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November 2015

4 Tips to Set Goals for Success in 2016

83% of the population does not have goals according to personalplan.com. It is important to be a part of the 17% of people who do set goals to ensure success! Goals should be identified by writing them down every quarter throughout the year and kept track of on a daily basis. Below are 4 tips for setting your 2016 goals: 1) Think “S.M.A.R.T.” How specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound are the goals you are setting? If your goals are [...]

How to: Staff your Thanksgiving!

1) Hire a Turkey Carver. Hiring a turkey carver can give you more free time to be with your family. This will ensure the maximum amount of meat yielded per turkey. 2) Recruit a Food Analyst. Who is going to ration the leftovers? It is time to recruit a food analyst to handout equal portions to your family and friends. 3) Identify a TV Referee. Identifying a TV Referee not only increases family time, but can also help with dividing time [...]

3 Reasons to Look for a Job at the End of the Year

Many people hold off on their job searches until January. Here are 3 reasons to keep working hard on your job search. 1) Hiring and recruiting for open positions does not slow down during the holidays.According to theladders.com “many companies say they feel increased pressure to fill open slots before the end of the year.” Jobs have to be filled no matter what time of the year it is. 2) Hiring managers are serious. Hiring managers are looking to hit their [...]

Top 5 Considerations When Giving a Raise to Employees

According to Time.com, 90% of companies will give raises this year. Right now, many companies are hard at work figuring out these increases. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when looking at raises for you employees. 1) Level of performance. The employee is performing at a level higher than expected in their goals and reviews.  Your company should reward this employee for their level of performance. 2) Critical player on your team. It would cost more money to [...]

Breaking These 5 Interview Etiquette Rules Could Cost You an Offer

1) Addressing business superiors incorrectly. When addressing supervisors or someone else in your company, it is important to know how to properly address your supervisor. It’s best to use their last name preceded by the title “Mr.” “Ms,” “Miss” or “Mrs.” according to Emilypost.com. 2) Introduce yourself with your full name. Especially since this is most likely the first time you are meeting your interviewer, you should introduce yourself with your full name. Although, we recommend leaving out your middle [...]

4 Truths on Allowing a Work at Home Policy

According to Softchoice.com, 62% of employees say they’re more productive working outside of the office.   Below are 4 Truths on allowing a work at home policy: 1) Workers may be more productive. Working from home allows people to work more productive hours outside of the normal 9:00 am – 5:00 pm corporate schedule. In many national and global businesses, this is essential to success.  A study written about in the Harvard Business Review found that remote employees started earlier, took shorter breaks, and [...]

To Call or Not To Call – Pre-Interview Etiquette

Call etiquette during a job search has been debated for many years by both applicants and hiring managers. According to The Wall Street Journal “Only 19% of hiring managers at small companies look at a majority of the resumes they receive, and 47% say they review just a few”. With the amount of job applications that recruiters and hiring managers receive for each position, it is important under certain circumstances to follow up with either an email or phone [...]

5 Tips to Keep your LinkedIn Profile Picture from Hurting your Job Search

With 277 million users on LinkedIn according to Marketwatch.com, placing a profile picture is a necessity to stand out in this professional network. Although, having the wrong LinkedIn profile picture can hurt your job search.   Here are 5 tips to improve your LinkedIn profile picture: 1) Avoid the “Selfie”. The “selfie” and the “selfie in the mirror” pictures are two choices that may hurt your job search. LinkedIn is the social platform for your professional network. “Selfies” have the stigma of low quality [...]

When to Pull a Job Offer Away from a Candidate

According to Crimescreen.com, 51% of employment, education, and/or credential reference checks revealed a difference of information between what the applicant provided and the source reported.  In certain cases, the employer must make the difficult decision to rescind the job offer. Here are a few scenarios, where you should consider rescinding an offer. When a candidate falsifies their resume or company job application. 49% of the 3,100 hiring managers surveyed had caught a job applicant fabricating some part of his/her resume according [...]

October 2015

5 Ways to Trick the Resume Screening Robots

75% of recruiters and talent managers use some form of recruiting or applicant tracking software according to capterra.com. These resume screening robots, also termed applicant tracking systems (ATS)’s, are used to upload an applicant’s contact information, application, resume, and cover letter to a database.  The database ranks candidates based on the best fit for the position based on a number of factors.  Beware; these screening robots can even cause great candidates to be overlooked for several reasons: Here are 5 ways [...]