All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Hiring’
With the U.S. economy slowly recovering throughout much of the country, jobs have been a bit easier to come by during the past few years – but only a bit. Job creation throughout much of the U.S. is still stagnant, with low-skilled workers struggling to find even low-paying jobs. There are parts of the U.S. recovering more quickly than others. …
It’s clear now that Apple screwed up when it gave Google Maps the boot, and now there is evidence that even Apple knows it. Ycombinator forums user hownottowrite pointed out this week that Apple listed six new software engineer positions specifically for its iOS Map Display team last week. The job description of the positions reads as follows: The iOS …
Microsoft this week announced that it has hired Nancy Tellem, a former president of CBS Network Television Entertainment as their new Entertainment & Digital Media president. Tellem will oversee the launch of a production studio in Los Angeles that, according to Microsoft, will develop “interactive and linear content” for the Xbox and other devices. She will also be involved in …
Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, announced today that John Legere has been appointed CEO of T-Mobile. “John is a talented and proven executive who brings a successful track record of leading and operating consumer- and business-focused telecommunications and technology companies,” said René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “As T-Mobile moves forward with its strategic initiatives to improve …
The other day, I wrote a post about how Google should consider increasing its employees’ 20% time to encourage innovation. Given that this time is dedicated to innovation and some of the company’s most successful products came from it, it seems like a good idea to me, but Google’s strategy appears to be a mixture of a large amount of acquisitions, imitating successful products, and hiring (not that innovation has been totally lacking at the company.
A recent article by Zoli Erdos really got me to thinking about startup hiring. The article was titled "Startups: Executive Hiring Challenges or Beware of the Suits".
Google offers its employees an amazing collection of perks, but other companies need workers, too, and those companies don’t want to deal exclusively with Mountain View’s leftovers. So Forbes’s Brian Caulfield figured out several ways to compete with Google during the hiring process.
I’m hesitant to bring this up because it puts me at risk of being dropped into the Pollyanna Pond – business and idealism just don’t mix, I’m told. But I wonder if employers are missing out on some exceptional talent because of snap judgments and preconceived notions about job candidates.
First off, a definition: a vertical Web design company works exclusively in one industry, be it travel, hospitals, or cookie cutting. A horizontal Web design company works with a wide range of companies in different industries or sectors.
Recently, a few prospects had been weighing our services against the services of a vertical vendor and asked me to explain why they shouldn’t go with a Web design and Internet marketing company that focuses specifically–in these cases–plastic surgeons or law firms.
I’ve been in the startup business for a pretty long time now. One of the things that I’ve found hardest to do is find and recruit exceptionally talented individuals. This is not particularly surprising, I think all businesses (big and small, young and old) have this challenge. However, I think this challenge is particularly acute for startups.
5 Quick Pointers On Startup Hiring
As more and more content is created there are more publishers than there are good ideas, which means publishers are hungry to spread the few good ideas that exist. What separates a profitable channel from a money loser is typically two things: ideas and execution.
Because I have been posting about a more diverse set of topics sometimes outside of SEO I get asked lots of business strategy questions.
The technical communications profession involves a unique mix of technical and communication skills, which is not easy to find.
There are a lot of good writers out there. There are even a lot of great writers out there. But a copywriter- a great copywriter, does more than just write. A great copywriter has the ability to write persuasively, research facts, and think in terms of the “total marketing piece”- because copy is only a part of the ad, brochure, website, or flyer.
Hiring the first personal business assistant is an exciting time for new business owners. It means that the business is doing well enough that the business owner can no longer keep up effectively with the demands of the new business. Sales are exploding, and time becomes of the utmost importance.
Recruiting and hiring are often done in haste, leaving the company to repent in the long run. Today, there’s a reason to be concerned about negligent hiring. Negligent hiring means you and your company can be sued if one of your hires injures other employees, especially if you could have foreseen a problem but did not do a thorough check of the new employee before hiring.
Talk to as many consultants as you can before hiring one. Even if you have one person or firm in mind, interview at least a few others as a sort of due diligence. You’ll probably find that each interview helps you focus on the issues you’re hiring a consult to help resolve.
Hiring good employees is not only important to business, it’s essential. Employees are the heart and soul of a business; they are the mechanism that makes a business run; they are the breath of life that enables a business to be something more than an idea. A business cannot run unless someone (employees, in this case) is doing the work. Any intelligent business owner should want good employees.
Many website owners put the cart before the horse- anxious for search engine traffic and rankings, the first thing they do once their site is complete is buy a “submit to 1,000 search engines for $29” service. Unfortunately, what they receive is a tenfold increase in e-mail spam but no increase in search engine traffic.
If you’re in the market to hire a search engine optimization company, you probably feel bombarded with promises of #1 rankings and instant success. But how do you know which claims are important and which to believe, and which are classic snake oil pitches?
If you’re considering hiring copywriting help for your next brochure, Web site, or marketing project. Congratulations! You should get great results if you hire a pro to do it right.
“There has also been a lot of spin about how long or short a resume should be. From my perspective as a recruiter, a resume should be as long as necessary. For example, a candidate with five years’ experience should not require a 3-page resume. Or, a candidate with 18 years’ experience should not be reduced to a 1-page resume. Length of resume depends entirely on each individual situation. There is no formula or rule etched in stone. If a recruiter is working with a Ph.D. candidate, then a resume may be 3, 4 or 5 pages, or even longer. So be it. If it’s relevant, promote it. If you’re pontificating, don’t.”
-Tim Dermady, President, ExecutiveFit Recruitment
I have a couple questions for you. I have never had a problem getting a job I have applied for IF I get an interview! I interview very well and (without sounding like I have an ego problem), I am also a very hard worker with the skills, competency and drive to do my job. The problem I always have is getting the interview! I usually have to send out so many resume’s before I even get one single one!
A search on Google for “copywriter” will turn up no less than 174,000 names. Writers who call themselves copywriters may be plentiful, but real copywriters who are good are hard to find.
Ernest Hemingway and George Bernard Shaw tried it and decided they couldn’t do it. John Marquand and Stephen Vincent Benet gave up almost as quickly as they started. Aldous Huxley said it was “easier to write a passable sonnet than a passable advertisement.” And the lore of the advertising business is filled with tales of other successful novelists, journalists, playwrights and poets who have tried their hand at advertising copy and failed.
Perhaps you’re planning to create a new web site and are not sure what the content should contain. Or possibly you’re thinking of creating a dynamic letter that expresses your business in the most specialized manner but you’re perplexed as to which approach is best. Perchance you are thinking of writing a business plan but not sure what important points to include. Written content covers a lot of territory so if you have a question that relates to business or marketing material, Charlene will make every effort to help you solve your dilemma.
Finding quality writers is not easy. As with hiring any employee or contractor, be sure to get the facts first.
1. What am I looking for?
Before you begin your search for a writer, make sure to outline your needs. Do you need a marketing writer that does brochures? A technical writer who knows Visual Basic?
2. How do you charge?
Many freelancers work on a per-project basis and require one-third to one-half of the fee upfront. Others work on an hourly, per-day or per-week basis. Make sure you get the details before you hire the writer.
In many ways, working with a web developer can be likened to trying out a new hair stylist. While at work, you notice that your friend has a trendy new hairstyle. Excited at the thought of a new look, you ask them for the stylist’s name. Trusting your friend’s recommendation implicitly, you call Fi Fi’s House of Style to book an appointment.