Pitch Perfect

March 12, 2013 by

Enter building, head left, take a right, and press the button.  Doors open, step in.  “Twelve, please.”  Button pressed, eyes met. “Are you interviewing for that new firm on the twelfth floor?” “Yes.” “Great.  What do you do?” …And, GO! Time to deliver–in the truest sense of the phrase–your elevator pitch. What follows will either […]

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What’s in a Name?

January 3, 2013 by

Because our clients span all industries and we source for jobs ranging from entry-level to upper management, we have seen our fair share of confusing, unrepresentative and non-descriptive titles.  As frustrating as this is, as HR professionals, we are tasked with being the great translators and matchmakers for whatever comes across our desks anyway. What some organizations […]

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CareerBuilder recently published the results of a study they conducted among 1,087 people who are employed (full-time, not self-employed).  Their study (very generally) found that “the days of the passive job seeker are over.”  Within that, the findings were broken down into a few general areas: –          Candidate profiling –          Generational differences –          Research habits […]

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Network.  It’s strange to even see that word today when it’s not preceded by the word “social,” isn’t it?  Networks, the old-fashioned, face-to-face warm-bodied human versions, still exist and there is still real value in them. Humans are relational creatures, naturally drawn to others by some common interest or quality.  Be it gender, heritage, profession, […]

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Military Skills Translator

September 10, 2012 by

A few months ago, we posted a blog about the “Hiring Our Heroes” movement that’s aimed at getting military veterans back to work.  With so many qualified, dependable former service men and women out of work, the disparity had boiled down to one thing:  miscommunication.  Veterans have struggled to translate their skills to the civilian […]

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Seasonal Hiring Trends

August 28, 2012 by

The start of fall is just around the corner.  With the new season will come cooler weather, more school bus traffic, and fewer hours of daylight.  For some employers, it will also mean more hiring.  Why now?  Why fall?  Well, like most things in life, hiring has seasons and cycles and trends accordingly. According to […]

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Hello!  Are you out there?  Yes, you—the web developer, the front end programmer, the mobile app creator and the HTML5 genius!  Come out, come out, wherever you are. Based on the incredible demand on the technology industry’s talent pool, I’m guessing that you are already behind desks, cubicle walls, and computer screens somewhere.  That’s not […]

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For as much time as we spend sourcing for and interviewing with candidates, we don’t often write blogs geared toward them.  So, job seekers, this one is for you. These tips won’t guarantee that you get a job, but they will certainly help you to stand out in a sea of interviews. Prep Tips: We […]

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The broken record resounds as the latest job report was “not as good as expected.”  In June, some 80,000 jobs were added, yet the unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent. While those numbers largely underwhelmed and disappointed, there were a few brighter spots to note.  The average hourly earnings climbed from $23.44 to $23.50.  Not […]

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One thing attracts great applicants to a company (if not the company itself) is simply the job posting or description.  From start to finish, postings are often the first opportunity an employer has to make an impression on a job seeker.  Poorly written or inaccurate descriptions are costly and will ultimately only perpetuate the void […]

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Finding the right candidate comes down to one simple rule:  stick to your priorities.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Well, it is, but it’s also less commonly practiced than one might think. 1.  Know what you want—exactly It’s impossible to find the perfect candidate if you haven’t spent time figuring out what the perfect candidate looks […]

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As of Friday, the much awaited May jobs report is out.  And, as expected, it was not as good as expected.  The unemployment rate inched up to 8.2 percent and a mere 69,000 jobs were created—the fewest in a year.  So, growth was slow, but the good news is that the labor force actually grew […]

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After surveying nearly 60,000 undergraduates from 318 universities this year, Universum published a list of what new grads cited as being the most “ideal” employers.  Student opinions were grouped by major of study and top 100 lists were formed accordingly. Who made the list?  Well, we skimmed off the top 3 to share with you […]

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  Is Scott Thompson (recently ousted CEO of Yahoo!)  the only CEO or high-level executive ever to have embellished his resume?  Of course not.  He is, however, the latest to get caught.  Unfortunately, these falsifications and resulting dismissals happen more often than the honest job seekers, recruiters and employers out there would like to think. […]

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OK, sure, college graduates have more than just a handful of cheap, mascot plastered t-shirts when they leave the hallowed halls of their respective colleges or universities.  They all will walk away with countless memories, a degree of some kind, debt up to their eyeballs and the hopes of a bright future.  But, where exactly […]

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Back in February, we published this infographic about the “True Cost of a Bad Hire.”  While informative and nice to look at, the infographic didn’t exactly help employers calculate an actual price tag on those bad hiring decisions.  A few days ago, I stumbled on what might be a more accurate tool for measuring the […]

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We all understand the concept of branding.  It’s the foot forward, the outward image and the recognizable bits that make the whole of any business’s identity.  Businesses are meticulous about developing logos, marketing materials, ad campaigns and websites that communicate just the right thing in just the right way.  Weeks, even months will be spent […]

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Disclaimer:  This is not new information.  It is not earthshattering or groundbreaking.  It is however, apparently worth repeating–the mass of vague and ill prepared resumes we receive each week tells us so.  Therefore, it is to the hundreds upon thousands of applicants who send out the exact same blanket resume for all applications that we […]

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Hiring Our Heroes

March 30, 2012 by

Some went to Afghanistan, some to Iraq.   Most, however, went to both and most went at least twice.  Time and again, military service men and women risked their lives, for months on end, in deserts and towns so very far from home.  That was their job then. This is now.  The now when hundreds of […]

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Let’s face it.  Athletes are employees.  As much as fans would like to romanticize them otherwise, professional athletes are hired to do a job.  Remove the hype, the media, and the adoring fans and you’ll see the contracts, the meetings and performance evaluations—similar to your job or mine. Sure, “their” job comes with intense pressure […]

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Indeed, one of the largest job search sites on the internet, does a fantastic job of gathering and publishing jobs data.  They measure trends based on location, keywords, and search volume.  We’ve compiled a summary of their latest findings.

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“[This employer] does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, age or veteran status.” Nearly every job application or employment contract contains a disclaimer similar to the one above.  That statement will also mention something about the employer being an Equal Opportunity Employer, […]

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Perhaps not so surprisingly, the Donlad Trump method of termination may not be the best course to follow.  Simply shouting “you’re fired” after a steadily berating an employee is not going to work for the average employer.  But, then again, nothing about Mr. Trump is average. Whether it’s because of a budget cut, a restructuring, […]

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Meet Laura.  She knows exactly who she’s looking for.  Her list is not long, but having been refined by years of practice, it’s a solid one.  She’s got priorities and she’s not afraid to use them. So, just like yesterday, she’ll spend her day today scanning profiles, looking for the perfect fit, confident she’ll find […]

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Career Builder recently published the final data from their 2011 survey of employers who reported making a bad hiring decision.  Our infographic helps to sum up their findings.

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As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, social media scanning is a common practice among recruiters.   While the hard copy resume and the cover letter are both well and good, a candidate can never be too careful of what his or her social media history is saying.  Every tweet, status update, shared […]

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With the number of unemployed Americans today being equivalent to the number of people living in Alaska, Idaho, the Dakotas, Utah, Wyoming, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Arizona combined, recruiters who do have jobs to offer are often overwhelmed by the flood of applications they receive.  Weeding out the unqualified candidates in order to focus […]

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever used a social media site to find a new job.  If 2010 statistics hold true, there would be 14.4 million hands raised right now (assuming our audience was the entire world, that is).  Point being, an increasingly large number of employees are using these outlets to find jobs.  As […]

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Talent, in the most basic terms, is skill or aptitude.  Talent is generally easy to quantify and measure—both its existence and its absence.  Grit, on the other hand, can be slightly harder to define.  To me, it’s the stuff that cowboys are made of.  It’s sort of a hardness and fortitude of character—an unashamed resolve.  […]

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 As a business owner, there’s no doubt that 2012 began long before the ball dropped or the calendar turned.  If you had planned to survive and succeed in the New Year, you did just that—planned for it. This year is hours from closing, but you’ve likely already set your new 2012 budget, assessed the last […]

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The holidays are a great time to relax, spend time with family, eat too much, and find a new job.  Yep, I said it, a great time to find a new job.  Even the most tenacious job seekers are tempted to take a break for the season with the assumption that “no one hires this […]

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Whether you own a big business, a mid-sized firm, or a smaller family business, hiring the right sales talent is key.   This type of talent doesn’t come without planning and patience. If you have an opening on your sales team (or expect to soon because of an upcoming retirement or relocation of a current team […]

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Ahhh, the résumé.   Job seekers are constantly tweaking them, and recruiters and employers are usually busy sorting through them.  Today’s résumé can come in many forms but, generally, it is a single piece of paper that is both a snap shot and a road map for your professional career.  One sheet of paper that is […]

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In a study released in 2010, Morgan Stanley predicted that Smartphones would eclipse PC shipments within just two years. Consumers are increasingly more interested in utilizing portable, mobile Internet technology than they are in using older, bulkier, technologies like laptops and (dare we say) desktops. How much of our planet does not have a mobile […]

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Times are still rough. Employers are receiving resumes of people who are overqualified for the position they are applying for. But if the position being offered looks like a step down for them, it might make you apprehensive. You want a motivated employee who wants to work at your company, not someone who is settling […]

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One out of five of the top candidates will turn your job offer down. Candidates have options and they won’t accept your offer if some important aspects of the job aren’t included. The Organization’s Commitment Financial compensation is not the number one factor in recruiting. Closing the deal is also about showing the candidates how […]

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While it is important to speak kindly and clearly to possible employees, it is also important to maintain good relationships with existing employees. It’s always difficult to give criticism, especially to loyal and hardworking employees. However, sometimes it is necessary to let the employee know that a mistake was made and it needs to be […]

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The purpose of an employee satisfaction survey is to find out what your employees are pleased with, what they are concerned about, and what is important to them. But what good are the results if you cannot interpret them? You have to understand the answers in order to make the necessary changes. First of all, […]

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Hiring Mistakes

September 8, 2011 by

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 95 out of 100 new hires exaggerated to get their job. If you haven’t hired an outsourced staffing solutions company like Hire EQ, two out of three new hires will disappoint you. This could have been avoided by correcting a few mistakes. •Relying solely on interviews A study […]

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michael kors outlet What’s the real difference between Human Resources and Recruiters?  Is there any difference at all?  Ask a job seeker and they are not likely to have a great answer for that.  In some cases it is hard to distinguish between the two because recruiting is just something that an HR manager has […]

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