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The struggle with skills testing is real. What our customers say about eSkill…

Posted by Eric Friedman

Janet Bryan is the District Manager at Universal Staffing, Inc. She shares how her company struggled with skills testing before switching to eSkill. “It’s been a couple of years since we used Prove It! One of the issues we had in using Prove It! was that it was technically very glitchy.”    Imagine this… “We would send the tests to a candidate and expect them to take them over the weekend or even overnight. We’d come in Monday, or the next morning, to see that there were NO scores.  When we would contact the applicant to find out why, and they would tell us something like… ‘The program froze mid-test and I couldn’t continue” or “I never even got a link to start!” We would sometimes have to email a link [...]
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How Human Resource Professionals Can Hire Freelancers

Posted by Makeda Waterman

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Did you know 35% of the workforce are freelancers? The top organizations around the world are discovering the benefits of hiring freelancers who work in graphic design, writing, healthcare, human resources and consulting. Since freelancers are not company employees, you will not have to cover their vacation pay, employee benefits, and sick leave. If your company is considering finding freelancers to work on-site or from home, here are some effective ways to find top talent. 5 ONLINE RESOURCES TO FIND FREELANCERS Freelance Websites As a freelancer, I search for work opportunities on freelance websites. A few sites to consider are Freelancemyway, Upwork, and Guru. They offer a list of freelancers who have a variety of skills, along [...]
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6 Ways to Hire for Cultural Fit – and Why You Should Care?

Posted by Kristina Minyard

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You’ve seen phrases like “culture is king” and “culture eats strategy for breakfast” and you’re probably wondering what that means for you or if you should even care. Maybe you work for an organization with a great culture and you don’t have to do a lot of work to spread the word, or maybe you work for an organization with an awful culture that you don’t want to talk about, so culture isn’t on your radar. Regardless of the scenario, the reality is that word is getting out about your culture and you could be missing the opportunity to influence that message. Culture can be a competitive advantage for your organization and it can increase employee morale if leveraged correctly. What is Culture? Culture isn’t bean bag [...]
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Should HR Include Cryptocurrencies as HR Benefits?

Posted by Chris Fields

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Cryptocurrency is a popular buzzword. It was one of the most searched terms on the Internet in 2017. But why? What is a cryptocurrency anyway? Normally, I am not one to use dictionary definitions when writing, unless it is absolutely necessary, and, in this case, it is. The word “crypto” is Greek and means “a person having a secret allegiance to a group, party, or belief” or “secret or hidden.” And currency means money. A more common definition of cryptocurrency is a digital currency created via coding and encryption techniques known as cryptography. The Cryptic History of Digital Currencies The origin of cryptocurrencies go back to the late 1980s, but their use never really gained traction until now. Some say that the or [...]
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Do You Feel Stuck With Your Skills Training Strategy?

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Frank, a woodcutter, applied for a job with a timber merchant. And he got it! The job was a really good one, so Frank was determined to do his best.  His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area to work in. The first day, Frank brought 21 trees back to the factory. “Congratulations,” the boss said. “Keep it up!” Very motivated by the boss’s words, Frank tried harder the next day. But he only brought back 17 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he only brought back 10 trees. He went to the boss and apologized. "I don't understand what is going on." “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?”, asked the boss. “Sharpen? I have had no time to sharpen my axe. I've been too busy cutting down trees [...]
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The Universal Skill All Employers Want

Posted by Chris Fields

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As an employer, you want a highly skilled workforce, and, as a human resource professional, your job is to find those highly skilled workers. Very few jobs require an employee to simply do one task alone in a cubicle. Work requires more from us than that. HR has the daunting task of figuring out which skills are most desirable in a multi-functional and collaborative work environment. There are ways to determine the specific skills for a specific job, and one of those ways is job analysis with skills assessments. Buy what is the universal skill most employers look for? Start Testing with the Next Generation of Skills Assessment Software There are over 6,000,000 open jobs in the United States right now, and, although unemployment is at [...]
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How Not to Work for Unfulfilled Services USA Inc.

Posted by Kristina Minyard

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Fulfillment in our day job has been gone from a desire to a demand. Many people speculate why, but whatever the reason, research backs up the claim that happy employees are more productive employees. This belief has shined a spotlight on work-life balance for employers and employees alike and begs the question, “How do we find the right job or create a work environment that will leave us feeling fulfilled and meet our most important needs?” This may mean taking responsibility for our own skills development rather than expecting our employers to do it for us. Let’s look at three different stages of work and how fulfillment of work-life balance fits into each. Phase I: Landing a Job Finding a job is where it all starts and often dep [...]
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Top Job Skills for Jobs That Don’t Exist Today but Will Soon

Posted by Chris Fields

Think back to just 10 years ago. Who would have predicted “Uber Driver”, “Manager of Social Media Engagement”, “Cyber Security Officer” or even “App Developer” would be career options, let alone predict the skills training necessary to be a good at any of those jobs? How in the world can you predict the skills necessary to perform jobs that don’t even exist? Easy, you pay attention to what’s going on today, and you dream about tomorrow. No kidding. It sounds odd, but consider this: I often read articles about the future of HR, and I think back to when I was a kid dreaming of flying cars and robot assistants. Back then, we dreamed those things but never really thought they could happen. Fast forward to today, and we [...]
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