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5 Essential Steps to Building Your Small Business Employee Referral Program

July 22, 2016 1:00 pm
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Two handsome men shaking hands with smile while sitting on the couch at office with their coworkers

Recruiting commonly involves two things small businesses tend to lack: time and money. Making the process more efficient saves those valuable resources for other efforts to grow the company. An employee referral program does this by utilizing an existing asset – current staff.

Asking team members to think about which people in their networks might make a good addition to the company generates a candidate pool.

9-to-5 Workday is Extinct, According to Most Workers

July 21, 2016 7:43 pm
Business woman drinking coffee to get some energy for working overtime |
Business woman drinking coffee to get some energy for working overtime
According to CareerBuilder's new survey, nearly 3 in 5 workers (59 percent) are of the opinion that the traditional 9-to-5 workday is a thing of the past

The 5 Golden Rules of College Hiring

July 20, 2016 5:00 pm
The 5 Golden Rules of College Hiring |
The 5 Golden Rules of College Hiring
Check out these five golden rules to get in front of the best and brightest college students this fall.

The Art of Giving Employee Feedback

July 20, 2016 2:00 pm
Hr manager asking questions to female candidate |
Hr manager asking questions to female candidate

Having a small staff promotes close relationships between managers and employees. People tend to get to know each other well both professionally and personally, and a family-like camaraderie may fill the workplace. While such bonds provide a great sense of being a team, they can make delivering criticism difficult. Leaders may put off having tough (but necessary) conversations because they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Why Small Businesses Should Consider Unlimited Vacation Time

July 18, 2016 2:00 pm
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Out of office written on a card at the desk

Unlimited vacation time sounds like a worker’s dream and an employer’s nightmare. What company in its right mind would implement a policy where staff members can take off however much time they want? Nothing would get done, and the business would go belly up, right?

Tell that to Netflix, LinkedIn, Virgin Group, Grubhub, Grant Thornton, and others that offer unlimited time off as part of their benefits packages.

1 in 6 Employers Plan to Hire More Recruiters in Next 6 Months

July 18, 2016 12:00 pm
1 in 6 Employers Plan to Hire More Recruiters in Next 6 Months |
1 in 6 Employers Plan to Hire More Recruiters in Next 6 Months
1 in 6 employers (16 percent) plan to hire more recruiters in the next six months to help bring new talent in the door, according to CareerBuilder's 2016 Midyear Job Forecast.

Why Employers Are Approaching the Salary Issue All Wrong

July 15, 2016 10:02 am
Salary information is a key consideration in someone accepting a job, but it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. Here are three ways to keep salary from being an obstacle in your hiring process.

How to Create Job Descriptions That Don’t Suck

July 13, 2016 8:21 pm
How to create a job description that doesn't suck |
How to create a job description that doesn't suck
How do we make job descriptions better? How do we make job descriptions, dare I say, sexy?

How to Be Candid at Work – Without Being Disrespectful

July 13, 2016 2:00 pm
Dictionary definition of the word Respect |
Dictionary definition of the word Respect

All leaders depend on feedback from staff to help the company grow, but small business owners especially need this input. With all the hats they wear and different directions they get pulled, important matters may slip through the cracks if not specifically drawn to their attention. Thus, it becomes vital to create an environment where people feel free to bring things up – even issues or problems the boss may dislike.

The Newest Trends From SHRM 2016 You Need to Know About

July 12, 2016 4:14 pm
Trends From SHRM 2016 You Need to Know About |
Trends From SHRM 2016 You Need to Know About
We chatted with three HR heavyweights to understand the biggest takeaways from SHRM as well as get their take on where HR is headed and what you should be focusing on right now.

70% of Human Resources Managers Advocate Higher Wages

July 11, 2016 5:56 pm
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wage growth
According to CareerBuilder’s 2016 Midyear Forecast, while hiring rates for the second half of the year will largely mirror those of 2015, one area where we will see significant growth is in workers’ wages.

Small Business Employers Reveal Hiring Plans for Second Half of 2016

July 11, 2016 2:00 pm
We Are Hiring Concept |
We Are Hiring Concept

Now that it’s the half point of 2016, it’s a good time to check in and get a pulse on how small business employers and workers are feeling about their plans for the second half of the year.

According to CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast, nearly half of small business employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff over the next six months, and more than a quarter plan to hire temporary or contract workers.

3 Things You Should Know From the June 2016 Jobs Report

July 8, 2016 3:41 pm
3 Things You Should Know From the June 2016 Jobs Report |
3 Things You Should Know From the June 2016 Jobs Report
Following months of weak numbers — which prompted fears of an economic slowdown — the new June BLS jobs report, released this morning, exceeded everyone's expectations.

Better-Than-Expected Job Growth in June, BLS Report Shows

July 8, 2016 3:23 pm
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Businessman draws a graph rising

After disappointing job growth in May, the U.S. economy got a much-needed boost in June, adding 287,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent employment report – and far surpassing economists’ expectations of between 175,000 and 180,000 jobs.

These numbers are also a giant leap from May’s dismal job numbers, which the BLS originally reported as 38,000 jobs and revised to an even more gloomy 11,000 jobs.

Can Changing Your Routine Change the Way You Work?

July 8, 2016 2:00 pm
Man Hand drawing Old Way or New Way concept with marker on visual screen. Stock Image |
Man Hand drawing Old Way or New Way concept with marker on visual screen. Stock Image

Roughly a year ago, a few CareerBuilder employees embarked on various workplace challenges to see what would happen when they stopped being polite and started being real  changed up their usual routines and tried something new for a week. Would messing with the status quo affect their workplace productivity, mood or overall success? Would anything change at all? Would everything change?

Hiring Through 2016 Will Stay Steady, But the Skills Gap Persists

July 7, 2016 6:56 pm
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businessman in the modern office looking at city
Hiring trends in the back half of 2016 will look similar to the second half of last year, with one notable difference: higher wages. Based on CareerBuilder’s Midyear Jobs Forecast, more than half of employers plan on raising current employees’ wages, and 39 percent will begin offering higher starting salaries in the next six months.

Small Business Job Growth Up from Last Month, New ADP Report Shows

July 7, 2016 3:39 pm
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Development and growth concept. Businessman plan growth and increase of positive indicators in his business.

According to the ADP’s latest Small Business Employment Report, released today, small businesses added 95,000 jobs in June, up from the 76,000 jobs created in May and 93,000 created in April.

Broken down by company size, businesses with 1-19 employees added 50,000 jobs, and businesses with 20-49 employees added 43,000 jobs.

Looking at individual sectors, small businesses in the goods-producing sector produced 8,000 jobs, those in the service-providing sector added 91,000 jobs.

Get the Latest Staffing and Recruiting Insights in This Webinar

July 7, 2016 12:27 pm
Get the latest staffing and recruiting insights in this webinar |
Get the latest staffing and recruiting insights in this webinar
Get timely research and insight to improve and expand your strategy during CareerBuilder’s Pulse of Recruitment webinar for staffing and recruiting businesses.

Get the Latest Health Care Insights in This New Webinar

July 6, 2016 2:00 pm
Get the Latest Health Care Insights in This New Webinar |
Get the Latest Health Care Insights in This New Webinar
Join our upcoming webinar for health care organizations to get timely research and insight to improve and expand your recruitment strategy.

Stay Ahead of the Latest Recruitment Trends With a New Webinar

July 6, 2016 12:04 pm
Stay Ahead of the Latest Recruitment Trends |
Stay Ahead of the Latest Recruitment Trends
Join our upcoming webinar for Enterprise businesses to get timely research and insight to improve and expand your recruitment strategy.

The Occupations Americans Can’t Live Without

July 1, 2016 4:35 pm
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Multiethnic Group of People with Various Occupations
CareerBuilder and Emsi are celebrating America’s everyday heroes with a list of occupations you may not think about every day, but that provide critical services to day-to-day life in America.

Low-Cost Ways to Engage Your Employees

July 1, 2016 2:00 pm
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Selfie of the sucessful elegant business team. Selective focus, shallow depth of field.

Employee engagement can be difficult at any time of year, but summer poses particular challenges in most workplaces. Clockwatching may become the activity of choice at your small business as workers count down the minutes until they can putter around in their gardens or fire up the grill. How can you compete with sunshine?

While going to work may never be as fun as basking on the beach, plenty of opportunities exist to make the dog days of summer more pleasant for your employees.

Surprise! Your Recruitment Process May Not Actually Be Compliant

June 30, 2016 8:44 pm
Elements of a Compliant Talent Acquisition Strategy |
Elements of a Compliant Talent Acquisition Strategy
When it comes to OFCCP and EEO compliance -- and the slew of new regulations, proposed regulations and new and updated enforcement protocol employers will soon be required to shoulder in order to have a compliant recruitment process in place -- you may not be doing as well as you think. Here's why.

3 Ways to Stretch Your Sourcing Muscles

June 29, 2016 8:04 pm
Stretching your candidate sourcing muscles |
Stretching your candidate sourcing muscles
Your best weapon in the war for talent isn't expensive, or even something you need to buy: It’s all in your head.

How to Have More Productive Office Meetings

June 29, 2016 2:00 pm
Business People Meeting Growth Success Target Economic Concept |
Business People Meeting Growth Success Target Economic Concept

When CareerBuilder recently surveyed employers as to the biggest productivity killers in the workplace, nearly one in four respondents (24 percent) cited meetings. (Cell phones/texting ranked first, in case you’re wondering.) Useless meetings can take an especially harsh toll on small businesses, where people are already wearing many hats and struggling to make every minute count. Recognizing that time and effort could be better spent on other matters, 17 percent of employers surveyed said they’ve taken action to limit meetings.