The Challenges of Modern Hiring

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Expert tips for dealing with today’s talent pool

If you compare today’s hiring process with just a generation ago, you’d see many differences. Just think back to those days. Fancy résumés on stock paper. Circling ads in the classifieds. Waiting at home so you don’t miss that call…

Even compared to just a decade back, when Frontline began its path to leadership in the staffing world, you’d notice a world of difference. Just the technological advances are enough to make you stop tweeting, put down your smartphone and give pause.

At Frontline, we’re in a unique position to help both hiring companies and job seekers recognize and adjust to the challenges of the modern, hiring process.

 

Straight Communication

Gone are the days when hiring companies felt no need to give straight answers to candidates. Now, companies are expected to tell candidates a realistic timeframe for their decision. And it’s essential that they stick to their word.

Why? It’s a hot job-market, and companies wanting the good candidates had better move fast. And with review sites like Glassdoor and other social media, candidates have the power to communicate their experiences with your company to others immediately. If you’re not straightforward, other applicants will know and stay away.

 

Tech Savviness

On one level, it’s important for companies and candidates alike to keep abreast of the latest technology, especially applied to the hiring process. Before, 90% of interviews took place in the local office, face-to- face. Nowadays, it’s more like 10% in person and 90% via remote video-conferencing or video clips. Both sides need enabling technology and the skills to use it.

On the other hand, it’s equally important for companies to accommodate for lack of technical savvy on the part of candidates, especially those seeking senior positions. Online applications, Internet conferencing, and more may not be in their repertoire. And in many fields, that’s just fine – e.g., the energy or oil and gas fields, where experience and leadership count more than tweeting skills.

 

First Impressions

Do you know the average time a hiring firm looks at a candidate’s résumé? 7 seconds!

And at candidate video clips? 30 seconds!

Candidates need to recognize just how crucial first-impressions are to getting a job. Their résumé must be professional. And if they are doing a live or videotaped interview, they should show up smiling, confident, friendly, and appear as the kind of teammate the company would love to have.

Employers have to be more efficient in what they’re doing and so they’re utilizing technology to find candidates, conduct interviews and provide fast responses. And applicants are having to become more reliable on technology and understand first impressions are everything when trying to win a job with today’s competitive talent-pool.

 

Processes are Important.

Being upfront with candidates, using technology to your advantage and giving a good impression are all important to finding and hiring the perfect people for your organization.

All of the processes involved are important, and once you manage and understand this accordingly, it will be much easier to find and hire the right people in the most cost-effective manner possible.

 

What’s your biggest hiring challenge?

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Bill Kasko

Bill Kasko is President and CEO of Frontline Source Group, Inc which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Bill founded Frontline in 2004 and provides both temporary and direct placements for Technical Services, IT, Accounting/Finance, Oil and Gas Energy, HR, Medical and Administrative/Clerical positions. The company has grown from the original location in Dallas to over 24 regional locations throughout Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arizona. In 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 The Dallas Business Journal named Frontline Source Group the #1 Best Small Company to Work for in Dallas Fort Worth. Dallas Morning News Top 100 Places to work in 2014. Frontline made the list for the Inc. 500 in 2013 and Inc. 5000 in 2014 and 2015. The only staffing agency in the US to be awarded the #1 Best Staffing Firm to Work for by the Staffing Industry Analysts two years in a row: 2014 & 2015. The SMU School of Business awarded the company with the Dallas 100 award for being one of the fastest growing companies in Dallas Fort Worth in 2008, 2009 and again in 2013. At the 2008 American Staffing Association Staffing World convention in San Diego, Frontline was honored as the leader in marketing communications for staffing agencies throughout the United States and received the 2008 ASA Staffing Voice Award for Excellence. Best of Staffing Client and Talent 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, presented by Careerbuilder.com and Inavero based on reviews from Clients and Candidates. Bill also hosted the first all Employment Talk radio show weekly on CBS radio in Dallas. Prior to starting Frontline Source Group, Bill was the IT Division Director with Robert Half International and Sapphire Technologies.

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