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Soft Skills Are Key to Making the Best Hiring Decisions

This post has been contributed by Ray Bixler, CEO of SkillSurvey. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Earlier this year, Wal-Mart announced that it would soon begin paying its workers at least $9 per hour. Target did the same. McDonald’s soon followed suit, saying it would boost its minimum wage. As major companies
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8 Reasons Why Working from Home is a Win-Win

This post has been contributed by Kevin Sheridan, keynote speaker and author. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Is your management team wrestling with the decision to let people work from home (WFH)? It can be a big change, but a positive and necessary one. Increasingly, people are viewing “work” as something
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Building a One-Size-Fits-All Competency Model

This post has been contributed by Edward J. Cripe, President, Workitect, Inc. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. In the one-size-fits-all approach, a competency model is developed for a broadly defined set of jobs that may have very different responsibilities and knowledge requirements. Most often, the competency model is developed for one level
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My Silo or Yours!

This post has been contributed by William A. Schiemann, CEO, Metrus Institute. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Have you ever worked in an organization in which different departments or divisions didn’t begin to build silos?   Most likely not.  Let’s explore the root causes of such silos and ideas for breaking them down.
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Six Practical Considerations before Building Competency Models – Part 2

This post has been contributed by Edward J. Cripe, President of Workitect, Inc. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us.   This is part two of a two-part series on building competency models by Edward J. Cripe. The first post can be found here.  Continuing in the six steps for building competency models: 4.  Choose “one-size-fits-all”
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Six Practical Considerations before Building Competency Models – Part 1

This post has been contributed by Edward J. Cripe, President of Workitect, Inc. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. This is part one of a two part series on building competency models by Edward J. Cripe. The second post can be found here.  Job competency models describe what superior performers actually do on a job
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Alignment: Often desired—seldom achieved

This post has been contributed by William A. Schiemann, CEO, Metrus Institute. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. When John Lingle and I, a decade ago, wrote our book Bullseye:  Hitting Your Strategic Targets, we were addressing an age-old, but growing concern—Alignment.  Today, CEOs continue to lament “How can I align the
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Are 100% of Your Employees Engaged?

This post has been contributed by William A. Schiemann, CEO, Metrus Institute. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Chances are that you are far from having most employees engaged.  Gallup, Hewitt, Towers-Watson, and others have reported figures indicating that as many as 60% of employees are disengaged. The Metrus Institute does not
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What We Can Expect From the Recruitment Industry in 2015

This post has been contributed by Jeanne MacDonald, President, Global Talent Solutions, Futurestep. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us.  As the economy strengthened in 2014, businesses focused on allocating greater resources to manage their workforces. While rebuilding and expanding is on the corporate agenda, organizations are increasingly focused on the quality of hires over
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Back to Basics: 5 Non-Trendy Things Employees Really Want

This post has been contributed by Katherine Sliter, Talent Measurement Consultant at PAN. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. It seems that in the HR profession, we are in a continual state of jumping on and off bandwagons, all of which are supposed to help us do one thing: retain top talent. As usual,
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Social Good: The New Brand Differentiator

This post has been contributed by Sean Storin, the CEO and Co-Founder of OneDegree.com. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. In 2006, a man named Blake Mycoskie befriended children in an Argentinean village and saw that they didn’t have adequate shoes with which to protect their feet. Called to action, Mycoskie founded TOMS, a
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Culture is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year – For Good Reason

This post has been contributed by Kevin Sheridan, the Chief Engagement Officer of Kevin Sheridan LLC. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Largely due to its tracking of which words were looked up the most during 2014, Merriam-Webster chose “culture” as its Word of the Year.  While “culture” had one of the largest spikes in
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Bringing Sexy Back: Benefits of Sales Experience to Millennials

This post has been contributed by Matthew McDonnell, the Head of Content at LifeGuides.me. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Bringing Sexy Back:  How can corporate recruiters better convey the benefits of sales experience to millennials? Demand for junior salespeople has never been higher.  Yet despite the generous compensation and rapid career advancement sales
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“If They Just Knew Me, They’d Hire Me!”- Creating and Marketing your Personal Brand

This post has been contributed by Sean Storin, the CEO and Co-Founder of OneDegree.com. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Anyone who has been in a transition or searched for a job has possibly murmured these words: “if they just knew me, they’d hire me.” There is a lot of truth to that statement.
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“The Career Genome Project”

This post has been contributed by Sean Storin, the CEO and Co-Founder of OneDegree.com. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. The last several years have seen astonishing advances in the digitization of processes previously thought too complicated to compute. Take dating: today, there are dozens of websites that connect partner-seeking individuals to each other
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From College to Career: Attracting Next Gen Leaders

This post has been contributed by Trish Healy, the VP of RPO Operations  with FutureStep. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us.   For many organizations, creating and growing their future leaders is a top priority in their talent management strategies.  The challenge is not just about attracting graduates – it’s about attracting the
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4 reasons that make a compelling case for 360 degree feedback

This post has been contributed by Ben Egan, a consultant  with ETS. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. 360-degree feedback (or multi-rater feedback) has long been a favoured management or leadership development tool. But, at a time when HR and L&D teams need to fight for every dollar, pound, or euro in their budget, is
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How Aligned is Your Organization?

This post has been contributed by William A. Schiemann, the CEO  of Metrus Institute. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. When I interview CEOs and other C-Suite executives, one of the first words out of their mouths is “alignment.” It continues to amaze me how important and frequently-mentioned alignment is, but how seldom senior leaders
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Hiring Smarter: Assessing the Situation

This post has been contributed by Kerry Goyette is the owner and president of Aperio Consulting Group. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. How do you go about hiring new employees? Chances are, you review resumes, check references, and conduct traditional interviews. Then, based on those findings, you cross your fingers, roll the
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Internships: Bringing a Farm Team Concept to Corporate America

This post has been contributed by Sean Storin, the CEO and Co-Founder of OneDegree.com. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Baseball games can be long and have ups and downs, but you can be sure every team is focused on having at least one more run than their competitor by the end of the
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4 Alarming Facts About Employee Happiness And What To Do About Them

This post has been contributed by Rob Finnick, content strategist for StackHands. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. There have been numerous studies done regarding employee happiness and how happy employees are more productive and lead to faster revenue growth, but why is it so hard to make (and keep) them happy and
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Why Are Hiring Managers Not More Involved in Hiring?

This post has been contributed by Sean Storin, the CEO and Co-Founder of OneDegree.com. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. Every year, blue chip athletes are recruited to NCAA programs at colleges and universities. Most often the head coach is closely engaged in the process, as they tend to have the most at
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HR at the Movies: Up in the Air

This post has been contributed by Joseph Supple-Turnham, the Marketing Officer at Cezanne HR. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. If making the “congratulations, you got the job” phone call is one of the more rewarding aspects of a job in HR, conducting layoffs is probably the most demoralising. Alas, this the career
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Deficit of Attention Disorder

This post has been contributed by Charlie Allenson, the CIO (Chief Improv Officer) at Improving with Improv®. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. No, this isn’t a medical condition. It’s a work condition. In improv it’s really, really, really, really important to pay attention when somebody else is speaking. For example,
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How Do You Find the Next Tech Great?

This post has been contributed by Samantha Wallace, North American Market Leader, Technology at Futurestep. If you’d like to be a contributor, please contact us. When we think about the “tech greats” of our time, the likes of Microsoft’s Bill Gates or Apple’s Steve Jobs come to mind – leaders who embody innovation, inspire a
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