Salary History Becoming Off Limits for Recruiters

By Veronica Blatt

salary history banOur guest blogger is Anthony Carabba, Jr., who has been an employment lawyer for nearly 25 years and is the founder of Carabba Law P.C., a New York City employment law boutique. Anthony assists organizations and individuals in navigating all aspects of the complex, ever-changing employment law landscape. He may be reached at 212.430.6400 or

In a swell of recent legislative activity with particular importance to recruiters, numerous states and cities have banned employers — as well as their agents and employment agencies — from asking job applicants about their current or prior salary history during the hiring process. New York City recently enacted such a ban, joining Massachusetts, California, Delaware, Oregon, San Francisco and Philadelphia. It’s a hot-button issue, with numerous other states and municipalities considering enacting similar bans, while many businesses remain opposed. In one noteworthy development, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce sued the City of Philadelphia to stop the enforcement its ban. The ban is now stayed pending court determination. Read the rest of this entry »

Elevate Your On-boarding to Retain Talent

By Sarah Freiburger

On-boarding a new hire is not a new concept, however, as we hear more and more about company culture and changing workplace structures, it is important to also keep your on-boarding process up to speed. Turnover is expensive, and many C-Suite executives state that a key factor in employee retention efforts lies in the on-boarding strategy. As a company, your goal should be to build your new hires trust in the organization along with teaching them the relevant job skills. Here are a few ways to freshen up your existing process.

“Organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82 percent and productivity by over 70 percent.”Source: “The True Cost of a Bad Hire,” Brandon Hall Group

As mentioned, the goal with onboarding should be to build a new hire’s trust in the organization. If you present a welcome package and environment already set up for success with a clear outline of their first two weeks of employment, it sets a clear tone that you were expecting them and have your priorities organized well.

A great example of this lies with Twitter. This social media giant has an elaborate 75-step process for the first day. On the first day, new hires not only have breakfast with the CEO followed by a tour of the company office, but when employees arrive, the company has their email ID, a t-shirt and a bottle of wine waiting at their desk. A tour is followed by group training on the tools and systems relevant to their role. Twitter also does a monthly new hire happy hour where they introduce the senior leadership team.

Another idea to make a memorable first day is to eliminate the load of paperwork. Many companies have an overwhelming amount of forms to sign and complete as soon as a new hire enters the building and this does not create an immediate grand environment. Consider using a software such as Zenefits to spread the paperwork out and give new hires some independence in completing it on their own time before and during their first week. You will still be able to assign due dates and track progress, but it allows a much more relaxed feel to signing all the dotted lines.

Linked-In chooses to settle some of the HR topics in a lunch and follow up session titled “Investing (IN) You” which covers company benefits in an appealing manner that shows how invested they are in their employees. They close the first day by providing a new hire on-boarding road map that gives a week by week guide outlining how to be productive and successful in their new role.

Also, switch up the feedback loop. “In a recent poll, 38 percent of employees felt that when leaders dismiss their ideas without entertaining them, they tend to lack initiative. An active and committed employee base is one of the benefits of listening to your employees.”Source: “5 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Your Employees,” SHRM

While a new hire is not likely to tell you anything is awful straight away, avenues for open feedback allow new hires to present problems or solutions that you may not even be aware of, and can work through to change what could be a foreseeable trouble spot.

A closing great practice is to circle back with the recruiter who initially sold the candidate on the position. Especially when using agency recruiters, they have likely developed a strong relationship with the candidate and are keenly aware of what made your position or company a good fit for that individual. Working together to create a brief on what to highlight during the new hires initial 60 days will result in a more personalized on-boarding process that the new hire can feel the value in. A tailored approach is the new best approach.

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Leverage Recruiters for Success

By Dave Nerz

This is a message that is equally useful for both employers seeking great candidates and candidates in search of great work. Leverage recruiters and leverage the numbers of recruiters you have working for you.

Perhaps you have found one recruiter that works well with you. They always have time for you, they understand your niche, they have good knowledge of the geography you are searching. That is superb! Do not mess with success. Stay the course. Read the rest of this entry »

Hiring Mistakes Cost – 5 Ways to Avoid Them

By Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Bill Benson with WilliamCharles Search Group located in Grand Rapids, MI. WilliamCharles is an executive search and professional recruiting firm specialized in finding managerial and executive talent in finance, HR, operations, sales/marketing as well as president/CEO roles. They have a concentration of clients in Michigan but they also work across the US. Bill is the chairman-elect of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors.

There is no hiding from hiring mistakes. One HR professional once told me that a controller’s mistake is tucked away in a financial report but an HR mistake is walking around the company. The costs of these hiring mistakes are significant. Just search “cost of a bad hire” on Google and read about the consequences. Most studies indicate that the cost of a hiring mistake for a professional level person is 2 to 5 times the annual salary. So what is the root cause issue? Read the rest of this entry »

Salary History is History

By Dave Nerz

In North America some laws regarding the collection of salary history information have gone into effect and there are others pending implementation for January 1, 2018. The locations and jurisdictions will become more difficult to monitor and, in some cases, you need to consider that a candidate lives in a covered location, the employer has an operation in one of these locations, or that a candidate might be in one of these locations while a phone interview or screen is happening. Assumptions otherwise could end up creating risk for you as an independent recruiter. Read the rest of this entry »

Your International Recruitment Agency Might Be Next Door

By Dave Nerz

image to represent an international recruitment agencyDemographics are pointing toward a continued global talent shortage. Experts are predicting a greater need for employers to consider hiring internationally and opening their minds to foreign staffing options for hard to locate talent. These shortages are going to become obvious in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas before other executive/professional talent segments experience shortages. Read the rest of this entry »

Manpower Reports Strong Q1 US Hiring Plans

By Veronica Blatt

Manpower Group has released its employment outlook survey for the first quarter of 2018. The survey asks some 59,000 employers across 43 countries to indicate their hiring plans for the upcoming quarter compared to the current quarter. US hiring plans are at their strongest levels in a decade, which certainly bodes well for recruitment firms who are working with US-based employers. Some of the other highlights include: Read the rest of this entry »

Establish Strong Employer Branding for Start-Ups

By Veronica Blatt

employer branding graphicToday’s guest blogger is Taufik Arief with People Search Indonesia, based in Jakarta. People Search Indonesia serves clients in FMCG, pharmaceuticals, IT, telecommunication, general manufacturing, and fashion & retail. Taufik currently serves on the NPAworldwide Board of Directors representing Asia.

The importance of employer branding should not be underestimated, including for start-up companies, since organizations with strong employer branding will be more capable in hiring the most suitable people, supporting employee retention & loyalty and generally creating a greater business image. Read the rest of this entry »

Companies with Flexible Work Options Taking the Lead!

By Sarah Freiburger

Many people that are part of the baby boomer generation pride themselves in a strict work environment that keeps employees tight to their desk and offices 40 hours per week, and rarely steps away from the standard work week they are accustomed to since entering the work force. As work place culture evolves the past few years, we are seeing more and more large corporations get carried away with providing unique working environments for their employees that encompass anything from beer in the fridge, a foosball table, and work from home options. Recruitment firms have even started interviewing companies on what type of culture and flexible benefits they will be able to offer candidates to compete in this changing workplace. Here are a few suggestions you can make to a client or a few you can consider as a company to make small steps towards culture change.

  1. The work from home option. Micro-managers likely cringe at the suggestion of losing sight and in their opinion, control how long Sheila is sitting in her office by her computer each day. Reality of this is, Sheila is caught up on work from knocking out late hours on projects the past few nights and is now sitting staring at a computer with mental exhaustion counting down the minutes until she can leave. Many employees who have an endless task list and projects to get done need a little flexibility on when and where they crank out their work for peak mental performance. With a work from home option, even once or twice a week, Sheila could get up at 6am and crank out emails then take a break to make a healthy breakfast and start laundry before launching back into the next project.
  2. Non-standard hours. As many companies are starting to have a national or even global span, 9am-5pm is no longer as feasible for peak performance. Companies who instead determine how many hours make up a salaried role and then allow their employees the flexibility to report those hours in a week help an employee work during their peak times without feeling burnt out or overworked/underpaid.
  3. Overtime for salaried roles. This is a great follow up from point 2, where additional work hours should be reported and compensated accordingly. Travel time as well as night or morning meetings and calls should all be factored into an employee being allowed time off the next day, or extra compensation.
  4. Finally, consider part time roles for high level positions. For instance, a Director of Communications role for a smaller company may be able to work remote and part time and accomplish more than a full-time employee based on the latest tools and trends to speed up processes. Many parents who do not have the commitment to a full-time role but the talent to help a corporation immensely may be left behind due to a rigorous in office schedule.

If your client is looking to hire millennial talent they need to be prepared with options that appeal to their candidate to help them stand out. The above points are a good starting point to discuss as the work place continues to evolve and change.

The Role of Employee Benefits in Recruitment

By Dave Nerz

employee benefits word cloudAs the competition for talent heats up, so does the race for superior compensation and benefits. While compensation is critical, many sophisticated candidates realize the value of a strong benefits package. Salary and compensation will be negotiated by savvy candidates but sometime the thought is that benefits “are what they are” and cannot be altered. A poor presentation by a hiring manager of your benefits package could cost your business the talented player it seeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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