Using Social Media for Targeted Outreach: What You Should Know

Posted by Coriana Spencer


Social media, if used properly, can play an important role in targeted outreach.

For companies striving to find the top candidates in a diverse talent pool, the solution might be staring them in the face—through pixels of red, blue, and green. Social media has proven to be a valuable resource due to the wide array of people who log on to their preferred accounts each day. These sites aren't just for the young anymore, either—increasingly, older generations use the tools to reconnect and stay in touch with friends and relatives.

HR professionals should take advantage of the insight social media sites can provide. But how can they reach out to specific demographics through these outlets? What techniques can they use to attract diverse talent effectively? Here are some of the things recruiters should be aware of when considering social media as a hiring tool.

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, Diversity, HR and Social Media, Applicant Tracking Software

5 Recruiting Strategies Used by Successful Organizations

Posted by Lauren Collinson


What are five ways successful companies are able to create separation and find the best candidates available?
In competing with other organizations to find the hire you desire, your company must be willing to invest in the recruiting process. Investing the right way means more than just flooding social media, your website, and career-building sites with job openings. As successful companies know, having a varied and creative approach to recruiting that incorporates multiple strategies is a must. Read on for five of the best ways to bring in your ideal candidates: Read More

Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, HR solutions, Get the Hire You Desire, Applicant Tracking Software

Stop by Berkshire's Booth #1711 at SHRM15 in Las Vegas! We'd Love to Meet You.

Posted by Berkshire Associates

It’s going to be hot in Vegas, but super cool at Booth #1711!

Berkshire is headed to Vegas to meet awesome HR professionals at SHRM 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition. Stop by and learn what we do, plus grab a free AwesomeHR thumb drive.

 There’s more. Come to Booth #1711 and...

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Three Ways to Use Data to Improve Your Recruiting Efforts

Posted by Coriana Spencer


Organizations can use data to aid their talent search in three essential ways.

From an employer’s perspective, there are two sides to a candidate search: On one hand, there’s the creative side. The HR department must craft compelling job postings, understand where to publish those listings, develop effective interview material, and drive traffic to the website through online content. On the other hand, there’s the logistical side which requires a strong understanding of the data behind the best strategies.

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, HR Training

When Money Talks, Employees Listen

Posted by Mary Madden


There are five questions you should ask yourself before discussing salary with your employees or candidates.

Whether it’s in the job posting, during the interview, or in reference to a possible raise, employers must prepare to discuss compensation with their employees. However, exactly how and when these talks take place is crucial. As an employer, you must be aware of your right and your employees’ rights when it comes to discussing pay, as well as the regulations in place that ensure fair pay.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Compensation Compliance, HR Training

How the Wrong Fit Can Be the Right Hire

Posted by Lauren Collinson


Hiring for fit can be dangerous territory and may ultimately stifle innovation.

When candidates and employers undergo the recruitment process, one word tossed around frequently is “fit.” Many employers worry whether or not a given candidate will fit in with the culture in the office, with the personalities and habits of existing employees, and with the established corporate values. In many ways, this is a valid concern—organizations want people who will be team players and buy into the business goals.

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Tags: Recruitment Process, Diversity, HR Training

Let an Applicant Tracking System Work for You

Posted by Berkshire Associates


Applicant tracking systems help employers save time and money, attract better candidates, and comply with hiring regulations.

The recruitment and hiring process can be a grueling one. As an employer, you must post a job listing in all the right places, process an array of applications, vet every résumé, contact the candidates, engage in effective outreach practices, and so on. To place this burden squarely on an HR department is a lot, particularly for smaller companies seeking to grow.

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Tags: Applicant Tracking, Recruitment Process, Diversity, HR solutions

Three Reasons Why Hiring Veterans Should be a Recruitment Focus

Posted by Coriana Spencer


Veterans make excellent employees, and as such should be a central part of any recruiting effort.

As an employer, what are some of the things you value in your employees? Most would agree on the following qualities: the ability to work alone or in a team, leadership abilities but also cooperation, ambition with loyalty, related experience, and strong character, to name a few. The best employees are also capable of rising to the challenge and taking on many responsibilities.

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

Government Issues Proposed Guidance on “Blacklisting” Executive Order

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs

On May 28, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FARC) issued proposals to implement Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, signed by President Barack Obama in July 2014. The DOL guidelines and FARC regulations are open to public comment for 60 days, or until July 27, 2015.

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OSHA Publishes Guidance on Use of Restrooms by Transgender Employees

Posted by Coriana Spencer

With the recent debut of Caitlyn Jenner, there has been much discussion regarding the transgender community. Social media sites and news headlines aren’t the only ones highlighting the transgender community—it is also a hot topic at Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and in our workforces. Recently, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a guidance regarding the use of restrooms by transgendered employees. In the past, most employers asked transitioning employees to use a private bathroom while transitioning. Under this new guidance, a recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission federal sector case, and OFCCP’s proposed sex discrimination guidelines, employers must allow employees to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify—even if gender transition surgery is not contemplated or completed.

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Tags: Diversity, HR Training, Workplace Discrimination, Sex Discrimination