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Hiring for Fit: Does it Really Matter?

Well, when you need a new pair of shoes, how do you choose the pair to wear? They say if the shoe fits wear it, but they also say that the shoes make the man and that these boots are

How to Ruin your Candidate Search

Just because you go to the trouble of writing a job description, doesn’t mean anyone will take the trouble to read it. Right now, demand for talent is at an all time high.  Skilled, employed professionals, AKA passive candidates, are

Candidates are People Too

What is a candidate? The dictionary defines a candidate as: “a person who applies for a job or is nominated for election,” but also, “a person taking an examination,” and “a person or thing regarded as suitable for or likely

Stop Using Resumes as a Barrier to Entry

When was the last time you updated your resume? If you’ve been holding the same position for many years, it may have been quite a while since you dusted off your trusty old Resume.doc. Then again, if you’ve been grinding your

Cat Herding 101 – Recruiting in 2016

Early in my career I had the pleasure of working with Electronic Data Systems (EDS). During the height of the first dotcom bubble we hired a brilliantly creative advertising firm (Fallon) that produced an ad originally aired during the 2000

Improve Employee Retention with Retention Interviews

The employee that you rely upon the most will leave you. They may not leave you holding the bag, but, one day, the person or the people who keep the whole show running are going to go on to the

Is Outsourced Recruiting Right for you?

It has been an interesting handful of years for corporate recruiting. The recession of 2008 has had an anemic and hesitant recovery and the markets have been volatile. Economic strategists can’t seem to reach a consensus on whether we’re pulling

A Song of Ice and Hire

Game of Thrones, the best-selling book and one of the best TV shows of all time, is about to begin its 6th season on HBO. While many fans of the series are gearing up for their yearly Game of Thrones

Why Your Millennial Employees Will Leave You

Young people don’t stay in their jobs for very long. This has been true since before you quit your first job, but the world at large seems fairly preoccupied with the fact that the Millennials are hopping jobs like there’s no tomorrow. From their

17 Most Ridiculous Resumes

A resume is a candidates chance to make a great first impression, and with the high level of competition, candidates need to do things to standout. Unfortunately that sometimes means you have to sift through endless misspellings or pictures of

Hiring in a Candidate Driven Market

Hiring in a candidate driven market is tough. A candidate driven market is one that is driven by the skills of professionals, not by the wants or plans of employers. While there are many factors that have led us to

Successful Succession Planning

Unexpected turnover is one of the most disruptive and costly parts of doing business. Though you have two weeks’ notice to start finding a replacement, usually, the difficulty of finding this replacement and the time that it takes to find

Employee Perks: Do they Work or Distract From Work?

Employee perks and benefits have been helping businesses to win over talent since their invention. Back in the day, a company health plan or 401K may have been quite impressive, but times have changed. In order to compete for top

Improving Customer Retention with Employee Retention

A high rate of turnover is bad for business. On the staffing side, a high rate of voluntary turnover means more money spend on sourcing, qualifying and hiring talented candidates. This cost is one thing, but paying for something that

Do You want to be a Successful Manager?

The difference between a successful manager, and one who is barely managing to hold it together, is the difference between a team that is successful and one that is barely making their target. In general, a successful manager is able

5 Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance at your Company

For some people, work and life are indistinguishable. For other (sane) people, work is work and, no matter how much you love your job, doing too much work will leave you feeling drained. Now, “too much” will vary from person

Want to Increase Productivity? Plan for a More Productive Week!

If it ever seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day, you’re right. Between work, family, friends and that funny thing called “free time” you used to have, remaining productive can be an uphill battle. Remaining productive and engaged

Lessons in Hiring from “The Graduate”

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun to pull some lessons in hiring from a classic romance. Hiring someone is the same thing as starting a professional relationship with that person, so it’s important to be sure

5 Hiring Practices that Drive Candidates Crazy

The hiring process can be frustrating for everyone involved. On the employer’s side of things, hiring managers are consistently experiencing difficulty in finding candidates who are qualified for their company’s most important positions. These candidate searches routinely stretch over 30

The Most In-Demand Jobs of 2016

As we move further into the teen years of the 21st century, companies are still looking for talent that they desperately need. Technology companies continue to push the envelope for innovation, which is requiring ever greater levels of technological talent

Improving Employee Retention and Employer Brand Through Learning Programs

When you want to improve your recruiting efforts, engaging in employer brand building activity (like featuring positive employee activity on Glassdoor) can help you make a great hire. Making a hire, however, isn’t the only solution to your talent problems.

The Right Way to Fire Someone

They say, “You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.” This expression refers to the cost of producing anything, how any final product will come at the sacrifice of at least the ingredients involved. For the most

Hiring in a State that has Legalized Marijuana

All over the country, signatures are being gathered each day in favor of legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational use. Right now, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal use and this year shows every sign of adding more states

2016 Hiring Practices Forecast

sThe beginning of a New Year often gives us a chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future. You can see what has been working and what’s been working on your last nerve. You can see the