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Benefits of Maintaining Strong Communication With Your Candidates Through A Crisis

Communicating with your candidates is always important, but maintaining strong communication with them during a crisis can set you apart from your competitors. Thanks to COVID-19, our economy came to a grinding halt in March, and businesses are facing unique challenges. On one hand, millions of businesses were deemed “non-essential” and were forced to close their doors, putting them in danger of shutting down permanently. On the other hand, some employers in industries deemed essential are having problems attracting candidates amid the crisis. Whatever your struggles are now, there are real benefits that come with staying in touch with candidates [...]

April 6th, 2020|HR, Management|

Small Business Success: Be Adaptable

Even before companies had to deal with the crisis of a global pandemic, adaptability was one of the essential characteristics of any business. In 2011, the Harvard Business Review named adaptability as the crucial trait for any company or business leader trying to achieve a competitive advantage. In the ensuing years, we believe adaptability has grown even more critical, particularly for small businesses trying to stay afloat in some admittedly turbulent times. Here is why adaptability should remain at the forefront of your strategy, culture, and actions in a small business.  Understanding Adaptability in the Small Business  The digital era has been [...]

April 3rd, 2020|Management|

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 [...]

March 7th, 2020|Management|

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 [...]

February 28th, 2020|HR|

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 [...]

February 21st, 2020|Management|

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 [...]

February 7th, 2020|Management|

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, [...]

January 24th, 2020|HR, Management|

Is It Time to Let Your Recruiters Work From Anywhere?

A remote workforce is coming to an office near you. In 2019, 66% of our workforce is now working remote at least part of the week. It's a model that's very humane; workers save significant money and time on their commute, employers keep on building overhead costs, and a Stanford study says remote workers are more productive and happier. From sales teams to programmers, the modern workforce is adapting to the work-from-home revolution. But is it time for staffing agencies to loosen the reins and allow their recruiters to do the same thing?  Remote Workers are More Productive, Not Less  In recruiting, we live [...]

January 17th, 2020|HR, Management|

3 Things that Makes a Job Description Appeal to Candidates

Recruiters need a variety of skills to land top candidates. They must be articulate, intelligent, and personable. They must be persistent and have excellent follow-through. But they must also have writing skills that allow them to come up with intriguing and informative job descriptions to attract candidates to the roles they’re hiring. Since most jobs start with a job description and ad placed on a job board, what the recruiter writes is vitally essential to attracting candidates. Here are some tips for improving the quality of your next job description.   Writing a Better Ad   There are some basic tenets when [...]

January 10th, 2020|HR, Management|

Small Business Success: New Year, New Vision

2020 will likely be a challenging year for your small business. Recruiting is still a challenge for most small companies, along with competitive markets and fickle consumer spending habits. However, there is one document that small businesses need that will help guide their success in the New Year despite the challenges that we predict. That document is a vision statement, and it’s an essential part of a small business plan. Here’s how to create one and use it to your advantage.  Small Business Vision 101  The corporate vision statement is an addition to your business plan that defines why you [...]

January 3rd, 2020|Management|