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Hurricane Harvey Relief Resources and Important Information

Hurricane Harvey Relief Resources and Important Information
Our hearts are heavy this week as we try, as a community, to start putting the pieces back together from this terrible disaster.Hurricane Harvey has dumped over 14 trillion gallons of water up and down the south Texas gulf coast and rescue efforts are still currently underway as we speak.Many families have lost everything and will feel the wrath of...
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How To Hire Top Accounting Candidates in 2017

Hiring Top Accounting Candidates in 2017
We're at an interesting crossroads here in Houston, Texas .  The 2015 – 2016 market was a rough one, especially for anyone laid off with 20+ years of experience and for those graduating with no experience over the past two years. Though the plight of the more experienced worker is one we champion often, that is another subject for another day....
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Is "Thank you" really a simple gesture?

Is "Thank you" really a simple gesture?
The highest ROI management tool I know is one that is available to everyone, costs essentially nothing, and is a proven driver of workplace productivity. That tool is gratitude. As obvious as this may sound to some, it is oftentimes overlooked, particularly in companies and among teams for whom seemingly no results are good enough and no bar is eve...
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The Difference Between Leading and Managing

The Difference Between Leading and Managing
Some managers come up through the ranks, while others have been brought in because of their education or experience managing people and projects. Regardless of how you became a leader, here you are, and your job has two major priorities: getting the most out of your team and getting the project done right. When you're trying to inspire, encourage a...
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Benefits of an ESOP

Benefits of an ESOP
When trying to address issues of retention and productivity, a lot of tried and true options usually get tossed on the table. Some companies, however, are taking a bolder, out-of-the-box approach that has been shown to work, now more than ever. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee-owner method that provides a company's workforce w...
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Reflect a Company’s Culture to Your Employees

Reflect a Company’s Culture to Your Employees
For nearly five years in a row, Google's corporate offices – all of them across the globe – rank as the number one best place to work. It isn't just that their offices look like living rooms or that Ping-Pong tables line the break rooms. This billion-dollar company attracts and retains top performers because their company culture shows temporary an...
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Why You Should Build a Personal Brand Online

Why You Should Build a Personal Brand Online
If you're not attracting the top performers in your industry that means your competitors are. The first step to catching the eye of a game-changing candidate is to build a strong and engaging personal brand online. Keeping your company information consistent and informative, while ensuring the conversation on social media stays exciting and visible...
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Improve Your Company LinkedIn Page To Get Better Leads

Improve Your Company LinkedIn Page To Get Better Leads
More than one-third of all new marriages start with an online introduction. If social media is a valid place to meet your mate, you can bet it's also an ideal spot to meet your next big client. Using LinkedIn to establish your brand is a lucrative way to expand your network of possibilities. You can connect with customers, build your brand image an...
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Prepare Your Business for a Minimum Wage Increase

Prepare Your Business for a Minimum Wage Increase
Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has been outspoken about his desire to raise the national minimum wage. Since 2014, at least 10 states voted to increase their minimum wages, with many more state legislatures seriously discussing the issue. Some are poised to raise their minimum wage in the coming years. A report from the White House claims ...
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3 Methods to Test Bilingual Candidates

3 Methods to Test Bilingual Candidates
Companies who hire bilingual talent need employees who can effectively communicate in another language; most often in the United States, the second language is Spanish. When you need an employee who can deliver products and services to customers in a foreign language, you'll need to make bilingual skills a priority. Thorough phone interviews, onlin...
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Want Customer-Focused IT Staff? Look at Their People Skills

Want Customer-Focused IT Staff? Look at Their People Skills
How many times does it take your network administrator to clearly explain why something technical wasn't working right? When your IT staff engages with other departments, how does it go? IT workers can often get stereotyped as antisocial employees, ones whose technical jargon is barely decipherable by others. While this can be true for some individ...
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Do Recruiters Really Trust Your LinkedIn Recommendations

Do Recruiters Really Trust Your LinkedIn Recommendations
If you're about to start a job search, you can expect nearly every company will look at your LinkedIn profile shortly after reviewing your resume. What they see not only has to do with your work experience, but also what groups you belong to and what others are saying about you. LinkedIn is the online destination for professionals. When someone fro...
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Does Your Workplace Have a Cell Phone Policy?

Does Your Workplace Have a Cell Phone Policy?
Policies and procedures may elicit groans from workers, but they are essential for keeping a workplace harmonious, productive and safe. This is especially important in offices and facilities where the workforce is diverse in age, ethnicity and gender. One policy that can make or break morale centers on the cell phone. Cell phones, especially smartp...
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Get the Job – Show Them You Will Make an Impact on Day One

Get the Job – Show Them You Will Make an Impact on Day One
Some temporary employees enjoy making extra cash or trying out new career paths. However, most of these contract workers want this temporary position to turn into a permanent job opportunity. That is why many positions offered through Burnett Specialists/Choice Specialists are called temp-to-hire. These are opportunities for management to see if a ...
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How a Recruiting Firm Will Help You Land Your Next Job

How a Recruiting Firm Will Help You Land Your Next Job
For many job seekers, finding the right career path can be more challenging than originally planned. Whether you're looking to build your resume with temporary jobs, or hoping for a new permanent opportunity, sometimes candidates need a partner who can connect them to the opportunities that seem just out of reach. That's where an experienced recrui...
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Find Satisfaction by Identifying These Right Fits for Your Career

Find Satisfaction by Identifying These Right Fits for Your Career
You don't have to work at a Fortune 500 company to find a workforce culture that provides you with job satisfaction. While stress-relieving gadgets, complimentary lunches and interactive break rooms can lower your stress and boost morale, there are also other ways to appreciate the experience you're having right here, right now. Is your boss a micr...
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Why Your Company Should Consider Hiring Veterans

Why Your Company Should Consider Hiring Veterans
There are close to one million unemployed U.S. veterans, according to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs . Not only is this statistic depressing because of the sacrifice and service of these men and women, it's also disheartening because many of them are extremely qualified and capable, yet consistently overlooked. Imagine that the next time y...
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Being Supportive of Your Employees Reflects Your Leadership

Being Supportive of Your Employees Reflects Your Leadership
Running a profitable company isn't just about making your clients happy; it's also about making your workers happy. When it comes to inspiring hard work, happy employees are much easier to keep productive and motivated. They look to you, the management, for guidance and support. The way you engage them reflects back on who you are as a leader. Forc...
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“We’ll Keep Your Resume on File.” What Does That Really Mean?

“We’ll Keep Your Resume on File.” What Does That Really Mean?
You applied, you interviewed and you were passed over for the job. Rejection is hard to take, especially if the position was one you really felt qualified for, or the company was a place you really wanted to work. However disappointed you may feel when the hiring manager tells you that you didn't get the job, there is a sense of closure and you con...
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Thinking About Quitting? Remember It’s Easier to Get a Job When You Have a Job

Thinking About Quitting? Remember It’s Easier to Get a Job When You Have a Job
For many job seekers, finding the right career at a company that meets your goals can require a big-picture approach. Sometimes, a position that provides little satisfaction can make you feel as if your whole life, not just your career, has derailed. When you get to this point, you might decide it's time for a new employment opportunity. Whether yo...
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