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Best Practices in Onboarding New Employees

Best Practices in Onboarding New Employees     Why successful onboarding matters A new employee’s first day is a big deal.  The first week, or weeks on the job for a new hire will help set the expectations and tone for the environment your new employee will be working in and will help them understand the basics of compliance, clarification, …

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What Does the New Tax Law Mean for Employers?

In January, congress passed sweeping changes to American tax law. When President Trump signed the bill in late December, he assured that the new law would go into effect nearly immediately, for tax year 2018-2019. It’s not yet entirely clear what the whole picture is for human resource and employment professionals.  Many in the field are still working through the …

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5 Interview Questions Employers Should Ask

Interviews are perhaps the most important part of the hiring process—you have already vetted the candidates based on their resumes, and now you want to ask the right interview questions to learn what they’re really like. The interview is not only a chance for you to learn how candidates behave in certain situations; it is also a chance for you …

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Why Job Descriptions Are Important For Better Recruitment

Job description—does the very phrase fill you with dread? A good job description can take anywhere from a few to several hours to write, and as a small business owner or hiring manager, you may wonder why you need to spend your time and energy in this way. But having clear, well-written job descriptions is essential, especially for small businesses, …

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11 Tips for Screening Candidates and Resumes

You’ve written your job descriptions, posted your listings on leading job boards, and now you are starting to get resumes…a lot of them. On average, employers receive 250 resumes per job listing, which can mean hours upon hours of screening candidates and resumes to find the ones you think will be the best fit for your company. Who’s got the …

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Why Job Descriptions Are Important: Communication, Assessment, and Termination

Job descriptions are great tools for attracting and hiring high-quality candidates, but they aren’t just for recruitment. Performance management, which is as essential for small businesses as for large ones, begins with good documentation, of which job descriptions are a key component. When used to their best advantage, job descriptions serve as tools for communication among employers, employees, and managers, …

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5 Warning Signs Your Job Descriptions Need a Makeover

Do you have some standard job descriptions that you bring every time it’s time to hire a new person for the team? Are they getting old and dusty? Job descriptions are like marketing materials for attracting top talent—they say as much about your company as a resume says about a job applicant—so don’t underestimate their importance. Here are 5 warning …

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Top Interviewing Mistakes Employers Make

At most firms, the interview is the make-or-break part of the hiring process. This is where business owners and HR managers determine if a candidate is adequately qualified for the job as well as a good fit for the company, so it’s pretty important to get it right. But still, employers make many interviewing mistakes that often lead to the …