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Basics for Writing Job Descriptions

The job description is where your business’s hiring criteria are first formally set forth. But this doesn’t mean just any garden-variety job description will do. The job description you’ll construct will [more…]

How to Write a Great Job Posting

Writing a good job posting is a critical step in the hiring process, but the task is often more difficult than many people think. Obviously, you won’t have candidates beating down your door to apply for [more…]

How to Use Applicant Tracking Systems for Employee Recruiting

An applicant tracking system (ATS), sometimes called an e-recruiting system, offers a central location and database for an organization’s employee recruiting efforts. Information can be gathered from internal [more…]

How to Use Employee Profile and Time Management Systems

An employee management system, often called a human resources information system (HRIS), is the traditional foundation of a company’s HR technology. It serves as a central repository of employee data. [more…]

How to Consider Intangible Attributes in Your Business’s Hiring Decisions

The really tough part of any business hiring evaluation process is attaching numerical ratings to the intangibles,those attributes that are difficult to measure. Here are some suggestions on how to tell [more…]

How to Catch Résumé Warning Signs

Résumé writing is a good example of the law of unintended consequences in business, which can help you understand a potential hire. Sometimes what’s not in a résumé or what’s done through carelessness [more…]

Applicant Tests: Integrity and Polygraph Tests

Selecting the right test for an applicant to your business probably won’t be a problem because choices abound. Dozens of commercial test publishers collectively produce thousands of tests. You can find [more…]

How to Align Staff with Business Needs

Strategic staffing in your business begins with an effort to reassess your department’s human resource requirements in the context of your firm’s business priorities. It’s a mindset rather than a process [more…]

The Difference between Employee, Contingent Worker, and Independent Contractor

When looking outside the company to hire new employees, you have a number of options. If core team members are fully occupied, and you have new tasks that must be handled on an ongoing basis, it probably [more…]

How to Kick Off the Employee Hiring Process

You should always have a general idea before you start any employee recruiting effort of how you intend to conduct and manage the process. A good way to begin is to set a deadline for when, ideally, you [more…]

How to Recruit Potential Employees through Online Job Boards

Job boards are extremely popular with job seekers. These websites, used by employers to advertise jobs, may be the best way for a company to reach a large number of candidates quickly. Literally thousands [more…]

How to Recruit Potential Employees through Your Company Website

There was a time when ambitious employment candidates would try to study up on the company they were applying to by requesting company literature — annual reports, sales material, marketing brochures — [more…]

Approaches to Employee Pay Levels in Your Organization

One of the main tasks in any effort to create an equitable and effective wage and compensation system for employees is to develop a consistent protocol for setting pay levels for every job in your organization [more…]

Pay Structures Based on Employee Skills

One major trend in wage systems in recent years is to base pay on what workers can do — the skills, knowledge, and talents they bring to the company — and not the nature of the positions they fill. To [more…]

How to Launch an Employee Appraisal Program

When you set up a new performance appraisal system, you need to gather input from both senior management and employees. You also need to make sure that the program is workable and well communicated throughout [more…]

Pros and Cons of Different Employee Appraisal Approaches

The basic ingredients in all employee appraisal systems are pretty much the same: setting performance criteria, developing tracking and documenting procedures, determining which areas should be measured [more…]

How to Develop Employees to Take Over Key Positions

In a way, succession planning of employees is the culmination of career and leadership development. It’s where you identify — from among your developing leaders — individuals who have the most potential [more…]

How to Pinpoint Employee Succession Candidates

Businesses manage employee succession in different ways based on their individual cultures. Most businesses agree that the primary goal is to create a pipeline of talent by offering top performers extra [more…]

How to Develop Interactions with Employees as Succession Candidates

Companies handle their interaction with employees who are succession candidates in different ways. Some hire and promote people with the message that they’re being groomed either for a specific position [more…]

How to Assess Employee Succession Outcomes

A succession plan is important, but it’s not enough. That’s because a plan doesn’t develop your employees. They need experience, advice, mentorship, and feedback from you. [more…]

Why Mentoring Can Be a Good Tool for Employee Growth

Mentoring among employees can be a great tool for fostering overall career development for your staff. It provides an eye toward career development that can last a professional lifetime. That means using [more…]

How to Implement an Employee Mentoring Program

Developing and implementing a mentoring program takes more than the best of intentions. First, pinpoint your specific goals and make sure that they align with the organization’s goals and will benefit [more…]

Factors of a Good Employee Training Program

Employee training can take many forms. Here are some of the factors that most often influence the effectiveness of a program, regardless of which form it takes. [more…]

Pros and Cons of E-Learning for Employee Training

The use of computer-based and online technology to deliver employee training content has become commonplace throughout corporate America. The great payoff of e-learning is its flexibility and speed, delivering [more…]

Employee Development through Conferences, Seminars, and Mentoring

Employee training should be an ongoing process. As new employees get acclimated to your company, they should continue to develop skills and take on new responsibilities. There are many ways to provide [more…]


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