Hiring Top-Tier Candidates by Focusing on In-Depth Job Descriptions

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Companies are competing over market talent. A recent Manpower Group’s Talent Shortage Survey found that 36 percent of employers globally report a shortage of talent in 2014, which is the highest percentage recorded in the past seven years. The improving economy means that companies must work harder to find and retain top talent. Minda Zetlin,… Read more »

Creating Brand Advocates Out of Your Employees

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Company websites, CEOs, and traditional marketing all come with a strong bias toward their own company or the respective client. Although this type of advocacy can be effective to a degree, a company’s employees and their views expressed through social media represent a more convincing channel for brand visibility and reputation. A 2012 survey conducted… Read more »

What is Your Company’s Online Reputation? And How Can You Improve It?

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Your online reputation can affect everything from supplier relationships to your ability to attract high-quality employees. Social media and the internet provides real-time information about your company. The material available should be monitored and managed by savvy marketers or PR professionals. Although negative comments cannot be removed, they can be counterbalanced by more constructive information…. Read more »

The Importance of Knowing When to Staff Up/Down to Meet Seasonal Demands

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Anticipating the need to hire more staff, or when to rely on core permanent staff, comes with experience. Most businesses have business cycles with seasonal fluctuations in productivity, such as tax time for accounting firms, or the holidays for retail firms. Whether you succeed in optimal staffing during busy times depends on how well you… Read more »

3 Strategies to Prevent Employees from Becoming Burnt-out and Unproductive

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The recent recession is dwindling, but corporate downsizing has created heavier workloads for staff. A survey by ComPsych was conducted in 2013 to investigate employee concerns post-recession. The study found that weight loss was the greatest concern (39 percent) among those surveyed; however, 26 percent reported that stress was a significant factor. This statistic jumped from… Read more »

Can You Afford to Wait for a Better Candidate to Apply for an Open Position?

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If you find yourself disappointed by the caliber of candidates, your expectations may be unrealistic. However, it is possible that your hiring practices are lacking. Do you market yourself as a reputable employer? How effective is your job description? Additionally, consider that a well-crafted job description is only as effective as the channels you use… Read more »

Want Better Candidates? Start Constructing Better Job Descriptions!

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A poorly written job description is a fast way to ensure high turnover. The job description should accurately reflect the position and the requirements to ensure a good fit. An inaccurate job description is likely to ensure that the wrong person, possessing inadequate skills, will perform a substandard job … and leave. Jay Goltz, author… Read more »

As Summer Heats Up, Use These Three Tips to Stay Productive in the Office

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Staying focused when the sun is shining and the days are longer, is difficult. Parents are juggling summer camps, and family trips are eagerly anticipated. Businesses slow down, and team collaboration may dwindle. Les McKeown, President and CEO of Predictable Success, leading adviser on accelerated business growth, and contributor at Time suggests using the summer… Read more »

Become a Leader (Not a Boss!)

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There is a fundamental difference that renders the role of “boss” less desirable than that of “leader,” let’s face it. For the “boss”, the glamor of leadership must be replaced by the blunt need for authoritarianism. Or, is there another way? Can the role of leader and boss be combined to ensure that company vision… Read more »

Evaluate the Candidates you Interview by Answering these Three Questions

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A Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive study conducted among business school recruiters confirmed that interpersonal skills were one of the most important candidate traits. However, Patricia Schaeffer (staff writer for  Business Know-How) reports that, according to recruiters, graduates of leading management schools expressed undesirable traits such as arrogance and a sense of entitlement during interviews. Technical… Read more »