Why performance of HR departments should be evaluated

It seems that no one can deny the importance of effective HR management.  Sure, there are some business managers who still think and work on the assumption that the supreme value for their company is money, investments, equipment and production facilities etc.

However the recent economic downturn has proved that companies which possessed the best human resources managed to survive, and even managed to conquer new potential markets in the form of attracting new customers, thus making us re-think on the fact that “Business is run by people, no matter how efficient and smart the IT solutions are”.

For this tactical reason, it is important for every organization to measure performance of its human resource department.  The problem is that HR or the personnel department does not earn money unlike other departments, and to the contrary it spends financial resources in order to hire, educate and retain the best of professionals in a strategic business area.

Human Resource departments believe in human resource investment, which has time and again proved to be one of the most effective long-term investment tools.

However not many HR departments can be effective in this and can be more of a bane than a boon for many companies. The reason being they misuse the company money for cheap and unproductive training programme.

Hence it makes us consider many factors to take into account when working with personnel. Thereby using a balanced scorecard system, it is possible for the management to evaluate the human resource performance and thereby align the HR goals with the strategic goals of the company, its mission and values.

Evaluation of HR performance is a must for any companies as it in turn contributes to improvement in effective “two- way communication” and proper feedback system, the system of education, training and coaching.

Proper HR policy even improves the organizational climate and employee satisfaction. Use of a balanced scorecard for HR performance is recommended for heads of human resource departments and top managers of big companies who want to optimize work of their enterprises and firms.

 

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How to create and promote your Online resume in Twitter

Social media recruiting is growing at an increasing pace day by day. Recruiters are active more on social and professional networking sites than job portal sites looking out for new talents. One social networking site that is growing in leaps and bounds is Twitter, which is being used by many of the companies. Organizations say that Twitter is more like a PR tool for them. This has made active job seekers, consultants etc to actively follow companies on twitter.

But what many people are not much aware of the fact is that Twitter can be used to create an online resume of yours in less than 140 characters which can be circulated amongst friends or companies.

Here is how you can create an online resume in twitter in less than 140 characters.

  1. Job Title Creation: – Create the title or the position you are seeking for.
  2. Location Inclusion: – Include your location by adding the #tag or Hashtag of the location where do you want to work or relocate to.
  3. Use Hash tags frequently: – Hash tags are a way for Twitter users to classify tweets and group them together. Recruiters use hashtags as a way to search for talents on Twitter. Some good examples of hash tags could be included in your Twitter resume tweets are #needajob etc.
  4. TweetMyResume: – Post your twitter resume on tweetmyresume.com, for added exposure, wherein it gets a higher visibility stance of being noticed by recruitment consultants.
  5. ReTweets: – Ask your friends and followers in Twitter to re- tweet your Twitter resume which thereby makes it viral and helps it get noticed by many people at ease.

End of the day Social media recruiting is all about making online recruitment go viral.

 

 

Small Changes in your Recruiting System can go a long way in succesful Candidate Engagement

Candidate engagement is increasing day by day. Staffing companies and organizations are ever increasingly creating a conducive stance wherein candidates can directly submit their resumes and even know the status of their resumes. The recruiters are going a step ahead wherein they get back to the candidate personally after they fill in their application or after giving the interview.

These sessions helps in solving a problem from scratch and brainstorm how an organization should look and act to a candidate. This stance helps to create the organization the leader in candidate engagement.

Candidate engagement however has a few obligations, which must be seen or taken care of by the organization, If it is to be succesful in it. They are

Setting expectations early :- Organizations after receiving a resume upload should begin turning on the auto-reply feature within the ATS. There is no reason why you shouldn’t turn this on today if you have this feature. I was surprised by how many people in the audience were not using it or were not aware of it.

Organization should set their expectations, and set a higher productive stance wherein every candidate submission is replied back via their ATS. The key however is to concentrate on the messaging of this auto-reply and how long the process will take.

Should all candidates be treated equally? – First off, I think an auto-reply should be sent to all candidates that submit an application. But after that should you feel compelled to treat everyone the same? In a perfect world, sure but our world is far from perfect. If you have limited labor resources, I’d recommend putting candidates in tiers. Candidates that don’t fit the job description should be sent a generic rejection email, which is quite easy to do in your ATS.

Candidates that you interview should always receive a personal call that they didn’t receive the job. And finalists should receive a conversation from a recruiter to gauge their interest in future positions in the company as they would still be good fits for the company in the near future.

Candidate engagement is not that difficult. There are a number of small things that you can do in order to improve the experience of the candidates that are coming through your recruitment marketing system every day. The key is doing it in a channelized manner than just doing it for the sake of it .

Importance of Strategic Recruiting

Recruiters today have a common problem of finding an adequate pool of talent. Despite job portals, social networking and other recruitment sites, the problem lies in finding and placing the right candidate. The situation turns to either less qualified people applying for the job or talented people applying for the job but with a higher expectation in the compensation package. This has caused a stance wherein firms are becoming a bit apprehensive about selecting the right candidate for the job and in turn is causing the firms negative reputation about not having a proper hiring policy among potential job seekers.

What makes Strategic Recruiting a Success?

Strategic recruiting is the norm of the day, as it forms a pipeline to schedule the candidates as and when the company needs a new inflow of talent. It helps both in short term as well as the long termrecruiting strategy of the organization as it helps in streamlining the activities completely. This helps in higher operational delivery to the organization

Strategic recruiting helps us in determining the best talent selection for the organization. The reason being strategic recruiting is intertwined with multiple sub sect recruiting components which will help us in getting the best people interested, who are capable of handling the job. As the metrics are directly interlinked with the recruiting process, they ensure a higher occupational match between the candidate and the organization.

Organizations Strategic recruiting processes differs, but the baseline remains the same, that is getting the best talent at the highest productivity and properly retaining him. This forms the right approach for every organization.

Successful components in a Strategic Hiring process are

  1. Identifying and prioritizing the jobs
  2. Candidate targeting and placement conversion ratio
  3. Recruitment sources
  4. Trained recruitment process
  5. Candidate evaluation and hiring.

 

Retention of Talent in Organizations

The current personnel skills shortage is a major business constraint which is hampering organizational growth around the world. Although hiring has gone big time, post recession with the signs of economy recovering, the challenge now lies in ensuring and retaining a sustainable talent pool of personnel for companies today.

Organizations say that, position in top and middle management slots nearly 45 % of them become vacant, as the challenge lies in finding the right hire. Although organizations are aware of the fact they cannot do much as it’s an ever persisting problem.

Organizations acknowledge that the talent shortage is an issue that they can overcome by retaining the person successfully by adopting a more sustainable approach to his work space issues, and look outside traditional hiring methods which eventually are successful in a timely and cost effective manner.

Internal job changes, job rotation and job role changes creates a lot of challenging situations which help in high retention of an employee as the people already familiar with the company and its business objectives. The job role function differs which can be made accurate by a person based on his.

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Values and mindset
  • Personality and intelligence, (Emotional Competency).

Measure your Quality of Hire

Quality of hire is directly interlinked to the measure of how well a new person meets the performance needs of the job. The performance management process of the job and the candidate involvement is very crucial here.

When should you measure quality of hire?

Try measuring your quality of hire in 3 interval stages mainly

  • Before
  • During
  • After

Based upon this we can know, whether our hiring decisions were accurate or not and is comparable to measuring the hiring quality as per the industry standards. Compare a candidate’s past accomplishments to what needs to be done on the job across a rating factor scale.

Some of the factors include technical competency, emotional intelligence, and motivation to do the required work. The evaluation is based on asking candidates to provide detailed examples of accomplishments that best relate to the actual performance objectives of that position.

This performance based approach to measure and control quality of hire is possible as it meets a lot of organizational key needs. The biggest advantage is, that it’s not that difficult to implement and can be easily tracked from a process control and feedback standpoint.

So plan out your hiring objectives and go for it.

Channelizing LinkedIn’s Potential.

Yesterday, we were talking about how to potentialize on the power of LinkedIn groups. Today I want to take the discussion ahead on how to channelize your LinkedIn account’s potential to its fullest.

You can add a few points mentioned below in your LinkedIn to make your job search activity more effective.

  1. Update your profile completely: – Take care to update your profile completely, and include complete educational details, past and present employers, professional recognitions, awards and the keywords related to your job and activities. Include recommendations from people who are known to you. Do share your complete contact details so that the employer can easily contact you.
  2. Network Building: -Try adding people who could hire you, or even help you to refer a job. Your networking list must be strong enough to showcase your profile on the top, so that they can be easily listed on the top searches, which helps recruiters to easily find you, when they are looking for potential candidate hiring.
  3. Interview preparation using LinkedIn: – LinkedIn helps you to research on people and companies, who will be interviewing you beforehand. This helps us to prepare for the job by speaking and networking with people on the same job roles and thereby prepare ourselves for the interview at ease.
  4. Joining and Participating in LinkedIn Groups: – Joining and participating in LinkedIn groups as discussed before will help recruiters identify you easily. This helps in building a larger contact base of like minded individuals from your domain.
  5. Job Search options: – LinkedIn’s job board function helps us in directly applying or mail the hiring manager. LinkedIn even helps us to write to companies, recruiters based on job postings we like, with our complete list of details.
  6. Follow and Identify Companies: – LinkedIn allows us to follow and identify companies. This option can be done from industry, geography to better expand you network. Through this option we can come to know how many hiring’s and recruiting activities have been taking place in the company recently.
  7. Create and promote your blogs / articles /webinars/ other social media networks like Slideshare etc optimizing them on LinkedIn.
  8. Last but not the least, update your profile regularly, this helps in getting better exposure, as your profile update will be visible to all the people in your network. Include Social Media Links on your profile, this helps recruiter to analyze that you are a media-savvy person. Include your LinkedIn profile link in all your e-mail correspondences, to better grow your network.

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