14. December 2008 | Show Originial
Since the economies and the job markets of both North and South Carolina are so closely related and intertwined, we have combined all of our blogs into one site. To read interesting post and articles about employment in the Carolinas, click here.
30. October 2008 | Show Originial
Recruiting in a recession can be difficult. We understand that and empathize with all of our customers whose budgets have been cut. There still remains a problem. If you stop advertising your open positions, the longer they'll be open. So we've come up with a few options that will help you recruit during a time when your budgets are tight, save you a little company cash and not to mention a headache for you.

1. Getting Most Value Out of Current Advertising.
Oddly enough the first place to start is to look at what you're currently doing. Writing a good job description and being clear about what the job offers and what you expect will help immensely as well. Learning how to recruit candidates in tough economic times will also help you overcome objections from great candidates that maybe seem less interested. If you're currently utilizing www.EmploymentGuide.com or any one of our products you can call one of our advertising consultants on how to optimize what you currently are using. We have job posting templates and can assist in wording and information that will help you attract the candidates that you are looking for. You can also check out ERE for the latest tips on advertising and recruiting to help you as well.

2. Job Fairs.
Try a community college career fair or participate in an Employment Guide Career Fair. This is a great way to piggyback off of the host's advertising and attract hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of candidates all at once. Not only that but you can pre-qualify candidates right at the event. We've experienced several times where a company hires a job seeker on the spot at our job fairs.

3. Diversity and Niche Publications.
For example: The Veterans Transition Guide. This is a quarterly publication that we send out to ex-military personnel who are finished with their duty and want to move into civilian life. This publication has a shelf life of about 4 months and can help fulfill your diversity requirements. We've gotten some great feedback on the quality of candidates - after all our troops are trained to a high standard and it's also a great way to give back to the soldiers who serve our country. Not only that but advertising starts as low as about $150 a month. It includes print and online advertising too. Not too bad.

4. Advertising Showcases or Packages.
For example: right now in the Carolinas we're doing a healthcare showcase. We do these occasionally to get a group of industry specific jobs in one place and attract qualified candidates for that industry. Because there is such a draw for recruiters we're able to lower your cost and bundle products together. This particular showcase is going to go on for 5 weeks and feature your company. We'll utilize not only The Employment Guide Print publication but also www.EmploymentGuide.com and HealthCareerWeb.com as well. You can take advantage of a showcase like this one, bundle products together and save yourself some money in the budget. Right now our Healthcare Showcase can help attract medical professionals for you at up to a 70% discount.

5. Get Online & Network.
Surprisingly enough just your company's presence online can help you recruit. Utlize social media outlets like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter to recruit and get people interested in what you're hiring for. There are also industry sites like HealthCareerWeb.com where you can post community events or connect with candidates through the profiles or forums. Jim Stroud's "The Recruiter's Lounge" has some great tips for sourcing resumes online.





Any other low-cost or free tips on how you can better your recruitment during a tough economic situation? Got a question about what you've read or want more information? Leave it in the comments or email us at




- Rosie Reilman, original photo by unk's dump truck

22. October 2008 | Show Originial

What's your dream? If your dream job is to start up your own business, here's your chance! If South Carolina's fourth annual New Ideas for a New Carolina Business Idea Contest officially launched October 1, 2008 and you have until December 2nd to submit your idea to NewIdeasSC.com. The grand prize is $5,000 and access to resources to help you launch your new business idea.

What a great opportunity from The New Ideas Dream Team and SC Launch! New Carolina! Some may worry about the recession and starting a business but here are some articles about why it's good to start a business in a bad economy. Sometimes you just have to focus on reinventing instead of recession. Besides this contest is a good way to help you get started!

Get the details at the Columbia Visitor's Bureau Blog. Good luck Columbia - Let us know if you enter an idea and what it is in the comments!


- Rosie Reilman, Photo by wryonedwards

21. October 2008 | Show Originial
Ever wondered what a job fair was like? Now you can watch our Columbia Job Fair live as it happens, Tuesday, October 21st, 10 am - 1:30 pm ET. Click HERE to watch live on the day of the event or a recorded version at other times.
20. October 2008 | Show Originial
Click on the image below to view a copy of this week's edition of The Employment Guide.

The Employment Guide Columbia Edition - October 20-26, 2008
The Employment Guide Columbia Edition - October 20-26, 2008

Don't forget to visit http://Columbia.EmploymentGuide.com/ for more job listings and to learn more about the employers you see in this week's edition.
02. June 2008 | Show Originial
Click on the image below to view a copy of this week's edition of The Employment Guide.

The Employment Guide Columbia June 2-8
The Employment Guide Columbia June 2-8


Some of this week's advertisers are:
  • ECPI College of Technology
  • Burger King
  • Bi-Lo
  • The Cleaning Authority
  • AAA Carolinas
  • American Republic Insurance Company
  • Navy Reserve
  • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Don't forget to visit http://Columbia.EmploymentGuide.com/ for more job listings and to learn more about the employers you see in this week's edition.
04. June 2008 | Show Originial

This morning as I was going through my RSS feeds and reading up on all the latest from the blogs that I subscribe to I saw this post: 10 Career Lessons from Country Music. It's a really entertaining and surprisingly helpful article using the words of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and some others to help your career. So you can learn more from country music than just good on-stage safety! But seriously, it's a good read and find thanks to Dennis.


Here's the 10 Tips - you'll have to read the article to see how country music explains them:
  1. Set and manage expectations
  2. Don’t trust your memory alone
  3. Remember that your electronic creations hang around
  4. Use the right medium to communicate
  5. Think before you speak
  6. Keep the customer informed
  7. Tell customers when a problem is fixed
  8. Have a positive attitude when you communicate
  9. Don’t forget that lost customers are difficult to get back
  10. Do what’s right for the customer


- Rosie Reilman, Photo courtesy of CMT.


09. June 2008 | Show Originial
Click on the image below to view a copy of this week's edition of The Employment Guide.



The Employment Guide Columbia June 9-15
The Employment Guide Columbia June 9-15




Some of this week's advertisers are:

  • AAA Carolinas
  • Centra College
  • Burger King
  • Teleperformance
  • Asphalt Materials Company
  • Covenant Transport
  • First Cash Pawn
  • American Republic Insurance Company
  • Bi-Lo
Don't forget to visit http://Columbia.EmploymentGuide.com/ for more job listings and to learn more about the employers you see in this week's edition.
16. June 2008 | Show Originial
Click on the image below to view a copy of this week's edition of The Employment Guide.

The Employment Guide Columbia Edition June 16 - 22
The Employment Guide Columbia Edition June 16 - 22


Some of this week's advertisers are:
  • AAA Carolinas
  • Centra College
  • Burger King
  • Teleperformance
  • Burke's Outlet
  • Andersen Services
  • First Cash Pawn
  • Teleperformance
  • Bi-Lo
Don't forget to visit http://Columbia.EmploymentGuide.com/ for more job listings and to learn more about the employers you see in this week's edition.
17. June 2008 | Show Originial

Gas prices have been on the rise. The Employment Guide has decided to do something to help. We're going to give away a $50 gas card every week to a randomly drawn name. The contest starts July 1st.


To Enter

Use the Chat Box to the right in the sidebar.

You'll need to type in and enter your Name, Telephone Number and Email address. (If it says we're offline, that's ok. We'll still get your entry.)

Only enter once and you have to be 16 years or older to win.

If you try and enter more than once, it's in vain because we're not going to count multiple entries.


Your contact information will only be used to contact you if you're the winner. So you can get a job on www.EmploymentGuide.com and now we'll help you get there each week. Any questions you can send to ncjobs@www.employmentguide.com but we're only accepting entries through the Chat box.
photo by A Siegel

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