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From the Desk of Brad Smart: Estimate the Cost of Your Mis-hires

When CEOs, HR managers, and hiring managers, at all levels, take a few minutes to systematically estimate the costs of mis-hires, they are shocked … they then become more motivated to improve their hiring methods. Google “costs of mis-hires” and you’ll see estimates ranging from 1/10 of a person’s salary (entry-level job), to $62,500 (Fast […]

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Recruit and Retain Passive Candidates for Future ‘A-Player’ Roles

The hiring process can become a source of burn-out for your team if challenged with high turnover and mis-hires. Posting job ads and screening candidates over and over is, well, overwhelming. One solution to consider isn’t an overnight fix but will pay dividends: cultivating an ‘A Player’ network of passive candidates for future open roles. […]

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Wall Street Journal on How to Game Your Resume

With Artificial Intelligence-assisted Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) vetting resumes, job hunters should understand how to construct a resume that will maximize their chances of actually talking with a human being. In May 2022, author Heidi Mitchell wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal, How to Make Sure Your Résumé Passes Muster With an AI […]

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Consistent, Thorough Assessments + Job Scorecards Ensure Retainment of High Performers

In a challenging recruitment and retainment landscape, employers must utilize tools, processes, and resources certain to hire, retain and promote high performers at all levels of the organization.  A vital key in building a team of A Players is to use these practices throughout every step of the employment journey – by every member of […]

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From The Desk of Brad Smart
Top 10 Reasons People Quit Jobs

According to the Wall Street Journal, in March of 2022 a record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs and 11.5 million jobs were not filled. That means that there are roughly two jobs available for everyone who quits. Why in the world are these numbers so high? An SHRM article, written by employment attorneys, shares […]

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Company Culture is a Priority for Top Performing Job Candidates in 2022

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The current hiring environment demonstrates that candidates believe company culture is just as important, if not more, than financial compensation. Job seekers prioritize health and happiness as they wade through the ocean of job vacancies available. This means companies who want to build a team of top performers need to prioritize culture during the hiring […]

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From the Desk of Brad Smart
Might This be the Time to be an Entrepreneur?

Over 4 million people have quit their job since the beginning of the pandemic, they want something different — maybe a virtual job or, on the flip side, an in-person job. They may be seeking employment at a company with a more positive organizational climate or one with greater growth prospects. But – not so […]

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From the Desk of Brad Smart:
Not Enough Applicants! Here Are The Best Ways to Recruit

One of the largest US retailers hung out “Help Wanted” signs … they got so few applicants that they hired “the next warm body,” but they hired so many low performers that their brand began to collapse.  We organized meetings for store managers and district manager, meetings that generated dozens of ideas for “jacking up” […]

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2022 Hiring Solutions: How to Attract and Retain Top Talent

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Current pandemic-related hiring challenges have created a fiercely competitive environment for organizations looking to hire talent. Trends include offering higher salaries and plentiful perks – but will it be enough to fill vacant roles with high-performing employees? Considerations for 2022 hiring   Candidate market Just as it’s a seller’s market in the housing industry, it’s […]

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HR Critical of Executive Leadership: 2 Keys to Improving Your Leadership Team

This year’s Global Leadership Forecast, in which DDI surveyed 18,000 executives, including 2,000 HR executives, shows an interesting trend: HR executives are increasingly critical of their peers in the C suite. Almost half of the non-HR executives polled say their company has “high quality leaders.” In contrast, only 28% of HR leaders say their company […]

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