What could be more important than having everyone on your team focused and on the same page? Unfortunately, in my interactions with corporate recruiting leaders, I am frequently surprised to find that they don’t have a formal set of strategic … Continued
Are you looking for a new job and don’t know where to look, what to do and who to speak to? After having exhausted your professional and personal networks, it’s likely that you would have approached head hunters and recruitment consultants. … Continued
You finally got that interview you’ve been hoping to land. Don’t blow it by making a bad first impression. Expect your interviewer to begin sizing you up the minute you step foot on the company’s property. Everything you do can, and will, be … Continued
WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment benefit applications rose by 18,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000. Despite the gain, the level remains consistent with moderate job gains. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average increased by 2,500 to … Continued
A fevered pace of CEO turnover at Canada’s largest companies is leading to high compensation bills as firms pay millions in severance to former executives while also shelling out to attract new leaders. A review of CEO pay at Canada’s … Continued
A COMPANY’S CORE PRINCIPLES SHOULD GUIDE KEY STRATEGY DECISIONS AND CULTURE, BUT THEY SHOULD ALSO DETERMINE WHO STAYS AND WHO GOES. Creating, articulating, and sticking to your vision is the single most important job you have as a leader. We … Continued
One reason I get a kick out of reading business books is because their themes frequently come to life and smack you right in the nose at work the next day. Recently I read “The Energy Bus” and underlined this passage: Negative people often tend to create negative cultures whereas positive corporate cultures are created by positive people.
It’s almost a ridiculously obvious statement, but how many companies act like this isn’t true? When the corporate higher-ups get word employees are complaining, they’ll email an all-employee survey, post motivational quotes on bulletin boards, roll out a new contest, and maybe even treat the team to lunch.
That would be like your plan to slim down for the summer centers on wearing vertical stripes while you keep eating your stash of Twinkies and Ding Dongs. You’re masking the problem instead of actually solving it.
One company with an amazing culture is regional supermarket chain Wegmans, who regularly appears near the top of Fortune Magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies To Work For list. Wegmans has the friendliest staff I’ve ever encountered while pushing a cart, and their attitude has little to do with formal training. First and foremost, Wegmans seeks to hire friendly people who are inclined to help others. Its people smile a lot because they can’t help it, not because of some corporate edict.
Experiencing a positive atmosphere when shopping for bananas is great, but more gratifying is interacting with upbeat people Monday through Friday at your workplace. Before I describe one method to hire positive people, let me share with you some specifics about Connor, a sales rep we hired less than a year ago. (more…)
Eighty percent of major U.S. employers surveyed expect that their 2013 rate of hiring will meet or exceed that of 2012, according to a hiring trends study released Feb. 14, 2013, by technology staffing firm Yoh. Of companies that plan … Continued
I read job ads in my spare time. People send me especially ridiculous ones just to make me laugh. The other day I read one that began promisingly enough with, “If you’re ready to work hard on a top-drawer team … Continued
Check out this new contest from XFINITY and Comcast. It looks pretty neat, and I know there are at least a few of you out there who could totally blow the doors off this thing. Have you ever wanted a shot at … Continued
Some employees can work 9am to 5pm, five days a week. Others are available on evenings and weekends. But in today’s talk, filmed at the TEDSalon in London, entrepreneur Wingham Rowan describes another type of worker — one who has a highly unpredict…
For years HR has turned a blind eye to the non-employee workforce in a company. Even though some of the contingent workforce sits in cubicles adjacent to full time regular employees, they were for the most part the outsiders. Because … Continued
You have staffed your team with all the right people: they graduated from top universities, worked at leading companies, stayed at each company the requisite length of time, and exuded intelligence in the interview process. Yet you see other companies …
How To Answer Oddball Interview Questions When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview can often times determine your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to get ready … Continued
Fear not, public relations professionals — everything’s great. At least that’s the assessment from Management Today reporter Jeremy Hazlehurst, who proclaims in a recent feature that the PR profession is stronger than ever. Hazlehurst points to the number of communications professionals who are finding … Continued
As we all know, writing a great cover letter that will get a hiring manager’s attention is no small feat. The best cover letters are customized for each and every unique job and company. This can be time consuming but … Continued