Defining Your Needs Before Writing Your Job Description

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Preparation is key to hiring the right person. You need to have a very clear idea of your needs so you can define them to the HR department. This is more complicated than it sounds, though. Before you sit down to write out your job description, there are things to do that will bring your needs in to focus.

1. Talk To The People In That Position About The Job Requirements

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Discover the Best Candidates Through Fantastic Interviewing Strategies

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Hiring the right employee can be a difficult task. Sometimes the “perfect candidate” turns out to be a flop after the hiring is complete. You wonder what went wrong. The resume had all the right components on it and the interview went as planned, but things went downhill shortly after the person began working. According to data gathered by Patty Inglish between 1995–2012, many workers get fired from jobs, not because of lack of skills but because of personal attitudes, behavioral problems, or ethical issues on the job. Some of these include: 

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Valentine's Day: It's Not Just for Couples

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Stores have already been lined for weeks with gigantic teddy bears and red heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Many people dread Valentine's Day, viewing it as a gimmick created by greeting card companies to make money.

While the act of celebrating Valentine's Day with a significant other has become cliche for many, Valentine's Day does not have to be about being part of a couple. If you are single, or simply choose not to buy into the fad of the holiday, here are 3 alternative ways to spend your Valentine's Day

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Strategies to Motivate and Inspire Employee Engagement for 2017

Strategies to Motivate and Inspire Employee Engagement for 2017

As a manager or small business owner, you want the business to run smoothly and be profitable. You know the value of great employees. Loyal, enthusiastic employees are a huge boost to the business. Their enthusiasm creates a positive atmosphere for customers, which in turn often leads to customer loyalty. Forbes conducted 30 studies assessing the relevance of employee loyalty and engagement. Their findings reveal that when employees enjoy their job, there is an increase in sales, productivity, and profits. So, how can managers and owners inspire enthusiasm in their employees? Here are 3 tips to keep in mind.

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Four Interviewing Questions That Weed Out Trouble

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Finding the dream candidate is your number one goal when you are interviewing people, but in some ways that means eliminating your less-than-ideal candidate. Most people you eliminate will be fine for other companies and positions- they just don't fit in your company or have all the right qualifications for the particular position you are looking to fill. 

There will be a few that you will interview, though, that won't work out anywhere. They hold grudges, bother co-workers, and make a manager's life miserable. There are a few questions that you can ask to make sure you avoid hiring people who will be more headache than help.

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How to be a Good Candidate: Answering "Why Are You Looking for a Job?"

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All interviewers have common questions they ask. It’s a good idea, as a job candidate, to become familiar with some of the most frequently asked questions.

“Why are you looking for a job?” is among the questions interviewers most often ask.

How can you answer it well to be a good candidate?

First, don’t just blurt the actual answer, whether it’s a desire for more money or you’re anxious about being downsized.

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Three Great Questions to Ask Your Next Interviewee

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Interviewing candidates for an open position in your organization can be a daunting task. After all, it is difficult to truly get to know someone - and assess whether or not they would be a good fit in your company - in one brief face-to-face meeting.

In order to conduct an effective interview, you need to get beyond the surface-level questions about basic job history and credentials and focus on the applicant's personality, character, and motivations. Here are three creative questions to ask your next candidate that will give you an edge in identifying new talent for your team.

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Some Job Descriptions Will Lose You Qualified Candidates

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It is sometimes helpful when writing a job posting to know what not to write. There are some job descriptions that fail to define your needs, scare away good candidates, and generally put your company in a bad light. Here are a few things to avoid if you want to get highly qualified candidates:

1. Skipping Key Information

A job description should include a salary range, a list of the main duties and roles involved, the location that the work will be done in, and the job objective. Job seekers are wary of companies that fail to provide this information because it leaves them open to nasty surprises. They also would prefer succinct and concrete descriptions the duties and roles. Vague and general statements hide what the job will entail just as easily as omitting the information all together.

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How to Make the Relationship With Your Staffing Agency Work

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As a business, you're always trying to save money. Engaging in a relationship with a staffing firm will help you with this. After all, you won't pay for a HR professional you don't need working for you full-time. However, this is only good news if you know how to make the relationship with your staffing agency work.

Look for Insider Expertise

You'll get the greatest benefit from working with a staffing firm that specializes in your business' niche. Typically, such an agency's recruiters once worked in positions similar to what they're recruiting for. This "inside knowledge" helps ensure well-matched employees at a quicker, more accurate rate.

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