions?

By Sharon L. Florentine

Job Postings, Free Job Postings, Recruitment Online

As a recruiter, you wouldn’t tolerate a candidate’s resume riddled with typos, run-on sentences, grammatical errors and missing punctuation, would you? Didn’t think so. Why, then, do so many recruiters seem resigned to cold, dull, error-filled and totally unappealing job descriptions?

Freelance writer Alisdair Murray, based in Bromley, Kent, U.K., specializes in writing job descriptions and advertisements for recruiting firms and hiring managers, and has encountered more than his share of terrible job descriptions. He said he’s appalled to find many clients blaming the poor quality on technology.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing