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Advantec Knows the Games Job Seekers Play

Games Job-Seekers Play: Many Small Businesses Find Misspellings and Fibs on Résumés; But That Will Decline, If Only Because Many Small Businesses Say They Won’t be Hiring

Tampa, FL, September 06, 2007 --( Two-thirds of the small businesses in a recent survey said as many as half of their job applicants lie. And another two-thirds said up to half the résumés they receive have misspellings.

“In human resources, we knew this kind of thing was getting worse,” says Todd York, Vice President of the Human Capital Group at Advantec, “But we had no idea it had gotten this bad.” Advantec is a national Professional Employer Organization and a member of the trade association NAPEO.

As part of its quarterly NAPEO’s Workplace Today survey, the trade association in early August questioned 352 businesses that outsource human resource chores to its members, such as recruiting and administering health benefits.
Today’s workers continue to change jobs more frequently and it is important for businesses to understand why so they can determine how to retain talented people. In its survey of recruiting and retention, NAPEO found the single biggest reason for leaving was personal.

The next most common reason is better pay, however, nearly as many companies stated employees left because these businesses fired them. That indicates a problem at the beginning of the hiring process – a glitch that lets unsuitable employees through the net, and a place where small businesses could use help.

“It’s bad news for any company when trained and experienced workers walk out the door,” says York. “But it’s especially hard on small businesses that don’t have the deep bench of larger companies. That’s why it’s so important for small businesses to stay on top of how they recruit and retain people. At Advantec, we provide our clients with guidance in effective hiring and provide the support necessary to maintain an effective workforce.”

Half of these small businesses surveyed said they won’t be hiring or firing people in the last three months of the year. Certain economic segments, such as housing and credit markets, are unstable, and the labor market has a direct impact on how these segments will hold up in the coming months.

Though most of the remaining half of small businesses surveyed said they would hire, it’s clear many – at least for now – remain cautious.

About Advantec
Advantec integrates, develops, and supports human resources solutions for small to mid-sized companies, nationwide. Advantec delivers HR, Payroll and Benefit services to clients, helping them mitigate risks, improve processes, reduce costs, and attract and retain top talent. Advantec’s adaptable tools and technologies, combined with consolidated service providers and on-demand consulting services enable clients to concentrate on their top business priorities. For more information please visit or call 1-877-ADVANTEC. To review the survey report, visit the NAPEO Web site:

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