John Nykolaiszyn is the interim director of career management services for the College of Business at Florida International University. He is charged with aligning the College’s undergraduate and graduate students’ intellectual capital with the employment community’s needs. While he does enjoy a nice long walk on the beach, you’ll more than likely find him spending time with his girls, trying to finish a book, and grilling. On Twitter @CigarSPHR.

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Day two of the annual conference is intense. You’ve got people rushing to make it to their favorite session, the popular sessions have overflows and to a newbie, that’s overwhelming. Or you could think about it in these terms:  since we’re in Louisiana, the gumbo pot has been mixed and slowly starting to boil.

June 20, 2017


When you think of Sunday in New Orleans many things come to mind.  The heat rising off the worn streets of the French Quarter, an interesting mix of pagan and penitent moving about slowly round the Jackson Square, or the line for café and beignets crowded with tourists struggling to find shelter from the mid-morning sun.  Oh and then there’s that conference of over 17,000 HR Professionals over by the convention center.

June 19, 2017

With the annual SHRM conference just around the corner, the time has come to start planning what sessions you’d like to attend. As part of the blogging teams continuing coverage of the annual conference, I had an opportunity to interview Ms.

June 12, 2017

Ahhh, Washington, D.C. The last time I spent a good amount of time in this city was about 27 years ago, so it's nice to be back in a great city attending the annual SHRM conference. The multiple landscapes have changed since I've been in D.C....geographical, political, and yes, even the world of work. The official theme of this year's SHRM conference is "Breakthrough," a sentiment that some attendees may feel is long overdue. Personally, I like the theme.

June 21, 2016

The annual SHRM conference is almost upon us, and by now you should be starting to think about the sessions that you’d like to attend, the vendors in the expo hall you’ll need to visit, and of course you can’t forget about catching up with some friends and colleagues.

Sounds like you might need a "map".

June 8, 2016

In just twenty short days, a couple thousand of my closest HR friends will descend upon Washington D.C. for the annual Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) conference. Having been lucky to attend a few of these gatherings over the past few years, I think it’s important to share a quick list of tips to help prep for “The Big Show”:

May 31, 2016

The third day is when the conference grind sets it and depending on how late your “client meetings” ran, it’s a tough day.

You need to start packing the suitcase and you’re probably wondering why you just didn’t ship that whole bag of “tangible memories” you collected off the expo floor.

June 26, 2014

The second day of large conferences has always been my favorite day. Everything is still fresh and new, the speakers are excited, and the attendees are excited… well let me rephrase that, the attendees are excited until they realize that their next session is across the convention center.

June 25, 2014

Well it’s time. The center of the HR Universe has descended upon central Florida to catch up with old friends and colleagues, meet and network with new people, and gain some continuing education credits.

All while it feels like 90 degrees outside with 90% humidity.

I’m excited to participate in the conference as a blogger and here’s my dispatch for day one:

June 23, 2014