10 Things To Do For International Women’s Day That Make It Easy For You To Make A Difference

Mark your calendars: International Women’s Day (IWD) is coming up on Friday, March 8, and I can already feel the girl power building. It’s a day to not only commemorate the incredible contributions and strengths of women all over the globe, but to speak up about the work we still have left to do in the fight for women’s rights and total gender equality. With these 10 small and easy things you can do to make a difference on International Women’s Day 2019, you’ll celebrate the holiday while making an impact.

This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. “The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world,” explained the official IWD website. “From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence. Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.” By supporting fellow women and using your voice on March 8 (and every day, for that matter) you help society work toward that gender balance.

If you’re feeling fired up and motivated to make a difference, I’ve got you covered. Grab your girlfriends, daughters, sisters, moms, or coworkers and celebrate the day with these progress focused ways make a difference.

1. Use the official hashtag.

Don’t let the cynics tell you that social media doesn’t make a difference. Get on your Instagram, your Facebook, or your Twitter, and let’s see those #BalanceforBetter posts. Whether it’s an endorsement of a women-led organization or company, a shout-out to the most inspiring woman you know, or a snapshot of your day at an IWD event, posting and using the hashtag can motivate others to get involved, too. This is one kind of social media peer pressure that is beneficial for everyone!

2.  Teach your children about International Women’s Day.

Educate the next generation of feminists and activists by getting them involved in IWD activities. Explain to your kids why the day is celebrated, and how important it is for women and men to be treated equally. Read about remarkable women, watch an inspiring girl power movie, or volunteer together.

3. Donate to a local women’s shelter.

Do something today to support the struggling, marginalized women in your community. If you are financially able, give a monetary donation to a women’s shelter or another nonprofit helping local women. Round up clothes you don’t wear anymore or toys your children no longer play with, and drop them off at a shelter. Call or stop in and inquire about volunteer opportunities. Find a way to offer support to the women in your community who need it most.

4. Support a woman-owned business.

Use this day as a chance to support your favorite women-owned or women-run businesses. Round up your friends or family and go eat dinner at a woman-owned restaurant, or splurge on a new outfit at your favorite boutique. Endorse these businesses for free by writing great reviews or simply giving them a social media shoutout.

5. Attend a local IWD event.

What better way to celebrate the day and spread the message than by gathering with women and allies at an organized event? The official International Women’s Day website has a tool to search IWD events in your area, from “global gatherings, conferences, awards, exhibitions, festivals, fun runs, corporate events, concert performances, speaking events, online digital gatherings and more.”

6. Support a girlfriend’s project or endeavor.

There are motivated, inspiring, and go-getting women all around us. Whether you’ve got a friend writing a blog or a coworker raising money for a cause she’s passionate about, you’ve got a chance to offer your support and encouragement. You can help by donating, sharing the project online, or simply reaching out with kind words, and International Women’s Day is a wonderful time to do it.

7. Accomplish or work toward a goal.

If you’re brimming with girl power and feminist pride, channel that toward a goal of your own. Use this day to remind yourself that you are capable, powerful, and worthy, and there is nothing stopping you from reaching that dream you’ve been pushing aside. It’s easy to brush off your own goals and focus on others, but today is a day to be selfish.

8. Invest in the next generation of women.

One of the most powerful, impactful things you can do is to empower the next generation of women. Write a letter to your daughter about all the ways she makes you proud, gift your niece with an inspiring new book, or use the holiday as motivation to sign up for Big Sisters, Girls on the Run, or another mentorship program. No matter how big or small, your actions can have profound effects on young girls.

9. Thank a woman (or women!) who inspires you.

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to show your gratitude toward a woman who inspires you. Send your mom or grandma a bouquet and thank them for everything they’ve taught you. Surprise your best friend with a thoughtful letter. Reach out to a female leader in your community and thank them for their work. It may be a small gesture for you, but it will be incredibly meaningful for them.

10. Speak up.

“In my experience, being bold for change means having the courage to stand up and speak up – not just for yourself, but for others. This enables confident, empowered individuals and teams,” wrote Carla Christofferson, Executive VP of AECOM, writes on the official IWD website. “It’s up to each and every one of us to ensure all voices are heard and that all people are given equal representation and respect.”

Your voice is the most valuable thing you have, and March 8 is the perfect day to use it. Honor your experiences, your goals, your hopes, and your thoughts about International Women’s Day, and inspire others to do the same.

Source: www.romper.com

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How to Prevent Great Hires From Getting Away

In today’s tight labor market, if you don’t take care of qualified job applicants, your competitors will.

With unemployment at historic lows–it stood at 4.0 percent in January–losing qualified candidates to other companies can be a particularly costly setback. One way to set your company apart from the competition is to rethink how you treat job candidates, several hiring managers and human resource experts told Inc.

“The candidate experience is absolutely vital for the company to get the best engagement with the top candidates,” says Joanna Riley, the CEO of Censia, a talent acquisition firm that has worked with companies such as Carvana, Taylor Morrison, and the World Bank.

Here are some ways you can revamp the candidate experience.

1. Make your job description a true sales pitch.

One way to increase interest in open positions is to write job descriptions that resemble sales pitches, Riley says. Focus on including factors like whether or not a new hire will be able to grow within the company or travel for work.

“Putting the benefits of that specific role upfront is more valuable than listing the criteria,” Riley added.

Whatever you do, avoid simply copying boilerplate job descriptions from the web, she says. Your company is unique and so is the job you’re filling, so write the posting to reflect that and the specific type of candidate who will thrive in the role. Make sure to outline the company’s culture and its policies on inclusion and diversity, Riley adds. And don’t rely on an out-of-date qualification list. Include the ones that matter, like visa status or employee location, but eliminate details that would unnecessarily shrink your talent pool.

2.  Keep in touch with candidates.

Don’t let long periods of time pass without any communication between you and the applicant, says Ashley Pelliccione, the senior director of talent acquisition at the HR software company Namely. Institute a policy for communicating with candidates. Namely, for instance, sends updates every 48 hours to candidates who make it to the phone-screen or onsite interview stages.

“The rule of thumb is not to have a black hole,” Pelliccione says. “We keep them in the loop and in constant communication.”

Another way to stay in touch is through automated email responses to candidates who submit applications or inquire about their status in the process, says Juliana Barela, vice president and general manager of recruitment process outsourcing at consulting firm Korn Ferry. Automated responses acknowledge the candidate, verify that application materials were received, and look as if they were sent by a human, Barela adds.

Lastly, always take the step of formally rejecting candidates you don’t plan on hiring and telling them why they weren’t the right fit, says Paul Wolfe, the head of human resources at the employment search engine Indeed. Companies that articulate this message and avoid so-called ghosting increase their chances of getting referrals or hearing from the candidate for other positions in the future, Wolfe adds.

“We as humans avoid it because it’s not a positive message, but we should think of it as positive because as a company, you want to build your network,” Barela said. “You get some great referrals through that.”

3. Put candidates at ease.

To ease the tension that many job candidates feel during interviews, be upfront about what the process entails, what type of questions the interviewers will ask, who the applicant will meet with and how those people fit into the company’s structure, Wolfe says. By outlining those details, companies are putting candidates in a better position to ask thoughtful and informed questions, he adds.

Additionally, be cognizant of where candidates are coming from and meet them there, Barela says. Employers should schedule interviews around the candidate’s schedule and ask which communication method they prefer, whether that’s arranging logistics via text, email, or phone calls, she says. “It used to ebb and flow, depending on the labor market, who felt they had the edge,” Barela says, adding that employers have become more accommodating of candidates since the unemployment rate dropped. “Now I feel like it has evolved and organizations realize that, regardless of what the economy is doing, you need to take care of candidates.”

4. Ask for feedback.

The best way to learn how your company can improve its candidate experience is to ask. Set up a survey and send it to candidates who reach various points in the application and interview process, not just the ones who get the job, Barela says. That way, the business is collecting data on every aspect of the candidates’ experiences.

Indeed sends surveys to every person who interviews for a position and analyzes the data to gauge how they viewed the experience. “Gathering the data is the first step to understanding the areas you can improve on,” Wolfe says, noting that calling candidates for feedback is an option if survey software is too expensive. Employers should also get feedback from candidates they plan to hire, Wolfe adds.

Following these suggestions can boost a company’s online reputation, which is easily accessible to candidates on sites like Glassdoor. Since candidates can research what the hiring process is like at most companies, they can easily learn which places actively communicated with candidates and which ones ignored people, Barela says.

The bottom line is that preventing great hires from getting away requires extra effort. “You always need to take care with top talent,” Barela says.

Source: Inc.com


Our Top 10 interview tips


You worked hard on your resume, applied to tons of jobs, got through the screening stage & landed an interview opportunity with the employer! Great!! But now what? Here are our top 10 interview tips to help you succeed in the interview process!

1. Research the Company & the Hiring Manager before the interview

Always research the company before you show up for the interview. Find out everything about the company using their website, glassdoor etc and about the Hiring Manager using Linkedin! Knowing more about the company and the culture will make you look more confident and it would also give you an opportunity to ask your own questions making it feel more like a discussion rather than all one sided!

2.  Go through your resume & prepare for behavioural based interview questions

Employers now mostly use behavioural based interview techniques to know how you handled a situation in the past. Go through your past experiences and the job description of the job you are applying for and practice some story telling! Best is to use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action & Result) method to answer these questions. Ensure to be focused and relevant to the point.
Don’t forget to come up with scenarios that were challenging yet you pulled through successfully. Such examples will demonstrate your problem-solving skills and ability to handle challenges successfully.
Be honest about your challenging experiences that didn’t work out well in the past highlighting the lesson you learn’t from that experience to apply in future.

3. Dress for Success (Keeping the company culture in mind)

First impressions are sometimes last ones! So, ensure to create that long lasting first impression to lead you to success! It’s very important to dress keeping the company culture in mind and if you are not sure of the culture best to be more on the conservative side! (especially being in the middle east region). Stay away from denim, shorts and flip flops. While it’s nice to take a breath mint before the interview, chewing gums during the interview is a big no!

4. Be on time. Show enthusiasm with firm handshake & good eye contact.

This may seem too obvious, yet most candidates fail to show up on time at the interview. Allow extra travel time to ensure you reach on time. Keeping good eye contact will make you look confident. Firm handshake (where the culture allows).

5. Sell yourselves during the interview

Sometimes even the best candidates fail to sell themselves at the interview simply because they are not used to talk about themselves or about their impressive accomplishments!
Don’t forget that this is an opportunity to convey to the interviewer what sets you apart from the competition and how will they benefit If they hired you. They are hiring you because they need a problem solver and you need to ensure that you present yourself as a solution. If you think there are some skill gaps between you and what is required, then focus more on your transferable skills set which will be beneficial for the job and the organization.

6. Listen well & avoid talking too much

Listening is as much important as answering questions in an interview but is often neglected as candidates usually go in prepared to talk! Being attentive during the interview will enable you to understand the questions better and also read between the lines and provide the right information.

7. Attitude plays a key role in your interview success.

Being confident is important but don’t appear overconfident! Employers hire for attitude as well so ensure to maintain the balance!

8. Don’t look desperate

When you have been job searching for a long time, it’s obvious to feel overwhelmed when you reach the interview stage with an employer. However, no matter how attractive the job is and how desperately you need it, ensure not to look desperate as this would leave a negative impression on the interviewer. It’s important to look interested in the job by showing enthusiasm however making yourself appear too available will make the employer think that nobody else wants to hire you! This could even impact negatively on the salary offer once u get through the interview stage.

9. Ask insightful questions

Most interviewers will give you an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview, make sure to make the most of this opportunity by asking the right questions about the job and your role. If you have done your homework well (as per our interview tip #1) then you will nail this!

10. Know the next steps before leaving the interview room

Always ask what the next steps are before leaving the interviewer’s room. You can ask questions like “When can I expect to hear back?” Will the shortlisted candidate have another round of interview?” and finally close with a Thank you!

All the Best!

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We all know that workplace Gender equity matters and its increasingly being proven that companies with diverse workforce have better outcomes in terms of productivity and profit.

While creating a gender diverse organization is a process that involves the efforts and input of the whole organization, let’s look at how your in-house Talent Acquisition /Recruitment department plays a huge role and can help in creating a gender diverse workforce.

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Candidates Share 5 Things That Will Make Your Interview Process Stand Out

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The interview process can make or break a candidate’s decision to join your company: 65% say a bad interview experience makes them question whether they want the job at all.

As a recruiter, you want to make sure your interview process is set up for success. The questions is: what do candidates really care about? Luckily, you no longer have to guess – as part of LinkedIn’s Inside the Mind of Today’s Candidate, we asked over 14,000 professionals questions about what they really want out of the hiring process, including the interview. Based on their responses, here are five super easy ways to improve your interview process. Continue reading