The Fastest Growing Careers Over the Next Decade

by Veronica Blatt

Image of renewable energy technician, one of the fastest growing careersIn the ever-evolving landscape of the global job market, keeping an eye on emerging career trends is crucial for both job seekers and recruitment professionals. As we look ahead to the next decade, several career paths are poised for exponential growth. These fields are driven by advancements in technology, shifts in societal needs, and evolving economic landscapes. Here, we will explore some of the fastest growing careers and what makes them promising. Read the rest of this entry »


Tips to Improve Your Job Postings

by Veronica Blatt

Ensuring Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Melanie Johnson with Sunrock Recruitment located in London, UK. Sunrock Recruitment specializes in identifying exceptional diverse talent within the fields of energy, law, and finance. As international headhunters, most of its clients are outside of the UK, attracting senior executive females. Melanie is currently serving on the NPAworldwide Board of Directors as EMEA Director.

Employers are legally bound to refrain from discriminating against individuals based on their disabilities. Despite this, global statistics reveal a stark reality: in developing nations, 80% to 90% of working-age individuals with disabilities are jobless, a figure ranging from 50% to 70% in industrialized nations (source: https://shorturl.at/ady48). Importantly, not all disabilities are apparent. Read the rest of this entry »


Fake Candidates: 8 Red Flags Recruiters Should Look Out For

by Liz Carey

Hands holding up a black mask over an ominous dark backgroundWe’ve heard of candidates embellishing their qualifications and education, listing family and friends as references, ‘cheating’ a drug test, and even ‘faking’ their way through an interview. But even worse is the rise of completely fake candidates. Members of the NPAworldwide Recruitment Network are seeing fake candidates apply to their clients’ jobs more and more, and recruiters are becoming highly adept at noticing red flags.

In the competitive landscape of talent acquisition, the ability to distinguish between authentic and counterfeit resumes is more crucial than ever. As recruiters, our mission is to identify and secure the best talent for our organizations. However, with the increasing sophistication of fake resumes, this task has become fraught with challenges. Here to guide you through these murky waters is a comprehensive exploration of eight tips to spot a fake candidate resume. Read the rest of this entry »


Allyships and Independent Recruiters

by Dave Nerz

image of diverse employees in a professional settingIn today’s rapidly evolving professional landscape, fostering inclusivity is not just a moral imperative but also a strategic necessity. Independent recruiters hold a pivotal role in shaping the workforce of tomorrow. One powerful tool at our disposal to create more inclusive workplaces is allyship. The concept was new to me until very recently. I wrote this to create exposure for others not fully aware of what allyships are and how they contribute to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in organizations. Read the rest of this entry »


The Negative Effects of Backdoor Hiring

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Wilson Cole. He is the CEO of BackdoorHires.com and Adams, Evens & Ross, the nation’s largest credit and collections agency designed exclusively for the staffing and recruiting industry. In 2008 he was inducted into INC Magazine’s, “INC 500” for being the CEO of Adams, Evens & Ross, the 307th fastest-growing privately held company in America. Adams, Evens, & Ross has helped more than 3,000 staffing and recruiting firms recover more than $1 billion in past-due debt and is an NPAworldwide Endorsed Program. Read the post below to learn some of the negative effects of backdoor hiring.

In the intricate world of recruitment, where companies search for top talent and recruiting agencies strive to match the right candidate with the right opportunity, a shadowy practice lurks: backdoor hiring.

While this approach may offer advantages, its negative effects reverberate across the recruitment landscape, impacting employers, candidates, and recruiters. In this blog post, we uncover the detrimental consequences of backdoor hiring, shedding light on its hidden costs and ethical implications. Read the rest of this entry »


Global Employment Outlook for Q2

by Veronica Blatt

green and blue watercolor-style world mapThe newest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey has been released for the period of April-June, 2024. Despite lingering economic uncertainty and stubbornly persistent inflation, the global net employment outlook is a solid +22%. This number is derived from the difference between employers planning to increase headcount (41%) and those planning reductions (19%). Thirty-seven percent expect no change, while the remaining 3% are unsure.

While these numbers should provide a measure of confidence, they are also lower expectations on both a quarter-over-quarter (-4%) and year-over-year basis (-2%) on a global basis. Individual countries and sectors, as always, show more nuance. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruiting Expenses vs. Investments

by Liz Carey

image of man's hands taking cash from his walletAs an independent recruiter, success in this industry requires more than just finding the right candidates for your clients. It also involves investing in your business to ensure long-term growth and profitability. One key aspect of this is understanding the difference between recruiting expenses and investments. In this blog post, we will explore why it’s important to invest in not only recruiting tools and technology, but also branding and marketing, as well as networking and learning opportunities such as recruitment conferences.

Recruiting Investments:

  1. Recruiting Tools and Technology: Many recruiters view expenses such as job board subscriptions or advertising costs as necessary costs of doing business. While these expenses are indeed crucial for attracting candidates and clients, it’s important to shift your mindset from viewing them as mere costs to seeing them as investments in the future success of your business. By investing strategically in tools and technology that streamline your processes and make you more efficient, you can save time and resources in the long run.
  2. Branding and Marketing: Building a strong brand for your recruiting business is essential for standing out in a crowded market. Investing in branding activities such as creating a professional website, developing a logo and brand messaging, and engaging in social media marketing can help you attract top talent and clients. By investing in your brand, you are not only increasing your visibility but also building credibility and trust with potential stakeholders.
  3. Networking Opportunities: Attending recruitment conferences and networking events can be a valuable investment for independent recruiters. These events provide opportunities to connect with industry peers, learn about the latest trends and best practices, and build relationships that can lead to new business opportunities. By investing time and resources into attending these events, you can expand your network, gain new insights, and stay ahead of the competition.

The Importance of Long-Term Planning

When it comes to investing in your recruiting business, it’s important to take a long-term view. Instead of focusing solely on short-term gains or cost-cutting measures, think about how each investment will contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of your business over time. By making strategic investments in areas such as technology, branding, marketing, and networking, you are setting yourself up for success both now and in the future.

Measuring ROI

As with any investment, it’s important to track the return on investment (ROI) of your recruiting expenses. Keep detailed records of how much you are spending on various tools and activities, as well as the results they are generating for your business. Analyze this data regularly to identify areas where you can optimize spending or reallocate resources for better outcomes. By measuring ROI effectively, you can ensure that your investments are paying off in terms of increased revenue, improved efficiency, and overall business growth.

In conclusion, investing in your recruiting business is essential for achieving long-term success as an independent recruiter. By shifting your mindset from viewing expenses as necessary costs to seeing them as strategic investments in the future of your business, you can maximize your recruiting ROI and set yourself apart from competitors. Whether it’s investing in tools and technology to streamline processes or branding activities to build credibility with clients and candidates, every dollar spent should be seen as an opportunity for growth. By taking a proactive approach to investing in areas such as branding, marketing, networking opportunities like recruitment conferences -you are laying the foundation for a successful recruiting career that will stand the test of time.


What Does the Ban on Noncompete Agreements Mean?

by Veronica Blatt

image of noncompete agreements with a red circle and slash on the topBack in January 2023, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposal to prohibit employers from requiring employees to sign noncompete agreements. After a public commentary period, the FTC voted yesterday to implement this proposed rule. Employers may no longer require noncompetes, and existing noncompetes are also considered null and void. An exception remains for existing agreements with senior executives, defined as those making more than US $151,164 per year and hold a policy-making role. The rule is set to take place in 120 days and is sure to face legal challenges. Read the rest of this entry »


Maximizing Your Recruitment Conference Investment: A Guide for Professional Recruiters

by Veronica Blatt

attendees at a recruitment conference coffee breakAttending a recruitment conference offers a unique amalgamation of opportunities for professional recruiters. It’s a chance to network, learn about the latest trends, and find ways to enhance your skills. However, with so much on offer, it’s crucial to approach these conferences with a strategy to ensure you’re not only making the most of your time but also securing a return on your investment. Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »


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