Welcome back to work everyone. Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful set of holidays and you are geared up for the best that 2014 can offer.
We wanted to start listing the things we’re reading, enjoying, using and overall just plain loving so we present to you ‘The Qwali-Five’ – a list of 5 things we’re jazzed about.
Each Friday, look forward to this round up hitting the Qwalify blog
1. Colonel Chris Hadfield will be delivering the closing keynote session at the upcoming HRPA’s 2014 Annual Conference & Trade Show January 22nd, 23rd and 24th in Toronto. Yes. Yes. There will be many other great speakers at this event including:
- Geoff Colvin, Senior Editor of Forbes
- Susan Cain, author of ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’
- Dan Pontefract, author of ‘Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization’ and senior director and head of learning at TELUS
2. 2014: The Year Social HR Matters by Jeanne Meister from Forbes is a highly important read going into the New Year and should serve as a wake up call for organizations how have not yet started to consider the impact of social technologies for recruitment and engagement. It is a well-rounded article that cites many of the new forces at play including gamification, the importance of mobile devices as well as the use of big data in recruiting.
3. Leaders East Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t is the latest book by Simon Sinek and we are really looking forward to reading this one.
… in the right conditions, the people with whom we work would choose to do those things for us. And when that happens, when those kinds of bonds are formed, a strong foundation is laid for the kind of success and fulfilment that no amount of money, fame or awards can buy. Tis is what it means to work in a place in which the leaders prioritize the well-being of their people and, in return, their people give everything they’ve got to protect and advance the well-being of one another and the organization
Click here for a free chapter. Trust us. It’s well worth the sticker price on the cover.
4. How To Disrupt Yourself: The High Cost And Benefits Of Hiring Misfits offers up the notion that misfits may make organizations more bountiful than bringing in cookie cutter talent. How have you made out in hiring misfits in your organization? Is this something that interests you?
5. This video just plain rules! Tim has been able to be in his dream job and the joy and passion just radiates into the community around him.
Qwalify’s President and Founder, Phil Noelting recently wrote a guest column for The Globe and Mail titled ‘Want to become a better leader? Take more chances’ which spoke to a recent chance he had taken which paid off, both for himself as well as for Qwalify as a whole.
Leading in today’s world is different. It’s about taking chances, and taking them regularly. Sometimes they lead to networked opportunities, which, through genuine alignment of interests and clear communication, can lead to true networked empowerment. I never could have imagined that a three-minute video could open up a new world of contacts, friends, clients, potential partners and speaking opportunities.
We’d love to hear about any similar experiences you’ve had or any feedback you may provide on Phil’s post. Better yet, share with us if you’re inspired to take a chance yourself and then keep us posted on the results that follow.
Here’s wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season.
We’re looking forward to continued awesomeness in 2014!
We’ve recently featured an overview of the Manage and Engage section of the Qwalify platform and now would like to run through our Attract and Fill section as we go through showing some of the current features Qwalify offers.
This section is the core of the ‘outward promotional engine’ for organizations that use our product in that it is the area where the customization of career pages occurs.
It’s the zone where organizations can demonstrate their creativity and mention all of the great perks and the culture they offer to candidates.
Introduction Page Builder
Upon entering the Attract and Fill section, you will find the branding area of the introduction page builder where customization of the outward-facing company talent pool page takes place including:
Adding a tag line and supporting line to provide a description for your organization and attract the interest and attention of job seekers.
Uploading a logo and background image.
Adding a URL to direct candidates to your Careers Page.
Once all of the information has been added, you’ll have the opportunity to view your introduction page, as appears to those who visit your talent pool and consequently make any changes you wish before saving it.
The settings tab of the introduction page builder provides the option to customize the accent color of the links and buttons on the introduction page as well as to select the URL you wish to use for your introduction page.
The second feature available within the Attract and Fill section of Qwalify is the opportunity to ask questions upon your first contact with candidates. These questions are part of the introduction process and are key to finding out about the fit that a potential hire would have with your organization.
These custom questions help in your filtering and selection process and represent the most important questions asked in every interview you would conduct.
In conclusion, the Attract and Fill section of Qwalify is designed to encourage candidate engagement and attraction as we’ve baked-in both an easy to use introduction page builder that organizations can tell their stories via compelling visuals and copy with the ability to ask custom questions to candidates as a means to encourage conversations. These two complementary features work to empower organizations in their efforts towards recruiting top caliber employees.
We all know that one of the best ways to know that a potential candidate is a good fit for your corporate culture is to communicate with them. Pre-screening via a platform such as Qwalify, which enables organic conversations between your organization and potential hires is an ideal way to achieve this goal.
Our Engagement Questions section allows members of an organization to pose questions relevant to the position they are hiring for, the personality of their ideal candidate as well as both behavioural and skill-oriented queries. The ability to customize these questions as one sees fit allows companies the flexibility to demonstrate their unique employer brand rather than to fit into a cookie-cutter mold of pre-formatted questions as seen with other solutions.
Once an employer asks a question on Qwalify, it is sent to all candidates with that specific Talent Pool and it’s their time to shine with their answers. Here’s where you’ll see how much they align with your corporate culture and how passionate they are about connecting with you.
Several factors that help indicate how engaged a candidate is with you via Qwalify are:
The frequency of which they provide answers to your questions
The relevancy and completeness of their answers
The recency of their responses
We’re proud of the platform that we’ve built and are certain that it will provide organizations with the utmost in support for their hiring process. Try it out free for 30 days and let us know what you think.
Gloria Roheim McRae who is a best-selling author, speaker, and a co-founder of digital strategy company, Wedge15 caught up with Qwalify’s President and Founder, Phil Noelting and conducted the following video interview where they spoke about pretty much everything under the sun!
A large part of their discussion covered the Qwalify story and how a Canadian millennial such a Phil was able to start and maintain a business. A large segment of their talk touched upon the themes of vision, alignment, team-building and employee empowerment as well as the philosophy of being an empowered (and empowering) boss.
Do check out the full interview as it is well worth your time.
More and more graduates are realising that traditional employment is not always the best option; its self-sufficiency! How do you get there? By studying the paths of successful entrepreneurs like Gloria Roheim McRae. Gloria is on a mission to educate and inspire the under 30 a.k.a. the Millennial generation to become self-sufficient, #LikeABoss. Want to do what you love and get paid for it? Want to learn from bosses worldwide, create the lifestyle you desire and make a difference everyday? BYOB The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss will show you how.
We were so lucky to meet up with many great startups during our time at the International Startup Festival in Montreal this past summer and through our conversations with our new friends as well as during many of the keynotes, the theme of talent and hiring came up time and time again.
We want to share a quick video interview we did with Vantage Analytics, a Toronto-based startup with a very spiffy looking and highly intelligent analytics platform that we had a peek at. They completely get it when it comes to building a team and attracting the right talent as demonstrated in this clip featuring their President and Co-Founder Aran Hamilton.