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Re-Qualifying Your Workforce Can Make a Difference

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Last week, I called my mother late in the evening to chat and was given a huge reminder that our world (and especially technology) moves at a fast pace. The trouble started when we were discussing a local business and she went to their website. On the right side of their page was their Twitter feed, which just so happened to have a tweet that my cousin wrote that was re-tweeted by the business. Now, to give you a little background, my mother has trouble even working her phone. According to her, every phone she gets somehow neglects to tell her she has texts or missed calls. I love her dearly, but the woman is technologically challenged. So you can imagine her surprise when she saw my cousin’s tweet on that company’s website. The [...]

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5 Ways to Hire Top IT Talent

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Hiring and retaining the best talent is as tough as it’s ever been, especially when it comes to hiring the best IT talent out there. Despite recent trends in the workforce, it is possible to hire the best, but you’ll have to be one of the best to attract these candidates. The workforce is saturated by tech startups that have an idea that could be the next big idea, so the competition is tough. What’s even worse is that the technology sector has an unemployment rate that is half of the U.S. national average. Supply and demand has kicked in, and with a limited number of professionals and much fewer highly qualified ones, hiring has become difficult. This is fantastic news for those in this industry, who are enjoying competitive j [...]

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What is an Evergreen Job?

Posted by Eric Friedman

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An evergreen job is a position at your organization that is always open, either because it’s a high turnover position or, more likely, because it‘s a position for which you have many employees in the same role. As a hiring manager, you are constantly chasing candidates for this role, spending hours interviewing, qualifying, and finding job candidates who are just the right fit. Evergreen jobs are common in industries like call centers, retail, hospitals, and health care, where companies have 50-100 employees, like nurses or call center representatives, doing the same job but in a different hospital wing, or managing the clients and customer service for many regions over the phone. Because your company is constantly hiring for this [...]

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4 Ways HR Technology and Testing Tools Help HR & Recruiters Hire Better

Posted by Eric Friedman

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In the 1990s, technology brought recruiter-centric automation to the sourcing and recruitment world. This new technology gave recruiters the power to parse resumes based on a full set of criteria, including keywords and semantics. It eliminated the need to spend hours upon hours sifting through hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes trying to find the perfect candidate. Workflows, career sites, and automation were big in the 90s and allowed recruiters to create a process unmatched by decades of previous recruitment. But these methods became outdated quickly, due to the ever-changing nature of social recruiting and the fact that candidates update their resumes on a frequent basis. In the 2000s, technology brought candidate-centric innov [...]

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5 Steps to Identify an Organizational Skills Gap, and Where to Begin

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

organizational skills gap

As the workplace evolves, employees are being charged with learning new skills, developing old skills, and learning to be proficient in all areas across the board. Workplace efficiency could mean combining two jobs into one, even if a current employee lacks a certain skill, or expanding the job role of one individual to prevent a future hire. To stay on top in our changing world, skills testing allows employers to see where their employees stand in reference to specific skill sets. A recent report showed that a growing skills gap is the cause of many hiring woes and challenges faced by recruiters.  We’ll discuss how organizations can use workplace skills testing to help identify current employee and team skills gaps, so that manage [...]

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Challenge Accepted. How Skills Testing Motivates Your High Potential Employee

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Taking a page from the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinsen never steps away from any challenge thrown his way.  His famous phrase, “Challenge accepted,” serves as a reminder that by pushing and motivating our employees, using triggers that they define as important, we can get the best out of our employees. By placing faith in our employees, we can drive them to become better employees through skills testing and training. Skills testing can be used not only to recruit good employees, but also to help retain talented workers who might be easily bored. According to Forbes, one of the reasons that that top talent leaves a company is because their company fails to offer great work. Good people want to be challenged. Wh [...]

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The Importance of Job Simulation in Hiring Quality Candidates

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Industries like call centers, transportation, finance, and banking can benefit from job simulation testing during the candidate interview process. We’ll discuss some best practices in using job simulation testing and how it can improve employee retention, performance, and the overall quality of hire. The benefits to hiring well are decreased costs all around, from human resources to future costs of employee injury or low productivity. A job-simulation test in pre-employment physicals performed by the Kansas Department of Transportation was created as a result of an increased amount of worker’s comp claims. In the following three years, the percentage of injuries of newer employers decreased by 25%, saving the company about $200,000 [...]

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The Importance of Numerical Reasoning

Posted by Eric Friedman

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The ability to think critically and use numerical reasoning skills has become much more important in the workforce in recent years. To that end, psychometric testing can be a big help in determining whether a given individual has what’s needed for a specific position, by measuring the following applicant characteristics: Skills Abilities Personality types Numerical reasoning ability is one of the most basic skill areas, one that exists in small children well before they are taught mathematics in school. Numerical reasoning tests, also known as data interpretation or numerical critical reasoning tests, involve evaluating situations and drawing conclusions from the data provided to assess one or several of the following: Cr [...]

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"As the fourth largest IT staffing company in the US, Sapphire (now Randstad Technologies) provides customized solutions for both public and private corporations. In 2007, Sapphire integrated eSkill with its website to administer tests to online applicants. This allows recruiters to quickly weed through candidates to find only the best [...]

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