Why You Should Have a Staff Holiday Party

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During the busy holiday season, putting together yet another event or party can seem like an unwelcome chore. Companies that organize a holiday party, though, will be glad they did – here’s why:

Build relationships

Work functions with an emphasis on fun and socializing seem like an HR nightmare to some – but when conducted properly, they can have a lasting return on investment. Company culture benefits significantly from activities like a holiday party, and it provides a rare opportunity, especially for larger companies, to let employees from different departments and teams get to know one another. For some companies, the end-of-year party is one of the only occasions when everyone is able to get together and meet new faces. This type of low-key socializing is optimal for cross-departmental collaboration and is helpful as employers strive to build a cohesive team within a larger company.
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Unemployed Around The Holidays? How To Deal With Family Concerns

close-up-of-hand-completing-job-applicationBetween family gatherings, gift-giving, cooking for larger groups, traveling, and winding down the year, the holidays are typically a stressful time for most families. The added stress of finding oneself in “job-limbo” or dealing with the recent loss of a job can be especially overwhelming during the holiday season. Inevitably, you will field numerous questions from family and friends about your current job (or lack thereof), the expenses associated with the holidays can become more difficult to bear, and you may find it difficult to enjoy any of the celebrations while distracted by the challenges of unemployment. Most likely, it won’t be possible to land your next position at a company until after the holidays – and if seasonal work is out of the question as well, it’s important to plan ahead for how you will approach the holiday season, making the most of the time of year for yourself and for your family. Here are a few tips to get you through the holidays smoothly and prepare for your next chapter once they are over:
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Top 10 Marketing Conferences in 2015

group-of-employees-at-a-table2015 is almost here, and that means it’s time to start planning your conference schedule for the coming year. There are some real stand-out marketing conferences coming up in 2015, and they can be a great way to improve your knowledge and understanding of various marketing strategies and topics, as well as network with people from your industry and others. Below are ten of the top marketing conferences coming up this year. Book early to take advantage of early bird discounts!
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Webinar Wrap-Up: Your Questions Answered

multiple hands overlapping for csrOur last webinar highlighted the importance of Using Corporate Responsibility as a Recruiting and Retention Tool. As with many great webinars, the presentation was followed by thought provoking questions from participants.

It seems that our panelists never have enough time to address every inquiry during the live webinar. Rather than let the discourse fade, our panelists selected eight questions they couldn’t leave unanswered.

Questions include:

  • What is the relationship between CSR and Employee Value Proposition?
  • How would you recommend encouraging a CSR strategy buy-in from company executives?
  • We do internal collections (toys, gifts, food), but can’t figure out how to get out into the community. Any suggestions?

Keep reading for practical answers to questions about the strategic and functional implementation of corporate responsibility.
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5 Hiring Tips for Warp-Speed Recruitment

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.33.41 PMRecruiting techniques and best practices are always changing, and with each new generation the workforce evolves and so should hiring techniques. Recent graduates and job seekers now expect more from their future employers than ever before.

Gone are the days of plain old job boards littered with simple and often deceptive job descriptions. Finding highly skilled candidates isn’t more difficult, if you know how.

Our latest infographic highlights 5 of the most technologically advanced hiring techniques to boost your recruitment strategy. Click here to view the infographic on our website.

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Professional References

A manager giving his millennial worker feedback to better improve his overall performance on the job.Receiving a solid letter of recommendation or reference from a supervisor, teacher or one of your peers can go a long way when you eventually start looking for a new position or job.

References should always be from verifiable sources as well as convey a positive and favorable image of your personality, achievements, and skills.

Merely asking for a reference is not enough, yet it is a mistake many job seekers make. References and letters of recommendation should always be thoroughly documented and include the name of your contact and their preferred method of communication. Let’s have a look at some do’s and don’ts of professional references.
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