Top Soft Skills to Look for in Candidates

When searching for the best candidate to fill an open position, it’s easy to get caught up in finding someone with all the right technical skills. It’s definitely important to hire a person with the experience needed to excel at the position, but don’t forget that hard skills can be learned while soft skills, on… Read more »

Temporary Employees and Company Culture

It’s no secret that hiring for company culture is the key to lasting success. Research from the New Century Financial Corporation revealed that companies with happy employees outperform their competition by 20 percent, have 1.2 percent to 1.7 percent higher revenues and operate 2.1 percent above industry benchmarks. When it comes to hiring temporary staffers,… Read more »

Did Your Best Candidate Reject Your Salary Offer?

The hiring process is often a long and draining ordeal, so it’s beyond frustrating when you finally select a great candidate, only to have them turn down your salary offer. The route you take to rectify this situation should vary on a case-by-case basis, as the circumstances will likely be different each time. Take your… Read more »

Should You Hire a Candidate with an Online Degree?

In the past, online learning was seen as an easy way out, as people could earn a flashy degree without much of a time or financial investment. However, things have drastically changed. As of 2012, 62.4 percent of colleges and universities offered fully online programs — representing a nearly 30 percent increase from 10 years… Read more »

Top Strategies to Retain Top Talent

Your top employees are incredibly valuable to your organization. These people are constantly finding ways to save your company money, increase efficiency and bring in new business, so what are you doing to retain them? If your answer is “not much,” it’s time to get to work. A 2014 Jobvite survey revealed that 71% of… Read more »

Why Candidates Like Rejection Letters (Kind Of)

The only thing worse than being turned down for a job is never actually being informed that you weren’t chosen. However, many companies leave people in the dark. A 2013 CareerBuilder survey revealed that 75 percent of applicants didn’t hear back from employers. In total, 60 percent of respondents said they weren’t informed of the… Read more »

Hiring Top Talent in a Competitive Market

In a down economy, companies have their choice of talented candidates vying for jobs — often-times those they are more than qualified to hold. However, California appears to be regaining its momentum, as the unemployment rate is lower than it’s been in years. The California unemployment rate has been steadily declining in 2015. In January,… Read more »

4 Nonmonetary Incentives for Temporary Employees

Many permanent employees are inspired to go the extra mile with hopes of eventually receiving a promotion or a hearty year-end bonus, but this tactic can’t be used for short-term workers. Temporary employees are only part of your team for a brief period of time, but that doesn’t mean their contributions aren’t just as valuable…. Read more »

Breaking the “Perfect Hire” Mentality

When searching for a new member of your team, you want to find the best possible candidate. In a perfect world, you’d always have someone with all the right skills and a winning personality walk through your door. However, it doesn’t usually work that way. It’s important to realize that the “perfect” candidate rarely exists…. Read more »

Selling the Job

The purpose of a job interview is two-fold — not only are you tasked with evaluating candidates, you’re also responsible for making them want to work for your organization. The best and brightest people can find work anywhere. If you want them to join your team, you’re going to have to sell the job to… Read more »