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How to Interview Candidates Effectively

You, as a manager or recruiter, are making a long term decision on behalf of the organization.  You will only get out of the interview what you put into it.  When conducting an interview, be prepared with a list of questions and areas you want to cover.  You cannot “wing” …

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Career Section on Your Website is a Must

Even if you are a small company and are not hiring, a Career Section on your website is a must.  Career sections are one of the most visited pages for many companies.  It is a very effective tool used to communicate to potential and current employees the culture of the …

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Get Creative When Competing with Larger Employers for Top Talent

Smaller organizations cannot always compete with top employers in the same industry. An advantage that smaller companies have is their ability to quickly and easily implement “perks” to their employees. Keep in mind that the perks you choose should be low/no-cost and non-taxable for the employee. [listdot] Feed your employees, …

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8 Tips for Writing Better Job Descriptions

A job description is much more than a list of responsibilities.  It is a true summary of the position requirements not an overview of the skills of the person performing the job.  When written well, it is instrumental in helping to recruit the right candidate, identify and establish training and …

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Employment Reference Checking – Why bother?

When it comes time to check references on a potential new hire, I have to admit that I have struggled in the past to find value in the process. This is because candidates only provide glowing references! (And why should they not??) No matter the clever questions I devise to …

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Identifying and Retaining Key Talent

Since 2009 companies have been forced to hunker down and ride out or even survive the most recent downturn in the economy.  This meant cutting all unnecessary costs ranging from the marketing budgets to laying off employees.  Most common HR cuts have included minimal to zero merit increases, limited bonuses, …

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Key Drivers to Outsource HR

With 2009 coming to a close, many small businesses across Canada are starting to feel the effects of a turbulent year ease off, and they’re starting to look for ways to reign in costs and prepare for better days in 2010.  A hot trend in the small business market is …

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The Implications of Rehiring an Employee

Many companies rehire employees who have worked for them in the past.  Typically, they have a “Re-employment Policy” which details the privileges that will be re-instated (i.e. benefits, vacation, and seniority).  However, they may not have considered the obligation regarding severance pay should the renewed relationship not work out. The …

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12 Ways To Conduct A Great Interview

Six Pixels of Separation posted an informative list of 12 Ways To Conduct A Great Interview which is definitely worth a read before your next interview.  We all have our own interviewing styles, but it doesn’t hurt hearing someone else’s perspective.  Not to take away the post’s thunder, but I’ve included …

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