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The Intersection of HR and Artificial Intelligence

Algorithm-powered devices (Artificial Intelligence/ AI) are being successfully used in numerous business applications, but what about HUMAN RESOURCES? Intelligent Assistants or “chatbots” simulate human conversation for recruiting and HR-related transactions and are being harnessed by numerous companies with mixed results. In a recent survey of 400 Chief Human Resources Officers by IBM, over half agreed that AI has the power to transform human resources, but the early results are mixed. On the plus side, AI programs, chatbots and virtual assistants used in human resource departments can improve efficiency by: reducing information overload focusing on a smaller candidate pool to improve Read More

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You May Want to Consider Short-Term Assignments

Obviously, most people want a full-time permanent position with benefits. But as a lot of people have experienced, it is not always easy securing full-time employment and it may take much longer than expected. The process of searching for a job, sending resumes, waiting and interviewing can become a bit tedious. And before you know it, you are stuck in a rut. However, there are other opportunities you may want to explore while continuing the search for permanent employment. This is how working on short-term assignments may help pull you out of the drudgery. Short-term assignments can be helpful in Read More

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Telecommuting | Should Employees Be Able to Work from Home?

The subject of telecommuting is a sensitive one. Progressive companies often use flexible schedules and remote work as a way to attract top talent, to increase staff morale, and to improve their reputation as an employer. However, Jessica Lingo of Frost Brown Todd LLC, reported on the recent decision by Yahoo! human resources chief to retract the company’s telecommuting option. In a memo dated February 22, 2013, the HR chief, Jackie Reses, cited sub-optimal speed and quality as the reason for the retraction. The decision caused controversy because such a policy could violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Telecommuting Read More

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Staying Top of the Short list with a Successful Follow-Up Email

The number of applicants who do send a follow-up thank you email to interviewers is around 60 percent according to US News. While there is no evidence that a thank you note will land you the job if you are not first on the list, second place on the short list may if the top candidate withdraws. Here are some tips with respect to a follow-up thank you note or email: An email is acceptable and should be sent within 24 hours of the interview to cement a good impression. Correctly spell each interviewer’s name; use LinkedIn to search them Read More