Time to Hire Your First Executive Assistant?

If you’re in business and you have employees but no executive assistant, it’s likely time to hire one. In most industries, an executive assistant is the first hire a business owner should make. Be honest with yourself: What are you juggling? How many balls are being dropped in the process? Do you spend your days […]

Hiring in 2016: Our Recruiters’ Predictions (Part 1 of 2)

We asked The HT Group recruiters what trends they predict for hiring in 2016, including their thoughts on areas of job growth, recruitment strategies and competition in the areas of temporary staffing, tech staffing, executive search and others. They certainly delivered. Take a look at part 1 of this two-part series.

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for HR

Five, four, three, two, one: Happy New Year! It’s nearly time to usher in 2016. How is your human resources department preparing? Do you have a plan to make this the “best year yet” for your employees? Are you scheming to win big in the recruiting game? Do you resolve to take control of issues […]

Fair Chance Hiring in Austin: What You Need to Know

Austin City Council’s Economic Opportunity Committee voted recently to move forward with fair chance hiring in Austin. The ordinance is expected to include a one-year period to educate employers before they would face penalties for noncompliance. “Ban the box”—which is currently in effect for City of Austin and its vendors—is the first piece of the […]

Guest Post: How to Hire Talent Amid Texas Welder Shortage

Texas leads the nation in keeping welders working. The Lone Star State is home to 50,000 of the country’s 370,000 employed welders, indicates research from Tulsa Welding School. Unfortunately, many companies in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and other cities with high concentrations of welding jobs cannot find candidates with the adequate skills to fill their positions, resulting in a shortage of […]

Are Texas Manufacturing Jobs Being Drawn to Smaller Metros?

Between San Antonio and Austin, what is the fastest growing city in the nation? The answer is, quite literally, located between San Antonio and Austin. It’s San Marcos, Texas. Part of this exceptional growth comes with manufacturing jobs relocating to this historically quaint town. “The San Marcos area is growing in a number of industries, including manufacturing, thanks […]

Are Most of Your Job Candidates Lying?

Have you ever spotted a lie on a resume or in an interview? It’s more common than you think. The latest research from CareerBuilder found that more than half of employers have caught a lie on a resume. Most of these lies are about embellished skill sets (62 percent), while more than half included embellished […]

Pre-Employment Assessment: 5 New Questions to Ask Yourself

Adoption of pre-employment assessment tests grew by 21 percent between 2001 and 2013, according to the Aberdeen Group. Businesses that use a pre-hire assessment process are nearly 40 percent more likely than all others to be satisfied with their new hires. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most recent […]

Texas Salary Trends: Focusing on 2020

We sat down with the CareerBuilder team to dive into job trends and salary predictions for the Texas job market. What we found was truly eye-opening. From now until 2020, Texas is expected to add more than 1.2 million jobs, increasing the amount of jobs available in the state by 9 percent. That’s nearly double […]

How Do Non-tech Companies Compete for Tech Talent?

Technology is an essential part of business, no matter what “business” you’re in. As we discussed earlier this month, even non-tech companies are finding the need to add strategic C-level technology talent to their leadership. And more and more companies are adding web developers, data analysts and other technology talent to help them become more […]

Welcome to the C-Suite: Changing Face of IT Staffing

Remember Jimmy Fallon’s rendition of “Nick Burns: Your Company’s Computer Guy” on Saturday Night Live? If you don’t (or even if you do), you can watch a clip of Nick Burns in action here. The character represents the stereotypical computer guy who has manned the help desk at any given company (likely yours included) for […]

New Labor Standard: Are You and Your Staffing Partner “Joint Employers”?

Your labor relations just got more interesting. In a decision that has the opposing side up in arms, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last month overturned a 30-year precedent on joint employment as it relates to employers who use a staffing partner. The ruling boils down to this: Companies and their staffing agencies may […]

Overtime Law Changes: 10 Things You Need to Know

The Department of Labor’s annual salary threshold for overtime pay is about to double for those staffing white collar employees, from $23,660 (the threshold now) to $50,440 (beginning in 2016). The news sent shock waves throughout the business community. But what does it really mean? Let’s break it down into the top 10 points you […]

Innovative Perks for Small Businesses

Netflix recently announced unlimited maternity and paternity leave for employees. Other companies like Adobe and Microsofthave some sweet maternity leave policies as well. Companies like Google and Apple not only provide great health insurance benefits but they have on site physicians and other medical professionals for main campus employees (Google employees also get oil changes […]

Lost in Translation: Cultural Cues That Turn Off Job Candidates

Not understanding how certain cultural cues or phrases can be interpreted in the workplace can cause many problems. What you say and how you say it can be understood differently depending on a colleague’s nationality. For instance, when a British manager tells a Dutch colleague, “That’s very interesting…” what they likely mean is, “I don’t […]