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

What's in a Name? The Benefits of Employer Branding

Posted by Lauren Collinson


Employers that improve their branding can also increase their visibility in the eyes of potential candidates.

In the world of consumerism and advertising, many organizations rely on their brand name. For example, Coke often beats out generic grocery store colas based on packaging and brand power alone. Consumers tend to gravitate toward names they recognize and trust, even if there is little difference in quality from the generic brands.

This same principle holds true in the job market. Job seekers want to work for recognizable organizations for several reasons, including the ability to say they work for a well-known company, or the presumption that high-profile names are therefore strong companies. For employers, there are a few ways to accommodate this condition.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, HR Training, Employer Branding

The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Background Checks

Posted by Lauren Collinson


Background checks can be valuable aspects to the recruiting process, but there are several pitfalls employers should avoid—as well as oft-overlooked benefits.

One of the most vital steps in determining which applicant is the best person for the job is the background check. It can help employers ensure they don't overlook any potential problems with an otherwise acceptable candidate—disruptions at past jobs, a significant criminal record, and so on. But the background check can also be a tricky thing to pull off correctly. Organizations that conduct this research improperly have more at stake than hiring the wrong person—it could lead to legal action and terrible public perception.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Background Checks, HR Training

Five Ways to Optimize Your Job Posting to Get Noticed

Posted by Lauren Collinson


In many job markets, competition is fierce—on both sides. Now that the economy has improved dramatically since the recession of 2007, qualified candidates can be somewhat more discerning about the jobs for which they inquire. That means recruiters and HR departments have their work cut out for them to beat out other companies for the top talent. The best way to do so? Make your job posting as noticeable, searchable, and attractive as possible. Read More

Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, HR Training, Job Descriptions, Videos

Why Keyword Search For Resumes is the Best Thing Ever

Posted by Lauren Collinson

Every industry gets smarter and smarter with each passing year. New methods and technologies emerge constantly, driving progress and innovation across spheres. In some instances, these developments are obvious—just take a look at the cars on the roads now compared to just five years ago. In other cases, the shift is not as obvious but no less impactful.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, HR Training, Get the Hire You Desire

The Top Three Struggles Federal Contractors Face When it Comes to Affirmative Action Planning

Posted by Kajuana Killings

Whether you’re a new federal contractor, or have been completing Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) for years, affirmative action compliance can be tricky. To keep your organization compliant with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) regulations, you’re going to need to arm yourself with the necessary information and resources. In doing so, things can get stressful. Some days you may wonder if it’s all worth it, but I promise you, it is!

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Tags: Affirmative Action, HR Training

Five Ways to Make Your Recruitment Efforts More Fun

Posted by Coriana Spencer

According to a 2014 CareerBuilder survey, 23% of employees ages 18-34 expect to have a new job by the end of 2015, and 30% of employees are regularly searching for jobs. These statistics are great for employers looking to fill job positions, but it also pressures companies to make their organization a stand out to job seekers. Typically when we think of the recruitment process, we do not think of something fun and exciting, but that can change! Gain a competitive advantage while showcasing an attractive and innovative company culture and employer brand with fun and unique recruitment efforts. Here are five ways to make your recruitment efforts more fun:

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Tags: HR Training, HR and Social Media, Employer Branding, Videos

Data This, Data That: Why Managing Data is Vital to a Successful AAP

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

Just as in cooking, an Affirmative Action Program (AAP) is only as good as each of its ingredients. The most important ingredient in a successful AAP is good data. Federal contractors would be wise to spend more time understanding this ingredient before they begin mixing in others.

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Tags: Affirmative Action, HR Training

Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans—the Real Benefits to Your Company

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant

I am frequently asked for examples of the benefits derived by companies who hire Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) and Veterans. Often this question comes from an Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) Manager who is looking for support from staffing representatives, hiring managers, and/or executives for their company’s outreach and recruitment activities. This support may take the form of budget dollars—at job fairs or time spent searching for the best recruitment sources online. Everyone wants to know what the benefits are going to be—what is the return on this investment? This article will explore some of the benefits.

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Tags: Diversity, Disability (IWD), Veterans

One Year Later—How OFCCP is Enforcing the New 503 and VEVRAA Regulations

Posted by Coriana Spencer

On September 24, 2013, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register, making changes to the regulations of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). The new regulations went into effect March 24, 2014 and the highlights of the regulations included:

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, Diversity, HR Training, Disability (IWD), Veterans, Webinars