4 Hiring Practices to NOT Waste Your Company’s Money

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    An Indeed study found that 33% of the job vacancies in the U.S. remain open for more than three months.  The cost of these unfilled jobs is estimated at $160 billion a year.  What can you do to avoid this cost and attract the best people through your hiring processes?      … Read more »

Direct and Digital Marketing Trends for 2015

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Deb Ryan, Executive Recruiter, in Direct and Digital Marketing at Smith Hanley Associates talks about some of the latest trends in her specialty recruiting niche. The hottest two words in direct and digital marketing: mobile marketing. Mobile payments are on the verge of exploding. If you are actively managing your career, try to get experience… Read more »

Cubicle Etiquette – Are You A Prairie Dog?

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Do you pop your head over the top of your neighbor’s partition?  Do you peek into every cubicle you pass?  You are a cubicle prairie dog and need to practice better cubicle etiquette. 1.  Act like cubicles have walls and doors.  Don’t prairie dog and don’t barge in.  Only enter your associate’s work space when… Read more »

A Statistical Must Read: Significance

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Only 3% of Americans regularly read magazines; another 9% read them occasionally. Yet the number of magazines in the U.S. numbers 7390. For those of you working in statistics, Significance is a quarterly magazine worth reading. Its tag line is Statistics Making Sense. It does a terrific job of presenting articles that will appeal to… Read more »

An Errant Email: The Cost of Slooooooow Hiring

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We were lucky to mistakenly receive an email from one of our clients that was meant for their internal hiring managers only. This was a large, fast moving consumer goods company and they very specifically outlined why taking soooooo long to fill open positions was hurting their company. We were lucky because this reinforced many… Read more »

Start Talking! Why You Need to Be Open With Your Recruiting Partner

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If you want to have a successful relationship with your staffing or recruiting agency, your most important role is “communicator.” That doesn’t mean just giving orders or only calling them when you have a problem. As with any other successful professional relationship, you have to contribute more actively to the process. Here are five key… Read more »

Top Investments for 2014: Business Intelligence and Analytics

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What should be your organization’s top technology investments in 2014? According to a recent joint study by IT research firm Gartner and the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), the top three business process areas where you should spend your technology dollars are: Analysis and decision making- Ongoing monitoring of business performance Collaboration and knowledge management John… Read more »

Which Social Media Personality Are You? (And why is it important?)

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Are you a Quizzer, a Peacock or a Ghost? A Lurker or a Denier? If you participate in social media, according to a survey done by online bank First Direct, you most likely fall into one 12 unique personality types—or you may exhibit a combination of characteristics. You may even behave differently from site to… Read more »

Are You Considering Women as Positive “Change-Drivers” in Your Organization?

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A successful change agent or change driver recognizes the opportunity for change, identifies the best approach, and makes that change happen. But are women, who represent greater than 50% of the U.S. population according to the U.S. Census Bureau, being given the chance to drive positive changes for the future of our country? Warren Buffet,… Read more »

Why (and How!) to Use Email Marketing

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The first thing you should know about email marketing? It’s not dead. In fact, far from it: Email ad revenue reached $156 million in 2012. 95% of online consumers use email. 91% of consumers reported checking their email at least once a day. And email marketing can help you reach a broad audience quickly—and inexpensively:… Read more »