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August 2017

Use these 6 Steps to Increase your Impact after an Interview

Use these 6 Steps to Increase your Impact after an Interview

Your behavior and response following an interview can be as influential to a hiring manager as the interview itself. The communication and interaction you have with your interviewer further illustrates what kind of employee you will be. Here are some recommendations from Bradley recruiters to help you make a lasting impression even after the interview is over. Send a thank you note…ASAP! We have had candidates ask if a thank you note is really necessary. The short answer is YES. Time [...]

Wage Increases are Essential in a Near Zero Unemployment Environment

Wage Increases are Essential in a Near Zero Unemployment Environment

Goldman Sachs economists underestimated just how low the unemployment rate would drop this year; so much so that they have actually adjusted their outlook for 2018 to 3.8% from the original 4.1% projection. Typically, wage increases occur when the job market is tight because employers have to pay more to attract and retain workers. Despite a current 4.3% unemployment rate, and a highly competitive job market, wages are rising barely faster than inflation. The most recent Bureau of Labor [...]

Candidate on phone to demonstrate our five favorite interview tips

Our Five Favorite Phone Interview Tips

Choose the Right Environment A phone interview is probably your first verbal interaction with a potential employer. Things like background noise or a bad phone connection detract from your ability to make a good impression. Your well-thought out and well-expressed responses should take center stage. Plan to be in a quiet place where you will not be interrupted by small children, pets or unexpected noises. You shouldn’t be in the car, or in a crowd. Retreating to a tranquil [...]

July 2017

Phone Screening Candidates

5 Reasons Phone Screening Must be Part of your Hiring Process

It can save you up to 45 minutes per candidate In our experience, the average phone interview takes around 15 minutes, versus the average in-person interview which is often at least an hour. Essentially, you can conduct three phone interviews in the time it takes to conduct one in-person interview. Statistic Brain published the results of an online survey by AOL jobs that revealed that 21% of resumes state fraudulent degrees, 29% show altered employment dates, 40% have inflated salary [...]

Tips for Asking for a Raise

5 Tips for Asking for a Raise (Hint: The Time is NOW!)

Conversations about money are awkward with your closest friends and relatives. Having those discussions with your supervisor is even more stress-inducing. Some companies are proactive when it comes to providing reviews once or twice per year, and pay increases in conjunction with the results of those reviews. Even if your employer does conduct periodic reviews or salary audits, you will still need to become comfortable asking for additional compensation. You’ll also have to be able to demonstrate that you’re deserving of [...]

Negotiating Your Job Offer

5 Tips for Negotiating Your Job Offer

In our experience, most job offers are virtually predetermined because both the employer and the candidate have communicated their needs beforehand. Not every job offer is cut and dry. Sometimes a little back and forth is necessary so that both parties feel satisfied by the outcome. When you initially applied to the position, you were most likely asked to provide your current salary. Some applications will even ask candidates to provide a salary expectation as a means of screening [...]

Five Ways to Keep Top Applicants from Walking Out the Door

Five Ways to Keep Top Applicants from Walking Out the Door

You’ve probably encountered quite a few articles lately about employee satisfaction and employee engagement. Both are major concerns of employers in today’s market. Many organizations are not placing sufficient value on the need to enhance the candidate experience during the application and hiring stages. There is a grave imbalance that is occurring between the talent shortage in the current market, and the hiring processes of many organizations. Both the American Staffing Association and the Society for Human Resource Management [...]

June 2017

Out of Office: Planning for Summer Vacations in the Workplace

Out of Office: Planning for Summer Vacations in the Workplace

Rarely is summer fever more prevalent in the U.S. than around the Fourth of July. In nearly every industry, employees are planning their summer getaways and family vacations. Even if a full blown summer vacation is not in the cards for everyone, most people will take a long weekend at least once throughout the summer, opting to take off on Friday, or extend their trip to include Monday. According to Statista, the July 4th weekend was the most popular [...]

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and the Candidate Experience

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and the Candidate Experience

We use the term Artificial Intelligence quite liberally these days, maybe without fully having an understanding of what it means, and how we are already affected by it in 2017. In his book The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements, Nils J Nilsson describes Artificial Intelligence as “that activity devoted to making machines intelligent, and intelligence is that quality that enables an entity to function appropriately and with foresight in its environment.” We have seen [...]

Why you should hire overqualified candidates

Above and Beyond: 5 Reasons You Should Hire Overqualified Candidates

With the unemployment rate at 4.3% in May 2017, the current economic situation is forcing many employees to apply for positions that don’t match their skills and salary level. Yet employers in practically every industry are having difficulty finding candidates to fill open positions. The number of open jobs as reported by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics hit a record high of 6 million on the last business day of April. There is a general imbalance in candidate [...]