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2013 Economic Outlook

Imagine an airliner taxiing down the runway; it starts slowly, gains speed, and then it is up and away. The past few years, the economy has been taxiing. We’ve seen steady progress, albeit slow. In 2012, the economy picked up speed in its trajectory down the runway. This year, we are ready for takeoff. 

Hiring Challenges in a Down Market

For many employees, a sluggish economy makes their jobs tougher, as they are forced to take on more work with fewer resources.  There is a misconception, however, that as the job market slows internal recruiters’ and hiring managers’ jobs get easier.  After all, there aren’t as many positions to fill and there’s an influx of talent in the marketplace — it should be a piece of cake to fill positions as they become open, right?  While it’s true that supply is outpacing demand, these factors actually can make a Human Resource professional’s job much more difficult.

Aptitude-Based Interviewing Strategies to Attract Top Talent

If you were to be considered for the NFL draft, you would think the prospective teams would judge you on your football skills: your ability to complete or catch a pass, how fast you can run the 40, or how much weight you can lift. These skills are important, but if you’ve made it as far as the draft stage, you obviously have already displayed some physical talent.

Tips for Finding Work Quickly in a Tight Market

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Keep It Legal: Interviewing and Hiring on the Right Side of the Law

Some workplace lawsuits are commonplace, the court cases where employees take legal action against their employers—from workers compensation claims to harassment issues to cases of unjust firing.  There is a growing trend, however, of litigation involving people who never were employees.  Job candidates who were passed over for jobs and feel that they were treated unfairly or were victims of discrimination during the interview process are now suing. 

8 Tips for the Inexperienced Interviewer

You just found out that you’re part of a hiring team.  It is great news for your growing organization, but wait…you haven’t done this in a while (if ever!). 

The interviewer’s job is critical and the stakes are high as organizations look to make every hire count.  If you’ve never interviewed anyone, or if you’re feeling a little rusty, here are some tips that may help:

The Paradigm Shift - The Changing Face of Hiring and Recruitment

Several years ago, before the economic downturn, companies were growing fast and hiring at warp speed. The goal at many organizations was to get warm bodies into positions to keep up momentum, and there was pressure on hiring teams to deliver volume. Quantity mattered, and organizations partnered with staffing firms — sometimes multiple firms — to fill those jobs. That frenetic hiring came to a screeching halt when the economy plummeted, as many companies had layoffs or hiring freezes.

Sink or Swim: How Organizations Can Benefit From Hiring Fresh Grads

Colleges and universities around the country have wrapped up their commencement ceremonies, and the caps and gowns have been packed away.  Summer marks a time when thousands of new graduates flood the job market looking to embark on their career paths.  In an uncertain economy, does it make sense for organizations to dip their feet into the recent grad hiring pool? 

Urgent! A Shift in the Job Market Calls for an Expedited Hiring Approach

For many organizations looking to hire, it may be the first time in years they have dipped their toes into the hiring pool. The recession — and the long climb out of it — may have given hiring managers and leadership teams the false impression that there is an abundance of readily available talent. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the job market has shifted so dramatically this year that many companies looking to hire are finding a shortage of highly-qualified candidates. If you will be hiring soon, here are some tips to make the process more successful:

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