Make Your Resume Stand Out

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It’s time to find a job — perhaps your position for the next six months, the next six years or maybe even longer. No matter what, you must get the job first, and one major part of that is still the résumé. Remember, this document helps answer the questions, “Why should we hire you? What… Read more »

Four Benefits of Outsourcing Your Talent Acquisition

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Think about the last time you had to hire someone. It probably involved putting together a job description, having HR and other high-level people take the time to go through applications, narrow the hundreds down to the few, set up interviews, have interviews, make notes and discuss the interviews. All of this, while seemingly necessary,… Read more »

Providing Constructive Criticism

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Ah, the managing nightmare scenario: While having a one-on-one with an employee to discuss possible areas of improvement, you suddenly find that you’ve put your critique in such a way that now said employee has become defensive, angry, tearful, offended, or some combination thereof. Now you may feel a bit angry and defensive yourself, or… Read more »

Get Ready for Generation Z

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Right now, the workplace has a rather complex and layered set of employees: As the Baby Boomers retire in increasingly larger numbers and the older members of Generation X even begin to consider that as well, employers will have a majority of the workforce coming from Generation Y, also known as the Millennial generation. However,… Read more »

Why Paying Your Employees More Is Good for Your Business

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The current minimum wage will likely go up in the coming years in many cities, and LA is on board as well. This has a number of business owners frustrated and concerned: How can they stay afloat when wages increase…will they have to increase prices? Will that lead to backlash and a shutdown of the… Read more »

How to Improve Employee Engagement

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Employee disengagement leads to higher turnover, less productivity, and an overall more negative workplace. On the one hand, not all workplaces can have that balance of fun and focus that a mega-company such as Google famously does. On the other hand, work doesn’t have to mean seven hours a day of drudgery. Be a role… Read more »

10 Things You Will Never Find in Today’s Workplace

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The workplace of 1990 seems worlds away compared to that of today’s; technological advances and differences in thinking have grown by leaps and bounds in the last 25 years. Some of the most vital workplace items are barely recognized by today’s standards. In the 1990’s office, you’d likely find: Typewriters or other electric word processors…. Read more »

Reference Checking Mistakes Can Get Costly…Avoid These Common Mistakes

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You’ve already spent significant time and energy on hiring: Sorting resumes, narrowing down the list, interviewing candidates, and now it looks as though you’ve made your choice. Do you need to check the person’s references, or can you just assume that the person who seemed so great in the interview will work out? The answer… Read more »

Yes, Candidates Are REALLY Checking Your Social Media

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As of January 2014, 74 percent of online adults used social media sites—and that number has likely remained the same or grown in the past twelve months. It stands to reason that at least some of those 74% are prospective candidates, and some of them have checked your contribution to social media. So what do… Read more »

How to Showcase Your Interview Personality

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When you go in for an interview, it’s time to cover up the tattoos and put on your interview game face – keep answers to the point, avoid bringing up anything controversial, and remember to present the best possible version of yourself. For some of us, we think that frankly means, “Don’t be yourself.” But… Read more »