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5 Networking Questions to Ask

5 Networking Questions to Ask

Social gatherings are perfect for networking and, with the sheer number of parties sprinkled throughout the month of December, no active job seeker can afford to silently hang about like garland trimming the wall. Just because people are converging on the dessert trays and eggnog doesn’t mean you have to check your job search at the door. Instead, mingle with your fellow partygoers in a way that blends both professional and personal topics…

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The November Jobs Report: Is it Too Soon to Pop the Cork?

The November Jobs Report: Is it Too Soon to Pop the Cork?

As the Bureau of Labor Statistics unleashed the numbers for the November Jobs Report this morning, it appeared as if Christmas had come early to many economists on Wall Street. Some have called the report bulletproof, as the numbers were solid, but does it capture the entire picture of the economy? Are the numbers a precursor to a greater economic recovery, or are they merely a seasonal trend that occurs at the closure of every year? By the…

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Scrooge’s Guide to Holiday Hiring

Scrooge’s Guide to Holiday Hiring

According to an ExecuNet survey, two-thirds of executive recruiters are increasing or remaining constant with their hiring search, dispelling the old myth that companies don’t hire during the holiday season. One story that you should keep in mind when determining who to hire is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Stay with me here. Though the primary lessons Scrooge learned is that sharing with the less…

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Is the Holiday Job Search Worth the Effort?

Is the Holiday Job Search Worth the Effort?

There is quite the clatter surrounding the topic of holiday hiring. You have probably heard that companies are far too busy at the end of the year to interview or hire any new employees. The reality, however, is the polar opposite. The fact of the matter is that hiring efforts remain steady during the holidays, so make sure you don’t give up on that holiday job search. Make no mistake a bout it: if a company needs to fill a position, the…

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10 Tips for Training Employees

10 Tips for Training Employees

The effects of unproductive employees can plague the overall costs and efficiency of a company, which is why ensuring that your employees are up-to-date on their skills is essential to turning a profit. A lazy employee can be fired but if the source of the problem stems from a lack of skills, it is essential that you bring your employees up to speed through training. There is no secret that serves as a one-size-fits-all solution for training…

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When to Say Thank You During Your Job Search

When to Say Thank You During Your Job Search

On Thanksgiving, when you’re gathered around the dinner table with family and friends, it’s traditional to take a moment before you chow down on the scrumptious food to say thank you. Saying thank you for the good fortune you’ve received shouldn’t be limited to that brief window during the holiday season. All throughout your job search and interview process there are opportunities to say thank you, so take them and improve your chances…

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Intel Opens Technology Up to Chip Manufacturers

Intel Opens Technology Up to Chip Manufacturers

Computer chip manufacturers are going to have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Intel, the Silicon Valley based tech giant, has announced that it will be expanding small contract manufacturing business, allowing more manufacturers to dip their hands into its cherished technology. This expansion of their contract business will have mobile chip manufacturers scrambling to get their hands on the advanced technology that lead to the rise…

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Are Expectations for Candidates Too High?

Are Expectations for Candidates Too High?

Most companies, at some point or another, have had to endure a long term vacancy. The position in question is usually integral to critical business, giving hiring managers more than enough reasons to tread carefully to avoid a bad hire. Yet as the days and weeks go by and the position itself goes unfilled, questions should start to arise in any hiring manager’s mind: are expectations for potential candidates too high? First and foremost, a…

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The 5 Cs of Getting Hired: Personality Traits That Will Get You the Job

The 5 Cs of Getting Hired: Personality Traits That Will Get You the Job

Hard skills will only get you so far in the job search. While your qualifications often take the forefront in the mind of hiring managers, your soft skills, more commonly referred to as personality traits, are often what will set you apart from the masses. When it comes to what hiring managers want to see in candidates, just remember the five Cs. Demonstrating these personality traits will get you hired in no time. Confidence Be careful not…

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Breathing New Life Into Manufacturing

Breathing New Life Into Manufacturing

A recent LinkedIn article hit the nail right on the head when discussing one of the greatest obstacles facing the resurging American manufacturing sector. Sander van’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive at Accenture, pointed toward what he called the digital economy as an effective way to repopulate the graying manufacturing talent pool with young and energetic candidates. His article argues that manufacturers need to make it clear that they…

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