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Do References Matter?

If you wonder if references matter, the answer is a resounding yes! In fact, according to a recent Careerbuilder.com survey, 69 percent of hiring managers surveyed said they have changed their minds about a potential candidate at least once in their careers after speaking to a candidate’s reference. All respondents of the survey included hiring… Read More »

Interviews to REALLY Find the Right Candidate

Having a lot of good candidates to choose from for a job opening is an enviable position for any business to be in. But the flip side is that it becomes much more difficult to weed out the best. In this case, the traditional interview may not be as helpful as you would like. But… Read More »

Employee Engagement Surveys

It is no secret that employee engagement is important to the success of any company. Engaged employees go above and beyond to give their best efforts for the company and care regarding their work. As a result, companies are doing what they can to elevate employee engagement. One of the tools in their toolbox is… Read More »

Tips for Interviewing with Staffing Firms

You may think that if you apply for or interview with a temporary staffing firm that it doesn’t really “count,” that a temporary firm isn’t a real employer. You couldn’t be more wrong. Staffing firms such as the Opti Staffing Group are bona fide employers. The work you do for us on assignments will be… Read More »

Stay Strong When It Comes to Salary Negotiation

If you’re absolutely desperate for a job, you may be leery of negotiating your job offer. You may feel you’re lucky to just have this offer before you so you decide not to see if you can get more money, better perks, the corner office, etc. Even if you have a job now, negotiating with… Read More »

Growth of Online Recruiting

Recent studies show that Americans spend more time on social networking sites than on all other sites combined. There are more than one billion people now on Facebook. We have online profiles at many different places on the Internet, from where we socialize, where we shop, to where we go for information. And what we… Read More »

Interview Tips for Hiring Managers

There are various kinds of interview techniques that companies now use, techniques that have developed over the years as jobs and job candidates change. Business consultants Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney offer some advice about the fundamentals of interviewing that, they say, should always be kept in mind. The first piece of advice is to… Read More »

Another Take on Job Descriptions

Many times when employers post job descriptions, for one reason or another they end up wide of the mark. They don’t really get at the essentials of the job, or give the applicant a good idea of what the job entails. To help remedy that situation, business consultant Janine Truitt has a few suggestions. First,… Read More »

The Skills You REALLY Need to Stand Out in the Job Hunt

It’s somewhat popular today to discuss – when the topic of long-term unemployment comes up – that the people who can’t find jobs lack the types of “hard” skills employers demand today. Those types of hard skills actually are more technical in nature, such as those for skilled labor machinists, engineers, and those skilled in… Read More »