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Words That Make Job Candidates Sound Stupider

Listen, we get it: English is a tough language to master. Even native speakers have a tough time getting it right. Chances are, you’re getting a few grammatical rules tragically wrong. Some of these simple mistakes sprinkled into your cover letter, resume, or even your job interview vocabulary could be costing you jobs.   We […]

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Bad Meeting Mistakes: Are You Guilty?

Hate meetings? Most people do. Yet many managers spend at least 35 to 50% of their work hours in meetings. Your frustration may stem from the fact that many meetings are poorly run. But what separates a bad meeting from good one?   We recently participated in a survey by Steven G. Rogelberg, PhD, a […]

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Is It the Perfect Telecommuting Job? 7 Questions to Find Out

Are your facing the prospect of telecommuting fulltime? If not, you might be soon. Dell, Inc. declared it wants half of its workforce to work remotely by 2020 while other Texas companies like AT&T, Freeman, Rackspace, Medecision and even government entities like the City of Austin employ a substantial number of remote workers. And while […]

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Want to Make Remote Working Work? Do You Really?

While Austin has been named the telecommuting capital of the country, not all of its employers are enthusiastically on board. Last year IBM, which is a major Austin employer, raised eyebrows by ending its decades-long love affair with remote work. As much about 40% of the company’s workforce has telecommuted since 2007, so summoning most of these employees […]

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Is the Cover Letter Dead?

The demise of the cover letter is a polarizing topic. Some hiring managers will tell you it’s worthless and others will tell you they won’t consider a job applicant without it. The problem is, it can be impossible to tell what camp each hiring manager is in when you apply. Adding to the frustration is […]

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Think Before You Counteroffer Because Only 10% Succeed

Competition for top talent has reached epic proportions. So, when a great employee puts in their notice for another job, it may seem smart to try to counteroffer, right? Not so fast. Counteroffers rarely work out. In fact, recent studies show fewer than 10% of employees remain on board one year after a counteroffer is […]

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5 Ways to Lose a Job Offer After Nailing the Interview

Imagine this: You’re finishing up a job interview, and the hiring manager leans back and says, “Love that you’re a former bowling pro. It’ll be great to have another ace on the company’s team.” That’s a great sign you nailed the interview: The employer is already envisioning you on the team. Glassdoor compiled these other […]

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A Surge of I-9 Audits Is Coming

Brace yourself: An increase in I-9 audits isn’t just talk, it’s happening. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports it has already opened more worksite investigations in the past seven months than the agency completed in the entire previous fiscal year. While these enforcement investigations have doubled, arrests related to worksite enforcement have nearly quadrupled. […]

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Looking for a Side Hustle? Take This Advice

At least one in every three U.S. workers now freelances or contracts. By 2020, that number is projected to rise to 43%. Many of these jobs are considered “side hustles” to earn extra income. Participating in the gig economy in this way can be empowering…or, if you don’t approach it with good business sense, it can […]

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Are 1/3 of Your Jobs Filled by Employee Referrals?

Outside recruiters are essential for certain job openings and situations but, for at least one-third of hires, the best place to start for a high-quality candidate pool is with employee referrals. In fact, The HT Group itself has both employee and temp/technical contractor referral programs in place. And we’re not alone. Employee referrals continue to […]

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Jobs Outnumber Job Seekers for First Time in U.S. History

It’s official: For the first time in U.S. history, there are more job openings than job seekers. The U.S. Department of Labor issued survey results this week showing a record 6.7 million available jobs in the U.S. during the month of April. Previously released data showed 6.3 million job seekers in April and 6.1 million […]

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Top Secrets of Superstar Temps

The gig economy has brought rise to independent consultants and freelancers who thrive without the restraints of a fulltime job. But those “gigs” aren’t suited for everyone who yearns for variety. Many business consultants, writers, and graphic designers are empowered by this type of work, but what about those who specialize in administrative and receptionist […]

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The HT Group Helps Soon-to-Be Graduates Prepare for Life After High School

Graduation season is here! Graduating is an achievement worthy of celebration, but amid the excitement, many soon-to-be graduates are planning their next steps as they move into higher education and the job field. The students at Texans Can Academy – Austin are no exception. That’s why The HT Group is hosting a workshop at Texans […]

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Long-Awaited News on Arbitration Agreements

Significant news for employers whose arbitration agreements have been in limbo for the past six years: A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court majority puts validity back into the contracts, stating that nothing in the National Labor Relations Act trumps the FAA’s requirement that arbitration agreements be enforced.   In 2012, The National Labor […]

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3 Warning Signs When Choosing a Staffing Firm

As a staffing and recruiting agency, we do so much more than just find you job candidates and workers. We can make your job easier by providing on-site management, acting as a resource for the job market, and quickly filling positions from C-level executives to technical contractors to administrative staff and seasonal workers. But even […]