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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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The Importance of a “Thank You” Letter

Did you know that most candidates don’t send a post-interview “Thank-You” letter? Even if you think the interview was a slam-dunk, you can always improve your chances of getting the job if you send a “Thank You” letter. In a recent survey of employers by CareerBuilder, 20% of hiring managers said they are more likely to hire a candidate whose interview is followed up by a “Thank You’ letter. And, 22% of hiring managers said they are less likely to hire a candidate who does not follow up with a “Thank You” letter or note. In this electronic age, writing a Read More

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The Role of the Client in the Recruiting Process

Employers are all looking for candidates that are the right “fit”, knowing that making the right hiring choices will save them money and time in the long run. But with so many things to handle, how can companies get the help they need to fill their available positions? Carefully choosing a staffing partner can alleviate some of the frustrations you are feeling of not being able to find the qualified candidates. However, there are a few things to consider when working with external recruiters. Careful preparation will enable your company to get the best value for the money you spend.

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2013 Employment Forecast

Many people are happy to say goodbye to 2012 and look forward to a better year for jobseekers and employers alike. The Federal Reserve predicts our economy will improve slightly in 2013 (about 2 – 2/5% according to Kiplinger and CNN). Hurricane Sandy took center stage for weeks in October and left a trail of devastation for thousands in the northeast. And while the contentious election cycle is over, the latest crisis is the “fiscal cliff” our country faces (who decided on that term, anyway?). The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that our long-term debt and additional taxes will send the economy Read More

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Salaries For Recent Grads

At Hire Standard, we interview hundreds of recent college grads annually and love to help them find that first full-time step in the professional world. Some candidates are more successful than others and the ones who struggle often wonder why. One barrier to entry can be salary expectations – sometimes unrealistic on the candidate’s part. Often we hear, ”I’ve worked hard for 4 – 6 years studying, getting good grades and have graduated, so why shouldn’t I get top dollar?” In this unpredictable job market there are many people vying for the same position — some without a degree but Read More

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Cover Letter Success

The cover letter you submit along with your resume is your chance to make that all-important first impression on a potential employer. According to Forbes Magazine, employers DO read the cover letters that accompany resumes they receive, and they DO attach importance to these letters. Hiring officials and HR professionals know how easy it is to put together a resume, and that many people use a template, so resumes have become sort of a necessary evil—critical but somewhat repetitious. Top career coaches, recruiters, and executives all agree that the letter must be personal,

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2012 Hiring Trends in the DC Area

Washington DC is a unique job marketplace, drawing lots of recent grads and relocations from other geographical areas. We’ve gotten the reputation of being a hotbed of hiring activity during the recession, but why are we still seeing so many unemployed job seekers? Hire Standard recognizes a disparity between the experience and expectations of the candidate and the needs of clients planning to hire. As recognized in the report recently released by Wanted Analytics, the highest demand in DC is for technology positions. Five of the top ten occupations were tech-related (systems analysts, network administrators, software engineers, etc.). Posted vacancies Read More