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How to ensure the candidate you video interview is the worker you hire

In today’s economic uncertainty, it’s more important now than ever to avoid the costs associated with a bad hire – a number that the U.S. Department of Labor estimates to be 30 per cent of that worker...

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Candidate Reference Checks: How to verify a reference

Performing a candidate reference check before extending a job offer requires a company to gather qualitative information about a candidate's skill set, strengths and weaknesses, character traits and o...

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Candidate Reference Checks: Preparing for a reference call

Properly done, reference checks are an excellent opportunity to verify all the key issues in your hiring decision for the candidate - ranging from qualitative information about a candidate's skill set...

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Candidate Reference Checks: Types of reference checks

Once a company has identified qualified candidates for a job, it's important to complete the final due diligence by performing a candidate reference check. The two most common types of reference check...

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Types of common interview questions

When Hiring Managers are screening candidates for a job or contract, asking the right interview questions is essential to finding the right fit for the company. Common interview questions will include...

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How to choose an effective interview structure

When it comes to interview structure, there are three types: Unstructured, Semi-structured and Structured. Each type has its own set of processes and interview questions to screen candidates.  

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Types of job interviews

When an organization identifies the need to bring talent quickly and cost effectively into its workforce, employers have several common types of job interviews they can choose from to screen candidate...

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How to interview candidates

A successful interview for any organization includes a set of interview questions based on the job description, an organized interview script and the use of a candidate evaluation form with ranking cr...

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A guide to an effective recruitment process

The recruitment process, to some employers, may sound simple - yet recruitment leaders recognize the process as a series of strategic and critical steps hiring teams must take in order to achieve over...

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Recruitment Process Outsourcing: FAQs and Benefits

Recruitment Process Outsourcing definition Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is a business strategy whereby an organization transfers all or part of its recruitment efforts to an external vendor. ...

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Who's involved in the recruitment process and why?

The recruitment process, to some employers, may sound simple - yet recruitment leaders recognize the process as a series of strategic and critical steps hiring teams must take in order to achieve over...

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What are Job Descriptions and why are they important?

Organizations seeking to hire a traditional employee or engage a contingent worker must first develop an internal job description detailing the duties and responsibilities of the job or work being com...

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How to write job postings that stand out & drive engagement

Organizations seeking to engage a traditional employee or contingent worker must first develop an internal job description detailing the requirements of the job. Talent acquisition teams will use this...

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How to write job descriptions by job type

Job descriptions are internal documents that clearly outline the essential duties, responsibilities, qualifications and skills required for a project or job. Job descriptions should also define import...

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Job descriptions vs. job postings: What's the difference?

Job descriptions and job postings are two separate documents. A job description is an internal private guide to be utilized when searching for the ideal fit. Job postings are public advertisements of ...

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Why you should find talent right now

Organizations that are experiencing a surge in demand for services, have experienced slight or no disruptions in services or that are taking a proactive approach to preparing for recovery post COVID-1...

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How to find talent right now

Organizations experiencing a surge in demand for services during the COVID-19 pandemic can find talent by engaging staffing agencies, leveraging referrals from internal staff, building direct sourcing...

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Keys to conducting a successful video interview

A successful video interview will require the right technology, strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills and a solid cultural pitch to engage candidates and uncover who has the personality, c...

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Remote team management: Keeping teams motivated when working from home

To keep remote workers motivated in the current business environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic, managers will have to utilize a variety of technology tools and communication methods in their re...

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Effective tips for how to manage remote workers

Managing remote workers successfully means managers must have the support of their organization’s IT and Human Resources Department in order to provide flexible work options and communication tools th...

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Writing job postings that work

The recruitment landscape is constantly changing. A demand for critical skills, the rise of young talent and a shift in hiring attitudes towards employment have forced organizations to update their ta...

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Contractor onboarding checklist: Required documents

Entering the gig economy can be a highly rewarding business strategy -- yet, organizations that do so without the proper governance measures in place or fail to collect the necessary onboarding docume...

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Reference checks: How to verify a candidate's reference

Today’s workforce is a wild world. Organizations operating on both sides of the border are experiencing record low employment rates, and it's been decades since there's been an economy where the numbe...

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How to improve your contractor onboarding experience

It’s no secret, worker satisfaction, engagement and retention are critical to your organization’s success. Your ability to effectively manage these vital HR components can have a lasting impact on you...

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How to keep contingent workers from jumping ship

Hiring was hard in 2019. As organizations grapple to win the war for talent, Canada's labour shortage intensifies, with almost 400,000 positions left vacant. The workforce ecosystem has dramatically c...

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Recruiting Gen Z: How to engage younger talent

A younger wave of talent is crashing the workforce. For the past decade, millennials (born between 1981-1996) have transformed the way organizations engage the modern-minded worker. They currently com...

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How to onboard better to increase talent acquisition and retention

Competitive organizations are redesigning their acquisition strategies to capture the attention of today’s younger generation of talent. However, investing in recruiting the new wave worker is of litt...

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Candidates are ghosting: Are you doing enough to keep them engaged?

Ghosting is a thing. And employers are experiencing what it’s like being broken up with via radio silence. The millennial coined phrase, the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by ...

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Top traits employers need in a 2020 candidate

The future of work isn't so far away anymore - in fact, we're already working in it.  Disruptive changes to business have created a profound impact on the employment landscape. While organizations on ...

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Exploring traditional interview models in the modern work world

As the employment market continues to improve and candidates have more options in choosing how and where they want to work, engaging top talent has become increasingly difficult for employers -- so mu...

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The real reasons candidates reject job offers

It’s a tight labour market, and both Canadian and U.S. organizations are grappling with the challenges presented by a candidate controlled workforce.  When there was once very little perceived pressur...

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Talent shortage strategies: How to bridge the skills gap

It doesn’t matter how talented your workers are or what tech training they’ve taken - because obsolescence is overtaking the workforce. 

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Artificial Intelligence and talent management: Is AI friend or foe?

Thirty-five years ago, the possibility of Artificial Intelligence gave rise to the worst type of science fiction fear: An independently thinking machine created to dominate and destroy human kind.  

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Where there could be holes in your hiring program

It's a candidate's market. And they're being selective in their search.  With unemployment rates at the lowest organizations on both sides of the border have seen in decades, the number of open jobs i...

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Recruitment red flags: Spotting the signs of a bad hire

Recruiting, hiring and training new employees is arguably one of the most critical aspects to an organization’s success, and the cost of onboarding the wrong fit is an expensive one -- about 30 per ce...

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Exploring data integrity and reliability in talent acquisition

Measurement is what makes marketing a science, rather than a superstition. We live in an ever-evolving world, and the fast-paced staffing industry is no different. Advances in technology have made har...

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Habits of high-performing recruitment teams

In today’s business climate, where supply is down and demand is up, it’s a fierce struggle for organizations competing to engage skilled talent. And strategies that worked years ago won’t be as succes...

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How to engage and qualify passive talent

If you were to discover that traditional job boards are visited by active job seekers who account for only 30 per cent of the entire global workforce, would that change your recruitment strategy? Beca...

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Negotiation strategies that win over contingent workers

The contingent workforce continues to challenge talent markets on both sides of the border, yet the many advantages that come with contingent workers makes temporary talent critical in order for an or...

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Guide to designing a high impact talent acquisition strategy

For over two decades, the ‘war for talent’ is still making headlines—ever since Steve Hankin coined the term in 1997 and McKinsey wrote the book by the same name. Yet, more than 20 years later, the fi...

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Is 7 seconds really all it takes to screen a resume?

Hiring can be hard right now. In the current candidate driven market—where niche talent is only available for an average of 10 days—acquiring qualified contingent workers is tougher than ever. And man...

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Is recruitment ready for AI? Maybe not yet! Identifying areas of risk

While AI applications and recruiting seem like a natural fit, real world experience is proving the combination might not be quite ready for prime time. Reuters news service reported last week that  sh...

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How to measure the success of your contingent worker program

Metrics are powerful tools -- and they're critical to managing and optimizing your contract workforce program, yet the data doesn’t automatically convert to better results. Whether you're tracking the...

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Aligning HR and Procurement for better contingent workforce management

Talent is an organization’s greatest asset, and in most cases, its greatest expense.  In today’s tight labour market, the power in employment dynamics has changed, and the best talent is increasingly ...

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The impacts of emerging technologies on your contingent workforce

Advances in technology are disrupting the way organizations do business-- dictating how companies drive revenue, engage customers, structure internal processes, engage candidates and manage their work...

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Is recruitment ready for AI? Maybe not yet!

While AI applications and recruiting seem like a natural fit, real world experience is proving the combination might not be quite ready for prime time. Reuters news service reported last week that Ama...

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