The Priority Blog

After "Finding the Right Fit" for over 20 years, we have decided to share some of our network's experience with our valued clients. The Priority Blog is a place for employers, employees, Human Resources professionals, job seekers and other professionals to collaborate and share information on a host of HR related topics.

Leading Gen Y: The Importance of Importance

As someone who is not motivated by a pay-check, I struggled when I first entered the work world.

Well, not at first. First, I interned for a start-up and I thrived in that environment. It was a lean, busy, fast-paced environment where all the work being performed by each individual was absolutely necessary.

Then I spent some time in large public and private organizations where many of my tasks appeared to be irrelevant. I wrote reports no one ever read, and worked on processes that never really had a purpose. I started to think there was something wrong with me. I had a decent paying job with excellent benefits, and I hated every minute of it.

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Ask A Stupid Question: Get A Lot Of Answers

Most positions include some sort of customer service, communication skills, client service or at the very least, interacting with other people. How do you effectively assess how a candidate will deal with these on behalf of your company? One method many HR Professionals use is behavioural interview questions. Of course the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour, so asking them to tell you about a time they had to deal with a specific situation makes sense. This version of events will likely be censored though. How do you get rid of the filter and find out if they’re actually good at working on a team or with clients?

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Why Can't You Keep Your Employees?

When an employee leaves an organization it’s easy to focus on the negative. There’s going to be a cost associated with hiring and training a new employee as well as a decrease in efficiency until that new person becomes fluent in that position. However this is also a great time to take a look at your HR practices and determine if something needs to change.

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Why Volunteering is the Bee’s Knees

Have you been applying to jobs recently with absolutely no luck? Are you falling short on certain qualifications? Are you in that awkward phase where people tell you that you have no experience, but no one is offering to help you gain that experience? Are you attempting to switch careers, but have little experience in your desired field? Do recruiters and hiring managers pigeon-hole you into that one job you’ve been doing for the last 10 years?  Are you a hiring manager struggling to fill positions? Have you hired the wrong candidate in the past, and are skittish about the recruitment process? As a business owner or hiring manager, volunteering is a great way to see potential candidates in action when they think no one is watching them. This is the best way to determine how hard they’ll work for you, and creating that relationship BEFORE you hire helps you make a well-informed decision. Volunteering is a much more intimate way for candidates and employers to meet and determine if they are a good match to work together.

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Why US Airways Gets Two Thumbs Up For Leadership

US Airways has recently been in the news (and all over Twitter) for a mistake made by an employee responding to tweets from customers. The mistake resulted in a pornographic image being tweeted from the US Airways Twitter account to a customer. A knee-jerk reaction most companies would have is to immediately fire the employee because of the significant attention that the tweet received and the graphic nature of the content. US Airways has stated that they will not be terminating the employee as it was an honest mistake.

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The Benefits of Hiring Immigrants

By now we’ve all heard of the demographic shifts effecting our province and its economic future.  An aging population, lower than national-average birth rates and the out-migration of many young workers have all led to concerns that New Brunswick won’t be able to meet growing labour demands.

As a means to address this, the Government of New Brunswick adopted, in 2007, a population growth strategy aimed at increasing New Brunswick’s skilled workforce through, amongst other things, targeted immigration.

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Why Job Descriptions Are More Important Than You Think

Many business owners overlook the importance of a proper job description as it doesn’t appear (on the surface) to provide proportionate value relevant to the time it takes to create. However, when a job description is well written, it provides a realistic look at what the new employee can expect to encounter in the role, and forms the foundation of many other aspects of the position.

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The True Cost of Turnover

Many companies view the recruitment process as separate from the rest of their business processes, and as a result, end up paying a lot more in the long run. To effectively measure the cost of turnover you must first assess the cost of the recruitment/retention process in its entirety.

  • Creation of Job Description
  • Creation of Job Ad
  • Posting of Job Ad
  • Screening
  • Interviews
  • Orientation
  • Training
  • Compensation and Benefits During Training
  • Loss of productivity
  • Client dissatisfaction
  • Reduced or lost business
  • Administrative Costs

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Diversify: Why Your Job Search Should Never Be Over

 

Remember that time that company went under and all those employees continued to get paid? Me neither. There is no such thing as complete job security regardless of how great the company you work for is. For the same reason you would not invest all of your money into one stock, you shouldn’t be depending on one employer for all of your future needs. 

 

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Informational Interviews and Why They’re Awesome

One of the most depressing parts of the job search is the constant rejection. It’s not just the fact that you’re not getting jobs. It’s the fact that you’re applying to a bunch of jobs and not receiving any feedback. Writing resumes and filling out applications is a lot of work, and when you don’t receive any results people tend to get frustrated and a little bit desperate. I would like to invite you to stop wasting all of your time applying to open competitions. If you spend 8 hours per day applying to open competitions, you will have likely applied to all of the positions you qualify for in about two weeks. At this point, you should continue to apply to vacant positions as they come up, but this should only take up about 20% of your time. The rest of your time should be spent networking, and reaching out to people.

 

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