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Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team An employment application is intended to provide your company with an opportunity to make specific inquiries into an applicant’s work and educational background in a standardized way. The standardized collection of data can make it easier to identify which candidates meet the minimum qualifications for the job and to… read more

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osted by HR Solutions Blog Team Most small businesses don’t have a dedicated human resources department. Instead, many have a single person who is responsible for, among other things, HR responsibilities and employee-related issues. Managing HR responsibilities alone can be daunting, whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the role. Below we offer… read more

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Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team The costs of a bad hire are high. To help make better hiring decisions, some employers use pre-employment tests to further evaluate job applicants. These tests are designed to assess a candidate’s skills and suitability for the position. Common pre-employment tests include: Cognitive tests – assess reasoning, memory, perceptual… read more

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BY LARRY KIM – Founder and CTO, WordStream CREDIT: Getty Images Given the cost of losing great employees (and hiring and training new ones), employee retention is a major issue for businesses of all types and sizes. In fact, lost mid-range employees — those earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year — cost 20% of their annual… read more

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Want a change of direction? Here’s why now is the perfect time to get started. BY JESSICA STILLMAN Contributor, Inc.com According to the calendar, September is just another month in the year. But according to our emotions, this time of year often feels particularly weighty. With summer at an end, many people experience a pang of nostalgia… read more

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Many are good. Some are superior. And a few–just a few–are exceptional. Here’s how to tell the difference. BY JEFF HADEN, Contributing editor, Inc. CREDIT: Getty Images We can all spot a great employee: she’s dependable, proactive, hardworking, a great leader, and a great follower. She brings a wide variety of easily defined–but hard to find–skills… read more

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BY THOMAS OPPONG Founding editor, AllTopStartups CREDIT: Getty Images You will work better when you find and stick to habits that work best for you. You can’t use every productive habit you read about. The most successful people you know stick to habits that produce the most results. You can achieve high performance if you focus… read more

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BY JESSICA STILLMAN Contributor, Inc.com    CREDIT: Getty Images  We tend to think of people who have true grit and exceptional perseverance as hard — they have a thick enough skin and strong enough emotional defenses that whatever life throws at them, it simply bounces off. If you view mental toughness through this prism, it’s… read more

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CREDIT: Getty Images It’s Monday morning and you’re starting your work week. Most people get right to answering emails, attending meetings, or dealing with that “hot” issue that simply must be addressed. But jumping right into the flow is rarely the most valuable or productive thing to do. Remember the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower:… read more