Crafting a Compelling Job Description

For the final #takemebacktuesday post, we revisit how a job description can play a significant role in the hiring process; from the moment it is created, to its approval within an organization, to being posted, to sharing with candidates, to when it’s used as an interview tool. It will be seen by many, many people and really becomes part of your organization’s reputation. We see a lot of job descriptions in our office and this week I asked our team to share their opinions on what makes a good … [Read more...]

References, Part Two: The Nuts and Bolts

What exactly is being checked in a reference check? I compared notes with the rest of our Chaloner team and there is a shared rhythm we tend to follow for these conversations. We identified some fundamental things we hope to learn from a good reference. Getting Down to the Details The reference has information that no other part of the hiring process can reveal: first-hand experience working with the candidate. You want to frame the conversation in a way that the reference can speak openly … [Read more...]

The Compensation Conversation

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that compensation is a major factor in most job searches. In a LinkedIn survey of over 7500 people who’ve recently changed jobs, better compensation was the third top reason people were compelled to change employers, and the number one reason that convinced people to change. And yet, talking about salary expectations often becomes one of the stickiest parts of the interview process. It doesn’t have to be that way. Candidates who approach the compensation … [Read more...]

Tech Social Good – Worldwide

Wikimedia, the sixth most visited website in the world, is all about reducing barriers to free knowledge. Did you know that they have introduced a way for even more people to have affordable access to that knowledge base? Their latest initiative, Wikipedia Zero, enables users in developing countries to access Wikipedia free of data charges. Mobile handset prices have dropped significantly in recent years, but data charges can still be as high as 25% of monthly income in places like Kenya. … [Read more...]