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    Accept the Job Offer or Take Your Vacation?

    Accept the Job Offer or Take Your Vacation?
    A reader writes: I find myself in a really tight position here. I am going to an interview tomorrow for a job that I would really like. However, in less than a month I’m going on a pre-planned family visit in China for a little over a month (May 21 to Jun 29). It is nerve wracking because I do not ...
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    Can You Avoid Online Application Processes?

    Can You Avoid Online Application Processes?
    A reader writes: Is there a way to get around what seems to be some very ridiculous online application processes? Redundant questions (like what grade school you attended, and major declared!) make me want to put a shoe through my computer screen. I'm applying for positions that demand skilled labor and have whipped up some pretty attention-getting letter and resume material ...
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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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    Creating an Onboarding Plan

    Creating an Onboarding Plan
    There have been some very good posts written on the subject of onboarding. You can check them out here, here, and here. Some people think of orientation and onboarding as the same thing. I view onboarding as a longer process which includes orientation. Unfortunately, in many companies, orientation has become that half-day event where employees sign paperwork and review the employee handbook. That’s ...
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    Why Exit Interviews Are Important

    Why Exit Interviews Are Important
    Employee engagement continues to be an issue for organizations. There’s constant conversation about being over-worked and under-paid. We all realize times have been tough but now is the perfect time to examine some of your processes to ensure your business remains healthy. A couple days ago, I wrote about on-boarding – the beginning of a person’s career. Today, let’s talk about the end of ...
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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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    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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    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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    Finding Solid Benefit Providers

    Finding Solid Benefit Providers
    The search for key benefit providers must not be based on cost alone, and expert advice may be needed to locate the best candidates, says Jenny Keefe One of the great things about the employee benefits market is its diversity. But for employers looking to buy new perks, that can be a drawback. Even if they have an idea which benefit ...
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    Managing a Culturally Diverse Staff

    Managing a Culturally Diverse Staff
    According to Census 2000 one out of every four Americans identified themselves as a member of a minority group, up from one in five 10 years ago. This means that workplaces are becoming more culturally diverse, which often requires managers and others to continually rethink the ways they work with people. “Cultural competencies are not something that you can learn in ...
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    Hiring People with Disabilities: The Tax Code Is on Your Side

    Hiring People with Disabilities: The Tax Code Is on Your Side
    Hiring employees with disabilities is a great way to bring diverse perspectives and skill sets into your organization. But how much does it actually cost to bring them on? And what sort of assistance is available to help you? The US Department of Education and Monster Government Solutions are working together to give you a chance to get the facts on ...
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    Diverse Candidates Demand Career Growth Opportunities

    Diverse Candidates Demand Career Growth Opportunities
    Employers need to be sensitive to the unique issues that can influence the career decisions of ethnically diverse job candidates, particularly when it comes to factors beyond salary and benefits. Monster's recent study on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce – "A Changing Landscape: The Effect of Age, Gender and Ethnicity on Career Decisions" – looks the commonalities and key differences ...
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    Employer Rules for Hiring Non-US Workers

    Employer Rules for Hiring Non-US Workers
    The immigration debate isn't just about undocumented workers, employers are key players too. No matter which side of the debate you favor or what role you play in the hiring process, job seekers of all kinds should understand the rules that employers must follow when hiring both citizens and noncitizens. The "Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1996":http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/ofccp/ca_irca.htm says employers ...
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    Diversity: Don't Innovate Without It

    Diversity: Don't Innovate Without It
    A white guy, a white guy, and a white guy walk into a bar. Did we lose you yet? Thought so. Nothing interesting was going to come from that joke. Humor works when you have an unexpected, compelling outcome. So does the innovation process. In fact, that's the goal, and it's often achieved by adding diversity -- getting the ideas of ...
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    How to Deal With a Rejected Coworker

    How to Deal With a Rejected Coworker
    A reader writes: I moved to my current role in late November last year. Many of the other employees have known each other for years and socialize together out of work. In principle I prefer to keep my work and personal lives separate, but I will go to lunch from time to time and to the 'yay we met our targets' ...
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    Transgendered Coworker Using the Right Bathroom?

    Transgendered Coworker Using the Right Bathroom?
    A reader writes: I have a question of how/if/when transgendered coworkers get to be treated as such in the workplace. Specifically, there is a man in our office (widely known as such) who wears women's clothing, hairstyles, shoes, makeup, etc. every day, and refers to himself as "she". Some women in the office have been claiming that his use of the ...
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    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws

    The Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination are: a. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; b. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination; c. The Age ...
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    5 Ways to Protect Yourself During Layoffs

    5 Ways to Protect Yourself During Layoffs
    With unemployment at a quarter-century high and uncertainty one of the few constants in today’s economy, companies across the country face the possibility--or the reality--of layoffs. Terminating employees either for cause or financial reasons is a difficult task often exacerbated by the specter of legal liability. There are, however, a number of preventive measures employers can take well before it becomes ...
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    Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

    Synposis: The ADA discrimination against "qualified individuals with disabilities." This includes applicants for employment and employees. An individual is considered to have a "disability" if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. Persons discriminated against because they ...
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    Take a Bad Job to Gain Work Experience?

    Take a Bad Job to Gain Work Experience?
    A reader writes: I have a question regarding my first "real" job. I recently had a second interview for a company that went really well. My interviewer and I developed a real rapport, and I think I'd really like the people I'd be working with. The problem is, the job is really, really low pay for really, really long hours. I'm ...
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