This Week at Red Branch: Get Personal with Candidates, Sell Yourself, & Time Saving Tips

Best Practices, Employees, Recruiting, Social Media

We have been very busy reading, writing, and posting all over the internet for clients this week. Here is a quick glance of what we’ve been up to at Red Branch Media.

Visibility Software says onboarding is more than just orientation for employees and it has to be more personal.

Onboarding: Don’t Miss Out

small_3434414425You’ve spent precious time recruiting and signing this new hire, and it’s the all-important first day. Have you already dropped the ball? If you haven’t organized and planned the onboarding process, then yes you have. Onboarding isn’t simply orientation, it’s more personal than that. Orientation is about the job, onboarding has more of a social aspect to it with a focus on the future and retention.

Have you even seen the random newb standing around the water cooler waiting for some sort of direction or interaction? Too often, new hires will spend the majority of their first week on the job wondering if anyone was made aware that they would be coming. It’s hard to watch and even harder to experience. There’s no better way to make someone feel awkward and unwanted than to skip the onboarding process.

An effective onboarding program can help you achieve company success, employee retention, increased ROI on hiring, and ensuring that your new employees are ready and excited to join the team. Consider jointly what your new employee needs from you, and what you need from your new employee.

Your candidates form an opinion about your company early on in the recruiting process. In fact, first impressions matter more than you probably think. According to a post on strategic employee onboarding, “New employees are most likely to leave a company within the first 18 months of their tenure, and 90% of new hires decide in their first 6 months on the job whether or not they’re going to stay with the company.”

Onboarding shouldn’t be seen as just another trend in HR, this is a vital part of the whole hiring process. Retaining employees does wonders for your bottom line, and an effective onboarding program is where the effort to retain begins.

Employee engagement should be another of the main objectives of your onboarding process. When a new employee is facilitated in building their network and becoming acclimated with their new surroundings, you are cultivating your company culture. This can be as simple as introducing the new employee to their co-workers. Perhaps there is someone that comes to mind who would do well as a welcome wagon type of person. The quicker you get this new employee feeling comfortable, the quicker you have a productive member of the team. Read more…

Our friends over at Wowzer wrote an article that shows how to best create your Virtual Resume. What is a virtual resume? You will have to read the entire article to find out!

The Virtual Resume 101

bigstock-A-red-key-on-a-modern-computer-46050463The virtual resume is about standing out in a sea of candidates. By creating a virtual resume, you are showing employers that technology is your friend, you know how to use it, and be creative with it. This is a huge selling point. But for a lot of job seekers, the term “virtual resume” can raise a brow. What is it? How do I create one? What should it include?

The average recruiter will take about 20 seconds on a resumebefore they form an opinion about a candidate. That leaves the candidate with very little time to get them engaged.

The beauty of the virtual resume is that it can be whatever you want it to be. For instance, Hagan Blount, a social media strategist created an infographic resume that went viral in 2011. Blount used his skills to create a smart, eye-catching resume that definitely set him apart. And he of course, landed the job.

Play to Your Strengths

Candidates are going wild with the endless possibilities that virtual resumes lend. Infographics, online magazines, rich media, and videos are just the tip of the virtual iceberg when it comes to creating innovative resumes.

Not all of us can design an infographic or create a magazine resume, so figure out what you are capable of. Video resumes are becoming more common because they are so easy to create. Just about every computer comes stock with a camera and video editing program.

And if you don’t want to give up on the infographic dream, there are easy to use templates that make it a breeze to look creative and talented. You might not be a design wizard, but we can all Google. Read more…

Recruiterbox posted an article on their blog about something we all need more of… TIME! In the article they break down time saving tips to help recruiters. Take a look at it.

You Need More Time!

The hottest commodity around -time. You can’t save it or get it back and it most certainly doesn’t grow. Staying organized and saving time is always going to produce better work. Time savers don’t have to be about cutting corners, they are about getting better at your job. Some time saving practices will initially slow you down, but in the long run, they’re worth the effort. Every business and every employee wants to be quicker and better at what they do. Here are a few time savers specific to HR professionals.


It’s at the top of the list for a reason. You should be using templates and outlines to not only streamline each process, but to save that all important time. Having an arsenal of commonly used templates, on-hand and organized is a huge time saver. There are several sites with great templates to download for free. When using templates, be sure to update them regularly. In the world of HR, policies and practices are constantly changing.

The Right Technology

Ditch the spreadsheets and find technology that works for you. Talent management systems are doing some pretty amazing things right now. With the rise of big data, there is simply too much information to be processed in the traditional way.

Knowing how to use that technology is step two. Bookmarks for commonly used sites, shared documents and cloud storage are all wonderful tech time savers, but if you don’t know how to use them, they’re worthless. Read more…

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