Five strategies to overcome the US’s labor shortage of the 2020s

The US economy is in an unusual position, and so are employers. Demand is strong. Consumers are flush with cash and spending more. Vaccinations rates are rising, and Covid19 cases have fallen by a third across the country. Normally, we…

Google’s Job Search changes requires action and will improve applicant experiences

Google has changed its Jobs Search function in ways that have either already gone into effect or will take place on October 1. The new system should improve the experience of  job searching. However, these changes will require recruiters to…

Generation Z is highly practical. Five tips for recruiting our first digitally native generation.

The labor shortage in the US will be long-lasting because of low birth rates, retiring baby boomers, immigration that is not up to the demand for skilled and unskilled labor, and the difficulties of automating professional services. To overcome these…

Five New Priorities for 2022 HR budgets

One of the most difficult budgets to prepare for any company is the human resources budget. HR leaders and their executive teams need to anticipate the needs for next year for both the HR department and for leading the workforces.…

Seven solutions to overcome the double tsunami of labor shortages and rocking wages.

The turnover tsunami of 9.3 million US open jobs is now being joined by a new storm: labor wage increases. Total private sector US wages are now up 7.9 percent from February 2020, and the wages for low-wage earners in…

Structured interviews lead to great hires.

A client called asking for a referral for a behavioral interviewing vendor. While I applauded her initiative to improve the interview skills of her hiring managers, I had to ask, "Why behavioral interviewing?" It ran its course ten years ago,…

Recruiter survey reveals dramatically changing post-pandemic recruiting and technology priorities.

Jobvite’s latest annual survey of hundreds of recruiters and HR professionals shows many critical differences one year after the coronavirus pandemic. Recruiting priorities have changed.  Due to the lack of skilled candidates and competition from other employers, the quality of…

Improve employee productivity and retention with in-person onboarding in 2021

The pandemic had us all rushing to implement digital technology for the survival of our businesses. We made these investments in order to keep employees aligned to the organization’s mission, changes, and goals. Take a bow, everyone, as your success…

Five hallmarks of excellent candidate experience for the 2020s

Last year was a year like no other. The pandemic nearly shut down recruiting in the Spring and dramatically changed how leading companies recruit, use digital technology, and communicate with candidates. Companies that ignore these winning trends to improve the…

The good, the bad, and the ugly of recruiting — and five components of success.

I have been involved with recruiting for more than 30 years and have never before seen a disruption in recruiting (and HR and leadership practices) as serious as the one in the past tumultuous year. I led recruiting and human…