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What Employers Should Consider: Applicant’s with Criminal Histories

Each year in the United States about 700,000 men and women are released from prison and re-enter society, which means those people are in need to re-enter the workforce as well. Even with so many open jobs across industries and employers’ growing need for workers, applicant’s with criminal backgrounds still face a huge bias obstacle with employers. Attitudes towards candidates with criminal histories have shifted over the years, The Society of Human Resources (SHRM) conducted a survey and found that managers and HR professionals show increasing awareness and understanding that a criminal background should not automatically disqualify someone from employment. However, the willingness to hire in theory is not the same in practice. What preconceived notions prevent managers and HR professionals from hiring applicants with criminal histories, and do these concepts reflect reality?

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Essential Guidelines for a Successful Recruiter Experience

The job market nowadays can be very daunting with there being more open positions than active jobseekers – the options are endless! That is why working with staffing agencies and their recruiters can be advantageous for any jobseeker as recruiters can connect individuals with employers and specific roles that are perfect for their skills, interests, and values. A recruiter can open doors to someone’s dream job or company, suggest improvements to one’s resume, and coach candidates on interview do’s-and-don’ts for specific clients. It would be in a jobseekers best interest to network, develop, and maintain relationships with recruiters for assistance in their job search. The following tips will help any candidate encourage a positive relationship with a recruiter and make the most out of the partnership.

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Sick at Work: How to Prevent the Flu in the Workplace

It is that time of year again…flu season. The peak of flu activity is happening right now and will continue until February. That means everyone needs to take precautionary measures to prevent getting sick and spreading the illness, especially at the workplace. Employees that work in close proximity to each other are particularly susceptible to the flu and the other highly contagious illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people infected with the flu can spread it to others up to six feet away by droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking. Others can also get the flu from touching surfaces and objects that have the virus on it, and then touching their face. Employees working so close together, sharing spaces and supplies are exposed to contaminated surfaces every day; therefore it is important to take steps, as an individual and a company, to help reduce the chances of getting and spreading the flu.

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Bucks County: Limitless Activities and a Booming Job Market

Bucks County, Pennsylvania was established in 1682 as one of the four original counties of the state, the other three being Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia. William Penn named the county after Buckinghamshire, the county where he lived in England. Bucks County, which is substantially bigger than its neighbor Montgomery County, was initially even larger than it is today, encompassing all of what is now Northampton and Lehigh counties. Majority of the county was agrarian, which meant for generations farmers and craftsmen had a need to develop great transportation networks and infrastructure to extend to the markets of Philadelphia and beyond. Bucks County has a history of rich art and culture, agriculture and manufacturing like processing grains, lumber, textiles, and paper. This legacy continues today with a steadily growing population of 628,341, local hotspots for various activities and entertainment, and a thriving job market.

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Montgomery County: Active Communities and Job Market

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was created on September 10, 1784 from part of Philadelphia County. It was possibly named after Revolutionary War hero General Richard Montgomery or two legislators named Montgomery who played a part in creating the county. The county has a history of prosperous farms, forges, mills, and manufacturing that, at first, depended on the Philadelphia market to sell their goods and on its port to connect them to other regions. Following generations that built a large transportation network made it possible for Montgomery County to depend less on Philadelphia, and become an economic engine in its own right. Starting in the twentieth century the county began to develop and maintain its own employment opportunities, entertainment, shopping, and other activities. This still reigns true today with Montgomery County having a continuously growing population of 826,075, plenty of activities and entertainment, and a broad and active job market.

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The Referral Advantage for Employers and Candidates

Research consistently shows that employee referrals have exceptional conversion and retention rates, they lower recruiting costs and expedite the time to hire and secure top talent for those hard-to-fill positions. Many studies have found that referred employees typically are able to pick up on tasks and adjust to the company culture faster, needless onboarding, and ultimately are more satisfied in their roles, thus staying longer at the company.

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Your Office Holiday Parties: Planning and Attending the Party

The annual holiday party is a company gathering meant to celebrate the season and a year of hard work. It is a great opportunity for coworkers to get to know each other, make the staff feel appreciated, and allow everyone from the company to relax after a long year. Although office parties have the best intentions for everyone to just have fun and unwind, there are always possibilities of managers and employees misbehaving (especially when alcohol is involved), which makes attending and planning the party a daunting endeavor. Consider the following party planning recommendations and office party etiquette pointers for an enjoyable, conflict-free experience.

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How to Make Your Resume Stand Out to Recruiters

Recruiters are sent and review hundreds of resumes a day to find the best candidates. The daily influx of applications requires recruiters to scan through resumes in seconds, which means strong candidates need resumes that stop recruiters in their tracks. Whether you are an experienced professional, recent graduate or an entry-level novice, having an attractive, clear and concise resume is essential to grab the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. Consider the following ideas to boost your resume and get that call back.

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Medical Marijuana: What Employers Should Know

Twenty eight states have passed medical marijuana laws and eight states, including Washington D.C, have legalized recreational marijuana for adults twenty one and over. With the prevalence of the alternative medicine comes a shift in workplace and legal policy. It is important as an employer to be aware of the evolving laws and societal attitudes toward marijuana, and adjust the workplace accordingly. No one wants to deal with lawsuits and safety hazards, so whether you are an employer or employee review the following to gain a better understanding of medical marijuana and the workplace.

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How to Make a Lasting Impression in Your Next Interview

Even with many accessible resources and guides for interview preparation, people tend to either overlook or overthink the significance of lasting impressions. It is important to end an interview strong in order for the employer or hiring manager to have a positive association and memory of the candidate. It can be very difficult to start and end an interview on the right note because of tricky questions that are usually presented at those points in the interview. As the interview comes to a close and you think that you have made it, the interviewer concludes by asking “Do you have any questions for me?” This can be a challenging question because it prompts an open-ended response and it is the last opportunity to make a good impression. Already overthinking your possible questions? Calm your nerves by asking these interesting questions to successfully win over the interviewer.

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