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Seeing the Errors in Your Job Postings

When writing job postings, there is a lot of pressure to describe the job in a way that “sells” candidates on the position. Unfortunately, this usually entails a lot of general, wishy-washy nonsense about the fun aspects of the company

Facebook Faces User-Generated PR Nightmare

Monitoring your social media image is important. Little things, such as “liking” strange organizations or funny, distasteful pictures that your friend posted, create a link between you and the offending material. Indeed, it is the very nature of social media

Easy Steps to Candidate Retention

When you’ve zeroed in on a candidate, it can be easy to let your guard down. The person can be professional, engaged and seem hungry for the position, only to back out at the last minute. This isn’t because you’re

Cooking Up Positive Employment Branding

For those of you who who don’t watch “Kitchen Nightmares” with Gordon Ramsay, (the hot blooded Brit who doesn’t take any ______,) it’s a reality show in which Chef Ramsey visits the most disastrous and decrepit restaurants in America and

Why Cubicles Aren't so Bad After All

For those of you who work in an open-plan office, you know that the layout, unfettered by chest-high walls, is often given to its own set of problems. In theory, the open plan exists to facilitate the free flow of

Recruiters Spend 6 Seconds on Each Resume

We all know that getting a job is tough, but simply knowing that the process will be “tough” does not quite prepare job seekers for the hurdles of the modern job hunt. First of all, there is the sheer volume

Network for Your Net Worth!

Networking is important no matter who you are. Creating and maintaining a strong network is just as important to job seekers as it is to small business owners. Even large business owners would not be able to maintain their place

Crafting a Strong Employer Brand

Building a unique and defined employer brand is more than just a tool for marketing; it can be an opportunity to take a good hard look at your company’s culture and objectives. By investing the time and effort necessary into

Engagement in Generation Y Employees

Dealing with low employee engagement can be tricky. Fostering motivation is even trickier. How do you know whether an employee is coasting because they feel discouraged by a lack of clear-set goals (something you can fix), or because they are

Job Seeker Preferences Rule Job Board Success

General job boards have seen better days. Sites that still boast name recognition are slipping behind as more specialized job boards and professional social networks like LinkedIn lead the way. Take Monster for instance. Though it is still a household

Job Seekers Buried by Bad Credit

When making a new hire, it’s important to figure out what kind of person you’re bringing on board, both inside and outside the office. The inside part is easy, accessible through their resume and their presence during the interview. What

Prospects Still Uncertain for College Grads

For those of you with kids about to graduate college, or you recent graduates who have metamorphosed into job seekers, you’ll be interested to know that job prospects in 2013 are looking to be as scarce as last year. Unfortunately

How Big Data Predicts Job Performance

In 2013, data is king. The usefulness of analytics in hiring models has been vetted and is here to stay. But with this expansion of the role of Big Data in hiring comes a necessary focusing or narrowing in on

Demand For Nurses Higher than Ever

Do you ever wonder why the expression goes “nursed back to health”, instead of “doctored back to health?” The reason could be that, since the advent of modern medicine, it is the nurse who takes charge of the well being

Social Networking and the Future of Hiring

The integration of social media into the recruiting process was a turning point, leaving the old ways of doing things behind. This development of the web presence of candidates has been a useful, if sometimes controversial tool for screening candidates.

Holding Out For Perfect Hires

Settling for less than you want is never the right course of action. Unless you’re settling for less debt, conventional business wisdom says to stick to your guns and hold out for a better deal. While this can make your

Visa Debate in the Tech Industry

People with degrees and training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM for short) are some of the most sought-after job candidates on the market today. STEM jobs have also come under the national spotlight recently in the congressional debate

Getting Past the Cold Shoulder in Cold Calls

Forming a connection or even getting someone’s attention over a cold call can be challenging. There is a good chance that you will be brushed off initially or, even worse, after giving your all in a passionate pitch. A dismissal

Interviewing for Motivation

Evaluating a candidate’s level of motivation, and the conditions under which they will perform at their best, seem like difficult things to figure out for sure during an interview. According to Lou Alder, it’s not only these things that you

Recruit With Technology, Not Against It

When it comes to recruiting technology, there are products that work and products that don’t. Sure, there may be a great deal of theory suggesting that this or that program will deliver a pipeline of top candidates, but it’s what

How The Interview Before Yours Affects You

There’s a lot that you can and should do to prepare for an interview. Brush your teeth, bathe, dress nice and do your homework. These are things you can control. Even during the interview, you still have a certain level

How to Spot High Potential Candidates

How do you measure potential in a person? Is it in their presence when they walk into the room? Is it in their education and experience? A special sparkle in their eye? Yes, all sorts of things can lead us

How to Evaluate Your Employee Evaluations

Though employee evaluations can sometimes seem like a tiresome formality, they are a really great opportunity to have candid discussions with your workers about their performance. While a conversational tone in these evaluations can help to open a dialogue between

Big Data Nails Complex Attributes of Successful Employees

Big Data, aka the record of everything everyone does, has become integral to companies such as call centers for tracking the characteristics of their best employees. Through analysis of these metrics, the company can save on both time and money