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HUMAN HIRING RESOURCES Ten More Reasons Why You Can't Fill Jobs And What You Can Do To Change This M BY ROBERTA MATUSON y last article on Ten Reasons Why You Can't Fill Jobs, And What You Can Do To Change This certainly hit a chord. This piece was one of my most read articles and with good reason. The article was on target, succinct and powerful, and caught the eye of many leaders who asked for more. Here are ten more reasons you can't fill jobs, and what you can do to change this. 1. You don't know what job you are really trying to fill. Stop recycling old job descriptions that have been out of style for years now and instead take a closer look at the results you'd like this person to achieve. Then work backwards to put together a results description that will end in a great hire the first time around. 2. You're taking too long to promote people. The best people for the job are often those who are already in the company. Give your internal people a chance to grow with your organization. Look inside before turning your attention to the outside pool of talent. 3. You're hiring based on experience rather than potential. It's great to have a wish list a mile long, but in a hot applicant market, it's unlikely you'll ever make hire if you stick to your unrealistic list. Instead, seek people with potential. 4. You're ignoring the underemployed. Admit it. You look at candidates differently, especially those with college degrees, when their resumes indicate they are currently working full-time as a barista or retail associate. This is a common mistake that is being made by many. Embrace this sector of the workforce. They will arrive at your workplace fully prepared to show up every day (and on time) and be most grateful for the opportunity that you have just given them to apply their enthusiasm and knowledge to your business. 5. You're playing bait and switch with candidates. Prospective employees are told they will be meeting with a VP or GM and instead, they wind up meeting with someone who has little or no hiring authority. You've broken the golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated. How would you feel if you took a day off from work to meet with a VP only to find upon arrival that you had been delegated down several levels? Be sure your senior level employees understand that hiring is job number one and that this type of behavior is not acceptable. 6. Applying for a job with your company is a real turn off. If it takes more than ten minutes to complete the online job application or the one you give to all candidates, then it's taking way too long. Instead, use an abbreviated application that will provide you with what you need to know in order to decide if a candidate is worth going the next step for. You can always have the candidate The MHEDA Journal | Fourth Quar ter 2 015 89

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015

President's Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor's Note
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calandar
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
@WORK
MHEDA’S 2016 CRITICAL IMPACT FACTORS
COLLABORATING TO GET THE JOB DONE
Industry Pulse
HOW TO GET YOUR ONLINE MARKETING EFFORTS BACK ON TRACK
BACK TO BASICS
PRIVACY AND SECURITY
A TREASURE CHEST OF EMPLOYEE TRAINING
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
FACING INFLATION
MATERIAL HANDLING M&A: 3 REALITIES IN TODAY’S INDUSTRY
PRICING THE FORGETTABLE LAST FIVE PERCENT
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
TEN MORE REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T FILL JOBS
Index to Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word

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