What Types of Professional References Should Employers Check?

Checking professional references is an essential piece of the puzzle when onboarding new employees. A good or bad reference can make or break an employer’s impression of a job applicant.   Which professional references are important to check when determining whether an employee is a good fit, though, and which aren’t as valuable? Of course,…

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How to Find the Right Employees on LinkedIn

Hiring employer opens up LinkedIn app on phone to seek new potential employees.

LinkedIn is a hugely beneficial tool for both employees and employers alike. It’s no wonder this social networking platform has taken the professional realm by storm. As the platform grows and applications from the platform pour in, it’s increasingly harder to wade through the number of applicants per job listing.  With so many options, you…

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Should Your Industry Run Background Checks?

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An increasing number of employers are requiring job applicants to complete a background check before they can be hired. For many employers, the background check is the last step of the hiring process. Making sure that the applicant is qualified, and is who they claim to be, is important to a business for a variety…

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Consider the Fair Chance Act When Hiring for Your Business

It is estimated that 70 million Americans have a criminal record. Since they have a record, many of these offenders have limited options when it comes to employment. By considering the Fair Chance Act, employers can help those who have made mistakes in their past by integrating them into society. This increases the chance that…

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As Face-to-Face Interviews Decline, Pre-Employment Screening is Critical

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Let’s face it: nobody likes job interviews. The old hiring standard of bringing a group of people in and asking them a series of sometimes-absurd and irrelevant questions has been under fire recently. Does the job interview really communicate a candidates’ qualifications? Does it serve any purpose except wasting everybody’s time? Are face-to-face job interviews…

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How HR Departments Could Use Blockchain Technology for Background Checks

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Blockchain, a technology involving “chains” of unalterable ledgers, was invented in 2008 for use in managing the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Essentially, blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. It’s managed by a peer-to-peer network that adheres to protocols for communication and validation of new blocks. It’s…

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HR Best Practices: Background Checks Stop Lying Before it’s an Issue

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Today’s workforce is an especially competitive one. With job shortages, unemployment rates and a disappearing bottom line, applicants are gunning hard to fill positions as they become available. Unfortunately for employers, this means sifting through numerous applications in search of the best fit for the role and the company culture. Lying on Applications Reading resumes…

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