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Best Practices for Applicant and Interview Follow-Up

Best Practices for Applicant and Interview Follow-Up

February 1, 2018

Today most job candidates know that a “thank you” note after an interview is virtually an expectation. But should that note be hard copy, electronic or both? Who should it be sent to? What should it say? What other steps should candidates take—and are there things they should not do? Here’s what HR pros, recruiters […]

Outsmarting Electronic Application Systems

January 12, 2018

While applicant tracking systems (ATS) provide great value for HR professionals and hiring managers, particularly when faced with a large number of applicants for a wide range of positions, there is one big potential downfall—for both organizations and the individuals hoping to work for them. Because the systems are based on algorithms, rather than personal […]

Making the Most of MOOCs for Employee Development

January 2, 2018

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) first began gaining traction in 2011, with high profile educators like MIT and Harvard, as well as new entrants like Coursera and edX, entering the marketplace. These online courses, some available at no charge, could represent opportunities for employee development, but there are pros and cons, as well as best […]

Best Practices in Reducing Time to Hire

December 4, 2017

As the economic downturn of 2008 becomes a distant memory, a growing number of employers are finding that the tide is turning when it comes to competing for talent. It wasn’t that long ago when employers became relatively complacent from a hiring standpoint—it was an employer’s market. But all of that is changing as baby […]

How to Keep Communication Channels Open When Working Remotely

October 27, 2017

According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, the number people working at home has risen by 115 percent since 2005; that’s almost 10 times faster than growth in other sectors. And, this number doesn’t take into account those who are self-employed. It’s not unusual for IT pros to work remotely, or virtually. When they do, and especially for those […]

Warning Signs That a Job May Not Be Right for You

October 10, 2017

Over the years Amazon has taken some heat for its “terrible” culture stemming back to 2015 and a blistering piece in The New York Times. But whether the culture is terrible, or not, is really a matter of perception and personal opinion. The determination of whether a corporate culture is effective, or not (and effective […]

The Impact of Office Layout on Productivity and Engagement

September 22, 2017

Noise, distractions, lack of personal space and potential impacts on productivity are just a few of the unintended impacts that office layout choices may raise. While open office environments have been popular, a recent Gallup report suggests that most employees prefer to have a place to call their own. What office space decisions may serve to hinder—or, […]

Older Workers On the Rise: Benefits and Potential Drawbacks

August 23, 2017

The baby boomer generation has had a significant impact on society—and the workforce. That impact is predicted to continue. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, while only 11.9 percent of the labor force was 55 years or older in 1990, that percentage will increase to 25.2 percent in 2020. Many Americans are choosing […]

Employees and Social Media: Best Practices for Employers

August 14, 2017

Social media tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and others, can be great tools for employees to use for learning and communication. The same is true of employers. But both sides need to know some important do’s and don’ts for leveraging social media channels effectively. Rapid Adoption According to an infoplease timeline, Friendster, the first […]

Taking a Marketing Approach to Attracting Talent

June 27, 2017

In many organizations, the marketing and HR functions operate independently—HR focused primarily on internal communications with employees and marketing focused primarily on external communications with consumer and business audiences that include both prospects and customers. In some organizations, though, these two groups have teamed up to combine their expertise to boost overall communication effectiveness, internally […]

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