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10 Ways Tech Is Automating the Workforce

An Oxford University study found that nearly half of all U.S. jobs could be done by computers. Even non-routine, white-collar tasks like providing medical diagnoses and doing legal research can now be accomplished with software.

Ripple Effect of Not Responding to a Job Candidate

Ah, the job candidate “slush pile.” You know, the stack of resumes and cover letters that don’t quite make the cut?  If you’re like most hiring managers, you don’t always respond to or even acknowledge receipt of every application.

Seven Recruiting Habits Not Based on Luck

When it comes to recruiting ideal job candidates, it doesn’t hurt to have luck on your side. But what if you could make your own luck? Take these seven recruiting habits to heart and increase your odds of hiring the best of the best.

1. Visualize your long-term goal

Is It Smart to Hire Entrepreneurs as Employees?

Hire entrepreneurs! DON’T hire entrepreneurs! It’s a debate that has hiring managers scratching their heads. Finding employees who exhibit the often-coveted “entrepreneurial spirit” can have its benefits, especially as a business is just starting out or changing direction. These employees are passionately committed and self-motivated with a moral sense of doing the right thing for the greater good of the business.

Leading Strong: Lessons on Leadership from UT Longhorns Coach Charlie Strong

"Discipline, mental and physical toughness and accountability are keys that you must build your program around. If you're disciplined, prepare the right way and have a razor focus, you will be successful."

– Charlie Strong, Head Football Coach, The University of Texas

Better Recruiting Through Mobile Search

According to a recent iMomentous report, 36 percent of Fortune 500 companies have a mobile career section on their site, but only 5 percent have actual “mobile apply” capabilities. How do your recruiting efforts stack up to these statistics?

Background Screenings and Texas Privacy Protection

This guest post is contributed by Rebecca Gray, who writes for She welcomes your comments at her email id: GrayRebecca14 at gmail dot com.

Please note the information in this post does not constitute legal advice.

In This Texas Job Boom, Are You Offering Candidates Enough?

Mitchell Schnurman of the Dallas Morning News calls it the “Texas Trifecta.” Growth in jobs, population and pay has meant a median household income gain of 4.3 percent in two years. How does that translate into salaries?

Engineering Staffing: The Female STEM Gap & Why It Matters

A variety of reports  in recent years have stated women account for less than 14 percent of U.S. engineering staffing. The statistics among the other STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are similarly lopsided.

Is the Performance Review Extinct?

Raise your hand if you love performance reviews! Anyone? Why have these tools gotten such a bad rap from both managers and employees? HR Magazine revealed a survey in which 98 percent of U.S. staff admitted finding annual reviews unnecessary (a quarter of those respondents were HR folks).