In our July Newsletter, you will find tips on navigating the hiring process, details on how to become a morning person, some ideas for Florida day trips, and the guidelines to creating a perfect cheese board! Check it out!

Navigating the Hiring Process

If you’ve grown your business to the point where you need to start hiring more employees, you may be unsure of where to start. Below is a brief overview on navigating the hiring process.

Finding candidates – In the event that you are looking for a manager or supervisor, you may choose to promote one of your existing employees, however, this will still require you to find a replacement for them. A few places to start recruiting would be online job boards, (zip recruiter, indeed) job placement offices, veteran’s associations, local colleges/trade schools, and employee referrals.

Application Process – If you plan on having your candidates’ complete applications, it is best to avoid asking for the following information: gender, race, religion, national origin, marital status, children, previous workers’ comp claims, education dates, social security data, age, disability, DOB, and driver’s license information. These are also topics you should steer clear of discussing during the interview for equal opportunity reasons.

Interview – Before the interview, review the resumes or applications and plan your questions accordingly. Consider things such as prior experience in a related field, and scan the resume for spelling and grammar if written communication skills are pertinent to the job. Place a high value on attitude, work ethic, and motivation. An important part of navigating the hiring process is being sure to screen applicants carefully, as the cost of turnover is estimated to be 100%-300% of the base salary of the replaced employee.

Hiring— Once you’ve found the right person for the job, it’s best to make the initial offer by telephone allowing you to discuss whether the terms are acceptable for both parties. It is also a good idea to have them sign an offer letter in case of any future disputes. At this time you may choose to do a background check or drug tests. Let the applicant know what checks will be made, how they will be carried out and how long the process will take. It is also courteous to notify the candidates that will you not be hiring that they didn’t get the job. If you believe you may have a job opportunity for them in the future, ask if they will allow you to retain their details to save you time and effort later on down the road.

How to Become a Morning Person

Create a Night-Time Routine—This means not only going to bed earlier but also getting as much ready and prepped for the next day as possible. That way your morning will be less rushed, and more enjoyable to wake up to.

Ease Into It—Don’t start by waking up 2 hours earlier the first day. Ease into your new earlier rise and shine routine by making it gradually earlier so that it feels more natural.

Don’t Scroll— Although your phone may be your alarm clock, resist the urge to check emails and social media. Make your morning time about YOU and about getting some necessary self-care tasks out of the way early in the day.

Workout— Getting exercise in the morning not only gives you more energy throughout the day, but it will help you get into your new earlier bedtime routine more easily by helping you sleep better.

Whatever your new morning goal may be, don’t be afraid to start small and take it one day at a time, that’s the best way to make a lasting change!

Florida Day Trip Destinations

Depending on where you’re located in Florida, you can make either a day trip or a weekend getaway out of these fun destinations while the kids are still on summer break!

Visit the mermaids at Weeki Wachee— More than just kitschy nostalgia, it’s a beautiful area and developed state park, where visitors come to see the show and end up staying the entire day to explore its refreshing 72-degree crystal clear waters.

Walk the walls of Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine – America’s oldest city, St. Augustine is the perfect day trip destination. Ideal for history lovers, St. Augustine’s 500 years of history is highlighted throughout the city with charming cobblestone streets, interesting landmarks and quaint cafes.

Visit the colorful Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales—Boasting a 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion and enchanting subtropical gardens, visitors of all ages will appreciate the 250-acre National Historic Landmark and lush environment.

Learn about a literary icon at Ernest Hemingway Museum, Key West – A unique piece of Key West’s history, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum lets literary enthusiasts explore where this great author once lived. While you’re there, sample an authentic piece of Key Lime Pie, and check out the southernmost point of the US. The crystal clear water in the Keys is also great for diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

How to Create the Perfect Cheese Board

First things first, grab a large cutting board or platter! Next, hit your local grocery store and see if they have a bargain bin area for cheese. This is a great spot to find small wedges or wheels for just a few bucks! Try to mix it up and add a hard, soft and crumbly cheese and make sure one of them is mild to please the less adventurous snackers. For the carnivores, include at least one meat like prosciutto, salami, or sausage. Olives are a great addition too but they are polarizing so keep them separate in a small bowl. Add some crunch with roasted nuts and sweetness with dried fruit. It wouldn’t be a cheese board without crackers, and it’s nice to have a few different varieties of them too! Honey, fancy mustards, jams, and preserves are great additions and add interest. Grapes, cherry tomatoes, or really any bite-sized veggies are great for filling in any missing space on the board. Fresh herbs add fragrance, especially rosemary, and are a beautiful garnish and finishing touch. Just grab a few cheese knives and you’re ready to go!