Three Non-Traditional Ways to Find New Candidates

Doing things the same old way leads to the same old results. Also, it represents a good way to get left behind. When you dig yourself into the current standards – never experimenting, never introducing new elements – you doom yourself to eventual obsolescence. You strive hard not to let this happen to your products. Don’t let it happen to your hiring techniques either. And it’s not just a concern for the future. An overreliance on traditional recruitment techniques causes an immediate problem in a time of tight labor markets. Unemployment rates are low. Workers are primed to move, looking… Read more »

How to Grow Better Workplace Relationships

Many companies are moving towards collaborative work environments and away from those that are competitive. Why? When employees feel they are working together to reach a common goal, it helps to build teamwork and creativity—and enhances communication and productivity. Instead of competition, which can be exhausting to employees, working together helps your team appreciate everyone’s skills and contributions. This is very empowering! Five Team-Building Tips As you strive to build a more supportive and inclusive work environment, consider the following: Choose activities that appeal to a wide range of interests. Bowling is fun, but not everyone is good at it.… Read more »

Interview Questions to Ask That Can Determine Reliability

The job search process is often long on data but short on personality. This is especially true for qualities such as reliability, which only really become clear after working with someone for a period of time. The resume provides information on education and work history, but a sense of the person is often lacking. That’s because much of the work of getting to know a candidate happens in the interview and, generally, these don’t provide a lot of time to get to know a prospect as a person. You only get a few minutes to boil down a candidate’s entire… Read more »

5 Signs a Candidate Will Be a Reliable Worker

Given the expense and the amount of effort you put into the endeavor, the hiring process offers a surprising lack of information about the candidates. You usually get a single page of background information, maybe a couple of face-to-face meetings and whatever stray details you can pick from other sources. That’s it. Based on that, you need to decide whether you can rely on somebody every day for the foreseeable future. It’s a tough job. It would like if you had only someone’s online dating profile and one dinner to decide whether you wanted to get engaged. But there are… Read more »

Want to Be a More Effective Manager? Here Are 5 Tips to Adopt

After years of working up the corporate ladder, you’ve finally been put in charge. You’re a manager. A leader. The field general of an efficient, finely tuned money-making force. So, why doesn’t anyone listen to you? Just because you hold the title of “manager” doesn’t immediately engender respect and loyalty from the people who work for you. Those qualities must be earned. Being in charge often means slogging through complicated, thankless, dourly political tasks that just seem to make everyone mad. But don’t despair. There are ways to build respect and create a meaningful relationship with the rest of the… Read more »

Never-Ending Job Search? How to Stop the Cycle

Apply. Interview. Repeat. On and on, the job search treadmill goes. Being out of work is stressful enough. Add the growing frustration of continual fruitless searching, and it’s enough to make you want to crawl into bed and wait for social security. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are four steps to help break the disappointment cycle: Be Honest with Yourself You haven’t gotten where you wanted in your career. The first step is an honest self-assessment. Are you doing something to create barriers? A thin resume, poor interview skills, applying to the wrong positions – any… Read more »

First Time Working With a Staffing Firm? Here’s How to Pick a Great Partner

You’ve decided your career could benefit from a little professional help, and you have started to look into a staffing agency. Sound decision, but now the question becomes: Which one is right for you? Finding the answer can be daunting. If you live in a large metro area, the choices can seem overwhelming and the decision itself can seem achingly crucial. After all, your future career depends on it, right? Don’t stress. Here are four basic questions to ask when narrowing the field of staffing agencies. These will help you find the one that best suits your needs. Who Are… Read more »