"Two Heads Make a Better Hire"

When it comes down to making that all-important hiring decision, which criteria get the most weight? Skill set? Experience? Education? Demonstrated promise of talent and creativity? In most cases it’s none of these. The fact is, the criteria we tend to use when making a...

"Upgrade Your Staff"

What do you do when your technology is not operating at its peak or has become outdated to perform the functions you need to operate your firm? You upgrade, right? And what about your staff? If they've been with you a while, chances are their...

"Treat Your Also-rans Well"

In most cases, recruiting and hiring is a long, drawn-out process. When you’ve finally selected that promising candidate, made them an offer, and they have accepted, what is your procedure for communicating with all the other applicants? Do you ignore them? Send them a brief...

"What Employees Want Most"

Of all the things you can offer employees to attract or retain them, which is the most critical do you think? Money? Healthcare and other benefits? Perks? Ability to work away from the office? Better work/life balance? A nicer office? Opportunity for promotion? Financial management...

"Balancing Merit and Fairness"

In my previous blog, I talked about the current trend of employers offering candidates a more enticing and/or wider range of benefits and perks in order to attract and retain top talent. One of the potential pitfalls of that practice is that current, hard-working, loyal...

"Firms Upping Benefits to Attract Talent"

In those areas of the country where demand is high, firms competing for the most talented candidates are sweeting the deal by enhancing their benefits packages. Among the most popular benefits with candidates are those that help to improve their quality of life and provide...

"The Latest Trend: There Is No Trend"

How the A&D industry is doing at the moment depends on where you look. Some markets and some sectors are really hot. Others not so much. Likewise with firms. Some have more work than they can handle, while others are scrounging for clients. Try as...

"A Good Way to Lose an Opportunity"

I have always followed the precept, when opportunity knocks, answer. Apparently that quaint notion is now passé. More and more these days I am running up against the situation where individuals seeking an opportunity—whether it's an individual looking for a better position or an employer...

"Assessments Make the Difference"

Why would you want to expend so much time and money on recruiting employees and then throw it all away on a bad hire? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But in fact, it happens more often than you might think. The reason? Employers are not taking...

"Does Your Workspace Say “Welcome”?"

Workplace culture has moved front and center among the factors that candidates consider when deciding where they want to work. And so has workplace design. Combined, they say a lot about your firm and what it is like to work there day in and day...

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