Canadian HR Reporter

April 2020 CAN

Canadian HR Reporter is the national journal of human resource management. It features the latest workplace news, HR best practices, employment law commentary and tools and tips for employers to get the most out of their workforce.

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Nearly eight out of 10 prospective employees misrepresent themselves on their applications, in their interviews or during reference checks, a survey of 400 job applicants in the U.S. by Checkster reveals. A total of 78% claim they fudge information on their resumés while 44% provide false references. 60% claim mastery in skills they barely use 50% claim they worked longer at a job to omit another one 39% claim a degree from a university when only an online course was taken 32% claim achievements that aren't theirs JOB APPLICANTS: FACT OR FICTION? Recruiter preferences: 83% 83% 77% 72% say cover letters are important for their hiring decisions say a good cover letter can get an interview even if the resumé isn't good enough give preference to candidates who submit a cover letter if it's optional expect a cover letter even when it's optional Communication gaps between generations Cover letters Cover letters appreciated by recruiters Resumés don't tell the whole story about a job candidate and that's where cover letters can come in handy. Nearly two-thirds of HR professionals and recruiters surveyed by ResumeLab find cover letters are useful in flushing out why job candidates want in. Here are the top sources of information recruiters like to glean from cover letters: People who do the hiring at organizations generally want to see a cover letter from job applicants, even if it isn't required in the job ad, a ResumeLab survey of 200 HR professionals and recruiters in the U.S. found. However, respondents said six out of 10 applicants don't include a cover letter with their application. When it comes to interaction and technology at work, there's a discrepancy between the preferences of gen Z and what older generations think gen Z wants, according to a ServiceNow survey of more than 1,500 Canadian workers. Turnover issues Employee retention may be a challenge for many employers this year. Only one-third of employees (33%) plan to stay at their jobs this year, compared to 47% in 2019, according to a survey by Achievers of 1,154 workers across North America. While disengagement was a significant factor, even engaged workers were open to moving on. The top drivers for those considering or planning on leaving their current employment are: 52% compensation 43% career growth 19% lack of recognition 63 % explaining a person's motivation to join the company 50 % describing career objectives 50 % explaining reasons for career changes 49 % explaining employment gaps 47 % highlighting professional achievements Gen Z preferences 58% prefer to communicate with their manager in person 36% want to communicate by text 53% feel they can teach older colleagues open-mindedness What older generations think gen Z wants 17% assume gen Z wants to talk in person 62% believe gen Z wants to communicate by text 32% think they can learn open-mindedness from younger colleagues www.hrreporter.com 15

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