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It’s time to hire someone new — but you have to answer some questions first. What sort of employee do you need — meaning, should you hire someone for a permanent position or do you need someone just for the short term? Do you have the budget/business to hire someone permanently? Is it worth spending… Read more »

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If you want employees to remember the rules and the ropes, it helps to have a tangible document they can get their hands on — or that you can show them — as needed. As a written record of a company’s policies, regulations, legal statements, and general information, an employee handbook can cover a number… Read more »

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As a recruiter or HR employee, you know the basics of how to hire a solid candidate: Look through resumes and cover letters, cull out the ones that best fit your needs or who look the most promising, conduct (at least one) interview. These work well, primarily, in hiring the right person for the job…. Read more »

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A bad hire isn’t worth it — use these tips to avoid making a costly mistake. It happens: You have a position that needs filling right away, and you don’t want numerous people to spend hours of their time looking at resumes and holding interviews, or you get a good gut reaction from one of… Read more »

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Time to review! This year, make performance reviews work best for your employees — and yourself in the process. Love them or dread them, performance reviews can help management examine the efficiency and effectiveness of their employees — and a well-executed performance review may well help you see who needs more responsibility and who might… Read more »

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In the last post, we discussed the cost of a poorly written job description; now we’ll get into even more specifics in terms of putting together the actual description. As you put everything together, keep these dos and don’ts in mind. (Some of them may echo from the previous post, but they’re worth mentioning again!)… Read more »

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Transparency isn’t just for candidates, especially when it comes to job descriptions. Just as any candidate should create a well-organized, clear resume and cover letter, whoever writes up a job description has a duty to craft one that explicitly spells out the duties and qualifications required. If you want to find the right person for… Read more »

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As you go through the hiring process, while you have many considerations for your candidates, remember they also have some for you. One important factor for many job seekers involves company culture: Is it one they want to be a part of? While most companies would agree that the typical soulless, cubicle-filled office doesn’t motivate… Read more »

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No matter how we strive to remain impartial, we all have inherent biases that influence our judgment. They can come in various forms: age, weight, dress, ethnicity, height, gender, preferred sports team…. In all seriousness, when hiring a candidate, anyone involved with the hiring process must take great care not to weed out a potentially… Read more »

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The relationship between HR and recruiting professionals can have complications, with mistrust of intentions on both sides and sometimes strained relationships. However, when going for the best resources for the company, HR departments and recruitment agencies that align their goals and objectives and build strong relationships see benefits down the road, including long-term partnerships that… Read more »

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