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Rikka Brandon is the founder and Chief Executive Recruiter of Building Gurus, a boutique executive search and consulting firm that works exclusively with building product manufacturers and distributors to find, hire, and retain top executive-level talent. She is also the best-selling author of "Hire Power: Everything Entrepreneurs Need To Know To Hire Awesome People."
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Four common recruiting mistakes to avoid

The dawn of a new year always brings the feeling of fresh starts and new opportunities. What better time to set goals for improving your company’s recruiting and hiring practices?
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Add a Recruiting Audit to your end-of-year to-do list

If you’ve seen a lack of interest in your job postings, had great candidates turn down offers, or just feel like your recruiting and hiring efforts haven’t netted the return they should, a Recruiting Audit can help pinpoint where you could use improvements.
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The cost of a bad hire

According to HR Exchange Network, the U.S. Dept. of Labor estimates a bad hire can cost as much as 30% of an employee’s first-year earnings.
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Hiring? Remember the fundamentals

Why is hiring amidst high unemployment a challenge? The first concern is the quality of the applicant pool.
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How to leverage assessment tools to avoid bad hires

Few things are more exhausting than a disappointing hire. It affects your confidence in your ability to interview, to “pick” the right person, and your ability to onboard and manage people to success.
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Steps to take when a superstar employee doesn’t return

Losing a stellar team member, regardless of the circumstances, can leave you with a range of emotions and a lot of questions. Here are a few strategies for how to handle the situation—and how to learn for future recruiting and hiring success.
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Three considerations as you re-hire in a post-pandemic world

How do you meet the requirements to keep your company afloat with fewer team members AND ensure when you’re ready to hire again you do so in the smartest way possible? Here are a few strategies to consider.
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5 keys to approaching layoffs so your employees want to return

Here are a few strategies to help maintain your relationship with laid-off employees and ensure the bridge between the company and them doesn’t go away.
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Two interview tricks to help avoid hiring mistakes

Here are two pieces of advice to consider that can drastically improve your chances of making a great hire.
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Forced to lay off staff? Be sure to keep the bridge open

When the dust settles and your company can reopen, onboarding those laid-off employees will be crucial to getting things back on track quickly.

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