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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Employer HR Tips – April 2019

Your Service Animals in the Workplace Animals now have a place in the workplace. Check out this month's employer HR tips for more information on how to handle employees who need service animals! Service animals are NOT pets Household pets can be restricted by employers in the workplace. Service animals cannot. For an animal to qualify as a service animal, they must fall into both of the following categories. First, the handler of the animal must have a disability helped by the aid of a trained animal. Second, the animal must be able to provide for its handler’s specific disability through specific training. Not all animals can be service animals Service animals can only be dogs or miniature horses according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These animals help with tasks difficult or impossible for their owner. For example, they can alert a deaf handler to sound, ensure the blind cross the street safely, or turn on lights for [...]

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Job Hunting Tips – April 2019

Utilizing Volunteer Work to Achieve Career Goals Ever wondered how to make your volunteer work count as job experience, or even better, lead to a job? The answer is in April's job hunting tips! Use job criteria when picking volunteer work Just as you would when looking for a paying job, do your research! Making a list of the specific tasks and goals you hope to accomplish is helpful when searching for organizations that will give you a leg up in exactly what you hope to do in the future. Once you have landed the volunteer gig, make sure to have it listed on your resume so employers know you’ve been honing your skillset and actively working towards career goals, rather than having the appearance you haven’t been doing anything while applying for the next job. Many employers will consider volunteering as serious job experience. Stay in touch Networking is one of the most helpful ways to get a job. [...]

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Employer HR Tips – March 2019

Keeping Employee Files Protected Security of employee data has gained attention when it comes to data on company computer networks and intranets. A recent court case, Dittman vs UPMC, has held a company responsible for employee data that was stolen from its computer network. In addition to reviewing your electronic data security policies, do not forget to review the hard copy file security of your employee data as well. Here are a few reminders on securing your physical employee data files: Files must be kept in a locked file cabinet at all times: These file cabinets should be locked whenever not in use and always when the office is empty. This preventative measure ensures no one can access employee and client data if they do not have the clearance to do so. Only essential personnel such as HR manager should have access: Only employees allowed to access those files are allowed to have access to the key that unlocks them. [...]

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