Tag - Hiring

September 2017

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 [...]

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 [...]

July 2017

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 [...]

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 [...]

When your resume portrays you as a specialist rather than a jack of all trades, hiring managers will find you easier. You can land an interview and quite possibly a job.

5 Ways to go from Jack of All Trades to Specialist using your Resume

You’ve probably heard the phrase “jack of all trades” to describe a person who has a vast quantity of skills. While this can often be viewed as a high compliment, unfortunately the second part of that phrase, “master of none,” is the element that keeps many candidates from getting an interview. As recruiters, we have yet to receive a request from an employer for someone who has dabbled in a little bit of everything. Employers want specialists who will [...]

May 2017

Top Performers

How do You Keep Your Top Performers…and Attract More of Them?

In Part 1 of this 2 part blog, we talked about how to identify those key players on your team; the force multipliers that literally keep your business running, growing and innovating. You may have been surprised to learn that the top performers in your organization are up to 400% more productive than the average performers. With that kind of productivity on the line, keeping those top performers needs to be a top priority. A study by Future Workplace [...]