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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

How to Hire Engaged Employees…Not Zombies!

With Halloween quickly approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about one of the scariest phenomena in the working world: employee disengagement. Today, disengagement in the US workforce is nearly as widespread as an outbreak of

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

Hiring Tech Talent? Prepare for a Challenge

Along with increased interest rates, 2016 is ringing in with renewed competition for tech talent. If you are planning on hiring tech talent in the coming year or will depend on tech talent in the near future, prepare for a

Identifying Toxic Employees

Think back to the last person you had to fire. While there are many reasons that employers are forced to let go of employees, having your hand forced is rarely pleasant. Maybe they’ve been slacking since their sixth month on

Getting More from Millennials

Millennials are people born between the years 1980 and 2000. We’re still working on a name for kids born after the year 2000, but “New Millennials,” does kind of have a ring to it. Millennials are the people who you

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The Importance of Teamwork in Hiring

The recent San Francisco Giants World Series win is a great story of teamwork, communication and determination. To advocate further playoff competition, the MLB decided to add an extra wild card team to the playoffs, making for two teams that

Major Cities Are Banning Criminal Background Checks

The best way to achieve a truly unbiased hiring process is to ensure that every applicant is given the same opportunity to get the job. If any personal information about an applicant (e.g. age, sexual orientation, race) effects his or

A Bad Candidate Experience Will Drive Away Candidates

How has your hiring process changed over the past five years? Has your organization, in response to the candidate driven job market, placed a greater emphasis on providing a courteous, easy application process for interested professionals? Has your organization, in

Why Bonuses Can’t Solve Your Retention Problems

Hiring is important, but the act of getting a candidate to sign their working life over on the dotted line is only the first step in that employee’s relationship with your company. In order for your company’s staffing efforts to

Work-Life Integration v.s. Work/Life Balance

There has always been work that’s needed to be done. Whether it’s plowing your father’s field, making mud bricks or collating insurance claims, work makes the world go round and has since the dawn of society. Yep, work is a

Communicate Effectively to Build Employee Engagement

Obligations are a funny thing. Even though people with obligations are, well, obligated to live up to them, it doesn’t necessarily mean that this duty will have any bearing on their actions. Gainful employment generally comes with a whole bunch

How Your Employees Can Help You Attract Tech Talent

Keeping up with technology can be a real pain. I mean, innovation never stops, even if the steps forward come in shorter and shorter increments. You know that exasperated feeling that overtakes you when, after finally getting around to upgrading

Rally Point: A Network Where Businesses and Veterans can Connect

Changing careers is tough. When you’ve been working with an organization for years, it can be hard to adapt to a different way of doing things, especially these days. In today’s unforgiving job market, many employers are emphasizing direct experience

Attracting Candidates With Your Company’s Mission

A common purpose is a powerful motivational tool. In the hit summer blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, savvy assassins, crass aliens and renegade outlaws band together in an unlikely collective in order to save a planet from total destruction, putting

Why it Pays to Connect With Candidates

After sourcing your way through pages of emails and mountains of resumes, after interviewing dozens of people dozens of times, you’ve finally, finally narrowed your hiring decision down to the last couple of qualified candidates. And boy are they qualified!

Talent Acquisition from the C-Level Perspective

For the CEO, talent acquisition is at once far removed from the big picture of the company and a key component of just how pretty that big picture ends up being. Today’s executives are becoming more aware of the critical

What Sort of Employment Brand is Your Online Presence Communicating?

One of the biggest talent acquisition trends of the past year has been implementing effective employment branding strategies. The faith of employees in their employers is at an all time low (the majority of the employees in the United States

Why You Should Hire the Over-Qualified

You don’t usually expect a man dying of thirst to object to a cup of water being too large or cold. Generally, when someone with a strong need encounters the solution to that need, you expect them to grab onto

What Can HR Learn from the Life of Robin Williams?

Since the announcement of Williams’ untimely death, news and social media have been flooded with accounts of the kindness he exhibited over his lifetime. Robin’s willingness to go to bat for everyone -from his closest old friends, young co-stars, US troops, the

Active and Passive Job Seekers Prefer to Apply Through Facebook

How many hours do you spend on Facebook at work every week? A few minutes here and there while munching on a bagel? An hour or two over the course of a slow afternoon?  If your answer is 20+ hours,

Optimizing Your Job Description for the Candidate Search

When you’re feeling thirsty, so thirsty that you’ve just got to pull over at the nearest convenience store, so thirsty that you’re feeling light-headed as you browse all of the refrigerated beverages that the modern age has to offer, which

Metrics to Test the Health of your Hiring Function

Back in school, getting to stay home sick was one of the luckiest things that a kid could hope for. Instead of a day of busy work and staring at the spot just above your teacher’s bald, bald head; you’d