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Working with an Independent Contractor

Bringing in an independent contractor for a specific project is an excellent way for small businesses to reduce overhead and save money: the hiring process isn’t as extensive, you don’t have to provide benefits, and you won’t be stuck paying a fixed salary to an employee who’s wasting time all day long because the work you hired them for is done.  However, you also have less control over an independent contractor, and since contractors are typically used for short-term projects, you may face a high level of turnover.  And of course, there are legal challenges!  Be sure to read up on local, state, and federal regulations on what constitutes an independent contractor and what laws are in place, and consult with legal counsel if you still have questions.

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Tips for Being an Effective Mentor

We have written several articles that briefly touched on the importance of providing mentorship programs to keep your employees engaged with the company and satisfied with their jobs, but we have never discussed the specifics of how to be an effective mentor.  So, we asked our human resources experts to compile a list of some of their favorite tips for becoming a good mentor who guides his or her employees to success!

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The Market for Middle Skills

Unless you run in the recruiting or HR circles, it’s unlikely you’ve heard of “middle skills” jobs before.  This term refers to  jobs that fall outside the realm of traditional “blue collar” jobs like factory work or manufacturing, but which do not typically require a four-year degree.  Dental technicians, radiation therapists, electrical engineering technicians, and computer network support specialists all fall under the umbrella of “middle skills” workers, and the salaries they receive can be surprisingly high.  Dental technicians and radiation therapists, for example, receive upwards of $30 an hour, on average, with electrical engineering technicians and computer network support specialists following close behind.  This job market is expected to continue to grow, so we've put together some general information about the middle skills sector for those of you who are interested in either hiring middle skills workers or finding a job in one of these industries!

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Common Recruiting Myths Debunked

This week, we’ve decided to put together a list for all the human resources departments considering bringing in an outside recruiting expert, and for all the job seekers thinking about going through a recruiting firm, debunking some of the most common myths about recruiting firms.  We hope this gives you better insight on recruiting!  

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How to Overcome your Toughest Hiring Challenges

After a few articles focusing on helping job seekers build their résumés and turn networking meetings into job offers, it’s time to switch gears and look at some of the things hiring managers can do to make sure they are bringing in the best talent.  This week we will look at some of the common challenges human resources professionals face when hiring, as well as some steps to overcome these hurdles.

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How to Turn Networking Meetings into a Job Offer

If you followed our advice from last week on getting an interview, perhaps you’ve been able to secure a couple networking meetings with contacts in your target industry.  You may be wondering, then, how you can turn a simple networking meeting, often also called an “informational interview,” into a solid job offer.  Potomac Recruiting’s expert career advisors have come up with some simple Do’s and Don’ts to help you navigate the tricky channel between “coffee with a colleague” and “you’re hired!”

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Why You Aren’t Getting Interviews

Perhaps you’ve read the last few articles on our blog and realized that you aren’t happy in your current position: you aren’t engaged in your work, you don’t like the environment, and you’re worried about being left full of regrets.  Maybe you’ve already started applying for new jobs, but haven’t had much luck getting to the interview stage, let alone getting a job offer.  To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the key reasons why people have difficulty getting interviews, along with some tips for remedying these issues.

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Common Job Regrets and How to Avoid Them

Last week we covered the topic of improving job satisfaction, and avoiding job regrets is an important element of overall satisfaction.  No one wants to look back on a career full of regrets!  To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some common career complaints, and provided some steps you can take to address these issues before it’s too late.

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Thoughts on Career Satisfaction

Over the last few weeks we’ve been focusing our articles on non-monetary incentives employers can provide to attract and retain talented workers during a budget crunch, so it’s time to turn the tables and focus on employees and the things they can do to increase career satisfaction.  The difficult job market might make you feel like you need to pounce on the first opportunity that comes along, regardless of whether or not you have any interest in the field or the job itself.  While this may be the case, at least temporarily, there are definitely some steps you can take to increase your career satisfaction in the long run!

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How to Offer Hiring Perks on a Budget

We touched last week on the topic of offering non-monetary or low-cost bonuses to improve employee engagement, so this week it seems natural to discuss how to offer hiring perks on a tight budget.

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Building Employee Engagement

In today’s world of budget cuts and economic uncertainty, it’s no surprise that employee engagement is dropping.  Companies are being forced to do more with less, and often that means demanding more of employees without being able to provide bonuses or raises.  This, in turn, is making many employees feel overwhelmed and overworked, and this stress can lead to disengagement and loss of passion at the office.  With this in mind, Potomac Recruiting has come up with some simple tips every manager can incorporate to boost engagement without breaking the bank!

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The Importance of Creating a Culture of Ethics

In today’s business world, more than ever, it is crucial that business leaders establish a culture of ethical behavior within their workplace.

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Importance of C-Suite Succession Planning Beyond the CEO

Last week we focused on the importance of CEO succession planning and some steps you can take to make sure you’re prepared for expected—and unexpected—CEO departures, but CEOs are not the only senior executives whose departure would negatively impact your company. 

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CEO Succession Planning


Is your company prepared if the CEO needed to step down tomorrow?  What if your senior executives were wooed away to another company and gave you “two weeks notice” today? 

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Achieving and Maintaining Effective Talent Management

Talent management is a broad way of stating “having the right people in the right place at the right time,” and this complex process requires a good deal of strategic planning and critical thinking.  We’ve developed a list of five tips we hope will prove useful to help you make sure you’re effectively managing your talent or if you’re not sure where to start!

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The Importance of a Lead Director

The Lead Director role is a relatively new one, having only been established by the New York Stock Exchange about six years ago, but is quickly becoming a crucial position on corporate Boards of Directors.

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The Path Towards Sustainable Growth: The Main “Ingredients” of an Effective Board of Directors

Establishing a Board of Directors is an important step towards business development and growth. Not only do board members give integral advice and support to the CEO, but they also help to create strategy based on their extensive knowledge in various fields.

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Guide to Crafting a Successful Board of Directors Résumé

A Board of Directors résumé is a showcase of your executive and strategic experience that should highlight the ways you can add value at the highest level of an organization, and so must follow a different format from a traditional résumé to be effective.

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Why Hire A Professional Résumé Writer?

The most important step in getting a job is getting an interview; a résumé that stands out from others is the best thing you can have to get an opportunity for an interview.

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How to Advance Your Career during this Global Age with Social Media Tools

In the age of globalization and technology boom, social media tools have made career progression easier and allow for fast and efficient communication with potential employers. LinkedIn is the most essential tool for job seekers and best for facilitating and growing your professional network.

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