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Rally Point: A Network Where Businesses and Veterans can Connect

Changing careers is tough. When you’ve been working with an organization for years, it can be hard to adapt to a different way of doing things, especially these days. In today’s unforgiving job market, many employers are emphasizing direct experience

Attracting Candidates With Your Company’s Mission

A common purpose is a powerful motivational tool. In the hit summer blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, savvy assassins, crass aliens and renegade outlaws band together in an unlikely collective in order to save a planet from total destruction, putting

Why it Pays to Connect With Candidates

After sourcing your way through pages of emails and mountains of resumes, after interviewing dozens of people dozens of times, you’ve finally, finally narrowed your hiring decision down to the last couple of qualified candidates. And boy are they qualified!

Talent Acquisition from the C-Level Perspective

For the CEO, talent acquisition is at once far removed from the big picture of the company and a key component of just how pretty that big picture ends up being. Today’s executives are becoming more aware of the critical

What Sort of Employment Brand is Your Online Presence Communicating?

One of the biggest talent acquisition trends of the past year has been implementing effective employment branding strategies. The faith of employees in their employers is at an all time low (the majority of the employees in the United States

Why You Should Hire the Over-Qualified

You don’t usually expect a man dying of thirst to object to a cup of water being too large or cold. Generally, when someone with a strong need encounters the solution to that need, you expect them to grab onto

What Can HR Learn from the Life of Robin Williams?

Since the announcement of Williams’ untimely death, news and social media have been flooded with accounts of the kindness he exhibited over his lifetime. Robin’s willingness to go to bat for everyone -from his closest old friends, young co-stars, US troops, the

Active and Passive Job Seekers Prefer to Apply Through Facebook

How many hours do you spend on Facebook at work every week? A few minutes here and there while munching on a bagel? An hour or two over the course of a slow afternoon?  If your answer is 20+ hours,

Optimizing Your Job Description for the Candidate Search

When you’re feeling thirsty, so thirsty that you’ve just got to pull over at the nearest convenience store, so thirsty that you’re feeling light-headed as you browse all of the refrigerated beverages that the modern age has to offer, which

Metrics to Test the Health of your Hiring Function

Back in school, getting to stay home sick was one of the luckiest things that a kid could hope for. Instead of a day of busy work and staring at the spot just above your teacher’s bald, bald head; you’d

Mapping the Talent Gap

Getting your first big break is one of the defining moments in any great career. It’s that moment when someone takes a look at you, at the work you’ve been doing and then decides, “Sure, she may not be that

Trouble Hiring? Try Tapping Alternative Candidate Sources

There are few things more frustrating than false advertising, especially when it comes to people. Though you might get mad at your self-buttering toaster for not living up to your wildest breakfast dreams, I’m sure you’d get even madder at

Turning the Tables on Turnover

When you get down to it, the true limits of what goals and initiatives your company or your team can reach lie at the limits of the abilities of your employees. No matter how fantastic you believe your idea for

Attracting the Next Generation of Talent

When you go to a party, be it a birthday party for one of your kid’s friends or a crazy one in a warehouse with people on stilts and crazy lights, you’ll probably end up talking about work at some

Developing A Local Presence to Find Local Talent

Who do you compete with for talent? Are your best people frequently approached by local competitors or even national or global companies in your industry? If you were following this blog last week, when we were discussing “The State of

Closing the Talent Gap Through Practical Education

  This week on the Accolo Blog, we’ve been discussing the state of hiring in the US and how these trends have been affecting employers and job seekers alike. One of the largest concerns that employers have expressed is concerning

Challenges for Young Job Seekers

Finding a good job can be tough. Heck, finding any job is tough for many Americans. Though the unemployment rate has been falling (slowly but surely) since its high at 10% in 2009, the job market remains fairly unforgiving for

Challenges for Employers: The Talent Gap

How long does it take for you to fill a vacancy? Does it take a few weeks? A few months?  Why? Some call it the Skill Shortage, some call it the Talent Gap. Whatever you want to call the tough

Hiring Expectations VS Reality

What you want isn’t always what you get.  In fact, it’s pretty rare to get exactly what you want out of any situation that’s more complicated than ordering dinner or taking care of your dry cleaning. The more complex the

Demand For Talent Increases as Unemployment Decreases

The unemployment rate is just one of those things that’s depressing to track too minutely. Since the banking collapse of 2008, workers in the United States have been hit by mass layoffs, long term unemployment and a recession to boot.

A Different Look at Team Building

We’ve talked a lot about team building this week, from how good it can be for company morale to how awkward it can be to force your employees to do something that they have no interest in. Getting outside of

The Best Team Building Activity

What have you done to show your employees that you care?  When it comes time to reap the rewards of your department’s hard work, do you share the rewards and kudos with your employees? Everyone likes to be rewarded for

Team Building With Millennials

Since this week’s theme on the Accolo blog is “Team Building”, I thought that one of the best things to cover would be Millennials and how team building with them is different than with any other age group. Though you

How to Hire for a Stronger Team

Not everyone can work well together. Just because two people on the same team have decades of common experiences (their college majors, industry and employer) doesn’t mean that they’ll be a match made in heaven. When you’re charged with making