Your Rights in Wisconsin When Applying for Jobs with an Arrest & Conviction Record
by Randy Enochs - Nov, 2010
One very common problem for people with an arrest and conviction record(s) is the fear of being rejected for a job because of the stigma associated with such a record. What further complicates the matter is the ease of employers and the general public to conduct a search on the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) to discover a person’s court history, both civil and criminal. Whether it’s that small claims matter or...
Four Ways To Help Your Resume Pass The HR Screen-Out Phase
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
In most cases, before your resume even gets to a hiring manager’s desk, it is passed through a screen-out process that is designed to immediately eliminate candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements. This makes it a lot more efficient for companies to fill positions, but I can also leave qualified candidates out in the cold if their resumes do not display those clearly defined requirements. If you are wondering w...
Tuesdays Are Terrific! The Best Day And Time To Contact HR
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
Many job seekers focus solely on the “how” of contacting potential employers, but the “when” can be crucial to getting noticed as well. Contacting them when they are more likely to be alert and responsive (and not tired, hungry, or stressed) is all about timing. That includes planning the optimal time and day to contact HR (to either initiate contact, follow up after sending a resume, or follow up post-interview). Accord...
A Zillion More Reasons to Abolish Job Descriptions
by Lou Adler - Nov, 2010
As most of you know, I think job descriptions are the primary reason why companies can’t find or hire top talent. For this reason alone they should be abolished. Here’s the first dozen of a zillion reasons why. 1. Except for the list of responsibilities, they don’t define jobs at all; they define people taking the jobs. If these descriptions left out the required skills, years of experience, industry background, and academ...
Promoting New Managers? Tell Them What to Expect
by Mary G. White - Nov, 2010
As an HR professional, you are often directly responsible for selecting employees to move into management positions. Even when you don't make the decision yourself, it's likely that you are involved in the selection process. You can help your company and your employees by taking steps to be certain that the people that you choose for promotion into supervisory positions have a clear vision of exactly what they're getting into...
Minimizing Risk of Retaliation Claims Is As Easy As A B C
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Nov, 2010
In last week’s #EEOChat, the issue of retaliation came up. How much do you know about retaliation claims? Retaliation claims are on the rise. Among all charges filed with the EEOC in 2009, 36% included a claim of retaliation; this represents an increase of approximately 70% over the last decade. In her May 3, 2010 article on retaliation, Karen Gieselman, an attorney in the Columbia office of Fisher & Phillips, states: G...
When Interns Are in the House
by Brad Karsh - Oct, 2010
Flowers are in full bloom, season finales are dominating the airwaves, and the end of the school year is upon us. That can mean only one thing – it’s intern season! For some of us, that’s ten weeks of delivered coffee, spotless files, and collated copies. Joking aside, interns can be an incredibly valuable resource on a number of fronts. They can provide fresh ideas and perspective, they can deliver solid work output a...
Why your next job might come via LinkedIn
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Oct, 2010
As you might expect, I speak with many senior executives and other job hunters on a regular basis. As I review their job search techniques and situation, the common refrain I hear is that they’ve set up a LinkedIn Profile, but then failed to do anything else with it. These executives are often just peripherally aware that using LinkedIn can help their job search, but they're not sure what steps to take that will help them...
What do You Mean My Organization Is Stepping Stone?
by David Watson & Judith Lindenberger - Oct, 2010
I remember the moment I swore that I would always value my employees. It was the late 90s, I was the head of sales and my boss was sitting across the table. “Sales people are a dime a dozen,” he said. “I could replace anyone working here tomorrow and not miss a beat.” That told me everything I needed to know about my value to the organization and it didn’t take long before I left and started my own company. My boss’ thinki...
Consultants: Well-Chosen They're a Boon to Organizations
by Judith Lindenberger - Oct, 2010
Human resources (HR) executives worldwide are being asked to do more with less, to enhance productivity while controlling costs, and to find new ways to increase profitability. At the same time, retaining qualified, motivated employees is as important as ever. How do you manage your day-to-day HR tasks while also transforming and leading human capital business strategy? With the right solution, you can shift your focus to your...
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