Are Graduates REALLY Not Skilled Enough?

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Author: Lizzi Hart
Source: Undercover Recruiter

You probably saw many articles circulating, quoting a press release from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) reporting that half of graduate employers believe graduates are not skilled enough.

Do graduate employers genuinely believe that graduates aren’t ready for work, or is this just a sensational headline? We speak to talented and bright graduates and students every single day, we were therefore curious about the claim and wanted to investigate further.

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The 8 Most Important Things for Employees in 2017

happy_employeeAuthor: Sarah Archer
Source: Undercover Recruiter

When courting an elite candidate, it is imperative not only to understand what other companies may be offering in terms of benefits, but how the benefits you are offering are applicable to the individual who is being considered.

A recent study by LendingTree allows recruiters some statistical evidence broken down by gender and age. It points precisely to the pressure and leverage points that are most likely to impress an applicant of a specific demographic.

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The Benefits Remote Work Can Bring To Your Business

remoteAuthor: Maria Baranowski
Source: Undercover Recruiter

In today’s world, with all the communication you could ever desire at your fingertips, the working environment is a fast changing landscape.

Global companies can work in sync with offices on opposing sides of the world. Distance is no longer a barrier in productivity or a hindrance to communication. Unsurprisingly, over the last decade, we have seen a global trend of increasing telecommuting. But what does that mean for the employer? Is their workforce becoming more apathetic as they see the opportunity to hide their activity, or does the freedom to control and manage their workload independently in fact improve their output? And ultimately, does being open to the notion of remote working improve your chances at recruiting the best talent?

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3 Tips to Encourage Collaboration Between Departments

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Author: Casey Meehan
Source: Undercover Recruiter

Collaboration is hard, even within a team. Across multiple teams and across multiple departments? That’s a near-impossible task in some organizations.

Sales people might distrust the inputs from marketing people, or HR might regard the IT team with suspicion. But it’s the ability to collaborate — to be creative and to solve problems together — that distinguishes top companies. Their teams share knowledge and inspire one another daily. For managers and executives, the onus is on you to create a culture in which communication, transparency and collaboration thrive.

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What Leaders Must Do In 2017

leaderAuthor: Anita Bruzzese
Source: QuickBase

In 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse, Elvis Presley’s Career Museum will open and more leaders will ask their employees to help them map out the future strategy and success of their companies.

That last prediction comes from Elise Olding, a research vice president with Gartner, Inc. who specializes in organizational and cultural change, and who is speaking at the Gartner Application Strategies and Solutions Summit this week.

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A Networking Guide for People Who Hate People

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Author:
Jamison Vann
Source: Huffington Post

Effective networking is a skill that every professional should attempt to improve on. Talking with strangers and making quick connections may come easily to some people but prove to be quite difficult for others.

Unfortunately, I fall into that ‘other’ category…

I will be the first to admit that I have a hard time talking to people when I first meet them. No, I don’t necessarily hate people, it’s just that I would rather sit back and observe the scene first. Although this type of behavior might be acceptable at social gatherings, business functions are not the place to be a wallflower.

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What Happens When Companies Stop Keeping Salaries Secret

moneygossipAuthor: Jordan Weissmann
Source: Slate.com

Before I interviewed Carolyn Kopprasch, the chief happiness officer at social-sharing startup Buffer, I took a moment to look up her salary. It was simple to do, since the number is posted right on Buffer’s blog—along with what all of her colleagues make and the company’s formula for setting pay. Kopprasch earns $148,000 per year. Buffer’s CEO, Joel Gascoigne, takes home $175,000. Tom in engineering gets $84,000.

At most workplaces, salaries are treated like state secrets: rarely shared and frequently gossiped about. But last year Buffer decided to join the handful of companies that have opted instead for radical transparency, making it possible for employees to find out what each of their co-workers earns. Buffer then took the idea a giant step further by making that information public, as part of a wider effort to share the startup’s inner workings with the entire Web. The move generated headlines and, according to Buffer, a wave of interested job applicants.

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