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Looking Ahead to the 2014 Job Market

Even the most skeptical economic forecasters have to agree that the U.S. labor market has made strides, albeit small ones, in putting more people back to work in 2013.

Preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that, on average, through October, 186,300 jobs were created each month of this year. That’s up from 172,700 during the January-October time frame in 2012 and an increase from an average of 169,900 during that same period in 2011.

Data from the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment...


The Holiday Tale by the Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai - 2013

Last year, I told you the story about the "Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai." I am retelling the story this year, but with some additional information about what happened not only during the holiday season, but also before and after the holiday season that led to our protagonist’s leaving HR, even if only temporarily. Here we go. Buckle your seat belts....lots of sarcasm ahead.

You walk into your building and you see that holiday decorations are everywhere. You pass by a beautiful pine Christmas tree eloquently decorated. A co-worker responds: “The tree is inappropriate to the workplace.”



Choose Optimism


“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Last week, the human race lost one of its greatest leaders of all time. Almost every country around the world flew their flags at half-mast in remembrance of Nelson Mandela.

To see the global impact of one single person should be inspiring to us all. In his lifelong journey for peace, freedom, and equality, Nelson Mandela captured the essence of the...


Signed, Sealed and Delivered: The Resume

Alison Green (@AskAManager) ran a post the other day called "Resume Paper is Obsolete." 

It got me to thinking about some of the interesting ways that resumes have been presented/submitted to me:

  • Sent via FedEx; receipt signature required
  • As a “book” complete with illustrated cover and bound with plastic binding spines
  • Laminated
  • In a three ring binder with tabbed sections
  • Handwritten on lined paper which was obviously torn from a notebook
  • In a picture frame
  • A copy of a copy of a copy with the distinctive purpled-tinged ink from a mimeograph machine
  • On an index card

And lest you assume...


How To Write The Perfect Resume

The title to this blog post is a bit of a ruse. There is no ‘perfect résumé’. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder, and you never know who’s going to be reviewing your résumé – recruiters, hiring managers, founders, admins, etc. Aiming for a ‘perfect résumé’ is a lost cause.

Like most recruiters, I’ve read thousands of resumes over my career. Some great, some awful. Some memorable, some not. The key (in my mind) to a great résumé is one that’s laid out in an easy to follow chronological order. A format reviewers can scan vertically from the...



"In life there are creators and destroyers, which one are you?"
- George Lucas

Whoever developed the phrase, "ignorance is bliss", may have missed the point entirely. It seems the more knowledge we gain, the more jaded we become. If someone smiles upon us on the street we look at them sideways. It is, indeed, easier to be negative than to brave a life of positivity. With life's pressures enveloping us, we may look upon those with love in their heart as naive. Then, we grow tired of weary and choose to invite others into our perfect world....and things get...


#Nextchat: #HR’s 2013 Performance Review

On December 5, 2012, we hosted a Nextchat titled “HR’s 2012 Performance Review” with special guest Eric B. Meyer, and it was such a hit that we’ve brought it back for an encore presentation. 

Many topics trended in 2013 as the HR profession continued to evolve.

Over the past year, the HR profession increased its use of social media, technology, and analytics to accomplish goals and measure results.  Trends such as employer branding, employee engagement and the candidate experience also gained considerable ground as organizations looked for creative ways to find and keep the best talent. Employment law also trended...


Are You Ready for Google Glass?

It’s small, it weighs very little, and it has the potential to disrupt millions of workplaces.

Google Glass is that cool new toy you’ve been hearing about. A lightweight band worn like regular glasses that features a camera and a small display screen, Glass can take videos, display directions and browse the Internet. It can even be operated by voice command.

Possibilities for workplace benefits are beginning to emerge: Surgeons can get real time data while tending to a patient. Businesses can capture even more data about customers and their buying habits.

But the potential for misuse is enormous. Though...


Helping Remote Employees Maintain Work-Life Balance

To say that today’s employees and job candidates value a company that can provide a strong work-life balance is an understatement. With more flexibility in work schedules and work from home arrangements in greater demand, employers unable or unwilling to meet those expectations will have a hard time keeping their best employees – not to mention, finding new, high-quality talent to replace them. If your company is still behind the curve in providing work-life balance, it should be a top priority for 2014.

In many cases, work-life balance means working remotely. After all, is face time in the office...