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The Elephant in the Office: The Skills Gap

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

the elephant in the office

Human capital, a company’s largest asset and also expense, is the modern corporate chicken-and-egg dilemma.  While companies spend millions or even billions of dollars building an employer brand or recruiting to fill open positions, they are just filling a leaky bucket as good employees leave organizations, hurting company productivity and earnings more than ever before. The elephant in the office is a piece of your company’s retention plan you might not expect.  So, while HR is mandating employee focus group meetings and annual employee surveys, the skills gap problem quietly and yet obviously looms at your workplace.  Let’s train and develop our employees. This year, 75 percent of employees surveyed by Cornerstone OnDeman [...]

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What I Learned at Build-a-Bear Workshop

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

build a bear

A couple of weeks ago I took my almost-four-year-old to the mall, and I did it all for love. One of Ryleigh’s favorite places is Build-A Bear Workshop. The customer service is fantastic, and they create a “wow” experience for her. Since she is a typical indecisive preschooler, we spent nearly 20 minutes selecting the perfect bear to begin building and customizing just for her. That’s when it hit me. Build-A-Bear is a great strategy to use to build your company’s hiring and selection process. Just like with the individualized bears that emerge from this shop, we live in a world where custom is king but the experience trumps all. As consumers, we crave the custom experience of swimming with the dolphins. We covet those 50-yard [...]

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Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

skills construction

Understanding the Difference Between Hard Skills & Soft Skills in Pre-Employment Testing I remember my first encounter with pre-employment testing. I was terrified and sweating bullets. Having just taken the GMAT, I did not know what to expect, and no one bothered to tell me how, what, or even why I was taking the test. Now, working in the field of human resources, I find that I’m not alone, as frustrated job seekers wonder and worry about the importance, the differences, and the types of testing given during a company’s hiring process. Often times hiring managers are also completely unaware of what it’s all about. Well, I’d like to help change that. Hard Skills and Soft Skills At first glance, your candidate appe [...]

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Building a Pipeline is More than a Pipe Dream

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

pipe dream

“Pipe dreams” refer to the visual hallucinations that occur after smoking a pipe full of opium. Despite the term’s origins, today, people refer to a pipe dream as an impossible goal. For many a recruiter with a bare pipeline, finding the tricks to keeping it full and flush may seem like a pipe dream. Fear not, a full pipeline can be more than a hallucination. There are tried and true methods you can immediately implement to augment or streamline your current candidate recruitment process to continually drive new candidates – particularly qualified candidates – into your resources pool. Having a full pipeline takes a proactive approach. Resources for recruiting may be lean, but getting and keeping a fresh pool of candidates [...]

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Candidates with Klout Score Under 35 Need Not Apply

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

social media klout score

Pre-Employment Assessments Offer Companies Hiring Social Media Managers an Alternative to Klout. Hiring is hard. It’s even harder when recruiting and interviewing for positions requiring skill sets and qualifications unfamiliar to the hiring manager. This is especially true with positions that elicit lots of response, such as a social media or community manager. A job posting of this kind could result in hundreds – if not thousands -- of resumes. Where does one begin vetting and filtering to select the top 7 candidates? Companies like Salesforce are using a popular social media measurement and online influence tool called Klout to qualify their candidates. The hiring giant recently posted a job for a community manager position [...]

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Christa Foley

Recruiting Manager Zappos

“The wide variety and customizability of eSkill’s online testing allows us to pre-screen many of our candidates before they even get to our doors. And this is a key factor, because once a potential hire shows he/she possesses the skills necessary to do the job, our recruiters can concentrate on the second—and equally important—part of the [...]

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