15 Hiring Expenses That Are Tax Deductible

15 Hiring Expenses That Are Tax Deductible
When it comes to finding and placing top advertising, public relations and digital professionals in the Twin Cities there aren’t many better than independent recruiter Elizabeth Laukka. She has a keen eye for talent and her experience in small to medium-sized agencies, large firms and now as an independent recruiter have helped her develop the relationships and skills necessary to help both industry professionals and companies solve their complex hiring needs.

While Laukka knows talent, she readily admits, she doesn’t know all of the hiring expenses that are tax deductible. And that’s why the veteran recruiter leaves that to a professional.

“Generally speaking my advice is to use a knowledgeable tax and accounting professional because there are so many deductions available,” says Laukka. “We as recruiters and small business owners have so much on our plate it’s important to consult with a tax professional because they can spot things we may overlook during the course of a busy year.”

With the April 15 tax filing deadline fast-approaching many employers have still not filed taxes. Gail Rosen, CPA is one of the New Jersey and New York areas leading accounting firms, specializing in the tax and accounting needs of small and medium businesses and individuals. Rosen says keeping your bookkeeping in order is key to not missing or overlooking tax deductions, especially for employers and those in the staffing industry.

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Posted in HR & Recruitment

Jump Start Your Job Search For Spring

Jump Start Your Job Search For Spring

So you’ve polished your resume and you’re ready to start looking for a new job. Maybe it’s been a while since your last job search, or maybe you’re looking for the first time. Regardless, a successful job search means having clear goals and effective strategies to achieve them. Here are some easy ways to jump start your job search for Spring.

Define Your Goals
What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a good question to ask yourself whatever your age. As we grow older, we tend to push aside our childhood dreams for safer, more practical pursuits. But often those dreams are key to what makes us happy and successful.

Ok, at this point, maybe it’s unrealistic to think about becoming an astronaut or a prima ballerina (unless, of course, you’ve already prepared for those careers). But if you aren’t happy in your current job, it’s useful to reflect on why. We all know what we’re good at. How we shine. What makes us feel useful and accomplished.

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Posted in Job Search Strategy

The 10 Best U.S. Job Markets in 2014

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The number one city for finding a job in the first quarter of 2014 was Salt Lake City, Utah according to the new ZipRecruiter National Jobs Index. After Salt Lake City, Omaha, NE, Madison, WI, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN take up spots two, three, and four of the top 5, with Des Moines, IA, rounding out the top of the list at number five.

How did we arrive at these findings?

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Spring Clean Your Resume

Spring Clean Your Resume

Spring. A time for new beginnings and possibilities.

Whether you’re a new graduate about to embark on your first job search, or an executive itching for a career change, now is a good time to spring clean your resume and make sure it showcases the skills and experience you need to land your dream job.

Most people don’t think about updating their resumes until it’s absolutely necessary. But there are very good reasons not to wait until you’ve lost your job or are desperate for a new one.

For one, it ensures that you’ve remembered all your recent accomplishments, promotions and skills.

Second, an updated resume helps you feel prepared and ready to hit the ground running if you suddenly find yourself out of a job.

But most importantly, revisiting your resume on a regular basis keeps you focused on your ultimate career goals and sends a subconscious message to yourself that you’re not stuck in your current job if you don’t want to be.

Of course, the best resumes are customized to address the specific job skills of the position for which you are applying. But there are steps you can take to ensure that all the important details are in place when it’s time to look for a new job.

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The Basics Of An Elevator Pitch

The Basics Of An Elevator Pitch

As a job-seeking professional, you need to have your elevator pitch prepared at all times. This short, persuasive speech comes in handy at networking events, interviews and when you unexpectedly run into professionals in your industry.

If you’ve never prepared an elevator pitch or think yours might need revamping, here are the basics:

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Posted in Job Search Strategy