Robert Half Blog

Office Humor: Redefining Work-Life Balance

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM


Topics: Workplace, Management, WorkVine

6 Ways Professional Development Training Benefits Your Entire Organization

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

professional_developmentFunding for employee training and continuing education is often one of the first things to go when budgets get cut, but this practice is often costly and counterproductive. Here's why.

Professional development helps managers attract and retain top job candidates, boost the bottom line and identify future leaders. Investing in each of your workers is beneficial to the organization as a whole, and job training provides rewards that everyone can enjoy.

Topics: Training, Management

Salary Evaluation 101: Are You Paying Your Employees What They're Worth?

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

salary_evaluationYour employees likely know what they're worth in today's job market. Do you?

You evaluate your employees and communicate with them on a regular basis to ensure they know how they’re performing in their jobs. You may even give them raises for good evaluations. But how often do you assess the competitiveness of the salaries themselves, both for current employees and for positions you’re trying to fill?

Topics: Salary, Management

Chronological, Functional or Hybrid? Pros and Cons of 3 Resume Formats

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 7, 2015 6:00:00 AM

resume_formatsWhich resume format is the best option for you? It depends on a number of factors. Here are the pros and cons of three different resume formats.

Topics: Job Search, Resume

The March Jobs Report and Key Takeaways: Should You Re-Review Your Hiring Budget?

Posted by Paul McDonald on Apr 3, 2015 9:36:00 AM

MarchBLSjobsreportThe March jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that U.S. employers added fewer jobs than expected – just 126,000 – which is the lowest number of job gains since December 2013. However, the overall unemployment rate stayed steady at 5.5 percent, which remains the lowest rate since May 2008. And the unemployment rate for college-educated workers 25 and older is now 2.5 percent, down from 2.7 percent in February and 3.4 percent a year ago.

Topics: Hiring, Employment News, Management, BLS Jobs Report

Workforce Solutions Help Small Companies Compete With Larger Rivals

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 1, 2015 6:00:00 AM

workforce_solutionsEntrepreneurs cherish the myth of the small company taking its market by storm, overcoming long odds and catching its much larger competitors napping. Behind this heroic storyline, however, is a harsh reality. Many small businesses face challenges their larger rivals don’t: meager startup budgets and haphazard recruiting in an intensely competitive market for specialized talent.

Topics: Hiring, Small Business

Ready for Some Bad Advice? 3 Common Cover Letter Tips to Ignore

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

cover_letter_tipsThe challenge of writing a powerful cover letter can lead job candidates to search endlessly for advice. But be careful. While you’ll likely find some nuggets of wisdom, you may stumble upon a few cover letter tips that could lead you astray.

Topics: Job Search, Cover Letter

Write A Resignation Letter, But Don’t Deliver It

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 27, 2015 6:00:00 AM

resignation_letterFeeling frustrated at work? On the brink of quitting? In this post, noted author and speaker Todd Henry suggests trying a cathartic writing exercise before throwing in the towel.

If you’re doing work that matters to you, conflict is inevitable. It’s also invited. Conflict is one of the primary ways we internalize, process, and add value to the ideas of others. Rather than seeing conflict as the enemy, we need to recognize that it can — in many circumstances — be a platform for brilliant collaborative work.

Topics: Career

Boomerang Employees: Talent Can Come Back to You, So Be Ready to Catch It

Posted by Paul McDonald on Mar 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

boomerang_employeesNot that long ago in the business world, when workers left their jobs to pursue new opportunities, it usually meant they had to sever ties for good with their former employers. Resignations, even on the best of terms, were not unlike awkward breakups. And getting back together? Almost unheard of.

Today, however, more employers are taking things less personally and looking at former team members through a different lens. They see them as part of the organization’s future, rather than the past. They are embracing the idea of hiring “boomerang employees” — the people who left their organization on good terms to explore a new path, but decided later that they would like to come back.

Topics: Hiring, Management

4 of the Most Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 23, 2015 6:00:00 AM

common_interview_questionsPrepping for a job interview? Here are four common interview questions you should be ready to answer. 

A prospective employer calls and wants to meet with you. Congrats! That means you’ve gotten your foot in the proverbial door. But once the excitement about the prospect of a new job starts to fade, you may find it replaced with a tinge of anxiety.

Topics: Job Search, Interviewing