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Most high-quality companies are going to have a talent strategy. This helps them identify key skills and competencies that they want to find in candidates to get the best results. In most cases, employers aren’t going to publicly advertise their priorities in their entirety, but that doesn’t mean you can’t discover what they are seeking… Read more »

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While many businesses have been focusing on increasing transparency, one area that has seen an opposing trend is hiring. Blind applications and interviewing are fairly recent developments that attempt to remove the impact of bias, conscious or unconscious, from the hiring process by eliminating information that can be used to identify certain job seeker characteristics1…. Read more »

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Most professionals have heard people extoll the virtues of networking for greater career success. For some, this comes naturally as they are comfortable meeting new people. For others, networking feels like an insurmountable challenge. Some people are naturally shy or introverted, while others wonder if networking skews towards being manipulative. But networking doesn’t have to… Read more »

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When your team is understaffed based on the current workload, the most common response from management is to push employees harder to get the job done. This can lead to long days, weekends at work, and even canceled vacations.2 If the situation is short-term, it may not be too much to ask your workers to… Read more »

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Getting a job offer is supposed to be wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming or even confusing. Many job seekers assume they need to respond immediately, but rushing through the process can have you making a decision you later regret. Instead of giving in to the excitement or pressure, it is best to really… Read more »

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Federal and state laws regarding the proper use of background checks1 are strict. While looking into a candidate’s background is typically legal, how the information is used in regards to hiring decisions must follow applicable laws designed to protect applicants from discrimination and compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is mandatory. Additionally, legislation… Read more »

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More employers than ever before are researching candidates online before contacting them for interviews or offering them a job. While most job seekers are at least somewhat aware of this trend, they often focus on specific social media profiles or other portions of their online brand and not the entire picture. If you haven’t taken… Read more »

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There is no such thing as a perfect team of employees. At times, most managers will be tasked with having to give a negative employee review to someone under their purview. While the experience is rarely pleasant, it doesn’t have to be difficult. By managing the process properly, and avoiding some common mistakes1, both you… Read more »

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At some point during your job search, you know references will need to be provided. Hiring managers value the opportunity to discuss your prior experiences with current or former bosses and co-workers. However, how these calls take place doesn’t always line up with what you may picture, and they may even contact people you don’t… Read more »

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Bringing in a new employee requires a significant investment on the part of the hiring company. Along with the traditional costs associated with recruiting, like advertising fees and staff time, businesses often have expenses related to training and onboarding, as well as productivity adjustments while the new hire gets up to speed. But a bad… Read more »