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Hottest HR Trends for 2017

Posted by Eric Friedman

Another year ends, and that means it’s time to look ahead at what the new year has in store for the world of human resources. In 2017, the hottest HR trends will center more than ever on the employee experience and employee satisfaction. Technology will continue to stake its claim in the world of HR, with new and different platforms and a more holistic approach also shaking things up. Let’s jump right in—here are the 2017 hottest HR trends: 1. Improve employees’ experience Employers have always focused on improving their customers’ experience, but recently there’s been a shift to focusing more on employees’ experience too. This is in great part due to the skills-gap we’re facing. There simply aren’t enough skilled w [...]

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Hiring Externally or Promoting from Within, Which Is Better?

Posted by Chris Fields

externally hiring vs promotion

It’s one of the oldest discussions in the history of work, and we are not exaggerating. If you research “Promoting versus Hiring,” you’ll get millions of results, many of them simply defining the words “promotion” and “hiring.” For the sake of this article, we’re going to assume you already know the definition of the words. We are going to discuss the much deeper effects on an organization and its employees of hiring externally versus promoting from within. The hiring decision can be one of the costliest ones for any company to make. Choosing the wrong person can lead your company down the drain, but hiring the right person can help you attain greater success. Jim Collin’s book Good to Great is a staple of Human Res [...]

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12 Essential Skills Every Employee Should Have

Posted by Eric Friedman

When searching for the right candidate to fill a job, we often focus on the applicant’s work experience and level of education. Sometimes it’s all about who they know or who referred them to the job. But what we should really focus on is the candidate’s employability skills. There are certain skills employers want from every candidate, no matter what role they’ll have in the company. From entry-level workers to executives, every employee should possess these personal skills in order to succeed and help your company move forward. These are good skills for any job, which means they should be top-of-mind for every employer. And they’re good skills for any resume, so qualified candidates should be including examples of these s [...]

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Passion vs. Experience. How to make the right decision

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Imagine you’re meeting with a doctor for the first time to discuss a serious health issue. Would you feel more confident with a doctor who was new to the profession but would work with passion to get you healthy again? Or would you prefer a doctor who didn’t seem to have a passion for medicine, but had ample experience treating patients like you? Choosing between passion and experience is tough for most of us, but it’s something human resources professionals must do on a regular basis. Should we be hiring experienced employees—those who tick all the boxes and meet all the requirements? Or are there times when we should consider hiring inexperienced employees who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment? While there’s no black [...]

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Why Should You Hire a Veteran?

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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You may have heard of companies hiring veterans to fill open positions, but have you ever wondered if your company should be one of them? This article will explore the upside and the downside of hiring ex-military members. I have to admit that I am from a family with a long history of serving in the military. For a variety of reasons, I did not serve. However, I spent 10 years as a recruiting manager, and during that time I hired people with military backgrounds for both white collar and blue collar positions. So, read on to get the benefit of my perspective. What Is the Upside? There are many misperceptions about hiring ex-military personnel. I have dealt with managers who had objections such as: they will be too rigid; they don’t ha [...]

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Improving the Employee Experience: Workplace as a Differentiator

Posted by Eric Friedman

employee experience differentiation

Gone are the days when companies could attract candidates by just offering a competitive salary. Today’s jobseeker is attracted to companies that boast a creative office space, superb health benefits, and perks that range from free lunch on Fridays to in-house massage therapy. Although they may seem frivolous, benefits and perks like these are priorities for candidates today. According to a recent Glassdoor survey, 57 percent of respondents said that benefits and perks are one of their main considerations before accepting an offer, and 79 percent said they would prefer new benefits to a salary increase. Better perks means happier employees, which means higher levels of job satisfaction and increased productivity. In fact, a recent [...]

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Employer Branding Is Everywhere (As It Should Be)

Posted by Chris Fields

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On the eSkill Assessments Blog, we bring you topical articles with historical contexts to help HR professionals use this information in their everyday worlds. Today, we will talk about the latest and hottest topic in our field, “Employer Branding.” Employer branding is all over social media and featured at HR conferences worldwide, but why? It’s not a new concept, but currently this buzz phrase cannot be avoided. What Is Employer Branding Anyway? According to Wikipedia, employer branding is “commonly used to describe an organization's reputation as an employer, as opposed to its more general corporate brand reputation. The term was first used in the early 1990s and has since become widely adopted by the global management comm [...]

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Snapchat for Recruiting: Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by Kelly Painter

Snapchat Recruiting

When Snapchat launched in 2011, few recruiters would have predicted that it would become one of their favorite recruitment tools. From it's inception as an odd little app that erased images a few seconds after they were sent, it has evolved into a unique storytelling tool and the premier social network for the younger generations. Using social media for recruiting is nothing new, but Snapchat’s strange world of self-destructing snaps and 24-hour stories is one that many recruiters have hesitated to engage with. But as more and more talented young people (and savvy recruiters) flock to the platform, learning how to use Snapchat as a recruitment tool is no longer optional. How Snapchat Works Snapchat is definitely one of the more [...]

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