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Typical Relocation Package: What to look for (and how to negotiate the rest)

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So you’ve landed a job in a new city and your future employer has offered you a relocation package. Great news! Right? Relocation packages are a great incentive to accept a job offer but it’s important to consider the whole picture – cost of a move, finding jobs and schools for your family, etc. – before accepting an offer. Although they all vary by situation, typical relocation packages will likely include: Family/Spousal Assistance – Including assistance in finding employment for your spouse and good schools for your children Travel Expenses – Including a pre-move visit to check out housing and schools Temporary Living Arrangements Moving Costs – Including packing, unpacking, shipping and storage fees Housing Costs – Including costs...

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Iowa Corridor Jobs: Booming Industries in Eastern Iowa

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Anchored by the crossroads of Interstate 80 and 380, the Iowa Creative Corridor is steeped in a vibrant community that values economic development in all kinds of disciplines. The area’s professional and economic strengths attract a wide range of industries and bring a variety of employment opportunities to the region. Below is a selection of the industries currently blossoming in the region:   Logistics/Distribution Because of the ideal vicinity to Interstate 80, the Iowa Creative Corridor area is a great location for jobseekers looking for employment in logistics and/or distribution. Just within the last few years, more than 3 million square feet of distribution/warehouse space has been built in the Cedar Rapids area. These companies...

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5 Creative Incentives For Hiring (And Keeping) Great Employees

In a tight labor market like we’re experiencing in Iowa, there are two basic approaches to dealing with a worker shortage. One way is to offer very competitive wages and benefits to attract good people to your company. The other is to create a great work place and offer incentives to keep good employees with your company for the long haul. Human resources departments tasked with recruiting quality employees today use tools and incentives that most companies didn’t even have ten years ago, or ever think they would need. Businesses and HR recruiters in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City metro need to use every tool they have to find the best candidate for their openings. Some of the incentives include: Hiring Bonuses – employers are getting more...

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HR: Employee Onboarding Improves Retention

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When you hire a new employee, hopes are high all around and everything is shiny and new. Studies show that the longer you extend the pink cloud stage, the longer you can expect to retain that employee. A thoughtful plan for bringing new employees into the fold can greatly improve your odds of keeping the great employees you worked so hard to find and hire. According to HCI (Human Capital Institute), an estimated 90% of new hires made the decision to stay or leave a job within their first six months. One way to avoid a high turnover rate is by using a defined welcoming process to introduce and acclimate new employees known as onboarding. Onboarding is all about making sure the new employee feels comfortable with not only their new job,...

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