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Your Career Q&A: Social Media and Networking Tips for Job-Seeking Introverts



Social media can be the key to landing a job. Best-selling author Martin Yate, a career coach and former HR professional, takes your questions each week about how to further your career in HR. Contact him at the e-mail address at the end of this column.

I'm one of three HR administrators for a small college in New England. Though I like my job and co-workers and have earned excellent performance reviews over the last 10 years, I'm ready to take on the challenges of a new job in HR....


The Digital World of HR Innovation



How do you go about innovating new solutions within your organisation (or the organisations you work with)? Recently I’ve had some great discussions on this issue, as the impact of global ways of working further permeates into our every day.

When innovating, tailoring a solution to your own organisation’s unique set of challenges and its context is critical, along with scanning the newest research and seeing how your competitors, or innovative organisations are solving similar issues.

Gathering intelligence from what other organisations are doing used to look like:

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Virtual Reality Gives Job Candidates a Vivid Big Picture


You're piloting a 37-foot-long boat on a river deep in enemy territory. Your mission: Extract a Navy SEAL team pinned down by gunfire. Your craft can cruise at over 45 miles per hour, but the noise might alert the enemy to your approach. With 360-degree vision, you notice fellow sailors around you tightening grips on weapons. Night begins to fall. And you have less than 10 minutes to save the day.

It's only a virtual reality (VR) simulation of a Navy mission, but for many who don the special...


Data and the Employer Brand



Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, oh my! The race for creating and cultivating the best employer brand is in full effect. Content has long been regarded as king and while that is true, it has to go hand in hand with the raw data. If your efforts across the candidate points of influence are not aligned to hiring priorities, business objectives, candidate behaviors, etc. your editorial strategy will hold little weight when it comes time to evaluate the bottom line.

Data Informed Decision Making

Before setting your sights on certain...


An Alternative to Voluntary Retirement Programs



Under federal and state laws (most or all), employers can have voluntary retirement programs. Of course, there is much litigation on whether and when an employee’s decision to retire is truly voluntary.

However, even if there is no pressure placed on an employee, think about the message that the program sends and/or likely will be heard as sending: we want to get rid of mature employees. This places “age in the air” and can be used to argue age bias when an older employee later is discharged or laid off...


Role of Data in Talent Mobility

With the rise of the Internet and disruptive technologies that are now shaping and reshaping the world, big data has revolutionized the competitive world. No longer is data just for the academics and research institutions, but now sports teams, political campaigns, the government and businesses are all buying into the world of big data.

At CFGI’s 2017 Symposium, Fragomen Worldwide speakers exposed the role of big data in business immigration by sharing best practices of integrating big data in decision-making.


“Have you guys realized that when we fell in love...


Workforce Planning for 2017



Moments after stepping off the plane from New Orleans I headed into San Francisco to present at the Northern California Human Resources Association's Compensation Conference.

After a week of interacting with 10's of thousands of HR Professionals, a few questions remained:

1. Why aren't things changing at a more expedient rate?

2. What is something new we can do that will actually work?

I left SHRM17 with a mission to help organization find their Utopian Employee Experience.

... The concept was immediately applied at NCHRA's Compensation Conference. ...


#Nextchat: Advice for the Next Generation of HR



Ready or not—here they come! Graduates of the Class of 2017 are ready to enter the workforce and will be preparing to start their careers over the next several months.

Many new graduates have chosen to pursue a career in human resources, one of The Best 11 Jobs in America for 2017, and have questions about what they can expect and what it will take to achieve success in their new roles.

Tips and advice from other practicing HR professionals—at all career levels—are always helpful to ensure a smooth transition....


5 Unique Interview Questions Every Recruiter Should Ask

Interviewing to discover who will succeed in your organization is a crucial component to hiring well. Many candidates will have the skills and qualifications you are looking for, but only a few will be the right fit.
Discovering whether they are the right fit during the interview process can be difficult. You need to figure out whether a candidate has the abstract qualities that will help him or her succeed in the culture of your organization. One way to do this in the interview process is to focus on...

The Power of People – Making HR Analytics Simple and Human


Dr. Woody: What is the essence of The Power of People? Who is this book for and why did you write it?

Sheri Feinzig: We had two main audiences in mind: HR leaders and business executives. For both audiences, we wanted a book that was practical and easy to understand. For HR professionals, one of our goals was to help them realize that an analytical approach to HR is very much within their reach, and that by embracing analytics they will be able to bring exponentially...