Be Aware, Be Very Aware: Why “Healthy Paranoia” is Killing HR

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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. Although I can appreciate what

Give Back Feature- Ben Eubanks

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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

7 Steps to Implement a Realistic Job Preview

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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.   For tips on starting a job shadowing program, click here. In the absence of setting up an internship or co-op program, you can do a realistic job preview in a day or a week. The ultimate goal is to simulate the

Internship Spotlight

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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.   What is an internship anyway? According to Wikipedia: An internship is a job training for whit-collar and professional

Realistic Job Previews

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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. For job seekers, traditional wisdom tells us to take

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

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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.   Now that

Why interviews aren’t the best way to hire right

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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. So, we’ve been working with them to help improve their interviewing skills. Both of these guys are technically minded. They are smart, good, hardworking people. But they are introverts. Situations like

Career Spotlight: Market Research Analyst

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Do you like analyzing data? Are you interested in sales forecasting? If so, then a career as a Market Research Analystmay 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. Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price. Bureau of Labor Statistics What do you need to be a Market Research Analyst?