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Pop quiz: Does your organization have an employment brand? No? Wrong answer. Every organization has an employment brand. Whether it’s defined or not: That is the question – the answer to which could either put you way ahead of the competition when it comes to recruitment… or leave you way behind.
If clearly defined (and clearly communicated), your employment brand can be one of your biggest recruiting assets.
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Today’s modern-day workforce is extremely competitive. The 12 million people unemployed and eight percent national unemployment rate affirms this. On top of the volatile economy, employees are becoming better educated, more agile, highly tech-savvy and adaptable within their work environments.
Certainly there are those with desireable traits who can deter a questionably combative workforce. Did Charles Darwin’s prediction of “survival of the fittest” come 200 years early?
As if those emails piling into your inbox on an hourly basis isn’t enough, there’s construction on your route to work, that guy who was texting while driving just cut you off, the person in the left lane in front of you is going so slooooooowwww, oh wow — you just got cut off again. You can feel your blood pressure boiling… and you’re not even at the office yet.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an ‘easy button’ when it came to recruiting? A way to pinpoint exactly where the candidates you need are hiding? A litmus test to predict which candidates will be successful in your organization? A navigation device to show you where you need to focus your recruiting efforts and what message you need to send to bring in a better quantity and quality of applicants?
Does swearing at work curse you professionally? A new CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and 3,800 workers nationwide sheds light on how employers and employees view cursing in the workplace.
Who’s Got the Biggest Potty Mouth?
Over half of workers (51 percent) admitted to swearing in the office. Of that group, 95 percent said they do so in front of their co-workers, while 51 percent cuss in front of the boss.
Last week, many of us listened, asked questions, and tweeted with the #betterjobs hashtag as David Clark, senior manager of product operations and job optimization at CareerBuilder, and Victor Gipson, manager for client support, shared their insights and tips on how hiring managers can create and enhance their job postings for search engine optimization (findability) and context (more compelling and clear content) in CareerBuilder’s “Creating Effective Job Postings that Attract the Best Talent.