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Five Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting the Job


Do you ever feel like your job applications have gone into a black hole? If so, you’re not alone. It’s frustrating not to hear back from a prospective employer. However, for employers, it is frustrating to sort through numerous applications in the hopes of finding a needle in a haystack: the candidate who best fits their needs.

The good news is the job seeker can help expedite this process, producing better results for everyone. Once you’ve identified a job to apply for, your main goal should be to make it clear...


HR Technology Q & A with Jason Lauritsen

The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference takes place October 10-13 in Las Vegas.  As a 2017 HR Technology Conference Insiders Blogger, I interviewed several human resources and technology experts to get their perspective on how technology and trends are impacting the HR profession. 

Jason Lauritsen a keynote speaker, author, and advisor. He is an employee engagement and workplace culture expert who will challenge you to think differently. A former corporate Human Resources executive, Jason has dedicated...


#Nextchat: Workplace Investigations



“The phone rings and before you finish saying ‘hello,’ the chief compliance officer of a Fortune 20 client is quickly relaying to you that an accounting manager has just filed an internal complaint of sexual harassment against the chief financial officer (CFO). In addition to the harassment charge (which includes transcripts of voicemails of the CFO making lewd and suggestive comments), the manager also accuses the CFO of filing false expense reports. As if that isn’t enough, the manager also alleges that in-house counsel, the CFO and one board member...


To Win the War for Talent: Do this One Thing for your Next Game-Changing Hire

I’ve interviewed and hired for every level of talent in my career; from individual contributor to C-level leaders for Fortune 500 companies.  Quite simply, I’ve seen a lot of resumes and had a lifetime worth of phone screens and big hires.  I’ve made a point to take the knowledge that led to those blue chip hires and pass it along to the next generation through talent acquisition team’s I’ve managed and in mentorship.  There’s one essential piece of advice I’d like to share for your next big hire.  ...

Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat: Reasonable Accommodations under the ADA

Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat: Reasonable Accommodations under the ADA

Employers: Compassion is Key



Back in April, right here in this space, I advised small employers against making loans or “advances” for employees.

Then Irma happened.  So now I’m re-thinking all that.

I’m sure every single Floridian was affected by this storm: we either evacuated, lost power or know someone who did.  We all worried and feared for others as the track kept changing.

Now we are all dealing with the aftermath.  People are having to spend more on food and fuel, and many employees are looking at real damage, not all of...


SHRM Connect: Mental Health Issues in the Workplace - What Would You Do?

SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions.  

The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.
While some of the conversations take on a more serious tone, others will deliver a bit of comic relief -- and on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes...

A Dose of People Wisdom from Peter Drucker

Often people are hired for the wrong reasons. Hiring managers seek to minimize weaknesses rather than maximizing strengths. That is not the formula for success in hiring, according to Peter Drucker. From his book The Effective Executive, as quoted in The Daily Drucker, “Effective executives make strength productive. They fill positions and promote based upon what a person can do- not to minimize weakness but to maximize strength.” There is danger in that approach.
Drucker points out that “Strong people always have strong weaknesses.” Avoiding these weaknesses...