What Does HR Mean to Small Businesses? Part 2

See Part 1: Small Business HR Responsibilities HR Implementation Options Deciding how to implement HR in a small business depends on resources, revenue, size, and workplace culture. While there are many HR software tools to assist you in managing your payroll, benefits, some admin activities, Human Resources requires a knowledgeable person to properly ensure compliance, manage recruiting, address payroll and benefits questions, and conduct employee communications. Many small business owners will attempt to manage HR responsibilities directly or delegate tasks to employees when first starting a business. However, around hiring employees number 6-10 this option becomes less productive as HR tasks and responsibilities grow and become more complex. Between 15 to 40 employees most businesses find that HR responsibilities become a more full-time activity and require someone with HR knowledge and experience. Small business owners have two options to implement HR at this point: outsource or In-house HR. Outsource For companies in the 10 to 40 range, outsourcing can be [...]

Job Hunting Tips – Why you should know your salary range

As a job hunter, one of the questions you'll be faced with is, "what is your salary requirement or expectation?" Your salary range is made up of a minimum, average, and maximum salary based on what you have to offer your employees through skills and years of experience. Being upfront with this will save time and money on both sides during the potentially lengthy and investing interview process. Knowing your salary range is also helpful for knowing your worth when negotiating for the best possible deal. Take a look at this month's job hunting tips for ways to determine your salary range. Use Salary Calculators  One of the best ways to figure out your salary range is by using websites and calculators designed specifically to factor in your work experience compared to national, regional, and even local averages to give you an accurate salary range. Many of these websites will include current statistics of what people in the same or [...]

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Employer HR Tips – How to find salary ranges for jobs you’re hiring for

As a small business owner, one of your jobs is to set the salary for job openings. This is one of the most important factors for a job seeker so having an attractive salary or salary range will better attract potential employees. Many things go into deciding on a salary range: your business's philosophy, availability of funds, and where you see your small business in relation to competitors, among many other varying factors. Reflect on your small business's philosophy, goals, and current state to come up with a job offer that shines. Read on for this month's employer HR tips to discover specific ways to reach the best salary ranges for your small business.  Determine Job Roles' Importance This is where a well-written job description comes into play. Once you have detailed job descriptions for each open position, rank or sort them by importance. Your ranking should be based on which job role takes on the most important tasks to [...]

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What Does HR Mean to Small Businesses? Part 1

Human Resources (HR) is the department that helps businesses operate and run. HR is responsible for recruiting new employees, training new hires, running payroll, administering benefits, improving workplace culture, retaining employees, and communicating amongst the company. For small businesses, this department is generally made up of only a few people. Depending on the size, all these responsibilities may fall on only one person designated as the Human Resource Manager. Whether HR means a group of several people, one person, or an off-site HR firm (such as Principle Strategies) to your small business, the goal is the same- to help a business perform at its highest level and grow in an organized way while remaining compliant with all rules and regulations.     Responsibilities of HR in small businesses Some large businesses are able to dedicate an entire department and floor to employees or even teams that regulate each of the specific tasks below. However, small businesses do not have the [...]

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Job Hunting Tips – How to Find Internships in Your Desired Field While in College

Calling all college students! Take a look at August's job hunting tips to learn how to find internships! Networking Networking is of the best ways to get your dream job or internship. Make sure you’re kind and courteous to any business professional you may meet. If you make a great connection, don’t be shy asking them for a business card. This way you can reach out to them at a later date for a job, internship, recommendation, or simply information on who’s hiring. College professors are another great resource in your internship search. If you have a good relationship with the professors in your desired field, you can turn to them for guidance or information on available internships since they know you and know your work. This familiarity with your academic performance allows them to recommend what you can work on or internship openings that they believe you will excel in. Campus Career Center As a college student, you have [...]

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Employer HR Tips – Vetting Resumes

How to vet resumes Looking for a better way to vet potential employees? Take a look at July’s Employer HR Tips to streamline your process of vetting resumes! Categorize resume bulk: When faced with a stack of resumes, it can be intimidating when you’re trying to find that one perfect candidate. The easiest way to weed out the 75%-80% of unqualified candidates for the job is by quickly looking to see if they meet your minimum requirements laid out in your job description. Check to see if they meet your required education background, work experience, or certifications before proceeding to vet them further. After the resumes have been thinned out, search deeper to find candidates that meet your preferred requirements. This would include a trait, skill, or experience you value in your ideal candidate. You and your team should decide on your ideal candidate before vetting resumes. Searching for preferred requirements can take candidates from a ‘maybe’ to a ‘yes’! [...]

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Job Hunting Tips – Crafting Your Resume as a Student

How students can set up a resume using schoolwork as job experience Landing a job without years of prior experience is a struggle for students and recent college graduates alike. Use July’s job hunting tips to learn how to craft a resume that will get you the job! Transferable skills: Transferable skills are skills or characteristics you possess that are useful in a variety of jobs. In a diverse job market, employers all value traits such as organization, communication, dependability, and more. Include any relevant college coursework and any long-term projects you may have done in those classes. This can be used to exemplify teamwork and organization. Leadership and teamwork skills can also be gained through sports and bands. Therefore, those are also valuable assets to your transferable skill set. Lastly, in this digital age it’s important to include any computer certifications you may have as an example of your technology literacy.  Extra curricular activities: College campuses offer a plethora [...]

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Job Hunting Tips – June 2019

How to use social media to get the job! The use of social mediator recruiting is on the rise. In fact, about 92% of companies have some sort of social media profile, account, or page that they will use to find potential new hires. For active job hunters, social media can now be a embraced as a great way to search for their next job! Facebook   Where to find job listings on Facebook: Launched in February of 2017, Facebook now has an job board. Employers can post directly to the job board and job hunters can easily and immediately apply for the job. The most efficient ways to use this feature are by looking under the Jobs section on a specific company’s page and by using the separate jobs page found under More, then Jobs. It allows you to filter your search for jobs across a variety of companies. Once you’ve found a job to apply for, click the [...]

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Employer HR Tips – June 2019

Required Posters for Virginia Employers Take a moment to review a few of the required posters you must have properly displayed in your workplace as a Virginia employer. Notice to Workers (VEC-B-29) This poster is based on the Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act (UC). All employers who fall under VA unemployment compensation laws must have it posted. This poster gives employees the necessary information for if and when they are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits along with the application process. Link: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/pdf/vecb29eng.pdf  Job Safety and Health Protection This poster covers the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Act (VOSH). It details employees’ rights and responsibilities under OSHA law. All employers must have this posted in the workplace. If it is not posted, employers are subject to a citation and/or fine. It must be displayed in a 11” x 17” format. Link: https://www.doli.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Virginia_Occupational-_Safety_and_Health_Poster_English_2019.pdf Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) IRS publication 4194 Under the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), this poster informs low [...]

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Why Small Businesses Need Employee Handbooks

Having your company’s policies and procedures outlined in a handbook, updated regularly and legally reviewed, will notably help a small business run smoothly when it comes to managing vacation requests, attendance, discipline, and much more. Having these written rules and guidelines can lower a small business’ risk of liability and protect against expensive lawsuits. All businesses must obey local, state, and federal laws, which are complicated and change regularly. Instead of struggling to keep up with the shifting regulations and the complexities of employee lawsuits, having a human resource professional create a set of uniform procedures can save small businesses time and money in the long run. What good is an employee handbook? Small businesses, which are defined as companies with 50 employees or less, generally don’t have the manpower to have their own in-house human resource department. That being said, all small businesses should have an employee handbook at the very least. Many small businesses can not afford to [...]

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