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Big Ideas: How to Screen Candidates for Strategic Thinking Skills

Every Middle Tennessee organization needs strategic thinkers: forward-looking, big-picture visionaries who: spot emerging trends and threats; connect the dots, by identifying interrelationships among business elements; think competitively, to improve products or services and gain an edge; ensure their organization is fully prepared to thrive in today’s volatile economy. Knowing that you need strategic thinkers is… Read more »

Why Do You Deserve This Job? Answer This Question with Ease

Why do you deserve this job? What makes you the ideal candidate for this position? Why should we hire you? Regardless of the phrasing, you’ll field a question like this in your next job interview. Your mission? Leave no doubt in the interviewer’s mind that you’re the best person for the job. Below, our Murfreesboro… Read more »

Push Your Perks! Use 401(k) as a Year-Round Recruiting and Retention Tool

Ask a high-performer to explain what “compensation” means to them, and they’re likely to respond with much more than just “salary.” Smart employees and job seekers consider the entire package your organization offers: pay, benefits, perks and more. So, how do does your total compensation compare to the competition’s? In today’s employment market, it matters.… Read more »

How Should You Handle an Employee Who Vents about Their Job on Social Media?

When an employee complains online, what’s the best way to handle it? You may have a stellar corporate culture. Great-paying jobs. Tremendous opportunities for advancement. But that won’t shield you from a disgruntled employee who wants to exercise their First Amendment Right to free speech online. When it comes to protecting your company’s online reputation,… Read more »

How Proactive is Your Staffing Strategy? Find Out with This Quiz:

Replacing staff for last-minute call-offs. Increasing production capacity. Supporting a growing organization. The ways our Middle Tennessee clients use staffing are as diverse as the organizations themselves. But regardless of the reason(s) your company needs staffing or recruiting services, a proactive strategy will help you: save time and money; access better quality people – exactly… Read more »

Text-Based Recruiting: Could It Really Work for Your Middle TN Business?

That little smart phone in your hand? It could be the next big thing in interviewing. Skeptical? Let’s take a look at a few statistics: Roughly three-quarters of Americans (77%) now own a smartphone, up from just 35% in 2011. (Pew Research Center) Most Americans would rather text than talk, spending 26 minutes per day… Read more »

Be Responsible (not invisible) Online to Land the Job You Want

Social media research is an extremely powerful tool in a recruiter’s screening arsenal. And if you’ve read any career advice articles recently, you’ve probably come across one warning you about the dangers of posting irresponsibly on social media. True, social media blunders can cost you a job. In a recent Harris Poll survey of over… Read more »

Training Employees? Get More Bang for Your Buck with These Ideas

If you have responsibility for employee training, you know that the benefits extend well beyond improving employees’ job skills. Training your employees also: makes workers more versatile, especially if you offer cross-training; makes employees’ jobs more interesting and diverse; fulfills your staff’s need for continual development, which is essential for retaining high performers; enhances employee… Read more »

Pivoting Your Middle TN Business: Why and How to Shift Your Strategy

The rate of change in business is accelerating – dramatically. New opportunities are everywhere, and technology is driving innovation in virtually every industry. What does that mean for your Middle Tennessee business? It’s pretty clear: Evolve, or lose business to your competition. Sometimes, a simple tweak is all your organization needs to stay at the… Read more »

Would You Try THAT?! Unconventional Ways to Boost Employee Productivity

Call them “out of the box.” Call them “unconventional.” Call them “strange.” However you choose to describe these productivity boosters, one thing is sure: they’ll go a long way toward refreshing, refocusing and re-energizing your team (especially during a summer productivity slump). Get Visual. Try color therapy. Research shows that the color yellow positively affects… Read more »