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Perpetually Vacant No-More: Strategies for Hiring Hard-to-Fill Roles


Indeed recently compiled a list of the best jobs of 2017, based on number of job postings, salary and growth opportunity.  What we found is that technical roles continue to be in high demand -  seven of the top ten jobs are software engineers and developers, with positions in management, healthcare and engineering rounding out the top 25 list.

Many of the technical roles are offering six-figure salaries and an ever-increasing number of job postings. Some of the highest paying positions ranked in the top ten include full stack developers (#1),...


2017 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition Quotables


Nearly 50 human resource and recruiting experts will offer presentations on a wide range of talent acquisition and recruiting topics at the 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition April 24-26 in Chicago.

Some of the concurrent session speakers shared quotes that highlight the focus of their presentations.

Monday, April 24


“Hidden biases shape our world views and can profoundly affect how welcoming and open a workplace is to different people and ideas. These unconscious predispositions color the decisions we make by changing the way we...


Q&A with Jeffery Halter #SHRM17

As part of our coverage of the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition, each of the official bloggers is conducting Q&As with session speakers.  As I scanned the list of speakers, one that caught my attention right away was Jeffrey Tobias Halter, president of strategic consulting company YWomen. His session is titled, “Why Women – The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men.”  As I started to dig around a little about who he is and what he does, I was immediately intrigued.  Jeffrey is a “corporate gender strategist”. Just what exactly is...


“I know I just got here but…”: How to Fearlessly Transition Industries as a Young Professional


As a young professional, we are often thrilled to pieces to secure that first opportunity getting our foot in the door. Unfortunately, honeymoon phases can melt away quickly, leaving you quietly dissatisfied with your industry, work culture, or environment. While one of the beautiful things about human resources is having the freedom to work within a variety of industries, it can take some time to figure out what industries ignite your professional passion and if your current industry leaves you feeling a little more lackluster. Just as some individuals flourish in...


#Nextchat: Entering the Workforce - Ready or Not


Ready or not, here they come.

In just a few months, the Class of 2017 will be taking the full-time leap into the workforce.

Starting a new job can be awkward at any age, but even more so for new graduates—and all new young professionals—who are entering the workforce for the first time.

Whether or not they've had internships or part-time jobs, new graduates and other young professionals are expected to arrive on the first day equipped with basic levels of interpersonal ability, critical thinking skills and professionalism.

Some organizations are...


How to Help Managers Become Can-Do Leaders

Whether you are preparing someone to transition to a supervisor position or coaching a seasoned executive who wants to keep up with his or her field, helping managers learn when and how to take on duties they once might have delegated is a much-needed skill these days.

In our book, Becoming a Can-Do Leader: A Guide for the Busy Manager (Association for Talent Development Press, 2016), we offer advice on how to coach managers to effectively balance their dual roles as "leaders" and "doers." To help reinforce their leadership...


Certify This! The Role of Competency-Based Certification in HR

In recent years, we have heard varying perspectives on certification across a number of professions.[1] In the world of education, certification is the gold seal of approval that you can handle classroom instruction and difficult situations any child can pose. In the realm of accounting, certification is different, serving as a barrier for entry into the profession and guaranteeing a minimum level of competency. 

Volunteering? Isn’t that just for College Students?


By SHRM 2017 Young Professional Council member Jessica Gofforth.

You’ve successfully navigated the transition from New Graduate to Young Professional and you’re wondering what’s next. Here are three reasons why volunteering is extremely beneficial as a young professional:

1)      Networking is Key!

Volunteering connects you with a bunch of people you may not have had a chance to meet otherwise! Whether it’s volunteering for a cause you support or a professional organization (shameless plug for your local SHRM Chapter!), you’re going to meet new people that will...


Building a Customer-Centric Culture: Five Lessons Learned

Disrupt or be disrupted" is Donna Morris's rallying cry. From abolishing Adobe's annual performance reviews to dramatically expanding its family leave policy, she has set the industry agenda while making Adobe a great place to work. In her role as executive vice president of customer and employee experience, she leads the product, customer service and technical support experience for all Adobe products, in addition to all aspects of human resources and the workplace.

Donna sits on the board of directors for the Society for Human Resource Management...


What Your Employees Should Know About Social Security Benefits and Taxes



Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey, and we want to put your employees in control of their finances and future. With the tax filing deadline quickly approaching, everyone needs to make sure all their ducks are in a row before they file. Do your employees know that Social Security benefits may be taxable?

It’s true. About forty percent of people receiving Social Security benefits must pay taxes on some of these benefits, depending on the amount of their taxable income for the year. This includes all monthly...