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Recruiting (and Retention) Secrets of Austin’s Top Places to Work

August 18th, 2014

We asked some of Austin’s Top Places to Work (according to the Austin Business Journal) what they considered their best selling points when it comes to recruiting job candidates—and retaining them. This small cross-section of rapidly growing startups, nonprofits and small businesses share similar secrets to success for both...

Hiring Illegal Interns: Are You in Hot Water?

August 12th, 2014

When it comes to hiring interns, are you breaking the law? Are you sure? For-profit organizations like Austin’s own SXSW are coming under fire for dancing the line on fair labor laws when it comes to hiring volunteers, low-paid and unpaid interns. Before your company sets out to find an intern, let’s head back to school on the subject to find out if your intern program a recipe for disaster.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides six criteria that each...

Is Unlimited Paid Time Off Worth It?

July 14th, 2014

While unlimited paid time off (PTO) is offered by less than 5 percent of U.S. employers, it seems you can’t throw a dart in Austin and other Texas technology hubs without hitting a company offering it. In fact, most technology recruiters will tell you: Various forms of unlimited PTO are fast becoming the standard.

“Especially with small- to medium-size technology companies, unlimited PTO is a very popular addition to the benefit package,” says Jay Long, managing director of...

Hire Fast or Hire Slow?

July 8th, 2014

The old adage “hire slow, fire fast” has been used for decades now. However, in competitive job markets like the current one, following suit may be ill-advised—at least when it comes to recruiting top job candidates. In Austin and throughout Texas, hiring in nearly every major industry has hit maximum velocity. Even passive job candidates in technical, sales, engineering and accounting fields are being hired at rapid pace—with multiple offers in play. So, with a “hire slow” mentality engrained so deeply into your culture, how important is it to eliminate wisely crafted speed bumps?


5 Ways Top Job Candidates Slip Through the Cracks

June 13th, 2014

Hiring managers: Did you hear? The pressure is on. Since the start of 2014, Texas employers have added nearly 350,000 new jobs, according to the Austin Business Journal. That’s a lot of competition for top job candidates. But what if we told you it wasn’t necessarily your competition that’s causing you to lose out on the top talent? In reality, you may be inadvertently overlooking or turning away your best job candidates on your own accord. Here’s how:


How Negative Reviews Affect Recruiting

June 10th, 2014

These days “gossip around the water cooler” can take place in a very public way: online. Unhappy customers and employees are taking to the Internet in masses to complain, often in the form of online reviews. But how might this phenomenon affect your recruiting efforts?

“Right now, the job market is such that businesses generally have more power than candidates—except when it comes to top talent,” says's CEO and Founder Michael Fertik. “Really exceptional people gravitate toward similarly standout companies. If your online...

Write a Winning Job Description

May 12th, 2014

We all know that resume mistakes can make or break a job seeker’s chances. A clean, easy-to-read format with clearly stated objectives and a touch of personality are key elements. But how often do you apply these standards to your organization’s job listings? Have you found all too often that your job descriptions attract the wrong candidates? With the help of Karissa Vivatson, account manager at Monster Worldwide, we explore the job description elements that hit the mark with the right talent.

Remember: This is Marketing!

First, Vivatson says...

8 Compelling Reasons to Spring Clean Your Workplace

May 12th, 2014

You know what they say, cleanliness is next to godliness. It’s great for your soul and your staff’s morale. Spring is a great time to cut the clutter and seek out these results. If you’re not convinced, take a look at our compelling reasons to spring clean your workplace to improve everything from health, focus, productivity, recruiting and work culture. 





  1. Researchers at Princeton found that a...

10 Ways Tech Is Automating the Workforce

April 15th, 2014

An Oxford University study found that nearly half of all U.S. jobs could be done by computers. Even non-routine, white-collar tasks like providing medical diagnoses and doing legal research can now be accomplished with software. Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT believes for the first time ever, technology may be destroying more jobs than are being created. And...

Ripple Effect of Not Responding to a Job Candidate

April 8th, 2014

Ah, the job candidate “slush pile.” You know, the stack of resumes and cover letters that don’t quite make the cut?  If you’re like most hiring managers, you don’t always respond to or even acknowledge receipt of every application. In fact, a recent CareerBuilder study shows 56 percent of employers admit to giving the cold shoulder to applicants in this manner. The reasons for this are certainly understandable. Dr. John...