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Uncommon insights for forward-thinking employers and job seekers, from the busy minds at Strategic Talent.

At Strategic Talent we work both sides of the equation – helping talent-seeking CEOs, CFOs and CIOs to connect with top-notch Business, Accounting, Finance and IT job seekers. Because of this, we have developed a unique perspective on optimizing intellectual capital in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Through our blog, Talent4Boston, we hope to share with you our insights on just what it takes for today’s top talent to land that ideal position and how today’s successful organizations are sourcing and acquiring those rare candidates who make a real impact on their business.

Blog Posts

Has the Handwritten Note Disappeared for Good?

November 20, 2014
Michelle Pasqual

So why does is it appear as though we are inclined to go the fastest route with an email rather than hand write and mail a note card? I can’t remember the last time an individual sent me a card just to say “hello” or better yet “thank you.”

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Another Look at the Modern Day Job Hopper

October 29, 2014
Tiffany Appleton

Gone are the days of working your entire career with one company. However, in our modern day business practices, professionals who frequently move from job to job are often labeled as “job hoppers” – sometimes unfairly.

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Business Day Etiquette - Say it with a Smile

September 25, 2014
Michelle Pasqual

One afternoon last week, I drove by a guy standing outside holding up a sign which read “Smile, It’s OK”.  He then proceeded to give me a big smile and a thumbs up. This wonderful act caused me to laugh out loud followed by a giant smile—mission accomplished my friend!

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What Everyone Ought to Know About Phone Interviews

August 26, 2014
Tiffany Appleton

People are busy and the phone interview has become a very popular step in the hiring process. The casualness of the phone interview can often cause people to slip up and lose out on an opportunity early in the process. Here are some tips everyone ought to know about interviewing by phone.

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The "Secret Sauce" for Corporate Culture

July 24, 2014
Tiffany Appleton

Yesterday, my colleague and I drove past Market Basket on the way to a lunch meeting. Seeing the enthusiastic associates picketing for the return of their beloved CEO spurred our conversation. I mentioned that I worked at Market Basket for about 8 years through college and a little after. My colleague then asked what is their “secret sauce” for creating such dedicated employees?

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Gearing Up for Summer

June 24, 2014
Tiffany Appleton

With summer right around the corner, it is timely to provide a few tips in relation to searching for an opportunity during the summer months. There are many misconceptions out there.

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The Cloud and the Shift in Roles

May 22, 2014
Michelle Pasqual

The evolution of the cloud is an exciting and trans-formative agent toward progress in the workplace yet it also brings with it the reality that core IT roles must shift in order to stay current.

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Who Else Wants to Make the Best Hires Ever?

May 22, 2014
Tiffany Appleton

Hiring is not easy. I know since it is my full-time business, but here are some tips that can help anyone and everyone make the best hires ever for their teams.

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Suddenly Stressed, Now What?

April 10, 2014
Strategic Talent

Anxious, overwhelmed, flustered, worried, nervous, eager, tense…. these are sensations that come to my mind when I think of physical and emotional reactions to stress.  When a lot is going on and especially when something unexpected is added to your plate, stress can occur.

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How to Write a Compelling Job Posting

April 4, 2014
Tiffany Appleton

I assume everyone will agree that first impressions are important. So if a potential candidate’s first impression of your company is through a job posting, don’t you want to make sure it is the absolute best first impression you can make? 

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In Demand Technology Skills for 2014

March 7, 2014
Michelle Pasqual

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the present unemployment rate for developers,  programmers and engineers alike is running at a mere 1.8%. These positions are in incredible demand and it would appear that most clients I’m speaking with do not anticipate any decrease in the foreseeable  future.

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Approaching Networking Events with an Open Mind

February 18, 2014
Strategic Talent

Attending networking events alone can feel a little awkward and can also be intimidating. We all dread walking into a social gathering where everyone is already in their groups connecting and making friends.

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Five Ways to Revive, Re-energize and Refocus at Work

February 12, 2014
Michelle Pasqual

During the cold winter months, it’s more difficult to get outdoors for a casual stroll after lunch much less roll out of bed in the morning—for me anyway. So how does one stay upbeat and energetic when the temperature is five below outside and the ever present soothing hum of the office heating system is causing you to drift off to sleep?

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Professional Career Checklist - Revisiting Your Career Path

January 28, 2014
Tiffany Appleton

Now that 2014 is off and running, when was the last time you evaluated your career path? As part of our ongoing Professional Career Checklist series, I wrote a blog in December 2012 inspired by career self-reflection and challenged you to ask yourself key questions about where you are in your career today. Now that another year has gone by, how has your career evolved?

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Update Your LinkedIn Profile

December 26, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

As of October 2013, there are 259,000,000 LinkedIn users across the globe and 40% of these users check LinkedIn on a daily basis. This means that people are probably looking at your profile on a fairly regular basis, which begs the question – when was the last time you updated your profile? Here are a few key areas to focus on today.

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Keeping Yourself and Your Career in Check

December 6, 2013
Strategic Talent

Ever ask yourself at the end of a busy workday “Where did the time go today?” or at the end of the week “What did I accomplish?”

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The Shifting Talent Pool

December 6, 2013
Michelle Pasqual

In my career, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to anticipating my clients hiring needs.  I never know when I might receive a call for 50 new hires due to a recent round of funding or learn a member has just given notice or get a request to assist with a confidential replacement search.

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Spreading Thanks Around the Office

November 27, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

As we approach the holiday season, we are conditioned to begin thinking about the things for which we are thankful. This may not easily translate over into the office environment, so I urge you to get the ball rolling by initiating a little bit of thanks around the office.

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Encouraging News for the Hiring Process

November 26, 2013
Michelle Pasqual

One of the greatest challenges we have been dealing with lately has been the extended interview process but I have to admit that I am excited about the changes which are presently occurring.

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What To Do After An Interview

November 20, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

There always seems to be confusion after an interview…should I send a thank you note, should I call and inquire about my candidacy, should I offer to come in for an additional interview, or should I just sit back and wait? All of these are fair questions and without knowing the hiring process, it is difficult to know which is the right course of action.

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Resume Reality Check-In

October 29, 2013
Michelle Pasqual

When is it a good time to update your resume? Better yet, when is the last time you updated your resume? Was it last month or ten years ago maybe even longer? Let’s face it, over time our memories begin to fade away.

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The Salary Debate - Paying Employees What They Are Worth

October 17, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

I have always been told that the marketplace is efficient and most people are paid what they are worth. Certainly in my role as a recruiter, I discuss salary frequently with both employers and job seekers. I have realized the market really is pretty efficient as far as compensation goes. Supply and demand economics reign.

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IT Trends in the Boston Market

October 2, 2013
Strategic Talent

In a recent blog, Michelle mentioned that Massachusetts is topping the charts for the hottest growing states for Tech jobs. Not only are tech opportunities growing…so are many companies in this fine state.

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The Rise of Hiring in Autumn

September 25, 2013
Michelle Pasqual

I’m a true New Englander. I love the seasonal changes, but what I love most of all about this time of the year, aside from my children returning to school, is the contagious energy that is most abundant in the air.

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Why I Love Attending Industry Conferences

September 18, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

Attending an industry conference can certainly be another way to network, but there are so many other things that you can get from these training sessions; many of them can be quite unexpected.

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Networking - It Is All About Who You Know

September 4, 2013
Strategic Talent

Networking is about creating relationships. It’s not about “what can you do for me?” It is more about “what can I do for you?” There are all types of business networking opportunities including networking through organized events, social media or even friends and family. You may already be part of an organization which hosts networking events or you may have to seek one out. Either way, find an event to attend.

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Massachusetts Topping the Charts in Tech Jobs Growth

August 21, 2013
Michelle Pasqual

According to a recent article published via Dice, as of August 1, 2013 there are 84,802 available technical jobs. The article continues to state that longstanding IT powerhouse, California, has some serious competition from an unlikely state—New Jersey with Massachusetts right on NJ’s heels.

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What Keeps You Motivated?

August 14, 2013
Strategic Talent

Most people want to work in an environment where both the company and the employees strive toward continuous improvement. So, what keeps you motivated in your job? Is it the co-worker in the cube next to you that keeps you laughing? Is it your boss who pays you a compliment and praises your work? Or maybe it is the work you are actually doing because you are making a difference?

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Keeping it Professional Throughout the Interview Process

August 7, 2013
Strategic Talent

Raise your hand if you love being interviewed...Whether it’s your first phone interview or final in-person interview, it is important to remember to keep it professional throughout the entire process. This applies to both the interviewer and interviewee.

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Whose Responsibility is it to Keep Employees Engaged?

July 24, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

According to a recent Gallup poll, over 70% of American workers are either not-engaged or actively disengaged from their work. This leaves only 30% of workers engaged in their jobs; which begs the question - is it the responsibility of the employer or the employee to ensure the connection is there?

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The Positive Effects of Social Media and the Impacts on Your Career

July 17, 2013
Strategic Talent

Did you know 200 million businesses have a Company Page on LinkedIn? Businesses rely on LinkedIn to update their followers on current events that are happening either within the company or their industry. With all of this professional activity on LinkedIn, there are many opportunities for you to take advantage of that may boost your career.

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Professional Career Checklist - How to Say What You Mean in an Interview

July 10, 2013
Michelle Pasqual

Interviewing can be a frustrating process. Have you ever said something then immediately wished that you could take it back? How can you avoid a future “brain freeze” during an interview allowing you to take advantage of the opportunity to accurately respond to a question and say what you mean?

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Remembering Bob Kuritsky

July 3, 2013

Bob was a Vice President at Strategic Talent for over 10 years and was an incredible asset to the team. He was an honest and ethical man who built lifelong relationships with clients and colleagues alike [...]

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One of Those Days? Reach for a 10!

July 1, 2013
Strategic Talent

The stress of a bad day can cause your blood pressure to rise and your mind to lose focus on what’s important. Rather than letting the negative aspects of the day take control, stop and re-evaluate in order to change the day for the better.

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Preparing Questions to Ask in the Interview

June 13, 2013
Strategic Talent

In any interview situation, it is essential to ask questions to learn more about the position, company, and overall opportunity. I’m sure you have heard people say that in the interview process you are interviewing the company just as much as they are interviewing you. I encourage you to come up with questions you can have ready to ask in most any situation.

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Keeping it Professional - First Day on the Job

May 15, 2013
Strategic Talent

You have gone through the hard part…you passed the interview stage, you received a great offer and you accepted the new job. Congratulations are in order!  Now, it’s your first day on the job and you think “This new company wants me! I’ve passed all the tests and now I can go in and make changes!” Right? Not necessarily. 

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Becoming an Inspired and Trusted Advisor

May 4, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

When you learn to recognize your simplest of daily routines you are then empowered to feel the energy derived from making a little change in these routines. These little tweaks are what create the inspiration that is necessary to transform from being just a trusted advisor into the business changing role of an inspired and trusted advisor.

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Maximizing Your Human Capital in an Effort to Retain Your Best Employees

May 4, 2013
Michelle Pasqual

A popular topic of discussion with a variety of our clients as of late has been retention and maximization of human capital.  I’m regularly asked my opinion about best practices for how they can keep their best and brightest talent. So where to begin to help ensure these assets want to stay...

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Professional Career Checklist - Resume Formatting

April 24, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

Remember when you were a kid and you went to the library to choose a library book? You probably looked at all of the pictures on the covers to find one that looked interesting to you. When you found one with a cool cover, you turned it over and read the back see if it sounded as cool as it looked. If the cover didn't look cool, I bet it never even got a further look.

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Tips for Conducting Productive Interviews

March 14, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

We know that candidates prepare extensively (or at least they should) for an interview, but do the interviewers also prepare for the interview? In many cases, I think there are great intentions to prepare, but it gets pushed to the back burner as work happens. Here are some easy tips that will help you be ready for conducting any interview.

 

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Persistence Pays Off

February 27, 2013
Strategic Talent

We all have goals in life. Some of these goals are long term, some are short term, some are personal and some are work related. Regardless, we all have goals we want to accomplish and in order to accomplish these goals persistence is at the top of our list.

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Knowledge is Power - Keeping Informed

February 7, 2013
Strategic Talent

Have you ever been caught in a conversation with a colleague discussing what is happening in sports, politics, or the news and there you stand like a deer caught in the headlights with not a clue as to what they are talking about? Wouldn’t it be great to feel confident walking into any conversation and have the ability to share an informative opinion?

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Professional Career Checklist - Creating the Career Path you Want

January 23, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

If you read the December post, Evaluating Your Career Path, you may have been left thinking “where do I go from here?” If so, here are some tips to put a plan in place ensuring you are working toward your end goal.

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Anticipated Hiring Trends for 2013

January 9, 2013
Tiffany Appleton

For a long time, the recruiting business was rather predictable and cyclical over the course of the year. There were times we could anticipate peak hiring and other times when we could plan special projects for the lulls. Since the economic downturn in 2008, the timing aspect of our business has been much more unpredictable.

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Professional Career Checklist - Evaluating Your Career Path

December 12, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

As 2012 draws to a close, it is time to reflect back upon this past year and ask yourself some key questions about your career. Think back to January 1, 2012 and compare where you were then to where you are today.

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Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

November 15, 2012
Strategic Talent

Everyone gets stressed out. There is good stress and bad stress; really, it’s all about how you deal with it.  I think of it as a mind game. Keeping a positive attitude through stressful times is key.  Everyone manages stress differently.

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Interviewing Tips: Identify the Best Human Capital for Your Team

October 25, 2012
Michelle Pasqual

Interviewing is an equally difficult task for both the interviewer as well as the interviewee. The basic premise after all is a mutual exchange of information. Since leading an interview is not a perfected science, it is essential the interviewer also spend a few moments in order to prepare.

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Work Life Balance - Does it Exist?

September 20, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

Work-life balance is a topic I hear about a lot; I hear many candidates complaining about the lack of it, a few candidates who think they have found it, hiring managers who say their company really embraces the concept, and managers who honestly admit it does not exist. If there really was a balance, wouldn’t we have found it by now?

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Everybody Loves a Bargain - But is it Worth it When Making a Hire?

August 24, 2012
Strategic Talent

In today’s lean environment created by the New Economy, we can assume every hire is a critical hire. When making a critical hire, should you look for a bargain? The answer may lie in the type of bargain you are seeking.

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A New Chapter Unfolds for Strategic Talent

August 15, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

Over the last 7+ years with Strategic Talent, I have seen the company grow into an agile, progressive, results-driven talent advisory firm; a firm that I am very proud to manage as part of the new leadership team.

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Why Bad Employees Stay

June 27, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

“If you’ve been doing what you’re doing for years and its not-so-great, you are in a rut. Many people refer to these ruts as careers.”

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Why Good Employees Leave

June 21, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

Employee dissatisfaction in the United States continues to heighten. According to a recent Gallup poll, 40% of American workers say their job is “very or extremely stressful.”

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Professional Career Checklist: The One-Page Resume

May 16, 2012
Michelle Pasqual

I hear a lot of talk about the One-Page Business Plan and how to effectively word the plan in a compact, yet clear and concise fashion. Well, couldn’t the same be said about a resume?

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The Hiring Dilemma of the Great Recession

May 8, 2012
Bill Appleton

With the historically high level of unemployment in the United States, how can there be a shortage of talented employees?

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A Successful Pessimist - Is It Possible or an Oxymoron?

April 26, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

Have you ever met a pessimist who was wildly successful in their chosen career path? I do not believe I have. In thinking back, I would identify all of the successful individuals I have met in my lifetime as optimists; a person who usually expects a favorable outcome.

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The Value in LinkedIn Recommendations

April 20, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

I love reading recommendations on LinkedIn. I assume I will find information saying they do their job well, but the real value comes from the personality traits, soft skills and leadership skills mentioned. These recommendations really help to humanize the profiles.

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Professional Career Checklist - Dress for Success

April 11, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

No, this is not your typical “what to wear to an interview” article. Instead, the focus is on dressing for the job you want, whether it is an internal promotion or a new job entirely.

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Hiring Decisions and the Problem with Too Many Choices

April 4, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

I have seen this happen time and time again; a company schedules an “interviewing day” and brings in 4, 5 or even 6 people to meet all in one day. Then, inevitably, there is no one they like, no one person stands out from the bunch. They are paralyzed by indecision...

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Employee Retention - Retaining Your Top Talent

March 22, 2012
Bill Appleton

Each day I focus on discovering the best available talent which is a basic expectation of our clients. Once a position is filled, it may take three to six months, or longer, before the hiring authority truly knows if the position was filled with “Top Talent.”

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Technology Jobs and Hiring on the Rise in Boston

March 15, 2012
Michelle Pasqual

Here is the data to confirm the trend we have seen around the office – IT hiring in Boston is rapidly growing, landing Boston in the #9 spot on a list of fastest growing cities for technology jobs.

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Interview Tips - Let Your Personality Shine

March 7, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

Interviewing is like a game of chess, or at least that is what everyone wants you to believe. I think it is actually a lot more like dating.

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Human Capital Musical Chairs

March 1, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

Churn is the measurement of job-to-job movement that happens in the marketplace. Essentially, it is the game of musical chairs professionals play when moving from Company A for a better opportunity/fit at Company B...

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Recruiters are NOT all the same

February 21, 2012
Michelle Pasqual

Some people think that the recruiting process is fun and I’m one of them. Unfortunately, there is a theme out there that having to cooperate with the dreaded, two-headed recruiter is a necessary evil...

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The Value of Human Capital in Business

February 15, 2012
Strategic Talent

Do you agree that metrics on human capital value can add value to financial statements?  Can you imagine yourself, or the CFO of your organization, reporting on an organization’s human capital financial statement?

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Professional Career Checklist - Resume Update Appointment

February 7, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

Whether you are currently employed or not, you should schedule an appointment with yourself to review and update your resume every six months. This proactive approach will ensure that you are prepared for whatever life may bring your way.

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Every Hire in 2012 must be an Upgrade

January 26, 2012
Strategic Talent

Every business is under pressure to win! If winning (revenue and profit growth) is in your company’s plan for 2012, then I believe every hire you make this year must be an upgrade.

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How to Hire the Right People

January 19, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

A successful interview should leave the hiring manager with two basic questions answered: (1.) Can they do the job? and (2.) Do I like them? Most interviews focus on assessing whether the candidate has the technical competence to perform the duties of the job and often times shy away from asking the questions that provide insight into the individual’s personality.

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Professional Career Checklist - References

January 13, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

Whether you are very happily employed or entrenched in a job search, you should always be mindful of whom you can call on for references. Typically reference checks happen at a point in the process when both you and the future employer are anxious to get to the next step, an offer. Don’t let your lack of preparation halt the process at this pivotal time.

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Positive Employment Outlook for 2012

January 5, 2012
Tiffany Appleton

There is optimism in the air as we head into 2012. Consumer confidence is at the highest level in months and the employment outlook remains positive indicating job growth will continue on the strong path it has maintained since June 2011.

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Has Cloud Computing Made Us More Impatient

December 21, 2011
Michelle Pasqual

Has cloud computing made us more impatient?

Granted, I work in sales and therefore patience is a foreign concept to me. But has the cloud made a fundamental change in our ability to tolerate the commute home from the office or the long line at the supermarket? The enhancement of technology is a wonderful thing; but why is it the end of my world when a server goes down?

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Top 10 Overused Buzzwords - 2011

December 14, 2011
Tiffany Appleton

As the year comes towards a close, we tend to see many of those "Year in Review" or "Top Ten Lists" pop up. Usually, I take them with a grain of salt, and then I saw this great article that LinkedIn put together on their blog and I thought this is one I really should share.

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Typical December - NOT

December 8, 2011
Tiffany Appleton

Typically there are not many down times of year in the recruiting business, but there are a few I have come to anticipate after doing this job for 7 years. One of the times where business is often slower is the stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the time where I anticipate I will accomplish all of those “special projects”

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Meet Our Strategic Talent Team - Bill Appleton

November 23, 2011
Strategic Talent

Bill Appleton loves getting up every morning and going to work!  He has a bright and cheerful disposition by nature and this adds to the success he has experienced in his 10+ years recruiting professional talent for growth companies.

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Meet Our Strategic Talent Team - Michelle Pasqual

November 21, 2011
Strategic Talent

Michelle Pasqual may be the newest member of the Strategic Talent team, but she has a long history of success in the recruiting world.  Her specialty is Information Technology...

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Meet Our Strategic Talent Team - Tiffany Appleton

November 17, 2011
Matthew Boyle

Tiffany Appleton has helped numerous business professionals find the “job of their dreams.”  Her specialty industry may be Accounting & Finance, but her success spans diverse professional fields, including science and engineering.

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MFA Announces its Annual Accounting and Tax Update Webinar Series

November 8, 2011
Tiffany Appleton

Our affiliation with MFA – Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico provides an outstanding resource regarding current issues that face accounting and finance folks today. MFA has announced the annual accounting and tax update series.

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Unemployment is NOT the Same for All Job Functions

October 26, 2011
Tiffany Appleton

As you likely know, Massachusetts has an unemployment rate significantly below the national average.  In addition to our state maintaining a strong employment environment, there are also job functions that maintain much lower unemployment rates.

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Word Clouds

October 14, 2011
Tiffany Appleton

I want to share a great tool that can add an entirely new perspective to the task of fine tuning a resume (and job descriptions, but I will focus on the resume here). [...]

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The LinkedIn Bible

October 6, 2011

Here is a great article on how to set-up, use and even maximize LinkedIn.  I like to think that I know a lot about LinkedIn, but I know that I don't know everything.  I learned a few new tricks and I hope you can too :) [...]

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Sharing Some Good News - Boston Ranks in the Top 10 Cities for Educated Job Seekers

October 1, 2011
Tiffany Appleton

As you know, I like to try to share good news when I hear it.  So here is some very positive news for the Greater Boston area job market.  The Greater Boston area, which includes the whole metro area all the way up to Southern New Hampshire [...]

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Tis the Season for Networking Events

September 8, 2011
Tiffany Appleton

Networking groups are kicking their fall line-ups into full gear now that we have hit the unofficial end of summer.  I am sure you have been told at some point in time in your life to "network" and you may or may not heed that advice.  Networking comes in many different forms and I would like to encourage you to take advantage of some networking events that will be taking place this fall. [...]

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10 ideas for answering the "Tell Me About Yourself" question

April 20, 2011
Tiffany Appleton

Here is some excellent advice for answering that age-old interview question "tell me about yourself".  This seems to be the one question that consistently stumps even the best and most confident of interviewers. [...]

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