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What Qualities and Skills Should Your University Relations Team Possess?



When talent acquisition leaders select their own recruitment team members who will fill their organization’s entry-level roles, what kind of people should they look for? Specifically, given generational changes and changes to HR technology, do you know what qualities will serve your college or campus recruiters best? I spoke with Paula Harvey, who is VP of Human Resources at Schulte Building Systems. In addition to championing strategic, fun, and global HR, she is Board Director at the SHRM Foundation, and was selected to be an official SHRM 2018 blogger. She gave her...


A #SHRM18 Interview with Lyle Hanna



I’ve known Lyle Hanna for most of the 20 years that I have been a card-carrying SHRM member. He has been such an inspiration to me, especially for his volunteer work with the SHRM Foundation. Lyle has had a long glorious career in Human Resources that spans almost 40 years. He must have been a teenager when he started in HR!

Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to meet Lyle at the conference. He has a wonderful sense of humor and is so down-to-earth. He cares deeply about helping...


My Fifth SHRM Annual - #SHRM18



So people keep asking me this question: "Why am I geeked about #SHRM18?"

Here's what on top of my mind now as I'm preparing for my fifth time at a SHRM Annual Conference.

  1. SHRM12 opened out the world of possibilities to me when I managed to combine it with my annual visit to connect to work related matters with Arbitron (now Nielsen Audio) - I had blogged about it then - here is the first post written excitedly as I
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The Journey to #SHRM18: Unlearn What You Have Learned


In just a few short days, many of us will have the opportunity to attend the 2018 Annual SHRM Conference and Exposition to gain new insights and wisdom, while creating unforgettable memories and everlasting friendships. It seems there are so many conferences from different organizations competing for our travel dollars lately; I can tell you that #SHRM18 promises to be an event worthy of both your time and investment. From Chicago, we’ll all have the chance to truly expand our world.

In my initial post as a member of the...


#Nextchat RECAP: Resumes that Stand Out and Break Through

On June 6, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Amanda Brunson, MHR, SHRM-CP, HR generalist at R W Block Consulting, Inc. and a 2018 SHRM Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) member (@amanda_b_mhr), and other members of the 2018 SHRM YPAC about Resumes that Stand Out and Break Through.

If you missed this excellent chat filled with tips and advice for all, you can read all the tweets here:




Jon & Wendy Talk to #SHRM18 Blogger Mary Williams


We're joined by SHRM18 Blogger Mary Williams, Vice President of Operations and Human Resources with Clear Digital Media/ClearSounds Communications in Naperville, IL.  We talk about Mary's experience as a "Department of One" and Jon pulls a connection to her favorite TV show. 

Mary's recommendations:

How to reach Mary:






Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Paula Harvey



Meet the #SHRM18 Bloggers –  Paula Harvey @Paula4Harvey

Today's guest is Paula Harvey, , MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, ASC is the VP of Human Resources & Safety for Schulte Building Systems in Hockley, TX.


Leading up to #SHRM18, Michael VanDervort will be doing a series of shows featuring the #SHRM18 Blog Squad. The bloggers are HR professionals who give time and energy towards helping educate the HR profession and the business world...


SHRM18: Four Speakers #HR Can’t Miss If You Care About Re-Skilling Yourself



Executives - I’m looking especially at you.  You nerds. 

If you know me, You know I’ve had the pleasure of attending a lot of conferences.  I speak at them, cover them and learn from them.  I’m a nerd.  In that light, I am beating the drum loudly to leaders and HR pros -- especially corporate executives, that you better “start re-skilling”.  For some reason, executives, and I’ve been one so I know what I’m talking about, seem to sense they don’t need development.  Or if they do, they just don’t...


The Impact of Bullying in Organizations: A Conversation with #SHRM18 Speaker Catherine Mattice



A positive workplace culture can make all the difference.

But what if your organization isn’t quite there yet? What if you are working within a culture of incivility, one that tolerates bullying? What are you up against?

In this post, we continue our conversation with Catherine Mattice, president of Civility Partners LLC and speaker at the upcoming 2018 SHRM Annual Conference (#SHRM18). Here she shares her thoughts on the damage that bullying causes within organizations and the to the people who work...


The Inspiring Story of a Family Business


Growing up in a household where business and family were one, Cal Turner Jr. learned a lot from his dad. Turner served for 37 years as CEO of Dollar General, the company founded by his father and grandfather. His book, My Father's Business (Center Street, 2018), co-written with Rob Simbeck, shares how the small-town values with which he was raised helped him guide Dollar General from a family business to a professionally managed public corporation with more than 14,000 stores today.

He recently spoke to the HR Magazine Book...