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Successful Answers for Some of the Most Common & Difficult Interview Questions

Most Common & Difficult Interview Questions Good news: after all your searching, writing cover letters, and perfecting your resume, you have just received the call we all hope to get: a company you would really like to work for wants to have you in for an interview! Flash forward: you arrive for your interview, feeling prepared and confident. You introduce yourself and everything seems to be going well until… the questions begin and suddenly, all

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5 Tips for a More-Organized You in 2019 

5 Tips for a More-Organized You in 2019  Welcome to 2019! As we begin a new year, we are all looking for ways to be more organized. Below are five tips to start 2019 off more organized and more productive. Tip 1: Establish a routine. The foundation for an effective organization is a routine, which allows us to foster good, consistent behaviors and ultimately eliminate unhelpful habits. Establishing a routine can be difficult, especially if

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Reasonable Suspicion Testing: 3 Essential Points to Protect Your Company

Managers and Human Resource specialists regularly deal with many difficult issues in maintaining a safe and productive workplace. Few of those issues are more challenging and sensitive than reasonable suspicion drug screening. Also known as probable cause or simply “for cause” testing, drug screening in these cases is performed when an employee demonstrates behaviors that suggest drug or alcohol use while on the job. Of course, maintaining a drug-free work environment is critical in ensuring

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Onboarding Basics for Every Manager

Onboarding Basics for Every Manager  By Andrew Taylor First days can be overwhelming for new hires, especially when they are joining large teams or large organizations. Because a new employee’s initial experiences can set the tone for his or her engagement, every organization should put its best foot forward by including the following three steps in its employee onboarding plan. Create a Schedule A great onboarding experience starts with a great onboarding schedule. Think of that

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Employee Drug Screening: Creating a Safer and More Productive Workplace

Drug Testing can Create a Safer and More Productive Workplace The use and abuse of illicit substances is a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.  While drug use has a negative impact on many areas of society, it is particularly hazardous in a workplace environment. Employees under the influence of drugs and alcohol present numerous risks to workplace safety, productivity and are at risk to potentially cost employers billions of dollars

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3 Things That Should Not Be On Your Resume

Resumes are living documents. Our resumes allow us the opportunity to tell our professional story; who we are and the various experiences that make us uniquely qualified for a particular job; they are our preliminary introduction to potential employers. Therefore, cultivating your resume is arguably the most vital part of the interview process. That is to say, on one page, we must accurately convey our expertise, trainability, and relevant experience. There are, of course, many

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Training is Important to Employee Satisfaction

Training is Important to Employee Satisfaction From top-level CEOs to middle managers, everyone who supervises a staff knows that employee satisfaction and engagement are crucial to a company’s success.  There are several factors that contribute to a worker’s feeling of being satisfied.  Some of those factors, such as the overall tone of a company culture, can be complicated to address and challenging to change.  Providing employees with training opportunities is both straightforward and universally recognized

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OSHA’s New Position On Post-Incident Drug Testing and Safety Incentive Programs

On Oct. 11, 2018, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) sent a Standard Interpretation Memorandum to its regional administrators and to state plan designees clarifying its position on post-incident drug tests and safety incentive programs. According to the memo, such tests and programs are permitted if properly written and implemented. Background Federal law and OSHA regulations prohibit retaliation against employees for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses. In May 2016, OSHA published a final rule interpreting the

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4 Ways to Leverage Positive Psychology at Work

4 Ways to Leverage Positive Psychology at Work  By Lynne Levy   How many of us love going to work? How many of us find joy in our work? The reality is we spend more than half our waking hours at work. How can we cultivate a state of positivity and wellbeing? When you think about positive emotions, what comes to mind? Positive emotions can be high-energy states, such as joy or elevation or lower-energy

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Three reasons why it is important to assess a job candidate’s abilities

Three reasons why it is important to assess a job candidate’s abilities Given the costs associated with recruiting, which can be “astronomical,”(1) and the significant role that employees play in the health and success of a company, finding the right hire is of critical importance. It can be challenging to find the perfect fit for your vacancy, however.  Conventional methods of resume evaluation and interviewing are not always enough to determine if a candidate’s qualifications

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