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What the Job Market Will Really Look Like this January

Posted by Jason Weber

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The job market has always been difficult to predict after Thanksgiving and this past year has been no different. Traditionally, contract positions that commenced in October/November start wrapping up, people use vacation time that they’ve been saving all year, decision makers’ attendance is spotty, people tend to slow their pace down, and let’s not forget about office holiday parties.

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Topics: Career Advice

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Posted by SelectOne

Mick Jagger and The Stones had it right – you can’t always get what you want.  The same is true for both job seekers and hiring companies.  From the job seeker’s perspective, it’s rare to find everything you are looking for all rolled into one ideal job at your ideal company.  And often hiring companies perceive the search process as an a la carte ordering process, whereby they can select a multitude of ideal attributes and the dream candidate will suddenly appear.  

Keep following Mick's lyrics, and they’ll steer you right – but if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need.

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Topics: Hiring Strategies, Career Advice

Millennials Managing Baby Boomers

Posted by SelectOne

Roles are reversing as more baby boomers retire, and as millennials enter ever-higher positions in the workforce. Boomers once held most managerial positions, but their younger counterparts are starting to take over, and many older employees are answering to workers decades younger than themselves.

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Topics: Workplace

How Business Travel Can be the Next Employee Perk

Posted by Megan Wojtila

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Employee satisfaction is not always about money. Business owners in today’s job market can often compel and retain employees with a variety of other perks and intangibles, like making business travel actually enjoyable.  

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Topics: Business

10 Tips to Close This Year’s Budget and Forecast the Next

Posted by Charlie Hake


The fourth quarter will come to a close sooner than you think—are you prepared? Whether or not your company or clients are ready, you’ll have to reconcile their accounts, round up invoices and shore up a variety of inlays and outlays. What’s more, you’ll need to prepare a proper forecast that will help create a viable budget for the new year. To help you during this tumultuous time, here are 10 tips for year-end closing and forecasting.

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Topics: Financial

Be Wary of Employees Who Don’t Take Vacation

Posted by Steve Raines

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When you own a small service business, it's tempting to look on employee vacations as a necessary evil. After all, when your income is from employees getting paid for doing work, every vacation day represents lost revenue.  On top of everything, when you run a business you're probably not taking much vacation yourself. Given all this, it's easy to fall in love with an employee who doesn't take any PTO, but this behavior hurts your business more than it helps. There are a lot of reasons why employees don't take vacation, but there are four reasons you need to watch out for:

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Topics: Workplace

How to Remain Productive Through the Holidays

Posted by Kahli Martin

The holiday season can be stressful, particularly if you’re juggling a professional life and family responsibilities. You’re expected to tie up loose ends, plan for next year’s projects and stay productive through the holidays on your daily tasks—all while friends and relatives are asking for more of your time.

Fortunately, a few productivity and planning strategies can go a long way in keeping you on task during what should be one of the happiest times of the year. Keep the following tips in mind to provide for a happier, healthier and less stressful holiday season.

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Topics: Workplace

Office Etiquette: Do Manners Apply in the Workplace?

Posted by Tricia Sortisio

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We’ve all been taught the “Golden Rule” as children, treat others as you would like to be treated. It resonates with each one of us in our daily life but how important is it in the workplace?  Studies have shown that manners are more important than you think.  How can the Golden Rule build a healthy culture at your work place?  Here are a few tips for making your company a better place to work for everyone.

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Topics: Workplace

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