If you haven't already heard, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a website dedicated to helping companies hire and train employees. The site, CareerOneStop, has a variety of tools and information to help fulfill hiring needs.
Let's take a look at the top five bits of information to take away from CareerOneStop:
1. Job Descriptions
Addressing one of the most common stuggles hiring managers face, the job description section of CareerOneStop is certainly a helpful tool. By focusing on the information that is generally in job descriptions, this section aims to help companies develop general job descriptions.
For information on how to build a job description that stands out amongst the others and attracts top talent, take a look at these blog posts:
- The Skinny on Job Descriptions
- Writing Job Descriptions to Attract Millennials
- What Makes a Good Job Description?
With thousands of interview questions out there, it can be difficult to determine which questions to ask. This section of CareerOneStop suggests a variety of ways to develop effective interview questions.
It's important the questions you ask address both the candidate's past performance as well as future goals. Even more importantly, avoid asking illegal interview questions at all costs. Here's a few blogs to help you out:
- Don't Trust Your Gut, Use an Interview Score Sheet
- What to Ask During a Phone Interview
- Five Most Common Illegal Interview Questions
According to CareerOneStop, internships "[allow] you get to know a prospective employee." While highlighting a handful of benefits an intern can bring to the team, this section of the website is dedicated to companies interested in adding an intern to their team.
Hiring interns can be tricky though. For one, many professionals don't know the best way to manage the millenial generation. More over, when hiring interns, certain laws must be upheld - especially when you are dealing with an unpaid intern. These blogs address the nitty gritty of hiring interns - making sure you get the most out of them while remaining within the law.
- Intern Labor Laws
- Interview Scorecards: The intern edition
- Interviewing Millennials: 5 tips to get you started
4. Employee Recruitment
This section of the website lists a variety of recruitment methods. Without going into too much detail, hiring managers are able to access a list of different sources to recruit candidates.
For information on recruiting through job boards, social media and employee referrals, visit the blog posts below:
- Employee Referrals: Hiring for success
- Build a Great Team Without Breaking the Bank
- Three Tips to Improve the Candidate Experience
5. Retention Strategies
CareerOneStop outlines a variety of strategies to retain employees. From performance evaluation to internal communication, this section is helpful for companies looking to make concerted efforts to retain their employees.
For additional strategies and creative techniques to improve employee retention, check out the following blogs:
- Hiring for Culture Fit
- Motivating Employees
- The Importance of Providing a Great Candidate Experience