We Know Next Weekly Recap: April 2nd-6th

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

According to a LinkedIn poll conducted with more than 7,000 individuals in late February and early March 2012, 84% of people on LinkedIn worldwide believe in career luck, with nearly half feeling lucky in their careers.

Transformational leaders admit weaknesses and face them openly. Terrible leaders think they have nothing to learn and that any shortfalls are the result of others’ shortcomings or circumstances beyond control. All leaders are sometimes blind to their shortcomings, yet there are sentiments that signal that it’s time to develop better leadership skills and rethink management strategies.

The construction, mining, oil and gas industries appear to be stabilizing following the recession and have begun hiring again, according to continuing research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). But skill deficiencies might be making it harder to re-staff, particularly for positions that traditionally have been hard to fill, SHRM’s polling results show.

Finding that right match between employer and candidate is what it’s all about. A 2012 Forbes article highlighted how some organizations are requiring prospects for high-level positions to do more than answer interview questions. Candidates might have to give presentations, create a product, perform market research, answer high-level thinking questions and more. Welcome to the new world of nontraditional candidate screening.

On April 4th, #NextChat invited John Bell (@JohnRichardBell), former CEO of coffee/confectioner Jacobs Suchard, now a part of Kraft, to lead a dicussion on if HR is ready to become a part of the C-Suite. Check out some of the insightful discussion's highlights here. 

According to the SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) Report for April 2012, the rate of job growth will fall short of levels reached last year, yet hiring in the manufacturing and service sectors will continue in April. 

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