The Top Three HR Takeaways from Independence Day

Screen shot 2012 07 03 at 5.48.43 PM 259x300 The Top Three HR Takeaways from Independence DayIndependence Day reminds Americans of the moral commitment that our forefathers made to providing us with “certain unalienable rights” of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the hiring process for employers, there are no such guarantees; however, there are some key takeaways that we can glean from the Fourth of July.

  • On July 2, 1776, the Thirteen Colonies officially declared their independence from Great Britain. Yet, the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 4, 1776, after careful deliberation – and some re-wording – by Congress. To this day, the Fourth of July (and not the second of July) is a national holiday that is typically celebrated with picnics, patriotic songs, outdoor activities and fireworks.

The HR takeaway? When you think you’ve found the right job seeker for your open position, make sure that you don’t celebrate too early. You want to make sure that this is the perfect person and cultural fit for your organization – and that that person will make a positive contribution to your bottom line.

  • Fireworks by Grucci, America’s top fireworks firm, estimated that the nearly 14,000 fireworks displays this year actually cost Americans around $217 million – and a solid 70 percent of those shows took place at private events.

The HR takeaway? Make your job posts accessible to all job seekers – not just the ones who already have jobs. The economy is unpredictable and you can’t be sure that you won’t overlook a great candidate because that person is currently unemployed.

  • “The Star-Spangled Banner” is one of the most popular patriotic songs in America, officially declared our national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931. The song has a range of one and a half octaves and is known – especially at baseball parks – for being difficult to sing. The poem that the song is based on actually has four stanzas, yet only the first of these stanzas is usually sung today.

The HR takeaway? For job seekers, the job search is challenging. It is up to employers to simplify the process (take it down to one stanza) and help job seekers to focus on what is most important – making sure that they get the lyrics right at the ballpark.

Happy July 5, everyone. And, happy hiring.

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