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How to Become an Inclusive Recruiter

Today's education sector requires a more intentional approach to increase inclusivity and diversity in hiring practices. The increase in remote positions makes it the perfect time for your education organization to improve inclusive recruitment practices. Ultimately, you don't want to increase diversity in your education organization for the sake of diversity. Becoming truly inclusive means identifying and reducing bias in sourcing, screening, and shortlisting candidates.
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4 Major Benefits of Using a Recruitment Firm

The labor market is tight across all sectors, making it especially challenging to find people to fill open positions in your education organization. In 2021, during the height of the global pandemic, employees between ages 30 and 45 resigned at the highest rates. Unfortunately, these high levels of turnover have continued in the education sector, creating added stress for teams as they work to accomplish their mission-critical work with fewer staff and on HR teams they struggle to fill roles in a challenging talent landscape.
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9 Strategies to Find Quality Candidates for Hard-to-Fill School Administration Roles

Finding quality job candidates often presents a challenge for education organizations, schools, and school districts. However, searching for hard-to-fill school administration roles escalates that challenge.  You need professionals who not only understand their job requirements but can carry them out in a way that allows students, teachers, and schools to thrive. At every level, people who work in administration are the wheels that make a school and district run smoothly for everyone involved. No school administration role is too small or unimportant, from secretarial duties…

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Tips for Hiring During a Labor Shortage

Are you one of the countless organizations that has been hiring recently? If so, you’ve likely noticed how challenging it currently is to hire the right people to join your team - there simply doesn’t seem to be enough people! A wide range of factors has contributed to the current labor shortage.  First, some workers are reluctant to search for jobs because they fear contracting COVID-19. Many women have dropped out of the labor market, likely to care for young children. Finally, manufacturing, construction, and…

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What COVID-19 Taught Us About the Education Sector

  The arrival of COVID-19 has permanently transformed many industries, some of which are still experiencing shifts. COVID-19 has also reshaped the education sector, creating the most extensive disruption of the education system in the United States and worldwide.  Through school closures and changes to the way students receive information, the pandemic has affected almost 1.6 billion students in more than 190 countries, a number that represents 94 percent of the world's students and up to 99 percent of students in developing countries. COVID-19 widened…

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Preparing For and Conducting Successful Interviews

  Various companies and research institutions have dedicated time and resources to understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the job market. Many who found themselves unemployed in 2020 continue to look for new jobs, often considering positions outside their industry. Additionally, the pandemic forced businesses and organizations in all sectors to increase or transition to remote work. Many of today's job seekers want a role that allows them to work from home for one or two days per week, at the very minimum. This new…

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Hiring in Today’s Remote Work World

Technology has made remote work increasingly popular over the last few decades. Employees who have been able to work from home avoid commuting, saving time and money. However, remote work has been far less popular in the education sector, even in non-teaching roles. The arrival of COVID-19 forced many sectors to create remote positions and move some or all of their employees home. In education, administrations across the United States had K-12 students learning from home. In some cases, districts created hybrid models where students…

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Building Trust in Educational Organizations

J.Drew Tonissen of the Hunt Institute explains that trust is a vital component of a strong and effective education organization culture. Karen Louis, and Kyla Wahlstrom, both of whom are affiliated with research about educational improvement at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, perfectly summed up this concept in Kappan Magazine: "...neither organizational learning nor the professional community can endure without trust—between teachers and non-teaching administrators, among teachers, and between teachers and parents." On a broader level, research shows how important trust is in organizations of…

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Shifting Your Organization’s Culture as a Leader in Education

Having a strong organizational culture aligned with an education organization's values and mission is critical for success. An organization's culture has a strong influence on success because it impacts decisions made about human resources, budget, and beyond. On an individual level, culture also affects employees' performance, productivity, and personal responses to challenges and workplace obstacles.  While organizational culture and the success of an organization are vital in every sector, it's critical for the education sector. Failure to align an education organization's culture with its goals…

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Attracting, Hiring, & Keeping the Best Talent in 2021

The strategies you need to employ to attract, hire, and keep the best talent include some foundational actions, but they vary from year-to-year based on the economy and world events. In 2021, the job candidate pool is still dealing with the effects of COVID-19, quarantines, and stay-at-home orders. The Washington Post reported that unemployment in the U.S. skyrocketed to 14.7 percent in March 2020, the highest since the Great Depression. According to the Labor Department, more than 20 million people lost jobs within a month,…

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