Do You Pay Your Interns? Six Questions That Can Help You Decide

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Should I be paying my interns? The short answer – probably. We have seen a number of stories recently about interns suing companies who did not pay them during their internships. It’s safe to assume that as more and more unpaid interns hear about the lawsuits, they could jump on the bandwagon. While…

Sourcing Hacks – Are Your Hiring Managers Overthinking Resumes?

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Does this Sourcing story sound familiar? You conduct a targeted search for non-active prospects, reach out using your favorite medium, and get an excellent response. You cherry pick the best 3-4 that are spot on functionally, and have a terrific initial chat with each. You find all are sharp, strong interpersonally, and possess…

Tech Insights: An App for Something You May Be Totally Excellent At

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Here’s a puzzling business model: A HR tech application to help write job advertisements. It’s puzzling because, surely guys, we must be expert at this already. We’ve been writing job ads for decades and decades, and lots of them, so I’m sure your company has this down to a fine art. Or maybe…

Push Hiring Managers Beyond Their Comfort Zone

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It’s a perennial recruiting challenge: telling managers their expectations aren’t realistic; that they’re asking for a candidate who doesn’t exist; and convincing them that there’s not really a “skills shortage” for the talent they want if they’re open to fantastic non-traditional candidates, work-from-home candidates, active candidates, and so on. The thing is, technology…

The Five Secrets of High-Performance Teams

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“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.” — Joe Paterno, longtime Penn State football coach In business, we both expect and encourage teamwork. Teams understand the importance of working together on goals that align with organizational goals that move the whole organization forward. Most people make serious…

Another Example of Why HR Never Wins the Dress Code Game

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You probably saw this last week when the Internet got all hot and bothered when a 17 year-old girl who worked at JC Penney got sent home for a dress code violation. She tweeted out a picture of herself dressed in JC Penney bought “career” apparel that she was wearing at the time (see…

The Three Big Benefits of a Workplace Mentor Program

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Internal mentor programs are beneficial during the entire employee life cycle. Mentoring facilitates personal and professional growth among the mentor and mentee. The mentor can provide the benefit of experience, while the mentee can bring in fresh ideas to ensure senior executives are up-to-date on the newest business practices and technology. A mentoring…

It’s True: Highly Talented People Can Get Scared at Work, Too

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written about this, and there are so many new followers of this blog (thank you and welcome!), so I wanted to write this short blog because I think it’s really important to share this: Everyone gets scared. Executives get scared. Every time I got a big promotion, I…

Don’t Pass on Game-changer Candidates Who Are Still Rookies

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Don’t Pass On Game-changer Candidates Who Are Still Rookies Professional sports lead the way in recruiting “game-changer” candidates who are only rookies, while in the corporate world, most of them are simply passed over. If you’re not familiar with the term “game changer,” they are high-impact hires who soon after joining a team, end up…