Monday, July 21, 2008

Minimum Wage is Increasing - Are You Ready?

The workers in about 1/3 of the states in the U.S. will be getting a pay raise this week. Any state that either follows the federal minimum wage, doesn't have a minimum wage law or has a state minimum wage less than the federal minimum, will be increasing to $6.55 per hour.

You can learn more here on the Department of Labor website.

Not only will it increase this week on Thursday, July 24 to $6.55 per hour, but the wage will increase again next summer to $7.25.

To learn which states will be affected by the increase, click here to view the DOL's map for minimum wage.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

"Gen Y-ify" Your Recruiting Website

Okay now, this gal has got it right. I kept this article as unread in my Google Reader because I knew it would be a good one to savor at a later date.

Kristin Gissaro of Talent Mash, who was recently featured in an interview by Bill Vick, summarizes and provides solid examples of employers doing it right in attracting the younger audience, the infamous Gen Ys, who were born between 1980 and 1995. Kristin also points out that those in Gen X or Baby Boomers, who still want to be cool, will also be attracted to your site in the hopes of keeping in touch with the latest and greatest.

So read this:

You must read it. You should especially read it if you know that your employment website is just so-so, i.e. a computerized brochure as we like to call them at, or an afterthought of your marketing website.

Get with the times.

Make it fun.

Show off how cool you really are.

How do you do this? Well, let's start with the basics.

  1. Feature a video of your employees having fun doing their jobs.
  2. Feature photos of your employees having fun doing their jobs.
  3. Feature stories of your employees having fun doing their jobs.
  4. Get testimonials from your employees. Job seekers love to see someone like them who is having fun at a job that they may want to do. It's the "Well, if they can do it, I certainly can do it" factor.

Notice any repetitiveness here?

Get away from the statistics about how you are the #1 destination for your guests and instead explain why you are the #1 destination for your employees. Give solid answers to their "whys."

We've been thrilled with the growing number of individuals seeking to learn about the real world of seasonal work on our social network, My CoolWorks. It is common for members of the tribe to ask one another for the skinny on a resort, ranch or camp, because they already know what you told them, but want to hear about it from one of their peers.

What does this mean for you? It means that the more that your recruiting website acts like a peer to your prospective employees, the more knowledgeable your job candidates will be and the more likely that they'll apply. If your friend says it's a cool place to work, it MUST be.

Couldn't we all use a few more applicants and employees who really want to join us or be there?

Monday, July 07, 2008

I-9 Revised Again - Didn't I Just Write This?

Yet again, there is a newly dated I-9 Form per the USCIS. The content of the form has not changed, but the expiration date at the top right has. It now states June 30, 2009. What do you need to do and how can you be green doing it?
  • Recycle your old forms.
  • Go to this link to acquire the new form - USCIS - New I-9 Form
  • Only print what you need at the time - don't print a bunch of these in advance.
According to SHRM, I-9 inspections are on the rise and employers who are suspected of employing unauthorized workers are being targeted. If you are a member of SHRM, you may want to visit their website to learn more.