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What’s the difference between a proactive and a reactive job search? Most people use a reactive search strategy, which means they look for openings and then apply to the ones that interest them. A more practical – and successful – approach is to search proactively. This means that you pick the companies and positions you’re… Read more »

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Building the right team for your business takes, time, trust, strategy and intuition. Making the best staffing choices – whether it means contract, contract-to-hire or direct hire – can be challenging. Your best plan may well be a combination of all three. But, which option is best for which role? Assess Your Needs Work with… Read more »

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On the surface, interviewing a job candidate may sound simple. If you know the job description and have a list of prepared questions, you should breeze right through it … right? On the surface, that would be accurate. But hiring the right person requires you to dig much deeper. The nuances of effectively assessing a… Read more »

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Are you properly vetting your prospective employees? And, why does it matter? Hiring without thoroughly vetting a candidate may save time on the front end, but when all is said and done, it can result in a costly, potentially disastrous error in judgment. The U.S. Department of Labor has estimated that the average cost of… Read more »

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Work ethic is something you should seek in all your employees – present and future. It’s an invaluable trait that means a team member sets high standards for their own work, rather than simply following the minimum required. A solid work ethic shines through when a team member demonstrates a commitment to and pride in… Read more »

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By definition, perception is a way of regarding, understanding or interpreting something; in other words, a mental impression. Perception often truly is reality, especially when it comes to perceptions of people, aka, reputations. Maintaining a good reputation is hard work – much harder than losing one. And, you can never afford to slip up when… Read more »

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During a job interview, softball questions are those that seem easy on the surface. And, in fact, they are. Hiring managers include them in part to help candidates relax and move smoothly into the conversation. But there’s more to softball questions than meets the eye. Employers want you to reveal as much about yourself as… Read more »

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In the words of author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek, “A culture is strong when people work with each other, for each other, and weak when people work against each other, for themselves.” In a sentence, this sums up the critical importance of hiring for and building a culture of teamwork at your company. Teamwork… Read more »

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An effective candidate profile functions as a blueprint to follow in your search for the perfect new hire. In addition to what’s typically listed in a job description, it considers an applicant’s behavioral and personality traits, as well as critical soft skills. It allows you to define a full, accurate picture, and helps you to… Read more »

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The days of the traditional annual employee review are fading fast, at least as a stand-alone means of assessing performance. Ongoing feedback in real time is much more valuable, useful and popular. In one recent study, more than 90 percent of employees stated that they would prefer the manager to address concerns and learning opportunities… Read more »