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HR Roundup: Week of June 26, 2015

In Human Resources — by Erin Engstrom

Recruiterbox HR RoundupThe Psychology of Hiring: Liking Someone Doesn’t Predict a Good Hire
Hiring managers are human, and humans are prone to bias–both negative and positive. But you can put steps in place to make your assessment of candidates as objective as possible. source: ERE Media’s TLNT blog

What to do When You Can’t Find Good Candidates
With the falling unemployment rate, job seekers have more options now than they did several years ago. Employers need to take proactive measures in order to stand out from the competition and appeal to candidates. source: TalentCulture

How to Turn Your New Hire into a Great Employee
A thorough onboarding process is key to employee retention. From setting milestones to implementing a buddy system, here are 10 steps you can take to ensure a satisfying work experience for your new employees. Ultimately, a little preparation can save you tens of thousands of dollars in hiring costs. source: Undercover Recruiter

Growing Skills Gap: 80% of Small Businesses Can’t Find Qualified Staff
Small businesses have fewer resources to devote to recruiting but they’re also more likely to occupy niche industries. So they’re getting creative with their hiring practices, bringing in inexperienced workers and putting them through on-the-job training programs. source: The Guardian

Why the Startup PingTank Hired a 12-Year-Old
Talk about creative hiring! This Los Angeles-based company, the maker of an emoticon app, recently brought on a 12-year-old–at the VP level, no less. After emailing the CEO with ideas about how to make the product more appealing to the teen/tween demographic, Sammy Parsley was appointed vice president of youth marketing. Due to child labor laws, though, he’s not compensated in cash. source: Forbes

4 Ways to Level the Playing Field of Small Business Recruitment
Technology is making it easier than ever before for small businesses to compete with the big dogs when recruiting new employees. From strategic social media postings to a stellar careers site, entrepreneurs have a number of tools at their disposal in their quest to attract top hires. source: Entrepreneur

How SurveyMonkey is Coping After the Death of Dave Goldberg
Following the sudden passing of their CEO, leaders of SurveyMonkey must balance managing the emotions of employees while guiding the company through a period of intense growth. A number of executives from other Silicon Valley companies are stepping in to help mentor senior employees and continue the corporate culture created by Goldberg. source: The New York Times

The Fundamental Fallacy of Modern Recruiting
As companies scale and roles become more specialized, the gap between recruiters and hiring managers grows. To combat hiring need ambiguity, founders should continue to take an active role in the recruiting process. Training and mentorship post-hire also goes a long way to facilitate employee success. source: TechCrunch

10 Reasons Hiring an Older Worker May be the Best Decision You Ever Make
Ageism runs rampant in industries like tech, but their are plenty of reasons not to discount the gray hairs who apply to your openings. To name a few: Baby boomers tend to be more loyal, have larger networks and be lower maintenance than their millennial counterparts. source: The Street

5 HR Tools for Time-starved Startups to Help Build the Perfect Team
To retain employees, you need to engage them–and these apps help you do just that. Peer-to-peer recognition, collecting staff feedback and performance reviews are among the challenges these solutions tackle. source: Geektime

About the author
Erin Engstrom is the web content strategist at Recruiterbox. I’m in Chicago for now, but hope to take advantage of Recruiterbox’s remote workplace and do the digital nomad thing. Relax and eat the elephant one bite at a time.

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