Happy Friday! Take a look at this week’s must read articles for recruiters:
Last month was Candidate Engagement Month at iRecruit. All throughout July we shared engagement tips and content ideas you can steal to share with your candidates to attract, nurture and engage them. You might have noticed a lot of the engagement tips are about communicating with candidates. That’s because the number one cause of applicant anxiety is that they don’t hear back from employer quickly enough, or at all. Here are the highlights.
With Jobs Numbers Like These, It’s Hard To See Why The Economy Is Slowing (Read @ NPR)
The economy is slowing down but it keeps creating jobs at a healthy pace. Employers added 164,000 jobs last month, as the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%, the Labor Department said Friday. Analysts had expected about 165,000 jobs to be added in July and the unemployment rate to be 3.6%. In June, employers added a revised 193,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was 3.7%.
How to Evaluate Resume Employment Gaps (Read @ SHRM)
Many recruiters consider significant employment gaps on a job candidate’s resume to be a bad sign. While a consistent work history is associated with reliability and trustworthiness, periods of unemployment carry a negative stigma.
Dayton stops hiring smokers, vapers; union worries about ‘slippery slope’ (Read @ Dayton Daily News)
The city of Dayton no longer will hire employees who use nicotine or tobacco, citing the desire for a healthier workplace and environment. Employees hired after July 15 are required to be nicotine and tobacco free as long as they work for the city.
Open the Door to New Talent with These Unconventional Candidates (Read @ Indeed Blog)
Here’s a familiar story: Business is booming, and it’s time to add a new member to the team. You want to find someone who has the right experience, is a leader and wants to grow within your organization. But amid a tapped-out talent pool and stiff market competition, you’re struggling to find the right fit.
There has to be a better way to approach this — right? In fact, there is. Changing just two words in your vernacular can shift your entire recruitment strategy, helping you beat the competition and win the best talent. By swapping the “years of experience” requirement for “level of expertise,” you’ll open doors to talent you might never have considered before.
Older Workers Are a Valuable Talent Pool (Read @ SHRM Blog)
Over the last decade, most HR leaders have been obsessed by the role of millennials at work and figuring out how to meet the different expectations and needs of these young workers. Certainly, this has been important work. But, leaders need to be aware of a much bigger demographic challenge ahead: the role of people over the age of 55.
8 Simple Ways to Delight Candidates Throughout the Hiring Process (Read @ LinkedIn Talent)
A poor candidate experience can cost your company millions every year and can turn away great prospects from applying. But if candidates have a positive experience, they’re twice as likely to recommend the company or even become a customer themselves — even if they don’t ultimately get the job.
The Debate Over How to Classify Gig Workers Is Missing the Bigger Picture (Read @ HBR)
In 2018 the California Supreme Court adopted a test for how to classify gig workers. The Dynamex decision stated that workers are presumed to be employees unless the employer can prove that the worker is free from its control and direction, the work is outside the company’s usual business, and the worker often works as a freelancer. These criteria, commonly referred to as the ABC test, still don’t provide conclusive guidance about how gig workers should be classified. But negotiations reportedly underway in California between ride-hailing companies, labor unions, regulators, and other stakeholders might be more clarifying.
Are Your Recruiters Lying to Job Candidates? (Read @ HR Daily Advisor)
Candidates pay attention to the entire recruiting experience, regardless of whether they end up working for your organization. Many jobseekers are frustrated with being lied to during the recruiting process. They feel, for example, that jobs are not accurately represented. Let’s look at what a recruiter or hiring manager may—either intentionally or unintentionally—lie about.
How Recruitment Trends are Changing to Suit the Current Candidate-Driven Market (Read @ Undercover Recruiter)
Through our day-to-day work supporting clients and candidates, we see how employers and HR personnel are adapting and evolving their recruitment approach to suit the current candidate-driven market. Here are some of the emerging trends and recruitment actions becoming a top priority as employers look to compete and stand out.
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