Posts with the Tag: Hiring
Any HR professional or manager who has made a poor hiring decision can tell you that the cost of hiring the wrong employee can be substantial, both from a financial standpoint and from wasting a considerable amount of time. But if you are responsible for selecting a candidate, what can you do to increase your chances for a successful hire?
In her article, Five Secrets to Successful Interviewing and Hiring, Karen O’Keefe provides five tips for preparing for and conducting the interview, vital stages in getting it right. While the article was originally intended to provide help in selecting the right technical communicator, O’Keefe’s advice can be put to good use in hiring nearly any type of worker.
Read Five Secrets to Successful Interviewing and Hiring and then leave a comment here. Do you have additional interviewing and hiring tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.
Most managers have had the experience of interviewing and subsequently hiring a candidate who later turns out not to be the right person for the job. The process of poor selection can be a learning opportunity – at best.
What you look for and what someone else looks for in a candidate are likely to be quite different. But by developing a process, defining the position, and nailing down your questions well in advance before interviewing candidates, you vastly increase the likelihood of a successful hiring decision.
In this article, Karen O’Keefe discusses five key activities that make the difference between a successful hiring decision and a not-so-successful one.
Read: Five Secrets to Successful Interviewing and Hiring and then leave a comment here if you have additional tips you’d like to share from your interviewing and hiring experiences.
It’s a new year and the prospects for the economy look like their may be better days ahead. Along with the new year comes a new budget, and many companies are looking to beef up their staff by hiring technical writers, instructional designers, copywriters and other professionals to help meet this year’s goals.
But finding just the right employee (or contractor, for that matter) isn’t always so easy. So what are the risks if you don’t get it right?
Editor’s Note: This was the feature article in this month’s TechCom Manager newsletter, reprinted here with permission. Click the previous link to subscribe to the newsletter.
by Buckley Jeppson
As documentation managers facing tight deadlines and tighter resources, we always strive to make sure we have the best possible team of workers. It stands to reason that when we need to fill a vacancy, we want the most experienced people we can find. But often, we skip over older workers in favor of younger ones. Why is that, and is it a wise business decision? Let’s take a look at why older workers might deserve more serious consideration.
The current economic slump has been especially hard on older victims of downsizing. I discovered this firsthand when the company where I expected to spend the rest of my working years suddenly became a victim of the economy and morphed into a virtual company with no office and only the president and vice president as full-time employees. After months of searching without a serious nibble, I began to approach a few personal friends in other industries for ideas.
If you’re an HR, Documentation or Technical Communications Manager, when you finally get the approval to hire one or more contract technical writers you’ll want to go about it the right way in order to avoid problems and ensure success.
This timeless article, written by Writing Assistance, Inc.’s President, Scott Hartmann, provides insight on what managers need to do before and during the process of bringing in new contract technical writing professionals, from creating an appropriate job description to where to find qualified candidates, what to look for in assessing fit for your job or project and the contract itself.
Read: Hiring Contract Technical Writers
Which Skill Sets Are Important for Technical Writers?
Getting Buy In for Hiring Technical Writers in Tough Times
Have you had to hire contract technical writers in the past, or are you in the process of looking for technical writers now? Please post a comment and share your thoughts.
Event: Workforce Planning Conference 2010
When: Monday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Location: Chicago, IL
Sponsored by the Human Capital Institute (HCI), the second annual 2010 Workforce Planning Conference is designed with senior executives in HR, talent management and planning in mind. Since the economic downturn began, planning for future workforce needs has become more difficult than ever.
The conference is set to discuss the issues of workforce planning in challenging times. According to HCI:
“Rapid reorganizations, whether through downsizing or M&A activity, have made it difficult for companies to understand their current talent pool. Developing a hiring plan that accounts for a wide range of future scenarios is even harder. While many firms see the downturn as an opportunity to build a competitive advantage by acquiring top talent, this effort must be carefully guided by strategic workforce planning, with careful attention being paid to the alignment of talent with future business goals.
Meet the Presenters
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Potential Position Descriptions for Information Engineering Professionals
What to Consider When Hiring a Technical Writer
As the economy starts heating up, the demand for contract technical writers is likely to be strong. As a rule, in the early stages of economic recovery temporary workers are first to get hired. This makes it easier on employers who may still be uncertain how robust the recovery will be and how long it will take to fully recover to the point where business resumes its once-steady growth.
When it comes time to resume permanent hiring, if the company needs to add a full-time technical writer to its documentation team, it can be very beneficial to convert a successful and highly-valued contract technical writer to permanent status. This saves employers time and money in the recruiting and hiring process.
In this article, Writing Assistance Inc.’s founder Scott Hartmann provides valuable insight into how to go about hiring a contract technical writer, including the development of an appropriate job description and what to look for in contract technical writing applicants. His insights will provide guidance not only to those needing to hire contract technical writers, but to those who may be considering the possibility of adding one or more permanent technical writers to their team.
Read: Hiring Contract Technical Writers
Featured in our last newsletter
Employers are managing to boost production without creating new jobs. The question is, according to this piece on moneynews.com, when they’ll feel the need to ramp up hiring.
Many employers lack confidence that the recovery is sustainable, especially as government stimulus measures fade, economists said. Companies still feel bruised from the recession.
A recent Labor Department report suggested that companies are still cutting costs and putting off hiring even as the economy recovers.
Is your company in a similar situation? When confidence is down and workload is up, utilizing a contractor creates the flexibility needed for uncertain times. Because of that, some signs seem to indicate the number of temporary jobs is rising. So now is a very good time to bring in contractors to get the work done while still providing a hedge against too-slow economic growth in the months ahead.
Our broad pool of talented technical writers, copywriters, designers and training developers allows us to offer you the most experienced, highly qualified professionals available, local to you and precisely targeted to fit your needs.
Whether you require contract or direct-hire, we match our professionals to your project within two days and within your budget. Contact us today to get started.
If you have a group of stressed out and overworked technical writers and need to add to your staff, hiring the right technical writer can be a challenge. In his Considerations for Hiring Technical Writers, Philip Rastocny provides some tips on the hiring and interview process and what you might look for in exceptional technical writing candidates that will best fill the needs of your group of technical writers.
In Rastocny’s article, the scenario is this:
Your department is growing … things are starting to get out of control … your staff is about to mutiny. So it is time to expand your group. You already know what skills you need to handle the tasks, but what other assets can you get at the same time? Characteristics of a technical writer vary from individual to individual, and knowing what to look for before the interview process begins is half the way to hiring the right individual the first time.
Read: Considerations for Hiring Technical Writers
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by Karen O’Keefe
The technical communications profession involves a unique mix of technical and communication skills, which is not easy to find. Most managers have had the experience of interviewing and subsequently hiring a candidate who later turns out not to be the right person for the job. This situation begs the question of how to identify which candidate is a good fit for a given position. The answer is that there are five key activities that make the difference between a successful hiring decision and a not-so-successful one. We have all been on both sides of the interview, and this article will attempt to make you, the interviewer, more successful.
This article covers five key activities, including:
- Writing a Detailed Job Description
- Making Sure the Setting/Environment is Conducive
- Conducting a Programmed Interview
- Using Multiple Interviewers
- Considering Testing