How to Protect Your Organization from Common Resume Lies

Posted by Coriana Spencer

According to Business Insider, recruiters take an average of six seconds to scan a resume and determine if a candidate will receive the anticipated phone call for an interview. Aware of this statistic, the anxious job seeker is completing an application, and feeling the pressure to ensure in those six seconds their introduction to the recruiter will give them the interview they so badly desire. As they put their best foot forward, making sure to highlight their most relevant job requirements and skills, they are faced with a decision—to stretch the truth and increase their chances of moving along in the hiring process, or do their best to exemplify a qualified candidate with honesty, integrity, and accuracy. Unfortunately, many candidates make the wrong choice. They lie on their resume, are hired for a position, and in the long run cause great stress, financial loss, and reputation damage to the organization.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Background Checks, HR Training

DOL Reports a Decrease in Veteran Unemployment

Posted by Coriana Spencer

The Bureau of Labor Statistics annually releases an Employment Situation of Veterans Report—providing average statistics for various groups of Veterans. The 2014 statistics show the unemployment rate among Veterans has decreased to 5.3% in 2014 compared to 6.6% in 2013. The unemployment rates per Veteran group are as follows:

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Affirmative Action, Diversity, HR Training, Veterans

Employee Retention: Engage to Retain

Posted by Coriana Spencer

A commitment to professional growth, proper training, and an environment with open communication are all efforts employers should make to engage and retain employees. 15Five, a company providing web-based software to help managers and employees communicate, recently conducted a survey of 1,023 full-time employees. According to shrm.org, the survey found that only 15% of employees feel as though their employers are doing a “very good” job of promoting open communication, and more than one in eight said they would rather work for an organization which invites open communication than one whose selling point is top health plans, free food, and gym memberships.

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Tags: HR Training, Employer Branding

OFCCP Asks Public to Help Shape Smarter Regulations

Posted by Lauren Collinson

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is asking the public for ideas about which rules it should modify, streamline, expand, or repeal. OFCCP has launched an interactive “Shaping Smarter Regulations” website where visitors can provide feedback until March 18. Click here to go to the website.

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Tags: Affirmative Action, OFCCP Audit

Apple Sets Example for Improving Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Posted by Coriana Spencer

Shortly after captivating the world with the unveiling of a new smart watch, Apple, in an exclusive interview with Fortune, announced another groundbreaking innovation. According to Apple’s Human Resources Chief, Denise Young Smith, Apple is contributing over $50 million dollars to increase diversity and inclusion efforts in the technology world and at their company. Smith states, “We wanted to create opportunities for minority candidates to get their first jobs at Apple. There is tremendous upside to that and we are dogged about the fact that we can’t innovate without being diverse and inclusive.” According to Fortune, “Smith likes to say that diversity extends race and gender—Apple wants its employee base to also reflect different lifestyles and sexual orientations.” To improve diversity and inclusion in the world of technology, Apple will be partnering with:

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

Three Ways to Improve the Candidate Experience

Posted by Coriana Spencer

Access to company reviews and large networking platforms are just some of the ways job seekers can become uninterested in your organization before they even apply for a job. It is imperative your organization’s reputation with job seekers and potential candidates is positive and appealing. Do not let a bad candidate experience be the reason you lose top talent to a competitor. Just as great employers are searching for top talent and awesome employees, job seekers are on the hunt for great employers and attractive employer brands. Here are three ways to improve your candidate experience:

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Tags: Recruitment Process, HR Training, Employer Branding

Make a Great First Impression: Three Necessities for Your Career Page

Posted by Coriana Spencer

This article is part of a series teaching you how to Get the Hire Desire.

As the popular saying goes, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” For job seekers, the first impression of an organization is oftentimes a career page, making it crucial for companies to create a page that attracts and persuades top talent. Here are three ways to attract job seekers to your organization through your career page:

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Employer Branding, Job Descriptions, HR solutions

DOL’s Women’s Bureau Requests Comments on Survey of Working Women

Posted by Lauren Collinson

On February 25, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Women’s Bureau (WB) published a notice requesting comments on a possible survey of working women. The last time WB conducted a survey like this was in 1994. According to the WB, “the labor force, employment opportunities, work environments, and the American family have changed substantially since then.” WB states this survey would, “identify women’s current employment issues and challenges and how these issues and challenges relate to job and career decisions, particularly reasons for exiting the workforce.”

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Tags: Diversity, Workforce Balance, Workplace Discrimination, Sex Discrimination

Federal Contractor Compliance: 2015 OFCCP Audit Trends

Posted by Lauren Collinson

If you’re a federal contractor or subcontractor, it’s safe to say you’re busy! All the changes Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) hit federal contractors with in 2014 have now gone into effect, which means 2015 has been hectic— to say the least. OFCCP is keeping us on our toes with its latest enforcement efforts relating to the new Protected Veteran (PV) and Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) regulations, revised audit scheduling letter, and continued focus on compensation analysis.

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Tags: Disability (IWD), Veterans

Diversity and Inclusion: Taking the Next Step in Your Organization

Posted by Coriana Spencer

One of the most highly predicted HR Trends for 2015 is greater diversity efforts. For the technology world, a diversity and inclusion initiative plan was long overdue. In 2014 the tech world was highly criticized for the lack of diversity in small companies, as well as large companies such as Apple, Google, and Intel. Realizing this issue, Intel took the next step and is now working to improve the lack of diversity within its organization.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Affirmative Action, Diversity, HR Training, Employer Branding