Posts Categorized: HR and Workforce Trends

Why Job Skills and Soft Skills are Equally Important When Writing Job Descriptions

The importance of technical skills, the so-called hard skills, in a job is undisputed. Job descriptions focus on these types of skills. However, companies should not forget about the soft skills as well when putting together job descriptions. Why Are Soft Skills a Key To Success? The soft skills are just as important. In fact,… Read More »

Why Reference Checking Won’t Lose Its Importance in the Hiring Process

Conducting reference checks is a high priority once hiring managers have finished interviews and want to find out about a candidate from those they work with. These checks are an important final step that should not be neglected. References can really help give a more complete and accurate picture of a job candidate. Some candidates… Read More »

Three Ways to Cultivate Passionate Employees in Your Workplace

Employee engagement is a topic on everyone’s mind these days. More companies are realizing the importance of having employees who are happy in their jobs and enjoy coming to work each day. Research has shown that engaged employees are more productive than disengaged ones, and they stay with a company longer as well. Here is… Read More »

How to Increase Diversity in the Workforce

Diversity in the workplace is not just a nice thing to have. It is essential for a number of reasons. It helps to increase productivity and innovation. This happens when people of different backgrounds come together to exchange thoughts and ideas. Diversity ignites creativity. Moreover, it helps companies work better with customers. Businesses sell to… Read More »

Talent Shortages Bring Changes in Hiring Practices

The unemployment rate has declined sharply since the last recession, and now stands at just about four percent. For college-educated workers, it is even lower, at around 2 percent. Because of this, employers are having trouble finding the talent they need. Almost two-thirds of business leaders in a recent survey said they were having trouble… Read More »

How to Spot Lies on a Resume

These days, just about everyone believes that people exaggerate accomplishments on their resumes. But the number of actual falsehoods may even be worse than people imagine. Recent surveys show that outright falsehoods on resumes appear to be on the rise. About half of the people surveyed recently said they know of someone who lied on… Read More »

Problems with Myers-Briggs

Many companies use personality tests and other types of standardized evaluations to screen job applicants. But it is important for companies to keep in mind the purposes and limitations of such tests. They should be used along with other more traditional assessments. The usefulness of some of the tests has even been called into question.… Read More »

Following Job Candidates

You are looking to hire a new employee. You have advertised the job, reviewed resumes and conducted interviews. You finally have chosen the top candidate, but then you get a surprise. The person turns down your offer. It can be a real blow – a lot of time and effort that did not yield the… Read More »

How to Compose a Job Offer Letter

Letters that notify an applicant of a job offer usually set forth the terms and conditions of employment. They are not legal documents, however, they may contain information that does carry some legal force. For example, if the employer proffers a signing bonus, he can be considered in breach of contract if he does not… Read More »