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Talent Acquisition

How to Fall in Love with Job Descriptions…Forever

April 14, 2016

Over the course of my career and consulting with clients, it is not very often I come across professionals that actually like job descriptions. In fact the mere mention of job description development makes most Human Resource professionals cringe and find reason to change the subject. I, on the...

Lessons from Leaders: Best Practices in Executing Corporate Growth Strategies

April 8, 2016

Organizational growth can be based on a number of different strategies, including growing capacity, expanding or changing customer base, or offering new or upgraded products or services.  Further, strategies may be executed using different tools, including organic or acquisition based growth.  Regardless of strategy, there are common lessons learned...

5 Tips for Hiring Managers to Find the Best Candidates

April 6, 2016

Finding the best new hire for your organization is no simple task. After countless resumes, phone screens and interviews it became quickly apparent that a successful candidate search requires limiting internal interference in the external hiring process.   If you’re about to start the search for your next rising star,...

How to Best Maximize Your ROI with Effective Recruiting

April 5, 2016

I’ve noticed a recurring theme when engaging in Human Resources (HR) consulting and interacting with organization leaders; they don’t all agree on the value that HR can provide to their organization, but they all understand the critical importance of recruiting. (For the record, effective HR has a huge positive...

Hiring Managers: How to Best Determine New Hire Pay

March 29, 2016

Picture it: you have just concluded your interview and shaken hands with the ideal candidate who has all of the qualities and qualifications you are looking for in order to fill your open role and you quickly rush back to office to get in contact with your Recruiter to...

What You Need to Know About Joint Employment: a DOL Interpretation Review

March 8, 2016

On January 20, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2016 -1 on the subject of Joint Employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).  If you a) have never heard of the concept of joint employment...

Why a Mentor Program is Best for your New Hires

February 3, 2016

As a manager, I’m sure you have brought on quite a few new hire employees. Some of these employees, when beginning employment, can “jump right in” and become a part of the team. However, others may take some time to adjust to the new culture. To assist in culture...

Excel Your Hiring Practices in 2016: A Recruiting Process Review

January 20, 2016

If you are like me, you’ve probably made at least one or two New Year’s resolutions like going to the gym more or tackling some projects around the house this year. What about resolutions at work?  Sure, you probably know the timeline for required reporting and plan accordingly each year, but what...

Problems with your Job Search? Avoid these 5 Common Resume Mistakes

January 13, 2016

Are you are on the job market and need to find a new job? Maybe you have recently been let go, a contract ended, or you are ready to move onto bigger and better things. One of the first things that you may do is to update your resume....

The Best Proposal Recruiting Options for Government Contractors

December 22, 2015

Proposal recruiting has a unique set of challenges.  There are direct costs associated with responding to an RFP and if done properly the payoff for an organization can be high.  Many firms have built a foundation from winning a single proposal. A question I have been asked by business...

Common Proposal Recruiting Problems & Tips for Contract Success

December 14, 2015

Frequently, I receive calls from government contracting leaders who are frustrated with the process of recruiting for proposals and are looking for a better solution.  Many times recruiters have been spending weeks building candidate pipelines for funded roles and it can be challenging for them to suddenly shift priorities and focus on proposal...

How to Make the Best, Compelling Offer to Top Talent

November 20, 2015

Very recently I had a conversation with the COO and CFO of a client regarding a top candidate who had turned down an offer.  They were shocked and confused.  They had offered the candidate the compensation she requested and had thrown in a few small perks, but it unfortunately...

Considering a Retained Search? Here are the Benefits and Costs You Can Expect

November 19, 2015

I was recently at lunch with a CEO and he was stating how frustrated his team was in finding a top level HR executive.  He felt they were wasting a lot of time and money with no results.  I asked him what the biggest stumbling block was and he...

How to Avoid Problems When Transitioning to a New Opportunity

November 5, 2015

As a recruiter, I’m often talking with candidates about potential new job opportunities on behalf of my clients. I understand that looking for a new job can be very stressful. There are always so many unanswered questions while going through the process. For job seekers who are currently unemployed, you...

How High Growth GovCons Can Attract the Best Talent

November 4, 2015

When we talk with rapidly growing government contractor executives, recruiting is almost always a top concern.  Many have done recruiting in an ad-hoc manner, with individuals doing recruiting while wearing other hats.  When growth climbs higher, there comes a tipping point where this way of recruiting is no longer...