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Hiring for Soft Skills: Webinar Recap

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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Throughout the hiring process, it’s often easier to tell if a candidate has the required hard skills for a position than the soft skills that would make them a great fit for that role. Hard skills are acquired abilities that a candidate knows how to do based on experience – things like how to use Excel, how to code in a particular programming language, or how to do mathematical analysis or statistics. It’s pretty easy to tell if a candidate has these competencies, either through their resume, interview, or through a skills assessment.

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What Customer Success Means to Us

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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Customer service is core to who we are as a company. We strive to deliver an exceptional level of support to all of our customers, and our amazing team of Customer Success Managers makes this all possible.

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5 Reasons Why You Can’t Get Enough Job Applicants

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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Companies are in a crunch to find the right candidates for their open positions, and one of the biggest reasons for this is that they simply aren’t getting enough applicants in the first place. Factors like the skills gap and the low unemployment rate are having an impact on just about anyone who is in the business of hiring. But these widespread trends don't change the fact that you still need to fill your open positions.

When your goal is to hire the best person for the job, you don’t want to feel constrained by a tiny applicant pool. While there’s no easy solution to a lack of applicants, here are a few things that might be preventing you from getting as many applicants as you possibly can:

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3 Ways to Trim Down the Requirements in Your Job Descriptions

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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In the current job market, companies are struggling to find enough qualified candidates for their open positions. According to research from Glassdoor, 76% of hiring professionals find that attracting quality applicants is their #1 challenge. The problem may be felt even more strongly by small businesses, for which over half say they receive “few or no qualified applicants” for their open positions.

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Looking to Revitalize Your Interview Process?  Look No Further than These Creative Interview Questions

Written by Karli Kendall

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Interview questions feeling stale?  Looking to hire more creative talent?  Adding some inventiveness to your company’s hiring process can showcase the ingenuity and personality of your candidates in a way that cliché, expected questions cannot.  Oftentimes, the interview is one of the last steps in the hiring process, after you’ve already gathered a lot of important information on your candidates through things like resumes, pre-employment assessments, background screening, and more. The interview is an opportunity to learn more about a candidate’s qualifications and get a sense of how well they’d work on your team. Here are a few creative interview questions you can throw into the mix:   

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Why Happy Employees Are Good for Business

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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In an ideal world, every worker wants to love what they do, or, at the very least, look forward to coming into work every day. While finding happiness at work is a personal goal that many people have, ensuring employee happiness is a goal that many companies should have as well. And not just out of the kindness of their hearts – the reality is that happy employees are also good for the bottom line.

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Achieving Hiring Success in 2019: Webinar Recap

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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A new year offers new opportunities to improve the hiring process for the better. Yesterday, we hosted a webinar that aimed to explore some of the biggest trends in hiring this year and to identify the most impactful ways to drive success within the context of today’s hiring landscape.

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Moving Past the Millennial: How Ageist Hiring Practices May be Hurting Your Applicant Pool

Written by Karli Kendall

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If your hiring team is part of the 73% struggling to find the right candidates, you may want to try expanding your applicant pool. One factor that may be currently preventing employers from maximizing the value of their current applicants is a tendency to favor younger workers.

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Don’t Let Changing Technology Prevent You from Hiring Great Employees

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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When technology changes, it doesn’t just affect the tech industry – it affects every industry. Technology is altering the very nature of our jobs by changing the way we communicate with each other, the way we organize our work activities, and the way we approach our rapidly shifting job responsibilities. One estimate suggests that 65% of children entering school today will work in jobs that do not yet exist, and we’re already witnessing a lot of that change right before our eyes.

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Degree or Not Degree

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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For decades, a college degree has been the metaphorical gateway to a solid career path. But rising education costs and growing student loan debt may be causing a decline in college enrollment in the United States – enrollment numbers have been falling for the last 6 years.

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