Posts Tagged: staffing


Why Identifying Hiring Roadblocks is the Answer to Hiring Challenges

November 30th, 2016

Most professional struggles with time management, even the most successful organizations. There are an infinite amount of things to do in any given day, and some challenges are prioritized over another. However, when it comes to hiring, it’s hard to imagine a successful business without a successful workforce plan. If you’re having trouble finding or retaining good talent, start asking some tough questions to avoid wasting time, money, and great employees.

Do you really know what you’re looking for?

In this market where loyalty is low and demands are high, it’s easy to think a lot talent management is outside of your control. But hiring is all about aligning your expectations with the candidate’s outlook. Once completely honest with the current workforce dynamics, you can start to see certain red flags that are not helping the situation. For example, if you’re willing to ignore an IT candidate’s cultural challenged in favor of their talent, then you have to expect it might not work out for the team long-term.

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Are you thinking long-term?

Hiring managers must take into account both the stress they place on staff when they’re in need of talent, and the potential problems that come from hiring someone who may not be the best candidate simply because the need is so great. Both factors are important, but contradict each other. If its beginning to take entirely too long to identify someone is that is a fit, it could be time to reassess how the hiring process is being executed.

Can you find the talent on your own?

Sometimes managers just don’t have the resources to identify talent, vet their resumes, sit down for multiple interviews and then deliberating over the final decisions. Generally speaking, fatigue will set in somewhere along the way, causing people to skip or half complete one of the steps. Partnering with recruitment firm can make all the difference, but it’s pivotal to find a partner who not only has connections, but can also really understand the role both skill set wise, and culturally. It’s possible to outsource every part of the process, or just bits and pieces, but a recruiting partner can provide great value, and a specialized expertise.

What’s Your Social Media Recruiting Presence?

October 12th, 2016

Social media use has jumped dramatically in the past decade; almost two-thirds of Americans were active on social media networks in 2015, up from only seven percent a decade earlier. This substantial increase in social media usage presents a significant opportunity for Recruiters to reach more potential candidates, and customers, if used and promoted the correct way.

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A 2015 Pew Research Center study on the role of the Internet in job searches found that almost two-thirds of Americans who use social media have used social networks in some part of their job search process. Specifically, 35 percent of social media users turn to the various social networks as they research and search for potential jobs, and 34 percent of users share information on available jobs with friends and family. This trend is particularly pronounced for Millennials, an important demographic for employers seeking candidates to grow within the business. Forty-three percent of social media users between the ages of 18 and 29 have used social media in the process of searching for and researching open positions, and 40 percent of users in this age group have informed others of job opportunities through social networks.

Why you should be all over Social Media

Recruiters and Sourcers can focus their entire social media presence on their expertise, providing oneself with much greater visibility to the potential workforce and customers who are looking to fill a number of roles. Due to the nature of the business, and the difficulty connecting with passive candidates specifically, building a large professional network outside of LinkedIn can set you apart from the competition.

Talent acquisition professionals are also able to build robust networks on social media by cultivating connections with individuals who have been placed in the past, or even just spoken to about a particular role. These former placements, who are often potential candidates for future roles themselves, bring with them their networks of friends and family. Referrals and recommendations are a fantastic source for recruiters to not only build their network, but also develop new talent pools to target during a search.

What’s it mean?

As social media use rises and gains importance in the job search process and recruiting in general, the ability to reach the broadest range of candidates on social media will be key in identifying the best talent. Of equal importance is how social media is used by recruiters; with job promotion and marketing being key. Utilizing social media to market jobs, while also sourcing and identifying candidates with profiles or social media activity – who might not be found elsewhere – a focus on your social profile can create huge benefits in the long run.

How to Attract and Retain STEM Professionals

September 7th, 2016

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professionals are in incredibly high demand. Government agencies and research organizations have a variety of definitions for what constitutes a STEM professional, but it generally includes the following career paths for employers in the United States:

  • Science: life sciences such as biology and geoscience, hard sciences like chemistry and physics, and social sciences such as psychology, sociology, and economics
  • Technology: computer and information technology, cyberinfrastructure, nanotechnology, robotics, geographic information systems, software engineering and development
  • Engineering: civil, electrical, aerospace, industrial, and mechanical engineering
  • Mathematics: applied mathematics, statistics, actuarial science

There are several other subfields within STEM that intersect with similar career paths as well, such as biomechanical engineering. When most private sector employers think of STEM they tend to think of high-tech professionals like software developers, engineers, and data scientists since the needs (and average compensation) for the applied sciences and mathematics fields are not homogenous with that of high-tech and engineering.

Each field and subfield has various roles and expectations in the workplace. According to surveys of STEM graduates, higher starting salaries are extremely important to computer science and engineering technology professionals but mathematicians and life scientists value diverse workplaces with strong camaraderie, rather than going for the organization offering the highest paycheck.

Other integral findings for what STEM professionals are looking for in the workplace include the following:

  • Benefits that are meaningful. Benefit packages actually outrank starting salary in terms of what STEM professionals look at when they compare potential employers. Are you offering a competitive amount of flex time, sick days, maternity and paternity leave, transit benefits, medical benefits, and other perks that are important for attracting and retaining high-value employees?
  • Opportunities for personal growth and advancement. Regardless of where the professional falls on the STEM spectrum, all are seeking opportunities for personal growth like working on projects that are important to them, being challenged, and having a supportive work environment conducive to this kind of growth. If your projects can give also give him or her a chance to improve their communities, they highly value that opportunity more than enviable starting salaries.
  • Job security. Job hopping is the new normal in many fields today and most people want job security. However, STEM professionals highly covet job security over other factors in their work environment when selecting an employer. If you recruit primarily on a project basis or have high turnover rates, your organization will have a hard time attracting quality STEM candidates.
  • Inclusive and supportive company culture. STEM professionals greatly desire diversity and recognition for doing a great job over a casual atmosphere that offers craft beer on tap and ping pong tables. Make sure that your website and promotional materials demonstrate great company culture.
  • Assignments are clearly-defined. STEM professionals want to work in organizations where they don’t have to sift through middle management and oblique mission statements to figure out what they’re working on. If your company is known for getting down to brass to business, be sure to market your business in that way.

 

CBI Way: More Jobs, More Candidate Engagement

September 10th, 2014

Guest blog spot by Outside-In® Team Member Alex Patton

Recently, the idea of an improving economy and job environment  has been mentioned often, with the support of statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Along with the aforementioned numbers, we’ve spoken to the challenges of sourcing and recruiting within a changing employer/employee market. To support strategic sourcing techniques, there are a few ways to keep potential candidates (and customers) engaged while there are 4.7 million open jobs.

That’s right. According to the BLS, there were 4.7 million open jobs on the last day of July, 2014. That is more than any time since February, 2001. The increasing number of open jobs has also led to the lengthiest time-to-fill average nationally in thirteen years at 24.9 days, according to Dice Holdings, Inc. recent survey.

ID-100249000We are all aware that time is money, and time-to-fill is a critical metric when recruiting. A great way to cut down on the time-to-fill a job, continuous engagement with the candidate and customer, should be a point of emphasis. Specifically, those passive candidates, who again, have other options with 4.7 million jobs currently open. Keep the candidate involved in the process, don’t let them slip away and let your job contribute to that lengthy average time-to-fill. Respond quickly, keep them informed, and help your candidate understand the process. Keeping a candidate guessing is a great way to lose interest, think, “more is always better” when considering engagement with passive candidates.

Candidate engagement isn’t alone when trying to cut down on a lengthy time-to-fill. The customer can also become “lost”, and keeping your customer completely engaged should not be overlooked. In the next CBI Way blog, we’ll explore how to keep the customer engaged, and the factors than can be influenced otherwise.

The CBI Way blog series explores the tools and practices used in Talent Acquisition. CBI Way is CBI Group’s recruiting approach and methodology – it’s how we do what we do! Check in with CBI Way for insights around workforce education and training, the latest trends in recruiting technology, and how to best utilize these tools towards improving your own recruiting practices.

CBI Way: Strategically Sourcing for Success

August 13th, 2014

Guest blog spot by Outside-In® Team Member Alex Patton 

It’s well known that sourcing is an integral part of any recruitment strategy, the groundwork for generating quality candidate pools and identifying top talent. In the last CBI Way blog we discussed the growing trend of passive sourcing, coinciding with decreasing unemployment and a large number of jobs added. Passive sourcing is strategic, it takes time, and a well thought out plan. An essential technique in sourcing passive candidates is promoting the opportunity through your network, not just targeting those individuals who might be a great fit.

ID-100164388Promoting your opportunity includes reaching out to varying professionals. Creating excitement, generating interest, and establishing relationships with individuals who you feel may be that quality talent you are looking for is effective, but strategic sourcing is about thinking outside of the box as well. For instance, who might be the professionals in your network who tend to work with the type of people who would be interested in the opportunity? Are you searching for an architect with experience in hi-tech industries? Try connecting with electrical engineers who have worked on pharmaceutical or medical laboratories. Ask for their expertise and suggestions for identifying qualified individuals. Sure, they’re not an architect, and neither are you; but, chances are they have worked closely with professionals in that field during their career.

Thinking critically and objectively when strategically sourcing is key to success. There is more than one way to obtain the information for which you are looking. It is easy to think about a new requisition with a singular focus on that specific talent. But that individual is not always right in front of you, and finding alternative methods and sources of great information can be the difference between impressing the client, and underwhelming them.

CBI Way: Employment Situation and Talent Acquisition

July 16th, 2014

Guest blog spot by Outside-In® Team Member Alex Patton 

The recent June employment situation released early this month has shed some new light on the workforce changes occurring since the new year. Another 288,000 jobs (predicted) were added in June, marking the fifth consecutive month more than 200,000 were added. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the first time since September, 1999 to January 2000, this has happened, almost fifteen years ago. Additionally, the 1.4 Millions jobs added in the first half of 2014, is also the highest number since the first half of that same year, 1999. Equally impressive is the unemployment rate of 6.1%, which has fallen 1.4% over the past year, the sharpest year-to-year decline in almost three decades, according to the BLS. While exciting, the report not only tells us something about the improving job market, but also speaks to the evolving and challenging world of sourcing and recruiting. In this CBI Way Blog, let’s first discuss the groundwork, sourcing.

ID-10098602More jobs and a lower unemployment rate means less candidates who are actively pursuing a new opportunity. As a refresher, active candidate sourcing is related to those candidates that are unhappy, concerned with their job security, or unemployed, for example. Active candidates are easier to find, as not only are they likely looking for you, the employer, but you are searching for them. Resumes are easy to find and applications aplenty. On the other hand, those candidates which are happy, fully employed, and not thinking about possibly making a move, prove much more difficult to identify, but are often the type quality talent being sought.

Passive sourcing is about generating interest, creating excitement, and establishing relationships, and networking with candidates about the opportunity. Whether by phone, email, or social networks, passive sourcing requires a focus on the candidate. Creating a strategy of who to target, where to target, and HOW to target these individuals is key. Where are they in their career? What sparks their interest? Who may they know? These are some questions that could potentially help with marketing your opportunity and employer brand in the best way possible. Still not interested? Make sure to express your desire to help if they may ever be in the market, or if anything changes in their career. The stronger network you have, the more options available to proactively source and engage the marketplace of talent.

Game of Jobs: Talent is Coming

April 23rd, 2014

If you look at the numbers in TV and talent of late, it’s clear to see that a lot more people are watching Game of Thrones (#1 download this week of all TV!) Who can blame them? It’s like General Hospital in the middle ages with enough family, fighting, war, and drunkenness to satisfy everyone.

GoT-LogoAnother key insight is that there is a new, more modern war for King’s Landing brewing. This is apparent in the US talent numbers, too. It’s just going to take a little longer for all of us to really notice. Job creation is way up for four straight months, bubbling up in the 40,000 range consistently. The 121,000 announced large reductions in force for the first quarter of 2014 are a 19-year low! And private employment is up, up, and up. Temporary staffing, services, hospitality, technical roles, IT, you name it.

However, no one is talking about it. Unemployment has remained flat. There is an interesting thing about public perception. All perceptions take time to change. I propose that it takes a good six months for the general public to change a perspective. Perhaps you’re always late for work. Everyone in the office knows it. Now suppose you work to change that perspective. And you come in diligently on time or even early! But I bet few will notice. You will still be known as the character that arrives late—for a long, long time. Over time perceptions change. People take notice. Others comment. Someone might even make a joke or compliment you for your efforts. Eventually being late is nothing more than a memory.

In the war for talent our economy has putted along for so long, far from roaring and not quite stopped cold like a Stark at a Red Wedding. Our common understanding is of recession and slower business times. Businesses are doing just OK. Big Companies are hoarding cash for the next growth opportunity. Yes, the stock market is doing well but that is for rich people, right? Or that is my retirement. That does not make my day-to-day life easier or put more money in my pocket. This common view has impacted careers and work systems. Today’s hiring managers have had so many choices from which to hire people, that they still believe it. That perhaps they can always hire slowly. They can always hire who they want. Even offer them salaries or whatever they might want.

Todays Game of Jobs is shifting right before our eyes. Fifteen years ago pundits predicted a talent war around right now. This was a long-term view based on the supply and demand of talent. That there simply were not enough or the right kind of workers available. That this would be a great time to be employed and that this is going to happen. Every day we talk to employers who have an aging workforce; a workforce of allied health workers or of pipefitters and tradespeople that simply cannot be replaced fast enough.

So if you think power changes hands fast with recent Game of Thrones episodes. Well, some day soon the workers will have control and families like the Lannisters will no longer have the advantage as the employer!

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4 Things The Avengers Taught Me About Talent Acquisition

April 9th, 2014

By Outside-In® Team Member Caitlin Olszewski

TAMarvel2Anyone and everyone in the industry knows that finding superhero talent is rare and extremely hard to do. When looking for new talent you need to ensure that their skillset can coincide with the team and work together to fulfill the purpose of the business. Each member of your team must bring a unique expertise that ultimately strives for the success of the organization and the growth of the company.

Here are some things to remember when looking beyond masks and capes:

1. Superhero powers are rendered useless if not harnessed and executed properly. Nobody wants a hulk candidate smashing everything in sight, or an archer that cannot master the skill to hit a target. It’s important to look for talent that not only meets the skill requirement, but also has the proven ability to use said skills in action. Screen for specifics and ask for examples of a time your candidate used these skills to overcome common obstacles in your industry.

2. Resumes can be deceiving. Sure, they graduated top of their class from MIT and have two master’s degrees under their armor prior to the age of 19. That doesn’t mean the man behind the iron is the right person for your team or a cultural fit for your company. Face to face interviews with the entire staff are crucial. Bring them into your office and see how they interact with every single person in the company and try to weed out any signs of evil.

3. Candidates must be up to date on all technology and facets of your industry. Although your super serum-enhanced candidate can wield a shield and have an unprecedented patriotism toward your company, they may have been asleep for the last 70 years when it comes to current technology and practices. Whatever your industry, it’s important to troll for candidates that are ahead of the game and know “the next best thing.” If your stellar candidate is slightly lacking in this category, make sure that they have the willingness and drive to learn quickly.

4. Always be comfortable with being in BETA. A company’s work is never “finished”. Look for candidates who can wear multiple suits and focus towards creating a 2.0 improved version. Businesses boom when employees are superhuman and innovative. Troll for candidates with diverse backgrounds within your industry and you can bet on an unstoppable force of business growth and development.

You don’t need Charles Xavier or Cerebro to locate your next talent. At Outside-In® Companies, we offer Blank Sheet of Paper Recruitment Solutions that are completely customizable for your needs! We can help you.

CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors Announce Partnership

August 5th, 2013

Talent leaders band together under shared, values-based culture

Delaware-based talent companies CBI Group, Placers and Barton Career Advisors announced today a new partnership under their shared values-based culture, Outside-In®. The companies will work together under the Outside-In® brand and continue to serve the national marketplace offering recruitment, staffing, and outplacement talent solutions.

This partnership unites three companies based on a shared culture called Outside-In®; a mindset that advocates putting the customer first in all scenarios, at all times. The companies’ consider their customers to include clients, internal employees, and even vendors.

“My personal goal is to have Outside-In® be as meaningful to a business and its customer base as the good housekeeping seal might be on a household product” says Outside-In® Companies President and Outside-In® founder Chris Burkhard. “We hope to have our family of companies stand for an incredible customer experience where innovation and employee satisfaction are evident to all.”

Headquartered in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, the Outside-In® Companies intend to change the way the Human Resources industry provides talent solutions. Instead of operating from a pre-packaged services mindset, the companies provide solutions “from scratch” crafted  specifically to solve the challenges that led the customer to work with a third-party service provider.

“Our expanded partnership with CBI Group and Placers as part of the Outside-In® Companies brings heightened market awareness to the Barton Career Advisors Outplacement business,” said Chris Barton, Barton Career Advisors Founder & Sales Group Lead. “Values are the secret sauce in business performance and I know we are on the right track.”   

As companies whose purpose is to handle clients’ challenges of bringing people in and letting them go, this service-based, cultural mentality is a conscious – and innovative – approach to talent management. To learn more about the Outside-In® Companies and their new partnership visit www.outsideincompanies.com.

Hiring Tens, Nines, Eights… Ones?

April 4th, 2012

It is the contemporary point of view of talent management experts that hiring A players and keeping A players is the way to go in business. A’s outproduce B and C players tenfold and A’s don’t play well with B’s and C’s.

Over the years, I have been taught a similar theory in hiring. We all want to hire 10’s. The challenge is that over time if your hiring process is not a focus, 10’s tend to hire 9’s, 9’s hire 8’s and so on. And if you’re not careful your business could be full of 1’s and 2’s.

We see this in our work with customers every day. It’s never intentional. We tend to hire staff we are comfortable with. We want to hire people that can grow into the job. We want comfort and ease, not a strong push and challenge from our team.

Growth is a also a factor. When we are growing, we skip steps in our hiring. We forget to reference. We hire in a hurry to get to the tasks at hand. We compromise and select from the candidates that are available. We don’t take the time to put together quality job descriptions. We don’t invest in using search firms or focus on building a talent acquisition function or competency in our business.

We do not want an overly arduous process either. If you take too long you will lose great talent.

But if you are not careful in your zest to grow and get the job done, you might just find yourself surrounded by 1’s and 2’s at a time where it takes 10’s to make a real difference!

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