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Why Consultants Love Data Driven Recruiting

By Lyndsey Mclaughlin

The recruitment process can reveal an abundance of information, which can be key for making recruiters more effective. The analysis of this data can help to make the recruitment process more effective and this is known as data driven recruiting. Data driven recruiting is becoming more common, although it is still not being used as widely as it could be. The purpose of data driven recruiting is to use data to identify important information and trends, which can make the process more successful. There are many reasons why data driven recruiting can be an essential tool for the recruitment process.

Improve Candidate Engagement

Without using data driven recruiting, recruiters often don’t have a clear understanding of where candidates are in the process. This often leads them to advertise roles which could easily be filled by those who are already on the books. Data driven recruiting can give recruiters a better understanding of the candidate pipeline, therefore improving candidate engagement and reducing costs.

Identify Social Media Trends

A substantial amount of time is spent sourcing candidates for roles and quite often, these may be ineffective without recruiters realizing. Unless recruiters physically spend time working out where candidates are coming from, which is not realistic, they have no idea of which social media platforms are most effective. Data driven recruiting can help recruiters to identify social media trends and gain an understanding of which methods are most effective. This can improve the overall recruitment process.

Increase Knowledge

In addition to enrolling in essential programs such as the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification programs for developing HR skills and knowledge, data driven recruiting can vastly increase the knowledge of consultants. Without using data, consultants are generally just going on observations or gut instincts, rather than being able to identify successes and trends. This increase in knowledge can substantially benefits consultants in their roles.

Potential Issues

Data driven recruiting can also help to identify any potential issues in the process, which may be affecting performance. For example, recruiters may not be making use of suitable inactive candidates from their database to fill live roles and this could be causing inefficiencies, without the recruiters realizing it. Data driven recruiting can help to support this.

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The 3 Reasons Your Dreams are Unachievable

By Luci Iley

Everyone has a dream – it could be a career aim, perfect house or even a complete relocation. They are the ultimate thing we aim for, our reason for working hard and something to give us hope during the harder times.

When it comes to career goals and the dream job, many people spend their whole professional lives working toward the ideal. But there are a few things that5 can hold us back – without us even realising it.

Fear

Whether it’s the unknown, failure or feeling unfulfilled, fear is the biggest factor holding you back from achieving your dreams. It is perfectly natural to be scared of the unknown – not knowing what happens if you don’t succeed right away, how you will cope financially, emotionally and professionally. All of these factors may place a burden on your mental health, personal relationships and even your physical wellbeing.

The important thing to remember is that, whilst failure, obstacles and pitfalls are genuine concerns – you really will never know if you don’t try. There’s no harm in setting up safety nets to fall back on, but if you never take the first step, you have zero chance of success.

Waiting for the ‘Right Moment’

The elusive ‘right moment’ haunts most people, whether it’s waiting until our children are old enough, or looking for a more spiritual sign from the universe, there is an overwhelming number of people with the ‘ideal’ moment in mind. This is the time when they will start working toward their dreams, the stars will align and everything will work out perfectly.

One problem - it doesn’t exist. The ‘right moment’ is a procrastination method, linking back to our first point -fear. Waiting for the ideal time is our mind’s way of trying to protect us from potential failure – the truth is, once that moment comes, another moment will conveniently pop up – and progress is never made.

Not having Enough Time

Most people’s dreams will take time and effort to achieve, they are big goals which cannot be achieved overnight. The issue with this is that once you factor in your job, personal care, relationships, family time and hobbies, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get started on that big dream you have.

Again, this is procrastination. When we decide that something is important, we make time – no, it’s not always easy and it may start as a very small amount of time each week – but the first step to success is actually beginning.

Settling

Making big changes is scary, we’ve covered that. But, convincing yourself that your current circumstances are the only ones you will ever experience is simply dangerous. Getting stuck in a rut is the worst way to live life and giving yourself a boost to progress and achieve something more is vital for a fulfilling life.

 

No matter what the reason for thinking that you can’t, we’re here to show you that you can. With courses in a range of professions, the first step towards achieving your dream is here.

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The Growing Industry of HR: Is it the Place to be?

 

By Lyndsey Mclaughlin

HR has changed significantly over the years and as there are so many different roles available within HR; it is becoming an increasingly popular career choice. The umbrella of HR describes recruiters, business partners, administrators, advisors and it is a growing industry. As it is essential for every organisation to have HR representation, no matter how small it may be, it is an industry which is always likely to be needed. If you are unsure of where to go in your career, there are many reasons why HR is one to consider.

Opportunities

HR covers such as wide spectrum of roles that it can offer a lot more opportunities than other industries. Within HR, you can choose the talent management and recruitment side of the function, or advising staff on employee relations. There is also a lot of administration associated with HR and a growing need for HR business partners. You will always find a wealth of opportunities if you choose to work in this side of the business.

Variation

The main function of HR is to deal with people and this means there is never a dull moment if you decide to pursue a career in this area. HR is far from boring; there is a lot of variation and most HR staff would agree that no two days are the same. If you are looking for a career which will have a lot of variation, HR is definitely one to consider.

Rewarding

HR can be a highly rewarding career. Whether you are responsible for bringing new talent into the business and supporting growth or improving employee relations, HR is a field where you can really feel like you have made a difference.

Competitive Salary

HR is in such high demand these days that you can expect to be rewarded well with a competitive salary and benefits. Even if you start at the bottom of the ladder in HR, you can quite quickly move into other roles and increase your earning potential in the process.

If you are considering a career in HR, it is essential that your skills and knowledge are up-to-date. HR can be notoriously difficult to get into, but once you get your foot in the door, it can become highly rewarding. It is worthwhile considering investing in a SHRM certification, which will provide you with a deeper understanding of HR related topics, such as policies, recruitment and talent management.

 

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Education: Why Quality over Quantity is Key

By Luci Iley

Many people believe that the number of years they spend studying dictates how ‘good’ their education is. This is simply not true. The quality of one’s education relies more on the value of the knowledge learned, the experiences gained and the personal growth throughout the course or qualification. There are three main factors in a quality education;

The Knowledge

The knowledge imparted during a course or qualification is probably the most important part of education, as it allows students to go on to provide evidence of their learning once the course is finished – opening opportunities such as job offers and even further education.

The best knowledge is imparted by experienced and professional teachers, often industry experts or individuals who have been intensely involved in the furthering of the field of study. The best tutors are people who are passionate about the subject, and who wish to see the next generation succeed and continue their work. When these people teach students, they are much more engaging and their students learn much faster, often finding themselves sharing in their teacher’s enthusiasm themselves.

Experience

Whilst many courses are distanced, courses and qualifications which involve hands-on learning, or a more practical side are usually more engaging and allow students to learn faster, with their eventual understanding being much more in-depth.

The reason for this is that each student learns in a different way, whilst theoretical information may be enough for some students, research has shown that many individuals prefer to practice what they are learning; this may be the practical formulas in accountancy or the analysis of real-world statistics within the marketing sector. No matter the subject, a well-rounded presentation of information and activities produces better overall results from students.

Personal Growth

Most students undertake a qualification to further their understanding of a subject or to open themselves to new career and educational opportunities. Many students find that studying a subject they have an interest in can also develop a more niche passion – often leading to further education with a more targeted subject. This allows students to go on to become specialists in their fields, as well as growing a deeper passion within many students.

For a mix of these three important educational factors, why not browse our available courses and qualifications to find out what we can offer you?

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The Role of HR and Artificial Intelligence – Is There Room for Both?

By Lyndsey Mclaughlin

It is predicted that two thirds of jobs may be replaced by robots in the future. Although there has yet to be a complete takeover, we have already seen shop assistants being replaced by self-service machines. Driverless cars have also been introduced, which could result in the loss of a high number of jobs; including van drivers, bus drivers and tax drivers. Although we are unlikely to see a huge difference in our lifetime, we are slowly seeing the introduction of artificial intelligence and the effect it may have on employment in the future. With HR being responsible for recruiting and managing employee relationships, what will the future look like if artificial intelligence takes over all of our jobs?

Man vs. Machine

Although there is definitely an increase in artificial intelligence and there are certain jobs which can ultimately be replaced by robots; it is not possible for robots to replace all roles. Therefore, it could be argued that there will always be a place for HR. In certain sectors, such as the care sector, there will always be a need for human capital. There are only very specific industries which could be completely replaced by artificial intelligence and even then, it is unlikely that this will happen anytime soon. With the example mentioned previously in relation to self-service checkouts, human capital is still necessary when problems arise. Artificial intelligence has limited capabilities, it can deal with specific functions but it can’t rectify human error and there is always the risk of failures in the system, which doesn’t happen with human capital.

The Changing Face of HR

In many ways, artificial intelligence could actually be beneficial to the HR function and could vastly improve processes. It may be useful for analysing data from emails, calendars and the like, to help determine when productivity is declining. It could also be useful for determining how projects are getting on and where there might be potential risks. Although artificial intelligence may mean changes in HR, this is not necessarily a bad thing. HR staff can often become embroiled in issues which could easily be determined through artificial intelligence. For example, HR advisers can often spend a lot of time running reports on sickness, determining triggers and attending absence meetings. With the use of artificial intelligence, it may be that real time information can be passed on to managers, so they can administer this themselves, without the need for an HR presence. HR could then focus on becoming business partners and could really make a contribution to pushing the business ahead and achieving organizational goals.

With or without artificial intelligence, the role of HR can be highly beneficial for driving a business forward. It is, therefore, important that HR staff have up-to-date knowledge and skills to get the most out of the business. This can be achieved through ongoing learning, such as the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification program, which helps develop core skills in recruitment, talent management and HR policies.

 

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How Organizations Benefit from SHRM Certified Individuals

 

By Remie Worrall

 

Getting a job in the HR sector has become more challenging in recent years with more and more companies listing job ads for HR professionals who have a SHRM certificate. After all, a qualification of this kind not only makes an employee a valuable asset but also adds value to the company alike. With this in mind, here are four ways that organizations benefit from SHRM certified individuals.

 

Employee Knowledge that is Current and Relevant

 

Choosing SHRM certified individuals makes the recruitment process easier and gives an employer peace of mind when hiring new team members. Having a SHRM certificate proves that your knowledge as a HR professional is current and up to date. This qualification shows potential employers that you are ready to hit the ground running and highlights that you are ready to take on additional responsibilities from the offset.

 

Increased Job Performance

 

The SHRM qualification tests candidates on both knowledge and behavior so when organizations hire SHRM certified individuals, they can rest assured that the employee not only has the relevant knowledge but know how to use it. The test is based on employer requirements and the candidate is faced with real life questions that mirror their day to day responsibilities. Organizations benefit from employees that you not only have the necessary knowledge but also business acumen, critical evaluation skills and more.

 

Adds Validity and Credibility

 

The SHRM certification is globally recognised and therefore hiring SHRM certified individuals naturally provides an organization with a certain amount of credibility. It provides a simple way to show that the company takes HR seriously and is one way to stand out in a sea of competitors.

 

A Positive Impact on Profitability

 

A SHRM qualification can make an employee feel valued and this in turn leads to increased employee satisfaction and productivity. An increase in employee engagement can have a positive impact on an organization’s profits and revenue. Many organizations report certified employees lead to a greater return on investment showing that the SHRM certification is not only valuable to an employee but also the organizations that hire them.

 

SHRM certified employees can benefit organizations in a number of ways but overall it not only improves the reputation of the company but also helps to achieve operational excellence. Find out how you can become certified here.

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Online And On Course For Certification

 

By Morgan International Staff Writers

Today technology makes it possible for anyone anywhere in the world to access education via the internet. And through Morgan International’s online learning, professional certification can now be achieved, studying from the comfort of your home or wherever you want to be. No need to travel anywhere; education now comes to you.

 

Flexibility is perhaps one of the biggest attractions of the online learning format. If you already lead a busy life and need to fit studying around your existing commitments, then this advantageous learning system lets you do just that.

 

The course uses a fixed structure in much the same way as live classes do, meaning that you receive a timetable to follow. Having a course structure makes you feel guided in your studies – perfect for those in need of direction and for whom procrastination is a temptation. Where and how you choose to connect to your course, though, is entirely up to you, so you could be at home, in an internet café, or on vacation on the beach – the freedom to choose is yours.

 

In addition to course study materials, a number of the online learning programs include pre-recorded lectures, which naturally you can choose to watch as and when it suits you. And it’s not only access to information that you get via online learning, there’s also the opportunity for interaction with your instructor via email and with your peers via student forums. This means that even though you are taking the course remotely, you will still feel supported throughout your studies. Your instructor interaction is your gateway to a vast amount of valuable expertise literally at your fingertips, while discussions with your peers will offer you fresh perspectives and the feeling that you are not alone.

 

If you’re considering pursuing certification and unsure whether you have the will power for self study, or the availability to attend live classes, then online learning is definitely the option for you. If you select this as the way to go, you still have the choice whether to take the course in tandem with live classes, or, if you are unable to attend classes physically, it works as a complete solution on its own. Studying for your professional certification has never been easier.

 

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Technical HR vs. Strategic HR: Are Both Essential?

 

By Lyndsey Mclaughlin

Over the years, the function of HR has increased significantly from basic personnel administration to an imperative department within every organization. Even in small organizations, there will be some kind of HR function, even if is outsourced on an as and when required basis. HR are now responsible for recruiting key talent into the organization, managing employee relations, and generally improving the success of the business. In many cases, businesses would fall apart without the support of HR. In general, HR is composed of both technical and strategic HR.

Technical HR

HR is responsible for managing employee pay and benefits, which can be very complex. In order to do this effectively, it could be argued that there is the need for strong strategic HR support. Strategic HR is concerned with implementing and managing policies and procedures, as well as being able to answer complex questions from employees. A strategic HR will constantly monitor the financial side of HR, to ensure the company remains competitive and that improvements are made along the way.

Strategic HR

On the other hand, strategic HR focuses on managing the recruitment process and taking care of the employment relationship. Strategic HR will focus on the overall goals of the business and develop training and performance to ensure staff are aligned with business goals. They will also be involved in managing any changes within the business.

Do we need both?

The need for both would depend on the size of the organization. Strategic HR is necessary for any organization, as it is imperative that recruitment is managed effectively and that employee relations are kept at a high standard. These essential functions will ultimately determine the success of the business. A large organization, however, will have the need for both strategic and technical HR, as they will have a large number of employees, all working in different roles and with different benefits. A small organization will probably have terms which will apply to all staff across the board, so there will be less of a need to have both strategic and technical HR in place. Strategic HR, however, is essential.

Whether you are looking to develop your strategic or technical HR, or both in your organization, it is worth considering offering staff the opportunity to pursue the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification program. This can help staff to learn valuable information regarding policies, recruitment and talent management.

 

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Time is Money – But Why?

By Luci Iley

We all know that time is valuable, and, as the saying goes, ‘time is money’. But what is it that makes us equate time with money, rather than other valuable items?

The basis of this come from the business industry, where every minute and every activity counts towards the ultimate aim of generating a profit – any time lost results in a loss of profit for the company, so how can we make sure that our time – both professional and personal – is used in the most efficient ways?

 

Making the Most of Your Time

Understanding the value of time is an important first step to using it wisely. Spending time doing productive activities is the best way to utilise time to your advantage, but that does not mean that your life has to be all work and no play. Valuable ways to use your time include; taking time for yourself, looking after your own mental and physical wellbeing, spending time with family, friends and loved ones and getting enough sleep.

The best way to make sure that your time is used wisely is to form a routine, so that insignificant tasks become automatic and do not use too much energy to complete – saving the rest of your time for more important activities.

 

Learning to Prioritise

                Prioritisation can be difficult for many people – having to decide which tasks are most important, when they are all due to be completed soon can feel like an impossible riddle to answer – but it does not need to be that hard.

Segmenting your time each day can be a major help when it comes to prioritisation. If 9AM-11AM and 12PM – 4PM are set as ‘work’ time – then work-related tasks become a higher priority than household chores. Whereas, if you have set 6PM-9Pm as ‘family’ time, then helping your children with their homework should be placed above checking your e-mail during those hours.

Many of us, when faced with a big opportunity, will automatically think of all of the reasons to say ‘no’. Retraining yourself to find time to take these opportunities will open the door to bigger and better things in your future, so learn to say ‘yes’ and fit the important opportunities into your schedule. Making time is better than regretting a lost chance at success.

 

Taking note of the above tips can really improve your overall efficiency and make you more productive when you need to be. A Morgan Itl. Course may be the big opportunity you need to increase the value of your time and help you toward success.

 

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Essential Soft Skills to Attract Hiring Managers

 

By Lyndsey Mclaughlin

Soft skills are general skills which are more about social capabilities than technical ability. They are characteristics and attributes possessed by candidates which can help to determine their overall ability to perform well in their role. Although soft skills can be taught, it is not as easy to do this as it would be for technical skills. For example, some candidates will leave University with great technical skills, however, through a lack of experience in the working environment, they may not possess the necessary soft skills. These are some of the most important soft skills which attract hiring managers.

Communication

Although it is important for employees to have the technical knowledge and ability to perform in their role, they also need to be able to communicate well with other people. A hiring manager does not want to recruit an individual who wants to just sit at their desk, do their work but not engage with other people. They want employees who will fit in to the culture, will get along with their colleagues and will communicate well with clients. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are one of the most important soft skills which hiring managers will seek from candidates.

Positive Attitude

There is nothing worse than an employee who is constantly complaining about their job (or just life in general!) This negative attitude can quite quickly affect everyone in the workplace and it can lead to a lack of motivation and low morale within the business. One person with a negative attitude can bring everyone else down, so hiring managers will look for those individuals who are motivated, positive and have a happy demeanor.

Strong Work Ethic

In general, a strong work ethic is not something that can be taught. It may be developed over time but most people either have this, or they don’t. There is no point in hiring a candidate who is great at their job, but never turns up or is continuously late. This suggests a lack of professionalism and dedication to the company. This can also start to affect other employees, as they will need to pick up the workload. Hiring managers are attracted to those who not only demonstrate their ability to perform in the role, but also those who have the work ethic to get up on time and turn up for work, without excuses.

Problem Solving

Although it is perfectly acceptable to just be able to perform in the role, hiring managers are more likely to recruit someone who can demonstrate their ability to come up with innovative ideas to solve problems. This soft skill can really help to drive the business forward.

You can learn more about all aspects of recruitment and talent management by enrolling in a SHRM certification program, which provides information all areas of the HR process.