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I am a Recruiter,placing people,building relationships and improving on my network but I feel I could see more to be done. That's how I am here , putting in my thoughts at one place and good ideas about Talent Aquisition space.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Five Tips to read the Resume

Tip #1. Before you ever read a resume, before you ever request a resume, before you ever post a position, spend time developing the job description so that you really understand what you are looking for. This is the most often overlooked part of the job search.

Tip #2. Create a list of attributes, skills, education, experiences, etc. you are looking for. Use this list as you review resumes to look for those specific skills.

Tip #3. Skim the resume for obvious red flags. If the job calls for organization and the resume is chaotic, you might not choose to continue with that candidate. Look for misspellings and grammatical errors. Read the cover letter to see if any gaps or changes in career direction are well explained.

Tip #4. Do a phone pre-screen. Whether you call or have someone else place the calls is not as important as taking a few minutes to be sure this is someone you really want to spend your valuable time speaking with in an in-person interview. Generally, pre-screen interview questions include reasons for leaving current/last position, salary requirements, whether the general hours fit the person’s availability, request to explain any gaps, changes in career direction, or other confusing items.

Tip #5. Read the resume more than once. Be sure to reference it as you create an interview guide so you can be sure you’ve asked about any open issues. Then be sure to read the resume (carefully) right before the interview.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Appraisals: Target performance

Appraisal is not just about an annual review or a salary revision. It is more about identifying performance problems and solving them through creating specific improvement plans.

After understanding the components of an appraisal system and having discussed the effectiveness of it, let us now explore the performance objective of the entire process. While the talks are mostly about compensation and promotion, there is highly any focus on improvement. Appraisals should target at understanding performance issues amongst employees and working towards improving upon them, for the benefit of the individual and the company. The focus should not be just assessing past performance, but also making plans for getting the best out of employees. These plans are called performance improvement plans and try to identify weaknesses or improvement areas of employees and provide solutions to improve upon them. Given below is the process that a supervisor should follow while creating these performance plans.

Clear the expectations: Clearly state the expectations from the employee in terms of performance and output. These should ideally be defined beforehand and should be used as reference when measuring the productivity. Also, these should be available for employees to refer to, so that they cacn analyse where they stand in terms of performance.

Identify the problem areas: Now, with reference to the pre-defined expectations, identify the shortcomings. Try to list down the problem areas that may have lead to such problems. The problem areas could be technical issues like a lack of skill or personal issues like job dissatisfaction.

Communicate and discuss the problem areas: Communicate your observations to the concerned employee and take his/her views on it. Discuss and try to understand what isthe cause of the problem was and see if there is anything that you missed. A clear discussion helps you understand the reasons and helps the employee understand the problem areas, if he/she already does not know about it.

Find solutions: Now that the problem areas have been identified and agreed upon, it is time to find solutions. Since you have already identified the reasons for the problems, finding a solution should not be difficult. The solutions can range from shifting the employee to another department where his/her skills can be used more constructively or providing training and regular coaching to help the employee reach the expected performance mark.

Create a plan: After identifying a solution, create a detailed plan in discussion with the employee, that clearly contains the steps to be taken and the dates by which changes should start reflecting. This not only helps in creating an organised plan for development but also motivates the employees to meet the deadlines and show improvement.

Make use of the appraisal process to understand the problems of the employees and provide as much support as you can. Remember, the right type of guidance and support can incite great performances from the most reclusive individuals. And with such performance, not just the appraisee, but everyone stands to gain a lot.