Onboarding Tips for Managers

Every once in a while I share things here that I’ve put out to our managers. Why? Because I know that many of you struggle with getting your managers on board in some areas, too! The message below is one that I recently passed to our supervisors in order to help them understand the end of the recruiting process.
I see this as a critical juncture, because as the in-house corporate recruiter, I’ve developed a rapport with the candidate and have their trust; however, to ensure that the working relationship goes smoothly, I have to transition them into the...

5 Things You Must Bring to a Networking Event

The most common mantra heard from job search experts around the globe is network, network, network. Job seekers everywhere are given advice over and over about the power and necessity of networking. And I certainly do not disagree. Networking, like so many other things, can be a very powerful piece of a job search strategy. But what do you do at networking events? How do you go about ensuring that you are leaving a lasting impression? I’ve compiled a short list of things you must have at a networking event to be able to work the room properly.

Business Cards Every...


Eight Things NOT To Do at #SHRM13

Advice has already starting flowing in about what to do while in Chicago for the big event.  In case you missed it: China Gorman provides some excellent advice about maximizing your SHRM Conference experienceJessica Miller-Merrill provides you with the top 10 things to do while you are in Chicago and not going to the conference.  Trish McFarlane has brought back her 10 Conference Commandments.

This will not one of those posts.

I will be attending my 13th SHRM Annual Conference, and below I, instead, will provide you, based on my years of experience, the things you do NOT want to do while...


A Look Back Into SHRM Conferences

I wanted to research all the posts I had written from the last two SHRM Conferences I've attended and see what I could come up with. I found some pretty cool stuff.
For those of you that don't know, I've been privileged to be a part of the Blogging/Press team for the past two years as well as a regular monthly contributor here at WeKnowNext.
I'm also stoked I'm allowed to go back this year's Conference right here in my back yard (Chicago) and look forward to sharing those happenings for the next few weeks over...

#Nextchat: Is there Still a Place for Bold, Top-Down Leadership?

In a recent New York Times article “Tough Guys Rule for a Reason,” Alan Goldman argues that “Aggressive, bold, top-down leadership directly associated with the male animal may be under attack but it is still quite effective,” and that “despite current attempts at demonizing old school male behavior, it continues to rule.”

Under Steve Jobs' leadership, Apple became the most valuable corporation on the face of the earth. This colossal achievement helped establish Jobs as the greatest CEO of our time. Was Steve Jobs also the greatest leader of our time? He certainly had a broad following...


5 Questions to Guide Global Succession Plans

Assigning someone to a global role who is unprepared or disinterested in it can have long-term effects on both the individual and the company.  From an individual standpoint, the manager and his or her family will struggle.  In our research with more than 17,000 managers and leaders around the world, we have heard countless first-hand accounts of how these struggles have led to unhappiness, stress, and conflict in the workplace.  This is because people who are not prepared to engage with new people and new environments demonstrate this very quickly through their words, body language, and expressions.  Local employees...


Maximizing Your SHRM Annual Conference Experience

A few weeks from now you will grab your favorite travel accessories in preparation for the 65th annual Society of Human Resource Management Annual Conference. I’m sure you are bursting with excitement to get to Chicago to learn, network, and build your strategic toolbox. By the time you return from the Windy City many of you will be recertified or adding a letter to your post name credentials. Whether it’s your first SHRM conference experience or your 65th, maximizing your time is essential. So on behalf of the #SHRM13 social media team; allow me to be the first to welcome...


Recognize Right!

"My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people." – Steve Jobs

When it comes to recognizing employees an either/or scenario is often presented: “Should we recognize only our top performers, or should we recognize all of our employees?” The answer is both…and more.

Workforce dynamics are evolving with whiplash intensity....