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2021 …Get Ready For It!

hour glass with 2020 going into 2021We’re sliding over the finish line of what some describe as a crazy year. And with the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one, we begin to think about planning. Or at least there is plenty of fuss in articles, blogs, podcasts, etc. about that “P” word and needing to plan for the coming year.

The calendar’s flip to the next page bragging it’s now 2021 won’t magically make everything rosy and right! It’s up to us to define our game plan and prepare to achieve success.

One useful practice is reviewing what we learned over the past year, and certainly there was a lot! There is heaps going on for everyone, both personally and professionally. The same experience will be a celebration for some and a heart-wrenching disappointment for others. Working to get ahead or even to keep heads above water is taking more effort and energy. Read more

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Hiring Managers – No Ghosting!

Ghosting Job Applicants. Photo of potential candidatesRecently the topic of ghosting job candidates has appeared in several articles and in social media about hiring managers and HR professionals resorting to this practice. Please, if this is a practice that your business or company engages in, stop it. It is not ok.

Someone – either the hiring manager or the HR recruiter – needs to get back to candidates who have been interviewed but not hired. If you have ever been in the position of looking for a job, recall what it felt like to be knocking on doors that would not open; or calling companies only to be put on forever hold or told the person you were calling was either not in or in a meeting. You left your contact information but never got a call back. Read more

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Overcommitment and Overwhelm – Learn to Build In Recovery

Young man suffering from overwhelmIn articles I’ve been reading over the past couple of weeks, the words overcommitment and overwhelm seem to appear more than usual. Of course, the pandemic is blamed for the “over”. But why this focus?

When the perception of work demands is heightened, overwhelm can easily take over. Some say that there is a tendency to see work as filling every moment of life when working from home. When in-person or in-office work allows for social interaction, this interrupts the concentration of work and is helpful in alleviating the nose-to-the-grindstone feeling. Read more

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How To Conduct A Resume Review

Resume ReviewReviewing resumes is an important skill for hiring managers. The process begins way before you have a copy of a candidate’s resume on your desk. It starts with a good job description and role profile. Both will provide a foundation for the resume review.

When you know the key skills, qualifications, traits and experience that are critical, and the education requirements you are looking for, then the task of reviewing resumes will be decidedly easier and far more effective.

One sometimes overlooked part of a resume is the cover letter. A well-written cover letter will address the important points you’ve outlined in the job description. When I served as a recruiter for a high-tech company, there were many times when the cover letter was the clincher for adding an applicant to the list of candidates to be interviewed. Read more

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Hiring Manager’s Guide: Preparing the Interview Team

Preparation Takes Time, But It Pays Off

Resume sitting on Hiring Manager's DeskOne of my observations when working with hiring managers was the tendency to wing it. The “it” was the interview process. But preparation is so important. Hiring managers expect candidates to have done their homework before coming to an interview, and it makes just as much sense for hiring managers to prepare.

To be sure, preparation takes time, but it pays off. You’ll gauge the candidate’s qualifications and skills more effectively if you are prepared, and the candidate will have a better experience too.

Here are some tips to prepare ahead of time for an interview. Read more

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How to Get the Best Job Candidates By Using First Rate Prescreening Tactics

What is Prescreening?

Prescreening A CandidatePrescreening is a process that, when executed well, can save you hours of time and lots of headaches. It pays off because you’ll bring in only the qualified candidates for interviews, and your interview team will be grateful that they will be interviewing job seekers who have scored well in the prescreening process.

What Does Prescreening Include?

Prescreening includes an in-depth review of the candidate’s resume, cover letter and whatever social media is allowed by your company’s policies. This Read more

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Overcommitment and Overwhelm

A man is in overwhelmIn articles I’ve been reading over the past couple of weeks, the words overcommitment and overwhelm seem to appear more than usual. Of course, the pandemic is blamed for the “over”. But why this focus?

When the perception of work demands is heightened, overwhelm can easily take over. Some say that there is a tendency to see work as filling every moment of life when working from home. When in-person or in-office work allows for social interaction, this interrupts the concentration of work and is helpful in alleviating the nose-to-the-grindstone feeling. Read more

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Are Candidates Turning Down Your Job Offers?

In a recent meeting with local managers, I was asked about job offers being turned down. After having spent hours in the recruitment process and narrowed the search down to the favored candidate only to have an offer rejected is a big disappointment. And, calls for some focused attention.

As the economy is revving up, hiring qualified candidates to fill the inevitable job openings will renew the race for talent. The hiring process is time consuming, and hiring managers would do well to get it right, as we describe in our recently published book, Get It Right. Get It Here!

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Where Do I Find Qualified Job Candidates?

During a recent meeting, a manager asked where to find qualified job candidates. Her experience was that a posted requisition often produced few or no qualified job candidates. “I hear managers complain that it gets harder and harder to find qualified applicants,” she said.

As we pointed out in last week’s blog, it’s important to write an effective job description that’s more than just a list of tasks and requirements, but paints a picture of a day in the life. Read more

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Job Description – Get It Right

The most important step for finding qualified candidates for your job opening is writing a good job description. Using a job description written 15 years ago may appear straightforward and easy, but in reality it will probably drive away the most qualified candidates. It only makes sense, doesn’t it? Read more