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  • Attracting Top Talent with Salary Benchmarking - Why It's Crucial to Your Business

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    Tess C. Taylor, PHR

    Despite the abundance of candidates on the job market today, hiring managers may still find it challenging to consistently attract high potential candidates. These are the elusive candidates who have outstanding credentials, stable work histories, and a drive and determination that far exceeds that of their peers.
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  • What Makes a Great Hiring Manager (part two of three)

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    In part one of this thee part series, "What Makes a Great Hiring Manager,"  I talked about all the different hats that a hiring manager needs to wear. Interviewer, recruiter, networker, relationship builder – the list goes on and on. What I didn’t mention in part one of What Makes a Good Hiring Manager is that the difficult part about wearing all these hats is that to be truly successfully, you need to wear them all exceptionally well.

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  • What Makes a Great Hiring Manager (Part one of three)

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    There are some moments that just stick with you. For me, one of those moments was when colleagues from other departments at the company I was working were discussing who had the worst job in the company. The overwhelming majority agreed that I took that title. They talked about how difficult it must be to anticipate staffing needs and constantly keep a pipeline of potential employees at the ready.

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  • 3 Considerations for Compensating Interns

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    While each of us has probably interned for free at one point in our lives, we also all know how much it sucks. As an intern, you’re not only the low man on the totem pole, you’re probably also working your butt off trying to impress your boss and not getting paid to do it. So what gives with the unpaid internship gig?

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  • Michelle Obama Says to Hire a U.S. Veteran

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama urged companies to hire more veterans last week. The unemployment rate of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is nearly two points higher than the national average, at 9.4 percent. While it’s admirable to hire veterans for emotional reasons, there’s another really good reason to hire a veteran — their skills.

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  • Win Top Tier Techies!

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale.com

    As many businesses gravitate towards a stronger software presence, the demand for tech-savvy employees is growing larger every day. 

    It can be challenging enough to secure customers, especially if software is an imperative aspect of your services. When that software needs some TLC, you want the best and brightest in the business. Top companies like Google and Apple offer the incentives and company culture that many techies gravitate towards. When you are trying to stay afloat in a competitive tech marketplace, what can you do to secure top tier techies?

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  • Create a Career Path to Retain Employees


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    How Creating a Career Development Plan Can Retain Employees

    A recent survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and CareerJournal.com revealed that HR professionals and managers are gearing up for a mass exodus of employees they feel is inevitable when the job market begins to improve. When asked why they would look elsewhere for work, employees cited three main reasons: over 50% said they were looking for better compensation and benefits, 35% admitted they were dissatisfied with their current career path, and 32% said they needed a new experience with new challenges.

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  • The Right Reason to Hire Veterans

    Do Them and Your Business A Favor

    A former Army psychiatrist thinks companies often hire veterans for the wrong reasons, leading to bad results for both the businesses and the veterans. Dr. Harry Croft, co-author of Always Sit With My Back to The Wall and a former Army psychiatrist who has been working with veterans since 1973, argues that the best reason to hire veterans is for their skills.

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  • Tips for Entry-Level Recruiting

    Building an Entry-Level Talent Network

    By Brian Heifferon, AfterCollege

    Recruiting can be a thankless business. Recruiters know that the news headlines about historically high unemployment only tell a small part of the story. The fact is, it’s actually harder than ever to find highly qualified candidates in industries like high tech, engineering, accounting, science and healthcare. This shortage of in-demand talent is even more pronounced when you’re trying to identify top college students and recent graduates.

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  • Online Reputation Management

    Good vs. Bad: Online Reputation Management

    How robust is your company’s online reputation? Do your current or former employees publish positive or negative information about you? As an HR professional, in charge of bringing new employees on board, you must actively monitor and improve your online reputation if you want to snag the best talent and grow your business.

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  • How to Avoid EEOC Complaints in Hiring

    Employing The Right Way

    Many employers these days have countless ways they conduct the recruitment and hiring processes. And, I’m willing to bet many of those employers have forgotten that they are bound by Federal law on discriminatory practices, starting at the very beginning…recruitment. Discrimination is a very costly mistake that can bring an employer both financial penalties, as well as a poor public image. The following are some important things to remember when it comes to recruitment and hiring practices.

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  • Tips for Personnel Recruiters – Recent Grads

    Best Time to Recruit College Grads Is Right Now

    By Roberto Angulo

    If you’re looking for the best time to start your college recruitment and branding initiatives, the time is now. Employers often assume that after the winter holidays every student has resigned themselves to studying and focusing onlyh on school. This is not the case according to our observations here at AfterCollege.com, the largest website in the U.S. for students, recent grads and alumni looking for entry-level jobs and internships.

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  • Hiring Convicted Felons

    Jobs that Hire Convicted Felons

    In the current job market, even the most experienced and educated individuals may have some difficulty locating jobs despite their best efforts. No one experiences this more than a convicted felon coming out of prison for the first time after many years. A lot of potential employers that work with work release programs are considered “felon friendly” employers, but still often ask what kind of work can felons do? The short answer is - almost everything.

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  • Writing Creative Job Postings

    Put Your Job Postings to Work for You

    I am always telling people to think outside of the box when working through human resources issues. For some reason, we have gotten ourselves stuck in the box in several area, including job postings, which is no fun and not helpful to our organizations.

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  • Standard Employment Application Form

    The Case for Using a Standard Employment Application Form

    Do you have a standard employment application form that you require all candidates to fill out? If you do not, you should consider using one.

    Most employers use application forms to solicit information that may be missing from applicants’ resumes and to establish a single, uniform document for all job candidates or groups of candidates. Standardizing the type of hiring information gathered makes it easier to compare job candidates objectively and can help protect you from discrimination claims.
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  • HR Guide to Hiring Felons

    Your Loyal Employees: Reasons to Hire Ex-Felons

    After leaving my last position as a human resource manager for an online health organization, I never would have imagined where I would end up next. Possibly another HR job for another corporation or an office manager position at a law firm? Nope, I currently work for a federal work release program in the state of Washington. This is a residence hall where certain federal prison inmates, if selected, will come to finish off approximately four to six months of their federal sentence. While they live at work release, they are in the process of rebuilding their lives, connecting with support systems such as their families and loved ones, finding places to live, and most importantly, finding work.
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  • Internet Research as a Hiring Technique

    internet research as a hiring techniqueRecruiting Online: Is Web 2.0 HR’s Pandora’s Box?

    What do you do when you want to learn more about a virtual stranger? Google them, of course. Most people would confess to harnessing the power of a Google search to satisfy personal curiosity, and many employers conduct hiring based on internet research. Web 2.0 (we’re talking about social networking tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, personal blogs, and Google) provides employers with a new world of information about potential employees. However, satisfying one’s curiosity as an HR recruiter about a job candidate can open up a dangerous can of worms.

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  • Using Credit Checks in the Hiring Process

    legal and ethical use of credit reports for hiring employeesBackground Checks and Job Offer Withdrawal

    You may think you’ve found the perfect person for the job, but you don’t know their whole story. It is possible that, upon performing an employee background or credit check for the hiring process, you may find information that would make you unwilling to hire them. At that point, what do you do?

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  • Average Salary of Jobs in Healthcare

    Average Salary of Jobs in Healthcare In Demand Jobs for 2010: Average Salary of Jobs in Healthcare

    By Staff Writer

    Jobs in healthcare continue to top lists of most stable, recession-proof, lucrative and flexible careers. From nursing to lab work and physical therapy, nearly everyone knows that our nation’s ill and aging population is creating an ever-growing demand for health services and support.

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  • Average Salary of Jobs in Finance

    Average Salary of Jobs in Finance In Demand Jobs for 2010: Average Salary of Jobs in Finance

    By Staff Writer

    As the recession slows in the year to come, financial regulations to prevent future crises will be more important than ever. For that reason, many companies may be adding to their team of financial analysts and regulation experts in 2010.

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