DOL Releases its Public Inspection Documents

Posted by Coriana Spencer

The Department of Labor released its Public Inspection Documents regarding Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, and YouthBuild Reporting System. Berkshire will be reviewing these documents and providing an overview shortly.

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How to Make Your Job Postings Pop

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates

Employers who want to make their job listing stand out from the crowd should think like a marketer, a job seeker, and an engineer.

As the U.S. economy pushes further away from the recession and into more lucrative territory, candidates are finding it easier to identify the job they're looking for. In some markets, they have the luxury of picking and choosing among several organizations to find the perfect match. While that's an ideal scenario for job seekers, it makes employers' jobs a bit more complicated. Organizations now have to go the extra mile to land the best talent in the field. This means before employers even bring anyone in for an interview, they have to attract talent to their open positions.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, HR Training, Job Descriptions

Recruitment Intelligence: How to Analyze Your Recruitment Efforts

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates

Data should be the cornerstone of an effective recruitment strategy for any organization.

In the world before data, all anyone had were best guesses, rough estimates, and eyeballed figures. How did we get by without hard numbers to back up what we believed to be true, or even to contradict our estimates? Though human intuition, personal experience, and inference are crucial aspects of any analysis, data must also play a significant role.

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, HR solutions

Learn How to Integrate Individuals with Disabilities into the Workforce

Posted by Lauren Collinson

There are three things employers should keep in mind as they work to include Individuals with Disabilities into their workplace.

Employers are required to maintain a balanced workforce and provide equal opportunity for any qualified applicants who come their way. But legal reasons aren't the only ones why organizations should integrate people of all different backgrounds and demographics—a diverse employee base makes for a better place to work. When companies bring together a wide array of professionals, they provide a more constructive and complementary workforce.

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Tags: Affirmative Action, Diversity, HR Training, Disability (IWD)

Three Things Every HR Professional Should Remember

Posted by Lauren Collinson

The best HR professionals recognize how to balance the finer details with a larger perspective about the overall role they play in an organization.

Human resources professionals form the backbone of many companies. They act as a liaison between employees and management, provide clear and sound understanding of policy, and ensure the organization meets various requirements. As such, every HR professional must have a working knowledge of the various ins and outs of their business—and not only from a human resource perspective.

While there are plenty of details for these workers to keep track of, there are also three overarching aspects of HR each professional should keep in mind. For a department so preoccupied with the fine print, it can be beneficial for HR workers to use a big-picture approach from time to time.


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Tags: HR Training, HR solutions

Stay Connected: How to Leverage Social Media for Job Listings

Posted by Berkshire Associates

Employers who want to locate the best possible talent can do so with the help of social media.

If you’re an employer who wants to locate the best talent for a position, you would be completely remiss if you don’t utilize the resources available through social media. You don’t need to be an expert on SEO or web traffic to get the most out of sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, HR Training, HR and Social Media

Don’t Breathe a Sigh of Relief Yet—OFCCP Still Scheduling Audits from FY2014 Scheduling List

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

For those of you familiar with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) compliance review scheduling process for supply and service contractors, you know the agency issues one or more scheduling lists during each of its fiscal years. You may also know OFCCP issues courtesy notifications (formerly referred to as Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters, or CSALs) to the Human Resources Director of each establishment on the scheduling list in a scheduling cycle. Wise contractors use these advance notifications to prepare for the anticipated OFCCP compliance review.

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Tags: HR Training, OFCCP Audit

He Said, She Said: How to Eliminate the Gender Bias

Posted by Berkshire Associates

Even today, gender biases are common in the hiring process. Employers that eliminate those biases will be able to build a better workforce.

In the 21st century, it would be nice to think that every demographic—men, women, minorities, Veterans, and so on—has the same chance of getting hired. Unfortunately, even when two candidates are equally qualified, stereotypes emerge that favor one group over the other. When it comes to hiring men and women, the statistics are clear: many employers favor male candidates, especially in fields related to math and science.

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Tags: Affirmative Action, Diversity, HR Training, Workplace Discrimination

Three Ways to Attract Veteran Applicants

Posted by Lauren Collinson

Employers looking for the right applicant should consider military veterans—and there are three ways to attract those candidates.

Few demographics in the U.S. earn as much unconditional respect and gratitude as Veterans. Individuals who have served in any of the armed forces are held up with honor by all Americans—we celebrate their status with parades, holidays, commercials, and other tributes.

However, this honor is not always carried out in practical ways. Although a 2014 DOL Report showed a decrease in Veteran unemployment since 2013, some employers still don’t see the benefits of hiring Veterans with limited higher education and a smaller skill set.

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Tags: Affirmative Action, Diversity, HR Training, Veterans

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Satisfying OFCCP’s Requirements for Good Faith Efforts

Posted by Kelly Romanoski, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Consultant

Even as little as a year ago, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) desk audits consisted of only requesting information about where contractors post their jobs, specific targeted recruitment efforts, and perhaps even supplying a list of sources. Nowadays, OFCCP is taking a much deeper dive into tracking and requesting Good Faith Efforts (GFE) made by contractors. Such requests include proof job postings went to specific sites, and contact information for each website or vendor location.

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Affirmative Action, Diversity, HR Training, Disability (IWD), Veterans