How to Attract and Keep Talented Employees

Just as job seekers have trouble finding quality job opportunities, business owners have a similar struggle in finding and holding onto talented employees. In order to keep employee turnover to a minimum, it helps to create a positive work environment that not only attracts loyal employees but make them want to stick around as well, and if you’re wondering how to improve your employee success rate, here are a few tips to get you on the right track.
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Getting a job 101: The Cover Letter, Resume and Follow Up

For many, with a new year means getting a new job. Maybe your resolution was to find a new job doing something you are truly passionate about. Alternatively, maybe you’ve been laid off and now its time to re-boot your job searching efforts. Regardless of the reason, there are a few job searching fundamentals that every job seeker must know. These fundamentals involve forming a solid cover letter and resume and how to follow up after you’ve submitted your materials.

The Cover Letter
The cover letter is your first impression. First, think of it as if you were meeting the employer in person. What kind of impression would you want to leave on the hiring manager? Your cover letter should include the date and, if you can, should be addressed to the person to whom you are sending it. The body of your email should address two main questions. First, why you want the position? Second, what qualifications do you have that make you a good candidate for the position? Your cover letter should begin with the first question, introducing yourself and outlining why you want the job. Next, write a few paragraphs outlining your past job experience. Highlight skills and talents that will make you stand out. In this job market, competition is fierce. Use your cover letter to make a good impression and help you stand out! Continue reading

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