ZALP Launches Strategic Consulting Panel

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Leading employee referral solutions provider, ZALP, recently announced its association with four renowned industry consultants as part of its Strategic Consulting Panel, a new initiative designed to give ZALP’s clients a valuable experience before and after the implementation phase of the software.

The Strategic Consulting Panel is the first wing of ZALP’s Partner Program, which …
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Cover Letter Generators: Useful or Dishonest?

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I’ve never been bothered by the existence of resumé-writing services — you know, people who will critique your resumé (or even write the whole thing for you) for a fee. It seems, at first glance, like cheating — getting someone else to do your work for you! — but, think about it: a resumé is, at its base, a fairly objective thing. It’s simply a factual history of your career. Resumé writers aren’t falsifying any information. They’re …
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Casualizing the Labor Force: Tim Fung of Airtasker on Crowd Labor

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Tim Fung, the co-founder and CEO of Australian crowd labor platform Airtasker, has what you might call the exemplar resumé of gen Y’s multi-careerism. Fung has done finance; he was a talent agent with a celebrity management firm; he helped start Australian telecom service Amaysim — and these are just some of the highlights.

It was during his stint at …
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Campus Recruiting More Important than Ever in Today’s Business Climate

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Just a generation ago, young people graduated from college and went on to a job that turned into a lifelong career. Loyalty was a given, and there was no need to switch companies; plenty of opportunity existed for moving up the corporate ladder while increasing salary and prestige. Fast forward to our current reality–the post-recession VUCA era, where we simply cannot expect stability and permanence in the …
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4 Interview Questions to Identify Top Performing Salespeople

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A great salesperson has a unique combination of skills—a combination that is difficult to find and just as difficult to interview for. They have to balance persuasion with likability, relationship quality with quantity, and your company’s reputation with the need to make the sale. And this is just the beginning.

So how do you screen for qualities like these? The answer is: very carefully. Like hiring for any …
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How the Rise of Privacy in Social Media Will Change the Way We Think About Employees

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Social media has by and large been a boon to recruiters and HR professionals. Once upon a time, employers had fairly scant information about the candidates they came across. Resumés reported professional highlights, and employers could glean some small insights into a candidate’s personality via interviews and behavioral assessments. If you were lucky, a professional reference might offer some useful insight into a candidate’s career history.

For the most part, candidates were in control of the …
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Building the Dream Team

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Imagine you’re a basketball coach, coaching your team during the biggest game of the year. You’ve trained your team throughout the year, drilling into them the various plays and passes, both offense and defense. It’s coming down to the last minute, score is tied, and suddenly the stars align. Your team is in the perfect …
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Harris Allied: Branding Should be Leveraged as a Recruiter Tool

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Executive search firm Harris Allied suggests that a potential employer’s value to the marketplace and its key points of differentiation can play a key role in its ability to attract top talent as part of its recruiting efforts. Factors such as the marquee value of a company’s name, its industry position, …
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A Nine-Step Hiring Process? Rigorous Screening to Find the Best Candidates

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Maren Donovan, CEO and founder of Zirtual, a service that connects busy professionals and entrepreneurs with virtual assistants, is a bit of an iconoclast. With Zirtual, she challenged the status quo and democratized the world of personal assistants by building a nationwide network of virtual employees who perform the duties of traditional personal assistants at more affordable prices.

“It’s a lot less expensive to have a virtual assistant. You …
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The Cold, Hard Truth About “Ideal” Jobs

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In a perfect world, everyone lands a perfect job: they fit with the company culture; they love what they do; they get along well with their colleagues and bosses; they perform well; they make enough money to live comfortably.

Oh, how rarely this actually happens.

According to a Gallup poll released last year, there are two “actively disengaged” employees for every “engaged” employee worldwide. The full breakdown, per Forbes: 24 …
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