Eight Reasons Why Your Resume is Getting Dumped!

In today’s economic climate, the competition is difficult, but your resume should never be.

Why your Resume was DumpedThe resume is the most effective tool to kick-start your job search. Applying for a new job, the best way to get your foot in the door is your resume. It is not difficult to write a powerful resume, but it does take a little attention.

Some facts about resumes, and the way it can affect your career: Continue reading “Eight Reasons Why Your Resume is Getting Dumped!”

Five Issues in Managing Workplace Diversity

Managing diversity in the workplace is not about race, gender or national origins; it is a wide range of ideas and experiences, all which add up to higher productivity and engagement.

Workplace diversity

Workplace diversity is more than just gender or race; it is variety of ideas. Diversity (and the way companies handle diversity) can directly affect performance.

Every person offers something unique to the job, defined by a range of unique experiences, viewpoints and personalities.

To achieve the highest level of efficiency, the human resources professional must learn how to deal with every worker based on his or her situation.

Managing diversity is not about preferential treatment. It starts with awareness and sensitivity to how employees interact, as well as addressing things that could lead to on-the-job conflicts. Continue reading “Five Issues in Managing Workplace Diversity”

Nine Ways to Eliminate Hiring Bias

Hiring bias can negatively affect a company at every level, from senior management on down.

Hiring Bias

When recruiters use emotion in a hiring decision rather than objective facts, it could lead to accusations of hiring bias.

Using “your gut” to select a candidate is simply not the way to get the right talent.

Like cancer, hiring bias could spread through the entire corporate culture—damaging employee morale, efficiency and the company’s reputation.

In 2012, the EEOC received nearly 100,000 cases of discrimination in hiring. This leads to one question: How many more cases of hiring bias are NOT reported?

Nine Ways to Eliminate Hiring Bias: Continue reading “Nine Ways to Eliminate Hiring Bias”

Four Steps to Create Great Managers!

Are brilliant managers born, or are they made? With these four steps, your company can produce great managers!

Best Practices ManagersLike a good employee, highly effective managers can theoretically arise from anywhere, even from the most unlikely places. All they need is the spirit and enthusiasm to respond to the challenge.

Of course, a helping hand from the company would not hurt.

In most companies, new managers have to fend for themselves. Often, senior management wants immediate results and expects new managers to understand the nitty-gritty of the workplace on their own.  They hit the learning curve running, rarely given direction to be useful right off the bat.

Companies can certainly produce exceptional managers, simply by following these four steps: Continue reading “Four Steps to Create Great Managers!”

Firing “At-Will” Employees: How to Protect Yourself

With “at-will” employment, do you actually need a reason to fire someone? The answer is YES!

Firing "At-Will" EmployeesThat is, unless you can guarantee the employee knows exactly why you fired him or her. You must have absolutely no doubt they think their firing was not because of age, sex, religion, national origin and other protected classes.

The “at-will” employment principle means employers can terminate employees without showing cause or even have no reason at all.

However, you had better been sure that you not only had a strong reason, but that it was also lawful and well documented. Defending a charge of violation of an employee’s civil rights, you need to declare a valid reason for your action, as well as proving—in a court of law—that your actions are permitted, true and without prejudice.

When hiring, the last thing on your mind is discipline or termination. However, some employees simply do not work out.

Some things to consider when deciding to terminate (or discipline) an employee, even in an “at-will” situation:

Continue reading “Firing “At-Will” Employees: How to Protect Yourself”

Management Coaching Skills: 3 Ways to Get the Best!

Management coaching is always a challenge, and the most successful managers know it.

Few will argue that an excellent manager is also a good coach; they understand and work with employee strengths, as well as support team members to shore up weaknesses.

Management Coaching Management coaching builds teams and fosters respect, as well as a sense of ownership in the job. It clarifies responsibilities and accountability.

There is no one solution for what makes good management coaching, but various traits combined; they allow managers to respond to the challenge.

Want to brush up on management coaching skills? Start with these three issues:  Continue reading “Management Coaching Skills: 3 Ways to Get the Best!”

Hiring Process Stuck In The Past? 5 Questions to Move it to the Future!

5 Questions to Move Your Hiring Process to the Future!

In the search for new talent, the hiring process in most companies is wedged firmly in the past.

Is your hiring process stuck in the past?For most companies, the hiring process is about yesterday—training and experience—as a way to establish a good fit. They have a problem, and they think someone with a “good past” will solve an immediate need. This imprudence can be a problem.

No matter how “innovative” companies believe they are, in the hiring process, they become frighteningly shortsighted. They only concentrate on a narrow range of qualifications, as opposed to using the hiring process to look for people with the potential to grow into the job.

The hiring process in any company must include non-quantifiable traits. They should include potential, ability to learn and a capacity to contribute to the company’s business goals.

This change in attitude the hiring process out of the past, transforming it into what an employee will be in the future!  A good candidate is not as much about his or her past, but also what they can do in one, five or ten years from now.

Five questions to add to your hiring process. They will change how you look at past events into a view of the possibility for the future: Continue reading “Hiring Process Stuck In The Past? 5 Questions to Move it to the Future!”