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    Pay Raise Alternatives to Keep Employees Motivated

    Pay Raise Alternatives to Keep Employees Motivated
    NEW YORK, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, many employees have been laid off, let go, fired, right-sized or whatever the new economic recession has deemed them. Work loads are doubling, hours are getting longer and less work is getting done because morale is in the toilet. It couldn't get any worse ... but then an employee says that she or he ...
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    Emotional After Performance Review

    Emotional After Performance Review
    A reader writes: Some background: I am in my mid-twenties and I work as an assistant for a small, nationally renowned non-profit. I love a lot about my job: I get to research topics I love, and I get to apply skills that satisfy me. I have a heavy workload that has increased substantially over the past few months. I often ...
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    The 4 Biggest Myths About Job References

    The 4 Biggest Myths About Job References
    Over at Ask a Manager, I get a lot of mail that displays misconceptions about job references—how they work, who gets called, and what he or she can say. Here are the four biggest myths about references that I encounter regularly: References are old-school; no one uses them anymore. Don't listen to people who tell you that references don't matter ...
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    Frequently Asked Questions of Laid-Off Employees

    Frequently Asked Questions of Laid-Off Employees
    As the recession results in business closures, bankruptcies and thousands of layoffs, a growing number of jobless Maine residents are left with questions about their rights and their former employers' responsibilities. Maine's February unemployment rate reached 8 percent as the state lost another 2,600 jobs. For the year ending in February, the state lost 15,500 jobs across all economic sectors. Back ...
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    Conducting Strong Performance Evaluations

    Conducting Strong Performance Evaluations
    I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the first year I'm giving our managers detailed training on how to conduct good performance reviews. In the past, I've sent them forms to use and a few words of encouragement, and not much else. In retrospect, this was a crazy plan, since most people haven't done many of these in their careers and ...
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    800 to Eight – How to Effectively Manage Resume Flow in Today’s New Recruiting Landscape

    800 to Eight – How to Effectively Manage Resume Flow in Today’s New Recruiting Landscape
    With the candidate pool being the deepest ever in history the task of identifying those worth interviewing has become more difficult than ever before. How do you turn 800 resumes into the 8 worthy of an interview? Listen to our webinar as we review proven methodologies designed to ensure your firm is making the right decisions in who to see, including ...
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    Avoid the Top 10 HR Mistakes!

    Avoid the Top 10 HR Mistakes!
    1. What you don't track once you could pay for twice. For example, having to compensate departing employees for unrecorded-but used-vacation time. Develop a system for tracking time off and be sure to use it. 2. When you don't "keep up with the Jones's" in terms of pay and benefits, you could lose your best employees or prospective hires. Know what ...
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    Tricked Into Resigning?

    Tricked Into Resigning?
    A reader writes: I work at a small company for now. 3 and a half people (the half being a part time contractor). There is no HR. The boss is HR. I have had several therapy sessions trying to figure him out. My therapist thinks he is an attention-deficit narcissist. He won't apologize, take responsibility, or listen. He disregards years and ...
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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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    How To Hire The Right Payroll Manager

    How To Hire The Right Payroll Manager
    Hiring a payroll staff member with just the right combination of experience and education is a difficult task. Payroll managers often run into obstacles trying to hire such qualified individuals. The employee needs enough education to understand the complex laws and regulations that govern payroll along with enough experience in payroll to be able to apply them. Payroll is a broad ...
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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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    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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    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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    When the Interviewer Abuses Your References

    When the Interviewer Abuses Your References
    A reader writes: After a 45-minute phone interview with a small non-profit in another state, I was invited to interview in-person. The interviewer contacted me two days prior to the interview to request that I provide the following to her, in less than 24 hours: - Phone numbers for four references, who were then subjected to their own 45-minute interview prior ...
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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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    How to Get a Great Reference

    Many people think of their list of references as an after-thought, something employers only look at after you dazzle them with your killer resume and stunning interview skills. But references can actually help you get your foot in the door, if they carry enough weight. Big names and impressive titles can grab the attention of potential employers. Most industries are ...
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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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    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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    Need Job Application Instructions?

    Need Job Application Instructions?
    A reader writes: I've been looking for a position for a few months and I've found the advice on your site invaluable in my efforts. I am finding that often requirements for the submission of an application are written very vaguely and I want to make sure that I get them right. However, most of the online applications do not list ...
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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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