Tuesday, February 23, 2010

You Are HR by Stelzner

Stelzner rocks. Anyone who has ever spent anytime in an HR department will appreciate this poem. And, if you've ever wondered what an HR person does with his or her time, well, this poem will address that too.

You are HR. You are human. You are resourceful.

You are psychologist, psychiatrist and therapist. You are corporate conscious personified. You are a closed door confidant.

Read more...here.

Well done, Mark, well done.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Someone doing it right

Today we were asked about how one of our camp clients is using products from Cool Works to make their seasonal hiring process easier for their job seekers as well as for their HR department and hiring team. Well, here's a great example.

Example of a jobs page done right by Girl Scouts of Colorado powered by CoolWorks.com
Click the image to view it a bit bigger.

Girl Scouts of Colorado approached us last year about taking many of their forms on-line and when I say on-line I don't mean PDFs. I am talking about a dynamic on-line application and a job list driven by their own applicant tracking system customized to fit their needs. Now I don't mean to say that it's all unique for them, but simply we take our seasonally focused applicant tracking system called Staffing Center and we make it fit their world, their lingo, and their job seekers.

Based on how they've rearranged their job page since we first talked, they definitely get it. Job seekers are more apt to apply if you give them on-line tools to do so. Asking anyone to fax an application is like asking them to dial a rotary phone. It's totally old-school. I remember doing both, but that doesn't make it right for 2010. Don't be years behind the curve!

Anyhow, I'll get off of my soap box. Please contact us for a demonstration of how we can make your life easier by using some of the tools in our tool box. We're happy to provide testimonials, put you in touch with current clients, and show off what we're made of. Our focus has always been seasonal work and our applicant tracking system is driven by that focus.

Contact us today!

Monday, February 08, 2010

My Favorite Super Bowl Ad

I love that even in the midst of all of the chaos related to their jobs, networks, and life experiences, they can come together and make light of it all. And really, isn't that how we all should (re)act sometimes? Work is a part of life, but it certainly isn't the end all be all.

Friday, February 05, 2010

How do you say no?

Hearing no - Pouting Elly

Yesterday, I was speaking with one of my clients about how you politely, but firmly tell someone that they didn't get the job. It's a tough thing to do, but as I've said before on this blog, it is courteous and the right thing to do to notify someone that they won't be working for you.

So, I'd like to use this post as an open forum to get your thoughts on how you say no. Do you share a lot? A little? Is it automated? Is it personal? Please share so we all can be better at letting someone down easy. It sucks to be told no, but hearing nothing is even worse.

A certain camp in Colorado thanks you.

(PS: The photo is of my niece, Elly.)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Still Not Using Social Media?

Perhaps you should. Everyone else is. If you're curious about how many, check out this blog post by Jake Hird.

20+ mind-blowing social media statistics revisited

We definitely do and try to keep up with the biggest and best. A sampling:

A social network for those who want to compare and share their work and life experiences in great places.
Vote for CoolWorks.com as your favorite job website for the DOL Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge.

Amazingly enough, I was suggesting the same thing nearly two years ago in my HR post Web 2.0 (Two Point Oh). Are you convinced yet?

And if you want a great step by step guide to social media, please check out the HR Ringleader's post called Social Media 101. Trish McFarlane is a rock star.