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Economic Forecast Summary for 2017

by Kim Raynor Happy New Year! As we welcome 2017, many of us will take the time to reflect on our past year so that we can make organizational strategic plans for the future. At Accuro, we know how valuable it is to have current...

New Year Resolutions | Make Them Achievable

It is about that time of year when some people begin thinking about making resolutions for the New Year. Resolutions are typically big generalized statements like: Lose weight, quit smoking or get organized and are written as mini reminders to keep us in...

Holiday Job Search | Things You Should Know

It’s not the end of the world to be looking for a job this time of year. Here are some tips you might find useful. #1 Don’t think that no one hires in December. While true in some cases, other managers may...

A Season of Gratitude and Grace

This time of year is a favorite for many – it is a time to celebrate all of the reasons we have to be grateful. Nevertheless, gratitude becomes a more powerful force in our lives when it is practiced regularly. Gratitude, by definition,...

Veterans | Employment in the Civilian Workforce

Veterans Day is November 11th. It is a day to honor Veterans of all wars. Government officials, churches and schools observe the day for remembrance of all who served, to celebrate victories they helped achieve and their return home. While Veterans serve a block...

Fall Back | You Have Time

Daylight Savings Time was first thought of by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 and was actually named the Standard Times Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1918. This act was repealed two years later after dairy farmers were up in arms. The U.S....

Employees and Employers | Investing in the Relationship

Mutual investment of time and money may be necessary to maintain and/or develop a successful, long-lasting working relationship between employee and employer. Dollar amounts attached to the investment, or the cost of not investing, may be a difficult pill to swallow. Research suggests...

Future Workforce | What Does it Look Like?

By the first quarter of 2015, there were 4 very different generations in the workforce. Millenials (age 18-34) surpassed the Boomers (age 51-69) late last year but included in the mix were Gen-Xers (age 35-50) and the Silent generation (age 70-87). The future workforce is...

Employee Benefits | Change is Good

Employer analysis of how to hire and retain top talent began years ago. In 2012, employees made it clear; 49% said that benefits attracted them to an employer, where 60% said it was part of why they stayed. Health benefits are no longer...

Donating to a Cause | Where Does the Money Go?

So, you've already completed copious amounts of research prior to determining which charitable organization will receive your donations.  At this point, you know that its practices are transparent – even down to how the money/donations are spent. Make it good practice to check in with a charity...

The Importance of Giving Back | Good for Business?

Why should companies give back to their local communities and what are the benefits? Giving back can be measured:  Involvement – Employee donations in corporate programs account for $ 4.8 billion each year. Change - When a corporation makes the decision to donate, to be successful, some have...

Social Media | Impact

Companies have found social media marketing to be an important tool in growing their businesses. They have discovered that by harnessing the power of social media, they have been able to substantially raise product awareness and increase revenue. Developing a strategy to best utilize this...

Virtual Interviews | What Works?

Advances in technology have greatly changed the dynamics of the interviewing process. Virtual interviewing is something that employers are relying on more and more to find the best person suited for the position because it allows them to speak with candidates in any location. Just as...

Social Media – Is it Preventing You from Landing a Job?

Social media is an excellent way to disseminate information. However, when we post information on the internet, we may be releasing that information to an audience much larger than anticipated. Did you know that employers can Google you and find out about your personal life? Social...

Getting the Job | Do This, Don’t Do That

You’re not the only person looking for a job. Join the ranks of some incredible people who want to find a great job, just like you. For those of you that are mid-career or need a little guidance in landing the perfect job, I spoke with...

Independence Day

Happy 239th Birthday America!! Independence Day-This is a significant holiday in the United States. How will you celebrate? Many of us enjoy a long weekend, perhaps at a destination or backyard barbeque with friends and family experiencing great food, drinks, people and ultimately, fireworks. Usually an expensive...

Leadership | It Takes a Village

Throughout our leadership series we’ve made mention of attributes that successful leaders have. Do the same attributes apply when speaking about a leading organization? You bet. Included in The Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Organization are: Effective sharing of goals High employee morale Leadership Clearly defined structure The article speaks...

Leadership | By Example

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.”  Charles F. Kettering   The National Center for Fathers has an inspiring write up by their CEO, Carey Casey. Here is a bit in brief: (to read more, click...

Leadership | Burnout – Are You in the Know?

burn·out noun 1. the reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing through use or combustion. "good carbon burnout" 2. physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. "high levels of professionalism that may result in burnout" Business leaders recognize the word burnout. This is because they have...

Leadership | What Makes a Leader Someone to Follow?

Delegate, delegate, delegate. That’s all people in leadership positions do, right?  Actually, no. Leaders inspire. Leaders are dialed-in to their employees’ talents, weaknesses and emotions. They constantly communicate the strategic path of the group and involve everyone in collaborative efforts to complete tasks. They typically have...

MythBuster | A Master’s Degree is the Golden Ticket

MythBuster | A Master's Degree is the Golden Ticket If you have a master’s degree, do you get hired first from the candidate pool? Can you advance your career at a faster pace? Is your salary higher than those without an advanced degree? Is it worth...

MythBuster | Mass Distribution of Your Resume Will Get You the Job

MythBuster | Mass Distribution of Your Resume Will Get You the Job You must have applied to a couple hundred jobs, have a great resume and present well but you’re not getting any offers.  Is there a secret to this?! Not really.  Business has changed in the...

MythBuster: The Most Qualified Person Will Get the Job

Your qualifications are impeccable, but you’re not getting the job. What gives? Interestingly enough, there are other qualities that can shine other than being the most qualified candidate. These are things that with a little preparedness and research can have a great impact with a positive...

The Truth about what’s Holding You Back in Your Career

When it comes to advancing in your career having a mentor, a strategic growth plan, and certifications are all aspects that will help ensure your success. However, career advancement involves more than just credentials and networking. Presentation and communication skills are invaluable traits for professionals who...

How to Advance in Your Career

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” – Calvin Coolidge Whether you are seeking a new career opportunity or career advancement, professional development is the key to reaching your goals. Here are three tips to help...

Do You Have a Strategic Growth Plan?

Have you ever thought about why so many successful companies spend the extra time and money every year to develop a Strategic Plan? If creating a strategy for growth is so crucial to an organization’s success, then why do so few individuals take the time...

Stuck in Your Career? This Could Be Your Breakthrough

As talent acquisition experts, it’s our job to identify top talent for our clients. There are literally over a hundred attributes we consider when assessing candidates. One attribute in particular separates the good candidates and employees from the best – being coachable. What is Coaching? Coaching is...

The Secret to a Successful Candidate/Recruiter Relationship

Honest and open communication plays a critical role in identifying, developing, and sustaining long-term relationships between recruiters and candidates. The recruitment process can be challenging, but setting expectations regarding communication at the beginning of the candidate/recruiter relationship will help ensure a positive outcome. To build and maintain...

Why It Pays To Communicate

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw Effective communication between clients and vendors is vital to an organization’s success. However, what often starts out as a strong partnership can begin to dwindle over time; projects...

Why We Love Our Jobs

In celebration of Valentine’s Day this week we asked our team members what they loved about working at Accuro. Below is what Accuro employees had to say! Diane: “Because we help make good things happen for people - our candidates and our clients. It's one of...

One Behavior That Is Destroying Your Manager-Employee Relationship

The best places to work are built on healthy manager-employee relationships, and yet there is one behavior that may be limiting your ability to retain your organization’s top talent: Blame No one is perfect. We all make poor decisions and mistakes. I daresay anyone wakes up in...

How to Lose Your Candidate in 10 Minutes

In recent blogs we’ve shared mistakes candidates make that cost them their job offers.  However, filling a position requires  a 50/50 partnership, which is why we also wanted to share some of the classic mistakes companies make that cause them to miss out on top-notch...

How to Lose Your Job Offer in 10 Minutes: Part II

Last week we shared mistakes candidates make that can cost them their job offer; this week we wanted to continue to ensure your success by sharing with you slipups to avoid during the interview. Mistake #1:  Not asking the right questions Before an interview it is crucial...

How to Lose Your Job Offer in 10 Minutes

As a talent acquisition firm our team has reviewed thousands of resumes and cover letters over the years. Throughout that time there have definitely been candidates who have stood out from the crowd, but not necessarily in the way you may think… As a new year...

Forget about Resolutions – Focus on a Word

New Years is known for being a time of reflection and resolutions; we think about what we accomplished and what we lacked and resolve to be happier and more successful in the coming year. But what if there was a better way? What if you took...

Post Interview Best Practices for 2015 and Beyond

When working with candidates, we are frequently asked about proper etiquette after the interview. Below are some of the best practices we’ve seen from top notch candidates: Closing the interview Every good sales person knows to do their best to close the deal before they leave the...

5 Interviewing Tips for Hiring Mangers

Many hiring managers tend to be anxious regarding the interview process; no one wants to make a wrong decision and be left to deal with a hiring mistake! To increase the efficiency of your hiring process and to ensure that you are selecting the right candidates...

5 Tips for Mastering Any Interview

Ask any candidate applying for a job what they fear the most and they will most likely tell you the interview. It is common to get nervous, second-guess yourself, or even feel under-qualified during the interview process. If you were strategic in your job search and...

What We Are Thankful For

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday we asked each of the Accuro team members what they are thankful for this year. Below is what our team had to say: Jodi: “There are so many things that I am thankful for this year, but one of...

How Important Is Gratitude in the Workplace?

Nobody likes an ungrateful person.  Sometimes we watch a person display a lack of appreciation and wonder why the person is acting that way.  At other times, we are the ones that are guilty.  What we all need to realize is that gratitude does not...

100 Days of Happiness Challenge

With the celebration of Veterans Day this week and the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching gratitude is a topic that has been on everyone’s mind. When leading a hectic lifestyle that is filled with packed schedules and competing responsibilities it can be easy to miss out...

Playing to Your Strengths

When working in a team environment it is important to acknowledge the role that each employee plays in contributing to the overall success of a company. Making people aware of their strengths and the strengths of their coworkers is a great strategy for ensuring team...

Emotional Intelligence: A Factor in Predicting Employee Performance

When interviewing and selecting candidates hiring managers are looking for top talent; this means candidates who are educated, have experience and possess the skills that will make them successful in their new job. However, hiring a top performer is more than just a match in background...

Upcoming Runs/Walks in the Triangle

Create an opportunity for your employees to have fun and get fit all at the same time! There are numerous runs/walks going on in the Raleigh area this fall and winter. Whether it’s to raise money for a worthy cause or an excuse to break out...

The Secret to Guiding Employees through Workplace Change

Major transitions in the workplace such as a company layoff or merger can certainly have a negative impact on employee performance if handled incorrectly.  As a manager you will want to see your employees through these changes as smoothly as possible. The first step to navigating...

3 Steps to Creating a Strong Culture in Your Workplace

Creating and maintaining a strong workplace culture is one of the most important aspects for ensuring the growth of a company. Studies have shown that companies that possess a strong workplace culture not only beat out their competitors in the categories of employee engagement and...

How to Keep Your Competition from Stealing Your Top Talent

September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so we started talking about how we could join in the fun and give ye a few tips to keep ye in the fair winds. Well, blow me down, and didn’t we come to a fine realization...

Our Own Melting Pot – Diversity in the Triangle

The Triangle Business Journal recently announced that Wake County is projected to pass 1 million residents within the next month and that people are continuing to move here at a rate of 62 people per day. In fact people are moving here not only from all...

Why A Leader’s Community Engagement is Important

In today’s dynamic business landscape, leaders are challenged with balancing an abundance of activities and critical success factors. Whether leading a team of employees, managing the company’s financial health or overseeing the organization’s branding or marketing activities, leadership requires the ability for one to keep...

How to Graduate WITH a Job Offer

As a recent college graduate who works at a professional staffing company it is an eye-opening experience to reflect over the last year and see the difference between the actions my peers took who received job offers and the actions of those who are still...

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen

“It was one of the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn't think about my life at all.” – Jonathan Safran Foer Recently a few coworkers and I had the privilege of volunteering at Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen...

How Volunteering Can Help Your Business

Not only is volunteering a great way to give back to your community it can also be a huge advantage in the business world. Here are a few benefits that volunteering can create for you and your company. Broaden your skill set and experiences It’s easy to...

The market for talent is heating up. Don’t be left in the cold.

For the past several years, the hiring market has been chilly with the exception of a few sectors that remain hot no matter what. Our recruiters are seeing multiple offers for candidates as they have more choices than they have in the past few years. Candidates...

Meet the Accuro team’s new Talent Acquisition Partner!

Talent Acquisition Partner Jodi Bloom: Q & A Q: Where are you from originally? A: “I grew up in Williamsport, a small town in Pennsylvania. I was the middle child with two brothers and a younger sister.” Q: How did you come to live in the Raleigh area? A:...

4 Steps to a Better Work-Life Balance

In a world of iPhones, laptops and numerous other portable devices it can be a challenge to establish boundaries between your work life and your personal life. Many people struggle with competing responsibilities and engagements but there are actions you can take to improve your...

Resume Quick Tips!

In a passive application process, one where you submit your resume through a company’s website, your resume must first pass an initial screening by a company employee. This employee’s sole task will be to make sure that your resume reflects all of the essential requirements of...

How to be every recruiter’s dream candidate

I have worked with thousands of candidates over the years, literally – thousands. And there are just some candidates that you love working with. If you want to be one of those candidates that recruiters love to work with – which easily translates to getting...

What Our Fathers Taught Us

In honor of Father’s Day the team at Accuro wanted to dedicate this week’s blog to the lessons we have learned from our own fathers over the years. Specifically, we wanted to focus on what our fathers have taught us about relationships. Here is what...

3 Ways to Build a Strong Relationship with Your Manager

There is no doubt that starting a new job can be just as stressful as it is exciting. All at once you are learning a new role, getting to know coworkers and figuring out how to navigate your way in a new company. However, one of...