Dress for Success: Your Appearance in Job Interviews Counts!

Hiring managers form first impressions about you as soon as you walk into your job interview. Your dress, grooming, facial expression and even your handshake all influence this impression, and can affect an interviewer’s attitude toward you throughout the evaluation process. If you convey a positive first impression, you are more likely to command respectful attention and interest. If the

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How You Can Help Close the Growing Skills Gap

As a business owner or hiring manager who is looking for the best employees available, you are probably encountering what more and more organizations are reporting to researchers every year – a significant mismatch between the skills your company needs and the capabilities of people applying for your job openings. The National Federation of Independent Business, the largest small business

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Select the Best Employees by Assessing Candidates’ Soft Skills

How can you decide whether candidates who have the technical skills to perform the job will actually become effective and productive employees? The key is trying to determine whether they have the qualities and attitudes that can help them work well with others and make a positive contribution to your organization. You need employees who can fulfill the technical requirements

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Planning Ahead will Boost Your Recruiting Efforts at Job Fairs

Attending job fairs and hiring events can advance your recruiting initiatives if you are prepared to make the most of the experience. A well-attended job fair can save you time and money by providing direct access to a large pool of qualified applicants. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with job seekers face to face and do some preliminary screening

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Navigating a Return to Work after a Long Break

Starting a job search can be intimidating for anyone, but especially when you’ve been out of the workforce for several years. You may doubt that your skills and abilities are still relevant. As Nick Papageorge, founder of candidate sourcing service Shortlist360, points out in his article How to Re-Enter the Workforce After a Lengthy Break, you may wonder whether or

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Make Thank You Notes an Essential Element of Your Interview Process

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’ve completed the job interview process when you leave the interview. Sending a post-interview thank you note within 24-48 hours of your meeting can provide many benefits, including the opportunity to stand out, emphasize your interest in the job and highlight your qualifications and strengths. Hiring managers say that failure to follow up

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California Passes Ban the Box Law to Prohibit Private Employers from Asking about Criminal History

New “Ban the Box” legislation was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown on October 14, 2017. Assembly  Bill 1008 (AB 1008) prohibits private California employers with five or more employees from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s conviction history prior to a conditional offer of employment, and sets requirements for consideration of conviction histories in employment decisions.

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