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The labor market in Central Oregon remains tight and finding qualified employees continues to be one of the primary barriers for business growth in our market.  Hoping the right candidate will apply to your job or walk through your doors is not a strategy.  The labor market is only going to get tighter for the… Read more »

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High turnover represents an unnecessary cost. With the right retention policies, you can keep your best talent in place. You’ll save money and get more out of your limited resources. But how can you make that happen? Keeping your employees happy requires foresight and a holistic approach. These investments pay off in the long run,… Read more »

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LinkedIn represents a critical part of any career development process. However, has the social media behemoth become central enough to replace traditional job-hunting tools? Specifically, can you use LinkedIn as your resume? The platform certainly has a wide enough reach. It boasts more than 750 million members. Meanwhile, LinkedIn’s users offer more than 10 million… Read more »

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Any hiring process looks to gather as much information as possible. However, you need to strike a balance. Scheduling seemingly endless rounds of interviews can ultimately hurt your cause. For this reason, you have to understand how many rounds are too many. Typically, three rounds of interviews represent the upper limit at more organizations. Beyond… Read more »

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It may seem like a pointless formality. After an interview, you send a follow-up email, thanking the company representatives for taking the time. Does it actually matter? Yes, as it turns out, that small bit of courtesy can really pay off. One survey suggested that more than two thirds (68%) of hiring managers take the… Read more »

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Productivity equals profit. The more effectively you deploy resources, the better your margins become. That added efficiency eventually falls to the bottom line. It may seem like you have reached the limit of your employee output. But that could be an illusion. Most teams have a long way to go. For instance, one study showed… Read more »

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More than a year has passed since the beginning of the pandemic. Some things have started getting back to normal. But many workplaces remain in remote mode. If you’re operating from home anyway, why not move to your ideal spot? The idea has appeal. Now that you don’t have to worry about a commute, you… Read more »

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It’s the goal of any recruitment process: you find the perfect candidate, one you don’t want to lose. There’s a catch, though. They don’t fit with the particular job you’re recruiting for. Flexibility is crucial to long-term team building, so you want to target excellent talent. This is true even when great candidates appear at… Read more »

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Do you work in a toxic environment? No, we aren’t talking about the presence of radiation or chemicals. We mean emotionally toxic. These stressful workplaces make it difficult to excel and can even lead to physical and mental health problems. Of course ,there’s the old “is it you or is it me?” debate at play… Read more »

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Diversity represents a crucial part of a strong workplace culture. It helps you build an energetic, dynamic team. The process should permeate your entire operation. But building a diverse workforce has to start with the recruitment process. A strong commitment to diversity can invigorate your entire organization. It not only helps you find untapped talent…. Read more »