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24 Wednesday Jan 2018

5 Ways Small and Midsize Businesses Can Strengthen Their Hiring Process

Half of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) cite hiring new employees as the top challenge facing their business, according to the Wasp Barcode 2017 Small Business Report. And as a company grows, so do its recruitment challenges. 

Fortunately, SMBs can take definitive steps to improve their hiring process. Here are five of the best:

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01 Wednesday Nov 2017

Tips for Attracting and Retaining Employees

Employees are the lifeblood of any company, and employee recruitment and retention is a perennial priority – and challenge – for employers nationwide. The process can be costly, however. According to, U.S. companies spend an average of $4,000 and 52 days to fill an open position.

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18 Wednesday Oct 2017

HR Outsourcing for Recruitment: What to Expect From Your Provider

How does outsourcing recruitment/new hire support help employers?

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04 Wednesday Oct 2017

Social Media Screening: Good Idea or Compliance Minefield?

According to CareerBuilder’s 2016 survey on social media recruitment, the use of social media to find and screen candidates is on the rise. Nearly two-thirds (60%) of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates (it was just 22% in 2008) and nearly as many (59%) use search engines to research candidates as well.

On the surface, this seems like a no-brainer: it’s an easy way to get a glimpse into who this person really is. 

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20 Thursday Jul 2017

Avoid Background Check Backlash

Background checks are an excellent form of due diligence that can protect employers from potentially catastrophic hiring mistakes.

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18 Wednesday Jan 2017

10 Tips to Build Your Employer Brand

Most companies are familiar with the concept of branding: it’s cultivating a public image and reputation that’s synonymous with your strengths and competitive differentiators as a company. It means becoming known for certain qualities that specifically appeal to your customer base. But that’s branding aimed at the customer. Fewer companies realize that they have another brand entirely: the employer brand. Read More »
07 Wednesday Dec 2016

How to make behavior-based interviewing work for you

Traditional interviewing tends to favor a “just the facts, ma’am” approach, where the questions do a deeper dive into the person’s factual background than a one-page résumé or CV offers, while also giving interviewers the opportunity to get an in-person feel for the candidate. Another approach emphasizes actions, deeds, and behaviors. Here we encounter what has become known as “behavior-based interviewing.” This is the idea that previous behavior can be used to predict future performance, and it’s gaining traction as the kind of questioning that should fill an entire interview. Read More »
11 Friday Nov 2016

How do you fix a bad manager?

From the perspective of a business owner or high-level executive, there may be only one thing worse than a bad employee: a bad manager. According to a Gallup Poll, managers account for an astounding 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores. Nothing – not wages, not benefits, not work environment – impacts employee engagement as strongly as the boss. Many employees would sacrifice a raise if it meant gaining a better boss; but what actually happens: 50% of employees have left a job to get away from their manager. Read More »
20 Tuesday Sep 2016

What Recruiters can Learn from Tinder

Technology reaches deep into our lives these days. According to research published in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, nearly one-third of American marriages begin online, and – startlingly – marriages that began online report slightly higher marital satisfaction rates and are slightly less likely to end than marriages that began offline Read More »
03 Wednesday Aug 2016

Small Business Recruitment: Finding Qualified Candidates

Recruitment is a keen challenge for small businesses in today’s employment marketplace. According to The Conference Board, we’re facing a 15-year period of tight labor market conditions. That has translated into nearly a third (29%) of business owners that are dealing with positions they cannot fill right now, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses; that’s the highest number since April 2006. Read More »