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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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Burnett Specialists Named #1 Largest Direct Hire Placement Firm in Houston

Burnett Specialists Named #1 Largest Direct Hire Placement Firm in Houston
Each year, the Houston Business Journal compiles a list of Houston's Top Direct-Hire Placement Firms and Houston's Top Temporary Staffing Firms and for the 5th year in a row, Burnett Specialists is #1 Largest Direct Hire Placement Firm and #3 Largest Temporary Staffing Firm in Houston.   This is our fifth consecutive year to be #1! -Sue Burnet...
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Five Ways to Clean Up Your Resume

Five Ways to Clean Up Your Resume
Think of your resume like a story – your story, in fact. It is the tale of your professional experience, your personal achievements and work ethic. You want that story to be compelling, as it conveys your potential value to a hiring team or prospective employer. A professional resume opens the doors to possibilities. However, sometimes when a job s...
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What To Say When They Ask “Why Do You Want This Job”

What To Say When They Ask “Why Do You Want This Job”
The first time you really get to shine with a new employer happens during the interview. You're going to be asked all kinds of questions, from understanding your strengths to picking apart your weaknesses. The most challenging questions, however, tend to be more abstract. One of the most difficult ones in this group: Why do you want this job? While...
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Learn About Working for an ESOP

Learn About Working for an ESOP
Wouldn't being an owner of a company inspire you to work hard to make it a success? This motivation is one of the driving forces behind companies opting for employee ownership. There are several ways to accomplish employee ownership. Employees can buy stock directly, receive stock options, or through a profit sharing plan. Stocks can even be given ...
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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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Do you get overwhelmed by all the things you need to do in a day?

Do you get overwhelmed by all the things you need to do in a day?
List your top 5-7 goals for the day and break the list down to 3. It's good to get in the habit of making lists; it's bad to make long lists. If you've got more than 5 items on your list, break it down to the top 3 things (you can always go back and edit in another task or two). But with a list of 20 things, how can you not be overwhelmed? Three is...
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Get the Edge over Other Job Candidates

Get the Edge over Other Job Candidates
Sometimes, the door to our success is the one we open for ourselves. Standing out from the crowd by working smarter – not harder – at applying for jobs can do the trick. It's time to clean out the stale job-hunting tactics that aren't producing results. Rewriting your cover letter can give you an edge. Write a hard-hitting opening line Your cover l...
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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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Last-Minute Job Interview, Here’s What to Focus on

Last-Minute Job Interview, Here’s What to Focus on
Finally! The call you've been waiting for. You've got an interview for your dream job! But wait – first thing tomorrow morning? How can you possibly be ready? Here are a few last-minute tips to help you prepare and get the offer – even at the last minute. Wardrobe It's too late to dry clean your suit now, but pull it out and take a quick look. Hit ...
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How Do You Write a Post-Interview Thank-You Note?

How Do You Write a Post-Interview Thank-You Note?
If you aren't following up after an interview, you seriously risk losing the employment opportunity. A brief thank-you note after an interview is a great way to stay fresh in the hiring manager's mind and show that you respect their time. It's also an opportunity to recover if you missed any questions or left out any important experience details. S...
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Stand Out in the Job Market by Showcasing Bilingual Skills

Stand Out in the Job Market by Showcasing Bilingual Skills
Being bilingual is one of the most surefire ways to stand out during an interview. It's an extremely valuable skill that surprisingly few Americans possess. Whether you're a recent graduate or an experienced professional, most managers agree that fluency in a second language can not only help your resume stand out, it can also open doors to special...
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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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Apps Can Help You Create an Organized Schedule

Apps Can Help You Create an Organized Schedule
In today's fast-paced digital world, you can never be too organized. Tasks large and small pile up so quickly at work, and for many of us at home as well, that we can get stressed out just thinking about what's on the plate. That stress comes out in numerous ways — you miss a task assigned by your boss, neglect to complete a project on time or forg...
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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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