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10+ Things that men can learn from attending Grace Hopper's Women in Computing Conference

On October 3-6 2012, several thousand gathered in Baltimore, Maryland at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.  The conference -- one of the initiatives of the Anita Borg Institute -- is the largest technical conference for women in computing in the world and results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for junior women and increased visibility for the contributions of top technical women and researchers in computing.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of...

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#NEXTCHAT: How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling Without Getting Cut

As we all know, the glass ceiling is the invisible and sometimes impenetrable barrier that prevents women of talent from rising as high as men of equal talent.  While we undeniably have made progress as a society, men still have disproportionate power at the top in most organizations.

When I have described glass ceiling issues, I have had some men dismiss them because they’ve never experienced them. I have never experienced labor pains, but I would be a fool to dismiss their existence simply because I never have experienced them.

A lot has been written on...

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How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling Without Getting Cut

As we all know, the glass ceiling is the invisible and sometimes impenetrable barrier that prevents women of talent from rising as high as men of equal talent.  While we undeniably have made progress as a society, men still have disproportionate power at the top in most organizations.

When I have described glass ceiling issues, I have had some men dismiss the issues because they have never have experienced them. I have never experienced labor pains, but I would be a fool to dismiss their existence simply because I never have experienced them.

A lot has been...

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Are U.S. Companies Using Elections as Scapegoats for Hiring Plans?

Politicians, pundits and job market experts alike frequently cite “uncertainty” as a root cause for weak hiring.

Yes, employers are uncertain about the U.S. economy. They’re also skittish about future tax policy, government spending, oil prices, the Middle East, China’s reduced rate of growth and just about any other aspect of domestic and global affairs that can affect their business. The upcoming presidential election just adds to the anxiety.

In the coming weeks, you’ll probably hear a lot of employers say they’re “waiting to see what happens after the election” before they solidify any hiring—or downsizing—plans.

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#NEXTCHAT RECAP: The Internship Imperative

On October 3, We Know Next chatted with Internmatch Co-Founder Nathan Parcells about "The Internship Imperative." 

Did you know that close to 70 percent of all interns are being offered full-time jobs?  What is your organization doing to attract the highest quality interns?

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat: 

 

 

 

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46% of Managers Believe Employees Misuse Social Media & Work Technology

The Importance of Workplace Technology and Internal Collaboration

There is no denying that social media and mobile technology has changed work.  It’s certainly changed the way we engage, innovate and collaborate internally as well as externally.  Add in the growing millenial workforce who are flexible and technology savvy in direct contrast to their Boomer bosses, and you have one conflicted and crowded workplace.  Earlier this year, I wrote an article for J. Wiley & Son’s Employment Relations Today Journal about how these new technologies are not only impacting your workplace but companies human resources teams and human capital...

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Even Incredibly Simple Questions Lead to Mentoring (especially when you're changing the world)

Forbes published an article in August 2012 entitled "Three Incredibly Simple Questions the Most Successful People Use to Change the World" written by Mike Maddock.

Of course I was intrigued. In this day of 140-character tweets, drive-through windows, and instant text messages, I knew the answer would be brilliant in its robust simplicity. And I was not disappointed.

3 Simple Questions to Change the World:

Question Number 1: What's the outcome I want?

Question Number 2: What stands in my way?

Questions Number 3: Who has figured it out already?

Followers vs....

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SHRM: October LINE Report

In October, for the third consecutive month, more HR professionals in the manufacturing and service sectors say their organizations will be hiring compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for October 2012.  Hiring rate will increase slightly in October. 
 
More than one out of three manufacturers (34.6 percent) and service-sector companies (33.9 percent) will add jobs in October. The layoff rate will rise in manufacturing and fall in services in October compared with a year ago.
 
Recruiting...
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3 Small Steps for a CEO, One Giant Leap for Leadership & Culture

CEOs by nature are time-starved species.  Critical to their success and that of their organization is how they carve up the hours on the clock. Those who invest their time advancing their company’s business model or seeking a new one are adding value to their organizations.  ‘Advancing the model’ is just another way of saying improving or fortifying the company’s competitive advantage.

Differentiation holds the key to competitive success. CEOs that understand and appreciate the notion are intensely passionate about innovation as the means to this end. They spearhead innovation by ensuring their organization’s cultural norm is continuous...

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#NEXTCHAT: The Internship Imperative

Hiring interns is an essential part of building a diverse and talented work force.  By allowing you to try young talent before you buy, internships are a uniquely powerful tool for companies to discover new grad hires who fit their unique office culture and skill needs.  Currently, converting interns into full-time hires has become the number one way in which new grads are hired, with close to 70 percent of interns being offered full-time roles!

However, the world of attracting and hiring the right interns is changing rapidly and becoming far more competitive.  Students are starting to intern younger,...

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