Second Level Interviews: Important Process or Necessary Evil?

Companies involved in hiring often narrow down their candidates to a “short list” and ask finalists to return for another interview before deciding who to choose. Some clients even request a third interview – spending valuable time and annoying job seekers in the process. Are multiple interviews the result of management indecision or do they serve a purpose? Candidates/position applicants sometimes feel they are pieces on a chess board, and they ask why they should be required to re-qualify for a position following their first successful interview. It is possible to conclude the hiring company (or the recruiting firm!) is Read More

Why do some positions acquired through staffing agencies fall through?

The staffing agency calls and connects you with a great assignment. It may be a long-term assignment with the potential for a full-time opportunity! You excitedly take the position, you love the work/environment and everything seems to be going smoothly…until the staffing agency calls and delivers the bad news. Unfortunately, the position is going to come to an end and the client is not going to make a full-time hire, after all. As disappointing as the situation might be, it does happen and the fault does not always lie with the staffing agency. When clients approach staffing agencies, they have Read More

The look of being Pulled Together at Work is important and does not have to cost a lot of money.

Our output at work is important, our work ethics, commitment, adaptability, and we take a lot of care to make sure our presentations look great but what about how you present yourself? It is  amazing people take the time to look nice for dinners, weddings, dates, etc. but do not take into account that the workplace is also an occasion to put your best foot forward. True, work environments are different and some require a more business professional look, while others a more business casual approach. However, whether business professional or business casual, it is important to make sure you Read More

Candidate Responsibilities on Temporary Assignments

So, you have registered with a staffing agency and now have been assigned to work in a temporary position. All you have to do is get the job done, right? Temporary assignments may not be permanent opportunities, however, your responsibilities as a worker should not diminish because of it. It should be common sense but responsibilities are just that, responsibilities. And no matter the position, it should be in your best interest to perform well. Temporary assignments may not be your ideal situation but it does give you income, a place to use your skills and hopefully, build your skills/resume Read More

Do you have what it takes to be a good manager?

You have been promoted and now have become a manager. Congratulations!  However, do you really have the skills to be a manager or do you think the only difference with the new position will be regarding work output? People may be very successful doing their jobs but that does not necessarily mean they will be good managers. It is very different entering into the world of management. You are now in a position of leadership and that comes with a lot of different responsibilities. You are responsible not only with work output but also managing people. A manager has to Read More

Smart Phones: Workplace Heaven or Hell?

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, more than half of iPhone owners said they couldn’t imagine living without the device. And, whether we admit it or not, many of us keep our phones within easy reach at work. In addition to phone and data, we use them for tasks like reminders, alarms, calculators, or planning our route to happy hour. So, it’s all good, right? Some new evidence has surfaced to suggest our devices are actually stealing our intellect, negatively impacting our work productivity and damaging our bodies while we are staying connected. Several recent studies tracked brain focus and Read More

Employee Responsibilities

Everybody complains about the lack of responsibility that “other people” seem to lack but are you one of the culprits? Maybe your lack of responsibility is impeding your career growth or maybe giving you a less than good image at work. You may have good skills and may do a good job. However, how you handle yourself is just as important as the work you produce. Doing a great job and handling yourself well go hand-in-hand. You really cannot have one without the other. Your supervisor and co-workers need to know you are a team player and are reliable. When Read More

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

Working for a Small vs. Large Company

The overall goal is the same: continue building a successful business. But, how you work to achieve those goals may be different. Which working environment fits your work style? Some people prefer working for a larger company because there are just more people. They may enjoy being a part of a larger group, may want to attend more functions, may be it is important to make friends, etc. It can give them a sense of community. Because a larger company has a bigger payroll, there are also specific jobs people may handle for you. You may have individuals fielding phone Read More

Cliques and the Workplace

We all have the freedom to choose our friends. It is natural for people to get along with some and not really “click” with others. We all interact with individuals/groups and make connections, which is a normal part of life. We share close bonds with some and others we call acquaintances because relationships/intimacy levels are different. Because we will always have closer relationships with some and not with others, how do we handle these “friendships/groups/cliques” in the workplace? The workplace is a completely different environment altogether. How should you handle the fine line of belonging to a group while maintaining Read More