Should you Consider a Contingent Workforce?

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Hiring and labor management are an essential cost of doing business, of course, and any company that isn’t ready to hire and maintain qualified workers probably isn’t ready to do business in an open marketplace. But within that rigid framework, there are plenty of ways to meet your company’s staffing requirements that bend traditional arrangements… Read more »

How to Increase Your Likability in the Workplace

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Career success may start with strong, relevant skill sets and technical competence, but it doesn’t end there. And as most of us begin to realize a few years into our professional lives, the things that make a person trustworthy, magnetic, and highly respected aren’t necessarily related to concrete accomplishments, awards, or technical certifications. Simple likeability… Read more »

The Fastest Ways to Kill Morale

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Inexperienced managers often assume that salary issues lie at the root of most high turnover problems.  After all, why would a fairly paid employee ever leave a stable job to pursue something else, especially if the new position offered the same—or even lower—compensation?  As it turns out (and as experienced managers already know quite well),… Read more »

Looking for the Perfect Fit Candidate?

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After years of hiring experience including a share of both successes and failures, managers begin to recognize a simple truth: an excellent candidate and an excellent match aren’t always one in the same.  More often than not, managers need a candidate who doesn’t just have the skill sets required to execute technical aspects of the… Read more »

Key Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

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Social media may be transforming the landscape of business, and a Facebook profile or Twitter feed may be the perfect way to reach out to your specific target audience. But your success with these utilities will depend on how you use them. Keep these simple tips in mind, and remember: Social media can support your… Read more »

Does Your Job Search Strategy Land You On Recruiter Blacklists?

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You’re striking out on your job search with bold determination, and as far as you can tell, you’re doing everything right. You’ve been counseled to spread a wide net, reach out boldly to your contacts, and never take no for an answer. But before you incorporate this into a rigid mantra and start applying these… Read more »

Why Do Millenial Workers Prefer Small Companies?

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According to survey data, younger workers between the ages of 22 and 30 seem to show a slight but significant preference for companies with fewer than 100 employees. In addition to their legendary tech savvy and text addictions, members of this generation appear to lean toward smaller employers regardless of the lower payroll budgets and… Read more »

You’re the Ideal Candidate…So Let Employers Know!

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When you present yourself to employers, you have one statement to make above all others. Sure, you’re clean, you’re friendly, you’re not a criminal, and you intend to do your best to help the company make money. But these things won’t set you apart from your competitors waiting in the lobby. What sets you apart… Read more »

Meaningful Employee Recognition…On a Budget?

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Most experienced managers know that employee recognition is an important component of productivity and morale. And it’s easy to act on this when revenues are flowing and the future looks bright. But what happens when your business moves into a period of uncertainty, payroll budgets shrink, hiring stalls, and bonuses dry up? How can you… Read more »

Tips for Interviewing with a Recruiter

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If your job search strategy involves posting your resume on public job boards—which it should—your document may eventually find its way into the hands of recruiter. And if that recruiter sees a potential match between your skills and an open position she’s trying to fill for an employer, she’s likely to contact you and talk… Read more »