Continuous Learning.. Are You Cheating Yourself?

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting I was recently presented with the opportunity to start hosting a monthly event that brings HR professionals together to discuss issues we are facing and to learn from each other’s experiences. I volunteered for the opportunity without hesitation, knowing that my co-workers would both be excited for me in my new endeavor and support me in any way needed. Continuous Learning. We believe continual learning is a key driver in creating passion and productivity in life and in work. To that end, we invest in the personal development of our people

People First

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  People first is one company value that I feel we do right at Horizon Point. As I prepared to step on the treadmill last night around 5:30pm, my phone rang. Knowing it was a work-related call that might take a few minutes, I answered it anyway. The person on the line was in California and seeking guidance on a credentialing application. Working with individuals across time zones means, we often get calls that aren’t in our “scheduled working hours”, but it allows us to make a difference in a much larger

Networking Authentically

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  As we continue to explore authenticity, let’s consider authenticity in networking. As we all know, networking is essential for the job seeker. I recently found a survey that claimed 85 percent of jobs are found through networking. So, how can we network, bring our “A” game and continue to be authentic? Develop an elevator speech. The key is storytelling. Be honest and be you! Check out a previous post from the Point Blog for tips: If you are attending a formal networking event (such as a job fair), do your

Authenticity and Authentic Leadership

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting “See, authentic leadership is all about self-awareness, positivity, solid ethics, measured transparency and personal development; far more nuanced than just being “real.”” – The Difference Between Authenticity and Authentic Leadership by Morgan Browning, President and COO, Emergenetics International To read the full article click here.

Social Media May Be Hurting Your Job Search!

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting When you look for a new job , whether it’s out of necessity or because you’re ready for the next thing, it’s usually a stressful time. When stressed, many people fall back on what they’re used to. And if you’re used to exaggerating on social media, you may not realize the extent to which this language bleeds onto your application, which can make you unlikable—or worse. Read more about this subject here: Social Media Is Ruining Your Chances On Getting a Job, But Not In the Way You think! 

Make It Effective… Improve Communication Within Your Organization!

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Think about your family, organizations you volunteer with, the company you work for. How would you rate communication in each of these groups? Do the members of each of these groups communicate effectively with each other, or is something lacking? We learn to communicate from a very early age, learning to listen and speak as an infant and later on learning to read and write. However, even though we learn to communicate very early in our lives, many people have difficulty communicating effectively. As an HR professional, one of the complaints

Authenticity & the Job Interview

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting The best advice I can give you as a job candidate is to be genuine, honest, even vulnerable. In a world of hucksters and blowhards, believe it or not, authenticity sells. – Authenticity and the Job Interview by Nicole Matos Here is a great read on Authenticity and the Job Interview.

An Authentic Resume… What Sets You Apart?

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting While we are contemplating authenticity, how does this relate to the job seeker, and in particular, his or her resume? This week I’ve spent some time reviewing resume assignments for our facilitating career development course. It’s amazing how many formats and takes there are on the traditional resume. As a job seeker, your resume is the key to getting your foot in the door. So, how do you present the best possible version of yourself in two pages or less, and how can you ensure it is authentic? Resumes are tricky.

Want to Live Authentically? Get Real With Yourself!

Guest blog written by: Kayla Riggs, marketing assistant to Horizon Point Consulting  “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” At 32 I was in a place to reevaluate my career, my wants, my life. I am a wife and a mother of two. I have been working in the traditional sense since I was 15. I worked during college, while taking a full course load. I got a job immediately following graduation. I worked up until the day I delivered my babies and took 7 weeks of maternity

Take the Negative out of No

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  This past weekend the pastor from my former church in Virginia stepped down from his position due to health issues. As I watched the Indoctrination Ceremony to install the new pastor online, I was overwhelmed by my pastor’s grace and gratitude. I was inspired by his authenticity regarding his circumstances. As he spoke of his need to step down, he also spoke of his calling to step up into a supporting role for the new pastor, someone that has been a part of the church and supported him for many years.