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Building a Well-Oiled Team is Hard...5 Steps You Can Take to Foster Teamwork

A well-oiled team fostering teamwork

As business owners and leaders, you want to have a well-oiled team. One that collaborates, works well together, has the company’s and each other’s best interest at heart. When you give the team an overview of a project, you expect that the project will be done well, on time, and on budget, with little oversight from you. That’s not too much to ask, is it? Teams like that take time to develop. Your team can get there, too, but it will require you to foster the relationships that create this atmos…

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5 Common Interview Mistakes - and 1 Kiss of Death - You Should Avoid to Land Your Next Best Opportunity

5 Common Interview Mistakes - and 1 Kiss of Death - You Should Avoid to Land Your Next Best Opportunity

During my early career, I remember being excruciatingly nervous for job interviews. My hands would sweat, my heart would race, and my mind talked in circles for days. The day of the interview was flat-out awful. One time, prior to an interview officially starting, the recruiter was making typical small talk, probably trying to calm my very apparent nerves. Because I use humor to diffuse situations when I am nervous, I made a lame attempt at a joke, and for some reason, stated there were only 356…

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5 Important Steps to Take - And 1 To Avoid - When Vetting Potential Employers or Clients!

5 Important Steps to Take - And 1 To Avoid - When Vetting Potential Employers or Clients!

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, my first job was with a major rental car company. I found the entry-level job by reviewing the “wall of employers” outside of the university’s career services office. Upcoming graduates could sign up for interviews and submit a resume (on paper, of course), waiting anxiously for a phone call with an interview day and time. 

I knew very little about this company prior to the interview, and it did not seem to matter. The interview went really we…

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5 Ways to Effectively Communicate with Your In-House and Virtual Workforce

5 Ways to Effectively Communicate with Your In-House and Virtual Workforce

Building a thriving business and growing your staff excites most business owners. Gathering a group of the best individuals that are reaching goals and taking names - it’s a great feeling! We have a tendency to think that other people communicate just like we do. In fact, the opposite is true - each person acts and communicates differently based on a variety of factors. 

Now that you have a growing team made up of in-house and/or virtual professionals, how will you ensure that everyone stays on…

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Tips For Attracting Today’s Top Candidates

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The job seeker of 2021 has changed. How do you, as an employer, appeal to the millennials and new workers of today? You have to realize what appeals to them. To find ways to make their jobs more meaningful, make a great impression from your first encounter, and show ways to advance and grow within your company.

Attract Top Applicants with the Company’s “Why”

It really does take more than just a paycheck to impress candidates of today. They want to know that what they do matters, that there is …

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Cross-boarding: Why It Matters in Your Small Business

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After having read thousands of job descriptions in my recruiting career, I must say I always enjoy seeing that bullet point, “Other duties as assigned,” at the end. Does that statement exist as a way of the HR Manager or Hiring Manager covering their you-know-what? Yes, it is. That simple statement makes it acceptable to ask existing employees to do additional work that was not discussed in the interview process. It gives the manager something to point to when they request someone to add more du…

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Virtual Assistants Offer Cost-Effective Solutions to Small Business Owners

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As we continue to look at non-traditional sources as part of your talent strategy, today our focus is on Virtual Assistants (VAs). While this is a thriving industry, some business owners are still unfamiliar with how a virtual assistant can benefit a business. Skilled, well trained virtual assistants can provide specialized services, increase your efficiency, and reduce your costs.

Virtual Assistants Offer More Than Clerical Skills

Virtual Assistants - sometimes referred to as "freelance…

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Expanding Your Talent Pool with Internships and Apprenticeships

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As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, let's focus on how two non-traditional staffing options - internships and apprenticeships – may benefit your business. By investing your time and resources in these in these programs as part of your talent strategy, you are expanding your talent pool and solve your staffing needs. Let’s look at these opportunities.

Internships Are More Than Just Summer Jobs

Internships allow you to get to know a potential candidate and how they wo…

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