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What is Web 2.0 and how will it change recruiting?

I don’t know. Okay, that is a lie. Fittingly enough, Wikipedia sums up the Web 2.0 question pretty nicely (itself, of course, being part of web 2.0). If you don’t feel like reading through that, I believe that the two bedrock principles of web 2.0 are collaboration through technology and using the web as a […]

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Would you hire a quitter as your CEO?

I hope there is more to this story than what has been publicized. The current Bank of America CFO is quitting due to regulatory burdens. Bank of America doesn’t have any additional regulatory burdens compared to its major competitors. He also seemed to complain that the CFO doesn’t get the glory like the CEO and […]

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Balance between HR and Recruiting

There is a fine line to be drawn between HR and recruiting and quite a bit has been discussed regarding these two. Some have said they should be separated and I think I can understand that. Recruiting can often be part of the brand experience of a company, it can be marketing and it can […]

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Terrible Job Ads

There is one employment agency in town that runs some terrible advertisements for employment and I thought I should share with you. I am not going to share the name or location but I don’t think it really matters. Ugh: Exuberant HVAC Service Technician GOING FAST SERVICE TECHNICIANS! Clean driving record one minor infration ok […]

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Feeling locked into your current role?

Most companies take a stance where they want to promote from within. If you are with such a company and you feel trapped in your current role (maybe you’ve been overlooked for several promotions, etc…), here are a few things that can help you out. 1. Go beyond your job. As I pointed out earlier, […]

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When to Shut Your Mouth

Whenever I ran cross country, my coach always used to tell me, “If you’re thirsty, it’s too late. You’re already dehydrated and you won’t get rehydrated until you stop running.” The same sort of thing happens when you run your mouth in an interview. If you think you’ve been talking a lot, you’ve been talking […]

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Worst ways to get fired

Here are some of the worst ways to be fired. There are some interesting points to be made here but here is the meat of the criticism: Strategy 1: It can be extremely taxing to ruin people’s day face to face, so create a little breathing room. Besides e-mail, companies have been known to fire […]

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Online persona killing your future?

Probably not. Oh don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen the statistics. Nearly half of employers googled a candidate in the last year and a third made a decision based on that. It is awful to think of those poor people who were disregarded because of some drunken photos on MySpace. As a disclaimer, I have […]

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Self-management 101

Whenever you go to college and you talk about business and management philosophy, a resounding theme comes up. It is a theme about businesses taking responsibility for poor policy. Whenever your employees aren’t reaching their full potential, you should be looking at your organization, its structure and how well you are communicating expectations to employees. […]

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I fought the law and the law won

While many of the HR people I know in the field are very principled people but one thing where that changes is in regards to the law, specifically employment law. Litigation avoidance is one of the main assumptions most people in my field make about their employers. And not to get too political on you […]