About Austin Ries

Austin is the Small Business Correspondent at Zoho Corp. He writes about various topics concerning your small business from current events to helpful tips as well as how Zoho products can benefit you.

Finding (e)Harmony between Candidates and Companies

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recruit_jobharmony_blog2For 14 years, eHarmony founder and CEO Neil Clark Warren has stood against a white backdrop on our television screens to discuss compatibility.

And while his white hair, suit, and glasses make him look a little more like Orville Redenbacher than a matchmaker, the proof is, well…in the wedding cake.

Since its inception in August of 2000, eHarmony has yielded 600,000 marriages with a divorce rate of only 3.8 percent – a fraction compared to the national average.

So what’s eHarmony’s next move? Matchmaking in the career space.

When eHarmony launches Elevated Careers this December, matching candidates with companies will be like finding soul mates. And like any serious relationship or marriage, Warren wants people to find companies they connect with on multiple levels. He wants candidates to find companies they will stay with for years to come. 

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Branding and Formatting Resumes Inside Zoho Recruit

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Branded ResumesIt was an amazing weekend. You spent time with family and friends, had dinner at your favorite restaurant and even caught a last-minute show from one of your favorite bands.

But now it’s Monday morning. You walk into the office — coffee in hand — open your laptop, log in to your email and there they are.

Dozens of emails from candidates applying to different job postings from each of your clients.

Your job? Look over the resumes, find the top candidates for each job posting and forward them along to prospective employers. However, before you can send off these resumes, you need to make sure each client knows which staffing agency that particular resume came from.

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Visit Zoho Recruit this June in London and Las Vegas

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June is a busy month for Zoho Recruit.

We’ll be taking part in not one, not two, but three recruiting events in two different countries starting Tuesday, June 3.

If you are a professional recruiter or HR professional looking for software solutions to source more candidates and a chance to network with other recruiting peers and professionals, take time to visit us at any of our three June events:

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Tuesday, June 3 – Recruitment Leaders Connect, London, UK

Thursday, June 5 Recruitment Technology and Supplier Showcase Event, London, UK

Wednesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 14 – California Staffing Professionals Annual Staffing and Recruiting Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

All three events are a great opportunity to meet Zoho Recruit employees and talk about how applicant tracking and recruiting software can help you source more candidates and hire more people without draining your wallet.

Whether you already use Zoho Recruit or are looking for a software solution, we look forward to meeting and talking with all of you this month.

See you in London and Las Vegas!

Why Major League Baseball’s Opening Day Matters to Your Sales Team

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I revel in the days of old when baseball was truly, “America’s Pastime.”

opening-day-baseball-2014It’s not anymore. Hasn’t been for years. That’s become exponentially evident thanks to a slew of problems ranging from a decrease in game attendance to the lack of national stars like there are in the NBA and NFL. People say the games are too slow, the season is too long and the games are, well…boring.

I’ve heard every complaint and statistic to no avail. It doesn’t matter to me. I anticipate Opening Day every spring the way a child anticipates summer vacation. Baseball season is my paradise.

So here we are once again. March 31, 2014. Opening day for the 2014 Major League Baseball season. My beloved Texas Rangers start their season at 1:05 CT against the Philadelphia Phillies, and soon, all will be right with the world.

So why am I talking about baseball here? I believe there are a number of lessons sales teams can learn from the game of baseball. So before I go on about the greatest sport around for too much longer, let’s look at some fundamental concepts sales teams, sales managers and even entrepreneurs can take from the baseball diamond.

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Get the Most Out of Your SXSW Interactive Experience

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sxswi-2104Every year it’s the same. You spend months looking at the schedule, planning your every move and RSVPing to dozens of parties; then, like footsteps in sand at high tide, SXSW Interactive is gone, and with it, your chance at networking with some of the most influential people in the world.

Where did the time go? Did you make the most of your week? Are you coming home with relevant connections that will move you and your business forward in the coming months and years?

If you’ve been to SXSW Interactive in the past, you know the pandemonium that is about to ensue starting today and lasting through next week. If this is your first SXSW, get ready for one of the most unique, exciting and physically draining experiences of your life.

In its 27 years, SXSW has gone from a music conference with roughly 300 badge holders to a music, film and interactive festival with over 50,000 attendees. There are movie stars, rock stars and technology stars who have launched some of the most celebrated works of art and creative ideas of the last decade.

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5 Sales Lessons from The Wolf of Wall Street

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I’m the antithesis of a movie snob. For me, movies are a source of entertainment. A chance to disappear from the real world and lose yourself in the characters and the plot for a couple hours. I don’t analyze every last detail. I don’t look for deeper meaning in every scene or scrutinize the cinematography. If I’m entertained, it’s a good movie in my book.

So when it comes to the Academy Awards — airing this Sunday night — I’m on the outside looking in for most nominees in the coveted, “Best Picture,” category.

Not this year.

For this first time ever, I made it a point to see as many of the nominees as possible. One of those was Martin Scorsese’s latest project “The Wolf of Wall Street.” If you haven’t seen or heard anything about this movie, it is the story of the rise and fall of stockbroker Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio).

The picture received both critical acclaim as well as scrutiny due to its language and graphic content. I enjoyed the movie, but I do understand that it is not for everyone. The lives portrayed by DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and other actors are larger than life. At one point DiCaprio is sitting on his yacht and literally throwing $100 bills into the ocean calling them “fun coupons.” It’s the ultimate tale of excess and greed and the characters pay for it in the end.

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Work Smart and Play Smart with Zoho at SXSW Interactive 2014

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sxswblog (1)I’ve lived in Austin for eight years now, and every March it’s the same. Our city morphs into the epicenter of everything that is “cool.” From entrepreneurs and start up giants, to world-class musicians and actors, all eyes are on Austin for 10 days.

And we Austinites embrace it. So at Zoho, we decided to finally get out there and join the festivities. We want to meet as many of you as possible. We want to hear your stories. Most of all, we want to provide you with a place to relax, recharge and get your much-deserved share of free drinks (a must for SXSW goers).

Consider this your invitation to our first annual Zoho SXSW Interactive party. Look, we understand parties during SXSW are about as common as twentysomething festival attendees in tank tops and sunglasses, but think of this one as a cut above the rest.

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