5 Keys To Structuring Effective Job Interviews

You can always expect to meet the “very best version” of a candidate during their initial job interview. That’s why it’s critical to have a structured and detailed interview strategy to identify the transferable skills, personality traits and working styles that will align (or conflict) with your company’s culture and overall business goals. Whether you’re

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5 Personality Traits Of Successful Startup Employees

On the Entrepreneurial Talent Team at JumpStart, we pride ourselves on being able to identify those unique individuals who will thrive in the startup environment. Early-stage companies aren’t the right fit for everyone, and it’s important to know what you’re looking for when you’re thinking about adding new team members. Below, you’ll find the five

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4 Time- And Money-Saving Reasons To Create An Employee Handbook

Do you cringe when you hear the words employee handbook? Once labeled a tedious piece of HR paperwork, this tool has recently become an important piece of a company’s talent strategy. When used correctly, this tool will communicate clear expectations and guidelines to all employees. In this article, you’ll find out why it is important

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Video: Leading From Home – Tips For Running A Successful Virtual Office

Working from home isn’t a new idea, but the COVID-19 pandemic has turned a niche concept into a necessity for the vast majority of companies. In this recorded webinar, our panel of experts unpacks how to communicate effectively with a 100% virtual team, how to set clear goals and keep employee engagement high while avoiding

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Three Reasons Talent Is Boomeranging Back To Northeast Ohio

There is certainly no shortage of talented people flocking to Silicon Valley for job opportunities. However, in recent years, the Bay Area has also begun to experience an uncharacteristic exodus. Among these migrants, you’ll find numerous individuals seeking to start fresh in the Midwest. Some are calling it home for the first time, while others are “boomeranging”

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How To Hire Your First Employee

Your business is growing and so is the workload. At this point, your young startup is likely seeking additional bandwidth, new skills and maybe even a fresh perspective. All of which can be obtained by adding a new member to the team. Hiring your first employee is huge step forward for your company, but that

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Using Great Culture To Attract Top Talent

Large companies have some major advantages over startups when it comes to finding and keeping employees. But small ventures can still compete for great talent when they focus on creating a company culture that supports and inspires people. On November 16, JumpStart hit the road for  a panel discussion with entrepreneurs and recruiters at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland

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5 Tips For A Sensational LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the number one social tool for both job seekers and employers. Whether you are connecting with a potential employer, a future co-worker or an existing client, your LinkedIn profile is the place to show off your biggest accomplishments and future ambitions. Make the most of this golden opportunity by following these five tips

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Retain Top Talent Using Stay Interviews

As an employer, it’s likely that you have solicited feedback regarding an employee’s tenure with your company during an exit interview, but have you ever considered conducting a stay interview? The concept of a stay interview is simple. Instead of waiting until an employee decides to leave, periodically check in to ask open, honest questions about

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7 Tips For Maximizing Networking Opportunities

Whether you are job-seeking, looking for mentors or simply interested in forming new connections, you’ve heard time and time again how important it is to network and attend industry events. However, are you networking effectively, and maximizing your time at these gatherings? Here are seven tips for getting the most out of networking events: 1.

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Akron Is Now A TechHire City

A lot of attention has been given in recent years to the tech worker shortage and much discussion has been around how to get non-traditional, high aptitude people into tech skills quickly and what support structures are needed. That’s a big part of the reason the White House created their TechHire initiative, a bold, multi-sector

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Job Applications Are Like Blind Auditions, So Is Your “Voice” Being Heard?

Applying for your next job might not involve busting out high notes in front of Pharrell and Christina Aguilera. But in many ways, it’s a lot like a blind audition on “The Voice.” You’re talented, you’re eager and you’re putting yourself out there because you believe the role matches your passion and skill set. But

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