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The Components to Defining Your Company Culture

The Components to Defining Your Company Culture By Michael Haberman In business, they say a great idea is worthless without great execution. Taking that a step further, even great execution sometimes can’t salvage a company with poor culture. Brilliance alone might be able to get a firm up and running, and things might even carry on swimmingly for a few years. But, in time, if a company doesn’t focus on building the principles of a

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Writing Job Descriptions that Lead to Better Hires

A job description is usually one of the first things a prospective candidate reads when learning about an open position. A well-written description weeds out unqualified candidates and attracts desirable talent. Here are six tips to help you write a great job description. 1. Describe your company’s culture. When someone applies for a job, they’re looking for a way to make a living, but they’re also looking for somewhere they can spend eight hours a

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Use Onboarding to Gain a Competitive Advantage

Onboarding:  A Competitive Advantage “Onboarding is not a nice-to-have, but rather a need-to-have.” — Kevin Martin, research director at Human Capital Management Few people would argue with Kevin Mar- tin’s statement about the importance of onboarding. One possible exception might be someone whose sole experience with onboarding has been sitting through a long and incredibly boring program that focused only on some bureaucratic minutiae (such as the company’s dress code policy). In that case, though,

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Tackling the Manufacturing Industry Skill Dilemma

8 In today’s manufacturing industry there’s an immediate need for highly skilled and highly educated workers who can develop creative ideas, solve complex problems, and deliver innovative products. But these workers are proving to be scarce. Left unresolved, this scarcity will have a huge negative impact on this sector: “over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in

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3 Fast & Easy Company Potluck Dishes

  Company potlucks can be a great way to connect with coworkers in a relaxed setting, but the prep can be stressful. Deciding what to make that will be appropriate for the setting and something that appeals to all tastes and dietary needs can be a real challenge. Not to mention finding a recipe that is easy, quick, and relatively foolproof. If your potluck contribution can be a little more interesting than the typical pasta

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Body Language: What your body is telling the person interviewing you

Body Language During a job interview, applicants are speaking volumes before they say one word. Our appearance is the first thing that employers evaluate. There’s a lot of debate about the degree to which appearance should impact an applicants interview performance, and rightly so. It can be an issue and sometimes, illegal to base too much of an applicant’s value on appearance. While HR managers and experts continue to reflect on how best to incorporate

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5 Mistakes People Make at Job Fairs

Attending a job fair is an extremely efficient way to job search. You have access to dozens of potential employers and can get some face to face time with HR managers. It’s also a great place to learn more about what employers are looking for in a particular field and be exposed to new job options and opportunities. When worked effectively, a job fair can yield tons of leads and potentially quick employment. While attending

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How to Adopt Neurodiversity in the Workplace 

How to Adopt Neurodiversity in the Workplace  By Janine Milne Diversity has ratcheted up the boardroom agenda as companies increasingly recognize the potential that a rich mix of different backgrounds, attitudes, and experiences bring to innovation and decision-making. But most companies are still laggards in the key area of neurodiversity in the workplace, meaning they need to hire more individuals who think differently from one another. According to a recent poll by the Chartered Institute of

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First Impression: Do they matter?

How to Make a Good First Impression? First impressions matter. While future interactions can correct impressions or add information, the first impression sticks. When someone meets for the first time, they will remember if how you made them feel and if you meant their expectations. Memorable people often exceed expectation or sorely miss the mark. Our minds tend to remember lousy experiences or exceptional ones. In addition to remembering how they felt around someone new,

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A Case for Celebrating Life’s Biggest Moments at Work 

A Case for Celebrating Life’s Biggest Moments at Work  By Sarah Payne Someone once told me that in life everything seems to stay the same forever…until one day, everything is completely different. I know a little bit about this. Last fall I experienced three major (but happy!) life events. I got engaged, bought a house, and had a baby. I remember the day after I got engaged, we toured the house we would eventually buy.

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