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It’s Illegal to Inquire About a Job Applicant’s Salary History

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 04/11/2017 in Recruiting articles |

That’s right another joins in…the New York City Council has enacted legislation (effective in 180 days) prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s “salary history.”   They are not the only ones.  There are several cities and states thinking about passing similar laws – some already have.  For example, Philadelphia passed such a law at […]

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Can We Please Stop Asking for Cover Letters Yet?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 03/31/2017 in Recruiting articles |

From what I can see, it seems most companies still ask for cover letters.  Isn’t this just one more hurdle and inconvenience to make applicants go through that really doesn’t add value? Based on my experience, cover letters are not needed anymore.  I know I am not alone in this (from speaking with peers), but […]

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Is There a Better Way Than Resume Review?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 01/27/2017 in Recruiting articles |

I recently watched “Why hiring is broken” by Kate Glazebrook from TEDxGoodenoughCollege.  Yet another person saying resumes are broken (which is true), but this time with research to back it up.  They don’t really do a good job predicting performance and they allow biases to creep in. What good is a resume really?  As a […]

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Reviewing Careerbuilder’s Annual Surveys of Job Seekers

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/06/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I was reading Careerbuilder’s report, “How to Rethink the Candidate Experience and Make Better Hires,” this week and saw some interesting things.  In today’s post I will go over a few of the things… 1. More candidates (74%) want to see salary than any other feature in a job posting. Not a big surprise, but […]

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It’s Time to Test Your Application Process

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/24/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I won’t be talking about usability, time needed to complete the application, or many other very important topics.  Today I want to focus on a specific test.  A test I think that should be done routinely and regularly. Either a recruiter from a different area, the Recruiting Manager, or even someone in HR should ask […]

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Salary Transparency: The Key to Better Applicants?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 11/05/2015 in Recruiting articles |

This is a long one…just a warning…. For many years, working as a recruiter, I have been told that we should never post the salary information in the job posts.  When you post on job boards, there is often a place to put this information and I am told to leave it blank. Why? Often […]

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Why We Must Simplify the Job Application Process

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/19/2015 in Recruiting articles |

When was the last time you applied for a job? Have you tried applying to a job in your own company lately? I ask because the length of time it takes to apply for a job has become ridiculous.  I hear about (and have experienced) 1/2 hour, 1 hour, and 1.5 hour long or longer […]

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