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The Importance of Teamwork in Hiring

The recent San Francisco Giants World Series win is a great story of teamwork, communication and determination. To advocate further playoff competition, the MLB decided to add an extra wild card team to the playoffs, making for two teams that

Major Cities Are Banning Criminal Background Checks

The best way to achieve a truly unbiased hiring process is to ensure that every applicant is given the same opportunity to get the job. If any personal information about an applicant (e.g. age, sexual orientation, race) effects his or

A Bad Application Experience can Drive Away Candidates

How has your hiring process changed over the past five years? Has your organization, in response to the candidate driven job market, placed a greater emphasis on providing a courteous, easy application process for interested professionals? Has your organization, in

Why Bonuses Can’t Solve Your Retention Problems

Hiring is important, but the act of getting a candidate to sign their working life over on the dotted line is only the first step in that employee’s relationship with your company. In order for your company’s staffing efforts to

Work-Life Integration v.s. Work/Life Balance

There has always been work that’s needed to be done. Whether it’s plowing your father’s field, making mud bricks or collating insurance claims, work makes the world go round and has since the dawn of society. Yep, work is a

Communicate Effectively to Build Employee Engagement

Obligations are a funny thing. Even though people with obligations are, well, obligated to live up to them, it doesn’t necessarily mean that this duty will have any bearing on their actions. Gainful employment generally comes with a whole bunch

How Your Employees Can Help You Attract Tech Talent

Keeping up with technology can be a real pain. I mean, innovation never stops, even if the steps forward come in shorter and shorter increments. You know that exasperated feeling that overtakes you when, after finally getting around to upgrading

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