3 New Year’s Resolutions for Every HR Professional

Topics: media services, career sites, candidate experience, recruitment strategy, analytics

Posted by Jennifer Henley on Jan 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Every year, we all resolve to make changes. We keep some resolutions, while others fall by the wayside. I believe that the more practical the resolution, the greater chance we have of keeping it. Here are the three simple and reasonable resolutions that every talent acquisition professional should make in 2017.

Resolution #1: Make the candidate experience a priority

Everyone talks about the candidate experience. No doubt it is on your agenda, but have you actually taken a hard look at the actual experience you offer candidates? I suggest that you start by pretending to be a candidate. Search for a job that you offer, and see whether your company appears. Follow the candidate’s path through to your career site. Consider it through the eyes of a job seeker:

  • Is there a visually appealing employment brand that communicates who you are and what you offer?
  • What relevant career-related content are you providing? Does it answer the questions of a typical candidate, including “What’s in it for me?” (Here’s a site we created that does just that.)
  • Is it easy to navigate and find a job?
  • How difficult is the application process?
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The Challenges of Multi-location Recruiting: A “Quick Chat” with William Poynter of HealthSouth

Topics: talent pipeline, candidate experience, location recruiting, recruitment strategies

Posted by Nancy Caputo on Aug 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare, offering both facility- and home-based post-acute services in 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospices.   

If anyone has firsthand experience recruiting for multiple locations, it would certainly be William Poynter, vice president of talent acquisition for HealthSouth Corporation. William began working for HealthSouth in 2009 in the role of director of talent acquisition. His recruitment experience dates back to 1990, and he has specialized in healthcare recruiting for 12 years.

What are your overall recruitment challenges?

Our recruitment objectives vary, but healthcare recruiting, in general, is challenging. The most demanding aspect is recruiting the volume of healthcare professionals in nursing and therapy. We use all tools available to us to reach that population.

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Is your career site lost in cyberspace?

Topics: career sites, SEO, candidate experience

Posted by Matt Adam on Jun 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Connecting to top candidates is the key to recruitment success. But what if your ideal candidate can’t find their way to your career site? What are some of the ways you can reach out and engage the talented professionals you need to keep your organization strong and growing? Let’s cover the basics:

 You have to use a multimedia approach to reach great candidates.

Gone are the days when you could advertise in one media and find all the candidates you were looking for. Today the media world is extremely fragmented and only getting more so. Targeted media falls into two main buckets…it is either offline media (like newspapers, trade journals, direct mail, radio, billboards, transit advertising, etc.) or online media (such as job boards, banner ads, e-blasts, social networking sites, virtual worlds, you name it). The correct mix is determined by your budget, the target market, the number of people you need to fill and the geographic locations of the jobs.

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Where do our experts go for inspiration?

Topics: recruitment marketing, candidate experience, HR blogs

Posted by NAS on May 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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While NAS Talent Talk is our very favorite blog, the team here likes to keep up to date with all of the other experts within the recruitment marketing and technology landscape. This week, we provide you with links to some of our other favorite blogs. Check them out and let us know what your favorites are!

Matt Adam, Executive Vice President and Chief Talent Strategist, selects:

Unbridled Talent

Jennifer McClure is very upbeat and has experience as a true practitioner in our industry. She speaks and consults and always keeps current on recruiting trends.

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Kindergarten for career sites: Best practices to enhance the candidate experience

Topics: career sites, candidate experience

Posted by Matt Adam on May 5, 2016 9:00:00 AM

 

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You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Web-pression.

So, you’ve got lots of great candidates coming to your site. These are smart people you desperately want to hire. Let’s break down, in very simple terms, what a candidate wants when they visit your website. To make this easy to remember, let me take you back to a great teacher from your past…your kindergarten teacher. Kindergarten is when you learned your vowels. Everyone remember their vowels? A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. Every word has got to have at least one of these and, in my opinion, every website has to have ALL of them. Let’s drill down on each.

A: Authentic. Your site has got to be authentic and real. Here are a few guidelines to make sure your site delivers on this tenet. Cut the corporate mumbo jumbo. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see. Candidates don’t read sentences, let alone paragraphs and paragraphs of information on the web. They scan; they look for facts and figures and the information most useful to them. Focus on the differentiators. Include content that sets you apart, rather than information that sounds just like what everyone else is saying.

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