Using Video Interviewing for Holiday Hiring

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If you’re a retail store manager or owner, one of your biggest challenges is likely staffing your business for the holiday season. This is the most important time of year for the retail industry. According to ShopperTrak, consumers spent $22.23 billion dollars over Black Friday and the following weekend in 2013. Missing out because you’re understaffed for the holiday rush could mean the difference between making a profit and taking a loss for the year. Read on

What You Need To Be Smarter When Recruiting Hourly Applicants

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As a corporate recruiter, you face many challenges when it comes to finding the perfect employees for the hourly positions that your company has available. You usually find that you have plenty of applicants to choose from, but the volume of applications you receive can be quite overwhelming. You’re then forced to wade through the hundreds of applications received, all the while searching for the diamond in the rough that will make a difference for your company.

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Keep Your Recruiting Fresh!

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Are you going to be looking to hire new employees? Well you better keep your recruiting strategy fresh and creative if you want to succeed. And while it is very important for your company to have its own voice,  it is also critical to know the recruiting trends that are coming, because they can help you better plan and increase your chances of success. You can never be certain about the future; however,  these trends can help you prepare for the most likely outcomes.

One major change that’s coming down the line is that hiring is predicted to get more expensive. That’s right, many of the areas of growth in hiring have been in high-demand fields like technology, healthcare, and finance—and that means the most qualified applicants are snapped up quickly. Another way that hiring is going to change is the ways that employers are going to get the word out about job openings. Hiring experts recommend that businesses treat their recruiting as they would their marketing. That is, develop your brand so that job seekers are coming to you because they think it will be an amazing experience, not because you simply need to hire someone.

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How Will Wearable Devices Impact HR?


Wearable devices are taking the world by storm. I caught the craze over the summer and purchased a pair of Google Glass for the team. We have probably utilized the device for no more than 40 hours total. It is not that it is not cool, its just not meaningful at the moment. And people give you that weird dumbfounded look when you have the on in public.

We acquired a pair of Glass to gauge of how wearables will impact HR. Since we provide companies with recruitment software , we are investigating what the future might look like. Here are my 3 quick thoughts on what wearables could be used for!

1. Wearable Glasses will be utilized to record and assess in-person interviews. Once someone passes their interview through HireVue or TakeTheInterview, an in-person interview will be established with a recruiter or hiring manager. By equipping themselves with a device, such as Google Glass, the interviewer could record and gauge the applicants responses to questions. All types of data can be measured and stored for current and future purposes. Simple reactions to certain questions could alert the recruiter to whether this person is a good fit for the position or not.

2. Wearable watches or beacon enabled phones could allow for accurate time tracking of employees. Are they where they are supposed to be? Can an employer cut down on fraud my having a second time clock gauge? I think so.

3. Wristband or Bracelets, think FitBit, could monitor the health of employees while working at strenuous jobs. Imagine a HR manager monitoring 200 carpenters at a worksite. If the heart rate of one of the employees is dangerously high, why not send them a buzz to take it easy? Might cut down on a potential heart attack and worker’s compensation.

Once again, these are just a few thoughts and ideas that I have.

– Alex

For 2014 You Need Mobile Recruiting and Hiring


Is your business looking to hire some new people? Still looking for some last minute retail staff for the holidays? Are you trying to attract the widest and most qualified group of job applicants? It can be pretty difficult to find the employees you want quickly—try asking an HR head sometime. But the thing is, so many companies really shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to getting the word out about their job openings. It’s almost 2014, and a HELP WANTED sign isn’t going to cut it anymore. And half-hearted online posts on a few websites like Monster aren’t going to be enough, either. So how can you skate to where the puck is going to be, rather than where it is? The answer is mobile. Mobile career pages and mobile job applications. Read on

Ready to Hire Smarter? Try a FREE Trial of gatherDocs!

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Is your business planning on hiring any new employees in the upcoming year? Do you see yourself growing? How is your hiring process? Is your HR as streamlined as you would like it to be? How much does it cost to hire a new employee, anyway? How much money and time do you think you could save if you found a better way? Well, it’s the 21st century now, and there is a better way. You don’t have to be stuck with old outdated paper filing methods and red tape. And get this—you can sign up for a trial run absolutely FREE! Read on

Online Sales? Brick-and-Mortar Retail Still King

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Are you in retail? Do you work in brick-and-mortar store locations? Do you ever get worried that online sales sites such as Amazon are endangering the future of your business? Does the growth in online shopping concern you? Do you ever think that, just maybe, Cyber Monday might completely replace Black Friday? Many retail businesses are concerned about the rise in online shopping among American consumers. But reports of brick-and-mortar’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Though online shopping is growing, that doesn’t mean that people aren’t shopping in person. That’s why online shopping accounts for only 6 percent of all retail sales. Read on

Reduce Your Expensive Turnover with Good Hiring

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Are you involved in the retail or services sector? Have you been hiring lately—especially as the holiday season ramps up? The economy has been improving lately for all sectors of business, including retail. But that means that turnover is increasing too. In fact, in 2012 20 percent of American retail companies experienced growth in turnover. So what does that mean for hiring managers or HR people? Well, you should know that it’s incredibly expensive to replace a worker. It can cost up to $4,291 to replace an hourly worker—that’s equivalent to 3 months of pay for a full-time employee who works at $8 an hour! Read on

A Surprise Winner in Hiring: US Manufacturing

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Are you involved in recruiting or HR in general? Are you concerned about the rates of unemployment in the United States? Well, while the economy still hasn’t recovered all the way to pre-recession levels, there are some surprising winners in the latest statistics. One leading area of job growth? US manufacturing.  Read on