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    Employer Won't Give Job References

    Employer Won't Give Job References
    A reader writes: I have recently been on two interviews with a company. "When can you start" and "will this salary be acceptable" have been discussed. My issue is that my former employer of 12 years has a strict reference policy that only allows them to confirm dates of employment and salary. I provided additional references at the potential new employer's ...
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    Breaking through the Border: Tips for Companies Employing Cross Border Employees

    Breaking through the Border: Tips for Companies Employing Cross Border Employees
    TORONTO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ - The globalization of business is occurring at an unprecedented rate. Focusing a corporation only on home soil dramatically limits the size of market a firm can serve. With this realization comes a push for business leaders to seek growth opportunities. This leads motivated companies across the border, expanding into the U.S. or Canada. Unlike many locations ...
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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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    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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    Are Your Employees Career Competent?

    Are Your Employees Career Competent?
    Every day, it seems like a new depressing story pops up about the unemployed. Some employers won't hire them or think being unemployed is a scarlet letter. Others who are disproportionately impacted because of their age, race, disability or veteran's status tell stories of months without an interview. Still others who are stuck in the never ending cycle of submitting a ...
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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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    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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    Is a 4-Day Work Week Possible?

    Is a 4-Day Work Week Possible?
    A reader writes: As a future employer (I hope!), I have an idea that I've been kicking around in my mind for awhile. I feel that a five-day work week is stifling and that people in general would be happier with a four-day work week at approximately 32 hours a week. However, in my scenario, this would be considered full-time: such ...
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    Hustle, Not Talent

    Hustle, Not Talent
    I believe in hustle. Hustle to me is a state of mind. It is a combination of working hard and working quickly. You make mistakes quicker, you make adjustments quicker and you have success quicker. Not only that but once you find success, you sustain that success through continuing the cycle. Hustle doesn’t take a college degree or pedigree. You don’t ...
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    Keep it Simple in Human Resources

    Keep it Simple in Human Resources
    My buddy Chris Ferdinandi and I chat throughout the day about what's going in HR, social media and the world. Now I don't know about anybody else but I work from home. So I've got a crew of co-workers, colleagues and friends that I keep in touch with throughout the week. Chris is on that list for sure. We always talk ...
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    Backing Out of a New Job to Accept Another?

    Backing Out of a New Job to Accept Another?
    I have a feeling this one is going to generate disagreement. A reader writes: I recently accepted an offer with an organization and started this past week. Four days into it, another potential employer I'd interviewed with once (at the same time I interviewed for my new job) has asked me to talk with them a second time. While I like ...
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    Can Your Boss Legally Open Your Mail?

    Can Your Boss Legally Open Your Mail?
    A reader writes: My own postman is unreliable, so I often have book orders from amazon, half.com and ebay sent to me at work. The other day, my boss opened a package addressed to me and was offended. He wasn't offended that I had something mailed to me at work, he was offended by the subject matter that the book dealt ...
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    When Should a New Hire Get Up Speed?

    When Should a New Hire Get Up Speed?
    A reader writes: I'm a former academic mathematician who left academia, because...well...suffice it to say that I didn't go to college for nine years to become a glorified babysitter. After a job offer from a Very Large Government Agency fell through, I found myself severely underemployed. While slowly crawling out of the deep, dark depression in which I found myself, I ...
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    Should You Warn Potential Employees?

    Should You Warn Potential Employees?
    A reader writes: I'm finally coming to the end of my contract at an incredibly poisonous company, and I've been tasked to replace myself. We don't have an HR department, and my own boss just split suddenly, leaving behind massive amounts of debt, so the parent company has tasked me to do this. My question is, how can I explain the ...
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    Confusion About The War For Talent

    Confusion About The War For Talent
    I was at a family reunion this last weekend and we were talking about recruiting issues. They were mentioning that despite unemployment numbers, they still had a hard time finding the right people for the most critical positions that were open. And it isn't a question of technique, or pay or anything along those lines. It's a situation where there is ...
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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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    Taking on a "Risky" Hire

    Taking on a "Risky" Hire
    A reader writes: I recently received a job offer from the HR person of the company that I interviewed with. She said "they are taking a risk in hiring me and offering me the job." I thought it was a strange statement. When the managers in that company discuss me, they can say "OK, let's take a risk and hire this ...
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    Does HR Have to Keep it Confidential?

    Does HR Have to Keep it Confidential?
    A reader writes: I had a conversation with the HR Director about something happening in my department. She went to my boss with the issue, citing me as the source. This was not an official complaint by me, as we were not in her office but in the lunchroom. However, I considered conversations with HR professionals to be in confidence. Was ...
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    Re-Listing a Job Posting

    Re-Listing a Job Posting
    A reader writes: I applied for a job with an organization, passed the phone screen, and was given a second interview less than a week later. I interviewed with a panel of people and was told at the time there were several candidates interviewing for this position. In my opinion, the interview went well. After the interview, the recruiter also let ...
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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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