Beware of that job offer

You’ve finally completed a month’s worth of interviews and have a great job offer but should you accept it?  There could be warning signs that you missed or you could be anxious to get that job with the company of your dreams.   In this tight labor market job candidates have an opportunity to really think about what’s important to them for a successful career. Continue reading

Not seeing good candidates? Blame your recruiter(s)

A client of ours recently complained that she was not interviewing any good candidates for some opening marketing positions within her emarketing group.  When we investigated her company’s hiring process, we found that a lot of very qualified candidates were not making it through the HR process.  HR can be the biggest barrier to finding great candidates so hiring managers need to work very closely with recruiters to ensure that people THEY want are making it through the hiring process. Continue reading

Don’t let your job search define who you are

The latest survey of consumer confidence shows that people think it’s easier to get a job now than anytime in the past 16 years. Some 32.8% of those surveyed in June say jobs are “plentiful,” according to the Conference Board, the privately run publisher of the report. But what about the people who have either given up looking or can’t find the “right” job? Continue reading

Don’t try to fill a position with just qualifications

Too many applicants are sorted strictly by experience and certifications. With so much emphasis on choosing employees who check off all the right boxes, very little attention is paid to how they might actually do the job. It’s a system that’s prone to overlooking many qualified applicants, but today HR is more interested in just finding someone to “just do the job” without thinking “will they do the job really well?” Continue reading

Bad managers are driving employees away

In a study of 7,272 U.S. adults, Gallup found that 50 percent of employees left their job “to get away from their manager to improve their overall life at some point in their career.”  The single biggest decision you make in your job—bigger than all the rest—is who you name manager. When you name the wrong person manager, nothing fixes that bad decision. Not compensation, not benefits—nothing.” Continue reading

Can you trust HR?

Amy had enough.  She was a great employee with a sterling record and had won many awards while employed as a senior associate in the marketing department, but her manager was piling on the work and to make matters worse he was taking credit for her work and blaming her when something went wrong.  Amy documented everything from conversations with her manager to emails she received often after hours and on weekends.  She was confident that going to HR she could lay out a good case of why her manager was incompetent, but she learned that most HR people work for the company, not for the people they employ. Continue reading