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When conducted as part of a robust, ongoing performance management system, employee performance reviews are highly successful business tools. Employees want and need to know how they’re doing – and reviews keep them engaged and informed. Ultimately, this leads to enhanced loyalty, retention and productivity. There’s no doubt that reviews need to be done –… Read more »

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Finding work isn’t always easy. Whether you’ve been unemployed for a while now or aren’t satisfied with your current position, the job search process can be trying. The stress of looking for work can take a toll on even the most talented employees, causing them to act a bit desperate, which never impresses a hiring… Read more »

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Finding the right talent is one of the greatest challenges employers face today. The time and energy put into building a robust talent pipeline now will have a direct impact on the success of your organization for years to come. So, don’t just hire to fill open positions. Instead, recruit for tomorrow today. An Investment… Read more »

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If you’re working at a contract job that you really enjoy, don’t automatically assume the position has an expiration date. Many companies take on contract workers to test them out before making a full-time hiring decision. It’s important to make a great impression on the hiring manager, so they can’t imagine having you leave the… Read more »

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“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” (Peter F. Drucker) When the right hire will make a world of difference ( and when doesn’t it?) it’s worth the extra effort to carefully observe candidates’ behavior from the time they walk in the door for their interview until they pull out of… Read more »

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An informational interview is one of the most powerful tools you can use as you explore your future career options. Often, the best information regarding companies or industries is not available online or in print. Rather, it comes from veterans already working in the field. Don’t confuse an informational interview with an actual job interview… Read more »

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An employee who relates to your company culture will be happy and at home within your organization – which ultimately means greater job satisfaction, performance and loyalty. As noted by author Jim Stengel, “Nothing unites and motivates people’s actions as strongly as ideals.” An employee-employer cultural match is the perfect formula for success going forward…. Read more »

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An organization that values its employees and is committed to providing opportunities for them to grow is the ideal place for a mentoring program. Mentorships are relationships between two employees, formed for the goal of personal and professional development. The mentor is generally a more experienced individual who shares knowledge, advice and guidance with a… Read more »

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As a busy manager, you can’t afford to waste time weeding through one unqualified candidate resume after another. You can cut through this clutter and limit your selection process to fewer individuals who are better qualified for your position using a current, well-developed job description (or JD). The end result will be not only finding… Read more »

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It can be challenging ─ if not impossible ─ to find the best person for the job when you need them the most. When you’re trying to hire someone fast, you don’t always end up choosing the ideal candidate, as you’re all too eager just to find a person with adequate qualifications to fill the… Read more »