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Break From Home

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As a teacher in my first job after college, leaving campus on school breaks meant truly disconnecting: no messages from parents, no papers to grade, no reports to file. Holidays were refreshing because it was really easy to disconnect.

In contrast, it’s pretty difficult to take a proper break while you’re “Out Of Office” if your team and your work are still going full speed. And, if it’s difficult to disconnect from an actual beach somewhere, imagine how hard it is to disconnect when you’re taking time off from your couch (aka “your office”).

What we have heard from our team this year won’t be a surprise to anyone leading a team in 2020: living at work (or ‘sleeping at the office’…either is more accurate than ‘working from home’), health scares, economic uncertainty, natural disasters and whatever else 2020 is throwing our way are all super stressful.

But, even though everyone needs a break more than ever, most of our team members have barely taken any annual leave yet this year.

What to do with excess vacation days?

Many companies in 2020 share our challenge of having excess vacation days. Here are some of the common ways companies are addressing this:

Use it or Lose it – Many companies have implemented “use it or lose it” policies where employees are asked to use a certain number of annual leave days in a month or quarter. If they don’t, the days ‘disappear.’ This is a great option, especially for larger companies.

Summer Fridays or 4-Day Work Weeks – Summer Fridays (aka taking every Friday from roughly June through August off or having a half-day) are a New York City staple. Some companies have moved to a mandatory four-day work week to help employees use up their vacation days and take some time off.

A Collective Break – Though this sounds like the most difficult option, it’s worth exploring. Even if you can only get everyone on board to take one day off together, it could mean your team is more energized and excited as a result. In a bigger company, you might try doing this at the team level.

We have decided to go on a collective break, to put our people first: at the end of August, our whole company across three offices is taking three full days off, together (harkening back to lessons learned in my school teacher days).

No meetings, no calls, no emails, no deliverables, no ‘catching up on work’ – just some time away to spend with family, reading, watching TV, finding some moments of zen, or doing anything that’s not work.

It has taken extra coordination to get all of our team, our clients, our partners, and our tech sprints on the same page. But we know that if we do this successfully, everyone will come back to the office – er, virtual meeting room – refreshed and recharged.

One of our core values is “Be A Whole Person.” While we can’t control a pandemic or open up travel to exotic beaches, we can work together to support our team’s mental health, even if it is only a few days at a time.

Our “Break From Home” is one way we’re supporting our team’s mental health. In lieu of holiday restaurant and hotel recommendations, we crowd-sourced a few of our favorite meditation apps, books, shows, and relaxing hobbies, and invite you to share your own with us, too! How are you supporting your teams and promoting self-care? Let us know!

#BreakfromHome #mentalhealth #selfcare #Shortlist #BeAWholePerson

New feature release

New Product Release: Interview Scheduler, Email to Candidates & More Exciting News

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At Shortlist, our product and tech teams love hearing feedback from our candidates and employers. Getting the opportunity to better understand how they use our platform and continue to help them hire more effectively and efficiently is one of the more rewarding aspects of our jobs. Over the last few weeks, our engineering team has been busy operating in stealth mode gearing up for a new product release. Today we are happy to share that we’ve recently launched a few exciting features for your use!

Read on for more information on each of these new release features. As always, if you’re looking for help in hiring, please get in touch!

LinkedIn Posting for Premium Shortlist Connect Partners

We know the challenges of sourcing and the importance of diversifying your channels to make sure you find the best candidates. We’re thrilled to announce that, through our partnership with LinkedIn, your Connect jobs will now be posted to LinkedIn at no extra cost.

Once you sign up for a premium Connect account, any role listed through Shortlist Connect will be posted to LinkedIn Jobs at no additional cost, as long as the role is live. When you use Shortlist Connect, your unlimited job postings also translate into unlimited posting to LinkedIn, a great way to source additional talent.

Your job will be listed on LinkedIn under your brand, making it accessible to any candidate browsing for a job on LinkedIn. The role will also appear on your LinkedIn company profile, in the Job section, without having to take any action on your end. Simply post the role on Shortlist Connect, and we’ll take care of the rest.

LinkedIn Job posting is a feature available in our Premium plan. You can try it for free for 30 days clicking here.

Mobile Experience on your Employer Dashboard (Talent Gallery)

Whether you’re a former, current, or future partner, we know the importance of being able to manage your hiring needs on the go. Whether it’s to check on the health of your candidate pipeline or review profiles to find your next hire. In our new release, we have implemented a mobile-optimized experience on our employer portal. You will now be able to review and take action on your candidates on the go, on your phone.



Upon login, you’ll now be able to easily manage, search, and sort through your jobs from your dashboard. Once you’ve selected a job to view your candidates, you’ll see a clean and user-friendly card view of your candidates. This allows you to view key information on each candidate before viewing their full application information.



Once you’ve selected the stage of your candidate funnel from which to evaluate your candidates, you can further narrow your search. We’ve added a ‘Sort’ and ‘Filters’ screen to make it easier to see applicants who meet the specific requirements you’re looking for. Sort to see your newest candidates, or filter through candidates based on their current location, years of experience, salary requirements, and more.



Once you’ve found the candidates you want to learn more about, just select their profiles to get more information about them. You’ll notice this new release is a bit different from the desktop view, as we wanted to give you the tools you need while on the go. If you click the icons at the top, you’ll be able to easily email, call, or check the LinkedIn profile of your candidates.



As you scroll down, you’ll be able to see the candidate’s complete application; from assessment details to notes from your Shortlist recruiter, as well as answers to chatbot questions. Best of all, you can easily go to the section you want to view by clicking on the header links.



Email Candidates Directly on Shortlist

Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to ask one or two simple questions before deciding to schedule an interview? Or, wondered how to link the candidates in your Talent Gallery including any email communication you had with them?

If you have experienced any of the above problems, we’ve introduced an email functionality within Talent Gallery to solve that. You can reach out to candidates with all your questions and track their responses easily. No more switching between multiple tabs or trying to memorize all the conversations you had with the candidate. Send a message directly from the candidate’s profile and receive their replies as well.

Interview scheduling (Plus a Special Surprise!)

As we work towards increasing the productivity of hiring managers, we are happy to launch one of the most requested features – Interview Scheduling. We know firsthand how much of a pain coordinating with candidates can be, so we’ve added the ability to choose a time and send an invite email directly to the candidate.

As a bonus, we also built a video conferencing solution so that you don’t have to switch between Talent Gallery, your calendar, and a video tool. You can now schedule an interview that sends an email to you and the candidate with the video conferencing link and interview date/time. At the beginning of the interview, all you have to do is simply click on the video conferencing link sent to you and kick off the virtual interview. As the world moves towards remote hiring, this will easily allow you to schedule and conduct your interviews with Shortlist.

Best of all, these new features are automatically included on your Shortlist account at no added cost. We hope you’ll take some time to try them out, and feel free to let us know what you think!


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