What’s Your Social Media Policy?

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Consider a few scenarios: Employee A uses their personal Facebook account during the workday to catch up with old friends. Employee B uses their personal Twitter account to follow news updates and to Tweet about company goals or events. Employee C uses LinkedIn to promote the company and build their own as well as the… Read more »

Is Glassdoor Closing a Door for You?

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When you get on the Internet to buy something, what criteria do you use to make your choice? An educated guess would likely include price, availability, maybe color or size…and ratings by other users. On a site such as Amazon, products live and die by their ratings. Think of the last item you purchased online… 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 »

4 Hiring Resolutions for 2016

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As you move toward 2016, one resolution to make and keep is to take a more strategic approach to staffing in the coming year. Begin now and you won’t have to scramble once January comes around – you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and tackle any challenge with the best possible candidates. What… Read more »

Is the Best Candidate Always the One with the Most Experience?

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Experience is an important attribute to look for when considering job candidates. But how heavily should it weigh in your hiring decision? Every role has specific qualifications which must be met, but what about the intangibles that candidates can also bring? Begin with a baseline level of required knowledge and experience. Training a candidate from… 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 »

Do the Candidate’s Goals Align With Your Company? Four Questions to Ask

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As you interview candidates for a long-term position, you want to ensure that you hire someone who has clear long-term goals, preferably ones that align with your company’s. You don’t want to take the time to bring someone on who will simply use you as a jumping-off point, staying for a few months and then… Read more »

How Much Does Turnover Really Cost?

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While you should expect some turnover as the price of doing business, if you’re not careful, that price can become awfully steep.  Turnover has a number of causes: Employee motivation and personal reasons, quality of management, work environment, company practices and strategy, and, the primary focus of this piece, hiring practices. Fortunately, you can take… Read more »

Does Your Slow Hiring Send Top Talent Running?

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The business world moves quickly. So why don’t hiring processes always follow suit? Of course, hiring takes time and shouldn’t be done in a hurry…but moving too slowly can mean you lose out on quality hires who don’t want to wait around for you to decide. Plus, it can drain your company of time and… Read more »

Overqualified Candidates: Don’t Count Them Out

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As you put together the job description for your next hire, you will obviously have certain background and experience preferences and requirements that a candidate will have to meet before consideration. You’ll often receive resumes that don’t begin to meet the criteria – but how do you handle a candidate whose background goes way beyond… Read more »