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Recruiting News Roundup #FridayReads

Happy Friday! Take a look at this week’s must read articles for recruiters:

Recruiting: Back to Basics, 3 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Hiring at Your Company (iRecruit Blog)
When you purchase a new applicant tracking system it’s more than a software investment, it’s a chance for a fresh start. To take a clunky or outdated system, or process that you were using and replace it with something that is efficient and that helps rather than hinders your recruitment efforts.

Why you should hire candidates who are “a little bit unqualified” (Read @ Fast Company)
For companies large and small, employees are the driving force behind every success. For managers, their most important decisions are who they select for critical roles or assignments. To me, the perfect profile is a candidate that is about 70% percent qualified and 30% terrified.

Five Things to Consider When Testing Employees for Marijuana by Verified First
Because of the growing legalization of marijuana, it’s important to understand factors that affect your drug testing policy. Thanks to our partner, Verified First, for sharing their insight with us. Earlier this month, Maine became the first state to protect workers from adverse employment action based on use of marijuana. This protection only applies if marijuana use takes place outside the workplace. To prepare for these new laws, the Maine Department of Labor removed marijuana from the list of drugs that employers are allowed to test for.

Ghosting — Prevent Candidates Who Accept Your Offer From Disappearing (Read @ ERE)
Ghosting in business is getting worse. The Washington Post reports that there was a 10- 20 percent increase in ghosting over the past year. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for the first time even cited an uptick in ghosting in its recent economic activity report. If you’re not familiar with the term ghosting, during recruiting, it’s when a candidate stops merely responding to their recruiter.

How to Hire in a Tight Labor Market (Read @ Indeed)
It seems that almost every week there’s another article in the news about how tight the labor market is. With so many opportunities for job seekers, recruiting and hiring pose new challenges for employers. How is it possible to attract great candidates when the labor market is so tight? Before getting to specific strategies, let’s take a closer look at the current context and what it reveals about the future. How tight is the job market really? Are the headlines giving us the full story? As we’ll see, the picture is more complex and uneven — even within a booming market. So what does this mean for hiring, both now and in the years to come?

The Great Recruiter’s Secret Weapon: Active Listening (Read @ Recruiter.com)
If you’re on LinkedIn, I’m sure you’re familiar with this line: “I’ve got the perfect opportunity for you with one of my clients.” If you’re like me, I’m sure your reaction to it is: “Yeah, right.”

America’s Elderly Are Twice as Likely to Work Now Than in 1985 (Read @ Bloomberg)
Just as single-income families began to vanish in the last century, many of America’s elderly are now forgoing retirement for the same reason: They don’t have enough money. Rickety social safety nets, inadequate retirement savings plans and sky high health-care costs are all conspiring to make the concept of leaving the workforce something to be more feared than desired.

How the NBA’s Top Teams Recruit Top Coaches — and What You Can Learn from Them (Read @ LinkedIn Talent)
At last, the NBA postseason has rolled around. And with the league’s best teams so fully stocked with talent, the playoffs may very well turn on the performances of people who never take a shot: the coaches. In a close-fought series the difference between winning and losing may hinge on if they get the right players on the floor at the right time with the right plan.



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