Five Ways For Job Hunters To Use Social Media Productively

Five Ways For Job Hunters To Use Social Media Productively

To connect. Connecting with companies and industry professionals via social media enables you to interact with them Keep up to date. Connecting with companies and organisations via social media enables you to easily pick up on their latest news and industry happenings. T Engage. Before the magic of the Internet, job seekers had to rely on face-to-face meetings […]

Why you Shouldn’t Treat All Employees the Same

Why you Shouldn’t Treat All Employees the Same

When you strive to create a workplace that is characterized by a culture of hospitality–one where people express mutual caring and respect for one another–treating every employee the same doesn’t get you there. We at Hospitality Quotient believe that in employee relations–and in business in general–one size fits one. Your ability to fairly and deftly […]

10 Things About Work I Wish I Had Been Told

10 Things About Work I Wish I Had Been Told

Start thinking about work earlier. It’s no good leaving it until the last minute when you’re 15/16 years old. The last six years of your school/college career will shape the kind of role you will get when you leave. Research and get advice. Not every job is described well in a formal job description/by its title. You […]

6 Ways To Show Your Value Without Being A Jerk

6 Ways To Show Your Value Without Being A Jerk

Do what you say. My favorite direct reports were good for their word. Solve problems. The people who come to me with solutions stand out. Share in victory. Further, managers know that a team builds a victory and solves a problem together. Focus on the mission. Be monomaniacal about achieving the goals of the company […]

What To Wear: Walmart’s New Dress Code Stirs Up Controversy

What To Wear: Walmart’s New Dress Code Stirs Up Controversy

Wal-Mart’s recent move to require its employees to adopt a new dress code at the workers’ expense is a test case for companies planning similar actions, according to Deborah Weinstein, a lecturer in Wharton’s legal studies and business ethics department. Under Wal-Mart’s new dress code, workers are required to wear collared shirts and khaki bottoms. The […]

Fifteen Job Interview Questions For Your Next Boss

Fifteen Job Interview Questions For Your Next Boss

Here are some general questions that you can ask your hiring manager a/k/a Your Possible Next Boss at a job: Three months from now, when your new hire has been on the job for a solid ninety days, certain things that are bothering you now will be resolved and forgotten. What is that list of […]

Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need

Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need

Although Dr. Cappelli published his argument for the illusion of talent shortage in the Wall Street Journal on October 2011, the talent shortage issue is still relevant  in 2014. Do you agree with him? The Big Myths The perceptions about a lack of skilled workers are pervasive. The staffing company ManpowerGroup, for instance, reports that […]

WIN the Talent War with electronic signatures for HR

WIN the Talent War with electronic signatures for HR

Check out this fact:  Research indicates that the top 10 percent of active candidates are off the market within 10 days.   Slow hiring decisions by prospective employers can cost them as much as 25 percent more for someone with very similar skills/capabilities. Adobe’s People Resources team works hard to leverage those available advantages and has made […]

Top 10 Words of Childhood Wisdom (and Why They Still Apply to Recruiters!)

Top 10 Words of Childhood Wisdom (and Why They Still Apply to Recruiters!)

“Practice makes perfect“ You don’t just become a Sourcing Ninja overnight you know. Becoming a great recruiter takes time, training and practice. “Treat others how you’d like to be treated“ In terms of providing a great candidate experience, this is a phrase to live by! “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again“ If you fail […]

The Surprising Problem Of Too Much Talent

The Surprising Problem Of Too Much Talent

Two related findings by Swaab and colleagues indicate that there is in fact tradeoff between top talent and teamwork. First, Swaab and colleagues found that the percentage of top talent on a team affects intrateam coordination. For the basketball study, teams with the highest levels of top performers had fewer assists and defensive rebounds, and […]

There Is A Serious Problem In Recruiting

There Is A Serious Problem In Recruiting

Recruiters Expect Too Much This is probably the biggest problem of them all. Recruiters are expecting way too much, and are actually being unrealistic in their expectations. This is something I hear from my friends all the time. Recruiters ask for years of experience, and so many accomplishments for an entry level job. Recruiters Are […]

The 10 Scariest Jobs In America

The 10 Scariest Jobs In America

PoliticianScary for those who fear: Responsibility; accountability to a large number of people; rejection. Microbiologist for Infectious DiseasesScary for those who fear: Germs; Ebola; accidentally leaving the hazmat suit at home. Security Guard at Teen Pop Idol ConcertScary for those who fear: Getting trampled by screaming tweens. Kindergarten TeacherScary for those who fear: Germs; temper tantrums; shaping the minds […]

6 Step Plan For Managers To Turn Around Angry Employees

6 Step Plan For Managers To Turn Around Angry Employees

Let’s face it. Working isn’t always a day at the beach. People get frustrated and angry — and frustrated employees aren’t productive. So HR expert Mel Kleiman has come up a few ways for your managers to bring angry employees back into the fold. Thank them for their feedback.  Empathize with their frustration.  Ask for […]

6 Surprising Things About Introverts in the Workplace

6 Surprising Things About Introverts in the Workplace

Researcher Brian Little debunks myths about introverted professionals, and explains why they should stay away from coffee before meetings. 1. Introverts Should Avoid Coffee – While a caffeine kick may work wonders to get you through the midday work slump, it has an adverse effect on introverts, according to Little, especially if they are tasked […]

What’s Your Performance Review Mindset?

What’s Your Performance Review Mindset?

Mindset of the Giver (Leader) Performance reviews should represent the entire year. That means your current mood about that person on the given day or week of the review should not impact their performance review scores. Keep your emotions out of it. Find some quiet time. Prepare for your review by finding at least 45 minutes of […]

Out in the Real World, a Lot of Jobs Just Aren’t That Amazing

Out in the Real World, a Lot of Jobs Just Aren’t That Amazing

It’s difficult to attend an HR and recruiting centered conference and not find yourself sitting among a choir while one of our industry’s messiahs preaches to a crowd of smiling faces nodding in agreement to the sermon. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. Sometimes it can be therapeutic. Lately it seems our spiritual […]

HR Initiatives Fall Apart in the Middle

HR Initiatives Fall Apart in the Middle

Your CEO loves HR. He is your number one fan. When it comes to initiatives such as performance management and wellness, he believes in your ideas. It’s his direct reports—the lazy ones, the cynical ones, the ones who have been bypassed for the role of CEO—who are your biggest enemies. So how do you win […]

Should You Support a Minimum Wage Increase?

Should You Support a Minimum Wage Increase?

A recent CareerBuilder survey makes it clear that 3 in 5 employers support a minimum wage increase. In the survey, employers were also asked about why they supported or opposed an increase. To what extent does the academic literature in economics support their arguments? Let’s take a look:   FOR: THE MINIMUM WAGE IMPROVES THE STANDARD OF LIVING. This […]

Global Sourcing Survey Reveals Top Social Networks Used By Sourcers

Global Sourcing Survey Reveals Top Social Networks Used By Sourcers

Regional Differences Asia Pacific: Asia-Pacific is home to the most savvy online Talent Sourcers, scoring seven percent above the global average for their ability to find and attract talent EMEA: EMEA Talent Sourcers are the most prolific users of Twitter to connect with candidates, and their use of YouTube to communicate their employer brand is […]

Handling employees with bipolar disorder

Handling employees with bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder definitely qualifies as a disability under the ADA, but that doesn’t make accommodations simple. Employers have a lot of questions on how to handle employees with bipolar disorder in the workplace. In a recent webinar, experts Maureen Duffy, Susan G. Fentin, and Tom Wootton lent their expertise to answer participant questions on handling employees with […]

Staffing Industry Employment Hits an All-Time High

Staffing Industry Employment Hits an All-Time High

Staffing activity has reached its highest point since the start of the Great Recession nearly seven years ago, and, if the trend continues, could set a new record before the end of the year. The American Staffing Association’s Staffing Index now stands at 104.75, just shy of the record 105.28 set for the week ending December 9, […]

7 Reasons You Hate Your Job

7 Reasons You Hate Your Job

We all know what it’s like to feel trapped at a job you hate. But before you turn in your two weeks’ notice, it’s important to understand exactly why you hate your job. These seven motivations are some of the most common reasons cited by people who hate their jobs. You Aren’t Being Challenged. Your […]

Accents: A Career Barrier Or A Badge Of Honor?

Accents: A Career Barrier Or A Badge Of Honor?

When it comes to the workplace, there is a definite stigma around accents. Research has shown that a staggering 80% of employers make discriminating decisions based on regional accents. And over a third of employees admit to dropping their accent when trying to make a better impression on their boss. As wrong as it is, […]

Are You Using Applicant Tracking System To Its Best

Are You Using Applicant Tracking System To Its Best

Ins and outs of your ATS. Recruitment professionals can use the ATS as its CRM system to collect core data, which can only work when they understand the real value and potential of this tool. It may include extracting data about candidates — contact details, skills, experience, location — along with the status of the application so […]

Is Your Company Social Enough?

Is Your Company Social Enough?

How can your company improve its online “sociality” in order to attract top talent? Consider the following tips: Join up. The first step in joining the social media conversation is to join popular social media sites.   Talk! Merely having staked out your company’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn is a great start, but it isn’t […]

Kelly Services To Cut Headcount, Close Branches

Kelly Services To Cut Headcount, Close Branches

The fifth-largest US staffing firm and seventh-largest global staffing firm’s board approved a plan on Sept. 15 that will close approximately 50 US branches and cut global headcount by 100 permanent positions. , and it’s expected to be complete by the end of the fourth quarter. The layoffs are expected to be complete by the end […]

Returnism And The Workforce: Re-thinking Your Talent Pool

Returnism And The Workforce: Re-thinking Your Talent Pool

HR Managers need to consider alternative recruitment avenues to ensure a skilled workforce is maintained. Since the government abolished the default retirement age in 2011, government figures show an increase in the number of over 65s still working, which has soared to 1.1 million this month. With such an influx in the number of retirees […]

3 Ways to Make Workplace Meetings More Effective

3 Ways to Make Workplace Meetings More Effective

First, take a look at the overall meeting schedule. How many weekly meetings do you have? Are the participants meeting simply because it’s on the calendar? Is real work being accomplished at these meetings or are they more for ceremony? Second, create a focused and tight meeting agenda that fits within the time limit. Send […]

If Martian Executives Visited Recruiting … What Would They Find Missing?

If Martian Executives Visited Recruiting … What Would They Find Missing?

If you are a recruiting leader and one of your goals is to be “more businesslike,” you might be surprised at the number of common business process elements that simply can’t be found in corporate recruiting. We don’t measure the failure rate of new hires – even though the failure rate of the hiring process has been reported […]

Arianna Huffington’s Prescription for Happiness

Arianna Huffington’s Prescription for Happiness

Arianna Huffington wants you to learn from her painful mistakes. Avoid burnout and up your odds of success and happiness. Here is her personal prescription for happiness and success. Sleep your way to the top. Sleep deprivation drastically impairs our judgment. You are more likely to achieve success and health with a regular and generous sleep […]

The Secret to Getting a Passive Candidate’s Attention: Employer Branding 3.0

The Secret to Getting a Passive Candidate’s Attention: Employer Branding 3.0

Careerealism CEO and LinkedIn Influencer, J.T. O’Donnell, believes the recruitment industry is finally starting to realize that job postings and recruitment software just aren’t enough in the effort to win the war for talent, and if companies are to stop their top talent being stolen from them in 2015, they need to start properly investing in “the single […]

6 Common Blunders New Hires Make

6 Common Blunders New Hires Make

Shabbily Dressing: The one thing most people fail to understand is that some people have very strong observation skills. The first thing that people notice about you is your dress. The minute you walk into the office, your colleagues will scan you, observe you and will form an instant analysis of you.  Expecting Too Much: Your boss […]

The Best Way To Do Performance Reviews

The Best Way To Do Performance Reviews

98% of employees find annual performance reviews unnecessary. This is according to a poll conducted by Achievers, the rewards and recognition company. Does this make any sense to you? That number shouldn’t be that high. I have a theory on why the number is so high, and I hate to shift the blame to managers, […]

4 Ways To Improve Work Culture

4 Ways To Improve Work Culture

Happy employees bring many benefits to businesses, including a 31% increase in productivity and a 37% increase in sales. However, 68% of employees feel their company isn’t doing enough to create a work culture in which employees have a sense of purpose and a meaningful impact. Are you one of those companies? You don’t need to be a […]

How to Handle and Cope With Workplace Behavior

How to Handle and Cope With Workplace Behavior

Determine what you want the culture to be. This is an HR thing. We don’t think it is, but it is. Human Resources has the ability to create, define and frame a culture which allows diversity of thought and account for a wide variety of behaviors. HR can foster a company’s ability to have parameters where […]

Unwrapping The Benefits Of The Gift That Is 360 Degree Feedback

Unwrapping The Benefits Of The Gift That Is 360 Degree Feedback

We have advocated face-to-face debriefs for many years, in particular the idea that the recipient would see the report for the first time during this debrief, and have been encouraged by the growing acceptance that it is this conversation which really makes 360 feedback successful for all parties concerned. In our mind, we see the […]

5 Steps to Stop Wasting Time

5 Steps to Stop Wasting Time

Below you’ll find key exercise to ensure that you make the most of this scarce resource going forward. In detail, define what you want to achieve Perform a time- diagnosis and keep track of hours and days real-time Pinpoint and eliminate the activities that don’t need to be at all: Learn to delegate where possible Don’t bounce […]

Why Compensation Planning Shouldn’t Scare the #$%* Out of You

Why Compensation Planning Shouldn’t Scare the #$%* Out of You

When it comes to helping managers make more informed decisions about pay-for-performance and ensuring that your organization’s compensation system is fair, check out these three fundamentals: Fundamental #1: Nurture a performance-oriented workplace Fundamental #2: Accurately and fairly reward employees Fundamental #3: Measure overall effectiveness   Read the source article at halogensoftware.com

One in three careers fall short of expectations

One in three careers fall short of expectations

One in three employees (33%) report that their career progression to date has failed to meet their expectations, according to the latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey. More than a third (37%) of employees think it is unlikely or very unlikely that they will be able to fulfill their career aspirations in their current organisation, compared to one […]

The Frozen Eggs of Happiness

The Frozen Eggs of Happiness

Apple and Facebook recently announced that they will cover the cost of having human eggs frozen for employees who want it. Cool. . . well, cold . . . fine. Some took the announcement as a suggestion that women should delay childbirth. But the benefit is part of a larger, generous approach to having children, and not […]

5 Strategies Guaranteed to Improve Client Retention

5 Strategies Guaranteed to Improve Client Retention

Get to know your customers. Set expectations for the client early.  If you can follow-through on what you promised weeks or even months earlier, that is going to be impressive to a client. Be nice unexpectedly. Giving a free gift or sending a quick follow-up message is great, but this actually works better if you […]

The Last Word: A Tale of Two Veterans

The Last Word: A Tale of Two Veterans

Let me pass on two stories of hiring people who were straight out of the military. One was an amazing hire; the other was pretty much a bust. I was in a tight spot. I needed to hire a reporter, pronto.  At the bottom of my rapidly dwindling list was a sailor fresh off the […]

Figures Never Lie, but Liars Always Figure

Figures Never Lie, but Liars Always Figure

When helping my customers think through the development of scorecards, I always start with the same three questions: What are your program goals and objectives? Why are you measuring this? How are you going to use the data? The WhyWhy are you measuring this? These should be actionable, attainable, scalable and repeatable. What you measure should […]

Bing Beats Google to Support Emoji Search

Bing Beats Google to Support Emoji Search

Are you a fan of emojis?  Earlier this week, the Bing blog announced that the search engine now supports emoji search. A post on Search Engine Watch points out that Yahoo and Yelp are both “emoji-searchable” but Google is not. Read the source article at SourceCon

Penny Dreadful: How To Stop Sucking At Storytelling

Penny Dreadful: How To Stop Sucking At Storytelling

Don’t Write Because You Have To. Write Because You Have Something To Say. Say What You Want To Say Or Don’t Say Nothing At All Know Your Story Avoid Numbered Lists Here are five writing questions to ask yourself: Why Are You Writing Who Are You Writing For? What Makes Your Writing Worth Reading? What […]

Writing an effective job description

Writing an effective job description

To be effective, a job description needs to: Analyze the position that needs to be filled, prioritize the tasks to be performed, list the expected results and define the hierarchical status of the give role with respect to superiors as well as subordinates. Stress the primary duties, but include and identify the occasional ones. The […]

Issues with Accommodating Disabilities

Issues with Accommodating Disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. As the month comes to a close, it is fitting that we review some recent landmark cases which involve the issue of disability accommodation in the workplaces. The first is the case of a hospital employee who went missing from duty for four hours. When called in by […]

This Common Mistake is Frustrating for Both Job Seeker and Recruiter

This Common Mistake is Frustrating for Both Job Seeker and Recruiter

I do not believe that job seekers have to have every single qualification on the job ad to apply. I usually say if you have 75-80% of what they are looking for, apply. But if I need a CPA and you are not one, do not apply. This is not only frustrating and a waste […]

AHA Pinpoints Critical Health Care Issues and Trends for 2015

AHA Pinpoints Critical Health Care Issues and Trends for 2015

With 78 million baby boomers expected to live longer, many with chronic conditions, providing adequate care for them continues to put pressure on the U.S. health care system. According to the Administration on Aging, a 65-year-old person can expect, on average, to live to the age of 84, the highest life-expectancy rate for Americans in […]

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