While the weather cools in the fall, job postings heat up. According to Linkedin’s data, the most job listings are typically posted in September and October, more than any other month. With hiring managers returning from vacation, companies hustling to fill their open roles by the end of the year, and a sudden demand for seasonal workers, many businesses find themselves struggling to find quality candidates (or even sufficient candidates) to fill their open roles.
In business and academia alike, strong writing skills are often overshadowed by technical expertise. STEM funding in schools dwarfs the resources allocated to humanities, while hiring managers often find it easier to evaluate candidates based on hard skills, like whether a candidate is proficient in Excel or Adobe Photoshop, rather than a candidate’s writing abilities. The importance of writing skills is often underestimated by hiring managers, as many assume that these skills are only useful for writing and editing jobs. In reality, a strong command of language can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, including:
Companies have long debated whether working from home is beneficial or burdensome. While it can be convenient for employees to set their own schedule and avoid long commutes, working from home can also cause issues like isolation or inefficiency. Like most things, whether working from home actually works is dependent on the company and the individual.
Microlearning is a form of learning in which information is delivered in short, succinct modules on simple, accessible platforms. It was devised as an alternative to traditional learning methods, which can sometimes be counterproductive. Today’s workforce simply does not have the patience to read, digest, and remember long, tedious packets of information. Instead, microlearning is becoming an invaluable tool for employee training. Microlearning is especially successful with millennials and Gen Z - the incoming labor pool. It uses multiple types of short, easily digestible lessons, available on various sites. There are various platforms and types of succinct lessons that can be used for microlearning.
Human Resources is the core of any company. They set the tone for the entire organization by helping to make decisions about who gets hired, how those employees will be compensated, and how interpersonal issues between coworkers will be resolved. The responsibilities of any HR department can be vast and, quite frankly, overwhelming, which is why efficiency is critically important. However, in a department infamous for being busy running around putting out office fires, getting ahead is easier said than done. Here are some steps HR managers can take to keep their department on track:
In an age where social media is used for everything from keeping up with friends to staying informed on current events, it’s no surprise that almost half of job seekers are now using social media to find their next career. Recruiters are also jumping on the social media bandwagon, with 84% of companies using social media to recruit candidates and 70% using it to screen those who have already applied. This is social recruiting – the use of social media platforms to recruit applicants or to advertise job opportunities.
Corporate culture and mental health initiatives are more than just buzzwords to attract millennial job seekers in a candidate’s market. U.S. employers lose about $226 billion each year due to conditions like stress, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Therefore, it’s no surprise that more companies are implementing wellness programs than ever before. Not only are these initiatives financially worthwhile, but they are also crucial for cultivating a positive work environment. While the focus of company wellness programs is usually physical health, mental wellbeing is just as critical to company success.
If your company is trying to win over top talent, you should consider starting before they even apply. That’s where recruitment marketing comes in. Recruitment marketing refers to the tactics used by a company to attract applicants. It applies the same strategies as traditional marketing, but instead of selling products and services to consumer, companies attempt to sell themselves to potential job candidates. Strategies used in recruitment marketing include physical and online advertisements as well as analytics and job market research.
Human resources departments are the backbone of any company: they oversee hiring and firing, they reward employees for good behavior and chastise them for infringements, they make decisions regarding benefits, regulations, and policies. Though outstanding HR managers can come from many different backgrounds and use various management strategies, there are a several characteristics that the best HR managers often have in common.
Too often, hiring managers prioritize stellar work experience or a prestigious college degree when deciding on which candidate will be the best fit for a particular role. However, an applicant’s soft skills – or personal attributes that help them to interact effectively with their peers – are often just as important, if not more so. When assessing candidates, keep in mind that aptitude and personality are just as influential in job performance as experience and education.
When evaluating candidates, these are some of the top soft skills you should look for: