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Cover letters: Are they still necessary in 2020?

02/27/2020
With more organizations moving to online applications, is the traditional cover letter outdated—and do employers care?

Blue-collar labor shortage to continue for 10 years

02/25/2020
According to “U.S. Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” a new report by The Conference Board research group, the supply of blue-collar workers is shrinking rapidly because of several factors.

Terrible job interview? Note that for the record

02/18/2020
Tell members of hiring committees that it’s important to make note of a candidate who interviews poorly. That’s especially true if the candidate isn’t selected and the interview was an important reason why.

Start making DACA contingency plans now

02/11/2020
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide the fate of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program sometime in the coming months, before the current term ends in June. If any of your employees have DACA-covered work permits, this decision will affect them—and your organization.

New Form I-9 now available

02/06/2020
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a new version of the I-9 form that employers complete to verify that employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

Women filling more jobs requiring in-demand skills

02/04/2020
As employers pursue workers who are adept at skills like negotiation, persuasion, critical thinking and writing, they are hiring more and more women. It’s a trend that has fueled much faster wage growth for women than men since 1980.

Retain every résumé, application you receive

02/03/2020
When you receive résumés and applications for open positions, it’s best to keep those documents even if they are from people you don’t end up interviewing. Here’s why: If you are later sued for failure to hire or promote, you may need those documents to justify your decisions.

Track job applications every step of the way

01/28/2020
Make sure you have a system to track applications throughout the hiring process. Be especially careful to note any applicant calls and emails.

Hiring outlook positive, although doubt creeps in

01/28/2020
Almost half of employers say hiring will be robust in 2020. However, 43% anticipate slow, reduced or no hiring, a significantly higher percentage than a year ago.

Keep careful notes about every job interview

01/08/2020
Always document what applicants tell you during job interviews. If you reject the candidate and she later claims she revealed protected information during the hiring process, you will have records to counter her claims.