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Small Business Success: Creating a Clear Organizational Structure

It’s not overly dramatic to suggest that a small business can fail without an organizational structure. Without structure, tasks can fall through the cracks, employees lack accountability, and rewards for hard work simply don’t happen. Here are the hows and whys of starting a small business with a clear structure in place.  Why You Need Structure — Even in a Start-Up  If you’re launching a small business, setting up an organizational structure may be the last thing you’re worried about creating. There are so many little details that it might be challenging to consider an internal system to measure activities [...]

Getting too many Unsuitable Candidates Applying to Your Jobs?

We know the candidate market is tight right now, and that is likely affecting the quality of the candidates applying to your jobs. If you’re experiencing a lot of unsuitable candidates applying, it might be time to reassess your job descriptions and screening processes to improve the responses. Here’s what you can do now, even in a tight labor market, to promote the chances that you’ll find the right fit.  First, Refocus the Job Title and Job Description  Determine if the job title accurately reflects what the candidate will do and the skills they need. If the job title, job [...]

4 Steps to Build a Powerhouse Recruiting Team

 times of low unemployment, building a robust, collaborative recruiting team is particularly important. That team is the front line in your efforts to successfully attract top talent to your organization. It’s one of the most valuable roles in the organization.  But how can companies build rock-solid recruiting teams? If your business never had a recruiting team before, or if the current team isn’t up to par and you’re ready to improve, we have four critical steps for building a capable group of talent finders.  Step 1: Define Your Goals and Set the Stage  Determining the roles of your new recruiting [...]

Your Candidate Backed Out Last Minute, Now What?

The studies show more than a quarter of candidates end up backing out of a job offer, many times after they had already committed to the position. It's a frustrating situation for recruiters and companies. How can hiring teams cope when a candidate backs out at the last minute? Is there a way to stay prepared and have a backup game plan?  Candidate Ghosting is Too Common  The Ladders recently reported that a national survey showed more than a quarter of job candidates declined their job offers unexpectedly at the last minute. This was after they accepted the position. 44% said [...]

Small Business Success: Developing Personal Business Values

Your core business values are important for attracting customers, investors, and employees. Developing personal and business characteristics may even help you achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Here’s why personal business values matter and how you can use these passion-driven characteristics to improve your business.  Why Personal Business Values Matter  Your business values mean something. They represent the beliefs behind the decisions that drive your actions. For entrepreneurs, personal values often correlate directly with business values, in large part because when you’re running a small business or a start-up, it’s all-consuming; your life is your work. Personal business values [...]

Cut Your Admin Time in Half and Get Back to Recruiting

How much time do your recruiters waste on mundane tasks? The answer is probably a lot. From resume reviews to scheduling interviews, our recruiters today are feeling more pressure than ever but still spending far too much time not working smarter, but instead slogging through tasks that software could automate. What are we doing wrong, and how can the right applicant tracking system make a difference?   Automate or Perish  Today’s recruiters need to wear a lot of hats to find the right talent. They must be networkers, data scientists, and salespeople, as they review resumes, look for online candidates, interview, [...]