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    How Employers Can Recruit (and Retain) Working Mothers

    How Employers Can Recruit (and Retain) Working Mothers
    As a career coach and organizational-development consultant working with many new parents, I hear the stories everyday from passionate, driven professionals: from a woman who can’t take a day off to be with her kids without the blackberry constantly buzzing; or from working mothers who hide on the floor of their offices, backs against the door, when it is time to ...
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    Should Bashing Your Boss on Facebook Be Legally Protected?

    Should Bashing Your Boss on Facebook Be Legally Protected?
    Employees have been criticizing their bosses since the beginning of time. Until the birth of social media, these conversations generally played out in lunchrooms or restrooms, around the water cooler, over a few cocktails at the local pub after working hours, and in the smoker’s circle outside the office building. Regardless if the criticisms were true or not, the context remained ...
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    The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"

    The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"
    The job market is finally showing signs of life--and that means more workers will likely have the opportunity to change jobs in the coming months. It's clear that many will welcome this: A recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board, a research and advisory services company, found that 25 percent of workers whom employers had labeled as having high potential were ...
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    You Just Got Fired. Now What?

    You Just Got Fired. Now What?
    "The experience of being fired from a job is high on the list of stressful life events that can happen to anyone over the course of their employment," says Dr. Melodie Schaefer, executive director of The Chicago School, Southern California Counseling Centers. So how do you manage the stress of being fired and get on the road to your next job? ...
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    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming

    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming
    Almost all mature companies have shed employees at some point--and in most cases the pink slips don't come as a surprise. "Very often senior management will delay a decision to cut headcount, so unless there is a quick catastrophic event, layoffs have been a long time coming," explains Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global. How can you know if your job ...
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    After the Recruiter Says No

    After the Recruiter Says No
    You had high hopes for this job: The job requirements matched your skill set perfectly. You aced your interviews. And you imagined hearing those sweet words so many of us long to hear: "You're hired." Instead, you got another rejection letter. According to recent U.S. Labor Department data, 5.5 unemployed Americans, on average, are vying for each job opening—so most interviews ...
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    6 Outrageous Hiring Practices

    From the downright crazy, to the just plain fun, hiring practices sure are getting interesting. Some companies turned to virtual reality to recruit new employees, while others weeded out weaklings by raising the stakes – literally. But do some of these new hiring methods cross the line? Are HR departments taking advantage of a sour economy and desperate job seekers? ...
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    Why You Should Check References

    Why You Should Check References
    This post is for anyone who has ever said or secretly thought that reference-checking is a waste of time. Not long ago, I had a job candidate on the verge of being hired. He had wowed everyone in the interview and clearly had the skills to the do the job well. Something was strange about his reference list, though: The references ...
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    Guilt Over Leaving Team With a Toxic Workplace

    Guilt Over Leaving Team With a Toxic Workplace
    A reader writes: I've been in a fairly toxic workplace for two years, and in one week I'm finally done with my contract and am moving on to greener, and saner pastures. This is all well and good, except I'm leaving behind a small team of people who I've grown very close to while I've managed them. And I know things ...
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    Bypassing HR for an Interview

    Bypassing HR for an Interview
    I'm working on an project where I spend a fair amount of time talking with people who are looking for work. It's interesting to talk with them because they invariably ask me, "How do I bypass the human resources department in the interview process?" Ouch! Is this the perception of HR? I flashed back to my days in the corporate world. ...
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    How to Screen Out Candidates With Attendance Problems

    How to Screen Out Candidates With Attendance Problems
    In response to a previous post from someone frustrated that her co-worker is chronically absent, one commenter asked: If anyone has suggestions on how to screen for this issue of not-showing up for work, please let me know. I work in a call center, most of the folks we hire know what that type of environment is. And yet we still ...
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    Proper Processes Yield Good Outcomes

    Proper Processes Yield Good Outcomes
    If you have an effective process in place, follow it. Processes exist for a reason. Many times it's to demonstrate that proper care and attention is being taken in reaching an end result. So when an organization creates a process, it's important to respect it and allow the process to happen. Otherwise, why have the process at all? Of course, if ...
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    Enforcing Company Policies

    Enforcing Company Policies
    A reader writes: I recently started managing a department of approximately 15-20 people. I have found that there are a lot of rules and procedures in place but most are not being enforced. Obviously I've started to have all of these rules enforced or adjusted so what we are telling people to do matches what our written policies state. The problem ...
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    Annoyed at Job Candidates? Look in the Mirror

    Annoyed at Job Candidates? Look in the Mirror
    One of the ways my blog has shifted over the last 18 months is that it has become less about what job candidates and employees are doing wrong and more about what HR and management are doing wrong. It has been one of those funny evolutions of a blog that you never see coming when you start. Maybe that’s the progression ...
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    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?

    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?
    A reader writes: Our local Goodwill here has been posted a good number of hiring ads in the last 5 months and I've honestly applied every time and never got a call back. I followed up by calling and even this last most recent time followed up in person. The day after I followed up in person, they posted yet another ...
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    What Role Should Gut Instinct Play in Hiring?

    What Role Should Gut Instinct Play in Hiring?
    A reader writes: As a fellow recruiter/manager, how much do you count your gut instinct into the hiring decision? If someone on paper has all the experience you want and answers all the technical questions correctly and the hiring manager loves him, but he just for some reason gives you a creepy vibe or is a little off-putting -- I'm sure ...
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    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About

    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About
    Human Resources. A real department of mysteries. Are they your advocate? How do they really decide if you're right for the job? And why can't you ever get a straight answer out of them? A lot goes on behind the closed cubicles of HR. Curious? Take a peek at a few insider secrets about how HR really functions to better understand ...
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    What to Reveal When Rejecting a Job Candidate

    What to Reveal When Rejecting a Job Candidate
    A reader writes: In notifying candidates (who were interviewed) that they were not chosen, do you think it's better or worse to let them know that we've selected an internal candidate for the position? I'd come down on the side of more information being better than less information. Job seekers so infrequently hear anything from companies they've interviewed with, and I ...
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    5 Best Business Travel Tips

    5 Best Business Travel Tips
    Whether traveling for business is an everyday occurrence, an occasional hindrance, or a lifelong dream, all business travelers can agree that if your job calls for travel, then being an efficient traveler is a must. We’ve got the five tips that’ll make your time en-route more productive and less stressful. #1 Know Which Airlines Offer Premium Economy Why? Because if your ...
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    Two Weeks Notice Not Enough?

    Two Weeks Notice Not Enough?
    A reader writes: I have been working at the same company (my first post-school job) for about 2 years now, and I've been moderately to very unhappy for most of my time here for a variety of factors (different working style from my boss which has lead to clashes in the past, public belittlement if something goes wrong, a team that ...
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