How to Find Excellent Hourly Employees

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Hourly employees currently make up more than half of the workforce in the United States, and yet many companies find it surprisingly difficult to find employees with all the necessary skill sets who are willing to step into hourly positions and retain them for long periods of time. This may be due to the very… Read more »

Recruiting and Staffing Metrics: How to Analyze and Apply them Effectively

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HR managers stand in a unique position between company decision makers and the most valuable form of capital the company owns: Its human capital. Employees are the driving engine of most firms. They’re expensive and vital assets, and without them, making money just isn’t possible. And yet, treating them like capital—that is to say, numbers—doesn’t… Read more »

Five Common Mistakes During Job Interviews

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Are you making any of these five common mistakes during the interview process? If so, this might be the reason your interviews don’t produce very helpful or accurate information. Resolve these problems, and you may see a noticeable improvement in your hiring and staffing outcomes. 1. Talking too much As soon as the candidate sits down,… Read more »

Are You Committing Accidental Resume Fraud?

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If you’re deliberately and consciously lying on your resume, that’s bad. There are no two ways about it– claiming hard credentials you don’t have is a terrible idea, and even if your false resume makes it past the gatekeepers, this kind of ethical blunder can paint you as dishonest and desperate, and may get you… Read more »

Remote Hiring: Is it the Right Move For Your Company?

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Our current hiring climate is characterized by two important things we didn’t have to deal with a decade ago: 1.) dramatically undermined staffing budgets, thanks to the recent recession and 2.) specific skill shortages. Specialization has been on the rise for a long time, but at this point, it’s  taking a real toll on staffing… Read more »

Consider the Benefits of “Underqualified” Applicants

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You have an important position to fill by the end of the month, and you’ve narrowed your candidate pool down to two final contenders. One of your applicants has a degree from an expensive university, and she holds a current position in which she’s considered a star employee. The other has a degree from a… Read more »

Thank You Notes (And Other Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd)

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When you found the posting for the job of your dreams, you noticed that the employer didn’t hide the truth in fine print: Right there in the ad, you were told that you’d be competing with hundreds of other applicants for this position. Later, when you showed up for you first round interview, you found… Read more »

Are Neutral Reference Checks a Bad Sign?

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Reference checks require time, and time costs money. A high quality reference check is obviously worth the value of that time and then some…But how exactly can you make the distinction between a useful reference check and a dead end? A great reference check is one that offers 1) a response so glowing that it… Read more »

Foster Employee Creativity!

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Creative employees are those who boldly pursue new ideas and who embrace new ways to help the company thrive. In a prosperous, growing business with a strong future, new approaches to problem solving are always welcome—even the approaches that can’t ultimately be put into practice—and employees are encouraged to give voice to their innovations and… Read more »