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Don’t Wait! Fall is one of the Best Seasons to Land a New Job

hilly road with fall foliageWith the change of season come other seasonal adjustments. Home improvements, drops in temps, healthy lifestyle changes (can anyone say Halloween candy and Thanksgiving turkey?) … One area that many people tend to ignore this time of the year is making a way overdue job change.  

FACT. The Autumn season is a good time as any to charge up job your job search. With no more summer vacations to plan around, there is less interview downtime--making the interview process much smoother. There are certain hiring cycles that go on throughout the year and the months of September, October, and November have been reported to have the highest number of job postings. With more job postings, comes a higher chance of you landing your dream job.

Here are some ways you can land your dream job this fall…

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The Phone Interview: What Hiring Managers Want to Hear from Candidates

The phone interview has become more commonplace than ever during the early stages of the interview and hiring process. This is a way to efficiently screen through large candidate pools, as well as minimize interview expenses for out-of-town candidates. For some remote positions, a phone interview may be the only method.

Below are some ways candidates can ace their next telephone interview, according to Glassdoor:

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Why Soft Skills Are So Important

African American woman in the workplace

89% of recruiters say bad hires typically lack soft skills (LinkedIn, 2019)

What exactly are soft skills and how important are they? According to The Balance Careers:

“Soft skills relate to how you work. Soft skills include interpersonal (people) skills, communication skills, listening skills, time management, and empathy, among others. They are among the top skills employers seek in the candidates they hire, because soft skills are important for just about every job.

Hiring managers typically look for job candidates with soft skills because they make someone more successful in the workplace. Someone can be excellent with technical, job-specific skills, but if they can't manage their time or work within a team, they may not be successful in the workplace.”

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Riding the Hiring Wave for Summer Success

Businessman working during the summerWhat will you be doing this summer?

Well, hiring managers, that depends on what you do this sales quarter. Your and your team’s actions NOW will determine whether Q3 will be a “summer’s dream” or if you will spend it catching up and trying to save the year.

As you may already know, the summer months tend to be slow for hiring, due to both distracted candidates and companies that have decisions-makers on vacation. So right now is the time to make up for any lag that may start setting in on June 21st.

Here are some tips to help you soak up the summer, all the while accelerating your business!

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Why Your Hiring Process Needs to Include Diversity & Inclusion

Diverse Group of WorkersDiversity and Inclusion (D&I) have become  “buzzwords” these days. But they are here to stay... In fact D&I is so much more than just policies, programs, or headcounts. They can make your company a great place to work and thrive- and most importantly a place where candidates will want to join.

FACT: Equitable employers outpace their competitors by respecting the unique needs, perspectives, and potential of all their team members.

THE RESULT: Diverse and inclusive workplaces earn deeper trust and more commitment from their employees.

Check out what the folks at Great Place to Work had to say:

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All You Need to Know About Hiring Seasonal Employees

Seasonal EmployeesAny season may be the season of your discontent -- if you don’t take care to source, hire and onboard seasonal workers who represent the best that your business has to offer.

Many pitfalls plague employers that must supplement their full-time staff for the summer, for tax season, or for any other portion of the year when business peaks. Most of these troubles stem from a failure of the company’s leadership to devote energy and resources to assembling an optimal seasonal workforce.

Are you willing to take a fresh look at your seasonal operations to see where you might improve your staffing? Consider these 10 approaches to fielding workers when the annual rush is on.

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Should You Accept the Job Offer?

Happy man Great News! You got the interview, made it through the initial telephone or Zoom screen, and then moved on to the final interview stages. YOU GOT A JOB OFFER! …Now it’s time to decide if this is the offer you truly deserve. Sure, you can always keep looking for the “perfect” job that fits you or seize the opportunity that lies before you.

Here are some steps to find out if you should accept the job offer you received or to keep looking. 

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Want to Be an Awesome Boss? Learn These Skills

Two workers giving each other the high-fiveThe world of work is rapidly changing, particularly when you hear stats like the shelf-life of a skill today is just 5 years. The skills managers need to possess will rapidly change as well.

So what competencies will become critical for managers to master over the next few years? Check out what this article by LinkedIn had to say about it.

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To Retain or Not to Retain?

Client RetainerThat is the question … You are a hiring authority and are considering enlisting the help of an Executive Search firm to assist with a key hire. So, what do you do next? Do you work on a retained basis, contingent, or a mix of the two?  

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The real answer is that there is a time and a place for each when retaining a headhunter or working on a contingent model. There are benefits and detractors, depending on your situation:

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