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  • State of the Hiring Union

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    With the battle for hiring great candidates getting hotter, information on what the hiring market looks like, how to find the best candidates and the costs of recruit-to-hire are more important than ever.

    Watch our on-demand webinar on The State of the Hiring Union where Accolo’s COO Ray Rike will give you the inside scoop on getting ahead.

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  • Innovative Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) providers like Accolo are beating the traditional RPO companies on Value and Services Capabilities

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    Outsourcing Institute's Top Recruitment Process Outsourcers Award

    Accolo recognized as the #1 Recruitment Process Outsourcing provider for General Services Capability and Value for Fees

    Larkspur, CA – April 4, 2013

    The Outsourcing Institute (OI), in association with Human Resource Executive Magazine, has recently recognized Accolo as the #1 Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) provider for two of four categories, General Services Capability and Value for Fees. Accolo’s recognition is out of a field of over 40 RPO providers worldwide.

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  • 2013 Workforce and Salary Trends

    December 18, 2012
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    2012 saw more than a few politicians talking about their grand plans to fix the job market. For the 7.7% of the country that is unemployed, this sounded great. People in power were taking an interest in their plight, and for once, domestic job growth seemed a top priority. But let’s get real for a second. Unless the president is going to start offering millions of jobs at the IRS, the lion’s share of reducing unemployment will always fall to the private businesses in this country. This means that the business people at the top, the movers and shakers, will be responsible for how fast this 7.7 figure drops. And thus we arrive at today’s info-graphic from the Accounting Principals website. Through data gathered from industry leaders, the good people at this good blog were able to forecast a general upwelling in optimism among business leaders and a desire to expand their staff or invest in new tech. When those who have a lot of resources at their disposal have a willingness to invest those resources, everyone wins! To get the low down about what your boss thinks about raises, workforce expansion and salary negotiation, click the link below:

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  • Top Regrets in Business

    December 18, 2012
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    As the cold clutch of winter flows in over our brittle little bones this December, it is important to reflect on the past in order to plan ahead out into the chilly months before us. Regret is a waste of time, straight up. The only thing good about it is that it signifies a mistake and a totem to a lesson learned. The problem is that once you learn that lesson, you tend to try to keep learning it until you’ve replayed that verbal misstep on your kid’s field trip for your entire commute. Other people’s regrets cut out the rumination and leave us with just the lesson: a useful thing for all the people that are trying to avoid regrets themselves. Today’s featured article is about regret (not surprisingly), specifically business regrets. When a group of thirty business professionals were asked about their business regrets, much of their troubles came from not acting when they think they should have. Whether it was not quitting their job or not quitting it soon enough, the polled professionals regretted not going with their gut in most cases. The message is clear: be spontaneous! Throw caution to the winds! Choose a career that really makes YOU happy! Go tell your boss that you actually do hate White Snake and you’re packing up your desk. Or just in small ways, like taking the time to read the featured article by clicking the link below.

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  • What Not To Say: Staying Out of Tricky Situations in Management

    December 13, 2012
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    Direct verbal management is a lot more than telling the right person to do the right thing at the right time, it’s also about what you shouldn’t say or even suggest to your employees. The more glaring don’ts in these manager employee interactions involve forcing employees to do things against their will such as donating to a specific organization or joining a specific church. An article from CEO.com say to avoid forcing your employees to conform to any sort of extra-workplace expectations of them. These mandatory meetings or picnics or Saturdays in a soup kitchen will only breed resentment and will affect the employee-boss relationship in the long run.

    Another thing to be avoided like the plague is getting too personal. Any team building exercise aimed at breaking down the walls between people or releasing their inner children all over the conference room is too volatile to be useful. Basically, think Michael Scott in “The Office” and choose the opposite of whatever he would have done. To read the full article on what not to make your employees do, click the link below

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  • A Few Pointers On LinkedIn Endorsements

    December 11, 2012
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    Earlier this year the endorsement feature was added to LinkedIn which allows you to “endorse” a particular skill set of any of your friends on the social network. According to a LinkedIn spokeswoman, the endorsement was meant to encourage encouragement and the proliferation of recommendations without the hassle of writing up dozens of individual plugs for all your old rugby friends’ fresh out of college kiddies. Yes they are important. It’s not like “liking” something on Facebook because, while LinkedIn is a social network, LinkedIn is continually proving itself to be a legitimate hiring tool. This doesn’t mean that you should accept every endorsement from every Thom, Dick and Harry who say that you have some skills on the grill. Branching out with endorsements is a great way to refine and strengthen the important business relationships that you are cultivating or trying to cultivate with the website. To get the complete do’s and don’ts from Forbes and a spokeswoman for LinkedIn, click the link below.

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  • Who’s Hit the Hardest By Manditory Health Care.

    December 3, 2012
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    In recent years, the issue of Health Care has been a serious hot tamale of an issue. As well intentioned as free services for everyone may be, there will be a bracket of people hit the hardest. According to this New York Times Article, the companies that will get hit the hardest will be ones that use lots of workers for lower wages such as restaurants and other service industry companies. Small business owners, such as Dairy Queen franchise owners, might take a hit hardest of all. In certain cases, employers will have to make up the difference to the tune of 6000 dollars per individual employee healthcare plan. This is all still in the works however (government gridlock and all) and the full effects of the modifications won’t be known until they go into full effect.

  • Big Money in Miami: Housing Boom From Russian Billionaires

    November 28, 2012
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    I bet a lot of you out there have had a Scarface type fantasy at least once in your life. The money, the power, the mansions, the tiger: everything you could want. Yep, besides the whole dying thing and the weird thing with his sister, the guy had it all. Miami has always had this air of extravagance around it, and it still hovers in lavish hotel lobbies and the private islands like coconuts hang from the palms. Today, the once floundering way-too-gigantic mansion market is picking up again in this swarthy city and the buyers are foreign, primarily from Russia and South America. The Russians love Miami for the weather (obviously beats the winter back home), the culture and the privacy. According to this CNBC article, these Russian millionaires are “paranoid” about security and find solace in the city’s abundance of gated communities and security services. Undoubtedly, moving mansions is a tough sell (20+million is a lot to drop on anything) and the fact that hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property has been sold this year by just the company featured in this article is comforting. The idea of a Tuscon-esque villa on a private island without an eccentric accented man in some manor of sweat suit is like PB with out the J. To learn more about Miami’s massive mansion market, click the link below.

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  • Joking: I’m Not Joking, the Key to a Higher Salary

    November 26, 2012
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    Many advise applicants to steer clear of the “salary discussion” until their prospective employer has brought it up first. “Keep that stuff at an arm’s length or maybe several arms” they say, but they are woefully wrong. While the timid of this world have convinced you that the meek shall inherit the raise, hard social science begs to differ. According to this article from CNN Money, making jokes about desiring an exorbitant salary gives you an advantage in salary negotiations. In the study, a hypothetical applicant makes a joke about wanting a one million dollar salary and receives a higher initial salary than the vanilla job candidate across the board. The theory is that the employer’s fixation on this higher value will actually drive up the salary that they offer you. From what I’ve been reading lately, it seems as if standing out is gaining more and more importance in this crowded world of ours. The bottom line is that making a joke disarms the interviewer and brings things to a more personal level. Don’t get too chummy (NO DEAD BABY JOKES) but keep in mind that a cheerful disposition will set you apart from the morose candidate every time. To read the full article and see how to boost your starting salary, click the link below.

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  • A Call to Action for American Employers

    November 15, 2012
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    Wednesday: hump day. For today’s half way there addition of the Accolo blog, we have a lovely op ed from CNN Money from one Nina Easton. It addresses the employment gap that exists today in the US labor market. Right now, there are millions of specialized jobs that go unfilled due to a shortage of applicants with the right skill set for the job. In short, there are many whiling and few able to get the job done. EVERYONE FREAK OUT! Just kidding. As Easton’s piece suggests, the answer to this shortage of skilled workers lies in more worker training by businesses. The article elaborates on why companies should shell out the money for training much more inspiring fashion so i’ll just put the ol’ computer down and leave you to it.

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