By Corey Hubbard - DreamHighr - Man About Town
Human Resources is one of the most exciting domains to be working in these days. With such fluctuation in the type of work available (remote vs in-house) and a slowly diminishing gender disparity (thanks to more women entering skilled positions), it looks like 2018 will be another interesting year for HR departments across the world.
Here are some of the major trends to look out for as the year unfolds:
Retaining Talent Via Recognition Software
Companies are well aware that employee loyalty is a tenuous rope that could snap at any moment. According to data compiled by HR Drive, as much as 75% of employee turnover could be prevented. When you consider that losing an employee costs the employer $15,000, the incentive to hold on to talent is real.
Recognition rewards are now in action for many companies, the goal of which is to provide small cash rewards to an employee when they have done something out of the ordinary. While it certainly keeps people motivated in their current position, whether it keeps them from looking for another job is still unclear.
While remote workers often have the luxury to plan their own hours, this open orientation to productivity is being applied more and more to in-house staff as well. The flexibility to work from home has been seen across a number of companies – as has the tendency to hire more freelancers. What does this mean for position responsibility? Plenty of change in these waters too, as traditional positions are being replaced by hybrid jobs based on an individual’s talents and proclivities.
Better Pay for All Talent
Wages are going up for the most in-demand talent out there, and that has a trickle-down effect on all employers and employees. In order to keep their top talent, many of whom are looking to get the best work/life balance for themselves, companies are offering all kinds of benefits they would never have had to make in the past.
Analytics is Taking Over HR Too
Every industry will benefit from big data analytics – and HR is seeing the change as we speak. One excellent example can be seen in the way Salesforce used HR talent analytics to help them hire web developers. HR analytics isolated key gaps in the talent market that had been overlooked by other employers, and Salesforce was able to fill their positions expediently and with low cost.
What is HR other than an exploration of accountability in business? The #MeToo movement has galvanized female minorities in the workforce to demand better ethical standards and a positive working environment for all. HR departments must take a more proactive approach to setting and enforce workplace standards for existing employees and future hires – an approach that can start with the government's definition of sexual harassment.
HR Will Help Guide the Future
One thing is certain about the role of human resources in 2018: it will be a stabilizing force in what is otherwise a very turbulent time for companies navigating work from home packages and female employees dealing with the menace of sexual harassment in the workplace.
by Corey Hubbard - DreamHighr - Man About Town
When employers in the tech industries and other fields need new talent, they have access to millions of resumes. Between recruiters, online career sites, and individual databases, most hiring managers can be overwhelmed by how many candidates they have access to. For successful candidates, standing out among the millions in the crowd is essential to landing the right job. A well-written resume that looks good on paper may not be the right resume for applicant tracking systems used by many employers. The ATS looks for discoverable keywords that indicate a potential candidate has the skills and experience for a specific job. This means that a resume must be written for a specific job and not just as a general highlight of the candidate.
One of the best ways to be noticed, first by the ATS and then by the hiring manager, is with the first paragraph of an old-fashioned resume: the Objective Statement.
The Old Objectives with New Twists The problem that many employers have with the objective statement is that it focuses on the candidate. Not many hiring managers care about what a prospective employee wants. They are more concerned that the people have the skills and relevant job experience that the company wants. For hiring managers that have to sort through thousands of resumes over the course of a recruitment, the only thing they have time to focus on is the specific skill set to the job.
Most HR staffers will skip over the first part of a resume that begins with “Objectives.” Since the headline on a resume draws attention quickly, try inviting readers with a more targeted title. Some examples that bring results include:
● Performance Summary
● Skills Review
● Career Summary
Each of these headlines tells the reader what you can do, or what you have done, instead of what you want. They create interest with a compelling heading.
Once you have a heading that will appeal to a hiring manager, getting your resume in front of a human reader is the true challenge. Most of the time, companies will rely on the ATS to weed out thousands of irrelevant resumes. It does not matter how compelling a headline is if the keywords that trigger the ATS are not in the subsequent paragraph.
Creating the perfect resume requires research and brainstorming. Go beyond the hiring manager and try to determine what the company’s customers are looking for. Focus on the skills that the job requires to reach a new audience – the people the company is trying to serve.
In addition to digging deeper into the job itself, consider the language of the company. It’s okay to rely on specific jargon and acronyms that an ATS may be searching for. Identify the right keywords for the job and then adjust the summary paragraph to include relevant terms.
Break Out Information
In addition to highlighting skills, using job-specific language helps demonstrate familiarity with the industry. However, don’t make the mistake of trying to overload the paragraph that headlines a resume.
Speaking in a prospective employer’s language to describe capabilities and skills can be effectively accomplished throughout a resume. Use bullet points to break out specific skills and use keywords to focus attention that will generate ATS hits and be easy for a human reader to notice.