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Candidate Experience Pulse Check: Shopping for Gen Z-ers

Posted by Jay Shidler on October 18, 2017 at 2:42 PM

Shopping has never been a top priority for me. I’ve never been one to shop, and to be honest, I’ve been wearing my daily “go-to” shoes for 17 years straight (that’s right, I’ve had them since 2000 and they’ve been re-soled 3 times)!  

Which reminds me: they’re just about due for another.

It’s not that I have a shopping phobia; I’m just a creature of habit, not too fond of change, and loyal to decisions made in the past. Browsing the aisles hoping to nab a great deal, waiting for the big sale, or being the first to know about a buy-one-get-one-free promotion has never resonated with me.  If I need new pants, I’ll drive to the store and purchase a pair.  If my vehicle needs gas, I pull into the closest filling station and top off the tank.  No time wasted – Get In – Get Out – Mission Accomplished.

Years ago, I ran into a local grocery store to grab a salad for a quick lunch between meetings.  With great fresh produce selections available, I built an unbelievable salad that would satisfy not only my appetite for lunch, but hopefully dinner, too. With my next meeting fast approaching, I decided the best way to pay for the salad would be the store’s new, automated “Self-Checkout.”  Three patrons ahead of me in line zipped right through without a hitch. Now it was now my turn. I scanned the printed barcode label on the infrared platform and that’s when the “Overhead Red Attendant Call Light” lit up.  

Did I mention that I’ve never been an advocate of shopping?  Get in – Get out – Mission Not Accomplished!

I waited patiently for the (very polite) attendant to come by and rescue me from the penalty box. I thought about the three patrons who glided with ease through the same station just a few minutes before. What magical powers did they possess?  What “Self-Checkout” secrets did they know -  and how does one acquire them?  Right then I realized that Self-Service was the new norm, and the brave new world of “Self-Fulfilling-Optimization” had arrived. If I was to survive, I would have to transition to open minded ideologies, embrace constant change, and deviate my decision-making processes (at least more than I was used to).

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Topics: Millennials, Recruiting Best Practices

Delivering a Successful Diversity Recruiting Program

Posted by Roopesh Nair on May 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Diversity has been a hot topic in the corporate world for years now. It seems every other organization has been scrambling to prove their commitment to diversifying their workplace cultures—issuing new policies, PR announcements, and mission statements at a breakneck pace.

That’s all well and good, but companies that are truly serious about diversity know they need to start at the source: diversity recruiting. Why all this hullabaloo about diversity in recruiting? And—just as importantly—how do you ensure your own diversity recruiting efforts deliver? Let’s explore:

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Topics: Engagement and Experience, Millennials, Talent Acquisition Strategy

Sourcing Candidates: The Spot-On Resemblance Between March Madness & Recruitment

Posted by Sheridan Gaenger on March 17, 2017 at 11:30 AM

The Matchups that Matter Most

Every year, college basketball hosts March Madness, and for a few weeks, hoops is all anyone can talk about. People fill out their tournament brackets; research their favorite teams (or just teams they believe will advance to the Final Four); and follow along with the action online, on TV, or on their smartphones.

Sourcing candidates might not seem like it has anything to do with the NCAA Tournament, but it actually is an apt comparison. Recruiting departments are faced with plenty of options when hiring candidates, and making the right choices is imperative to success—just like your tourney bracket. So how is does the health of your bracket stack up to today’s world of sourcing?

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Topics: Millennials

The Future is Now. Tips for Connecting with, and Recruiting Millennials

Posted by Sheridan Gaenger on January 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM

A millennial-driven workforce is here, but a ready-or-not attitude isn’t why you should be recruiting this generation. Millennials bring passion and a willingness to fully engage with a new job if given the opportunity. The benefits to the business can be immense and set you apart from the competition—if you can find the talent and inspire them immediately. And though recruiting these younger workers requires an updated approach, the effort can yield benefits in terms of improved quality of hire—and in less time to hire.

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Topics: Millennials, eBook

Grabbing the Attention of Connected—and Constantly Stimulated—Millennials

Posted by Sheridan Gaenger on January 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Millennials bring passion, innovation, and ambition to their careers. This enthusiasm might be their greatest asset, but it also requires a recruitment marketing strategy unlike what companies may have been comfortable with in the past.  

Here are some traits that millennials offer today’s workforce:

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Topics: Millennials, eBook

What Habits Drive Millennials in Their Job Searches

Posted by Sheridan Gaenger on December 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The millennial generation isn’t the future of the American workforce—it’s the present. Recruiting strategies that haven’t adjusted to the millennial generation’s strengths and potential are behind the curve; not recognizing the habits and preferences of younger workers will put a company at a severe competitive disadvantage.

Here are some of millennials’ behaviors, activities, and expectations that shape how they seek, apply, accept, and engage in their jobs:

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Topics: Millennials, eBook

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