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Human Resources and the Last Crusade

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Helping you on your hunt for qualified applicants!

Where do your applicants come from? The answer to this question is the holy grail for human resource managers and recruiters! With this information you can trim the budget and get more qualified applicants.

Currently you have your openings posted on your company website, more job boards than you can count, and that is just the beginning.  Now you’re stuck having to continue with this broken strategy because you don’t know where your applicants are coming from. One easy solution is to just ask the applicants where they found your job, but this is one of the worst avenues for accurate data.

Recently AllRetailJobs.com did a survey of the applicants they sent to employers.

To be able to accurately track your applicants, you need to take the human guesswork out of the equation.  How can you do this?  You need an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).  With the right ATS, you can track the exact source of candidates, allowing you to make a more informed decision in terms of budgeting.  Give us a call at 828.398.0220 and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction!

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Job boards are dead!

We have all heard the rumors but are they true?

Recently you have been hearing that job boards are dead or dying or dinosaurs, but this could not be further from the truth! IAEWS just released it’s 2015 Source of Employment Survey and this report shows that job boards are not dead or dying, but in fact they are thriving. (http://djobs.us/ete)

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Don’t be the lead story on the nightly news!

When you are not on the jobsite a lot can happen. You could have tools go missing from your Jobox, have a missing excavator, or your equipment might end up in a lake. “He said he and Nelson broke into the construction site and drove the half-million dollar piece of heavy equipment around. Stys joined them the next night and was there when Nelson allegedly put a rock on the gas pedal to send the excavator into the lake.” (http://djobs.us/T9s)

Heavy equipment theft is a worldwide problem that does not seem to be slowing down. The NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau) released 2013 statistics, and that data tells a scary story. “In 2013, a total of 11,486 heavy equipment thefts were reported to law enforcement—an increase of 5 percent from the 10,925 reported in 2012.” (http://djobs.us/rLq) With the recovery rate being only 21% it’s best to make sure your equipment does not go missing in the first place.

How can I prevent this? Here are six tips from the NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau) (http://djobs.us/rLq)

1. Install hidden fuel shut-off systems.

2. Remove fuses and circuit breakers when equipment is unattended.

3. Render equipment immobile or difficult to move after-hours or on weekends by clustering it in a “wagon circle.” Place more easily transported items, such as generators and compressors, in the middle of the circle surrounded by larger pieces of equipment.

4. Maintain a photo archive and a specific list of the PIN and component part serial numbers of each piece of heavy equipment in a central location. Stamp or engrave equipment parts with identifying marks, numbers or corporate logos.

5. Use hydro locks to fix articulated equipment in a curved position, preventing it from traveling in a straight line.

6. Use sleeve locks to fix backhoe pads in an extended position, keeping wheels off the ground.

Now take a second to enjoy that is not your piece of equipment.

 

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Top Five Job Description Mistakes

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 Attention Recruiters and Human Resource Managers! 

At dieseljobs.com, we see a lot of job descriptions and know that writing the perfect job description is an art. In a small number of words you must inspire qualified applicants to apply while also encouraging unqualified candidates click next. Everyone makes mistakes when writing job descriptions, but below is a list of the five most common mistakes we see.

1. The job is amazing

Honesty is the best policy, and this goes for job Desperate managerdescriptions.  This issue was best described by Jim Durbin when he searched for amazing on Indeed in Dallas, and noticed the top description was for a dishwasher at The Cheesecake Factory.

“You’re not selling when you write that a job is amazing. You’re not fooling anyone when you add exclamation points to every text about a job interview. Fake positivity is fundamentally dishonest, and it cheapens everything else you do.” (http://djobs.us/hzB)

2. The job is awesome

In our industry, large truckload turnover is at 95% and small fleets are at 90% according to the American Trucking Association. High turnover is caused by multiple reasons, but one main reason is the position they applied for not matching the actual position for which they are hired. People want the good, the bad, and the ugly because they know the job is not all roses. If someone is going to get dirty tell them!

“I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it’s a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy.” – Mike Rowe

3. The job is abbreviated

You understand your abbreviations, but you’re not writing the job description for you. Adding PT or FT to a title for part time and full time may seem intuitive, but the abbreviations are used so many different ways that Google doesn’t even know what it means.  For keyword relevancy, use the full term AND the abbreviation.  You’re not looking for an “OTR Driver” or an “Over-the-Road Driver”, but an “Over-the-Road (OTR) Driver”.

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4. The job is implied

There is a large difference between a mechanic and a diesel mechanic! When a candidate does a job search they are explicit because they know they are not “just” a mechanic, but they are a diesel mechanic or an on-highway truck mechanic. Without adding key terms on the description you will show up in searches you don’t want to be in. If you are looking for diesel mechanic to work on heavy equipment, make sure to include important words like heavy equipment or you will show up in search results with auto mechanics, on-highway truck mechanics, and potential assassins.

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5. The job is for a mysterious, unknown company

Don’t assume you have a household brand.  Just because you are the largest or the best remember the world is bigger and you can only get In-N-Out Burger on the west coast. Take a look at the Fortune 500 list and notice how many names you don’t know. Take the time and the opportunity to explain your company and its values, even if you think they may already know.

 

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Transformers On The Road

Unless you have been living under a rock or on Dalton Highway in Alaska you know that Freightliner released a self-driving truck this month.

This is just the latest blip on the radar when it comes to technology and trucks meeting. Don’t know what we are talking about? Here is a taste –

“Wrightspeed’s system is designed to replace the original diesel combustion engine and transmission with a combination of batteries, electric motors, and advanced software, all designed to work together as a system to maximize performance, reliability, and power efficiency.” http://djobs.us/0mD

“In the trucking industry, telematics systems can send real-time data to fleet managers, allowing them to track driver locations and behavior, monitor trucks for maintenance needs and streamline operations to save money and frustration.” http://djobs.us/9e2

“According to Morgan Stanley, complete autonomous capability will be here by 2022, followed by massive market penetration by 2026 and the cars we know and love today then entirely extinct in another 20 years thereafter.” http://djobs.us/xe0

Optimus Prime?

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Will this be your truck?

The American economy rests on the back of the trucking industry. From everything to gas stations, hotels, to the product resting on the shelf at your local food store. With all of America relying on trucking, the industry is thriving, but is there a looming cliff for drivers?

There is currently a shortfall of drivers but that is expected to grow to over “100,000 with an increase of 21% more truck driving jobs by 2020”. http://djobs.us/xe0 So to leave nothing to chance the self driving truck was born, and they are looking to takeover. There a lot of estimates on when but when they are all put together “we’re looking at a window of massive disruption starting somewhere between 2020 and 2030. http://djobs.us/xe0

If you are thinking the autonomous truck will take the same path as the flying car and never come to fruition; you could not be further from the truth. In the heavy equipment industry the self-driving trucks are already here, and being used in mines all across the world. Currently Caterpillar, Komatsu, and Hitachi are leading the charge.

With Komatsu the idea has been around since the 1970s, and they had their first major trial in 1995. Most of the major players also had their major trials start in the late 90’s and they have been tweaking since then. Now that this technology has moved a lot of tonnage over the years we are seeing the adoption of this technology take off. “Autonomous truck haulage can generate production and productivity improvements of 15%–20%, while cutting fuel consumption by 10%–15%. Tire wear rates can also be 5%–15% lower, while overall utilization of the vehicles can be 10%–20% higher. And, with better driving practice, maintenance costs can also fall, maybe by around 8%.” http://djobs.us/Aah

With all of this information drivers are looking at a lot of changes in the next ten year which mig