Posts Categorized: Staffing

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Recruiting candidates changes widely from one open position to the next. Sometimes a position needs to be filled fast, and candidate qualifications are flexible. Sometimes only one qualification matters, and the identification of a candidate with this unique skill set can be considered a home run, even if the process takes six months. Sometimes strong recruiting requires… Read more »

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In this extended period of economic growth, the unemployment rate has continued to steadily drop. There are a number of ways to look at the amount of people who are unemployed as it gets classified into a number of categories. In August 2015, high school graduates with no college experience have a 5.5 percent unemployment… Read more »

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Any competent job seeker will go into a job interview polished, prepared, and professional. In everything they do, they will strive to put their best face forward. But as the hiring manager, it is your responsibility to honestly evaluate a candidate’s credentials and fit, and when everyone is trying so hard to impress you, that… Read more »

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It’s impossible to accurately measure the impact your top employees have on your company. But it’s safe to say their value is probably underestimated, and their influence spreads wider than you expect. A single employee can be the engine that drives productivity, efficiency, innovation, morale, and culture. And losing that employee can prove catastrophic. For… Read more »

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Instituting policy changes can be one of the hardest parts of an administrator’s job. People are naturally averse to change, and no matter how minor or reasonable the changes you want to make may be, they will likely be viewed with suspicion, apprehension, and even hostility. If you are preparing to make changes, use three… Read more »

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As someone that makes hiring decisions, there is a natural tendency to go with what you know. You have seen what kind of candidates you’ve had success with in the past, and when it comes time to fill a vacancy, you seek out someone who fits that established mold. And while this isn’t necessarily a… Read more »

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When was the last time you read a job posting, besides your own? If you don’t read a lot of them regularly, you don’t realize how nonsensical and ineffective they often are. And you may not be able to recognize these same qualities in your own postings. The simple fact is that the quality of… Read more »

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If you love all things technical, you probably don’t have your sights set on getting an MBA or taking night courses in management. But at the same time, if you hope to move up the ladder into project management and later executive positions, you will need to know about a lot more than programming. To… Read more »

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The appeal of the “Yes Man” is obvious. Who wouldn’t want to have someone in their fold that agrees with all their opinions, praises all their decisions, and generally acts as if they can do no wrong? But as a manger, your job is producing results, not inflating your ego. If your staff has devolved… Read more »

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It’s natural, even inevitable, to have some doubts about the upcoming generation. But the simple fact is that millennials (born between the early 80s and early 2000s) will make up the bulk of your workforce soon, and are probably applying for your positions already. The good news is that much of the bluster about their… Read more »