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One-Way Video Interviews Made Easy

Let's talk about a game-changer in the world of hiring: one-way video interviews. Remember the days of endless phone screenings, marathon interview days, and group interviews? Well, say goodbye to the old ways and hello to the future! One-way video interviews are here...

Crafting Irresistible Job Ads

Crafting irresistible job ads is like casting a spell—get it right and you'll have a flood of amazing candidates knocking down your door. Get it wrong, and your hiring efforts fizzle out. But don’t worry because I'm here to guide you through the magical world of...

The Power of Inclusive Hiring Practices

In today's diverse world, creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and included isn't just the right thing to do—it's also good for business.  Picture a job where everyone looks and thinks like you. Sounds pretty boring, right? That's where inclusive...

IdealTraits Gold Partner with Indeed

In line with IdealTraits' commitment to forging partnerships with leading entities, we are excited to announce that IdealTraits has achieved Gold Partner status in Indeed's Advanced ATS Partnership Program, unlocking a suite of exclusive resources and tools designed...

How To: Create Job Alerts on Indeed

How To Do It: Starting from your Indeed home screen, locate the search bar at the top of your screen. Enter the title of the position you would like to receive job alerts for. Enter the city where you would like to see open positions. After completing those two quick...

So What’s the Deal with Salary Transparency?

Now more than ever it's the candidate who is interviewing us, rather than the other way around. As a result, Salary Transparency laws are being passed quickly around the nation. Why? If a job seeker does not have the salary information for the job posting they are...

AI-Generated Job Ads

By: Monica Donias We are so excited to announce the integration of a new feature that will take your job ad writing process to the next level. Inside of your Jobs tab, you can either create a brand new ad or make edits to a previously written ad to utilize the AI...

FAQ – Always Recruiting

By: Kelly Wilmott Here at IdealTraits, we have the motto "Always Be Hiring." But, what does this mean? We commonly get questions about how and why we should constantly passively hire so we put together a quick list for you to explain why this is important. Why should...

Beyond Job Boards: Tips for Attracting Top Candidates

By: Kellie Lail Finding the right candidates for your open positions can be challenging. In a competitive job market, employers need innovative approaches to connect with the best candidates. Here are some tips to help you cast a wider net and draw top-tier talent to...

How to Handle Unqualified Candidates

When you start to review candidates, it is important to understand what "not qualified" means to you, as it means something different to every single agent. Do they HAVE to be licensed before their start date? Will you turn a candidate away just because they don't...

Assembling Your Dream Team

Are you fitting a square peg in a round hole? Is your candidate the right fit for the role? (This is the question we are asked most often) & we're here to help! Understanding the Personality Results:  Start with the Performance Index, focusing on the score...

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

By: Tracy Cichecki Adding additional users to your IdealTraits account allows you to easily collaborate with your team when it comes to moving candidates through your hiring process. When you add your team members as additional users, they gain full access to your...

Distribution of Job Ads – Getting Your Ad Seen

By: Monica Donias Are you one of our amazing customers that is curious as to how your ads are being distributed on the job boards? Are you also curious as to what some of the requirements are to be able to post to their boards? Well if so, this blog post is for you! 
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Crafting the Perfect Job Description

By: Mara Miller Having a well-written job description is crucial for a successful recruitment process. You are writing directly to the candidates you want to attract. The job description is the start of a conversation between you and the candidate. It not only helps...

The Power of AI: Writing Job Ads Part 2

By: Kellie Lail Last week we talked about the pros and cons of using AI technology to write job ads, as well as the importance of editing the resulting ad before posting live to the job boards. However, let’s go back to the beginning for a moment. It is incredibly...

The Power of AI: Writing Job Ads Part 1

By: Kellie Lail Artificial Intelligence is taking the world by storm. With easily accessible tools like ChatGPT or Bard, you can easily create content, come up with new solutions, and get questions answered in a matter of seconds… if you know how to use it. But what...

Ghosting: It’s Not Just For Halloween

Have you been ghosted before? Chances are, that’s a yes, but don’t worry, you're not alone!  Recent statistics show that over 75% of employers have been ghosted by candidates during the hiring process. Naturally, it’s left employers scratching their heads, wondering...

Indeed Trusted Media Network – Sponsored Jobs

Starting in April, Indeed made updates to their Sponsored Jobs Integration, which makes all sponsored jobs available to Indeed’s Trusted Media Network. What does this mean? Indeed's Trusted Media Network is a multi-channel advertising feature that is available as part...

Deadpool of Candidates?

By: Tracy Cichecki Are you looking to attract more qualified candidates? Let's take a look at your Benefits section. What are you offering to attract qualified candidates? The Benefits section of your job ad is your opportunity to market yourself to potential...

Show Me the Money

By: Monica Donias   Let’s go over why including a salary is important and what it means from a candidate’s perspective. We’ll start with you - creating your ad. You’ve got your Position, Job Category, and Job Type ready to go. But what should you put in the...

Writing Effective Job Titles

By: Kellie Lail When you’ve spent time and energy crafting the perfect ad to show off your amazing job opportunity, the last thing you want to do is title it with something that will make it hard for candidates to find your job, or even worse, something that will get...

Role Play at the Olson Agency – RPOA

If you're like most insurance agency owners, you're always looking to improve your team's sales performance. That's where RPOA comes in and in fact, guarantees results! They provide sales training taught by the #1 producing Allstate Agency in the country. 100% of what...

Is this Sales Candidate the ONE?

By: Mara Miller Advice is readily available for candidates all over the internet to prepare for interviews. However, guidance for hiring managers and determining who is a good hire is limited. Anyone trying to avoid making a poor hiring decision can be frustrated by...

What is the Candidate Experience?

By: Mara Miller   In the current job market, candidates pay close attention to how companies treat them during the interview process. They evaluate your communication, transparency, and length of the process. They research your online presence and read reviews of...

What Personalities Are You Looking For?

By: Kellie Lail Before you can begin to decide what personality types you are looking for, you must know exactly what role you need to fill in your agency. Every agency has a little bit different idea of what responsibilities fall under a certain job title, so make...

Conducting Market Research

By: Kellie Lail We hear it all the time: “How can I get more applicants?” While we know all it takes is one awesome applicant to fill the role, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to get the ad in front of that unicorn that we are looking for....

You’ve Made a Hire, But What’s Next?

By: Kelly Wilmott You made a hire! Congratulations!  But… did you know that 33% of job-seekers leave within the first 90 days of employment? [Employee Cycle] I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but as you can see from the stats below, the data doesn’t lie.  83% of...

Employees Jumping Ship?

By: Kelly Wilmott Hiring new staff is important for business growth, but it’s just as important, if not more so, to invest in your current team. Replacing an employee can cost employers about 33% of an employee’s salary (Indeed) but overall costs associated with...

Managing Someone with High Thorough and Compliance

By: Mara Miller When it comes to your team's success, your role as their manager is vital. Business goals, priorities, training, communication, and understanding of each individual’s different personalities all play a part in creating a solid team. To make that...

Indeed Sponsored Jobs Integration

By Kellie Lail IdealTraits is proud to be partnered with Indeed to feature the Indeed Sponsored Jobs Integration within our platform. This integration allows you the opportunity to sponsor your job ads through Indeed, directly from your IdealTraits account. Indeed is...

An Ad is Not a Promise

By Eric Waldowski Writing an ad for a role in your agency or small business can be both daunting and exciting, trying to balance out setting correct expectations for a well-qualified candidate who applies while trying to steer less qualified applicants away. Or at...

IdealCharities – K-9 Stray Rescue League

IdealCharities is an IdealTraits employee-driven charitable fund, used to support charities and organizations important to our employees. Participating employees vote on a charity to support each quarter of the year. K-9 Stray Rescue League was suggested to the...

Time vs. Cost in the Hiring Process

By Eric Waldowski We have all been there. For one reason or another, it's time to fill a seat in our office. Whether the opening is the result of business growth or the unexpected departure of a team member, all focus suddenly shifts to making a hire. Like many other...

Phone Screening Candidates

By Mara Miller As an assistant manager many years ago, I was introduced to the world of "recruiting and hiring." Me being me and a cocky person, I vigorously dove into this new endeavor. I didn't need advice. I didn't need guidance. I didn't want to do anything that...

Removing Applicant Friction: Why is it so Important?

By Eric Waldowski With the state of technology that we live with day in and day out, we have all come to demand instant gratification, or at a minimum, no unnecessary steps when it comes to tasks we must take on. Why go meet a local CPA when TurboTax will let you file...

Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills

By Eric Waldowski When it's time to add staff, we all have certain criteria for education, time spent with prior experience, and certifications or licensing requirements. Advertising these requirements and identifying them in your potential hires is a major part of...

Referrals for Hires

By Eric Waldowski Businesses overwhelmingly benefit from referral business. TrustedChoice.com says that in the insurance industry, referral leads for new business close at over 50%, vs. less than a 20% top-end close rate on cold calling. We all ask for new business...

Managing Someone with Low Structured/Routine

By Mara Miller Effective managers understand their employees' unique personalities and know what motivates them. It's important to know what motivates different employee personalities. The IdealTraits assessment assists you in understanding the personality traits of...

IdealCharities – Be the Match

By Kellie Lail IdealCharities is an IdealTraits employee-driven charitable fund, used to support charities and organizations important to our employees. Participating employees vote on a charity to support each quarter of the year. Be the Match was suggested to the...

Managing Someone with High Structure/Routine

By Mara Miller When it comes to your team's success, your role as their manager is vital. Business goals, priorities, training, communication, and understanding of each individual’s different personalities all play a part in creating a solid team. To make that happen,...

Utilizing the Assessment to Baseline Your Staff

By Kellie Lail So you're looking to add a new member to your team. That's great! But how are you going to utilize the IdealTraits assessment to ensure that you are picking the best fit for your agency? First, you have to decide what you're looking for. Do you have a...

Improving My Ad’s Quality

By Kellie Lail Between the current state of unemployment and the competitive hiring market, you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to have the most successful hiring experience possible. There are many factors that go into hiring including making sure...

Advertising Work From Home Flexible Jobs

By Kellie Lail Remote work - it's all the rage these days, but what if you're okay with your employees working from home every now and then, but aren't ready to let them work fully remote? Since the beginning of the pandemic, work from home options have become...

Hiring Process – Utilizing Hiring Stages

By Kellie Lail One of the most important things when it comes to hiring is making sure you are organized. You want to stay on track with where you are at in the hiring process with each candidate that you encounter, which can sometimes be overwhelming. This is where...

IdealCharities – Multiple System Atrophy

By Kellie Lail IdealCharities is an IdealTraits employee-driven charitable fund, used to support charities and organizations important to our employees. Participating employees vote on a charity to support for each quarter of the year. The Multiple System Atrophy...

Utilizing Your IdealTraits Career Page

By Kellie Lail One of the most important recruiting tools in the current market is ensuring that you have a positive online presence. Remember, candidates are interviewing you just as much as you are interviewing them. Having a positive online presence is going to...