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Chapter 20. Recruiting Candidates from O... > The Laws That Affect Employment - Pg. 262

Recruiting Candidates from Outside the Company 262 Don didn't feel Karen was qualified for that assignment and chose to fill it by hiring an outsider. As soon as Don decided that Karen wasn't right for the position, he sat down with her for a private meeting. He went over the job specs and asked Karen to tell him how she met each of the require- ments. It didn't take Karen long to realize she was far short of what was needed. Don reassured her that she was doing a good job as an order clerk and that he would help her pick up some of the skills needed for customer service work so that next time an opening occurred, she'd be better qualified. Work with the Human Resources Department If you work for a large organization, the chances are that you do not do your own recruiting. You work through the human resources or personnel department. Naturally, you're not their only client. Other team leaders and managers are bugging them to fill their jobs. In this job market, they have their hands full. But that's no excuse, as far as you're concerned. You need to fill those vacancies. Following are some suggestions: · Make friends with the HR staff--not just when you need people, but as a regular practice. If you haven't done this up to now, it may be too late for your current needs, but work on it, and next time you have a job to fill, you'll see the difference. · Offer to help them by contacting people you know. For example, you may be a member of a professional association and can tap its resources. · Offer to screen resumés received as a result of ads that have been placed. This saves them time and work, and you'll have to look at them anyway sooner or later. · Give them prompt reactions to anybody they refer to you. One of the biggest gripes HR people have about team leaders is their stalling on making decisions. The Laws on Hiring The laws governing equal employment affect every aspect of your job as a team leader. It begins even before your first contact with an applicant and governs all your relations with employees: how you screen candidates, what you pay employees, how you treat employees on the job--all the way to employees' separation from the company, and sometimes even after that. Team Terms The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that administers most of the civil rights laws. They issue regulations, investigate complaints, and take action to enforce the laws. The Laws That Affect Employment The main federal laws that apply to equal employment are shown in this list: