Posts made in April, 2012

Giving your resume marketing power

Over the past week, I’ve had a number of speaking engagements with college students. One thing that we’ve discussed in each of these presentations is how to create a successful resume. I use the analogy that your resume should have keywords just like a web page has keywords for search engine optimization (SEO). I also share with the students that they should be customizing their resumes for each individual job to which they are applying. This article totally agrees with my advice and provides some additional tips.

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You need a social media policy

Forgive my bluntness, but your organization needs a social media policy. If you don’t have one, you should start working on developing one STAT! Why? Because organizations without a social media policy are opening themselves up to a lot of unnecessary risk and liability. Don’t know where to get started? Here are links to some great resources.

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Guest post: Stop doing reference checking wrong: How to get value from your reference checking process

Why Phone Based Reference Checks Don’t Work You may think that your process for checking references is working, but its most likely not. Traditional reference checks via phone are inherently unreliable and have become time consuming, fruitless labor for hiring professionals. Phone reference checks are extremely labor intensive, with about 3-4 out of 10 references actually responding. Given that, about 60-70% of the time spent making calls to references is wasted! Most reference checking processes today are ineffective because of a looming fear of legal ramifications of negative input from reference providers, often resulting in little more than confirmation of position...

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Employee Expectations For Pay Raises At Highest Level in Four Years; Survey Finds Unemployed More Confident to Find Job

We all need some good news, so I wanted to pass along the survey results from my friends at Glassdoor.com. Their quarterly Employment Confidence Survey shows that employees are more confident about future pay raises and company outlook than we’ve seen in the past four years. Hoorah! Some other highlights of the survey: More Employees Expecting Pay Raise Within 12 Months – Reaches All-Time High For the first time in four years, more employees expect a pay raise than those who do not – 43 percent of employees expect a pay raise in the next 12 months while 38 percent of employees do not and 19 percent report they don’t know. Employee Optimism About Company...

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Social media training for HR

Many recruiters are now using social media tools for recruiting, particularly for sourcing and corresponding with candidates. However, a recent survey by Manpower showed some pretty scary results with only 10 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents reporting that they have been trained on how to use social media for recruiting. Another scary statistic: only 42 percent answered “yes” to having a social media policy, while 46 percent said “no” and 13 percent responded “I don’t know.” Social media can be a great tool for identifying and recruiting talent, but it comes with risks. Make sure your recruiters know the pitfalls and how they can avoid costly...

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