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Recruitment Wars: How to Overcome the Job Seekers’ Market

Posted by HRdownloads on Nov 15, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Employers across Canada are losing sleep over labour shortages, which are expected to last throughout the next decade. These shortages affect a company’s revenue and growth, increasing costs associated with wages and benefits, requiring existing employees to work longer hours, and influencing competitiveness because of deteriorating quality or unfulfilled services—not to mention a frenzy of recruitment wars.

Labour shortages affect organizations of all sizes but are particularly concerning for smaller employers. A recent survey conducted by Business Development Bank of Canada found that 39 percent of small to medium-sized companies are having difficulty finding new employees. Why? Because a labour shortage leads to a job seekers’ market. Job seekers can place higher demands on employers because the number of job vacancies is high. Job seekers have options and they know it; many employers are fighting for the same talent. So the next question is: what can employers do?

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Topics: Recruitment

If You Build It, Will They Come? Building a Workplace Wellness Program That Employees Actually Use

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 13, 2018 2:30:00 PM

One of the most common tactics for employers to distinguish themselves from competitors is a workplace wellness program, although in the arms race of the so-called ‘war’ for talent, merely having such a program isn’t enough. By now, having a workplace wellness program of some kind is largely expected—the real distinction is what the program offers employees. Not every employer can offer an onsite gym or catered healthy lunches. Then again, not every employer should.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Workplace Culture, Recruitment

Game of Phones - Tips for Providing Employee References

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 24, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Recently, HRdownloads asked our clients about their experiences providing references for former employees. The poll results revealed some interesting insight. This information may help your organization decide how it will handle references, and what you need to do to better protect your organization against claims by former employees affected by negative references.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Performance on Trial: Effective Probationary Period Arrangements

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 22, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Many employers and HR professionals assume they have no obligations to probationary employees until the probationary period has ended, but this simply isn’t true. Probationary employment involves a new hire performing a job for a predetermined trial period before the employer decides whether to offer them a permanent position. Recently, court rulings on Canadian employment law have consistently supported the notion that probationary employees should be given reasonable opportunity to demonstrate their ability to perform the job they were hired for before being terminated. In other words, probationary periods do not provide an employer with carte blanche—or unrestricted authority—to terminate employees while they are on probation. In fact, many employers mishandle the probationary process by extending it and then dismissing probationary employees without notice, or pay in lieu of notice, leaving themselves vulnerable to wrongful dismissal claims.

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Topics: HR Management, Recruitment

Two Truths and a Lie: How to Detect Resume Misrepresentation

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 20, 2017 10:15:00 AM

When sitting down with a job candidate who seems too good to be true, you might wonder whether somewhere during the hiring process this person has been dishonest about their skills, education, or experience. A survey conducted by CareerBuilder revealed that over 50% of all job candidates admit to fabricating or embellishing details during the hiring process. The odds are then that you have been told a fib or two during the recruitment and selection process.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Hire Remorse – The Costs of a Bad Hire

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 6, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Making the right hiring decision is not always easy, even for veteran hiring managers, and there is a lot at stake for organizations. The more systematic and objective your recruitment and selection processes are, the more likely you are to make a good hiring decision.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Been There, Asked That - Rethinking Common Interview Questions

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 27, 2017 2:10:00 PM

The hiring process has changed a lot over the years; telephone interviews, video interviews, and Internet applications are increasingly mainstream now, but were almost non-existent even twenty years ago. The traditional in-person interview remains popular, however, as the preferred method to evaluate candidates. For some companies, these interviews are now just one phase of a larger hiring process; for others, interviews may be the only step in recruitment. In either case, the face-to-face interview is given a lot of weight in the final hiring decision, so it bears close examination to ensure it’s used as effectively as possible. The best possible interview is the one that asks the best possible questions. Without the right questions, you can’t get the answers you need from candidates to make a reasoned, informed decision.

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Topics: HR Management, Recruitment

Targeting Soft Skills - The Benefits of Hiring Well-Rounded Applicants

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 23, 2017 9:23:00 AM

The traditional approach to recruitment used by many companies has been to focus almost exclusively on the essential technical skills applicants need to do the job they were hired for. After all, targeting specific technical skills is essential in order to ensure that your employees are competent in their roles. This approach isn’t in itself wrong—but what about soft skills? Most positions demand more than just the basic ability to perform the task.

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Topics: HR Management, Recruitment

Social Screening in Recruitment - What Are the Risks?

Posted by HRdownloads on Dec 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Social recruiting is arguably the most popular way that HR uses social media to its advantage. It means attracting and sourcing qualified candidates through social media (for example, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter). Ultimately, it is about growing networks, building lasting relationships, and finding higher-calibre candidates. It gives the people responsible for recruitment a more interactive way to engage active job-seekers and connect with passive talent in the online communities that they frequent the most. Using social media lets you reach beyond your network and attract potential candidates with targeted or non-targeted advertising and automated job feeds.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Holiday Hiring – Preparing for the Retail Rush

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 20, 2016 2:11:00 PM

Everyone who has worked in retail knows that the end-of-year holiday shopping rush is always a hectic time. Due to a phenomenon known as the “Golden Quarter” in the United Kingdom and “Christmas creep” elsewhere, retailers begin their transition into holiday mode months ahead of the holiday season. This means that long before many consumers shop till they drop, holiday merchandise begins appearing on store shelves, in-store music turns to festive carols, and human resource professionals in stores across Canada scramble to prepare for the chaos that the holiday season brings.

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Topics: Retail, Holiday, HR Management, Recruitment

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