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Front Line Leadership in the Changing Workplace

In today’s competitive workplace, being a great employee does not necessarily guarantee elevation to management status. And, those who have been promoted based on their performance often discover that achieving results through others is more of a challenge than they expected. What defines a strong leader today? Most important in the constantly-evolving workplace is the ability of the leader to obtain extraordinary results from ordinary people. Well-known, successful leaders have shared this message with us and we are happy to pass on some tips from them: OWN YOUR MESSAGE:Clarity of communication through the employee chain is critical. The ability to Read More

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Hire Right! Hire Standard’s Best Hiring Practices

How can you (the hiring company and future employer) increase your odds of making a successful hire? There are so many considerations, combined with the pressure to fill a vacancy that companies risk-making decisions that can backfire. We suggest reviewing these guidelines for improvement. ESTABLISH A HIRING SYSTEM AND STICK WITH IT Avoid the pitfalls of hiring quickly without a structured system. Does your company have a step-by- step approach to filling your needs? Decide who should be included at which point in your process, and definitely avoid “decision by committee”, particularly when reviewing resumes. SELECT ONE SPOKESPERSON TO REPRESENT Read More

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Temp-to-Hire Positions are Not as Risky as You Might Think

Are temp-to-hire positions more risky because they are not “permanent” positions to start? Not necessarily. Think about it as a probationary period. After all, permanent positions are not necessarily “permanent” are they? Companies usually have a probationary period that lasts about 90 days (and benefits are not always available until the probation is successfully completed). Should your skills prove to be subpar or if you are not a good fit, the company can terminate your employment during the probation. Temp-to-hire positions work very much the same way. During the temp period, the employer is assessing your skills. However, you also Read More

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Hot Topics in Today’s Workplaces: The Gender Pay Gap

The pay gap between males and females doing the same job has been an issue for years – an issue that some companies refuse to address. But while those companies hide their heads in the sand, many employers are making significant effort to change these numbers. April 14 th is known as “Equal Pay Day” – the day that marks how far into the new year American women would have to work to earn what the average American man did in the previous year. It seems ridiculous that we still have this disparity, right? In the 1980’s, women who worked Read More

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Want to Be Successful? Start Planning for Your Upcoming Week on Friday

Fridays can be a combination of rushing to get things done before the end of the week and a process of deciding what can wait until Monday. Planning for the following week serves two purposes; it ensures things are not forgotten, and it can provide piece of mind for greater relaxation over the weekend. Business Insider interviewed Michael Kerr, international business speaker and author. Kerr maintains that a Friday routine can make your upcoming week smoother and more manageable. Arrive at work on Monday with a set list of things to do and eliminate the initial chaos of figuring out Read More

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How to Write a Winning Resume

Winning resumes are those that get noticed by the hiring manager and result in an interview for the job. Hire Standard reviews thousands of resumes a year; some are enthusiastically received by a hiring company and some are rejected, even though the job seeker’s experience may fit the position. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to get your resume noticed. Remember the KISS rule? Hire Standard’s advice is to keep it short and simple, but strategic. What you mention at the beginning of the document is going to set the tone and within 15 seconds, most hiring managers will decide whether Read More

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Want Your Employees to Quit? Keep Doing This!

The US Department of Labor reports that over two million Americans leave their jobs every month. Alan Hall of Forbes states that over 30 percent of employees who look for alternative employment do so because they dislike their boss, feel a lack of empowerment, dislike the internal politics, or feel a lack of recognition. A leadership position is one of personal accountability and responsibility. An effective leader must elicit trust and respect from employees, which can only be achieved through appropriate behavior and actions. Such actions include creating a vision for the company, empowering employees with the resources to achieve Read More

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Hiring the Best Employee Doesn’t Always Mean Hiring the Most Qualified

Although a candidate may be the best qualified, they may fail if they lack traits that will assimilate with existing organizational culture. Erika Anderson of Forbes writes that almost 90 percent of hiring failures are due to poor cultural fit. Therefore, in addition to screening resumes for the required qualifications and experience, applicants must also be screened for desirable work styles and values. A manager hired because of a proven track record in aggressive business deals might be faced with a laid back, accommodating work force. Any attempt to cultivate more direct, offensive tactics to increase business productivity are likely Read More

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Evaluating New Recruiting Ideas

Job boards, such as Monster and CareerBuilder, have been losing popularity. PBS News reported that, in 2012, Monster was the source of only 1.3 percent of hires, and CareerBuilder was the source of only 1.2 percent of hires, according to employers. Companies are frustrated with the time-consuming and inefficient screening of hundreds of resumes. Additionally, the impersonal factor means that limited information is obtainable from a resume in terms of a candidate’s cultural fit. HR.BLR.comreports on innovative recruiting efforts that some companies are implementing to try to find the most committed and successful hires. These companies are using social media Read More