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 »