Webinar Wrap-Up: Your Questions Answered

multiple hands overlapping for csrOur last webinar highlighted the importance of Using Corporate Responsibility as a Recruiting and Retention Tool. As with many great webinars, the presentation was followed by thought provoking questions from participants.

It seems that our panelists never have enough time to address every inquiry during the live webinar. Rather than let the discourse fade, our panelists selected eight questions they couldn’t leave unanswered.

Questions include:

  • What is the relationship between CSR and Employee Value Proposition?
  • How would you recommend encouraging a CSR strategy buy-in from company executives?
  • We do internal collections (toys, gifts, food), but can’t figure out how to get out into the community. Any suggestions?

Keep reading for practical answers to questions about the strategic and functional implementation of corporate responsibility.
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Why You Should Have a Staff Holiday Party


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During the busy holiday season, putting together yet another event or party can seem like an unwelcome chore. Companies that organize a holiday party, though, will be glad they did – here’s why:

Build relationships

Work functions with an emphasis on fun and socializing seem like an HR nightmare to some – but when conducted properly, they can have a lasting return on investment. Company culture benefits significantly from activities like a holiday party, and it provides a rare opportunity, especially for larger companies, to let employees from different departments and teams get to know one another. For some companies, the end-of-year party is one of the only occasions when everyone is able to get together and meet new faces. This type of low-key socializing is optimal for cross-departmental collaboration and is helpful as employers strive to build a cohesive team within a larger company.
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5 Hiring Tips for Warp-Speed Recruitment

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.33.41 PMRecruiting techniques and best practices are always changing, and with each new generation the workforce evolves and so should hiring techniques. Recent graduates and job seekers now expect more from their future employers than ever before.

Gone are the days of plain old job boards littered with simple and often deceptive job descriptions. Finding highly skilled candidates isn’t more difficult, if you know how.

Our latest infographic highlights 5 of the most technologically advanced hiring techniques to boost your recruitment strategy. Click here to view the infographic on our website.

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Professional References

A manager giving his millennial worker feedback to better improve his overall performance on the job.Receiving a solid letter of recommendation or reference from a supervisor, teacher or one of your peers can go a long way when you eventually start looking for a new position or job.

References should always be from verifiable sources as well as convey a positive and favorable image of your personality, achievements, and skills.

Merely asking for a reference is not enough, yet it is a mistake many job seekers make. References and letters of recommendation should always be thoroughly documented and include the name of your contact and their preferred method of communication. Let’s have a look at some do’s and don’ts of professional references.
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How to Get a Holiday Job

seasonal-workerSeasonal hiring presents a great opportunity for many people to pick up more work, make extra money, or even embark on what could become a new career once the holidays wind down. Whether you’re looking to make extra money over the holidays or hoping to get your foot in the door at a larger company, the holidays rely on a notable influx in the temporary workforce, one that many job seekers should take advantage of.

Supply and demand

Seasonal jobs in particular operate closely alongside the known rule of “supply and demand.” The stronger the forecast is for consumer spending, the more seasonal jobs may be available. This year, falling gas prices alone hint at a bigger consumer spending push throughout the holidays. Additionally, Kohl’s department stores expect to hire about 67,000 seasonal hires – up from 53,000 last year – and Walmart announced a seasonal hire estimate of 60,000, which is 5,000 more than last year. Paying attention to consumer reports or industry trends can help narrow a search, but in general, it’s easiest to keep in mind that seasonal hiring occurs around the holidays – and that means retail. Other industries include shipping and handling services, warehouse services, and the middle to high-scale restaurant scene. Companies that transcend multiple categories, like Amazon, are also a safe bet – as they are retailers who will undoubtedly hire plenty of seasonal help in warehouse fulfillment and delivery logistics.
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Job Market Update: Food & Beverage sector was #1 in Job Growth in October


In October, the United States generated 214,000 new jobs, slightly less than last month’s gain of 256,000. The unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage point — dropping from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent – which is the lowest we’ve seen since September 2008. Over the past year, the unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons have declined by 0.8 percentage point and 1.2 million, respectively.

Revised numbers from past months were released, showing that both August and September experienced combined growth of 31,000 more than previously reported. The September payroll number was revised from +248,000 to +256,000 and the August number was revised from +180,000 to +203,000. That makes a combined 31,000 more jobs than initially reported. This year, the only month that saw fewer than 200,000 new jobs was January.

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