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5 Small Business Leadership Lessons from Arnold Palmer

September 28, 2016 1:00 pm
Golf ball on the lawn |
Golf ball on the lawn

This week, sports fans from across the nation are reeling from the news that golf legend Arnold Palmer, died on Sunday at the age of 87. Known as the “King of Golf,” Palmer held seven major championship title s and 62 PGA Tour wins. But it was more than his talent that led to his success and won Palmer the respect and admiration of fans and peers alike: Palmer was an inspiration to many for his dedication, hard work and a passion for the game. 

How to Use Tech in Your Recruitment (Without Losing that “Old School” Touch)

September 28, 2016 11:28 am
Get Personal, Get Automated in Your Recruitment |
Get Personal, Get Automated in Your Recruitment
As recruiters, we must make wise choices about when to take advantage of the powerful technology and automation solutions available to us – and when to take a more “old school” and personalized approach.

How Long Should You Wait For the Perfect Applicant?

September 26, 2016 2:00 pm
Woman in business suit looks on the hand of the clock close up |
Woman in business suit looks on the hand of the clock close up

With a limited staff size, small business owners depend heavily on the contributions of every team member. So when a new position opens up, finding a great match becomes imperative. A hiring mistake could cause problems ranging from insufficient output to workplace discord. At the same time, companies that take too long searching for the ideal applicant face risks, as well.

U.S. Adding 7M Jobs by 2021, But Which Ones Will Grow the Most?

September 26, 2016 1:00 pm
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The U.S. is expected to grow 5 percent over the next five years, adding more than 7 million jobs by 2021, according to a recent study from CareerBuilder and Emsi.

As may be expected, however, some jobs will grow at a much faster rate than the average, while others will decline. Middle-wage jobs in particular (jobs that pay $13.84 – $21.13 per hour) will see slower growth than high- and low-wage jobs – at 3 percent overall.

7 Ways to Help Employees Achieve Work-Life Balance

September 23, 2016 2:00 pm
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work life balance

Why should you care if your employees have a healthy work-life balance? Because a healthy work-life balance among employees can benefit your small business – in more ways than one. Research has shown that shown that employees who feel they have a healthy work-life balance are more productive, more satisfied in their jobs (which increases retention) and healthier (which lowers medical costs and absenteeism).

#SorryNotSorry: Resume Mistakes Employers Hate

September 22, 2016 12:05 pm
#SorryNotSorry: Resume Mistakes Employers Hate |
#SorryNotSorry: Resume Mistakes Employers Hate
From innocent typos to downright lies, some resume mistakes have cost candidates the job. Hiring and HR managers shared some of the most outrageous ones of the year.

Candidate Sourcing Secrets From GM’s Global Sourcing Manager

September 21, 2016 4:27 pm
Sourcing Secrets From General Motors' Global Sourcing Manager |
Sourcing Secrets From General Motors' Global Sourcing Manager
We spoke to Will Maurer, global sourcing manager at General Motors, who offered real-life examples and insights on how take your sourcing strategy to the next level.

Does Your Small Business Have a Social Media Policy?

September 21, 2016 2:00 pm
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Like share follow bubble with clip hanging on the line with blue background.

Small business owners who allow employees to use social media at work stand to benefit from their connections and promotion of the company’s brand. However, smart leaders realize that unflattering, illegal or incorrect information can soon land their businesses in hot water. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure when it comes to protecting your small business’s good name, so educate and guide your staff by creating a thoughtful social media policy.

5 Reasons to Rethink Banning Social Media at Work

September 19, 2016 2:00 pm
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Diversity Friends Connection Global Communication Concept

Think allowing employees to use social media at work is a recipe for disaster? Before turning your small business into a Facebook-free zone, consider these possible benefits the company might reap by allowing workers to stay connected:

Increased productivity: People need short breaks during the workday to maintain energy and focus. One team member may enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee between tasks, while another may prefer checking Twitter.

66% of Candidates Wait Less Than 2 Weeks Before Moving On

September 19, 2016 12:00 pm
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candidate behavior
According to CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior study, 66 percent of job seekers say they’ll wait less than two weeks to hear back from an employer before considering the opportunity a lost cause and moving on to another.

7 Ways to Make Philanthropy a Part of Your Small Business

September 16, 2016 2:00 pm
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Happy volunteers in the park on a sunny day

Small business employers who give back to the community are not only doing good for others, they are benefiting their businesses as well. Not only does volunteering and charitable giving help to foster a sense of community and collaboration among your workers, it gives them a sense of purpose, which increases morale and helps with retention. Having a business that gives back also appeals to clients who want to partner with socially responsible organizations.

The Art of Rejecting Candidates

September 15, 2016 6:01 pm
The Art of Rejecting Candidates |
The Art of Rejecting Candidates
The way we let candidates down really does matter. Use these four tips to let candidates know they didn’t make the cut -- without negatively impacting the relationship.

How to Turn Your Small Business Employees Into Entrepreneurs

September 14, 2016 2:00 pm
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Young business lady is thinking about spreading her business

You might be your small business’s owner, but you shouldn’t be its only entrepreneur. When your employees think and act like entrepreneurs as well, the entire company benefits. A staff-wide focus on innovation, curiosity and thinking outside the box boosts everyone’s morale and engagement – and can lead your company to new heights. Fostering that entrepreneurial spirit can be an awesome retention tool as well – by providing workers the challenge they crave and fulfilling their desire to make a difference.

5 of the Best Recruiting Insights from Marketing Guru Seth Godin

September 13, 2016 2:00 pm
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seth-godin

There may not be a Michael Jordan of recruiting, but Seth Godin, a bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur, comes pretty close. Though his expertise is in marketing — Godin is a frequent keynote speaker and prolific blogger — much of Godin’s insight and advice apply to the recruiting industry as well. After all, what is recruiting if not another form of marketing?

How to Involve Employees in the Hiring Process

September 12, 2016 2:00 pm
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Businesswoman in a work interview with employers

You depend on your small business team for input on other vital matters, so why not consider involving them in the hiring of new employees? Because they will work alongside new hires, staff members have a vested interest in finding awesome candidates. Likewise, their intimate knowledge of company culture provides them a great sense of who might fit in well at your workplace.

67% of Employers Say $10 Per Hour or More is a Fair Minimum Wage

September 12, 2016 12:15 pm
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candidate behavior

More employers than ever are in agreement than the current federal minimum wage is not cutting it. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, only 5 percent of employers said that $7.25 per hour is a fair wage, while 67 percent said they felt a minimum of $10 per hour or more was more reasonable – up from 61 percent last year.

4 Books Every Small Business Leader Should Read

September 9, 2016 2:00 pm
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Stack of colorful books, grungy blue background, free copy space Vintage old hardback books on wooden shelf on the deck table, no labels, blank spine. Back to school. Education background

As a leader, I try to read as much as possible and gain new perspectives on business and innovation – and I encourage my team to do the same. Over the years, I’ve read so many books on leadership, influence, management and innovation, and some have made more of an impact than others. The following books speak particularly well to small business leaders, providing fresh insight that will help small business leaders think big – and stay ahead of the competition.

Hijacking the Best Parts of the “Gig Economy” to Attract Candidates

September 8, 2016 11:38 am
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Young creative business people working in the office late in the afternoon.
What can employers and recruiters learn from the growing popularity of the gig economy when trying to attract candidates?

The Lies That Will Ruin Your Candidate Experience

September 7, 2016 9:15 pm
The Lies that Will Ruin Your Candidate Experience |
The Lies that Will Ruin Your Candidate Experience
If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that job seekers will always figure out your dirty little company secrets. Here are four things you need to come clean about upfront.

Inexpensive Ways to Fund Employee Training and Education

September 7, 2016 1:00 pm
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training concept with education elements

Small business owners already trying to stretch limited resources may view employee training as expendable. But investing in the continuing education of your team is not only good for morale, it’s good for business. Providing staff with opportunities to learn new things keeps them engaged and demonstrates your commitment to their growth, both of which aid in retention. And the knowledge gained can make them better, more productive workers.

CareerBuilder Acquires WORKTERRA

September 6, 2016 3:53 pm
CareerBuilder Acquires Workterra |
CareerBuilder Acquires Workterra
Today we at CareerBuilder are taking another important step: We’ve acquired WORKTERRA, a leader in cloud-based benefits administration and talent management.

3 Things You Should Know From the August 2016 Jobs Report

September 2, 2016 4:30 pm
3 Things You Should Know From the August 2016 Jobs Report |
3 Things You Should Know From the August 2016 Jobs Report
Whether you’re taking a break at the office water cooler or conversing with peers in the industry, you’ll have three conversation starters in your pocket.

August BLS Report Shows Unemployment Rate Holding Steady

September 2, 2016 3:14 pm
Jobs in Technology |
Jobs in Technology

Following two months of better-than-expected job growth, hiring in the U.S. slowed down a bit in August, while the unemployment held steady.

According to the latest BLS employment situation report, released today, private sector employers added 151,000 and the unemployment rate remain unchanged at 4.9 percent. Average hourly earnings increased by 3 cents in August, going to $25.73 – a 2.4 percent increase from a year ago.

17 Consumer Behaviors That Are Shaping the Labor Market

September 2, 2016 12:00 pm
17 Consumer Behaviors That Are Shaping the Labor Market |
17 Consumer Behaviors That Are Shaping the Labor Market
Consumer behaviors and preferences play a major part in U.S. job creation. CareerBuilder and Emsi just released a study of occupations that are growing and the behaviors that can be attributed to their success.

15 Reasons We Literally Couldn’t Live Without HR

September 1, 2016 10:31 am
14 Reasons We Literally Couldn't Live Without HR |
14 Reasons We Literally Couldn't Live Without HR
In the spirit of Labor Day – a holiday dedicated to the labor movement that honors the social and economic achievements of American workers – we are taking the opportunity to thank those in human resources for all you do.