Handling Recruiting Problems

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Is your company having trouble recruiting new job candidates? Are you repeating job searches? Are your candidates all being rejected by hiring managers? If this is the case, recruiting specialist Lou Adler has some advice. First off, he says, don’t repeat job searches. Doing them one time is enough. If you have three for four… Read more »

Job Applicants and Company Culture

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Sometimes during the hiring process, those doing the interviewing focus almost exclusively on a candidate’s knowledge, skills and experience. These are all important, naturally. But they ignore another very important aspect of making a good hire – how well the candidate will fit in with the company’s culture. This is a little bit more difficult… Read more »

Self-Esteem and Success

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In our society, self-esteem is something we believe to be very important to achieve success. We won’t find that job, we are told, or have success in business if we are not supremely confident in our abilities. But the problem with self-esteem is that it is difficult to maintain in the face of reality. We… Read more »

When an Employer Gives You a “Thumbs Down” on Social Media

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Social media can be a great way to get your name in front of an employer. It can even be a great way to actually talk to an employer! (LinkedIn’s “in mail,” for example allows you to send an e-mail to a hiring manager even if he or she is not in your “network.”) But… Read more »

Innovations in Retention

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Companies are always concerned about keeping their talent. As the economy continues to inch along, surveys show that many employees are restless – more than two-thirds want to move on. In this atmosphere you may be wondering if there are any innovative ways of keeping your talent, especially on a tight budget. It’s good to… Read more »

Streamlining the Interview Process

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When your company advertises a job opening, you know that there will be a ton of resumes coming in, maybe in the hundreds. As a human resource staffer, you know that working your way through all of these to find your best candidates can be time consuming. You might be wondering if there is a… Read more »

Procurement and Temporary Workers

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In many companies, the common practice has been to have the procurement department handle contingent workers. Procurement, otherwise known as the purchasing department, is the division responsible for ordering supplies for a company. In handling contingent workers, the department has been effective at controlling costs and improving the efficiency of the operation. But some business… Read more »

Handling Our Fear

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Whether working at a job or looking for one, we constantly have to face the stress and anxiety of life. Each day we confront challenges, or foresee challenges, that raise our level of anxiety. In fact, almost 20 percent of Americans are diagnosed with anxiety disorders each year. What this means is that there are… Read more »

Credit and Background Checks Disappearing

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A recent report by the Society of Human Resource Management shows that companies are not doing the same number of credit and background checks today as they were two years ago. The Society polled almost 550 human resource professionals selected at random from among the membership. More than half of the companies reported that they… Read more »

Get Enough Sleep or Suffer the (Could-Be-Major) Consequences

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Whether you are on the job or looking for work, there is something you are probably not getting enough of – sleep. In the past, many of us shortchanged ourselves on sleep, thinking it was no big deal. But as science has studied the nature of sleep, researchers have come to realize how necessary sleep… Read more »