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Nap Pods vs. 401K: Negotiating the Best Comp Package

Have you seen the movie The Internship with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn? Two middle aged workers trying to snag a coveted internship with Google. The offices offer employees incredible benefits like free meals, coffee bar, gaming areas to spark creativity and comfy high-tech pods for a quick power nap.

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Company benefits like those depicted in the movie are actually a reality in many high tech environments seeking to employ talented and malleable Millennials. However, do their compensation packages stack up against a more traditional, 9-5 environment?

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7 Reasons to Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Current

“I’m not looking for a job, so why do I need to be on LinkedIn?” Sound familiar? Here’s another one:  “I don’t use LinkedIn because I don’t want my boss to think I’m interested in leaving the company.”  Both of these are common myths – nay – excuses for why people do not keep their LinkedIn profile up-to-date.

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LinkedIn is the number one business resource. Companies use LinkedIn to find vendors, sales people, subject matter experts and consultants to hire. So, if you are a professional interested in connecting with other professionals, LinkedIn is THE tool to help market on your behalf even before you take your first meeting.

  • Fact: If you aren’t on the Internet, you do not exist.
  • Fact: People are researching you before taking your call or meeting with you.
  • Fact: If your LinkedIn profile does not accurately represent you, you may never get that meeting.

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Finding the Perfect Job Can Require Teamwork

5 Reasons for Using a Professional Recruitment Firm

The Internet has changed the job search process just over the last 5 years. Sites like Monster, LinkedIn and Indeed offer listings of positions by location, skill requirements and experience. However, are those sites really showing you all the best available career opportunities?

Consumers do business with people, not companies, and the same is true for the recruitment process. Finding the right person for the right job at the right time requires human intervention. It can still come down to who you know — and even more importantly, who knows you.

Connecting with a professional recruitment firm can be the best way to successfully land more than just a job; but a career that will provide the challenge, compensation and advancement opportunities you desire.

Why Should You Use a Recruitment Firm?

We sat down with the professional recruiters at CreativeSourcing, one of Chicago’s largest professional sales recruitment firms, to ask that very question. They came up with 5 reasons why it’s sometimes better to partner with a recruiter, than to search strictly on your own: Read the rest of this entry »

Building a Killer Sales Team for Your Startup

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Having an effective sales team is perhaps the most critical component of your start up business. It is through your sales team that you find and nurture your initial customers, gain brand recognition and create word of mouth buzz.

Chicago has become a hotbed of new business and is being recognized for some of the top entrepreneurial efforts in business today.

CreativeSourcing, a leading sales recruitment firm in Chicago, is experienced at building out professional sales teams for startup companies in the Chicago area. During the last few years, we’ve helped recruit and retain key sales professionals for dozens of startup firms. We asked a few of our recruitment professionals to offer some tips for entrepreneurs looking to build or expand their sales team.

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Unlimited Vacation – Does it Really Work?


Netflix has recently been in the news for their new paternity leave policy which offers an unlimited amount of time off. They aren’t the only company offering a new approach to maternity/paternity and vacation time. In a recent Bloomberg News article, ten US companies were recognized for their generous and flexible paid time off for new parents.

Netflix’s move comes as more and more employers, technology and otherwise, strengthen their paid family leave policies to entice and retain workers. “Experience shows people perform better at work when they’re not worrying about home,” says Cranz. “This new policy, combined with our unlimited time off, allows employees to be supported during the changes in their lives and return to work more focused and dedicated.”

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