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Want to Be Successful? Start Planning for Your Upcoming Week on Friday

Fridays can be a combination of rushing to get things done before the end of the week and a process of deciding what can wait until Monday. Planning for the following week serves two purposes; it ensures things are not forgotten, and it can provide piece of mind for greater relaxation over the weekend. Business Insider interviewed Michael Kerr, international business speaker and author. Kerr maintains that a Friday routine can make your upcoming week smoother and more manageable. Arrive at work on Monday with a set list of things to do and eliminate the initial chaos of figuring out Read More

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How to Write a Winning Resume

Winning resumes are those that get noticed by the hiring manager and result in an interview for the job. Hire Standard reviews thousands of resumes a year; some are enthusiastically received by a hiring company and some are rejected, even though the job seeker’s experience may fit the position. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to get your resume noticed. Remember the KISS rule? Hire Standard’s advice is to keep it short and simple, but strategic. What you mention at the beginning of the document is going to set the tone and within 15 seconds, most hiring managers will decide whether Read More

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Want Your Employees to Quit? Keep Doing This!

The US Department of Labor reports that over two million Americans leave their jobs every month. Alan Hall of Forbes states that over 30 percent of employees who look for alternative employment do so because they dislike their boss, feel a lack of empowerment, dislike the internal politics, or feel a lack of recognition. A leadership position is one of personal accountability and responsibility. An effective leader must elicit trust and respect from employees, which can only be achieved through appropriate behavior and actions. Such actions include creating a vision for the company, empowering employees with the resources to achieve Read More

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Hiring the Best Employee Doesn’t Always Mean Hiring the Most Qualified

Although a candidate may be the best qualified, they may fail if they lack traits that will assimilate with existing organizational culture. Erika Anderson of Forbes writes that almost 90 percent of hiring failures are due to poor cultural fit. Therefore, in addition to screening resumes for the required qualifications and experience, applicants must also be screened for desirable work styles and values. A manager hired because of a proven track record in aggressive business deals might be faced with a laid back, accommodating work force. Any attempt to cultivate more direct, offensive tactics to increase business productivity are likely Read More

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Evaluating New Recruiting Ideas

Job boards, such as Monster and CareerBuilder, have been losing popularity. PBS News reported that, in 2012, Monster was the source of only 1.3 percent of hires, and CareerBuilder was the source of only 1.2 percent of hires, according to employers. Companies are frustrated with the time-consuming and inefficient screening of hundreds of resumes. Additionally, the impersonal factor means that limited information is obtainable from a resume in terms of a candidate’s cultural fit. HR.BLR.comreports on innovative recruiting efforts that some companies are implementing to try to find the most committed and successful hires. These companies are using social media Read More

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Evaluating the Skills Gap

A study by the Chronicle of Higher Education, in 2013, found that approximately 50 percent of hiring managers complained of inadequate skills among college graduates. Typical skills cited as lacking were the ability to adapt, to communicate effectively, and the ability to solve problems. Nancy Hellmich, contributor to USA Today, reports that employers complain that schools are not doing enough to prepare graduates for today’s job market. Dennis Yang, President and COO for Udemy and writing for Forbes, finds a significant difference of opinion over the readiness of today’s graduates to join a dynamic work environment – over 70 percent Read More

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Three Managerial Instincts You Can Learn From Your Pets

Our pets’ reactions are purely instinctual. They are based on survival and essential needs including food, warmth, and companionship. Although many of us like to think that we have evolved beyond the animal species such as dogs and cats, there is a lot we can learn from their behavior that will help us better manage our lives, especially in times of stress. Trust Your Instincts. If you experience a nagging thought, listen to it. Your instincts are often right. Unless they seem irrational, don’t ignore them. If they do seem irrational, seek a third party opinion. Science Daily reported on Read More

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Intellectual Property and the Workplace

In a competitive business environment, where innovation and new ideas are essential, companies must protect themselves against loss. Intellectual property rights refer to products such as copyrighted works, trademarks, patentable inventions, and industry knowledge or trade secrets. If such proprietary knowledge or products are lost, it will be detrimental to the owner or originator. Nolo Law for All advises that businesses often assume that work undertaken by independent contractors, such as writing or designing a logo, automatically becomes the hiring company’s property. However, without a written agreement, this may not be the case. The Copyright Act states that any work Read More

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I Just Need a Minute! What to do When Employees are Nearing Their Breaking Point

Stressed out employees spells trouble for an employer. Not only does morale and productivity plummet but staff turnover may increase. According to Kathryn Dill of Forbes, a study by Monster that included approximately 7,000 workers found that 42 percent had left a position on their own volition because of stress; a further 35 percent had considered the option. When stress reaches a high enough level, staff members disengage and the situation is difficult to reverse. Some leading factors in high employee stress levels are outlined below with suggestions for employer interventions. The Global Benefits Attitudes Survey by Towers Watson revealed Read More