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12 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Vacation Time

12 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Vacation Time [Infographic]

I’m not going to do another year where I work straight through from January to December without taking any time off”. That’s what I’d said at the beginning of 2015.

Fast forward 12 months and there I was. Beyond exhausted. Absolutely shattered.

2015 had been ‘full on’ and I’d been operating at a crazy pace. There I was … halfway through December and I’d done the exact opposite of what I’d promised myself … again.

So I went home to Australia for a break. Read More…

5 Recruitment Alternatives for Small Businesses

5 Recruitment Alternatives for Small Businesses

Is the job interview dead?

Not just yet. But there are a number of alternative recruitment strategies small business owners and hiring managers can consider when selecting new employees.

One of the reasons I have always been drawn to helping small businesses recruit is because far too often, hiring can slip through the cracks simply because small business owners aren’t nearly as equipped to build their empires as their peers in the corporate world. This post offers a brief overview of five alternatives to the traditional job interview. Read More…

10 Unconventional Tips For Employee Motivation

10 Unconventional Tips For Employee Motivation

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Jad Kiswani from Recognition Source. His opinions are his own.

Employee motivation plays an important role in productivity and a healthy workplace environment. Once motivated, employees tend to put maximum effort into their tasks, which is an obvious benefit for the company as a whole.

As an employer, you may be aware of some of the known ways to keep your employees motivated, but let’s take a moment to review some of the more unconventional ways.

Every workplace and employee is different, but these ideas are definitely worth looking into and trying. Read More…

6 Ways to Ensure Your Recruitment Process Doesn’t Slow Down Over Summer

6 Ways to Ensure Your Recruitment Process Doesn’t Slow Down Over Summer

Mark Twain once wrote that the coldest Winter he ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco!

He was certainly on to something. Actually I’m writing this post wearing a hoodie with a bowl of hot soup next to me on my desk and with the heater on.

But given that I did experience 110 degrees in Las Vegas last week, I’m pretty convinced that it really is Summer everywhere else in the USA – and probably across most of the Northern Hemisphere for that matter. (Anyone reading this in the UK … I understand that you may well have your heating on today too!). Read More…

What recruiters want 12 ways to have them gagging for your business

12 Ways to Get Recruiters Gagging For Your Business

Picture it: Your business has reached the stage where you need to employ someone new into the team. But you’re far too busy to recruit the position yourself so you’ve decided to engage the services of a recruitment consultant.

Regardless of whether you’ve decided to go with a generalist or a specialist recruiter, the recruiter you choose could well be just as busy as you.

How can you become their top priority? Read More…

5 Secrets to Hiring the Right People

5 Secrets to Hiring the Right People

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Leonie Barnett from Media Vision. Her opinions are her own.

One of the keys to achieving business success is by hiring quality employees. The right people can make or break any profit-making enterprise, as they are the foundation upon which a company’s profitability depend.

It only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch, so much so that a single bad hire could potentially ruin the whole team’s motivation. This will negatively affect productivity, and ultimately, impact the bottom line.

However, bringing in the perfect candidate to fill a role in your company is not an easy task. Potential hires that look good on paper do not always guarantee the right fit.

Someone who doesn’t shine during the interview might prove to be a better performer, even when compared to someone else who passes it with flying colors. Finding candidates for the right role goes beyond technical skills or the perfect CV. Other factors must be considered as well.

Here are five ways to help improve your team recruitment efforts moving forward.  Read More…

7 Characteristics of Résumes Bound for Instant Rejection

7 Characteristics of Résumes Bound for Instant Rejection

Editor’s Note: This is a guess post by Colin Cuthbert from Ayers Management. His opinions are his own.

From the moment you advertise a vacancy in your company, the applications will come flooding in like The Letters from No-One in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. OK, well maybe not to the extent that the office will become as uninhabitable as the Dursleys’ residence, but you get the idea.

You then face the unenviable task of being able to hire only one of these candidates, so you’ll need to be ruthless in doling out the disappointment to all the others. In some cases, this can be a horrible process. In others, the applicants make it obscenely easy for you to toss their résume in the nearest dustbin.

Here are seven application and résume atrocities that should prompt you to instantly file a candidate under ‘Rejected’. Read More…

How to Stand Out to Passive Candidates

7 Ways to Stand Out to Passive Candidates

Ever heard the adage “It’s easier to find a job when you have a job?”

From the employee’s side that’s probably true. But what do you do if you’re the employer looking to hire someone who already has a job and is not actively looking for work?

This type of candidate is referred to as a passive candidate – someone who is not necessarily looking for a new job, but would be open to taking a new job if the right offer comes along.

Getting someone in this situation to be excited about your company can be a tough task. Read More…

5 Text Messaging Tips For Recruiters

5 Text Messaging Tips For Recruiters

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Alexa Lemzy from TextMagic. Her opinions are her own.

One of the best methods for recruitment advertising is mobile outreach. Whether you’re looking for interns, students, or employees, the best recruiters implement the convenience and speed of SMS in conjunction with their email and social media marketing strategies. You should too.

Here are some helpful tips to optimize your next mobile outreach plan to find the most qualified candidates. Read More…

What Type of Office is Right for Your Business? [Infographic]

What Type of Office is Right for Your Business? [Infographic]

We’ve written about different types of office spaces previously. I know that I’ve definitely seen more than my fair share of office spaces over the years.

From downright ugly call centres modelled on a ‘battery hen cage’ setups, to the most chic and über cool advertising agencies and design studios complete with beanbags, boardroom tables suspended from the ceiling by industrial-strength chains, and meeting rooms separated by back-lit, glass-brick aquariums.

Of course, there are some offices with a gorgeous European-style foyer, but when you take a peak behind the granite reception desk, waterfall and built-in flat screens, all you’ll find are boring cubicles with minimal natural light, and a team of miserable people.

So what type of office is right for your business?

If your business is growing, you need to think about what is a suitable office space for you and your team. Should you invest in a conventional office space, or would a remote office suit your needs better?

At RecruitLoop, many of our distributed team work remotely and our ‘HQ’ is located inside a very cool co-working space in the middle of San Francisco. Talk about having the best of both worlds – our own private team space as well as the chance to schmooze with members from other fast-growing companies.

Think about the pros and cons of having your own office space. Sure many of us have grand visions of having a building with our company name lit up in lights every night. But between that and working at the kitchen table, there are literally hundreds of different options.

Our friends at UK-based Make it Cheaper have put together an awesome Infographic outlining how although choosing an office space can seem daunting, selecting the right one will ensure your business continues to succeed.

Read More…