Fall is sneaking up on us. Halloween decorations are hitting the grocery store shelves. And before we know it, sweaters and boots will be the daily uniform. As always, this time of year gets many people—parents, students, teachers and recruiters—thinking about back-to-school. At exaqueo, we are passionate about helping clients tackle tough talent challenges by using smart strategies. Often, we are asked to offer our expertise in the area of university recruitment.
Last week around the globe, professionals in various industries took up their smartphones and devices to connect in celebration of global Social Media Week (SMW). From live events to Instagram stories, there were many ways you could share and discover social media insights, ideas and opportunities.
Obstacles provide opportunities. It’s true. Obstacles inspire innovators to create. They rally athletes to overcome. They prompt leaders to motivate. Any given day, we face obstacles and no matter how we measure them, big or small, it is how we adjust and take action that defines the impact and benefit of the outcome.
For almost a week, Hurricane Harvey repeatedly hammered the Texas and Louisiana Gulf coasts. In a matter of hours, conversations shifted from back-to-school shopping and Friday night football to survival supplies and rescue efforts. As the rain stopped, recovery began, and a new reality set in.
When it comes to amplifying your organization’s employer brand, social media and universities are often two key opportunities. But, how can you stand out amidst the flurry of social media updates and the sea of companies recruiting on campus? In this month’s update, we’ve curated five articles to help you think through your university and social recruiting strategies and tactics. Stay tuned to the exaqueo blog for our upcoming article on what university recruitment teams need to start doing -- now.
Everyone wants their employees talking about them, until they don’t. Until they read that negative review. Until someone sends a brash email that ends up on the internet. Until an employee uses the company logo as their profile picture. Until an employee has a bad day and vents via a status update which, somehow magically, gets back to HR.
Here at exaqueo, we believe strong employer brands also happen when there is alignment. Employer brand is no longer something that one team does. It’s a long-term strategic objective that brings together talent acquisition, human resources, communications, information technology, and marketing. It’s vital that there be alignment and partnership between these functions and stakeholders because employer branding affects and influences so many areas. The entire employee lifecycle—from pre-applicant to alumnus—and even corporate marketing are impacted by employer branding.
Diversity. It’s been a hot topic in the world of human resources and talent acquisition for as long as I can remember. And, while many companies are making strides and thinking more broadly about diversity and inclusion, other companies seem to be making the news for reasons they may not have intended.
There are only four more months of this year. How are your vacation days looking? If you’re like most American employees, you probably haven’t taken a vacation yet this year. You may have so much unused paid time off (PTO) you can’t possibly take enough vacation before the end of the year.
Vacation days don’t come easy in America. We are a work culture that rarely sleeps, never unplugs, and struggles to not check emails. For these reasons and more, taking time off can be challenging. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
As a woman of color, I’ll admit, I cringe whenever I hear the phrase “diversity initiative” -- and I’ve heard it a lot throughout my 20-year career in recruiting and employer branding. Whenever the topic of diversity comes up, it’s usually race or gender related. However, many of us can agree, diversity is so much more than that. Diversity is also about understanding and embracing the differences that exist, not checking off the boxes.
Traveling for work: it can be as exciting as it is tiring and frustrating. And according to the U.S. Travel Association, there will be a slight uptick in business travel over the next few months.
While some employees may travel once a year, there are others for whom business travel is nearly a way of life. At exaqueo, our team travels to support the needs of our clients. Some of our clients jet set extensively around the world to meet the needs of their companies. From the casual business traveler to the road warrior, what are the best ways organizations can support their employees?
Whether you work for a small non-for-profit or a large, multi-national organization, here are ideas to ease travel stresses, while showing your employees you care. This is especially important for organizations who say they put “employees first” as part of their employer brand.
As we return from our company's week of vacation, we are focused on the impact of PTO and vacation time on employees' productivity and health. It's worth the time to understand what PTO policy is best for your organization and how to encourage your employees to find a healthy work-life balance.
The headline (like many these days) was provocative: 'Inside Apple's New Campus: No Childcare But You Can Freeze Your Eggs.' Sure, the new campus is beautiful and innovative. But for a company like Apple to have such conflicting benefits? It seems like a bad business and bad PR move.
The overall subtext seems obvious--Apple wants employees who can work as long and hard as possible. And the campus is largely male-dominated given it's heavy, engineer-laden workforce. But is that a bad thing? If you're a parent who works (or wants to work) at Apple, or a proponent of inclusion at any level, sure.
As an Apple customer and new mom back at work today after my maternity leave I'm greatly disappointed. But as a company CEO and employer brand strategist I'm not.
With graduation and intern season upon us, we want to focus on Millennials and Generation Z and share how internship programs can be mutually beneficial for both the company and the employee. This post is written by Elizabeth Meyer, exaqueo’s Marketing and Communications associate, rising senior at the University of Richmond, and seasoned, three-time intern.
Before we jump into answering the question, “What does Elon Musk have to do with employer branding,” let’s first introduce him. Elon Musk is a multi-billion dollar businessman, engineer, and inventor. Think Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity. He’s super rich, forward thinking, smart, and driven. And, he is credited on sites like Reddit, Inc., and Business Insider, as saying:
“It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”
Understand the trunk and big branches before you get to the leaves. Musk makes such a profound point, and immediately makes me think of employer branding. How, you ask? Over the years, I’ve observed that sometimes, some companies seem to rush straight to the “leaves” of their employer brand work, before truly understanding the “trunk.”
Have you ever heard that good things come in threes? It’s not just folklore, “the rule of three” is a long-established theme woven into life, thought models and masterful storytelling shared through the ages. Its Latin roots “omne trium perfectum”, meaning “every set of three is perfect” or simply put, “complete.”
On the heels of the Employer Brand Strategies Conference (#EBrandCon) last month, I started thinking about how the rule of three both connects in employer brand and three key themes interwoven throughout the conference.
Whether your company hired summer interns or not, understanding the benefits of an intern program and the differences of Generation Z could be crucial to hiring. This month, we focused on intern engagement and Gen Z to give you insight into best practices and how these employees are transforming the recruiting pipeline.
Last month was National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It was filled with activities like “Bike to Work Day” and “National Run a Mile Day.” Suddenly, my network was full of posts about Whole30 and after-workout selfies. It’s now the first week of June, and I can’t help but wonder if this uptick in wellness will continue—June is National Candy Month after all.
There it is, staring back at you: the company career site that hasn’t had any love since it launched. In 2007. That was 10 years ago. And a lot has changed since then. There you are: itching to tear it down, build it up, and take your career site experience to the next level.
Before you jump to photography, videos, and Twitter feeds—here is the information you need to know to ensure the career site project is expertly managed and to launch without a hitch.
Last month, we focused on finding a balance between work and personal life. This month's update is an extension of that. Working moms are especially pressured to be their best in both areas, so we curated the best content to help the moms out there understand how to put their best foot forward, at home and at the office.
This month at exaqueo, we’ve been talking a lot about work-life balance. It’s something many of us seek, yet it eludes us too. A member of #teamexaqueo recently shared an interesting story. As professionals, she said, we each have fours balls we are constantly juggling: Family, Health, Spirit and Work. The first three balls are made of glass. The last one, rubber. If you drop one of the first three, they could break. The work ball will always bounce back.
This story struck me rather profoundly. It’s not to say that work isn’t important, rather it’s points out just how fragile the other three can be if neglected.