Archive for September, 2016
The death of a personal hero or someone you admire can sometimes hit you harder than you expect. While you may have never actually met them, the impact they had on your life is immense and sometimes not reflected on until they’re gone. One of my personal icons, Arnold Palmer, passed away earlier this week. Over the last several days I’ve been thinking about his extraordinary life and how he influenced who I am and want to be.
As many of you know, I love golf and toyed with the idea of trying to go pro myself in my earlier days. Palmer was a natural role model. Not only was he one of the best golfers ever, but also he was a guy who genuinely cared about people – all people. Jack Nicklaus often tells a story about how during a tournament Palmer was giving Nicklaus helpful tips while competing against him! That’s right Palmer, was in essence, helping his competitor beat him.
It’s the stuff of nightmares: public speaking. While it was never quite my nightmare, it’s not my comfort zone either. Most likely because I’ve only had to speak in front of 150+ people a handful of times. The latest was DisruptHR Cleveland a few weeks ago.
I’m not quite sure why I decided that speaking at DisruptHR was a good idea, but somewhere along the way I thought this marketing person had something worth saying in front of a room full of HR people. In talking it over with the team at Willory, I received significant encouragement and support.
DisruptHR is different than a “standard” presentation in front of in front of a large group. These presentations are timed (5 minutes) and notecards are a no-no. I had to absolutely know my presentation cold and be prepared in case I messed up on my timing.
Interviews are stressful, even when you’re the one hiring. Willory works with both sides of the interview process – and as a hiring agent for HR & payroll positions – you have your own stress to deal with. Whether you work with Willory or hire on your own, here are a few communication tips to make the interviewing process easier on you and help you find the talent you need:
Define Your Process
We’ve worked with clients that hire based on our recommendation and one interview as well as clients who have a rigorous, five-round process. Determine what works for you in your hiring process and stick to it. It will also help if you communicate that process not only internally, but also to candidates as they come in. Setting everyone’s expectations up front helps prevent misunderstandings, hard feelings, or bad hires.
The language used in your job postings may be hindering your ability to attract the best and brightest. In a tight labor market, like the HR & payroll market locally, you need to put your selling cap on along with your recruiting hat.
As the economy has improved there are less active candidates in the marketplace. You have to make your postings are not only seen, but are attractive to passive candidates. You have to entice them to start seeing themselves working for another organization.
Too often we see job postings that are simply a laundry list of requirements. That’s not a sound strategy or the type of posting that will attract the best applicants in the current HR/payroll landscape. You need take the time and effort into telling applicants why they should be interested in you.
Put yourself in HR/payroll applicants’ shoes – they want to see what you have to offer, things like:
Willory, the nation’s fastest growing staffing and consulting firm solely focused on HR & payroll, was awarded three major awards in the month of August. Willory’s awards range from top workplaces for talent to revenue growth.
“Being recognized as one of the top firms is a great honor,” says John Bernatovicz, Willory’s president and founder, “the last few years have been ones of tremendous growth, both financially and for the firm.”
Inc. magazine ranked Willory #3994 on its 35th annual “Inc. 5000,” the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.
NorthCoast 99, an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio, recognized Willory as one of the best places for the second year in a row. In 2015 Willory won in its first year of eligibility and this year Willory was recognized as a top scorer in the small business category.
Willory was also recognized as a 2016 Cascade Capital Corp. Business Growth Award Honoree. This award is to honor the increasingly significant role area small companies play towards continuing economic growth in vitality in the area. The program honors businesses located in Summit, Medina, Portage, Wayne, Ashland, and Holmes counties.
Willory representatives will be at the awards ceremonies in Northeast Ohio.