Reference Checking and the Search for Red Flags

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 10, 2015

The recruiting process is loaded with red flags, and hiring managers have to be diligent in finding them.

By Victoria Betancourt

It’s a classic tale for hiring managers: manager meets candidate; manager likes candidate; candidate likes job; candidate is not everything he or she seems – everybody’s time is wasted.

The recruiting process is loaded with red flags, and hiring managers have to be diligent in finding them. A candidate’s flaws – whether it’s inexperience, a deficiency in their skill set or questionable integrity – usually do not appear on the resume and they might not even be uncovered during the interview process. Often, the reference checks are the last line of defense in vetting the right man or woman for the job.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

5 Secrets To Hiring The Right Person for Your Company

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 19, 2015

Make sure you are finding the right candidate with these tips. [TWEET]

By Wayne Fleming


Many employers will agree that their number one mistake is hiring the wrong person for the job. It can be difficult to gauge how a potential employee will perform in a role based solely on how they perform in an interview.

It is important to hire employees who naturally fit into your company’s culture and complement the brand. Ultimately, personality beats qualifications when employers are looking to hire. Finding the perfect candidate for the role is essential for your company’s productivity, morale and profitability.

Topics: Working with Recruiters, HR & Benefits

8 ideas for office social gatherings

Posted by Guest Contributor

March 30, 2015

Corporate culture need a boost? Try organizing one of these social gatherings with your colleagues.

By Lesley Vos


Work, work, work. Have you heard the employees at your company say all they ever do is work? Sometimes you just need to kick back and relax with your colleagues. Organizing social gatherings is one way that HR – or even individuals within a company – can combat this feeling and boost company morale. Company gatherings can help teams become more cohesive and develop their creativity. Additionally, fun events or parties give employees pride and confidence in their company. Want to plan your first company gathering, but are in need of some inspiration? Here is a selection of popular social events for companies to hold:

Topics: HR & Benefits, Workplace

Understanding the workplace values of Millennials

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 17, 2014

Maximize your Millennials’ potential by learning how to engage them. [TWEET]

By Mitch Lee


Millennials are taking over the workforce, and are projected to become 60 percent of it by 2024. Because of this truth, it’s essential that supervisors and HR managers learn to understand this generation. Some seasoned professionals consider Millennials to be infuriatingly self-assured and lazy, wanting to move up the corporate ladder without putting in the effort.

However, this generalization couldn’t be further from the truth. Millennials are willing to work hard, but they just have a different way of doing things, and reason for doing things, that should be understood by management.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

What you need to know about performing background screens

Posted by Guest Contributor

July 10, 2014

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

By P. Johnston


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

The company culture myth part 2: The perks

Posted by Mike Deissig

January 9, 2014

While the perks aren’t everything, the extras certainly help attract – and keep – top talent.

TheLadders_Culture_02In my last post, I talked about the importance of building “company culture” and what that really means. The term has become synonymous with “company perks,” and while perks are a huge part of culture, they aren’t everything. That being said, they can be extremely helpful in the hiring process, making it easier for prospective candidates to make the decision to join a company.

So what are some of the perks out there? I can’t speak to all companies’ perks, but I do know what TheLadders offers and why we do it. These are just a few of the categories I’ve seen to be especially effective.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

The company culture myth

Posted by Mike Deissig

December 4, 2013

Company culture is the new HR buzzword, and we get to the bottom of what it really is.

TheLadders_Culture_01The word ‘culture’ is thrown around a lot In the NYC tech space and hiring market as a whole. It’s as hot a topic as data science. As the technical recruiter at TheLadders, I’ve seen first-hand that members of the HR and talent acquisition community tend to look for easy ways to instill ‘culture’ into a company. Because of the popularity of these shortcuts, the term has become diluted. So what’s really at the heart of company culture?

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

Bridging the candidate skills gap with a compromise: Part I

Posted by Guest Contributor

November 5, 2013

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

How employers can help their workers stay healthier

Posted by Guest Contributor

April 5, 2013

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