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31
March
2015

Be Aware, Be Very Aware: Why "Healthy Paranoia" is Killing HR

Be Aware, Be Very Aware: Why

As a part of a subcontract I work on, I just sat through a 30 minute plus online compliance training video. If you want to leave yourself paralyzed to make business decisions, I’ll send you the clip. It will leave you questioning the world in general.

I know we live in a world of terrorists, computer hackers and people who want to do harm, but the video left me thinking that their approach to business was to scare the living daylight out of every employee thinking that this would help prevent mishaps, lawsuits and wrong actions.

26
March
2015

Give Back Feature- Ben Eubanks

Making HR Better- One Pro at a Time

Give Back Feature- Ben Eubanks

 

Making HR Better- One Pro at a Time is Ben Eubank’s mission.   Ben, who started his career in Human Resources in 2008, has a passion for his field that gets him up at 5 AM on the weekends to blog and develop other content to help HR professionals become better at what they do. He does this in addition to holding down a full-time HR role himself and raising three young children with his wife (and he runs quite a bit too!).

 

The results of Ben’s efforts have led to national speaking opportunities, recognition for his efforts in global publications and an audience of over 15,000 monthly readers. “I firmly believe that without this deep passion to help my audience succeed,” Ben says, “I would have given up long ago!”

 

24
March
2015

7 Steps to Implement a Realistic Job Preview

7 Steps to Implement a Realistic Job Preview

Last week we discussed why it’s important to do a realistic job preview. Well you might ask, how exactly do I do one? Companies. Internships and co-op programs are long-term realistic job previews. This set up can provide a company with an opportunity to screen candidates without a making a permanent hiring commitment, but it may take too long.

17
March
2015

Internship Spotlight

Internship Spotlight

Are you a college student in search of experience to prepare you for the world of work? Why not consider an internship? It’s a great way to build your resume, network and possibly get your foot in the door with a future employer. Internships are also great for high school students. It gives students an opportunity to try out different occupations before making a career path decision. For high schools students, use our Job Shadowing Questionnaire if you get the chance to intern.

12
March
2015

Realistic Job Previews

Realistic Job Previews

3 Reasons to Make Realistic Job Previews a Part of Your Hiring Process

What’s the best way to determine if a person is right for the job? What’s the best way for a job candidate to know they are accepting the right job? Traditional methods for employers tell us to screen resumes, interview candidates and make a decision. In the case of hiring recent college grads, traditional wisdom tells us to look at their G.P.A. and their major to predict success. That’s the way most companies do it; it must work.

10
March
2015

Job Search Tips for College Students – Use Your Spring Break to Prep for Job Search

Job Search Tips for College Students – Use Your Spring Break to Prep for Job Search

While others are on the beach for spring break, why not get a step ahead and get ready to land the perfect job after graduation?

You at least have an idea of what career path you are pursuing upon graduation, but do you know what company you want to work for? If not, do a google search of relevant job titles and find out who’s hiring. Then, do research on each company. You will be surprised at how helpful that will be when you land an interview. Having background knowledge of your future employer is invaluable.

05
March
2015

Why interviews aren’t the best way to hire right

Why interviews aren’t the best way to hire right

We’ve had two young men as career coaching clients lately.   Although pursuing different types of opportunities, they are both in their early to mid-twenties and are having a hard time finding a job in their respective fields- both of which, by the way, are in demand.   Both have been getting called for interviews, but something seems to fail in the interview every time and they haven’t been offered jobs.

03
March
2015

Career Spotlight: Market Research Analyst

Career Spotlight: Market Research Analyst

Do you like analyzing data? Are you interested in sales forecasting? If so, then a career as a Market Research Analyst may be perfect for you.

On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy gathering data, preparing reports, critical thinking and problem solving, becoming a market research analyst may not be a good fit for you.

26
February
2015

February's Passion + Productivity = Give Back

February's Passion + Productivity = Give Back

Education Elements, an organization that helps school districts personalize learning,embodies the saying “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand” in their approach to education. Because of their belief that learning can be customized for every student, powerful results are being seen across the nation in student outcomes.

Their story demonstrates how passion + productivity for the work that they do and for improving K-12 education leads to students who are better prepared by their education for college and career so that they can give back to their communities as they get older.

24
February
2015

4 Ways to Pass the Informal Leader Test

4 Ways to Pass the Informal Leader Test

With a growing need to manage project based work coupled with the need to vet an individual’s leadership capabilities, organizations are assigning hi-potentials with informal leadership roles, or project manager roles, before giving them the positional and formal leadership authority over others.  

17
February
2015

Career Change Ahead! Could Engineering be the Right Fit for You?

Career Change Ahead! Could Engineering be the Right Fit for You?

Engineering is a “hot field” right now. Whether you are considering changing your college major or are currently in the workforce and looking for a career change, engineering may be one option you should consider.

Do you enjoy science and math? Maybe lab work and analyzing data is something you do in your current career that you like and want to continue to do. Or maybe you enjoy working with blueprints and designing. If so, a career in an engineering discipline might be a good fit for you.

12
February
2015

Would you hire someone based on their bumper sticker(s)?

Would you hire someone based on their bumper sticker(s)?

If matching individual and company values drives job satisfaction and organizational results more than anything else, maybe one thing we need to add to our selection processes is a bumper sticker check.

10
February
2015

Your Match Made In Heaven... Organizational Fit Trumps Job Fit

Your Match Made In Heaven... Organizational Fit Trumps Job Fit
We’ve been doing a lot of research around the idea of a match.com for employers and employees here at Horizon Point. Let’s face it; behind a person’s choice of spouse, the choice of employer (both the organization and your boss) may very well be the most important choice you make in terms of overall satisfaction.

One of our key questions around this idea is: What characteristics are most important in terms of employment marital bliss?  Dating sites have isolated key variables leading to marital satisfaction by matching people correctly, can’t we get better at doing the same thing for employers and employees and save us all a lot of time and headaches?

05
February
2015

6 Tips for Driving Results through Performance Evaluation Structure

6 Tips for Driving Results through Performance Evaluation Structure

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately related to performance evaluations. Specifically, these questions center on how to structure evaluation forms in a way that supports priorities of the organization and drives individual and, therefore, organizational performance.

Of course, it’s really not about the form at all. It’s about knowing what drives the performance of your organization, translating that to individual metrics, then equipping leaders with the ability to focus on constant performance feedback.

03
February
2015

Career Spotlight: Urban Planner

Career Spotlight: Urban Planner

Do you love planning? Are you a good communicator who has a passion for designing? Are interested in geography? If so, then a career as an Urban Planner may be perfect for you.

On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy working directly with the public or developing strategies and thinking creatively, becoming an urban planner may not be a good fit for you.

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