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Do people lie on LinkedIn?

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A new study conducted by recruitment firm Employment Office has found that 82% of those surveyed believe candidates lie about, or exaggerate, their skills and experience on their LinkedIn profiles. more »

Workplace whinge site gets traffic explosion from Fairfax coverage

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A site that lets employees post workplace reviews has received a surge of traffic thanks to a mention in The Age. more »

Franchise recruitment instead of franchise sales

Raffael Fernandes

When you are looking at potential franchisees, you shouldn’t just be looking for someone to buy your franchise. more »

10 tips for finding the right employee

10 tips to hiring

The key to choosing the right employee lies in understanding their motivations regarding the role you’re offering. more »

LinkedIn releases job application plugin

LinkedIn has launched a new plugin for website owners seeking employees that enables them to feature an ‘Apply with LinkedIn’ button. more »

Study names best places to work in 2011

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Aon Hewitt has announced the results of its 2011 Best Employers survey. more »

Six in ten report staffing shortage

Six in ten businesses are struggling to find staff

A new study shows that small businesses are struggling to find skilled staff and manage rising costs in the wake of the GFC. more »

Return on employee

Finding the right employees can be tough, but keeping them can be a deal breaker. One of the most highly touted methods of keeping staff happy and in the fold is through training programs and specialised courses. This is especially true for your sales staff, who often possess reams of valuable business contacts and bring in the dollars that keep the wheels of the operation turning. Sending your sales team on a career-advancing program will often lead to better results for the business through the use of improved techniques. This … more »

Employment relations and social media

Adrienne Unkovich

Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and a multitude of other social networking sites are a fact of life for millions of Australians across all generations. In these spaces, the separation between your personal life and your business or work life is becoming increasingly blurred. Sadly, it’s an undeniable fact that while most business owners and managers are happy for their always on/always connected employees to take work home with them – there’s often more than a raised eyebrow and a big dollop of consternation when these same employees bring their personal life … more »

The value of talent

One of my first memorable experiences owning my own business was to find and use a business taxation agent, or accountant. Having no previous need for one, nor knowing what to look for, I asked around my friends and family and received several recommendations – so I picked the one closest to home. The accountant in question was a sole operator, already inundated with too many retail customers. He saw me as a cash cow because of my trading status and promptly made a fundamental mistake in the way my … more »

Graduates lying on resumés to increase employment prospects

According to Onetest’s 2010 Graduate Opinion Survey a significant proportion of graduates have untruthfully embellished their employment history when applying for jobs. The survey, which consulted over 2500 university graduates from across Australian universities, shows that 38 per cent admit to having lied about their work experience, duration of previous employment, and official credentials in job applications. The motivation for this is most likely to do with a competitive jobs market, despite the increase in employment opportunities for graduates. "The increase [in opportunities] we are seeing is only just returning … more »

Should you use Facebook to recruit employees?

Most people have heard tales of hapless employees who have been busted by their bosses on Facebook while ‘chucking a sickie’ during the work week. Indeed, many have been warned of the dangers of merging professional and personal lives on the social media platform. Last week, recruitment company Kelly Services advised potential employees to carefully manage their social media accounts, lest incriminating Facebook photos stop them from being hired. “Employees run the risk of posts giving a negative outlook on their professionalism, capabilities and reliability when searching and applying for … more »

Can your business survive without you?

Can Your Business Survive Without You? – Creating a great team is essential to increasing the profitability of your business. As your business grows, your role will change dramatically. You'll need to leave the day-to-day operations to others so you can focus on the bigger picture. Bernard Tanner reports. The aim of most businesses is to make them grow and once that starts to happen, your role as boss has to change. The ultimate goal is to make yourself superfluous by building a business that works without you. Most start-up … more »

Freelancer.com launches in Australia

The world’s largest online outsourcing marketplace, Freelancer.com, has recently commenced operations in Australia. The service boasts over 1.8 million professionals from around the world, entailing a significant broadening of the available freelance options in Australia. Freelancer.com.au enables small businesses to outsource tasks such as web design, finance or software engineering at significantly lower rates than previously, with the average project costing $200, and starting at $30. Businesses simply post a freelance job on the site, and freelancers from around the world bid to win the contract. "We're particularly excited about … more »

Australian peak labour crisis

Australia is approaching “peak labour”, a recent study from McCrindle research reveals. The study has found that the median age of employees exceeds 40 in almost every industry sector, while the age is closer to 45 in education and health. The study has concluded that as Baby Boomers approach retirement, Gen Y stay in education longer, and with 1 in 3 workers only employed part time, Australia will arrive at the point of peak labour at some time next year, when there will be more employees leaving full time roles … more »

Online networking and the future of recruitment

Nowadays, networking, job hunting and recruitment can all be done at the click of your mouse with the growing popularity of online social networking sites. As Claire Monahan, founder of Rent a Recruiter says: "Gone are the days when the best way was putting an ad in the Sydney Morning Herald and hoping for the best. Now we have to be a lot more proactive to look for talent, even with the increased candidate market because of the economic downturn." "It's still a battle for the best team members and … more »

Beating the skills shortage

The economy may be slowing, but skilled workers are still very much in demand. That means you have to work a little harder to find and keep the quality people your business needs. Stephen Craft considers the options. With the headlines full of gloom, it’s easy to forget that Australia is still in the middle of the strongest employment market in a generation. In May 2008, the national unemployment rate was a meagre 4.3%, up a fraction on the previous month. To put that into perspective, the last time we … more »

Beating the skills shortage

The economy may be slowing, but skilled workers are still very much in demand. That means you have to work a little harder to find and keep the quality people your business needs. Stephen Craft considers the options. Content provided by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia With the headlines full of gloom, it’s easy to forget that Australia is still in the middle of the strongest employment market in a generation. In May 2008, the national unemployment rate was a meagre 4.3%, up a fraction on the previous month. To put … more »

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