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Why We Are Thankful

President Abraham Lincoln set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving in a proclamation he issued in October of 1863. It’s important to note that at the time of the proclamation, the country was in the middle of the Civil War, which had ravaged the country with death and destruction. These were the darkest days in America’s young history.

The Recession is History – Compensate Accordingly

As we move closer and closer to the end of the year, our industry is reaping the benefits of the strongest economy in some of our lifetimes.  Unemployment is at historically low levels, consumer confidence is high, people are building, and companies are expanding.  For the first time in recent memory, there are more open jobs than there are workers

Weathering Florence and Rebuilding in Her Aftermath

Here in the Carolinas, where Schaffer Associates is headquartered, we are beginning to feel the impacts of Hurricane Florence.  Those on the coast are already under the gun and are expecting a “once in a lifetime” storm with potentially devastating results.  And while the storm’s exact path is still unknown, those of us inland are bracing for incredibly high amounts

The Need for Speed: Hiring in a Candidate-Driven Economy

It was true for 2017, and it remains true for 2018. We’re operating in a candidate-driven hiring economy. Indeed, while many factors are contributing to the strength of our current economy, the primary driver is the strength of the job market.  Even as more people enter the workforce, the economy continues to foster what we call a candidate-driven economy, or

Hiring Millennials?  Help Them Pay Off Their Student Loans

It’s a fact of life in our industry and in today’s overall economy that millennials are a growing percentage of the workforce.  Their influence will expand as the years roll on.  And as we’ve discussed before, knowing how to attract the most talented of their generation to your organization can be difficult.  Their interests are different, their priorities are unique,