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4 Ways to Plan the Growth of Your Company in the Instant Information Era Today's senior business managers face not only traditional business planning tasks when driving growth within their organization, but also the need to understand new marketing challenges and opportunities presented by technologies that were not taught in business schools even five or ten years ago. Key among those business planning elements are marketing and public relations planning that leverages the latest technologies to communicate your company's mission, focus and differentiated, competitive advantages. Leaders also need to plan digital defenses against issues that can arise virtually overnight even as they deploy new marketing tools and techniques.   Read full Article - Download PDF [320 KB]

August 2018

 

 

Ensuring Your Company has Strong Leaders, Not Bosses Are leaders born or made? It's an interesting question that produces a plethora of answers. But here's something that isn't up for debate: People are naturally attracted to leaders. Leaders possess capabilities that can inspire others to become their best, something that business owners eagerly seek in the people they hire and the individuals they currently employ. When you recognize leadership qualities in your workforce, you can't afford to let them get away. As a result, companies are always looking to identify leadership skills within potential hires to ensure they have a strong base of leaders that can drive the organization forward.   Read full Article - Download PDF [284 KB]

July 2018

 

 

The Importance of Strong Employer Branding During the Interview Process In today's competitive hiring landscape, companies need a cohesive and well-defined brand to help them stand out from other businesses that are also hoping to attract top talent. Many companies spend considerable resources developing their corporate website and social media presence to reflect their brand. However, what some organizations don't realize is that a company's employer brand - their reputation as an employer - can be observed as early as the interview process. If your interview process reflects and strengthens your company's brand - instead of detracting from it - you can gain a competitive edge in recruitment.   Read full Article - Download PDF [176 KB]

June 2018

 

 

How Important is Social Media in the Hiring Process? Remember when screening a candidate past the interview stage was limited to references and a credit, background or drug test? The growth of social media has introduced another dimension to the hiring process - that while on the surface appears positive, can present challenges in gaining a clear picture of a candidate - both socially and professionally. As social media is increasingly being leveraged to evaluate candidates, employers will need to determine what policies they will put in place to ensure consistency in the hiring process.   Read full Article - Download PDF [187 KB]

May 2018

 

 

How company benefits and incentives can drive employee engagement Recruiting and retaining top talent has a lot to do with the benefits and incentives offered at your company. Today, it can be difficult to discern what it is that really attracts employees, and then what continues to motivate them once they've been hired. There needs to be a balance between over-the-top perks like unlimited vacation days and a good package of traditional benefits like a 401(k).   Read full Article - Download PDF [171 KB]

April 2018

 

 

How Managers Can Best Motivate Top-Performers Top-performing employees are a critical force at your company, capable of 400 percent greater productivity than the average worker, according to research published in Personnel Psychology. Beyond their personal output, top talent inspire and motivate other employees to do their best work. Despite their production and leadership capabilities, top performers need to be motivated too, and this is largely the responsibility of the manager.   Read full Article - Download PDF [167 KB]

March 2018

 

 

The benefit of unrehearsed answers and how to get them in an interview By the time a candidate is brought in for an interview, initial screening through a resume and frequently a phone interview, have already warranted them a good match for your company - on paper that is. The objective of bringing the applicant into the office for an interview, is to get a clearer picture of their personality, work ethic and values. To do so, you'll need to elicit open, honest answers from the candidate.   Read full Article - Download PDF [218 KB]

February 2018

 

 

Employment Trends to Watch and Embrace in 2018 To stay competitive in today's ever-changing business environment, C-level executives agree that finding and retaining the right talent is essential. But how to do that effectively remains a challenge. According to a joint research study by Dow Jones and the HR Certification Institute, the area of talent strategy and engagement is a top concern. Surveyed C-suite executives ranked it among the top five items on the corporate agenda, yet only 59 percent consider their companies to be effective at attracting and retaining talent.   Read full Article - Download PDF [174 KB]

January 2018

 

 

Have you modernized your employee review practices? Traditional business practices are being shaken up. Many companies are reviewing their long-held traditions in favor of more agile, responsive ways of managing workers. Some of these changes include providing employees with flexibility to work from home more often, and leveraging technology like Skype for Business or Yammer to better communicate and share information among team members and even the entire organization. One area experiencing a large transformation is performance reviews.   Read full Article - Download PDF [110 KB]

December 2017

 

 

Finding Right-Fit Candidates through Social Media It's no secret that employers research job candidates' social media profiles to help them make hiring decisions. In fact, social media presence has become vitally important in the hiring process. According to the MRINetwork 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study, over 80 percent of employers and 90 percent of recruiters review social media profiles sometimes or all of the time for insight on candidates.   Read full Article - Download PDF [167 KB]

November 2017

 

 

Preparedness for Impending Boomer Retirements Nine years ago, the first of 78 million Baby Boomers turned 60, and 2008 was supposed to see a huge number of retirements. When the first Baby Boomers began to draw benefits, the Social Security Administration dubbed it the start of "America's silver tsunami," but then the economy faltered, housing values plummeted, retirement portfolios shrank, and seniors who thought they had planned for financial security decided to postpone retirement for a few years. Now the economy is strong once again, candidates are in the driver's seat, and statistics are coming in from a variety of industries saying that large numbers of their senior management will be retiring soon.   Read full Article - Download PDF [181 KB]

October 2017

 

 

Employer attitudes on traditional degrees vs. online degrees The working world has changed: No longer must job candidates have traditional four-year degrees to be considered for professional positions. Not only has online education become more popular, it has also become more sophisticated, with virtual learning experts developing immersive, dynamic online courses that are as valuable and informative as their on-campus counterparts.   Read full Article - Download PDF [169 KB]

September 2017

 

 

Working From Home - How Important Is It? Recently, some large companies have curtailed the ability of their employees to work from home, now asking staff to work in corporate offices. These changes are focused on driving increased collaboration, creativity, mentoring and innovation, but may alienating top talent in the executive, managerial and professional labor market - a sector that has been candidate-driven and challenged by talent shortages for the last few years.   Read full Article - Download PDF [220 KB]

August 2017

 

 

The Recruiter's View: Top Hiring Insights of 2017 According to a June New York Times article, "We may be closer to full employment than it seemed." Based on the May jobs report, the source asserts the possibility that this is as good as it will get for the United States labor market. Why? Slowed job growth with 121,000 new positions as the three-month average, and an all-time low of 4.3 percent for the unemployment rate - not because of more people finding work - but because of modest wage increases and a labor force that has been shrinking for the last few years.   Read full Article - Download PDF [303 KB]

July 2017

 

 

Retain Your Clients by Retaining Your Employees Suppose you have a client who deals with a specific representative within your organization on a regular basis. Then that client starts to see multiple employees being funneled through that position. Every time the client contacts you, they're dealing with a new person. What does this say to your client about your company? Countless negative things can be inferred from a high turnover rate, which often results in the loss of your clients to another company they perceive as better managed and more reliable.   Read full Article - Download PDF [179 KB]

June 2017

 

 

 

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