About Nicole Nicholson

Nicole is the Content Editor for Spark Hire and mainly writes for and edits the work for the Spark News blog. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a passion for writing, editing, and pretty much anything to do with content. In her free time she frequents the Chicago music scene and writes reviews on shows for her own personal blog. Connect with Nicole and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter

Qualified Job Seekers With Little Relevant Work Experience

As hiring manager or employer, going for the ‘under-qualified’ candidate is generally not your first choice. At the same time though, those overqualified job seekers are difficult to work with as well. Ideally you want to find job seekers and candidates that fit into that sweet spot right in the middle: qualified and with adequate experience to back them up. You don’t always get that though. Especially with the skills gap that a lot of employers are experiencing. And sometimes you’ll come across a candidate that is highly enthusiastic and seemingly qualified but has little past work experience behind them. Continue reading

Spark Hire Podcast for the Week of February 4


Does your company employ a probationary period for new hires? What do you think of it? For some companies, it’s a great way to test out a new employee before fully committing to bringing them onto the team. On the other hand, it could make things a bit confusing or ambiguous for the new hire. Tune into our podcast and hear what we have to say about it and why it can be ambiguous. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

What Employees Want From Employers #VLOG

vlog on what employees want

Employers, do you think you know what your employees want from you? If you do, you may actually be in for a surprise. In this week’s HR vlog I talk about one of our most shared and popular infographics: What Employees Really Want From Employers. If you think the number one thing your employees want is a raise, think again! In fact, what employees want most is… Well, watch the vlog and see for yourself. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Are You a Bad Boss? #INFOGRAPHIC

what makes a bad boss

Not too long ago Spark Hire took a look at what made a poor manager and suggested that managers all over the country evaluate their own habits. Being a bad manager can really hurt your company culture and your team’s productivity as well. Considering such information, when we came across this infographic from Visual.ly we couldn’t help but pass it along. What do you think makes up a bad boss in your employee’s eyes? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Job Search Confidentiality #INFOGRAPHIC

infographic on job search privacy

Do you think you would know if one of your employees was looking for a new job? Since nearly everything these days is done online, it’s exceedingly difficult for job seekers (and your employees) to keep their job search a secret. At the same time, should job seekers that are currently employed be afforded a certain amount of privacy? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Interviewing a Candidate That was Fired

When someone gets fired from their job it’s usually an ego-crushing situation. Perhaps they knew it was coming or they were completely blindsided- either way, it’s difficult to recover. However, it’s not like employees that were fired are never going to work again. Eventually, these job seekers will pick themselves up out of their rut and get back on the job search bandwagon. What does that mean for you? Well, that means that as a hiring manager or employer you are probably going to be interviewing at least a handful of job seekers that were fired from their previous position. Continue reading

Should You Have a Probationary Period?

The hiring process is a complicated and somewhat tedious task sometimes. It takes an awful lot to find the right person for the job that fits in perfectly with not only the position but the company culture as well. It’s much easier when you use video technology like the kind Spark Hire uses, but it still takes a lot of effort. On top of that, if the hire doesn’t work out you have to go back and do it all over again. In order to avoid making a huge hiring mistake, plenty of companies all over employ a probationary period Continue reading

Spark Hire Podcast for the Week of January 28


It’s obvious that a high turnover rate isn’t too great for a company, but do you know how it negatively affects your remaining employees? When you have employees that are constantly coming and going from your company- meaning your employees are quitting and not being fired- then it can mean serious trouble for the health of your company and its culture. Spark Hire’s podcast from this week focuses on this. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Mondays Are Looking Up! #INFOGRAPHIC


Nobody likes Mondays, right? Well, actually it looks as though the Mondays of 2013 are getting much better! In fact, according to this infographic from Visual.ly and REED, 59 percent of people are currently ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their job. While that percentage could stand to be much larger, the statistic still offers a sense of optimism for our job market today. At the same time it looks as though more people are secure in their position than they were previously. This past year in 2012 26 percent of people felt insecure in their jobs while in 2011 it Continue reading

Signs of a Poor Manager

Have you ever had a bad boss? Chances are yes, because if you have been in the job market and had even just a few jobs, the likelihood of one of those bosses being terrible is pretty high. A bad boss can really make an employee’s day- well, everyday for that matter- awful. Bad managers can also bring the morale of the entire team down while compromising the company culture. It’s easy to spot a bad boss for yourself, but do you think you would be able to tell if you were a bad boss or not? What if you Continue reading