Why Should Employers Bother with Social Media?

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Social Media

Company Social MediaWhy Should Employers Bother with Social Media?

 

By now your company probably has 3 or more social media accounts, and it has for some time. It is not always apparent why besides the fact that all your consultants and marketers said you should, and all your competitors do.

 

Metrics

Knowing what the right metrics are and how to measure success is another challenge. If Coca Cola has 91 million likes/followers on their Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter page, and your competitor has 486: Which should be the benchmark for your company? And are views more important than click-throughs? According to AdAge, the correlation between that click and a conversion is virtually nonexistent. Ug, that’s no help! Read more »

The Proper Care and Feeding of Millennials in the Workplace

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention

The Proper Care and Feeding of Millennials in the WorkplaceMillennials using mobile phone outside

 

Recruiting and retaining Millennials depends on understanding who they are and what they want and having a Millennial Talent Management Strategy.

Who are they?

 

Millennials are those born in the 80s and 90s more or less, basically the 20-40 year old work force. Millennials now make up just over one-third of the workforce (more than the Bookers or Generation X) and by 2020 Millennials will form 50% of the global workforce.

 

Described in many ways: ‘hopeful’, ‘narcissistic’, ‘nomads’. These digital natives certainly are tech-savvy, connected, mobile, and social. As opposed to previous generations, the millennials are much more attracted to on-demand work, and flexibility of all flavors. As compared to Gen X, this cohort is considered by hiring managers to be much more open to change (72% Millennials vs 28% Gen X), much more creative, money-driven, and adaptable, with a bit more of an entrepreneurial attitude. Millennials are a bit less confident (46%) than Gen X (54%), and much less team players (27%) as compared to Gen X (73%), according to KPCB’s Internet Trends 2015.

 

Millennials in the Workforce

 

It’s a candidate’s market with low-tech unemployment and companies battling it out over the same employee pool in many areas. The Millennials have come of age and Read more »

The Best of Best Places to Work …

Filed under: Best Practices, Hiring Strategies, Human Resources / Capital, Recruiter / Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention

The Best of the Best Places to WorkThe Best of BPTW …

 

If Best Places to Work is on your radar, you probably see it all the time. And BPTW comes in many flavors: the best in a State, the best in an industry, the best in the country, etc.

 

The latest flavor I noticed was the BPTW for Millennials. Congratulations to the top picks in each category: Ergodyne, Capitol Chevrolet Cadillac, Navy Federal Credit Union as well as all the companies recently selected from among 4,000 US companies for the best places to work for Millennial employees in America recognition. Given that Millennials are now the largest workforce in America, this is an important recognition.

 

The BPTW in the Bay Area celebrates companies that have exceptional workplaces that their employees value highly. Kudos to InfoObjects, ZenPayroll, SOAProjects Inc, PureStorage, and Workday for prioritizing practices, culture and values that drive engagement. When employees are happy to go to work and proud of their employer, they are more productive and Read more »

How Do You Source Talent?

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How Do You Source Talent?

Companies source talent online, offline, internally, externally, and different methods work better for some than others.

Talent Pipeline

A great source of sourcing info:

 

The SilkRoad Top Sources of Hire annual report looks at client data from the SilkRoad Recruiting ATS, which is used by companies ranging in size from small-to-medium businesses up to vary large companies across industries like IBM, eBay, and L’Oréal.

 

Interview or Hire as metric?

 

This is always a fun report to read and compare and contrast with the sources of hire of veteran growth-mode recruiting firm, Redfish Technology. Redfish primarily serves start-up to mid-stage growth mode companies very focused Read more »

Building Your Team from the Net Out – By Mike Curry, Tech Recruiter and x-ECHL Player

Filed under: Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks

Building Your Team from the Net Out

By Mike Curry, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Mike Curry, Tech Recruiter Redfish Technology

As a former professional hockey player turned recruiter, I often find hockey terms and analogies relevant to technology recruitment. I left home at 17 to play hockey, played four years in the NCAA at Minnesota-Duluth, and then in the East Coast Hockey League. Fast forward, I am now a tech recruiter. I currently play for the Sun Valley Suns hockey team, with an occasional stint for the Idaho Steelheads, well okay only once so far, but I am available for more!

 

Build Your Team from the Net Out

 

In hockey the coaches talk of building the team from the net out. This means starting with a rock-solid goalie, then building the defense, then the forwards, and on. The theory is that by preventing goals with solid defense and goal tending, you minimize scoring. You then build the middle with good centers to drive your offense. You want centers who are reliable and multifaceted, to bridge the gap between the defensemen and forwards. Next build the wings, then the offense. Read more »

6 Reasons to Hire Now!

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6 Pack of Reasons

6 Pack of Reasons

Whether replacing an employee or recognizing the need to grow your team, there’s compelling reasons to make that hire now.

 

It’s true you are saving on payroll and employer costs, insurance and perks, but these short-term gains effect a larger cost on long-term profitability, and can create unanticipated risks.

 

Making your necessary hire in a timely manner will:

 

  1. Boost Productivity

When shorthanded organizations strain existing resources and quality suffers. If overly strained, attention to detail and pride in work decrease, errors, illness, and accidents are more likely, factors which significantly affect productivity.

 

  1. Decrease Time to Market

Whether it is getting a new health gadget into consumer’ hands, or releasing the new version of your software, understaffing is going to impact project management and coordination, it risks delaying production and subpar quality, and can cause costly missed opportunities.

 

  1. Ensure Agile Happy Employees

Straining your team will increased stress. This impacts the entire work environment. Maximize your team’s performance by getting the right people on-board when needed and keeping a smooth, agile workforce who is happy to get the job done right.

 

  1. Lower Personnel Costs

Yes hiring when you need staff keeps your personnel costs down. When your employees are happy and stay invested: you spend less time and money on hiring new ones, you have less absenteeism and accidents, and there’s less training of new employees and less management involved in keeping things running smoothly.

 

  1. Increase Customer Satisfaction

At the end of the day, if your customers aren’t happy with your service or product, your business risks failing. Decreased customer satisfaction is almost inevitable if you can’t provide the level of service necessary. And we know unhappy customers are very vocal about their dissatisfaction, whereas happy customers can be the biggest brand evangelists out there.

 

  1. Stoke Competitiveness

When a company is fully staffed, completely concentrated on business, and everyone is on board tuned into the end goals, the company is primed to meet and exceed current commitments, as well as to identify and take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace before competitors who are dealing with staffing issues and not focused.

 

So get hiring!

 

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Contact us today at 408-745-8260/208-788-8260, or fill out a job order online.

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Kaizen Recruiting: Calibrating for Success

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Kaizen Recruiting

Calibrating for SuccessNoah Hendricks, Sales & Marketing Recruiter

By Noah Hendricks, Executive Recruiter, Sales & Marketing Division

 

“Kaizen, Japanese for “good change”. When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain. It has been applied in healthcare, psychotherapy, life-coaching, government, banking, and other industries.” – This concise definition and context courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

This tried and tested work philosophy of continual calibration to business processes in order to improve upon them led to many management strategies and workplace revolutions. It is a mindset that all great businesses share, whether they call it as such or not.

 

In recruiting, things are always changing: technologies, ATMs, job boards, social networking fads. And each and every hire is unique. Read more »

Decoding the Software Engineer: Code Testing in the Hiring Process

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Decoding the Software Engineer

Code Testing in the Hiring Process

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Jon Piggins, IT Recruiter

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter

 

Tech recruiting is all about matching culture and skill sets. We are not engineers or coders, we are business solution drivers. And let’s face it, even in a small startup tech company, not everyone is a techie. So how do we find the best technical & engineering talent out there for growth-mode tech companies?

 

We network with development talent, vet prospective candidates often before we ever reach out to them, and we onboard prospects from the get-go – which is easy to do as we only work with companies that we believe in and are excited about, a luxury we are proud and grateful to have.

 

When it comes time to verify the technical skills of the candidates we work with, there are a variety of methods. Read more »

How to Find Top Talent without Being Inundated with Resumes

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How to Find Top Talent

without Being Inundated with Resumes

25-Million-Resumes

Most corporate jobs receive 250 resumes per opening.

Everyone wants to cast their net wide and access all the best talent out there, but no one wants a tsunami of resumes flooding their desk and email inbox.

How can you access a wide array of talent but refrain from being accessed yourself non-stop by respondents?

 

There’s a lot of folks out there, actively and passively looking for their next job.

There are 25 million resumes on Indeed.
There are 332 million LinkedIn users, 107 million of them in the US.
The average number of daily LinkedIn mobile job applications is 44,000. (ExpandedRamblings.com)

There are 140 Million unique visitors on Indeed.com monthly. (Indeed.com)

 

There are a lot of folks sending resumes.

Google gets over a million job applications each year and the company only hires about 0.5% of applicants. (About.com)

Procter & Gamble Inc. got nearly a million applications last year for 2,000 open positions. (WSJ.com)

Most corporate jobs receive 250 resumes per opening. (Recruiterbox.com) Read more »

Soft Skills: Easy to Feel Out, Harder to Test

Filed under: Hiring Strategies, Interview, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition, Training

While hard skills are fairly easy to evaluate, soft skills are harder.

Soft-Skills-Definition

The soft skills are rather intangible: communication, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team collaboration, attitude, common sense, and relationships, amongst others.

Coding and problem-solving tests are fairly straightforward ways to gauge hard skill level, but how do you measure a candidate’s soft skills?

Evaluating Soft Skills

 

Social Media

Almost everyone in the United States has at least one social networking profile at this point, so researching a candidate’s online presence is fairly easy. Social media and websites provide an interesting window into a person’s soft skills. Of interest is everything from how thoroughly and professionally people present themselves, to the content and comments that they choose to post on online media.

Video Interviewing

Some companies solicit video responses as a filtering mechanism that quickly gives a sense of a person’s soft skills. A company may ask candidates to answer a few questions in a video format to be submitted along with a resume or as the next step in the pre-interview process. There are obviously a lot of efficiencies gained by getting a peek at talent, although some people are fairly shy of performing in front of a somewhat anonymous audience. Read more »