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Recruiting News Roundup

Happy Friday! You made it! Take a look at the latest recruiting news that popped on our newsfeed this week:

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle (Read @ NY Times)
A rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away. That is providing opportunities to people who have long faced barriers to employment, such as criminal records, disabilities or prolonged bouts of joblessness.

Verified First Streamlines Pay Equity Principles For Employers (Read @ Verified First Blog)
Verified First, the premier background and drug screening company in North America, announced an important change in its screening portal. By default, employers will no longer collect salary history when running background screens or employment verifications. Clients who need to verify salary history may still use Verified First’s services. This change supports pay equity in the workforce. Because some candidates may have been underpaid in the past, revealing salary history puts them at a disadvantage. A low salary history often results in a low offer for the candidate. This creates a wage gap that follows candidates throughout their careers. For women and minorities, this gap is hard to overcome.

How To Communicate With Your Candidates in 2018 (Read @ Glassdoor)
HR and recruitment agencies have seen some major shifts in the past few years with the adoption of helpful tools and communication platforms to improve their recruiting efforts. Something as simple as texting a candidate can improve your recruiting process.

How Great Employer Branding Answers the Question on Every Female Jobseeker’s Mind (Read @ ERE)
Our apartment search experience reminded me of how differently men and women approach major decisions — like searching for a new job. We conducted extensive research that shows that women are far more concerned with the “hows” of the experience than the “whats.” Simply put, women want to understand: How will this new work experience fit into my life?

Creating A More Efficient Hiring Process (Read @ iRecruit)
At iRecruit we regularly share recruiting news and information. One of the news features we shared (a long time ago) was titled 5 Ways Employers Could Improve the Hiring Process. This article was published way back in 2010, making it almost eight years old.

Why Employers May Want To Identify Candidates Now To Beat The H-1B Lottery Cap (Read @ Forbes)
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulatory agenda, released in December, contains many changes that may significantly affect employers, specifically those who hire H-1B, F-1 and H-4 visa holders. To the dismay of some working-class immigrants, the 2018 regulatory plan is consistent with President Trump’s executive order last spring to “Buy American and Hire American.”

Is there a best time to send rejection letters? (Read @ Ask a Manager)
Is there a standard for when to send out rejection letters? I deal with a lot of hiring in my job and I usually know as soon as I review a resume or hold an interview whether or I’m going to reject someone, but I have always figured that people don’t want to receive a rejection notice within hours of leaving a job interview, so I wait a few days.

WOTC Questions: Can I Hire a Former Employee? (Read @ WOTC Blog)
CMS Says: While there is nothing stopping you from re-hiring a former employee, they would not be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, even if they fell under one of the targeted groups.


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