Presented by Trinet It would be an understatement to say the preferences of the nation’s workforce have evolved over the last decade. Our technology-driven, digitally connected and increasingly mobile society has spurned an increasing interest in more flexible and remote working arrangements. For many, the concept of working full-time for one organization is not an attractive option. This has led to a significant rise in the number of contract or contingent workers, especially in professional markets such as accounting, marketing, IT and research. The increase in contingent workers has coincided with the ongoing escalation in costs associated with running a business and hiring employees. These costs can include payroll, healthcare, retirement benefits, and insurance. They can be particularly prohibitive for start-up ventures and small-to-midsize businesses. When a young company can’t accurately forecast cash flow one year out, hiring contingent workers can be a prudent … [Read more...] about The rise of contingent workers: Hiring the best talent or courting risk?
Hiring the right talent
AI is on every CIO’s mind. It’s coming down to earth and getting to work. And many corporations are flush with cash from tax reform. They can afford to invest in AI. But for many, there’s a roadblock: where can they find the talent they need to deploy AI in their organizations? The fact is, in the short term (and probably in the long term too, if we prepare well), AI is going to create at least as many jobs as it eliminates. Right now, however, the shortage of AI talent is acute. But enterprises don’t just need computer scientists. They also need AI-savvy functional specialists to work alongside the more technical talent. These subject matter experts, in every field across the enterprise, will need new skills and a new mindset. These skills and mindset are teachable. But what’s the best way to teach them? And for the many organizations who will need to hire external AI talent, what’s the best way to go about it? AI talent is in demand, so it … [Read more...] about 6 ways to find AI talent—are you looking in the right places?
SAN FRANCISCO -- While there is typically a lot of hype around whatever the latest hot startup is, most startups in general have trouble growing their employment numbers in the face of Silicon Valley giants that can throw more money at talented developers and engineers. oDesk, described by CEO Gary Swart as "the world's largest online workplace," gathered together a group of panelists with different experiences in the tech start-up space for a discussion on Wednesday evening about the realities of these "talent wars." Swart said that it takes approximately 90 days to hire an employee, and if you don't it right, it will take a long time to get rid of that employee as well. As a first-time, venture-backed entrepreneur, Rob LaFave, co-founder and CEO of online local food marketplace Foodzie, admitted that his company struggled about how to approach these challenges, noting that they had to remember to be flexible when it came to hiring. In reflection of the idea behind oDesk, Swart … [Read more...] about Panel: How startups are fighting to find the right talent
When Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) was first established in 1835, being agile wasn't written into its modus operandi. However, 182 years later, Gerard Florian, ANZ group executive of technology, said being agile is front of mind for the bank that suddenly finds itself innovating like a technology firm. Speaking at Australia's Asian Future Summit 2017 in Sydney last week, Florian said the notion of being agile is driven from the top, from CEO Shayne Elliott and his strategic plan to hire the right people for the right roles. When announcing Florian's appointment in November, Elliott -- who only took on the role of CEO a couple of months prior -- said technology holds a critical importance in transforming ANZ, a "strategic shift" the bank was embarking on. "Elephants can dance and I guess from our side you can be agile even if you're 180 years old, as long as you've got the right leadership," Florian said, quoting IBM's Louis V Gerstner. "The biggest things for me, and … [Read more...] about Innovation starts with finding the right people: ANZ bank
With technology increasingly intertwined with all aspects of business, [email protected] can help you -- from prosumers to small businesses with fewer than five employees -- get started. If you think recruiting is a pain, think about how much worse it is to wind up hiring the wrong person. It's a lesson that small companies only learn from bitter first-hand experience. In fact, about 62 percent of small business owners have made a wrong hire in their history, while slightly more than half of them reporting having settled for candidates who were not as qualified as they had hoped originally, according to research by the placement firm Robert Half. What's more, the cost of a bad hire can turn out to be expensive -- roughly the equivalent of 20 percent of an employee's salary, or $6,000-$15,000 for an average US worker. The amount climbs even higher if you're forced to replace someone who has specialized skills or occupies a senior position. For startups and small businesses, the … [Read more...] about 10 tips to avoid hiring the mistake of the century
Looking for a recruiting software? Here are three things to focus on when selecting one for your business: What type of candidates are you recruiting? How do you want to recruit them? Do you need human resources features to manage candidates post-hire?To help you answer these questions, here is our 2017 guide on how to choose the right recruiting software for your business. If you already know what you need and just want to see our recommendations for the best recruiting software, visit our best picks page.Hiring the right people is one of the toughest challenges for small businesses. Recruiting software is all-in-one solution to making the hiring process easier, even if you don't have a human resources department. It can save you time and money by helping you find the best candidates in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. Editor's Note: Looking for a recruiting software for your business? If you're looking for information to help you choose the one that's right for … [Read more...] about Choosing the Right Recruiting Software: A Guide
Looking to hire in 2014? You can post job listings on job search websites and wait for job applicants to come to you. Chances are, you'll end up with tens or even hundreds of applicants, giving you a wide pool of qualified, unqualified and irrelevant job seekers from which to choose. Or you can save your inbox — and yourself — from résumé and spam overload by looking for the perfect candidates yourself. Whether you are looking for an entry-level recent college graduate or an established professional, LinkedIn's recruiter tools and advanced search features can help you find the perfect candidates in far less time than wading through digital piles of cover letters and résumés. As the most popular professional social network with more than 250 million members, LinkedIn is a treasure trove of qualified job candidates that can help grow your small business. [What is LinkedIn?] There are several ways to recruit employees on LinkedIn. One way is to join a … [Read more...] about How to Post a Job on LinkedIn: 3 Steps to Finding the Right Employee
Waiting to hear back from a hiring manager or human resources department after an interview is stressful and nerve-wracking. It can sometimes be more taxing than the interview itself. Following up can ease your worries and keep you fresh in the interviewer's mind.However, following up can be tricky business – you don't want to seem too pushy or overbearing. If you are, this could ruin the good impression you left during the interview.Business News Daily spoke with career coaches and HR experts about the right way to follow up after a job interview.A good first step post-interview is to send a thank-you note to each interviewer."Typical protocol entails sending a thank-you email or snail mail note – better yet, both! – within 24 hours of the job interview," said Vicki Salemi, a career expert at Monster.Sending an email is a nice thing to do, Salemi said, but it also gives you the chance to share any information you may have forgotten to mention during the interview, … [Read more...] about Following Up the Right Way After Your Job Interview
It hard enough finding a good employee, but finding one who is also a good salesperson can be especially challenging. It's not the kind of thing you can do on the fly.XB Consulting, an executive coaching and business consulting firm and author of "The Perfect Hire: A Tactical Guide to Hiring, Developing, and Retaining Top Sales Talent" (Entrepreneur Press, July 20, 2011). "And a well-vetted process will not only help you select the right candidate, but also creates an environment that will develop and train new sales talent."how to attract and hire the best sales people. Benchmark the job. Using assessments to benchmark the job will increase the accuracy of your job definition and match the best candidates to the job. Identify the soft skills and problem-solving skills that are most important to the job and determine at what level they are performed by those who are successful on the job. Assess the "three c's" — competencies, cognitive abilities and core values — to … [Read more...] about How to Hire the Perfect Salesperson
Building a great team is high on the priority list for nearly every company. But employers no longer have the upper hand when hiring. Today's most talented professionals have their choice, with companies fighting for their attention and services. Attracting that talent to your organization is a challenge that must be met head-on, in innovative ways.The key is selling potential employees on the benefits of working with you. This makes recruiting almost a marketing effort, and in truth, the best recruiting techniques have their roots in the most effective marketing tactics. Here's how to recruit the best of the best in a job market that favors the candidate.Social media profiles have become standard tools for researching and evaluating talent. Instead of looking only at candidates' résumés, thoroughly vet them by looking at their LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media profiles."Candidates' social media profiles [can highlight] personal experiences and interests that tie into … [Read more...] about 6 Steps for Learning How to Recruit the Best Talent