Diversity and Inclusion in My Eyes and in the Eyes of My Children

Ask any HR professional and they will tell you that “diversity and inclusion” as we like to call it is trending in our world.   In fact, Deloitte’s 2017 Human Capital Trends Report points to this rule of work by emphasizing that, “Leading organizations now see diversity and inclusion as a comprehensive strategy woven into every aspect of the talent life cycle to enhance employee engagement, improve brand, and drive performance. The era of diversity as a ‘check the box’ initiative owned by HR is over.” The issue is so big, its no longer just HR’s job. But as business professionals,

The Conundrum of Incentive Pay

I know of two people who have left their job in the last year because they felt like they were slighted when it came to how their company handled incentive pay.  Both of them- one working for a global behemoth of a company and one working for a family start-up- were promised things when it came to incentive compensation and then the rules were changed on them in the middle of the game, thus slighting them in pay they felt they were entitled to. And I can think of one company owner who is a friend that has tried and

4 Reasons Why Job Hopping is a Good Thing

In my first gig out of college as a corporate recruiter, I had responsibility for the grind of hiring classes of customer service reps. Volume recruiting at its finest.   When I was trained by a co-worker on the company’s process for screening applicants, my fellow team member told me that the process used to include screening people out who were “job hoppers”- those that shown through their resume- couldn’t seem to stay at one job for more than a year or two at a time. Then the lawyers got involved and told us we couldn’t screen people out for that. 

How Neuroscience Is and Will Revolutionize HR

  In December of 2014, my then four-year-old son started having seizures. After three of them occurred in a short period of time, we went to see a pediatric neurologist who first did an electroencephalogram (EEG) to begin to identify the cause of the seizures so we could determine a course of treatment. Utilizing this technology as well as other techniques, she put our son on a medicine that has controlled his seizures. He hasn’t had one in over a year, and we are thankful for the doctors, the scientific discoveries and the technology that made this a reality. Neuroscience

What You Pay Does Matter

“$11.32 an hour,” she said. “That’s what many people can earn sitting on their couch. How am I supposed to encourage them to get off the couch when many of the jobs they qualify for don’t pay that?” This statement came from a frustrated state career center worker tasked with getting individuals off federal and state assistance through a job placement program. I could turn this conversation into a political post, but I won’t go there.  Instead, I’d like to focus on how it illustrates a basic premise of motivation. I’m going to spend the next few weeks talking about

The Mind, Body and Spirit of Job Seeking

If you are considering a career change or are out of a job, you may consider doing what most people do – immediately begin to update your resume. While this is a great thing to do (whether you are out of a job, are hot on the job seeking trail, or not), sometimes it is important to take a step back and reflect on things before launching into the tactical aspects of job transition. One way to look at this is by giving the right side of your brain some exercise. The right side of our brains deal with the

7 Networking Do’s and Don’ts

Networking is great for business development, but more often than not, it’s key to career development. Whether you’re in search of your first job or seeking a career change, you need to be networking! Networking is marketing. Marketing yourself, marketing your uniqueness, marketing what you stand for. – Christine Comaford-Lynch The vast majority of job vacancies are never advertised and part of a hidden job market. Experts say at least 75% of job openings are part of this hidden market. To be in the loop, you must network. Here is a list of dos and don’ts to help you get

3 Steps for Growing Future Leaders with a Job Shadowing or Internship Program

Do you want to grow tomorrow’s talent today? Some of the best companies know the value of an internship program to their talent management strategy. And current research shows that 40% of interns return to the organization they interned with for full-time employment   If you’re a college student, participating in an internship(s) is one of the best methods for ensuring job offers come your way before you graduate.   In fact, choosing a college based on their relationships with top employers and their established, quality internship programs should be a key factor in vetting a college. If your organization is considering

4 Ways to Take LinkedIn to the Next Level

You’ve gotten a LinkedIn account set up, created a stand-out profile, built your network and have started searching for jobs.  Now what? Ideally your job search should lead to people seeking you out instead of you having to search and apply for openings.  This is done by creating a stellar profile and maintaining a personal brand that is consistent with your career goals.   Be active in your use of LinkedIn so that people will come to you. Manage your Skills & Endorsements to ensure the ones you want to be known for are seen (How to reorderthem) Get Active with Groups

3 Steps to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Job Search Ready

Ready to start a job search?  Know you need to have a presence on LinkedIn and other social media channels but don’t know where to start?  If you have no idea what LinkedIn is or don’t know where to start to create an account or profile, the first three levels of the LinkedIn plan below can get you well on your way to active social media networking and job search. Level 1: Getting Started Create your Account Download the Pulse App on your phone or tablet Create your Profile- Your profile is the number one way to get noticed.   It is worth it to spend