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The Great Resignation

If you’ve tuned into the news lately, chances are you have probably heard of The Great Resignation of 2021, a coined term referring to the recent overwhelming spike in people leaving their jobs. Across the United States, as businesses are coming back into the office, many people have found themselves contemplating their careers (and expectations of such) after spending months, sometimes over a year at home. A new report cited in the The Business Journals suggests this could be just the beginning...

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4 Steps to Better Hiring Results in Today’s Talent Market

 Hiring in a Competitive Job Market   We get it – good people are hard to find, especially in today’s tight labor market. And it’s vital to your organization’s future to find talented people that will contribute to its success. In current times, qualified candidates apply to multiple opportunities, and this applies across the spectrum of experience and industry. Below are a few simple tips to improve your success in attracting and closing the right fit for the right role.   1. Pla...

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Employee Retention Isn’t Always About the Money

  You don’t hire people to lose them. It’s essential for your organization to retain your employees which means building a sense of role clarity, purpose, and an understanding of why things matter. Many employers are seeing high rates of turnover in their business. The combination of the Great Resignation and shorter employment spans shines a spotlight on retention. Below are beginning points to consider to improve your organization’s retention and engagement that are not tied directly to s...

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Hiring In A Tough Job Market: Our Tips For Success

Has hiring been a struggle for your business?If so, you are not alone.Many companies in Texas are experiencing recruiting woes, with a lack of candidates topping the list. It’s safe to say that it’s a “buyer’s market” on the hiring scene right now. The power lies with candidates, and the recent jobs report further proves this; the US added only 266,000 jobs in April 2021, significantly missing the 1 million expected. This news comes shortly after the jobs report for March 2021 was revised downwa...

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Sorting the Response Wave

In a previous blog post on Recruiting Effectiveness, we discussed identifying key realistic attributes and skillsets for your new hire.  Now that the resumes are pouring in, how can you effectively handle that wave of screening to find the best candidates? Here are tips to help: Understand the job description and know what you are looking for. The best way to do this efficiently, as well as to avoid legal pitfalls, is to create a resume scorecard for each position. Look for a flawless presentati...

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Recruiting with Intention

We don’t hire people to lose them. So, establishing an effective recruiting process is vital for your business to attract, retain and engage an inspired team. We at Achilles Group believe that the first phase to successfully grow your workforce consists of Intentional Recruiting Methods. In today’s positive economic environment, finding the right person for the right seat can seem like a daunting task. And what if you need to grow in large numbers quickly? Even more concerning. Take the time to ...

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Recruiting In A Hot Job Market

It’s no secret that the job market is the hottest it’s been in 50 years. Because of this, job candidates can afford to be selective about their employment prospects. In order to attract the best candidates to your business, you’ll need to put your recruiting efforts into overdrive.Here are a few tips to enhance your recruiting efforts and close the deal with preferred candidates. Treat Job Candidates with Respect. This might seem obvious, but it can be surprisingly easy to overlook simple measur...

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Stop Chasing the Purple Squirrel. Do These 4 Things Instead.

As a business owner, it’s easy to get stuck in a hiring tailspin when looking for your next employee. In a perfect world, the “right” candidate, or what we like to call “Purple Squirrel”, would deliver their resume straight to your inbox within hours of posting your job, checking off every box and meeting every requirement for the position. In reality, hiring is often much more complicated.When essential attributes get lost in looking for your next perfect hire, follow these tips: Determine the ...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Narrow the Field

The fourth step in Achilles Group’s Recruiting Effectiveness process is to the Narrow the Field or eliminate resumes from your response pool that don’t fit the bill of what you’re looking for in a job candidate. This involves sifting through resumes and conducting phone screens and occurs after you’ve selected your recruiting methods and posted your job opening.Here’s our list of Do’s and Don’ts for sorting through job post responses:DO set aside time to thoroughly review resumes. Doing so will ...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Evaluate Your Interview Process

 So, you’ve successfully navigated through the process of sorting through resumes and selected key candidates you’d like to learn more about. Now it’s time for the next step of Recruiting Effectiveness – interviewing applicants. It’s no secret that interviewing can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced hiring manager. But it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading to learn about a few of our interviewing best practices. Evaluate Your Interviewing Process– with the rising popularity o...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Determine Your Top Candidates

Now that you’ve completed the interview process for your job opening, it’s time to determine the top candidates for the role. You might already know who you’d like to hire, or you might feel torn between a few star candidates who are equally qualified for the role. How do you decide on the one final candidate to extend an offer? Keep reading to learn about different assessment methods to identify top candidates.Enthusiastic About the Job – of the candidates that are under consideration, is there...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Close the Deal, Connect & Engage

You’ve finally narrowed down your job candidates and selected one you’d like to hire. Now, it’s time to extend a job offer and on-board your newest employee. Follow these three tips to successfully close the deal, then read through our onboarding checklist to welcome your new-hire to your organization.Closing The Deal  Don’t Waste Time – time is of the essence when it comes to making an offer to your first-pick candidate. Once you’ve made a decision on who you’d like to hire, make haste and make...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Create Sustainability

So, you’ve successfully hired and on-boarded your newest employee. You might think the recruiting process is complete and it’s time to resume your normal job responsibilities. And while part of that is true, the recruiting process is an ongoing initiative.What can be done to proactively educate managers on recruiting practices? The answer is to maintain support for managers through ongoing education and training. The approach and execution will vary by organization, but it’s important to have pr...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Scoreboard & Metrics

In addition to providing ongoing support and training for your hiring managers, it’s essential to maintain a candidate pipeline, track turnover and create a metrics-driven scoreboard to continually evaluate your organization’s recruiting efforts.Maintaining a candidate pipeline will assist in forecasting and planning your hiring needs. Instead of reacting to a workload crisis and rushing to make a hire, proactively assess your employment needs on a regular basis and look to fill in necessary gap...

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Benefits and Perks Still Matter

"Reports listing the benefits and perks that entice job seekers to submit an application can revolutionize a firm's recruiting strategies. When employers know what potential hires want in a job, they can decide where to channel resources."https://www.hrdive.com/news/glassdoor-salary-reigns-as-the-top-job-attraction-but-benefits-and-perks/528758/

Setting Yourself Up For Recruiting Success

So, you’ve decided it’s time to hire someone. From the search for the right candidate to onboarding your new employee, the recruitment process can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider when hiring a new employee, and it’s best to make the hiring process as efficient as possible in order to find the right person for the position you’re looking to fill the first time around.Over the coming weeks, we’ll explore what we at Achilles Group call Recruiting Effectiveness, or what an effici...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Establish a Commitment to Hire

Last week, we discussed the importance of setting yourself up for recruiting success by putting a recruiting process together within your organization, as well as gathering the necessary tools for recruiting success. Once this step has been taken, it’s time to establish a commitment to hire, which is the second step in our recruiting effectiveness process. What would this look like within your company or business?Here are some ground rules to follow: Set Expectations. Lay the groundwork for your...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Select Recruiting Methods

Once your hiring team has been established, it’s time to take the next step in the recruiting process, and get the word out about your open position. But what is the best way to do that? Well, there isn’t just one method that works better than others. You will likely have to use a combination of recruiting methods to find your next hire. Here are some of our preferred recruiting methods:Free Job Search Websites– free job search sites, such as indeed.com, offer two perks in one place: a no-cost o...

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Effective Recruiting Is More Than Meets the Eye

Sometimes you can’t see a problem until someone from the outside points it out, and that’s particularly true in the recruiting process. What may initially be a good recruiting strategy for your company could also slow you down as the company gets larger. We wanted to provide you with an example that you might be seeing within your own organization. Meet fictional ABC Services to understand how we could help your Recruiting Effectiveness.“We always thought we were pretty good at finding the right...

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Let Us Help You With The Hard Work!

Naturally, most of us in the HR field believe ourselves to be excellent judges of character. Therefore, recruiting and hiring good people shouldn’t be too difficult for us, right? But if that’s true, why do so many companies go to outside agencies to fill their positions? Are they better judges of character than we are? Or, do we simply not want to deal with the hassle of sifting through a ton of resumes?Let’s be honest—it’s hard to judge someone’s character in one thirty-minute meeting. First o...

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