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In the current stalled-out job market, we often hear from employers who are surprised and dismayed by the challenges of the hiring process. Most of these hiring managers assume that when unemployment reaches an all-time high and the atmosphere is laced with desperation, the line of candidates for a single posting will extend around the… Read more »

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Savvy applicants always choose and list their references carefully, but in end, many hiring mangers ultimately ignore these references and make their final decisions based on other criteria. Reference check omissions are especially common among short term or lower level positions, and they happen for a host of reasons. Among these reasons, they’re time-consuming and… Read more »

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The term “technical employee” typically refers to any employee who spends her days focused on micro-level problem solving rather than business decision making, and includes most employees engaged in design, research and development, software creation, or product inception. A chef in a restaurant is a technical employee, and so are most craftspeople and artisans. Technical… Read more »

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When you walk into a job interview, chances are you’re at least a little bit nervous. This is natural. If you’re interested in the job, the stakes are high and you want to come off well. You want to communicate your qualifications clearly, and you want to seem honest and confident. But you may not… Read more »

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The FMLA, or Family Medical Leave Act, is a set of laws administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, specifically the Employment Standards Administration’s Wage and Hour Division. As a central part of its provisions, the FMLA requires employers to provide covered, eligible employees with up to twelve weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave each year… Read more »

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As we’ve said time and again on this blog (because it’s true!), your most valuable form of capital is your human capital. This rule prevails regardless of your industry sector or the size of your business. Even if you’re a company made up of one person, take a moment to reflect. How useful would your… Read more »

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As a weak economy struggles to find its feet, both large and small companies look for ways to stay flexible and agile. Forward thinking firms want a staffing strategy that allows them to grow quickly at a moment’s notice as tides lift, but they also want to cut back if an unexpected event requires them… Read more »

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Something attracted you. At this point, it doesn’t even matter what lit the initial spark. Maybe you just liked the tone of the job posting, or maybe you decided to apply because you were impressed with the company’s reputation and thought that joining the team would open new doors for you. Maybe you’re desperate to… Read more »

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When it’s time to make salary offers to talented candidates, the stakes are typically clear. A high salary offer might attract a star applicant, but what if the offer is too high and your budget is overextended? And what if the candidate isn’t as great as he or she seems? On the other hand, lowball… Read more »

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The low morale around your office is becoming harder and harder to ignore. At first, you overheard a few unhappy gripe sessions around the water cooler, but you could dismiss this as the grumbling of one or two chronic complainers. Then two bad apples became five. Then one of your best employees gave notice. Was… Read more »