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25 years of getting it right.

We’re local. We’re Arizona. We’ve been growing along with our clients and our candidates for 25 years. And, we’re very good at what we do.
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What separates us?

It’s not just our longevity or even our success...but also our value. It’s our branded Accent’ service that makes hiring hassle-free. And our fee is significantly less.
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It’s the very thing that inspires us.

The best-suited candidates. The happiest clients. And for thousands of both, it’s over 25 years of simply doing it right in Arizona’s dynamic business climate.
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Over those 25 years, we’ve placed several thousand candidates with happy clients. We’ve enjoyed strong bonds with several hundred clients since our start in 1989. As we’re local to the Valley, the rapidly-changing Phoenix business climate has been inspiring...and as a result, we’ve enjoyed providing hassle-free hiring support to many growing Arizona businesses and people looking for fulfilling careers.

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  • When Hiring Executives, Remember This Important Tip
    When Hiring Executives, Remember This Important Tip

    Interviewing and vetting candidates for executive positions may seem similar to interviewing [...]

    When Hiring Executives, Remember This Important Tip

    Interviewing and vetting candidates for executive positions may seem similar to interviewing entry and mid-level candidates, and in some ways, the structure and bureaucracy of the process offer a few overlaps. For example, at both ends of the spectrum, the selection must be fair and transparent, and promises made in the conversation must be honored in a resulting contract. But wise employers recognize one key difference: At higher levels, the candidates are interviewing the company and the vetting process

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  • Busy All the Time but Not Getting Anything Done? Here’s How to Change That
    Busy All the Time but Not Getting Anything Done? Here’s How to Change That

    Something strange seems to be happening to the hours and minutes that [...]

    Busy All the Time but Not Getting Anything Done? Here’s How to Change That

    Something strange seems to be happening to the hours and minutes that make up your day. For some reason, each time you look down at your desk for just a moment, you look up and half the day is gone. Worse, you have very little to show for these lost hours. Despite an entire day of effort and scramble, by the time the sun goes down, your to-do list seems to be longer than ever. What’s going on? And

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  • Here’s How to Hire for Team Players
    Here’s How to Hire for Team Players

    When you evaluate candidates for any open position with a social component [...]

    Here’s How to Hire for Team Players

    When you evaluate candidates for any open position with a social component (which describes almost every position in the modern world), you probably look for signs of a “team player.” But this term can mean either of two things: Team players get along with everyone. They know how to compromise in order to win, how to put the needs and goals of the team ahead of their own, and how to laugh off mild aspects of interpersonal friction. But

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  • Improve Your Employee Onboarding Experience
    Improve Your Employee Onboarding Experience

    You already work hard to make your new employees feel welcome and [...]

    Improve Your Employee Onboarding Experience

    You already work hard to make your new employees feel welcome and appreciated, and you already recognize that the sooner they find their footing, the better. A smooth onboard transition suggests a mutually productive and fulfilling relationship between the employee and the company. But are you overlooking a few details that could make your process even easier and more effective than it already is? Try these moves and you’ll get your new employees up and running as soon as

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  • Leadership Skills to Look for in Engineers
    Leadership Skills to Look for in Engineers

    Engineers and IT pros may hold plenty of technical experience, and they [...]

    Leadership Skills to Look for in Engineers

    Engineers and IT pros may hold plenty of technical experience, and they may be great coders and micro-level problem solvers. But this doesn’t always make them effective leaders, and it doesn’t mean they know how to get things done as members of a team. When it’s time to make promotion decisions or hire new engineering managers from outside the company, here are a few traits to look for and moves to keep in mind as you move forward. Look

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  • Impress Your Audience with an Awesome Presentation
    Impress Your Audience with an Awesome Presentation

    You’re about to give a presentation, and the stakes are high. Maybe [...]

    Impress Your Audience with an Awesome Presentation

    You’re about to give a presentation, and the stakes are high. Maybe you’ll be delivering a message to a team you’re planning to lead, and you’ll need to earn their respect and trust. Maybe this presentation will be your best — or only — chance to reach out to a potential customer. Or maybe you’re about to pitch your skills to an employer who may or may not hire you as a result of this brief interaction. In any

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  • Four Things to Look for When Examining Resumes
    Four Things to Look for When Examining Resumes

    When you review candidate resumes, how carefully do you read between the [...]

    Four Things to Look for When Examining Resumes

    When you review candidate resumes, how carefully do you read between the lines? Do you allow yourself to be guided by instincts and broad impressions, or do you look for specific evidence of details that forecast success? Vague feelings and impressions can be useful, but they can also steer you astray. Here are a few moves that allow you to use your gut instincts without letting them drive the entire process. Look for concrete skills. Your candidate may be

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  • How Is Arizona’s Economy Growing?
    How Is Arizona’s Economy Growing?

    According to Azeconnomy.org, the state of Arizona earned a 2015 scorecard that [...]

    How Is Arizona’s Economy Growing?

    According to Azeconnomy.org, the state of Arizona earned a 2015 scorecard that ranked above average, but not soaring. Not great, according to researchers, but solid. This determination was based on the analysis of data gathered throughout the year, and it refers to three cornerstone metrics of state economy health – the number of jobs added, the number of residents, and income. During the 12 months of 2015, Arizona gained a positive net migration, adding 91,000 new residents. Average income

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  • Is Your Young Talent Leaving Quickly? Don’t Worry!
    Is Your Young Talent Leaving Quickly? Don’t Worry!

    Recruiters and hiring managers engage in an aggressive tug-of-war for young talent, [...]

    Is Your Young Talent Leaving Quickly? Don’t Worry!

    Recruiters and hiring managers engage in an aggressive tug-of-war for young talent, and the drive to grab young millennials may seem counter-intuitive. After all, why would any savvy manager or CEO want to hire untested, inexperienced newbies with big smiles but not much else, only to train them, invest in them, absorb their rookie mistakes, season them and then watch them walk out the door? Wouldn’t it be better to retain them for at least a few years in

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  • Why Workplace Flexibility Matters
    Why Workplace Flexibility Matters

    Would you describe your workplace culture as “flexible”? If your employees offered [...]

    Why Workplace Flexibility Matters

    Would you describe your workplace culture as “flexible”? If your employees offered their own definition of this term, would their description align with yours? Surveys suggest that millennial and mid-career employees place a high value on flexibility, but if you aren’t offering the kind of stretch your employees need, you may be inadvertently contributing to low productivity and high turnover. At the same time, you may be offering a form of leeway that actually diminishes productivity while doing nothing

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  • Management Tips for Teams that Don’t Get Along
    Management Tips for Teams that Don’t Get Along

    When you choose candidates and make hiring decisions, you do your best [...]

    Management Tips for Teams that Don’t Get Along

    When you choose candidates and make hiring decisions, you do your best to select candidates who are not only qualified but also nice. You search for people who are easy to work with, cool-headed and friendly. But despite your best efforts to hire team players, interpersonal chemistry takes over, and now and then, the members of your teams simply don’t get along. When this happens, everybody suffers. Stress goes up, egos flare, tension spills over and makes everyone else

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  • Ignoring Email: Not a Crime
    Ignoring Email: Not a Crime

    When you send an email to a direct report or a member [...]

    Ignoring Email: Not a Crime

    When you send an email to a direct report or a member of your team, you probably don’t expect an immediate response. If you respect your employee’s time and you appreciate their dedication to the projects on their plate, you don’t expect them to drop everything and turn their full attention toward your message. You also probably expect them to answer clients, co-workers and stakeholders at their own pace and on their own schedule. You trust them to organize

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  • Choosing and Promoting the Right Employee
    Choosing and Promoting the Right Employee

    You have an open position to staff, and as a new manager, [...]

    Choosing and Promoting the Right Employee

    You have an open position to staff, and as a new manager, it’s your job to promote an in-house candidate from your team of direct reports. You’ve never had to make a decision like this and the stakes are high; several members of your team have submitted their names, and no matter who you ultimately choose, the remaining candidates may leave to pursue jobs elsewhere. At the same time, the open position is one that will require a high

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  • Improve Productivity: Reexamine Your Office Layout
    Improve Productivity: Reexamine Your Office Layout

    Workspace design can have a powerful influence on concentration, comfort and employee [...]

    Improve Productivity: Reexamine Your Office Layout

    Workspace design can have a powerful influence on concentration, comfort and employee organization and motivation. There are no surprises here; for the most part, studies confirm what common sense suggests. Experienced managers recognize that focused, comfortable employees produce more and higher-quality work. They’re also more inclined to form strong social connections and stay with the company for longer periods of time. What are some of the elements that contribute to this positive cascade? Light, noise, and temperature These are

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  • “I Don’t Know” Isn’t What Your Employees Want to Hear
    “I Don’t Know” Isn’t What Your Employees Want to Hear

    As an employer, manager or supervisor, your employees are expected to approach [...]

    “I Don’t Know” Isn’t What Your Employees Want to Hear

    As an employer, manager or supervisor, your employees are expected to approach you with any concerns, issues or questions they may have. While it’s crucial to the success of any company that you maintain these open lines of communication, it’s also important to remember that nobody is perfect. Indeed, there may be a situation or question that you simply don’t have an answer to. Reducing Uncertainty For starters, you should always avoid telling an employee that you don’t know

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  • Four Tips to Improve Your Hybrid Meeting Management
    Four Tips to Improve Your Hybrid Meeting Management

    In the modern workplace, face-to-face meetings with all the participants in the [...]

    Four Tips to Improve Your Hybrid Meeting Management

    In the modern workplace, face-to-face meetings with all the participants in the same room are no longer a universal aspect of the day, and the etiquette and customs that support productive meetings are naturally evolving as more participants dial in from remote locations. If your company depends on “hybrid meetings” with participants scattered across the building, the state or even the planet, a few simple tips can help you make the most of your sessions. Reliable equipment means everything.

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  • Should You Consider Holding Reviews More Often?
    Should You Consider Holding Reviews More Often?

    If your workplace functions like most companies, you probably conduct one formal [...]

    Should You Consider Holding Reviews More Often?

    If your workplace functions like most companies, you probably conduct one formal round of employee evaluations per year. This is likely a time-consuming process with high stakes on both sides; employers lose sleep in their efforts to draft reviews that are fair, well written, comprehensive and meaningful. And employees lose sleep over concerns about negative feedback and plan to leverage positive feedback into raises and promotions. After the review cycle ends, major shake-ups occur. Promotions are put in place,

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  • Find “A” Talent with These Five Tips
    Find “A” Talent with These Five Tips

    You want to staff your workplace with top talent, but as an [...]

    Find “A” Talent with These Five Tips

    You want to staff your workplace with top talent, but as an experienced hiring manager, you’ve learned that procuring and retaining great employees takes action. These employees don’t just appear on their own accord. In order to take control and improve the success of your hiring and retention programs, keep these five key tips in mind. Know what you’re looking for. Can you envision the ideal employee for each of your open positions? Can you envision your ideal employee

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  • Do You Know Your Company’s Employee Value Proposition?
    Do You Know Your Company’s Employee Value Proposition?

    You may understand your company’s value proposition, and you may be able [...]

    Do You Know Your Company’s Employee Value Proposition?

    You may understand your company’s value proposition, and you may be able to explain the benefits of your product or service to customers. But you can apply the same concept to your potential employees? When it comes to your workforce, your value proposition includes everything your company does to attract employees and retain them once they’re onboard. This list covers everything from compensation to rewards, benefits, prestige, potential career growth, perks and even commuting distance. In other words, it

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  • New Communication Platforms Help Keep Your Team Connected
    New Communication Platforms Help Keep Your Team Connected

    Business moves fast. But technology also moves fast, and as the demands [...]

    New Communication Platforms Help Keep Your Team Connected

    Business moves fast. But technology also moves fast, and as the demands on your team increase, new platforms keep appearing on the marketplace that can keep your groups connected, in touch and ahead of the competition. If you’re still relying on standard and timeless methods of communication, like phone conversations and email exchanges, that’s fine. But these formats don’t allow your teams to share and edit files from the road, or distribute charts and photos, or participate in private

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  • What are the Best Ways to Evaluate a Staffing Firm?
    What are the Best Ways to Evaluate a Staffing Firm?

    You need to choose a staffing firm. You already know this move [...]

    What are the Best Ways to Evaluate a Staffing Firm?

    You need to choose a staffing firm. You already know this move can drive your business forward. A contract with an established, professional staffing agency can help you stay lean and flexible during unpredictable business cycles. Putting your trust in a team of experts can help you attract top talent and identify the best candidates in a winning applicant pool. So your next move is clear. Only one question remains: How do you choose the best staffing firm in

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  • Land Top Candidates: Sell Your Core Competencies
    Land Top Candidates: Sell Your Core Competencies

    As you develop your staffing and sourcing strategy and search for the [...]

    Land Top Candidates: Sell Your Core Competencies

    As you develop your staffing and sourcing strategy and search for the best ways to fill your open positions, you’re pulling out all the stops. You’re doing everything you can to find the best candidates, and only the best. You want skilled, affordable experts who will embrace your company culture and thrive among your existing teams. But in order to select the best, first you’ll have to attract the best. And to encourage top candidates to apply, you’ll have

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  • Should You Make a Counteroffer to a Departing Employee?
    Should You Make a Counteroffer to a Departing Employee?

    When an employee walks into your office to give notice, how do [...]

    Should You Make a Counteroffer to a Departing Employee?

    When an employee walks into your office to give notice, how do you typically respond? The departure of employees — especially talented contributors — can be disappointing, and in some cases, this news can actually instill panic, especially if the departing employee holds rare skill sets or a head packed with years of vital institutional knowledge. So what should you do? Should you simply say goodbye, wish them well, and start the search process for a replacement? Or should

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  • Why Employee Tenure Matters
    Why Employee Tenure Matters

    If you’re an experienced hiring manager, you may be familiar with the [...]

    Why Employee Tenure Matters

    If you’re an experienced hiring manager, you may be familiar with the statistics that define the modern millennial-obsessed corporate workplace: Employees stay with a single company for an average of 3.6 years. This tenure drops in accordance with employee age, since recent grads are more likely to move on within two years, or even one. Midcareer workers stay longer, but not by much. Overall, the numbers send a clear message; employee-employer relationships are short. And they’re getting even shorter.

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  • Become a Better Leader: the Power of Gratitude
    Become a Better Leader: the Power of Gratitude

    Sometimes the best way to earn respect, attention and employee effort is [...]

    Become a Better Leader: the Power of Gratitude

    Sometimes the best way to earn respect, attention and employee effort is simple. Say thank you – even if the recipient of your “thank you” hasn’t actually done anything just yet. And even if the task in question hasn’t been completed to very peak of perfection. Even if risks are taken and mistakes are made along the way, and even if your employees give their very best but still fall short. Gratitude can let your employees know that you

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  • Looking for Great Candidates? Try Talking to Your Current Employees
    Looking for Great Candidates? Try Talking to Your Current Employees

    Are you having trouble finding the perfect sourcing channel? Have you tried [...]

    Looking for Great Candidates? Try Talking to Your Current Employees

    Are you having trouble finding the perfect sourcing channel? Have you tried social media, online profile searches and job fairs with limited success? If you’re struggling to find talented candidates who hold the rare skills and credentials you need, the answer may actually be right in front of your eyes. The employees who are already working for you may be able to connect you with brilliant potential candidates … but only if you make the most of this opportunity.

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  • Prevent Sickness from Spreading in Your Workplace
    Prevent Sickness from Spreading in Your Workplace

    Cold and flu season is upon us, and with the spread of [...]

    Prevent Sickness from Spreading in Your Workplace

    Cold and flu season is upon us, and with the spread of germs comes the spread of gloomy, sniffling, run-down employees. Colds and seasonal illnesses cause countless sick days and hours of lost productivity every year, but you and your employees don’t have to take this news lying down. Fight back and take a few steps to prevent germs from spreading around your office. Be generous with hand sanitizer. Invest in alcohol-based hand sanitizer and keep a handy pump

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  • Take Advantage of the New Year as You Search for Job Seekers
    Take Advantage of the New Year as You Search for Job Seekers

    Every year around the beginning of January, job seekers experience a dramatic [...]

    Take Advantage of the New Year as You Search for Job Seekers

    Every year around the beginning of January, job seekers experience a dramatic increase in focus and drive. You can call it “resolution-based job hunting,” or you can simply chalk it up to renewed sense of focus and determination that aligns with the start of a new calendar year. Often, these aggressive job seekers are responding to discouraging annual reviews or employers who have denied their requests for well-deserved promotions or overdue raises. These highly qualified candidates flood the marketplace

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  • Where to Find Passive Candidates
    Where to Find Passive Candidates

    You’ve heard the positive buzz about “passive” candidates, and you know that [...]

    Where to Find Passive Candidates

    You’ve heard the positive buzz about “passive” candidates, and you know that these candidates can bring great benefits to your workplace. Passive candidates are in demand, likeable, hardworking and loyal (or so their circumstances would suggest). They stand at the opposite end of the spectrum from aggressive applicants who are desperate, mercenary or down on their luck. The resumes of passive candidates (when you manage to find and read them) reflect a track record of calm, orderly decision-making –

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  • Four Reasons to Choose Passive Candidates
    Four Reasons to Choose Passive Candidates

    As you open your new position and launch your search for the [...]

    Four Reasons to Choose Passive Candidates

    As you open your new position and launch your search for the perfect candidate, you’ll have two choices: You can target active candidates, and let the most ambitious and determined job seekers come to you. Or you focus on passive candidates, those who aren’t aggressively looking for work at all and who may need to be pried away from their current comfortable situations. Active candidates bring a host of benefits — these job seekers are usually enterprising and motivated,

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  • Is Your Candidate Too Perfect On Paper?
    Is Your Candidate Too Perfect On Paper?

    We’ve all seen versions of the “paper-perfect” candidate: Their transcripts are an [...]

    Is Your Candidate Too Perfect On Paper?

    We’ve all seen versions of the “paper-perfect” candidate: Their transcripts are an unbroken parade of A’s, they’ve never spent even a single day away from the work force, and every position they’ve ever held has been a ladder-rung above the last. They take on more responsibility with every passing year, and as time goes by their accomplishments have grown increasingly impressive. But look closer. Things that seem too good to be true often are, and if this candidate seems

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  • Connect with Your Employees: Be an Honest Leader
    Connect with Your Employees: Be an Honest Leader

    In an earlier era, prior to our age of constant information flow [...]

    Connect with Your Employees: Be an Honest Leader

    In an earlier era, prior to our age of constant information flow and the expectation of transparency, employees didn’t demand much involvement in company decisions. Or maybe they did, but this involvement wasn’t granted as often as it is now, and managers had more freedom to control channels of information. If you’re managing a team and you’re struggling to find balance between discretion and open communication, you’re not alone. Here are a few ways to keep your teams engaged

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  • Overcommunicate While Onboarding New Employees
    Overcommunicate While Onboarding New Employees

    When managers bring new employees on board, they tend to make a [...]

    Overcommunicate While Onboarding New Employees

    When managers bring new employees on board, they tend to make a few common mistakes. For example, some inexperienced managers over or underestimate a new employee’s current knowledge base. Some push employees in over their heads too quickly. Some don’t take the time to properly introduce coworkers to the new team members and give both parties the time and resources they need to acclimate. But of all the common mistakes made during the onboarding process, the most common is

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  • Finding and Training Your Replacement
    Finding and Training Your Replacement

    If you’re leaving a job you love with a company you respect, [...]

    Finding and Training Your Replacement

    If you’re leaving a job you love with a company you respect, then you probably care about what happens to this place — and these people — after you’re gone. You may have plenty of excellent reasons for walking out the door, but you’re still invested in the fate of your clients and co-workers. And if you’re leaving a company you don’t care about at all, and you’d just as soon watch the enterprise collapse, it’s still a good

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  • Start Meetings the Right Way
    Start Meetings the Right Way

    Meetings are never the most popular item on the office task list, [...]

    Start Meetings the Right Way

    Meetings are never the most popular item on the office task list, but they’re a necessary burden. Sometimes we need to gather together and hold conversations face-to-face in order to get things done; there’s just no practical way around this. So in order to keep the wasted time, confusion, and hassle to a minimum, you’ll need to do your best to keep the conversation pleasant and on-task. Here are a few tips that can help you launch your meetings

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  • Managing Millennials: It’s Not Impossible
    Managing Millennials: It’s Not Impossible

    Millennials, or employees born in the 1980s and 1990s, form the driving [...]

    Managing Millennials: It’s Not Impossible

    Millennials, or employees born in the 1980s and 1990s, form the driving engine of most modern workplaces. These young workers in their 20s and 30s are taking over as baby boomers gradually exit, and they’re bringing their strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and habits into every industry – from manufacturing to healthcare. According to widely held assumptions, these younger employees present management challenges that their (only slightly older) bosses must face with heroic strength and patience. But in reality, millennials are

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  • Perks Alone Won’t Attract the Best Millennials
    Perks Alone Won’t Attract the Best Millennials

    You’ve read the Internet articles, you’ve heard the buzz, and you’ve seen [...]

    Perks Alone Won’t Attract the Best Millennials

    You’ve read the Internet articles, you’ve heard the buzz, and you’ve seen the writing on the wall: the future of any successful company lies in its ability to attract smart, ambitious millennials. And millennials love perks the way moths love light bulbs. You want millennials, millennials want perks. So add a ping-pong table and an ice cream bar to your office and you’ll be all set… Right? Not exactly. Ambitious employees in their 20s do statistically respond to perks

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  • Avoid These Poor Hiring Behaviors
    Avoid These Poor Hiring Behaviors

    Your hiring program may be on track, and you may be working [...]

    Avoid These Poor Hiring Behaviors

    Your hiring program may be on track, and you may be working hard every day to attract the most talented workers and the best cultural matches. But if you’re engaging in any of these weak staffing practices, you may be undermining your success without realizing it. In fact, practices like these can hurt your program on two levels: first, they alienate talented candidates who have plenty of other options. And second, as the best applicants slip away, the worst

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  • We all Make Mistakes: What’s the Best Way to Recover?
    We all Make Mistakes: What’s the Best Way to Recover?

    In order to drive our careers (and our lives) forward and get [...]

    We all Make Mistakes: What’s the Best Way to Recover?

    In order to drive our careers (and our lives) forward and get the most out of our time, talents, and skills, we need to let go of the illusion of perfection. As it happens, the sooner young employees learn this important lesson, the faster they reach their professional goals. If you’re terrified of making mistakes, you probably won’t make very many of them. And as a result, you’ll never profit from the experience and your career won’t move very

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  • The Art of Delegation: Why You Should Place Your Trust in Your Employees
    The Art of Delegation: Why You Should Place Your Trust in Your Employees

    If you’re burning yourself out by taking on more responsibility than you [...]

    The Art of Delegation: Why You Should Place Your Trust in Your Employees

    If you’re burning yourself out by taking on more responsibility than you can handle while your employees sit patiently waiting for your orders and instructions, you’re not alone. Far too often, managers — especially those who are newly assigned to leadership roles — measure their value by the degree of personal responsibility they can accept and execute successfully. If the buck stops with you, which means everything that happens under your purview happens under your control. And the best

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  • Improve Hiring with Successful Job Descriptions
    Improve Hiring with Successful Job Descriptions

    Can the quality of your job description actually influence the quality of [...]

    Improve Hiring with Successful Job Descriptions

    Can the quality of your job description actually influence the quality of your applicant pool? The overall quality and length of your job post can help filter mismatches and attract talented experts. But the job description, more than almost any other aspect if the post, can help potential candidates self-select. Make sure your description targets the candidates you want and encourages others to move along. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Cut to the Chase Don’t

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  • Six Tips to Improve Your Job Postings
    Six Tips to Improve Your Job Postings

    If you’re looking for ways to improve your applicant pool and elevate [...]

    Six Tips to Improve Your Job Postings

    If you’re looking for ways to improve your applicant pool and elevate the level of experience and talent in your workplace, there are several steps you can take to boost your sourcing efforts. But you can also make one simple move that may have a huge impact – rewrite your job descriptions. Tighten your message and streamline your posts so they grab the attention of the best candidates in the marketplace. Try the adjustments below. Sell your company. Dedicate

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  • Five Tips to Offering Praise and Criticism
    Five Tips to Offering Praise and Criticism

    As a manager, you take responsibility for the success of your employees, [...]

    Five Tips to Offering Praise and Criticism

    As a manager, you take responsibility for the success of your employees, and you also take responsibility for their missed deadlines, professional obstacles, and imperfect work. If they show high potential and fail to deliver, it’s your job to review the situation and determine what went wrong. If they accept a task and can’t, don’t, or won’t follow through, the results lie on your own record, not just theirs. And if you hire an employee because they hold a

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  • Hire High-Potential Employees and Watch Them Flourish
    Hire High-Potential Employees and Watch Them Flourish

    The candidate in front of you doesn’t hold every single one of [...]

    Hire High-Potential Employees and Watch Them Flourish

    The candidate in front of you doesn’t hold every single one of the requirements you listed in your job post. In fact, they don’t even hold half of them. You asked for a master’s degree, and they just graduated with a bachelor’s degree. You requested five years of experience, and they have two. You need a candidate with proficiency across several software platforms, and their resume doesn’t quite clear this bar. But your instincts are telling you not to

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  • What to Do with an Employee Who’s Always Late
    What to Do with an Employee Who’s Always Late

    If you have any experience managing a team of human beings, you’ve [...]

    What to Do with an Employee Who’s Always Late

    If you have any experience managing a team of human beings, you’ve probably learned at least one valuable lesson – nobody’s perfect. Even top performers and dedicated superstars sometimes have rough days, and every now and then we do our best to arrive on time but still fall short. Everyone deals with the occasional unexpected traffic jam or forgotten appointment. But what can you do with an employee who tends to cross the line? How should you respond to

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  • Learn From Your Exit Interviews
    Learn From Your Exit Interviews

    When your employees give notice and leave your company to seek their [...]

    Learn From Your Exit Interviews

    When your employees give notice and leave your company to seek their fortunes elsewhere, do you close the relationship with a detailed, meaningful exit interview? If you don’t do this already, now is a great time to start. (And if you do already, good for you!) Intelligent exit interviews provide an excellent way to turn a negative (the sad fact that a trusted employee is leaving) into a positive (a valuable lesson, or maybe several). But what’s the difference

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  • Three Tips for LinkedIn Recommendations
    Three Tips for LinkedIn Recommendations

    You know that your former direct report or valued co-worker is now [...]

    Three Tips for LinkedIn Recommendations

    You know that your former direct report or valued co-worker is now stepping onto the job market and looking for a new position. You already know—and you’ve told your friend—that you’ll happily and eagerly serve as a personal reference, and that you’ll provide a glowing report regarding their skills and experience to anyone who asks. But when it comes to LinkedIn, you don’t have to wait to be asked. You can write a recommendation right now that your contact

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  • Would You Interview a Candidate without an Online Presence?
    Would You Interview a Candidate without an Online Presence?

    If you’re like most modern hiring managers, you probably conduct at least [...]

    Would You Interview a Candidate without an Online Presence?

    If you’re like most modern hiring managers, you probably conduct at least one or two online searches of your final contenders at some point during the hiring process. You may not check online profiles for every single submitted resume, but by the time you’ve narrowed the pool to a handful of frontrunners, internet searches will probably come into play as another feedback source. What you find online may strongly influence your feelings about a candidate, for better or worse.

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  • When to Let Employees Work from Home
    When to Let Employees Work from Home

    A generation ago, the idea of sending employees home during the day [...]

    When to Let Employees Work from Home

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    Use Social Media to Your Advantage

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    The interviewee sitting across from you at the table seems smart, competent, and pleasant. He has a bright smile and his resume looks impressive…at least on the surface. But unfortunately, this interview is starting to answer some of the questions that were raised by your investigation into his resume claims. Yes, he has a relevant degree, but his GPA was very low. And yes, he has held a few relevant positions during the course of his career, but he

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    HR studies and volumes of anecdotal evidence are now confirming what’s long been suggested by experience and common sense: cultural alignment and flexibility are a strong indicator of workplace success, on par with job skills, education, and work history. So how can you tell if the candidate across the interview desk represents a cultural match? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind. Know How to Describe Your Culture Before you can identify a cultural match, you’ll need

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    If you’ve held a management position for any length of time, you’ve probably heard plenty of warnings about the dreaded “job-hopper,” a candidate who will step on board, make a series of expensive newbie mistakes while learning the ropes, gradually gain confidence through the application of expensive training, and then disappear just as he’s finally making the transition from clumsy liability to competent asset. When you hire one of these bait-and-switch candidates, you lose twice: First, hiring is expensive.

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    Can You Improve Your Job Application Process?

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  • How to Lose a Candidate BEFORE the Interview
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    How to Lose a Candidate BEFORE the Interview

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    Creating an Employee Benefits Package: Factors to Consider

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    Recruiting entry-level candidates and mid-career professionals can both bring specific sets of challenges. But both of these differ widely from the task of finding, attracting and selecting candidates for executive-level leadership roles. For most potential employees, this stage of career development is driven by specific motivators that are not always limited to baseline salary. As an additional challenge for recruiters and staffing pros, candidates at this level are rarely driven by desperation, and they usually aren’t just looking for

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    4 Benefits of Choosing a Staffing Agency with Experience

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    Should you Hire an Overqualified Candidate?

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    Hiring Trends: Conducting Interviews Over Lunch

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    Hiring Trends in Arizona in the Fall of 2014

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  • 29% of Employers Adding Staff in Q4
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    5 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Effective

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    5 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Effective

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  • The Value of a Strong Employee Referral Program
    The Value of a Strong Employee Referral Program

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    The Value of a Strong Employee Referral Program

    An effective employee referral program can help you reduce the time and cost you invest in your staffing process while also increasing the accuracy of your hiring decisions, but the value of great referrals extends far beyond the staffing process. How can you boost your productivity and help your company grow just by allowing your current employees to shape your workforce? 1. You need new recruits who can adapt to your culture. And here’s a news flash: your current

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  • Five Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover
    Five Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover

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    Five Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover

    It may sound mercenary to some and touchy-feely to others, but here at Accent, we’ve learned that almost all effective methods for reducing employee turnover and keeping talented staff on board can reduced to two options. Employees tend to reject other offers and cling to what they have when they: 1. Feel obligated to stay for practical reasons, whether they like working for you or not. 2. Enjoy working for you, and want to stay with you even though

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  • Improve Productivity with the Power of Recognition
    Improve Productivity with the Power of Recognition

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    Improve Productivity with the Power of Recognition

    When employers are advised to work on “employee recognition”, many of them respond with the same thought: “Check and check. I already recognize my employees for their hard work. Just yesterday when my team completed a project, I thanked them and ordered celebratory pizza for everyone. And last week when my marketing manager stayed late, I made sure she knew how much I appreciated her efforts. So as far as “employee recognition” is concerned, I’m on the right track.

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  • 4 Ways To Optimize Your Online Job Postings
    4 Ways To Optimize Your Online Job Postings

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    4 Ways To Optimize Your Online Job Postings

    When you announce your open positions online and ask candidates to submit resumes, you have two options: You can simply describe the job and then provide clear instructions on how to apply. Or you can think of this post an opportunity to support and extend your branding and outreach efforts. In many cases, this post will serve as the first contact between your brand and your reader, and first impressions can have a lasting impact. In other cases, your

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  • Micromanagement: An Effective Strategy for your Business?
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    Micromanagement: An Effective Strategy for your Business?

    Micromanagement is often considered a bad word, and when most people envision “effective leadership” they don’t immediately think of a hovering, nitpicking boss who offers feedback that’s unsolicited and constant. But there are several occasions and situations in which micromanagement might be the most effective item in your leadership toolkit. If you find yourself facing any of these challenges, micromanagement might be a valid and perfectly acceptable option. 1. When the “wrong track” is a dangerous and/or expensive road.

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  • How to Incentivize Your Employees without Breaking the Bank
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    How to Incentivize Your Employees without Breaking the Bank

    In order to keep your talented employees on board and prevent them from being lured away by your competitors, of course you need to keep them happy; they need fair, competitive salaries, safe working conditions, and respectful treatment. But if you’ve been running a business for a while, you already know this. And you already know that your employees need appropriate incentives if you expect them to go the extra mile and put their hearts into their work instead

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    5 Resume Red Flags

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    5 Resume Red Flags

    Most candidates who submit a resume for a position are legitimate, hardworking people who possess at least some (if not all) of the skill sets required by your open position. Their intentions are aboveboard, and they’re just looking for an opportunity to receive fair pay in exchange for their labor and dedication. But as you work your way through the resume review process, keep a close eye on statements and decisions like the ones below. These may indicate signs

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  • How to Find Top Candidates on Linkedin
    How to Find Top Candidates on Linkedin

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    How to Find Top Candidates on Linkedin

    If you haven’t started working social media and online profiles into your staffing strategy, now is a great time to start. Social media is here to stay, and if you aren’t taking advantage of publically available information that’s strictly voluntary on the candidate’s part, you’re missing out on an opportunity to make smarter, better-informed choices about who you choose to bring onboard. Facebook and Twitter provide information that candidates may or may not choose to share with you, and

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  • Poor Interview Etiquette
    Poor Interview Etiquette

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    Be a Better Interviewer – Here’s How

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    Be a Better Interviewer – Here’s How

    Interviewing job candidates for open positions is a task required of most management professionals. And if you’ve been doing it a lot lately, you may have grown stale and bored in your own interview technique. If you’d like to shake things up and try a new approach, consider tackling interviews not as they appear in print, with a question, then an response, then another question. Think of interviews as conversations and see how differently you handle the task. Try

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  • Boost Employee Engagement in Scottsdale
    Boost Employee Engagement in Scottsdale

    Employee engagement can begin to wane at certain points in the year. [...]

    Boost Employee Engagement in Scottsdale

    Employee engagement can begin to wane at certain points in the year. As the weather gets warmer, the days get longer, and vacations begin their siren songs, productivity and motivation reach low points–which can cost you time, money and momentum. This summer, try upping your employees’ level of engagement by using the following three easy ideas: State your goals–and the plans for achieving those goals–clearly, frequently, and positively. When employees are unsure or unclear about how their work contributes

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  • Business is Made up of Relationships
    Business is Made up of Relationships

    Business is made up of relationships. Consider all the bonds you have [...]

    Business is Made up of Relationships

    Business is made up of relationships. Consider all the bonds you have within your company: relationships with clients, with other companies, with co-workers–all of these ties create the web which connects us all in the business world. Without positive relationships, we cannot excel and we cannot move forward. Take proactive steps to build better relationships by doing the following: Intermittently scan your body language. Often, you may find that you are sending unintentional signals with the way you stand,

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  • How to Reduce Your Cost Per Hire in Arizona
    How to Reduce Your Cost Per Hire in Arizona

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an effective pipeline straight from [...]

    How to Reduce Your Cost Per Hire in Arizona

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an effective pipeline straight from a pool of qualified, driven candidate’s, right to the door of your human resource department? Believe it or not, you can build this figurative pipeline quickly and efficiently, lowering your cost per hire and decreasing the amount of lag time between needing a candidate and signing the new hire paperwork. Read on for guidance on how to establish and cultivate your candidate channel. Consider how your company

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  • 4 Tips for Improving Your Workplace — Your Employees Need Change
    4 Tips for Improving Your Workplace — Your Employees Need Change

    Springtime brings rejuvenation unlike any other force. The whole world seems to [...]

    4 Tips for Improving Your Workplace — Your Employees Need Change

    Springtime brings rejuvenation unlike any other force. The whole world seems to blossom and the subliminal yearning for rebirth awakens. You may find that the office seems to have a burst of energy–and it is precisely that energy that you can harness for the betterment of your workspace. Consider what kind of “spring cleaning” you can do with your staff that can bring improvements this year. First, consider the physical workspace you and your staff inhabit. You are spending

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  • Improve Work Quality this Summer
    Improve Work Quality this Summer

    The days are stretching longer, the temperatures are growing warmer, vacations are [...]

    Improve Work Quality this Summer

    The days are stretching longer, the temperatures are growing warmer, vacations are on the horizon…and your employees just can’t seem to maintain focus and productivity. Sound familiar? If so, your staff may be falling victim to the Summer Slump–the beckoning laziness that goes hand-in-hand with the next three months. While it is natural to want to slow down during this time, this tendency does not help maintain a healthy productivity for your company. So how should you go about

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  • Tips for Improving Your Leadership Skills
    Tips for Improving Your Leadership Skills

    If you are like most managers, you want to excel in your [...]

    Tips for Improving Your Leadership Skills

    If you are like most managers, you want to excel in your station and make big things happen for your company. You hone your job skills proudly and are constantly striving toward improvement. When you come to a plateau in your achievement, perhaps you may consider simplifying and focusing on the most basic and essential job skills that made you a great leader in the first place: being prepared, being present, and being pragmatic. Cervantes once said, “Forewarned, forearmed;

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  • Mobile Recruiting Ideas
    Mobile Recruiting Ideas

    If you are standing in line, waiting on a take-out order, commuting [...]

    Mobile Recruiting Ideas

    If you are standing in line, waiting on a take-out order, commuting to work, look around–more and more people by the day are concentrating on their smartphones. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Technology-research firm IDC has predicted that mobile devices will overtake desktop and laptop computers as Americans’ preferred method for accessing the Internet by 2015.” If you are like many managers, you are being faced with a daunting task: making your recruiting strategies more mobile-friendly, without increasing

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  • Improving Your Interviewing Skills
    Improving Your Interviewing Skills

    You likely have a great deal of experience interviewing candidates for positions [...]

    Improving Your Interviewing Skills

    You likely have a great deal of experience interviewing candidates for positions at your company; and it is probable that the manager who came before you and the one who came before her set a precedent for modeling interview questions. Some of them–”What are your strengths and weaknesses?”–are in the canon, and are not likely to be revised or reworked any time soon. However, there is one interview question that you may want to avoid. “Where do you see

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  • Social Media for Your Job Search | A Great Tool
    Social Media for Your Job Search | A Great Tool

    Mentions of social media often make people cringe: they are thinking of [...]

    Social Media for Your Job Search | A Great Tool

    Mentions of social media often make people cringe: they are thinking of a tidal wave of memes, games, blog posts and photos. You may be reluctant to associate a serious job search with websites such as Facebook or Twitter, leaving your interactions to remain stagnant, relegated to merely setting up a LinkedIn profile. However, social media sites are tools that you must learn to use to your advantage if you want to get ahead in your job search. First,

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  • Candidate Search Audit | Reevaluating Your Strategy
    Candidate Search Audit | Reevaluating Your Strategy

    If you have been casting your nets in the same old ways [...]

    Candidate Search Audit | Reevaluating Your Strategy

    If you have been casting your nets in the same old ways and are not locating the most suitable talent for your company, you may find that performing a candidate search strategy audit can help you target the areas of your approach that need improvement. Ultimately, regular audits can help you cut hiring costs while increasing your company’s employee retention rate. Here are some things to think about when you audit your candidate search strategy: 1. Job search listing.

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  • Interview Excuses and How to Approach Them
    Interview Excuses and How to Approach Them

    There are countless possibilities of excuses you could hear if a candidate [...]

    Interview Excuses and How to Approach Them

    There are countless possibilities of excuses you could hear if a candidate cannot make a scheduled interview. Some of them are laughable and overly detailed (“My parrot got out of the house and then he ate a banana and I had to take him to the vet because he is allergic to bananas…”), and some are entirely absent–the dreaded “no call/no show” situation. Some of these excuses will be much more common, and you may have to deal with

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  • End of the Year Reviews | Make the Most of Them
    End of the Year Reviews | Make the Most of Them

    End of year reviews can be a task that is dreaded by [...]

    End of the Year Reviews | Make the Most of Them

    End of year reviews can be a task that is dreaded by both employee and supervisor. They tend to be nerve-wracking for both parties, dry, un-engaging, and largely one-sided. If you would like to shift the end of year review paradigm to a conversation that is more appealing overall, consider the following guide to help you build a framework for a discussion that will energize you–not zap all your mojo. 1. Open by defining the most valuable contributions that

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  • Why Recruiters are Worth It
    Why Recruiters are Worth It

    If you are like most managers, you love your company, love your [...]

    Why Recruiters are Worth It

    If you are like most managers, you love your company, love your job, love your team, and love recruiting new candidates for positions in your division. OK–scratch that last one. There aren’t many managers at all who enjoy the task of locating and recruiting candidates for potential hire, because the process is, in fact, a job all itself. This is why you should consider hiring a recruiter to do this full-time job for you. Recruiters know where to seek out candidates

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  • Successful Onboarding | Save Time and Money
    Successful Onboarding | Save Time and Money

    A successful onboarding process can save your company time and money, increase [...]

    Successful Onboarding | Save Time and Money

    A successful onboarding process can save your company time and money, increase employee satisfaction and productivity, and decrease turnover rate. This is quickly becoming the trend to follow in business, and there are many reasons to jump aboard. Follow these tips to create an onboarding routine or to revamp your current plan: Easy does it. Setting aside more time that seems necessary for the onboarding process (think five days as opposed to one or two) is actually a good

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  • Increase Productivity this Spring
    Increase Productivity this Spring

    In the beginning of spring, we all begin to reawaken. This lovely [...]

    Increase Productivity this Spring

    In the beginning of spring, we all begin to reawaken. This lovely feeling of springtime renewal does wonders for our spirits, but often wreaks havoc upon our productivity. Good managers know that this seasonal mood shift can be harnessed to help create a boost in productivity–and habits that can last all year long. Emphasize starting. Encourage your employees to begins as many things as possible–with the caveat that their objective is to finish (or sign off on) each task

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  • Big Data Metrics Meets HR and Staffing
    Big Data Metrics Meets HR and Staffing

    Big data, or a collection of metrics and analytics that condense your [...]

    Big Data Metrics Meets HR and Staffing

    Big data, or a collection of metrics and analytics that condense your HR department’s efficacy (i.e.,the company’s collective employee turnover rate, 401K participation, absenteeism) into neat numbers, is the future. Simply stated, it is one of the most important boons to your business that you will be faced with this century. With a cultural focus on what is relevant and current, mobile access to big data is an excellent way to bring your managers into the now. Here are

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  • Revitalize Your Management Style
    Revitalize Your Management Style

    Management is a difficult dance. And if you’ve been doing it a long time, [...]

    Revitalize Your Management Style

    Management is a difficult dance. And if you’ve been doing it a long time, you may have settled into habits or routines that are not conducive to your company’s goals and velocity. However, if your company has plans for increased achievement in the coming year, it would behoove you to evaluate your managerial routine to see if you can root out negative behaviors. Even very small changes can help a business blossom! If your tendency is to treat everyone the exact

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  • Optimize your Hiring Process | We Can Help!
    Optimize your Hiring Process | We Can Help!

    Each quarter, businesses are bleeding dollar after unproductive dollar into their hiring [...]

    Optimize your Hiring Process | We Can Help!

    Each quarter, businesses are bleeding dollar after unproductive dollar into their hiring processes, only to find that they are wasting funds on systems that are just not working. In order to avoid this costly mistake, take this first quarter to examine your company’s hiring process and determine what needs to be changed. Overall, there are three key pieces of advice every company should take if they want to begin moving forward with a cohesive, productive staff to reach their

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  • Social Community Interest | Staffing Agencies Scottsdale
    Social Community Interest | Staffing Agencies Scottsdale

    If you were doing something that alienated a whopping seventy percent of [...]

    Social Community Interest | Staffing Agencies Scottsdale

    If you were doing something that alienated a whopping seventy percent of millennial job candidates, you’d want to know about it, right? Consider this: according to this Deloitte survey, nearly three-quarters of the tenacious, ambitious millennial crowd is seeking jobs at companies with a solid social commitment. Companies that have community involvement plans are reeling in the biggest fish in the candidate pool, and if you want to stay on top of the hiring game, it may be in

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  • Difficult Conversations for HR | How to Approach Them
    Difficult Conversations for HR | How to Approach Them

    While being a human resource manager is a very valuable and rewarding [...]

    Difficult Conversations for HR | How to Approach Them