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October 2017

Is Your Resume Stuck in the 90's?

Abandon these 7 Things to Avoid a Stale Resume

Antiquated Email Accounts Our recruiters look at hundreds of resumes a day. When they see a resume that has an “AOL” or “Hotmail” email address, it prompts them to think that the candidate may not be versed in current technology. While that may not be the case, it is the perception. If you don’t have other evidence within your resume that indicates that you are well acquainted with current technology, it could take you out of the running for certain [...]

Are you paying your people enough and is that the most important thing to them?

Are You Paying Your People Enough? (And is that really the most important thing to them?)

October has arrived and business owners and managers are already thinking about the looming dread that comes with regulating office Halloween costumes. HR departments are facing a different kind of horror when it comes to issues like salary increases and pay equity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell to a new post-crisis low of 4.2%. It is expected to reach 4.0% by early 2018, ahead of projections. In a tight labor market such as [...]

September 2017

5 (More) Annoying Interview questions and how to answer them.

5 (More) Annoying Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Our candidates have shared quite a few of their least favorite interview questions with us over the course of more than 4 decades in business. We published a previous article about this topic and realized that there were still several more questions that we should include. Here are 5 more common interview questions that job seekers have a tough time answering well. Have you ever been fired from a job? If you have been terminated, it is likely that you have [...]

A desert with a tumbleweed illustrates that there are no people left on LinkedIn.

Where Have All the LinkedIn People Gone?

LinkedIn is the world’s largest social network for professionals. It’s one of the largest social networks in general. A breakdown, of LinkedIn’s registered membership worldwide, reveals that the majority of members are based in the United States, with 128 million Americans registered on the site. Its fundamental mission is to connect working professionals. Some major changes have taken place in the last few months that will make recruiting through LinkedIn much more challenging. If LinkedIn has been a critical part [...]

How to Answer Five of the Most Annoying Interview Questions

How to Answer Five of the Most Annoying Interview Questions

As a trusted staffing firm working with candidates for more than 40 years, our recruiters have heard a lot about the kinds of questions that make candidates cringe in an interview. Here are a few of the most dreaded and our recommended approach to answering them like a pro. Where do you see yourself in five years? Don’t look at this as a trick question, or a strategy to trap you into something. The interviewer’s motivation is to discover your level [...]

6 Incredibly Important Questions to Ask a Staffing Agency

6 Incredibly Important Questions to Ask a Staffing Agency

Hiring employees to fill open positions is a delicate and extremely time consuming process. This is especially true in those businesses where there is not a dedicated HR department. The number of job openings increased to 6.2 million in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employing a staffing agency to fill open positions is becoming essential for many companies to keep pace with the market and grow their businesses. A partnership with a staffing firm can [...]

August 2017

Interview Etiquette 101: 10 Simple Rules You Need to Succeed

Interview Etiquette 101: 10 Simple Rules You Need to Succeed

Use the 10 Minute Rule The anxiety that comes with being down to the wire for interviews and appointments can detract from your performance. Rushing in at the last minute can unintentionally create the impression that you are disorganized, and unable to plan and prioritize accordingly. Being too early can be awkward in a smaller office environment. You may run into the candidate who interviewed before you, which may throw you off your game. We recommend to our candidates [...]

Three Potential Business Pitfalls due to changing job market

Three Potential Business Pitfalls for Next Quarter

Elevated Quit Rate According to the latest release from The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 3.1 million people quit their jobs in June of 2017. In the staffing world and across other industries, a high quit rate is interpreted as sign of employee confidence in the job market. Employees will rarely voluntarily leave a position unless they are very confident in their ability to secure another job. Retention has been a major concern for employers, and a hot topic at [...]

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 [...]