4 Ways the Drug Screening Process Has Improved – For Employers AND Employees

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onbRaise your hand if you remember having to give prospective employees a paper chain of custody form to conduct a drug test, locating the nearest collection center, hoping your candidate showed up to the right place in a reasonable amount of time and prayed the your drug testing lab didn’t lose the sample in…

Eliminating Talent Shortages: Maybe Poaching Competitors Is the Way to Go

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Second of two parts Yesterday, we dug into the topic of how to handle talent shortages in There’s No Talent Shortage if You Can Poach From Your Competitors. As the economy continues to improve, any current shortage at your firm will only get worse, at least until you upgrade your recruiting and employer…

U.S. Adds 223,000 New Jobs, Unemployment Rate Drops and Labor Force Shrinks

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in June, all of them created by the private sector and almost none of them by the nation’s goods producers. Unemployment fell to 5.3 percent. This morning’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department was below the 233,000 consensus estimates of labor economists, but not so much…

Management 101: The 3 Cardinal Rules of Reference Checks

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I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: Reference checks are not background checks. Reference checks are subjective. Reference checks are unreliable and invalid ways of measuring someone’s knowledge, skills and abilities. Reference checks are what you do when you…

States of Illinois, Washington Increase Talent-attraction Efforts

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New recruitment advertising efforts are going on in both the state of Illinois as well as the state of Washington, both fighting off competition from employers in the northeastern U.S. and California. The Illinois Technology Association has launched a new portal for jobs in Chicago and throughout the state. Candidates can join a talent network, which member companies…

SHRM Las Vegas Day 4: Dr. Oz and a Wellness Message Sends Everybody on Their Way

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If you have ever attended a SHRM annual conference, you know that the final day is not only a short one that ends around noon, but that it is pretty lightly attended because so many attendees have already hit the road and headed home. So it was again this year at the 2015 Society…

ADP Says Small Businesses Powered June’s 237,000 New Jobs

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Small businesses again led the way to the largest number of new private sector jobs to be created in six months. The ADP National Employment Report counted 237,000 new jobs in June, 120,000 of them created at companies with fewer than 50 employees. June’s job growth handily exceeded consensus estimates by labor economists….

Strong Private Sector Job Growth In June Adds 237,000 Workers; Small Businesses Lead the Way

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Small businesses again led the way to the largest number of new private sector jobs to be created in six months. The ADP National Employment Report counted 237,000 new jobs in June, 120,000 of them created at companies with fewer than 50 employees. The sector that includes temp workers and some of the…