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Recruitment Advertising Metrics/Analytics

With so many different sources available to attract top talent, it can be difficult to know where best to spend your recruitment budget. Self-select metrics are 83% innaccurate, which means that 4 out of 5 candidates identify the wrong source when applying for a job.

With Buyer’s enhanced analytics, you can view real-time metrics including source effectiveness and cost per hire. The source of your hires doesn’t have to be a mystery – start hiring more efficiently with Buyer’s enhanced analytics tools!

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Responsive Site Design

In today’s world, the Internet is one of the most important forms of media – and the share of internet usage on mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones is growing exponentially every year! This year, mobile browsing has the potential of overtaking traditional desktop browsing!

A responsive website responds to the screen size of the device you are viewing the website on. Instead of creating different websites for different devices, a responsive website rearranges the elements to fit any screen.

At Buyer, our interactive specialists can help you develop an engaging, dynamic website optimized for mobile browsing. Contact us today!
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Hiring the 3 Generations in Today’s Workplace: Baby Boomers, Gen X & Y

From the outside, it may appear that the three generations that are now so vital in the modern workforce — Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y — could not be more different. However, the reality is that they are, in many ways, the perfect complements to one another. Hiring a diverse workforce is only going to make your business stronger, as long as you know how to manage your workers.

1. Identify Employee Strengths

The first step to creating a harmonious workplace is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each generation. For instance, Baby Boomers tend to have far more experience than their younger counterparts, so they may know how to tackle various tasks without much direction, whereas a Generation Y employee may need far more oversight and instruction. However, the younger workers tend to be far better with technology, whereas the older workers are going to struggle to understand the newest devices, software programs and apps. Rather than dwelling on the weaknesses, identify the strengths and give each worker a task that fits what he or she does best.

2. Create Teams that Span the Gap

When creating teams of employees, make sure that workers from all generations are included. This way, they can share insights and outlooks that may otherwise have been missed. The Baby Boomers can share their knowledge and wisdom from years on the job, while the younger workers can bring their intricate knowledge of modern updates and technological advances. Both are equally valuable.

3. Understand What Drives Each Employee

To get the most out of an employee, you have to motivate them. Different generations are going to have different motivations. Older workers tend to be motivated by things like being given the freedom to make decisions based on an appreciation for their skills; young workers may thrive off of positive reinforcement so that they know they are getting the hang of a relatively new job.

As you can see, each group is unique and beneficial to your company in one way or another. With careful managing, you can get the most out of each employee and set your company up for success.

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Why I Killed My LinkedIn Account

In a new article on HRExaminer.com, Heather Bussing details why she deactivated her LinkedIn account.

“I deleted my Linkedin Account last week. It’s not because I hate Linkedin…I killed the account because I don’t agree to their Terms of Service, and I don’t need LinkedIn enough to put up with it.”

Read the full article here.

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Five Signs That Workplace Technology is Not Being Fully Utilized

Having appropriate technology in the workplace can increase efficiency, reduce costs and cut down on human error. However, even companies that incorporate technology may not be fully utilizing the best options. Here are five signs that workplace technology is not being utilized to the fullest in your business:

1. Employees Spend a Lot of Time Traveling

While some in-person communication will always be necessary, employees who are traveling regularly may not be utilizing modern communication methods, such as video conferencing, fully. According to the Houston Chronicle, for example, “Technology reduces travel costs because businesses can set up virtual meetings and distribute data without the need to be in the same room[1].”

2. There is No Single Means of Digital Communication

A McKinsey Global Institute Study quoted in Forbes reveals that some employees spend 19 percent of their work week searching for past information, emails and correspondence[2]. Streamlining communication and data storage with a single means of digital communication can help cut down on this waste of time.

3. Customer or Client Questions Are Going Unanswered

Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, website forums and answering machines, there may be customer complaints, requests or potential orders slipping through the cracks. If you have a presence on these platforms, it is vital to respond to them all, or simply pick the most effective ones and maintain them properly.

4. Employees Know How to Use Their Technology

Even if a business invests in the latest and most expensive items for the workplace, they simply won’t be beneficial unless they’re being used correctly. When new programs, software or devices are introduced to the workforce, consider a short training session to ensure that employees understand how to use the new additions.

5. Technology Isn’t Regularly Being Updated

Technology changes at a lightning-fast pace, and the NY Times understands that many consumers aren’t sure when it’s necessary to upgrade[3]. While investing in new laptops and printers each year is likely not a good use of company funds, an inventory of most-used items every few months is a smart place to start.

With these five signs in mind, companies can begin to fully utilize the technology they already have in their workplace.


[1] http://smallbusiness.chron.com/importance-technology-workplace-10607.html

[2] http://www.forbes.com/sites/unify/2013/12/10/how-technology-has-changed-workplace-communication/

[3] http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/technology/personaltech/is-it-time-to-upgrade-your-gadgets-do-the-math.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

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Buyer Solutions: Mobile/Responsive Career Sites

Did you know that over 1 billion job searches are done per month on a mobile device? At Buyer Advertising, our custom mobile solutions will help optimize your jobs for candidates on-the-go!

Buyer’s mobile recruiting solutions offer:

  • Cohesive employer branding
  • Compelling custom content
  • Responsive/mobile ready interfaces
  • Geo targeted job search capability
  • Quick apply functionality
  • ATS/social media integration

Learn more by clicking here, and contact us today to discover how our mobile recruiting solutions can help you!

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How to Delegate Work Appropriately for Top Results

In leadership positions, success most often comes not from individual results but from the ability to delegate work appropriately to subordinates. Despite this, John Hunt, a leading London business school professor, is quoted in Forbes as saying that, “Only 30 percent of managers think they can delegate well, and of those, only one in three is considered a good delegator by his or her subordinates.[1]” Here are some top tips for delegating work more appropriately in business:

Teach – and Delegate – Repetitive Tasks

Repetitive tasks, or ones that need to be completed over and over again in the same way, are the ideal job to delegate. Have a subordinate or peer work with you carefully in order to understand the process, and then let them take the reins subsequently.

Stop Micromanaging

The Fast Track by Intuit says that, “Delegating but then continuing to control responsibility and authority is micromanaging.[2]” If you are watching every step of the process, you won’t truly be delegating, and you will be so invested in the job that you can’t focus your energy on more important tasks. While the best managers will be liable and take responsibility for these delegated tasks, you should provide others with the independence to follow your instructions however they see fit.

Provide Complete and Detailed Instructions

All too often, superiors provide incomplete instructions when delegating tasks, and then they are not happy with the final result. It is far more effective and efficient to spend a little more time upfront creating clear and detailed instructions. As Inc.com reminds, “Make sure your employee has all the information needed to complete the job.[3]” Then, those carrying out the tasks can refer to your instructions rather than coming back to you for pointers or confirmation.

James Cash Penney, the man who founded the J.C.Penney chain, is famously quoted as saying that, “The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work.[4]” That sentiment rings true today, but these tips can help a manager delegate more effectively in the workplace.


[1] http://www.forbes.com/sites/martinzwilling/2013/10/02/how-to-delegate-more-effectively-in-your-business/

[2] http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2013/03/28/how-to-delegate-work-effectively/

[3] http://www.inc.com/harvey-mackay/6-keys-effective-delegation.html

[4] http://harveymackay.com/column/when-you-delegate-you-elevate/

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Search Engine Optimization for Jobs

Your career site’s ranking on search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo is based on what the search engine considers most relevant to user. Our Talent2You Job Optimization SEO solution from Buyer Advertising delivers an automated way for recruiters to attract talent directly to your career site!

View our YouTube video which goes into detail about SEO and how our Talent2You Job Optimization platform can help you:

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How to Diffuse Conflicts in the Workplace Before They Begin

In any workplace, tension is a big concern for managers. According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, “Managers spend about 25 percent of their time resolving conflicts[1].” Employees will work better when there is a tension-free environment, but achieving that may be a struggle. These methods are effective for diffusing conflicts between employees, co-workers and managers before they even begin.

Eliminate Individual Stress Through Workplace Flexibility

When individual employees feel stressed, they may be more likely to create conflicts with others or feel vulnerable to the remarks of others. While personal stress is often beyond the scope of a manager, there are ways that flexibility in the workplace can significantly reduce stress. Flexible schedules and the option to telecommute, for example, can mean that parents don’t have to come in when their children are sick, and they won’t have to rush into work after oversleeping for fear of being reprimanded.

Give Credit When and Where It’s Due

According to Steve Dinkin, president of the National Conflict Resolution Center, “The most common workplace conflicts stem from someone taking credit for another person’s work[2].” In order to ensure this can’t happen, clearly investigate who is responsible for successful action, and then reward these individuals appropriately.

Encourage Employees to Find Common Ground

When the relationship between managers and employees or between co-workers is shaky, there is a greater chance for resentment to build and tension to present itself. Dr. David G. Javitch, writing for Entrepreneur, remarks that common ground can, “…become the foundation that enables you to bridge the gap that separates the parties involved.[3]” Common ground can be established through monthly group lunches, a collaborative work environment or any situation where individuals are brought together without a distinct work-related purpose.

Reward Open Dialogue With HR Staff or Managers

Finally, it is important for employees to feel encouraged to bring their concerns to human resources before they become significant. Rather than dismissing minor complaints, embrace this open dialogue and address the issues immediately.

These tips are all key ways that managers and supervisors can help to diffuse conflicts in the workplace before they ever even begin.


[1] http://smallbusiness.chron.com/techniques-diffuse-conflict-within-workplace-22007.html

[2] http://www.cio.com/article/688365/Workplace_Conflict_How_to_Diffuse_Battles_with_Co_Workers

[3] http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/207680