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Breaking the glass ceiling…and getting paid fairly for it

Equality is simple in math. It’s defined as two things that are an equal set in relation to one another, marked with one of these things: “=”. For example, on a web design project, 40 hours of work = 40

Recruiting in Flux: New Challenges on The Way

Change is the only constant and those who do not adjust to change are operating on conditions that may no longer apply. One of the biggest changes in recruiting and hiring in general is the ever-growing breadth and sophistication of

References: Your Bread and Butter in Recruiting

References are one of the most useful tools at the disposal of recruiters today. Unlike comparatively flat descriptions of a candidate’s prowess from a job board, referrals typically give you a better picture of the candidate and statistically lead to

Some Words of Wisdom from the CEO of LinkedIn

We all know that it’s important to stop and smell the roses, but when’s the last time  that you actually took some time to appreciate the things and people that you see  every day? Taking this time for reflection and

Flood of Temporary Jobs Waterlogging Recovery

One of the main effects of the recession on the job market was the elimination of a large number of moderate wage jobs such as office workers and manufacturers. This large reduction in decently paying jobs has been coupled with

The Power of Public Criticism

When there is a problem within a team, it is up to the team leader to facilitate the correction of this problem. If the problem is with the performance of a team member, it is up to the team leader

Small Businesses Targeted For Cyber Theft

With the ever-increasing frequency and severity of cyber attacks in the US, government officials have warned all small and medium sized businesses to be wary of these virtual onslaughts. Recently there have been several high profile cyber intrusions into the

How Bias Can Impair Hiring Decisions

We all have favorites. Whether it’s a flavor of ice cream or the cut of a T-shirt, we all have that instant, visceral reaction when we find something or someone that suits us: the answer. While knowing what works for

Positivity Tips the Scales in Team Performance

When you’re trying to get someone to do something, it’s important to know the best way to go about telling this person how to do it. People aren’t machines, yet are somewhat similar in the way they have definite limits,

Administrative and Support Jobs Going Strong

One of the healthiest sectors of the economy in this recovery has been the professional and business services industry. Last month, there were 73,000 jobs added under this umbrella, especially jobs that classified as administrative or support positions. The rate

Unconditional Sick Leave for Workers in Portland

The sick day has traditionally been somewhat of a gray area. In some lines of work, sick days can be traded for time off as readily as vacation days with no questions asked. In others, the request for a sick

Visual Media Boosts Job Description Engagement

The job description has been a mainstay for finding employees since the first classified ads appeared in newspapers. Back then, these words behind the sports page were gobbled up by job seekers hungry for a chance to get into the

Telecommuting: Here to Stay or Out the Door?

In the recent telecommuting debate that has taken over the internet in almost every business magazine or publication, the consensus seems to show a backlash against slipping standards of innovation. Many of the companies that have reversed their work-from-home policies

A Hopeful Workplace is a Productive Workplace

When you’ve worked with chronic negative types — the ones who open the flood gates on you about their problems or have the temperament of Medusa before their third cup of coffee — then you know how nice it is to work

Stalling Employers Cause Cycle of Sluggishness

More is lost through indecision than error. Employers around the country are wasting both their time and the time of the applicants that approach them with extensive rounds of interviews, psychological evaluations and other such excessive testing measures. In The

Banish Evaluating Candidates Based on their Resume

Evaluating candidate quality based on a resume alone can eliminate a large percentage of professionals with extremely relevant experience. When evaluating candidates it’s important to look at their “five S’s, standing for Scope, Scale, Sophistication, Systems, and Staff,” according to

Corporate Profits out of Employee's Pockets

With the economic recovery creeping along at below a full percentage point for the year of 2012, corporations, especially large multinationals, are enjoying some of the largest profit margins seen in over 50 years. A large part of this capital

How to Get an Innovator on Staff

Hiring for innovation isn’t like hiring for C++ knowledge or a pleasant voice for the front desk. It’s a more elusive quality, harder to quantify and thus harder to identify. To make real progress with your product or the way

Where are the Hidden Costs in a New Hire?

When making a new hire, it’s always important to examine not only the benefits that an extra mind and pair of hands will bring, but also the costs: the bottom line. Many assume that this bottom line will merely consist

Spotting Problem Employees Before Problems Emerge

When making a hire, the interview is one of the most useful tools at your disposal for determining which candidates will be a good addition to your team. What complicates things is the nature of interviews being somewhat like a

Fistful of Hackers: Demand for IT Security Grows Throughout the Nation

It’s starting to look like the Wild West in cyberspace. A nearly boundless frontier fraught with with data rustlers, confidence programs, and more recently, an ever growing number of outlaw hackers. Naturally, an increase of cyber attacks in the public

Out of Work Professionals Utilize Mass Community Networking

What if I told you that qualified, experienced candidates from around the country were forming intricate professional networks for the explicit purpose of getting noticed and tracking down job leads? That’s right, one of the largest demographics of long-term-unemployed workers

The Critical Importance of Talent Branding

Brand perception in regards to recruiting is quickly becoming one of the largest factors in the success of talent acquisition companies. Now, and into the future, the type of talent that companies are able to get a hold of has

Enriching Your Career As Enriching Your Life

People want it all. The house with a spiral staircase, the blacker-than-black flat screen on the mantle, biannual trips to the Costa Rican Sea Turtle Preserve and (of course) a job that both pays handsomely and gives you plenty of