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Tips for Moms Returning to the Workforce

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Oct 16, 2012)

Many American families are making hard choices in today’s economic climate. They are making choices about the future of their home, family, which bills to pay and jobs. The choices are often dependent on the employment status.

Six Steps to Negotiate a Candidate Offer

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Nov 10, 2011)

Salary negotiations are a critical step in the hiring process. Candidates with in-demand skill sets may already be evaluating other opportunities by the time you make an offer, so it's important to handle this stage effectively. Consider the following tips for successful salary negotiations.

1. Act Quickly
Once you've selected the prospective hire, make the offer as soon as possible. A delay can cause you to lose the best applicant.

Quickly Scan Resumes to Find the Right Candidates

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Nov 7, 2011)

Follow these valuable time management sourcing tips to quickly scan resumes and schedule interviews with the most qualified applicants.

1. Define Job Requirements
Have a detailed job description. It should focus on skills, expertise, and behavior traits that will impact job performance. Skills such as software knowledge, expertise such as industry background, and behavior traits such as work style should all be included. As you sort resumes, the job description will help you narrow the field.

Employer's Top 10 Strategies to Conducting a Stellar Interview

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Nov 4, 2011)

The interview is the most important step in the hiring process. A sit-down, face-to-face can immediately establish a connection with a candidate. Our strategic approach identifies and attracts the best talent for your team. By following these simple tips, you can conduct a successful job interview.

What Type of Questions to Ask During an Interview

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Nov 2, 2011)

The information gathered during an interview is essential for making a well-informed hiring decision. Unfortunately, many employers do not spend enough time preparing for these important meetings. A little planning goes a long way toward helping you hire the right person, and it reduces the risk of choosing the wrong one.

How Do I Conduct a Phone Screen Interview?

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Oct 27, 2011)

Once you have collected resumes and selected candidates, it's time to talk with the top contenders. Phone interviews can effectively save time and enable the hiring manager to quickly identify the most qualified candidates. These guidelines are useful when conducting phone screening.

Motivating Your Employees

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Oct 24, 2011)

There's often a single element that differentiates companies with enthusiastic employees from those suffering high rates of dissatisfaction and turnover: motivation.

While there's no formula for becoming an effective motivator, maintaining open lines of communication is a good start. Your willingness to answer questions, provide feedback, and encourage creative expression can be a catalyst for new ideas.

LinkedIn Security Settings Changed - You are automatically opted-in to ad campaigns

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Aug 17, 2011)

It looks like LinkedIn is taking some direction from Facebook.  Last week there were some significant changes to their security settings.  I recommend that you evaluate them and change your setting as appropriate.  100 million users have automatically been opted-in to their advertising program.  This doesn't just affect you but your connections as well.  Once you follow a brand, you automatically become a advocate for that brand if they advertise on LinkedIn.

Six Steps to a Stand Out Career Summary

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Aug 12, 2011)

A career summary is five to seven sentences that provide a quick overview of your strengths and accomplishments that you bring to that specific position.  This is the answer to “how you describe yourself”.  This can be utilized on the top of a resume, as a piece of your networking conversations or the dreaded “elevator pitch”.  Here are 6 steps that make your career summary stand out from the rest. 

Asking for a LinkedIn Connection

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by Jessica M. Pierce (Aug 1, 2011)

How many times have you received a LinkedIn request and had no idea who that person was that sent the request?  If you are in career transition, then it is likely that you want to network with people you likely don't know.  There is an appropriate way in which to get connected to them.  Here are a couple ideas...

Tips to Get Responses from Connections

1.  Find something in Common

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