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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 4

Common Job Description Mistakes

A job description outlines the duties and responsibilities of a given position, and the qualifications an individual must have in order to successfully perform the job. Well-crafted job descriptions can help employers set clear expectations for employees and align individual goals with the overall goals of the company. However, all too often job descriptions lack essential information, are used inconsistently, or are rarely updated. The following are eight common job description mistakes and how to avoid them.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 3

Hiring Employees With Integrity

How do you interview for integrity?

That's a question Tom Foster asked in a recent post on his blog. His reply: "You can interview for anything that you can connect to behavior."

The first step in the process seems obvious. How does a person who has integrity behave?

Describing what integrity looks like is not as easy as it seems. Integrity is more than just honesty. A person can be honest but lack integrity. Integrity is so much broader than just telling the truth. Integrity requires doing the right thing even when it's hard. It also requires humility–accepting responsibility for your actions and knowing that you are not a one-man show.

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 2

Solving Business Challenges with Strategic Staffing - Part 2

If you think that temps are best used as fill-ins for vacationing employees, think again! Savvy executives are discovering that temporaries (and staffing services) can be used to solve some of their toughest business challenges. From easing the pain of layoffs to turning around under-productive departments and even driving revenue growth, staffing is proving to be an extremely valuable strategic tool.

In this series, we take a look at how three real-life companies have used staffing services to their advantage. This month, a box manufacturer needs to rehire after downsizing due to the recession, but they face a difficult dilemma!

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HR Insights: Vol 2, Issue 1

The Mentoring Connection for Talent Retention

To reduce turnover and retain the talent you worked hard to attract in the first place, try boosting your onboarding program with a dose of mentoring.

The first weeks are a make or break moment for your new hire. It's the time that most employees decide to stay or go. In fact, according to research from The Wynhurst Group, "22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment, and the cost of losing an employee in the first year is estimated to be at least 3 times salary." The data is convincing.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 12

The Mentoring Connection for Talent Retention

To reduce turnover and retain the talent you worked hard to attract in the first place, try boosting your onboarding program with a dose of mentoring.

The first weeks are a make or break moment for your new hire. It's the time that most employees decide to stay or go. In fact, according to research from The Wynhurst Group, "22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment, and the cost of losing an employee in the first year is estimated to be at least 3 times salary." The data is convincing.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 11

Solving Business Challenges with Strategic Staffing - Part 1

If you think that temps are best used as fill-ins for vacationing employees, think again! Savvy executives are discovering that temporaries (and staffing services) can be used to solve some of their toughest business challenges. From easing the pain of layoffs to turning around under-productive departments and even driving revenue growth, staffing is proving to be an extremely valuable strategic tool.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 10

Recruiting on Facebook

As a thought leader in talent acquisition and a leading provider of social recruitment tools, iCIMS fields a lot of questions from recruiters pertaining to the use of social media in recruitment. Surprisingly, one of the most common concerns employers express involves advertising jobs on Facebook: Specifically, could Facebook job advertising damage the company's employment brand reputation if the jobs end up posted near objectionable content?

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 9

Can Temps Drive Profit?

As a business manager, you are ultimately responsible for your organization's financial and human resources. By deploying the right staffing strategy, you can greatly enhance your ability to control costs, improve productivity, and manage risk. Need proof? Read on to discover how two businesses used strategic temporary staffing to enhance their profits.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 8

Hiring for Cultural Fit

With the workplace constantly evolving, companies should think about hiring for cultural fit as much as or even more than technical skills. Recruiting qualified candidates with the technical skills needed for a specific job is usually the easy part. The hiring managers know the skills and can tell through an effective interview if they have the technical part of the job. However, determining how a candidate will fit into the organization's culture is more challenging. The fit will be missing if a candidate's values differ from those of the company. Let's take a look at an example.

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HR Insights: Vol 1, Issue 7

Using Personality Tests to Predict the Ability to Multi-Task

Do you find yourself constantly distracted? Your attention constantly divided, jumping from one task to another? Does every day feel like you've been really busy but not really productive? The hustle and bustle of everyday life has become a regular occurrence for many people - so much so that we have embraced a word to describe our efforts to respond to the many pressing demands on our time: multitasking.

Multitasking has become so prevalent in our lives that that the youngest generations are defined by it and employers idolize workers who do it. Used for decades to describe the parallel processing abilities of computers, multitasking is now considered a required skill for peak job performance. It is shorthand for trying to get many things done in the least amount of time possible. Read on to learn how personality tests can be used to predict a worker's ability to multi-task.

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