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Make Your Job Posting Stand out with SEO and SEM

(This is a guest post by Ira S. Wolfe of Success Performance Solutions.)

For decades, posting a job opening was a relatively simple task­. All a recruiter had to do was share the job description across the appropriate channels and candidates came pouring in. Today, the competition for talent is fierce and writing content to advertise a job opening requires a lot more finesse.

2018 Talent Trends (Infographic)

With a strong economy and tight labor market, standing out will be a real challenge in 2018. The QTI Groups annual Human Resources Planning Survey revealed some of the strategies Wisconsin employers are using to attract and retain top talent.

3 Tips to Make Your Organization Stand Out in 2018
White Paper

2018 marks the fourth year of a tight and ever-tightening labor market, which sets the tone for what you need to know about talent management in the new year. The economy is projected to continue its growth trajectory in 2018, which, big picture, is great news. For your organization, growth depends on how your market sector fits into the overall economy, and how your organization competes in its sector.

Anti-Harassment Tool Belt

Harassment in the workplace is almost daily breaking news. While it can seem only high-profile personalities and organizations are affected, without the right training and guidelines in place, any business is at risk of becoming a “#metoo" workplace. Hear from QTI General Counsel, Jack Williams, about what tools should be in your organization’s Anti-Harassment Toolbelt.

How Mindfulness Can Help Your Work Productivity, By Nicole Whitbeck-Dohnal

I am still learning the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a new way of experiencing life and improving work-life balance. When we procrastinate and get overwhelmed with how busy we are at work, we avoid engaging in what is really going on around us. Being mindful of this can help you remain focused and help you respond wisely to each challenge that unfolds.

Deep Truths About Culture

Richard Fagerlin of Peak Solutions shares four quotes regarding deep truths about culture. A proper understanding of each statement will help drive you, your team, and your organization to success.

Interview Tips for Hiring Managers, by Jennifer Winding

As you are prepare to interview candidates for your next key hire, try these interview suggestions to ensure a positive outcome and engaging process.

I Discovered a Free Trick to Unlock Premium LinkedIn Features, By Peter Gray

OK, my headline is a total lie. Sorry, I was just going for broke with some clickbait there. You're reading this, so it worked! 

Top Tips for a Successful Interview

Before you head out the door for your interview, be sure to follow these tips for a successful interview.

Less Conflict, More Productivity! By Cynthia Clay

Is there more or less conflict when teams work virtually? You might think that once you work from home (or a remote office), there are fewer people to get on your nerves and therefore your work environment will be more peaceful and conflict-free,

QTI 2018 Human Resources Planning Survey Report

The 2018 Human Resources Planning Survey includes data from 132 organizations spanning 23 counties of Wisconsin from more than 14 distinct industries. Many of the top concerns for 2018 focus on recruiting, retention, and employee performance. And with talent being most companies’ number one asset, we used the data to help paint a pathway of how HR is projected to evolve in 2018 so that companies are better able to attract, engage, and retain top talent.

Economic & Market Outlook

Walter Dewey, CFA, Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Madison Investment Advisors, LLC, shares an Economic and Market Outlook.

Why an Age Diverse Workplace Is Important By Valerie Grubb

Everyone’s talking about workplace diversity today, and for good reason: when you expand the range of perspectives, experiences, and characteristics of your team, you also extend your reach toward innovation and overall excellence. But gender and ethnicity dominate many of the discussions about diversity—and companies need to start talking more about an age diverse workplace as well.

5 Ways a Professional Employer Organization Can Help Grow Your Business
White Paper

As a leader of a growing organization, you wear many hats. From developing and leading
strategic initiatives to creating products and services to juggling financial responsibilities
with employee relations, human resources, benefits selection and payroll administration,
there’s a lot to manage. How can you stay on top of it all and not lose focus on what
matters most—growing your business.

The Engineering Skills Gap

Having troubling filling your engineering positions? It’s harder than ever to recruit top talent. The engineering industry is experiencing a skills shortage that will impact the economy for years to come.

Five Key Talent Trends - 2017
White Paper

Recruitment. Engagement. Retention. Three challenges that face companies in 2017, and the reasons why having an effective talent management strategy will be a key driver to organizational success in the upcoming year. Is your organization primed to win in the competitive talent landscape?

Top 5 Hiring Success Factors for Employers

As you start your search process for your next new hire, keep these five tips in mind to ensure hiring success.

Finding the Right Candidates Through Fresh Hiring Approaches
Case Study

With an ongoing shortage of skilled talent in today’s workplace, many employers are finding it challenging to find the right candidates to fill their open positions. Often, hiring can take time that employers simply do not have—especially if t here is no formal human resources (HR) department. That’s when partnering with an experienced talent recruitment organization can make hiring easier and faster. In the following case study, you’ll learn how one company found a unique approach to hiring through the help of an organization with the expertise necessary to approach the situation with fresh thinking.

Top 5 Myths of Sales Compensation

Here are 5 common sales compensation myths debunked to help you create the most effective sales compensation plan for your company.    

Top 5 Measures of Effectiveness - Sales Compensation

Here are 5 things to consider when evaluating the effectiveness of your sales compensation plans to ensure the greatest company success.        

Key Talent Trends for 2017 (Infographic)

Now is the time to update your recruitment and retention strategies for 2017. Wondering how to get started? Our annual Human Resources Planning Survey uncovered five key trends to focus on first.

2017 Human Resources Planning Survey - Wisconsin Results

The 2017 Human Resources Planning Survey includes data from 259 organizations spanning 24 counties of Wisconsin from more than 15 distinct industries (highest participation in the survey’s history).  Many of the top concerns for 2017 focus on recruiting, retention, and employee performance. And with talent being most companies’ number one asset, we used the data to help paint a pathway of how HR is projected to evolve in 2017 so that companies are better able to attract, engage, and retain top talent. 

Recruiting & Talent Retention Are High-Priority Challenges for Wisconsin Employers

As unemployment declines, companies in every industry are revisiting recruitment and talent retention strategies.

Reports released earlier this month revealed that Wisconsin unemployment rates have declined to pre- recession levels.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Wisconsin fell to 4.2 percent in July 2016.  It decreased even lower, to 3.0 percent in Dane County, home of the state’s capital.  Celebration in the progressive cheese-state is tepid, as wage growth (or lack thereof) and economic inequality persist as major issues for the collective workforce.

6 Compensation Questions Your Company Needs to Ask
White Paper

In this tight labor market, it is important to ensure your organization can attract, retain, and motivate the talent you need to be successful. A key component to accomplish this is an effective compensation program that aligns with your business strategy. However, as a business leader with competing priorities, how do you know if your compensation program is effective? Read our white paper to learn six important questions to consider as you evaluate your compensation program.

Top 4 Factors to Consider Before Starting a Compensation Study
White Paper

You've made the important decision that it's time for your organization to undergo a compensation
study. Conducting a compensation study will enable you to stay competitive in the market and
recruit, motivate, and retain top-level talent. But where do you begin? What steps should you take
to ensure you’re establishing a platform for success? Before you start, there are four key factors
to consider.

5 Management Tips For Employee Performance Discussions
White Paper

Many human resources professionals and managers cringe at the thought of having performance discussions with an employee. These conversations are not easy, but there are benefits to having them. Careful planning is critical. The best practices shared in our white paper can help turn discussions about an employee’s performance into growth opportunities that maximize workplace productivity.

Finding Nonprofit Leadership Through External Recruiting Support
Case Study

Finding the right fit for an open position can be extremely challenging. It takes time that organizations often don’t have, and sometimes the right candidates are not looking for a new opportunity.  In the following case study, you’ll learn about how one nonprofit was able to navigate this difficult situation and end up with the right candidate by seeking support from an organization who knew how to manage the executive recruitment process.

Six Talent Trends Your Organization Cant Afford To Miss
White Paper

In 2016, the employers with the smartest talent strategies will be the winners on the field of business competition.  Those that neglect or mismanage their talent are likely to face costly errors and suffer bottom-line consequences. Read our White Paper "Six Talent Trends  Your Organization Can't Afford to Miss" to learn more.

2016 Human Resources Planning Survey - Wisconsin Survey Results

With a constantly evolving economy, organizations are always concerned with keeping up with, or leading, change.  Although having a keen eye on change is important to business success, it is equally important for organizations to focus on what’s constant – talent trumps all.  Ultimately, success is derived from three fundamental areas:

1.    Talent – attracting, retaining, and motivating great employees

2.    Adaptability – survival of the fittest

3.    Culture – the foundation of a company and the uniting element for employees

Personality Assessments

Personality Test. Leadership Assessment. Behavior Assessment. There is no shortage of these buzz phrases in the workplace today. Earlier this summer, TIME Magazine ran a cover story exploring the $2 billion testing industry. That’s right, $2 BILLION. We are asked all the time as HR professionals what the benefit is of doing personality assessments in the workplace.

Managing Expectations

As an employer, what can you do to better set yourself up to acquire and retain top talent?  It can often be boiled down to managing your expectations of the available talent pool and providing the right opportunity.  Talent expectations, pay, opportunities for advancement, company culture and strong leadership are just a few of the key areas.

Stand Out! Take Action with Innovative HR Practices

According to the 2015 Human Resources Planning Survey conducted by QTI Consulting, not surprisingly, the top human resource challenge of Wisconsin organizations in 2015 is “attracting the right talent.” In order to attract and retain top talent, companies are recognizing that they need to stand out. More organizations are choosing to break from the pack; they are stopping the hand-wringing of the skills gap debate, new normal of 3% pay budgets, and tired post-n-pray recruitment practices. More organizations are choosing to take action and try some innovative HR practices.

Supply & Demand... the Struggle is Real!

Today’s economy seems to be shifting in a positive direction increasing growth within many sectors of industry alike. This is a fabulous thing in so many ways and yet it’s putting a tremendous amount of stress on the companies impacted and needing to add headcount to their organization.

The Great Regret
In a highly connected world of Glassdoor, Indeed, and LinkedIn, it’s simple and easy for one jaded candidate to quickly tarnish a company’s employment brand and reputation. And, the candidates you want to hire are researching these sites long before they even apply to a position with your company. Regretting candidates is no longer an option, but rather a vital component to your company’s brand.

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