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Avoid Costly Hiring Mistakes

Probably the most important decision that you make as a hiring manager is hiring the right person for the right job. The consequences of your decision are immediate and huge. The right person makes money for your business and the wrong person always costs you,... read more

Retained Search versus Contingency

Recruiting managers is a time consuming job that requires specialized skills. Senior executives cannot jump jobs like junior employees can. Therefore, it is not easy to get the managerial candidate you want. Companies are always snooping on each other, trying to sniff... read more

Talent Retention Guidelines

Retaining the best employees is a key ingredient to a successful corporation. It is one thing to hire the right talent but quite another to retain that talent in a competitive market. Employee attrition hits a company’s margins and reputation significantly. Too much... read more

Successful On-boarding Strategies

You’ve managed to successfully hire the top talent your company so desperately needed. That’s the first step; now comes the job of successfully on-boarding the new talent so that they can hit the floor running. Reducing the time it takes for a new employee to reach... read more

Upgrading Talent

The world economy takes strange twists and turns every now and then, throwing what we are comfortable with into disarray. Suddenly companies that had hired talented people a few years ago find that their talents are outdated or redundant. What to do in this situation?... read more

Leadership Attributes that Shape Potential

What are leadership attributes? They are the personal qualities in a person that constitute effective leadership abilities. These attributes exist in large quantities in some people and not so large quantities in others. These attributes comprise of characteristics... read more

The Dish on Onboarding

Success in Onboarding The term Onboarding hit the hiring scene several years ago and has become a buzz word among human resource professionals.  Once a candidate is hired, managers and HR people alike recognize the importance of getting that employee in the office,... read more

Website Attracting A+ Candidates?

Employment Brand – Your Website Your website is the face of your employment brand.  When a candidate stops at your website, is it easy to find open positions?  Can they get information on how to apply and what skills / experience are required?  Does the page appear... read more

LinkedIn to All the Right People

Employment Brand – LinkedIn Social Media has changed how people do business. Now, before contacting a company about a position, many candidates will look for information on sites like LinkedIn and others to see what your company is all about.  LinkedIn can be a... read more

Hiring Endeavor – Prefer Success or Failure?

Working With Headhunters A recruiter, or headhunter, is skilled in finding talent either currently employed or unemployed, matching them to a job description and facilitating the hiring process.  This requires a great deal of communication skill as well as strong... read more

Upgrading Manufacturing Talent

What it Takes to Build a World Class Team… The world economy takes strange twists and turns every now and then, throwing what we are comfortable with into disarray. Suddenly companies that had hired talented people a few years ago find that their talents are outdated... read more

Don’t Let Good Talent Get Away!

Talent Retention Strategies Retaining the best employees is a key ingredient to a successful corporation. It is one thing to hire the right talent but quite another to retain that talent in a competitive market.  Employee attrition hits a company’s margins and... read more

Realizing Employee Potential and Increasing Productivity

One of the biggest problems facing companies today is how to get the maximum amount of productivity from their employees.   Umair Haque, a Director of the Havas Media Lab and author, states “Let’s create social incentives to make sitting on the couch all day, banging... read more

Onboarding New Employees

Top reasons to implement a formal onboarding strategy Onboarding is a mechanism in which new employees are welcomed and systematically oriented into their new workplace. Any successful manufacturing organization should have a well-established onboarding program that... read more

Keeping the Top Performers

How to Retain your Best Employees Any organization needs passionate and committed employees to achieve their dreams. These employees are rare to find and therefore ensuring that they are always part of the organization is paramount. They should be kept motivated to... read more

Changes to Hiring Strategies

Managing Talent in an Evolving Manufacturing World The manufacturing industry is continual evolving due to globalization, technological changes, desire for more profitability, and efficiency in competition. These changes have created the need to review how... read more

Great Ways to be a Horrible Manager

Organizational Practices that create Unhappy Employees The main objective of any effective executive is to set his or her team up for success.  This can only be done if employees are happy.  A happier set of employees will make a more effective team and thus boost the... read more

Understanding Innovation and Organizational Growth

Five Trends that Drive Innovation and Growth The machine is constantly breaking down.  There is too much lead time in a process manufacturing system.  Costs of raw materials have just skyrocketed.  Motivation levels of plant operators are at an all-time low…..So what... read more

Counteroffers & the Resignation

When you land the job of your dreams, it seems nothing can go wrong in your world. After all the time of planning, researching and interviewing, you’ve finally got the job you wanted and now it’s time to hand in your resignation to your current employer....

Preparing for Compensation Questions

You’re prepared for your interview and are ready to face any question that might be thrown at you with regard to your skill, ability and experience. However, there is one delicate area where the best of us fail to sound confident. That is the area of compensation. How...

Salary Negotiations for the Executive Level

At the executive level, you have the confidence and experience to know your added value to an organization. However, even the most experienced executive might hesitate when it’s time to start salary negotiations. It is completely normal to feel confusion during this...

Killing the Job Offer

The most crucial part of job seeking is that all-important interview and how you ace it. You probably know how to handle an interview, what to wear and how to prepare for the questions. Despite all that, there are several things that you can do that will kill that job...

Avoiding Common Interviewing Mistakes

You might be competent in your chosen field, or maybe even excellent. However, if you don’t know how to give interviews, you will probably not land not get the job of your dreams. Why is this? A job seeker does everything possible to try and get their desired job....

Face-to-Face Interview Preparation

Preparing for an interview; the very thought makes the best of us nervous at best and completely panicked at worst. Even very experienced, senior executives feel a little unsure when they have to meet brand new people and convince them of their abilities. A certain...

Phone Interview Preparation

In earlier times, companies used to conduct only face to face interviews. Nowadays, it is common to go through a series of phone interviews prior to making it through the company’s door. Interviewing a candidate over the phone serves many purposes, including filtering...

The Professional Resume

How important is a job resume? Most people realize this document is extremely important, yet it is amazing how many professionals have a weak or poorly designed resume. Your resume is the first written document that represents you as a professional seeking employment....

Personal Branding for Career Success

Successful companies have gotten where they are because of their branding. When you look at any major company, the first thing that leaps into your mind is the company’s brand. For example, think of Microsoft, a company that has become a household name in the last...

Conducting the Confidential Job Search

You know how the saying goes. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. When it comes to job hunting, never lose sight of the fact that the job you currently have is worth much more than those you desire or plan to get. That said we all need to think of career...

Unearth Opportunities with Networking

Networking is the art of making yourself and your career needs known to several people. Based on a recent survey, more than 60% of jobs are found by networking. In order to be a successful networker, you need to develop contacts among friends, family, neighbors,...

Preparing for Compensation Questions

 You’re prepared for your interview and are ready to face any question that might be thrown at you with regard to your skill, ability and experience. However, there is one delicate area where the best of us fail to sound confident. That is the area of compensation....

Salary Negotiations for the Executive Level

Getting to What You are Worth… At the executive level, you have the confidence and experience to know your added value to an organization.  However, even the most experienced executive might hesitate when it’s time to start salary negotiations.  It is completely...

Preparing for the Phone Interview

How to Ace the Phone Interview… In earlier times, companies used to conduct only face to face interviews. Nowadays, it is common to go through a series of phone interviews prior to making it through the company’s door. Interviewing a candidate over the phone serves...

Uncovering Hidden Job Opportunities

3 Sure Ways to Uncover Hidden Career Opportunities Have you looked for your next career opportunity in vain? The hunt can become a very frustrating and exhausting experience. Manufacturing has been impacted tremendously with the economy.  Most employers hiring...

Emotional Intelligence and Company Culture?

Culture is the values and practices that a specific group identifies with.  These values and practices easily dictate the success or failure of a company.  “A company’s culture is often defined by the people who work there and how they operate and interact with one...

Back to the Basics – 3 Interview Tips

The Basic Interviewing Tips are Still the Most Important It is a fact; no one really loves the interview process, and that goes especially for the one being interviewed.  The process can sometimes become a nerve-wrecking experience.  When you are being interviewed,...

Things to Consider when Working with a Recruiter

4 Important Things to Know When Working With a Recruiter Each of us has had an experience with a recruiter at least once or twice during the course of our careers.  If not yet, you probably will if you wish to advance your career with great (and usually hidden) career...

Conducting a “Secret” Job Search

Managing a job search while you are still employed (without your employer finding out) It is always easier to find a job when you already have one.  This is because candidates who are working somewhere are more marketable and desirable than those who are not currently...

The Risks of Accepting a Counteroffer

The Ugly Truth about Accepting a Counteroffer Companies in the manufacturing industry often invest a lot in specialized staff training.  Because of this heavy investment in their workforce, not only do employees become valuable assets, but they are also prime targets...

7 Pet Peeves of Recruiters

Understanding the Recruiter’s Outlook SEVEN PET PEEVES OF RECRUITERS With today’s high industry standards and the increasing amount of work on HR, many industries are outsourcing their recruiting tasks to professional recruiters.  The recruiters will source and...

Tips for Improving your Resume

Land More Interviews Resume Do’s and Don’ts Most times, your resume is an employer’s introduction to you. It may be the first and only opportunity that your potential employer has to assess your skills and get to know more about you.  A job order may yield hundreds of...

Taking Control of Your Time

Working Smarter – Not Harder I recently had an opportunity of talking to a life coach.  Our discussion was about management of my weaknesses and how to strengthen those areas.  I learned we have many different resources at our disposal and the most important of them...

Are you Being Watched?

So what have you posted on Facebook lately? If you are those people who feel think that because Facebook and Twitter is for personal use so you can be completely free to post whatever you wish, think again.  This especially holds true if you are engaging in a job...

Managing Your Manager

Improving the Relationship with your Boss Among the most important relationships that you need to work on in your life is the relationship with your boss. Yet, there is a lot of support and information about managing your subordinates but not your boss. A gross...

How to Handle a Bad Co-Worker

Dealing with argumentative co-workers Arguments occur at work frequently, usually it is due to communication problems or personality conflicts, sometimes there are deeper issues.  Most of the time arguments can be resolved, but if they are occurring frequently they...

How to Handle a Bad Boss

Dealing with a difficult boss Many people are faced with a daily dilemma of dealing with a manager or boss who just doesn’t seem to like anything we are doing or who just makes work unbearable. I’m fortunate, most of my bosses have been superb, but I remember one...

Surprisingly Common Interview Blunders

EASY AND EMBARRASSING WAYS TO SABOTAGE YOUR JOB INTERVIEW So you’ve got your resume all spruced up and your best tie pressed, now all you have to do is answer a few questions and you’re home free, right?  Before you start having your new business cards printed, you...

Organize for an Effective Job Search

Six steps for streamlining job search You’ve had your resume written or updated and you feel it is in perfect shape. That is normally the first stage in a new job search. The next stage involves beginning the actual search and it’s not the same now as it was even a...

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