Hire Heroes to Combat Talent Shortage

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Candidate scarcity is becoming an increasingly common challenge due to record unemployment lows. In addition to making changes in how they hire, many smart Hiring Managers are realizing the value of transferable skills – and that veterans, an often-overlooked group when it comes to stellar employees, have them in spades. In addition to possessing great technical skills, veterans also have many sought-after competencies that we look for in job candidates. Thanks to their prior military training and career, they have polished their skills in leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving to a fine shine – not to mention their training on how to work under pressure was a bit more rigorous than many of their civilian counterparts. And that’s just a few of their many marketable strengths. Here are a few more:

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OHUB Announces Historic Partnership With The ActOne Group To Increase The Diversity Of The STEM Workforce

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LOS ANGELES, CA (September 21, 2018): Today, Opportunity Hub (OHUB) and ActOne Group announced a new partnership to diversify the STEM workforce. OHUB is advancing its mission to ensure everyone has access to STEM jobs by joining forces with the ActOne Group, a global employment and workforce management company founded by Janice Bryant Howroyd. Howroyd is the first African American woman to build and run a $1 billion business, which includes AllSTEM, a staffing company focused on placing talent with the STEM related skills OHUB helps members develop.

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Tiebreaker: How to Decide When You Have Selected Your Top Potential Hires

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You’ve done all the right things: wrote a comprehensive job description, reviewed countless resumes, met and interviewed several hopefuls. Now your hard work has paid off and you are down to two (or three) top candidate picks. When faced with several viable candidates, how do you decide? Here are some desirable employee traits you can use to determine who would not just be a good hire, but a great addition to your team:

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Why Smart Employers are Hiring on Potential, Not Experience

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While it’s most employers’ go-to measuring stick, past performance is not a guarantee for future success. Combined with today’s low unemployment rate, many hiring managers are realizing that focusing on experience and even education often leaves them with slim and costly pickings. To address this, many have explored evaluating for potential as a hiring tactic. Here are five reasons why hiring for potential and not experience is an increasingly smart strategy:

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So You Want to Hire an Intern? Strategies for a Successful Internship Program

 

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Smart companies know that the benefits of hiring an intern go far beyond having someone to do coffee runs for the department. Interns can be field-tested potential hires who already know your culture, and will require minimal on-boarding and training. If well-chosen and mentored, they can be excellent investments towards your company’s growth and succession planning. In addition, happy interns are great ambassadors. They can help you attract and build a robust candidate pool – a great benefit particularly when the talent market is tight. Here are several best practices to successfully attract, nurture and manage interns so everyone gets the best out of the internship: Continue reading “So You Want to Hire an Intern? Strategies for a Successful Internship Program”

Three Strategic Salary Negotiation Tips for Successful Hiring

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With unemployment down and candidate scarcity increasingly becoming a real challenge, employers have identified hiring as a top workforce priority they need to solve for growth. One key aspect of hiring is salary negotiation. While successful salary negotiation has the immediate benefit of helping you secure the applicant you wish to hire long-term, it can also impact employee engagement and even retention. Here’s how you can get your money’s worth while making a worthwhile offer to prospective hires:

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Four Tips for Making Employee Vacations Work for You and Your Team

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With employee retention and engagement being very real challenges to many employers, the last thing a smart manager wants to do is to deny vacation requests. In addition to employees being entitled to the time off, research also shows that vacations or ‘down time’ are vital to keeping employees satisfied with their jobs, engaged; and not getting burnt out. Here are some tips for how to coolly manage your team’s vacation schedule even as the temperatures continue to rise:

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In Honor of Our Heroes: 3 Great Reasons Why Military Spouses Are Workplace Superstars

 

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As we remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, we would also like to shine the light on their spouses and comrades whose hearts were and are with them on the battlefield. Our military personnel and their families make great sacrifices for our country and AppleOne is committed to doing everything we can to support them. Our partnership with the Military Spouses Employment Program (MSEP) ensures that military spouses can find high-quality jobs that allow them to reach their full career potential.

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