10 tips on creating HR processes and policies for startups

You're a go-getter. You've spent months, if not years, getting your startup off the ground. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you've done most of it on your own. But, regular tasks like recruitment, hiring, payroll, benefits plans and employee care are slipping away from you, and there's that nagging voice in your head that's telling you that you need some help. Yet, you don't think your startup is quite big enough for an HR (human resources) department. So, what do you do? In this article, we'...
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4 steps to successful career mapping

Career mapping once meant planning your rise up the corporate ladder. Nowadays however, your career may take a more meandering course. As more and more people opt for freelancing or working in the gig economy, developing new skill sets, seeking new opportunities and adapting to new technologies are taking the place of the traditional linear career path. Nevertheless there's "still something to be said for strategic career mapping," says Elise Mitchell. Here, she shares how to avoi...
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How to find a job that keeps you happy in the long term

A new survey shows hiring decision makers in the U.S. and U.K. are expecting an increase in the number of employees quitting their jobs this year. While dissatisfaction with their current salary is the top reason for wanting to change jobs, career advancement opportunities, workplace culture, benefits and location are also key factors. "While finding another job is often an important catalyst for positive change … job seeking can be time-consuming, stressful and draining," writes Emily Moore. To...
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The 6 best job search lessons I learned after 10 years away

Finding suitable employment can be tough at the best of times and when you're returning to work after a lengthy career break the challenges can seem almost insurmountable. This is the situation strategic marketing executive Judy King found herself in, despite her early career success and an advanced degree in her field. Faced with the daunting prospect of competing with younger candidates and those with more recent experience and up-to-date skills, King realised she needed to make a strategic sh...
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Choosing between job offers? 4 tips for making a decision

Whether you're unemployed, underemployed or discontent with your current position, the phrase 'job seeking' and all of its variants can strike fear into the bravest of hearts. The time spent searching job websites and dealing with repetitive application forms, interviews and networking, can feel utterly soul destroying. Then just when you start thinking there are no suitable jobs to be had, several offers come along at once. Having multiple options can be either a blessing or a curse, depending ...
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Beat the stereotype. Nail your next job interview

Millennials are often characterized as entitled, self-centred, needy, lazy, job-hopping, disloyal, easily bored individuals who crave instant gratification and have unrealistic work expectations. As a millennial jobseeker, it can be difficult to overcome these common misconceptions about millennial attitudes and aspirations and convince potential employers of the value you can bring to the workplace. In this article, Heather Redding explores five ways you can break through the generational stere...
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Why I turned down a full-time job for freelancing

Self-employment is on the rise. It's predicted that around 40 per cent of all workers will be freelancers by 2020, and a growing proportion will be women. Deciding between a permanent, full-time job and freelancing isn't always easy. While the freedom to work where you want, set your own hours, and be your own boss may seem very tempting, you also have to weigh up the disadvantages. Freelancers working in different fields share their stories with journalist and blogger Alya Mooro to reveal some ...
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A guide to responding to negative reviews on Glassdoor

Online reviews have a significant influence on decision-making. Having satisfied customers sharing their positive experience online helps to build trust and attract new customers, while potential new customers can be lost as a result of negative reviews. And it's not just your sales that can be impacted by online reviews. Negative reviews on employment website Glassdoor may put potential candidates off and could also put your reputation as an employer on the line. As with any other type of ...
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How to make sure that you and the company are a perfect match

Your resume, cover letter, and interview, all serve to demonstrate to a potential employer why the company should hire you instead of one of the many other well qualified, skilled, and experienced candidates. And just as the company gathers information to determine if you're the best person for the job, you need to discover if the company is the right fit for you. While the job description might look like it was written for you, there's also the company culture to consider. Here's career ch...
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Pimlico Plumbers loses appeal against self-employed status

A UK court has rejected a company’s appeal against an earlier ruling that a worker was effectively an employee of the company, and was therefore due employment rights. The company said the individual was a self-employed, independent contractor. This latest case highlights the need to bring UK employment law up-to-date to reflect new ways of working. It may also have implications for other gig economy operators such as Uber and Deliveroo, both of which have already faced legal challenges over the...
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