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The Intersection of HR and Artificial Intelligence

Algorithm-powered devices (Artificial Intelligence/ AI) are being successfully used in numerous business applications, but what about HUMAN RESOURCES? Intelligent Assistants or “chatbots” simulate human conversation for recruiting and HR-related transactions and are being harnessed by numerous companies with mixed results. In a recent survey of 400 Chief Human Resources Officers by IBM, over half agreed that AI has the power to transform human resources, but the early results are mixed. On the plus side, AI programs, chatbots and virtual assistants used in human resource departments can improve efficiency by: reducing information overload focusing on a smaller candidate pool to improve Read More

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Cultural Fit: The Best Predictor of Job Performance

By Helen Hopkins, President, Hire Standard  & Blue Zebra What makes some employees succeed beautifully and others fail miserably in their new jobs? Especially when skills have been measured and meet or exceed the employer’s requirements, employment verifications are consistent, and – in some cases — the new hire may even have been referred by a current employee. It may be surprising to learn that only 11% of new hires fail due to skill deficiencies. Recent studies by management consulting firms and human resource specialists confirm that 89% of unsuccessful new hires were unable to fit into the “company culture”. Read More

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Minimizing Hiring Costs for Businesses

by Helen Hopkins, President, Hire Standard  & Blue Zebra Now that the economic engine is sputtering back to life, companies tell us they need to hire but are hamstrung by budget concerns. Many companies have squeezed as much as they can out of existing staff and must add new talent – but executives are still approaching spending with a conservative eye. How can your company bridge the gap? Try these cost-conscious solutions that you can implement quickly. Set Realistic Goals for the Time and Money: Finding a great Staff Accountant will take more than one day, but should not take Read More

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The Importance of a “Thank You” Letter

Did you know that most candidates don’t send a post-interview “Thank-You” letter? Even if you think the interview was a slam-dunk, you can always improve your chances of getting the job if you send a “Thank You” letter. In a recent survey of employers by CareerBuilder, 20% of hiring managers said they are more likely to hire a candidate whose interview is followed up by a “Thank You’ letter. And, 22% of hiring managers said they are less likely to hire a candidate who does not follow up with a “Thank You” letter or note. In this electronic age, writing a Read More

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The Role of the Client in the Recruiting Process

Employers are all looking for candidates that are the right “fit”, knowing that making the right hiring choices will save them money and time in the long run. But with so many things to handle, how can companies get the help they need to fill their available positions? Carefully choosing a staffing partner can alleviate some of the frustrations you are feeling of not being able to find the qualified candidates. However, there are a few things to consider when working with external recruiters. Careful preparation will enable your company to get the best value for the money you spend.

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2013 Employment Forecast

Many people are happy to say goodbye to 2012 and look forward to a better year for jobseekers and employers alike. The Federal Reserve predicts our economy will improve slightly in 2013 (about 2 – 2/5% according to Kiplinger and CNN). Hurricane Sandy took center stage for weeks in October and left a trail of devastation for thousands in the northeast. And while the contentious election cycle is over, the latest crisis is the “fiscal cliff” our country faces (who decided on that term, anyway?). The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that our long-term debt and additional taxes will send the economy Read More

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Salaries For Recent Grads

At Hire Standard, we interview hundreds of recent college grads annually and love to help them find that first full-time step in the professional world. Some candidates are more successful than others and the ones who struggle often wonder why. One barrier to entry can be salary expectations – sometimes unrealistic on the candidate’s part. Often we hear, ”I’ve worked hard for 4 – 6 years studying, getting good grades and have graduated, so why shouldn’t I get top dollar?” In this unpredictable job market there are many people vying for the same position — some without a degree but Read More

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Cover Letter Success

The cover letter you submit along with your resume is your chance to make that all-important first impression on a potential employer. According to Forbes Magazine, employers DO read the cover letters that accompany resumes they receive, and they DO attach importance to these letters. Hiring officials and HR professionals know how easy it is to put together a resume, and that many people use a template, so resumes have become sort of a necessary evil—critical but somewhat repetitious. Top career coaches, recruiters, and executives all agree that the letter must be personal,

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Staffing agencies cannot guarantee a job BUT they can be another source in your search for employment.

There are many avenues that can help broaden your chances for landing a new opportunity, sending out resumes, networking and of course, registering with a staffing agency. There is a popular misconception that staffing agencies “find” people work. Well, staffing agencies can be another possible avenue to find a job but recruiters do not typically “create” jobs for people. As with most professional service providers, their business is dependent upon client need. When the client has an available position, they reach out to staffing agencies to help fill the vacancies. The client contacts the staffing agency, places a request to Read More

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2012 Hiring Trends in the DC Area

Washington DC is a unique job marketplace, drawing lots of recent grads and relocations from other geographical areas. We’ve gotten the reputation of being a hotbed of hiring activity during the recession, but why are we still seeing so many unemployed job seekers? Hire Standard recognizes a disparity between the experience and expectations of the candidate and the needs of clients planning to hire. As recognized in the report recently released by Wanted Analytics, the highest demand in DC is for technology positions. Five of the top ten occupations were tech-related (systems analysts, network administrators, software engineers, etc.). Posted vacancies Read More