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As an HR professional, you’re familiar with your organization’s strategies and goals. As a talent advisor, you understand the advantages of a diverse workforce. This puts you in a unique position to help your organization set and achieve diversity and inclusion goals that align with and advance existing business goals.

Nobody has to explain the importance of the Internet to staffing firms, or how technology has influenced the way we organize and make our workforce more efficient—the effects of job boards, big data, hiring platforms and other Internet and software services has transformed the staffing industry.

Greater levels of movement in the workforce—people leaving old jobs and taking new jobs, or churn—are a good indicator of how confidently an economy is acting. The 2015 economy is still working to recover, but more growth in high-paying jobs (especially non-desk occupations) is good news for the workforce and gives workers more options and opportunities.

The high demand for STEM jobs is making it tough on recruiters to find skilled workers who can fill these roles—and a new generation of talent is the answer.

Andrea Edwards headshotAn interview with Andrea Edwards, vice president of marketing and communication at Staffmark

Will a candidate accept your job offer? Compensation is obviously an important element that makes your job offer attractive. What is perhaps less obvious is that candidates tend to compare the compensation you offer to other reference points. In particular, they may compare it to other people’s compensation or to their own compensation in similar jobs.

By Kelly Robinson, founder and CEO of Broadbean Technology

Tim Sackett (@TimSackett) brought up a great point about employer branding in his post, “How Fake is Your Employer Brand.” Tim said:

If you were lucky enough this March to escape frigid spring temperatures and attend the Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2015 Executive Forum in Orlando, you might have sat in on one of our favorite sessions: “20 Big Ideas from Staffing Industry Analysts,” by Jon Osborne, vice president of strategic research for SIA.

Naomi Bloom recently shared her thoughts on why so many companies fail to promote women and minorities into key HR leadership posts. This week, I wanted to share ideas on this topic from other successful human resources professionals who have shaped my thinking as a talent advisor.

The race to compete for qualified talent isn’t dying down any time soon, and you need to stay a step ahead of the competition to move your business forward. One of your biggest challenges is that you already have a full plate, so how can you add time back to your day to focus on the things that really matter? You can start by figuring out how you can streamline your recruitment activities. A pre-hire platform can get the job done — quickly and effectively.

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