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November and December are fantastic months for hiring

Recruitment

Why You Should Hire During the Holidays

November 6th, 2017 Most Recent

November and December can seem like a big black hole when it comes to hiring. There are dozens of reasons why companies don’t like to hire new employees during the holiday season: You’re overwhelmed with end-of-year work and don’t have the energy. Key team members are on vacation and aren’t available for interviews. There’s no…

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As congress puts together a tax cut plan, 401(k) contributions could be on the chopping block. Here’s what you need to know.

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Congress Weighs Massive Changes to 401(k) Contributions

October 24th, 2017

The 401(k) is an employer’s best friend, isn’t it? This extremely popular workplace benefit allows employees to save up to $18,000 a year in a tax-deferred retirement plan. (Workers over 50 can save up to $24,000 a year.) They don’t have to worry about paying tax on that income until they begin to dip into…

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When you’re looking for a new freelancer, it’s often due to an emergency scenario. But even in a time crunch, you should never skip the formal interview.

Interviews

8 Questions to Ask Every Potential Freelancer

October 19th, 2017

When you’re looking for a new freelancer, it’s often due to an emergency scenario: A full-timer just quit without notice. Your favorite contractor isn’t available for the next six months. Or a surprise project just dropped from the sky and there’s no one to staff it. In these urgent situations, we tend to grab the…

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Millennials in the workplace

Trends

4 New Millennial Trends in the Workplace

October 16th, 2017

Think you know everything about millennials? Think again. As millennials complete their full assimilation into the workforce, their generation continues to grow and change. Here’s what millennials have been up to lately. 1. Millennials bust myths about themselves Adweek reports on 9GAG’s latest Millennial Black Paper, which analyzed the results of an extensive “Would you…

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Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein harassed and abused women over decades

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Why Harvey Weinstein Got Away with Workplace Sexual Harassment for Decades

October 13th, 2017

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s crimes have exploded into the news over the past week. Although his decades-long history of frequent sexual assault and harassment may seem like an extreme case, it nevertheless points to systemic failures that employers and HR in every field need to understand. 1. The Endurance of Sexual Harassment Across Industries We’d…

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Here’s what you need to know about changes to contraceptive coverage and religious exemption from workplace discrimination.

News

The Contraceptive Coverage Battle Rages On. Here’s What You Need to Know

October 11th, 2017

Two major announcements out of Washington, D.C. last week will affect employers nationwide. Here’s what you need to know. Announcement #1: More Employers Can Claim Exemption from Contraceptive Coverage The Department of Health and Human Services rewrote federal policy to allow employers to deny their employees insurance coverage for birth control, if the employer objects…

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58 innocent people were killed in the Las Vegas shooting, and hundreds injured. How should you train your staff to protect themselves from violence while working a large-scale event?

Best Practices

Media and Entertainment Employers Must Train Staff to Handle Violent Attacks

October 6th, 2017

The mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas was a devastating tragedy. Amidst the debates about gun control, terrorism, and the shooter’s motive, there is another unresolved issue: Workplace safet In addition to dozens of bands and musical acts, the three-day country music concert was staffed by hundreds of employees: Live…

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Sub-head Google for Jobs has been around for a few months, long enough to see its impact on Mediabistro job boards. Here’s what you need to know.

Recruitment

Why Mediabistro Job Listings Now Get Increased Traffic

October 4th, 2017

Google for Jobs rolled out this summer. This new search feature compiles job listings from across the internet, allowing job seekers to see a wide variety of available roles from a wide variety of sources, all with a simple Google search query. You might be asking: “How do I get MY listings included on Google…

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When you absolutely need to get your job in front of as many job seekers as possible, what do you do? Here are five successful viral job listings that grabbed the world’s attention.

Recruitment

How to Make Your Job Posting Go Viral

September 28th, 2017

We’ve said time and again that hiring is about quality of candidates, not quantity. After all, what’s the use of 100 applicants if none of them are qualified? On rare occasions, though, you need your job description to reach as many people as possible. When your listing absolutely has to go viral, here are five…

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The UK’s Publishers Association released a 10-point action plan for increasing racial and gender equality among its member organizations.

Trends

10 Things Every Company Needs to Do to Increase Diversity

September 25th, 2017

Last week, the UK’s Publishers Association announced an industry-wide initiative to increase diversity in the workforce. The ten-point plan below is intended to help its member organizations reach two specific goals: Increase the percentage of black, Asian and minority ethnic employees to 15% within five years Increase the percentage of women in executive leadership to…

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Nobody saw social media jobs coming… now they’re commonplace in every industry. What will be the unexpected Jobs of the Future

Trends

11 Jobs of the Future that HR Should Know About Today

September 22nd, 2017

What roles will you be hiring in the future? Two recent articles present interesting ideas about what new jobs we can expect to see in ten or twenty years. But—just like nobody could have predicted the rise of social media jobs—expect the future to be full of surprises. First, Sci-fi writer Max Gladstone partnered with…

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emmy awards

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Inspiring Quotes from the Emmy Awards for HR Managers

September 18th, 2017

At last night’s Emmy Awards, it was thrilling to see a diverse range of stories and storytellers celebrated on the stage—including many historic firsts. HR managers who are invested in creating inclusive workplaces will find plenty of inspiration in the winners’ acceptance speeches and their backstage interviews. Here are some of the best quotes of…

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job board talent

Recruitment

Online Job Boards Are the New Talent Battleground

September 12th, 2017

Every year, over 18 million people are hired from job postings on the web. That’s a lot of competition! Online job boards have become talent battlegrounds, where HR and recruiters fight to attract the best new hires. Here’s how to optimize your online job listings and win the battle. Post in the right place One…

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Future of Hiring

Recruitment

4 Predictions About the Future of Hiring

September 7th, 2017

Are you ready for changes in the hiring process and the future of hiring? Over the last twenty years, we’ve seen dramatic shifts in hiring and recruiting. But what’s next for our industry? How will HR, employers, hiring managers and recruiters do business in the next few years? Here are a few short-term predictions to…

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Interviews

9 Types of People You’ll Interview (and How to Handle Them)

September 5th, 2017

For years, experts have been arguing that job interviews are worthless. Many employers choose the wrong person simply because they favor a personable candidate over a qualified one. When faced with a less-than-perfect interviewee, you may be tempted to write them off. Not so fast. Instead, try a different approach to get the most out…

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employee retention

Best Practices

13 Great Ideas to Increase Employee Retention

August 31st, 2017

There’s a special feeling of accomplishment when you make a great new hire. You’ve invested time and energy advertising the role, getting to know several candidates, and introducing them to your team. When the right one finally signs on the dotted line, it’s time to pop some champagne. Then, the unthinkable happens – six months,…

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Political Beliefs

Recruitment

Can You Hire or Fire Based on Political Beliefs?

August 28th, 2017

A super-qualified candidate applies for your company’s latest open position. You call them and have a great pre-screen over the phone. You schedule an in-person interview, and you decide to do a little social media vetting before you meet. You find the candidate’s public Facebook page and browse through some of their posts. That’s when…

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Trends

Only 19% of Employers Are Prepared for Addiction in the Workplace

August 22nd, 2017

The opioid epidemic and addiction in the workplace are serious issues for employers and HR managers. Of the 21 million Americans with a substance use disorder, nearly 2 million are addicted to opioids, and nearly 600,000 use heroin (other estimates are even higher.) Drug overdose was the leading cause of accidental death in the United…

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Immigration

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What the Latest Immigration News Means for Your Employees

August 15th, 2017

The United States’ immigration policies directly affect employees and workers across the country. Is your company ready to handle immigration and border security related issues that may arise? While a hot button political issue, the implications for employers when it comes to changes in immigration laws are very real, irrespective of political leanings. Here’s the…

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Google’s Manifesto is an HR Nightmare

August 9th, 2017

This weekend, Google experienced an HR nightmare—the release of an anti-diversity manifesto by employee James Damore – a so called “Google Manifesto.” The ten-page document outlined the “biological” reasons why women are incapable of succeeding in tech, why efforts to increase diversity are inherently useless, and how Google discriminates against those with conservative viewpoints. The…

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