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What Are "Hiring Best Practices"?

If people acted the way that they did in job interviews all the time, then the world would be a better place. Everybody would be well dressed, on time and on their best behavior. The problem is, that’s not the

Bridging the Gap Between Tech and Everyone Else

What are the relationships like between the departments at your company? Chances are that you aren’t all peas in a pod, but is there at least some familiarity there? Some camaraderie based on the fact that you’re all working toward

How to Hire Great Programmers

If you’re trying to be competitive in the technology industry, one of the most important things that you can do to benefit your business is hire the best programming talent possible. Employees are the lifeblood of your business and programmers

Finding Software Architects

A Software Architect is one of those management positions that’s about as difficult to define as it is to fill. While this position might resemble that of a lead software developer, the software architect is much more directly involved in

How to Evaluate Programmer Candidates (Without Knowing Programming)

When you’re looking to hire great tech talent (programmers, developers, etc.) is to examine their skills. Yet, you may not know programming.  It is important to come to terms with your technical knowledge because you need to be able to

Great Technology Is Driven By Great Talent

The cutting edge of technology is a funny thing. The more a product is portrayed as sexy and futuristic, the more it ends up looking dated after it is, inevitably, left in the dust by the next big breakthrough. Do

Spring Into Longer Employee Retention

Even if you have the fastest candidate sourcing in the world, you still want to keep the people that you hire. Besides the cost of marketing your job,  the time you spent qualifying and interviewing the candidates, new hires have

Unifying Your Web Presence

It’s important to get all that we can out of our expenses. This might sound pretty obvious, like how you obviously don’t throw all of your groceries off of your roof instead of eating them, but not every misuse of

Spring Into Great Job Descriptions

Spring is a great time to clear out all the clutter in your life. Whether that’s sorting through those boxes that have been sitting in your parents’ garage since you finished college or clearing the clutter out of your body

Get More Qualified Applicants

Tell me if this sounds familiar: whenever you advertise a job, your inbox ends up bursting at the gills with candidates that only satisfy a few of the essential experience requirements for the position that you’re trying to fill. So

Spring Cleaning for Your Hiring Function

Back in Medieval times, winter was a big deal. There were no space heaters, hand warmers, peppermint mochas, snuggies or streaming movies to help people through the cold months. If you didn’t have enough fuel to burn, you froze, simple

Lead Through Authenticity

For leadership, it’s better to trust your own experience over any sort of advice you get on the subject (except for that bit of advice there, that was pretty good). Leading effectively is all about finding what works for you

The Truth About Entrepreneurship

There’s been a sort of mythology surrounding entrepreneurs in the United States. A young dreamer, tired of slaving away for an unappreciative employer, decides to strike out on their own with nothing to their name but their billion dollar ideas.

Why You Won’t Find Your Ideal Candidate

Even though the recession is fading into somewhat of a bad memory, some effects of the global downturn still linger in the practices of many companies. Nowhere is this recession mindset stronger than with hiring. Many companies had to make

What is Your Ideal Job?

We definitely don’t live in an ideal world; I don’t even think we’d want to. Just think about it, with so many people’s desires and values running in the complete opposite direction or even clashing on a daily basis, an

A Simple Policy That Increases Employee Retention

There are few things as frustrating as having your time wasted. From that driver in front of you that skids to a halt for a yellow light, to that client that you’ve wined and dined backing out of the deal

Evaluating a Prospective Employer

Have you ever been so focused on getting something, that you never stopped to think about whether you actually wanted it in the first place? While you might think that the nature of being a candidate in the running for

The Best Ways to Mess up Your Next Interview

Everybody takes job interviews too seriously. I mean, what’s the big deal? You dress up, show up and then it’s bla bla bla for half an hour and you’re out the door. Today, throw out everything that you thought you

Interviewing For Cultural Fit

If you don’t think that each and every company has a unique corporate culture, then you should probably consider the fact that each and every company is comprised of different people. While there might be a lot of companies with

Hiring for Passion and Loyalty

Do you wish that your employees showed more commitment and engagement to their work? Do you wish that your turnover would slow down or even vanish like a puff of smoke? While hiring employees that will be committed to your

Job Boards for Finding Creative People

It can be hard to find the complete package in a creative hire. Ideally, you want somebody who has both the vision to innovate for your product or image and the technical chops to implement their ideas. Not that most

Success for Baby Food Entrepreneurs "Tasty"

Some of the greatest business success stories start when enterprising consumers experience a hole in the marketplace first hand. Just take Liane Weintraub and Shannan Swanson, two health conscious moms from Los Angeles who were surprised at the scarcity of organic

Hate Your Job? Get Out of There!

Would you show up to work tomorrow if you won the lottery? While this may seem like a no-brainer, you might be surprised by the amount of folks that  would continue to work if they suddenly came into a vast

Scott Harrison: How Cleaning Up His Act Lead to Cleaning Up Water

In case you missed our feature on Richard Montañez earlier this week, this week’s theme on the Accolo blog is stories of business success. It’s important to keep track of stories like Richard’s simply for the reason that it’s important to