August 8th, 2012

Hiring Australians? Then You Should Take a Look at the E-3 Visas

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By Jessica T. Cook U.S. employers wishing to hire a foreign worker who is an Australian citizen should consider the E-3 visa category. The E-3 visa category is only available for Australian citizens, and the E-3 visa permits Australian citizens to work in the U.S. in “specialty occupations” on a temporary basis. Specialty…

What Do Dead Horses Have To Do With Management Strategy?

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Companies have all kinds of ways to react to bad business situations — blame others in the company, blame competitors, blame the markets, blame each other, etc. As you will see, denial probably plays the biggest part. You’ve undoubtedly heard the term, “flogging a dead horse.” While the term is generally applied to…

Ask Barb: Conducting Reference Checks

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Dear Barb: It is getting more difficult than ever to conduct reference checks. Do you think we should outsource checking references to a third party provider? Should we just discontinue offering reference checking as a service we provide? I’d also like to know when you conduct reference checks and who conducts them. Irene…

Struggling to Find Hires? Take a Look at the Hidden Talent Pool

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Each month, the U.S. unemployment rate remains stubbornly above 8 percent as companies decry the fact that they have jobs to fill but no one to fill them. While it is true that some of these positions do require specialized skills that not many people have, a good many other job positions could…

Changing Organizational Culture: Do You Do It Top Down or Ground Up?

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The importance of company culture continues to get more and more coverage in the press, in research studies, and an organizational implementation and resources. This pleases me immensely, and yet I’m still concerned when I see articles like this one that focus on adding an executive-level position of culture chief. Done right, this…