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Six Tips for Hiring Right

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December 12, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Workforce

I think the hiring process is broken. Over the last few years, we’ve let resume scrapers, personality tests, and other technology take too big a role in how we process resumes, interview candidates, and hire new people. Successful candidates today write their resume and cover letters to keywords and search terms to hopefully help them… Read More →

Do You Sleep With Your Smartphone? Give Predictable Time Off A Try

Predictable Time Off Helps Prevent Working Off The Clock
December 10, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance | Workforce

I am always on the lookout for “brain food” — seminars, podcasts or articles on subjects of interest to me. One of my regular haunts is the Harvard Business School (HBS) Working Knowledge blog distributed weekly by HBS. You don’t need to be an HBS alum to subscribe, and I highly recommend it. A recent… Read More →

Is Your Company Naughty or Nice?

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Generally, companies try to stay on their best behavior all year long. But during this holiday season—with decked halls, crowded malls, shrinking bank accounts, and frayed nerves—providing great service is even more critical than usual. Much like Santa, customers have their own “naughty or nice list,” and Ron Kaufman says they won’t hesitate to give… Read More →

Arizona unemployment rate dips to 8.1 percent

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Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down again, declining to 8.1 percent in October. September’s rate was 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent the previous two months. Department of Administration economists say the state gained 11,900 jobs in October. The increase is lower than the 10-average October increase of 16,900 jobs. Both government and private… Read More →

Unpaid Internships A Possible Doorway to Trouble

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November 15, 2012 by in Business News | Education | Legal | Workforce

Internships can provide many mutual benefits – the student gets to work and learn in a real-world environment, and the employer gets low-cost (or free) labor. But before you make the business decision to hire an intern, be aware of the legalities that are involved. Here are a few tips to help you and your… Read More →

How to Detect and Protect Against Workplace Bullying

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November 11, 2012 by in Business News | Workforce

Stories of workplace bullying are commonplace throughout the United States. Some real-life examples: Mavis: “When I started there, I was told that someone had been acting in the position and had expected to get the job. This person continually undermined me and turned other staff against me. I endured 12 months of hell, and felt… Read More →

Obama faces tough road with improving economy

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Here’s the assignment President Barack Obama has won with his re-election: Improve an economy burdened by high unemployment, stagnant pay, a European financial crisis, slowing global growth and U.S. companies still too anxious to expand much. And, oh yes, an economy that risks sinking into another recession if Congress can’t reach a budget deal to… Read More →

U.S. adds 171,000 jobs in October

Economy
November 2, 2012 by in Economy | Workforce

U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is strengthening slowly but consistently. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September. That was mainly because many more people began looking for work, and… Read More →

Axeo opens Phoenix office for Western Region clients

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October 24, 2012 by in Business News | Small Biz | Workforce

Axeo today announced the opening of its western region office in Phoenix. Axeo is a professional services firm that partners with private sector companies and nonprofit organizations, ranging in size from small start-ups to Fortune 100 firms, to provide practical and easy-to-implement solutions to human capital and organizational challenges, including consulting, HR management outsourcing and… Read More →

Arizona jobless rate dips in September

October 18, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

Arizona’s September unemployment dipped to 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent the two previous months. Department of Administration economists report that the state added 30,000 jobs, mostly in government due to seasonal hiring by schools. The department says seven of the 11 major economic sectors added jobs in September while four lost jobs. The biggest… Read More →

Paid time off to vote? Yes, in Arizona!

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October 17, 2012 by in Business News | Politics | Workforce

As the November election approaches, Americans gear up to exercise their greatest civic duty — voting. But finding the time to vote is a luxury many working voters struggle with. However, Arizona law simplifies this process by dictating that employers must give eligible voters up to three hours of paid leave in order to vote… Read More →

Innovative CEO Martz offers advice on being an effective boss

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Today is National Boss Day, so it’s the perfect time to get a business owner’s view on what it takes to be a successful and effective boss. Carrie Martz founded the Martz Agency — the largest female-owned advertising and public relations firm in Arizona — in 1980 after spending a couple of years in the… Read More →

GoDaddy looks to fill 200 jobs

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In an effort to fill more than 200 job positions, web hosting provider GoDaddy announced on Friday it will host a career fair next week in Phoenix. The move follows GoDaddy’s initiative last July to expand its staff at its Iowa customer service center by 300 employees. The fair will be held on October 16 from… Read More →

RAMARK, UMOM New Day Centers Help People get Jobs in Phoenix

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October 11, 2012 by in Business News | Careers | Workforce

As many as 25,000 individuals in Arizona were homeless over the past year, many due to a recent job loss. Yet six out of 10 adults living at UMOM New Day Centers for low-income and homeless families don’t have a high school diploma or GED, or the skills needed to find a job in today’s… Read More →