It's surprising that soft skills get so little respect in today's workplace. Look at any job description posted for just about any job. What you'll find is a long list of very specific technical skills that are required, as well as specific job experience the hiring manager wants. Rarely, if ever, will you find anything directly addressing any soft skills that the job candidate needs to possess.
The key to hiring and retaining the best talent is trust. If we want people to apply for jobs, they need to trust the company. Candidates will accept the company’s offer, if they trust the recruiter and hiring manager. And ultimately, new employees will stay only as long as they feel they can trust the work environment.
Our board member and author Sharlyn Lauby shares her insights on the importance of onboarding new managers to boost their effectiveness as leaders.
WFI board member and Executive Director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) shares research on the state of recruitment and retention challenges for public sector employers.
Our board member John Frehse discusses strategies to recruit and retain skilled workers in a booming economy.
According to Dan Schawbel, Research Director at Future Workplace, colleges aren't adequately preparing their grads for the workplace.
Today's post comes to us from board member David Creelman. Dr. Rob Briner recently kicked off a conversation on LinkedIn about personality tools such as this one used by the National Health Service in the UK: If you’ve been around HR for any length of time you’ll have seen dozens of similar models. If … Continue reading The Difference Between A Conversation Starter and a Hiring Strategy
As new graduates flood the market and unemployment remains high (especially for recent grads), I found this article by Tom Friedman timely. Friedman writes about HireArt, a start-up firm focused on connecting employers with candidates who demonstrate their job fit through realistic job previews and assessments.
I've seen a recent flurry of articles about strategies to avoid bad hires, perhaps in response to those oft-cited disengaged employees deciding that the economy has recovered enough that they can take a chance on a new position. In this blog post at Fistful of Talent from Steve Boese, Jonathan Kaplan, founder and CEO of … Continue reading Avoiding Hiring Mistakes- and Recovering from Them
Why the quilt picture? I'm a quilter. While I didn't make this quilt, it's by one of my favorite textile artists, Kaffee Fasset. He makes beautiful quilts, knits, pottery and other wildly colored beautiful objects. Like the quilt shown here, they may look somewhat ad hoc. They are all, however, carefully designed in order to … Continue reading Hiring by Design – Finding Job Candidates with the Right Fit
We have just posted a chapter from Steve Hunt's book, Hiring Success, in the tools section of this site. The book is a great read for any manager interested in improving his/her skills in selecting candidates who can do the job at hand. Candidate assessment - and specifically the use of science based tools to … Continue reading Measure Twice, Cut Once – Thoughts on Candidate Assessment