STEAM Vs STEM: Adding Tech Skills to Your Resume

STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math —  is becoming a popular topic of discussion in educational institutions, but there is somewhat of a disconnect between education and the workplace. STEM careers prioritize technical skills, especially in the hiring process, which can make students rightly wonder what the point of additional arts and humanities training is.

In an educational environment, adding the “A” to STEM means students gain vital critical thinking, discourse, writing, and leadership skills, as well as greater understanding of arts and culture. This makes them excellent candidates for leadership and mentorship positions, and key allies in reducing employee churn. But when it comes to job applications, they know that recruiters and algorithms are both looking for mainly technical skills-related keywords.

The value of STEAM educated employees

Employees with a background in the humanities have a ton to offer, even (and especially) in technical roles. STEAM is about much more than learning art; the arts, humanities, and languages teach students about thought, logic, argument, ethics, and many other aspects of humanity. According to Concordia University the STEAM job market in the United States will grow by 14% by 2020, and even employers in highly technical fields are beginning to see its value. The arts give students a grounding set of both soft- and social skills, and arms them with different modes of thinking about the world. However, not everyone is convinced yet, and graduates entering the job market can be hesitant to express these skills in a job search.

If you’re into recruiting leaders, and people who improve the work environment around them, STEAM candidates are highly prized — or should be.

People don’t need to be in leadership roles for their leadership skills to be valuable. There are many different styles of leadership, and some of them don’t require a position of authority to be effective. Transformational leadership, one of the most effective styles, involves lifting up other group members and transforming the work environment to better achieve organizational goals and uplift other employees. Some of the most important characteristics of these types of leaders are emotional intelligence, mediation, and the ability to think in new and transformative ways. These are all skills honed in the study of the arts and humanities.

Another key trait possessed by people who have training in the arts is increased exposure to new and foreign ideas. These are people who have been taught how to learn, and learning is a skill in and of itself. So if you’re looking to hire people who will make learning new things a priority, who seek experiences outside of their comfort zone, and who will respond well to internal uptraining, the answer is STEAM.

If you’re looking for employees that will stick with you, and improve the performance of everyone around them, hire people with additional background in the arts and treat them right.

Attracting STEAM candidates

The trick is convincing students and job seekers that employers see those additional skills as valuable. It’s not enough simply to start looking for those skills. There are new generations of tech workers going through their training that need to be convinced to invest time and energy into the arts, or simply told that those interests are valid to pursue.

This means outreach during college career fairs, on websites, and on job descriptions. Start actively supporting and looking for the “A” skills in candidates by putting them into job posting descriptions. Start highlighting the value of these employees internally and externally, at company events and conferences, and build a culture of support and confidence.

As you build out culture and PR that values soft skills as well as technical skills, it may be necessary to retrain recruiters, interviewers, and adjust any keyword scraping algorithms. Many people groom their resumes specifically for certain keywords they believe companies want to see. A common strategy is to pick out keywords from the job posting into their applications. So changing those keywords is a great start.

In the end, the people you hire create your company culture. A culture infused with not only the skills that come from the arts, but the beauty and soul that comes from communities who are passionate about arts and humanities — that kind of culture sets employees and companies up for long-term success.

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5 Tips for Better Camping Experience

Would you like to try something cool and a bit extreme? Have you ever done some camping in the wilderness? Even if you’re a prolific camper, you’ll appreciate what’s written below. Bonding with Mother Nature is truly something special, embracing the magnificent outdoors means going back to roots and that’s something we all need to do from time to time. In order to make that experience even better, here are the handpicked tips that will help you get the most out of your camping experience.

Equip yourself!

Camping can belong to extreme sports sometimes. Many people like to camp out somewhere where the surroundings are familiar and the atmosphere is relaxed. But, if you like to challenge yourself, you’ll most likely look for a non-orthodox camping spot. And that’s the gist of it, really. It is magical to experience nature in its purest form, away from all the camp sites, facilities, etc. But, you have to equip yourself properly first. Remember, it’s your safety we’re talking about. So, make sure to buy a sleeping bag, tent, portable cooler, camping stove, Swiss army knife (it’s preferable), flashlight and toilet paper. These are the absolute essentials you’ll need for your outdoor endeavor. Forgetting even a single item from this list could make your experience go from bad to worst in a second.

Sage

There is no way to emphasize how useful sage can be during camping. You surely don’t like getting bit by hordes of mosquitoes and various other insects, right? Well, sage is a natural repellent that does wonders when it comes to luring the bugs away. You just need fire or better yet, some hot coals and that’s it. Just place the sage over the hot coals and you won’t have a bug near you during the whole night. You’ll be able to sleep like a baby and you won’t hear that annoying buzzing. Better yet, you won’t have to scratch the living hell out of yourself in the morning. Insects hate the smell of burning sage. Take that to your advantage.

Turn up the volume

If you plan on bringing your friends along for the adventure, you’ll really appreciate this one. Telling stories by the camp fire is awesome and that’s a tradition that needs to be respected. However, when you all are done with your stories, wouldn’t it be cool to listen to your favorite tunes? Of course, the usual speaker that you have in your smartphone probably isn’t strong enough to satisfy your group’s needs. And bringing along those big speakers simply isn’t practical. But there’s a trick. Use a ceramic mug to increase the volume. Yes, it’s possible. Just place your device inside a mug and that’s it. Your phone will produce louder sound when placed in a ceramic mug.

Waterproof your tent

You’re probably thinking that waterproofing your tent is easier said than done? Well, that’s because we all forgot that there are waterproofing sprays. They are available everywhere and people simply forget how easy it is to use them. Camping outside means that you’re prone to various weather changes. Just because you came yesterday and it was sunny doesn’t mean that it won’t rain tomorrow. And you have to be prepared. Let no leak stop you from having a good time. Bringing a camping cot is great for lifting you off the ground but you have to use waterproofing spray afterwards because you won’t like rain dripping inside.

Stock up on food & beverages

There can be no fun if everyone’s hungry out there! So, stock up on food and beverages that will always be available to each and every single person of your group. Of course, if you’re going it alone, you won’t have many difficulties finding out what you want to buy in the store. Remember that being able to obtain food is never guaranteed. You may be a good fisherman but you never know when you’ll run out of luck. Bring enough food and beverages, don’t let this become pain in your neck. Especially not out there in the wilderness.

Conclusion

Safety is of the utmost importance. But fun is also up there, highly rated, when it comes to good camping experience. Take a good look at these tips and there is no doubt that you’ll have tons of fun in the wilderness.

Top 4 Productivity Tools for Recruiters

If you’re a recruiter looking to boost your productivity, here are top 4 tools you have to know about!

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Attention recruiters: These tools can seriously improve your productivity!

Most HR professionals and recruiters I know are always looking for better ways to find the right job candidates and improve their productivity. If you are one of them, you’ve come to the right place!

In this article I will present 4 types of productivity tools that can help you:

  • Achieve better recruiting results
  • Organize and streamline your recruiting processes
  • Help you stay focused
  • Free up your time
  • Make your life easier!

So without further ado, here are 4 awesome tools that can help you boost your recruiting efficiency and productivity!

Top 4 productivity tools for recruiters

Here is the list of the 4 key types of productivity tools for recruiters:

Productivity tool for recruiters #1: Recruitment software

The right recruitment software will help recruiters automate, streamline and improve their recruitment efforts by offering numerous benefits. Make sure you choose all in one recruitment software, the one that offers sourcing, recruitment marketing, candidate tracking and candidate relationship management features. Having all these features under one platform will save your time (and nerves) immensely! Forget about switching back and forth between many different recruiting tools!

Check out: TalentLyft

Productivity tool for recruiters #2: Project management tools

Recruiters often have to work on many different projects at the same time and work with a lot of coworkers, clients and candidates. There are so many people to be contacted and so many tasks to be done… Trying to keep track of everything can easily get overwhelming.

This is why recruiters can benefit a lot form comprehensive project management tools. These tools will help recruiters organize their workflow and efficiently juggle deadlines, resources, and deliverables.

Check out: Basecamp, Trello and Asana.

Productivity tool for recruiters #3: Time management tools

With million things to do and million people that need to be kept in touch with, recruiters often struggle to stay focused. Usually working on one task at the time and blocking out all distractions seems like a mission impossible, doesn’t it?
If you feel like time is slipping through your fingers, a time management tool that can track the time you spent on applications and websites and give you an accurate picture of your day will come in handy.

Check out: RescueTime, Toggl and TrackingTime.

Productivity tool for recruiters #4: Social media management tools

No, LinkedIn is not enough. If you want to excel as a recruiter these days, you have to juggle many different social media networks, form LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, etc. Social media management tools will help you save time and manage all your social media in one place. Using social media management is a simpler way to schedule and track the performance of your posts on different social media networks.

Check out: Hootsuite, Buffer and Sprout Social.

Other cool productivity tools for recruiters

Which of the productivity tool that we mentioned above do you use?

What is the number one tool that boosts your productivity the most?

Do you know some other cool productivity tools for recruiters?

Share them in comments and help your fellow recruiters out! 🙂

List of The Most Important Career Page Metrics

Here is the list of the most important career page metrics that will help you evaluate, optimize and improve your career page performance.

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Career page metrics for dummies 🙂

Career page metrics are among the most important recruitment metrics you should be tracking.

However, most HR professionals still shy away from career page metrics, thinking that they don’t have the time, resources and knowledge to handle them.

But they couldn’t be further away from the truth!

Tracking your career page metrics is very simple and easy these days.

Your modern recruitment software will do it for you!

This is just one of the many benefits of recruitment software: they automatically track the most important hiring metrics – including your career site metrics!

In other words, every HR professional can now easily dive into data-driven recruiting.

Tracking and measuring your career page metrics will enable you to evaluate, optimize and improve your career page performance.

To help you get started, we created a list of the most important career page metrics you should track on regular basis.

The list of the most important career page metrics

Here is the list of the most important career page metrics you should track on regular basis:

1. Number of visitors

This metrics will tell you how many people visited your career site in a certain period of time (during a day, week, month or even a year).

2. Source of visitors   

This metric will tell you the number of visitors that came to your career site from different sources, such as (Google, job boards, social media, email, etc.)

3. Source of applicants

This metric will tell you the number of applicants that came to your career site from different sources.

4. Application form abandon rate

This metrics will tell you how many people started filling in your application form but never actually submitted it.

5. Talent Network conversion rate

This metric will tell you how many people converted on your Talent Network landing page.

6. Average session duration

This metric will tell you what is the average length of time that visitors spend on your career site.

7. Career page bounce rate

This metric will tell you the percentage of visitors who come to your career site and immediately leave without doing anything.

8. Application form return rate

This metric will tell you how many of candidates that have abandoned application form return and complete it.

9. Career site paid traffic

This metric will tell you how many visitors come to your career site from paid advertising campaigns (on Google or social media).

10. Career site organic traffic

This metric will tell you how many visitors come to your career site directly from the search engines.

5 Creative Ideas for Your Career Page

Check out these 5 great creative ideas that will make your company career page stand out!

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How to make your career page stand out?

If you want to attract and hire the best candidates, you need to differentiate your Employer Brand. Your career page is a great place to do that – completely for free!

But how to do it?

Especially if you don’t have a big marketing budget or knowledge?

Don’t worry – it can still be done!

In this short blog post, I will show you how easy it can be to make your career page stand out.

You just need to get creative!

To help you get started, here are 5 creative ideas for your career page.

5 creative ideas for your career page

1. Break the stereotypes

How to be different and stand out with the first sentence on your career page?

Break the stereotypes!

For example, a Telepathy’s career site opens with a great, insightive copy that is bound to attract the right type of candidates:
Breaking the agency stereotype
Grueling pace, clients that just don’t get it, having dinner at your desk – no thanks. We pride ourselves in doing meaningful work for great clients.”

Think about the common stereotype in your line of work – then break it!

2. Use industry jargon

Find a way to incorporate your company’s industry business jargon and your products and services into your career site. That way, you will speak directly to candidates interested in your line of work, while turning away the rest.  

Booking.com does it wonderfully by giving candidates reasons to “check in” and join their company!

3. Turn your application process into an exciting adventure

Don’t let the process of applying for your company’s open position be a dreadful task.

Instead, turn it into an exciting adventure!  For example, The Heineken Company created the additional interactive website, GO Places, where candidates go through an exciting, adventurous and fun gamified job interview.

4. Stand out with the unusual career page design

Differentiate the look and UX of your career page! For example, Adidas has a beautiful and very interesting career page. Instead of the traditional up/down scrolling that most websites have, they used the right scrolling navigation system. It makes their career page attractive and memorable on the very first look!

5. Create a chatbot

Enable a two way, timely communication with your candidates by integrating a chatbot on your career page. If you need inspiration, check out how Marriott did it! In case you don’t have the time or resources to create a chatbot, do what Hubspot did – launch a Slack channel that’s open to your interested candidates.

5 Winning Ways to Successful Key Account Management

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Key Account Management (KAM) was rooted in the concept of soft-selling and is widely recognized in various fields such as banking, health and industrial domains as mutually beneficial to both companies and their clients.

Through Key Account Management, clients achieve their goals through collaboration and support provided by the company in charge and in return, these companies increase their revenues and maintain a strong and lasting relationship with their major clients, keeping them ahead of the competition. In short, it provides communal growth through partnership, therefore making it critical for every company to make their key account management strategies effective and enhance it if needed.

Unfortunately, some companies still end up wasting their key account management training investments due to unfamiliarity with the best practices. Having that said, here are the key takeaways of the infographic from Healthy Business Builder which details five winning ways to successful key account management:

  1. Select the right account!
  2. Find the best person!
  3. Insist on the very best and relevant key account management program
  4. Your account manager must be highly skilled!
  5. Patience, and the right positive attitude!

To learn more about the winning ways to successful key account management, check out the infographic below:

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5 Creative Ideas That Will Make Your Career Blog Stand Out

If you want to attract the best candidates, you need to make your career blog stand out. And it sure will with these 5 creative ideas!

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How to make your career blog stand out?

If you want to attract the best candidates and recruit the right people for your company, you need to make your career stand out.

Only by providing candidates with a glimpse into your company culture, you will be able to attract and hire the best talent by finding the perfect fit.

In order to that, you need to create an outstanding recruitment content for every step of the candidate journey.  

To help you, we created this list of the best recruitment content ideas for your company’s career blog.

5 creative career blog ideas

Here is the list of 6 great career blog ideas that just spark with creativity:

#1: A creative company culture video

Create a different type of company culture video! Ask your employees to describe working at your company in just 3 words. And don’t worry – you don’t need to make a professional video. Simply use your smartphone to create a short, genuine video.

#2: A quiz

A short quiz is a very simple yet fun and effective example of interactive content you can publish on your career blog. It is also a perfect lead generation opportunity, so make sure you make the most of it!

#3: A podcast

Everyone creates simple, text blog posts. Be different! Make a podcast! Interview your employees and ask them about the interesting projects and/or latest technology they are working with!

#4: Ask the recruiter

Establish an “Ask the Recruiter” column on your career blog. Every week, publish a new blog post in which your recruiters answer the most frequently asked questions by candidates. Include useful tips and tricks.

#5: Employee generated content

Every week, feature another one of your employees as a guest author on your blog. Give them complete creative freedom – let them write about anything that’s on their mind. It can’t get any more authentic than that!

3 Best Employee Onboarding Tips

Looking to improve your employee onboarding process? Simply follow these 3 great tips!
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Why should you improve your employee onboarding program?

Employee onboarding is a very method used in talent acquisition.

If done right, the employee onboarding process can easily become your secret weapon for hiring and retaining talent.

A successful employee onboarding program ensures that your best candidate actually shows up on their first day at the new job.

This is because a successful employee onboarding process starts at the moment your best candidate accepts your offer. If you don’t engage you best candidates until their start date, they might accept a better offer or a counteroffer from their current employer.

It also helps to improve retention, engagement, satisfaction, and productivity of your new employees.

According to the Society For Human Resources Management (SHRM):

  • 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding.
  • Organizations with a standard onboarding process experience 50% greater new-hire productivity.
  • 54% of companies with onboarding programs reported higher employee engagement.

3 best employee onboarding tips

Here are the best 3 tips that will help get the most out of your onboarding program:

Tip #1: Plan and organize

If you want to maximize the power of your onboarding process, you need to carefully structure it. To learn how, check out our step-by-step Guide on how to successfully onboard new employees.  

Keep in mind that:

  1. A successful onboarding is a process
    A successful employee onboarding is not an event that takes place on your new employee’s first day at the office. It is a continuous process that starts at the moment your best candidate accepts your job offer.
  2. A successful onboarding is people oriented
    A successful employee onboarding is not focused on tasks, but on people.
    The human touch drives onboarding success.  The secret of great onboarding is the fact that it makes your new employees feel welcomed and integrated into your company culture from the day one!

Tip #2: Automate

Automating your employee onboarding process will help you save time and your nerves. There are many different employee onboarding tools you can use to easily automate your onboarding process.

There are 3 main types of employee onboarding tools:

  • Checklists
    Checklists are the most simple and straightforward tool that can help you onboard new employees.
  • Specialized tools
    Specialized employee onboarding tools are tools created for the sole purpose of improving the employee onboarding process.
  • Integrated tools
    Integrated tools are comprehensive, all-in-one tools that offer solutions for your whole HR management process, including payroll, benefits, time and attendance, etc.

Tip#3: Be creative

To make your new employees’ onboarding experience truly unique, you need to get creative! Luckily for you, we compiled the best and the most innovative employee onboarding ideas and examples from experts to inspire you!

Here are 3 simple, but creative employee onboarding ideas you can easily implement:

  1. Welcome GIF or video
    Gather your team and create a welcome video for your new employee!
    If your employees shy away from a camera or you don’t have enough time on your hands, go with the quicker version – create a welcome GIF!
  2. Decorate your new employee’s desk
    Decorate your new employee’s desk with some balloons, welcome sign and maybe even some cake! You can also pack your company swag (such as branded notebook, pens, T-shirt, water bottle, etc.) as a present!
  3. 100th-day party
    Throwing a 100 day on the job party for your employees is a great opportunity to shower them with some attention and remind them how much you are happy to have them joined your company.

A Surprising Practice That Can Help You Both Hire and Retain Talent

You are probably ignoring this great practice that can help you both hire and retain talent!

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What is this mystery practice?

One word – onboarding!

Well, I bet you didn’t expect this answer, right?

But bear with me – I’ll explain exactly how a great onboarding can help you achieve 2 most important HR goals:

  1. Recruit the best people for your company
  2. Reduce turnover rate by retaining them.

How can onboarding help you hire talent?

A well-structured employee onboarding program can help you ensure the successful outcome of your hiring process.

The way we recruit has changed.

Unfortunately, the fact that your best candidate has accepted your offer is no longer a guarantee that they will actually show up on their first day.

The war for talent is raging.

And since all is fair in love and war, your newly signed candidates:

  • Could still be interviewing and receive a better offer.
  • May receive a better offer from another company with whom they interviewed before, but who has a slower recruiting process.
  • May receive a counteroffer from their current employer.

You don’t want to lose your best candidates in the last second, right?

This is why your onboarding process should start at the moment your candidate accepts your offer. A great onboarding process will help you keep your new employees engaged and excited until their start date at your company.

How can onboarding help you retain talent?

A successful employee onboarding program helps to improve retention, engagement, satisfaction, and productivity of your new employees.

According to the Society For Human Resources Management (SHRM):

  • 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding.
  • Organizations with a standard onboarding process experience 50% greater new-hire productivity. 
  • 54% of companies with onboarding programs reported higher employee engagement.

Conclusion

Your onboarding program will do more than just help you retain new employees.

However, it is also a great method that can help you ensure the successful outcome of your hiring process.

This is why every company should invest some time and effort to learn how to successfully onboard new employees.

Top 5 Creative Employee Onboarding Ideas

Looking for some inspiration to spark your creativity? Check out these 5 awesome employee onboarding ideas!

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Want to improve your employee onboarding process?

First of all, check out our detailed Guide on how to successfully onboard new employees.

You need to carefully organize and execute your onboarding process in the most effective possible way.

Remember, these creative onboarding ideas are just the cherry on the top!

Top 5 creative employee onboarding ideas

Here is the list of the top 5 creative employee onboarding ideas:

Idea #1: Gamify your onboarding

Gamify your onboarding to take your new hires through the work environment and help them meet with the varied stakeholders in the fun and engaging way!

Think about the ways you can make your own onboarding process more fun and playful!

Even if you don’t have resources to gamify your whole onboarding process, try to think of the way to gamify at least some aspects of it.

Get inspired: Check out Essar Oil and Gas 3D onboarding gamification solution!

Idea #2: Turn your onboarding into a scavenger hunt

Organize a scavenger hunt for your new employees! The scavenger hunt is a series of tasks and questions designed to expose new hires to all areas of the company. It is also a fun way to ensure that the new hire meets all the other employees and learns what they do.

This way, the new hires get familiar with all other departments quickly and establish cooperation form the day one.  

Get inspired: Check out Bazaarvoice’s employee onboarding process!

Idea #3: Write a creative employee handbook

Say goodbye to boring employees handbooks! Turn your employee handbook into an exciting text worth reading!

Make it visually attractive – fill it with images. Write it in a way you would say it to a friend. A casual tone and occasional joke will help your new employees feel relaxed and at ease.

Get inspired: Check out Valve’s fantastic employee handbook!

Idea #4: Pop a bottle of bubbly

Welcome your new employees by throwing them a surprise party. Don’t stop there – go ahead and pop a bottle of bubbly on their employees’ first day at the office!

It will show them how much you’re excited to have them and leave a memorable first impression! Starting your onboarding with a celebration is a great way to make your new employees feel wanted and appreciated right from the start!

Get inspired: Check out TINYPulse’s onboarding process!

Idea #5: Turn your onboarding into a bootcamp

Implementing the bootcamp program is a great idea for onboarding new employees in leadership roles. All the new employees who are hired to lead teams, from middle managers to new C-suite level employees, go through a so called bootcamp.

It means that new employees rotate through every team in the organization. This is a great way for your new leaders to get to know all the teams quickly, learn how they operate and develop strong personal ties with other employees and departments.

Get inspired: Check out Etsy’s Bootcamp onboarding program!