Winning the War For Talent

by Liz Carey

We’re in uncharted territory. With nearly 10 million unfilled jobs in the US, a record number of employers are reporting a talent shortage. Because of the incredible demand for talent and fierce competition, employers are beginning to take different routes to not only attract new candidates, but retain their current talent who are likely being wooed by other companies and recruiters.

Here are a few tactics recruiters have reported their clients are using in this “war for talent”: Read the rest of this entry »

How To Write Remote Job Descriptions

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Eve Davies-Greenwald. Eve is a content specialist at McQuaig, a global leader in talent management solutions. McQuaig assessments are designed to provide a deeper insight into a candidate’s personality, cognitive, and behavioral attributes. With over 50 years of experience, McQuaig assessments provide a comprehensive view of a candidate and their potential to succeed in a organization while shedding light on the most important areas of employee development. Read the post below for a good discussion about writing effective remote job descriptions.

Most hiring processes start by creating a job description you hope will catch candidates’ attention. Often a job post is a candidate’s first interaction with a company and many decide whether or not to apply to a role based purely on the ad. With so much riding on how you describe a position, getting it wrong can mean a longer time to hire and cost you potentially strong candidates. Our newly remote world isn’t helping matters either. Without conferences or networking opportunities to source talent in-person, what you say in your job posts matters more then ever. So what can you do to update your job descriptions for a virtual world? Read the rest of this entry »

Create a Risk Management Process to Develop Organizational Resilience

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Ed McConnell with HUB International, discussing best practices for organizational resilience. HUB International provides a wide range of business and personal insurance options including liability, health, life, and more.

Typically, about 80% of small businesses in the U.S. will survive their first year, but only half of the 400,000 new businesses that open their doors annually will still be around five years later.[1]

Consider the following statistics: Read the rest of this entry »

Learning is Crucial for the Future of Employees

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Tim Lane founder and director of Park Lane Recruitment based near Manchester UK.  Park Lane Recruitment is a specialist recruiting firm in the technology space with niche areas of cybersecurity, fintech, space and defense IT, as well as generic IT sales, tech and managerial.  Tim is also an NPAworldwide Board Director with responsibility for the EMEA region and a 30+ year veteran of the recruiting industry.

Everyone has always had to learn to perform their job. Throughout the industrial ages and periods of time in history. From the beginning of industry to the dawn of the internet, the latest training has helped create the best employees. You would think therefore that there was always new teaching for new periods of time.

Far from it. Read the rest of this entry »

Unprofessional Recruiters Impact Clients and Candidates

by Veronica Blatt

Unprofessional recruiters are not only frustrating, they can actually damage relationships between employers and job seekers. While many people have horror stories, there are some common behaviors that can help you determine if you’re working with a top-notch recruiter or …. not. The tips below to help define a good third-party (agency) recruiter. Read the rest of this entry »

Look Beyond Keyword-Stuffed Resumes

by Liz Carey

In the labor market currently there is a talent shortage. There are lots of open jobs, but they aren’t being filled. According to Bloomberg.com, on April 1, “the National Federation of Independent Business reported that in March a record-high percentage of small businesses surveyed said they had jobs they couldn’t fill: 42%, vs. an average since 1974 of 22%. Also 91% of respondents said they had few or no qualified applicants for job openings in the past three months.” But unemployment still stands at 6%… so it’s not due to there not being enough candidates out there. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghosting by Candidates, Employers and Recruiters

by Dave Nerz

Ghosting is a larger problem today than ever before. Indeed took a survey of job seekers and there are some alarming trends that have developed. Over the last year, ghosting by candidates increased, from about 18% saying they had ghosted in 2019 to nearly 30% participating in ghosting in 2020. Wow. Read the rest of this entry »

Six Workplace Questions to Ask Yourself This Year

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 a past chairman of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors. Bill offers some workplace questions to consider below.

I walked into my office this morning and walked through our nicely appointed lobby noticing the most recent version of Harvard Business Review neatly organized on top of a fanned arrangement of other magazines. It struck me…am I in full denial? Continuing to invest in front office reception space and interview rooms is not serving the present or future needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Whose Perspective?

by Veronica Blatt

Our guest blogger is Pam Robison of J. Gifford Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. J. Gifford Inc. is a small, quality conscious firm providing highly individualized recruiting services to clients on a local, regional, national and international basis. The firm’s recruiting activities are focused on professional, technical and managerial placement, as well as contractor and international staffing for clients. Pam is a member of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors.

Isn’t it interesting how several people who share the same experience can have such different perspectives from one another? As a professional recruiter, I observe at least three sides to interview perspectives. There’s the employer (company), the candidate, and the recruiter side. I could probably write a book about this, but I’ll keep it short and sweet for now. Read the rest of this entry »

What We Learned About Leadership From Tom Brady Winning The Super Bowl

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger, Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano, is the President and CEO of Barbachano International (BIP), the Human Capital Solutions leader in Mexico, Latin America, and the USA, offering high-impact executive search, executive coaching, and outplacement. Barbachano International joined NPAworldwide in 2007.

Love him or not, Tom Brady encompasses many traits that have people wondering how he’s managed to score six Super Bowl wins and set a dizzying array of NFL records, including most touchdown passes. While his prowess on the field seems undeniable, his impact on people outside of the sport looking to improve their game in their given fields look to Brady for lessons on leadership and what they can learn from the exceptional quarterback. Brady has endured scandals and setbacks, but he’s tenaciously battled for his victories in and out of the stadium. So, what is it about this spirited QB that has so many CEOs marveling at his leadership success? Read the rest of this entry »

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