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Evaluating a Job Candidate How to Sniff Out Potential Problems

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 Annette Greco (July 31, 2008)  Sometimes a resume for a job candidate just seems too good to be true. But the paper you are holding may not necessarily tell the entire story. Job candidates write their resumes to showcase their talents and skills in the best possible light. Your job in evaluating the candidate is to plow through the fluff and determine if the person is a great fit for not only the position but also .. (Human Resources)

Learning Management Systems What You Need to Know Before Selecting an LMS

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 Don Weobong (July 31, 2008)  Over the past two decades, the Internet has had a tremendous effect on humanity. It has dramatically changed almost every facet of life, from industry to communication to entertainment. A major benefit of the Internet revolution has been the increased accessibility to education. It is now inexpensive, easy and effective to take courses and training programs online. Online learning .. (Human Resources)

Corporate Training Software For Your Company

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 Don Weobong (July 31, 2008)  Business training encompasses a wide variety of topics, from specific technical training to more general business practices such as customer relations, sales procedures and operational procedures. Training programs are designed to enable employees to deliver a more efficient and effective range of services, and for companies to keep pace in a cut throat corporate world. With .. (Human Resources)

5 Secrets to Being a Good Recruiter

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 Janhavee Sahasrabuddhe (July 30, 2008)  The Talent Search Industry is booming and you have chosen to be a Recruiter or a Head hunter. But how do you go about it? Firstly, a Recruiter works for an incentive, which is compensated to him once he completes the entire recruitment sequence, which implies he will get his incentive once his candidate is selected for employment with the Client Company. Read on to know the 5 secrets .. (Human Resources)

Using Microsoft SharePoint For Acculturation Onboarding

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 Jeff Hayden (July 30, 2008)  When a new employee shows up for their first day at a new job, they face a mountain of paperwork, a bleak office or a stark and empty cubicle, a bunch of strange faces, a new role to learn, and a new company to learn how to fit into.  You as the employer have a vested interest in helping the new employee overcome the fears and uncertainties that is natural to this situation: the .. (Human Resources)

Human Resource Auditing Common HR Mistakes Are Also the Common Cure

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 Michael Liddle (July 29, 2008)  Introduction A common practice of any company is to routinely conduct an audit of their financial books and records to ensure there is no irregularity that would compromise their financial system. Additionally, accounting audits help a business owner improve their financial status and point out areas that need an adjustment or a major revision to make the organization more viable and .. (Human Resources)

The Pros and Cons of Temporary Labor

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 Cash Miller (July 29, 2008)  Often in business you run into labor shortages. Your business is expanding at a rapid pace. Maybe you've won the bidding on a large job. Whatever the reason you are in the position of needing more help and quickly. The question is whether hiring some form of temporary labor is the right thing to do for your company? Well to figure out the answer to that question you need to know some of . (Human Resources)

Is Human Resources Bogging Your Business Down? Consider Hiring a PEO

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 Jill A Cooper (July 29, 2008)  As a business grows, its owners get excited and caught up in the moment. And, why shouldn't they? Seeing a dream blossom and grow is a great experience. However, during this time a lot of business owners fail to realize the responsibilities that come with employing more than just themselves. The average small business owner isn't an expert of government regulations on payroll tax, labor . (Human Resources)

Motivating the Late, the Lazy and the Terminally Uninspired Employee

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 Ann Andrews (July 29, 2008)  Over many years working as an HR consultant and team specialist, I started asking two very interesting questions: Of managers - “Would you like to be free of having to deal with fire-fighting/ crisis managing, and employees asking stupid questions for one whole day every week? And I would see the look of absolute desire on their faces. But I would also ask employees - ‘How .. (Human Resources)

Does Your Job Applicant Have a Criminal Record?

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 Christopher E Miller (July 29, 2008)  When job candidates fill out an application or provide a resume, you can safely assume most won't offer details about criminal convictions in their past. Sadly, many employers either don't have the time, resources, or inclination to conduct employment background checks. So, the omissions go unnoticed. If you hire an employee who has a criminal record, your company may be vulnerable to .. (Human Resources)

Checking Your Job Candidates Driving Record

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 Christopher E Miller (July 29, 2008)  Many jobs don't require that you investigate an applicant's driving record. If that candidate will not be driving a vehicle for your business, there's little reason to check his record. Of course, if you're hiring someone who's job responsibilities include driving while in your company's employ, checking their driving record is imperative. Accidents happen. When they do, you need to .. (Human Resources)

Using a Credit Report For Employee Screening

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 Christopher E Miller (July 29, 2008)  A connection exists between a person's credit history and the manner in which they handle their social and job-related responsibilities. While having a poor credit history doesn't necessarily mean an employee will be more prone to commit an act of theft or fraud, it's still a useful gauge for employee screening procedures. Today, employers routinely request a credit report for each job .. (Human Resources)

Employee Onboarding An HR Technology Seeking a Definition

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 Chuck Ros (July 29, 2008)  On the aisles of the expo hall at IHRIM ‘08 in Orlando last month were no less than a dozen vendors with an onboarding product. It didn't take much more than three booth stops to come to the conclusion that there are as many definitions of onboarding as there are vendors selling onboarding products. For that matter, there are additional definitions for each consulting firm and HR .. (Human Resources)

The Ultimate Challenge For Top HR Managers Today

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 Ola Akin (July 28, 2008)  Developing total organizational poise and synergy is the ultimate HR challenge for long-run corporate success and growth! It is to imaginatively foster the synergy of excellence of people's actualizing attributes and excellence in the facets and interfaces of organizational systems and subsytems for sustainable high performance. A Little Exercise Here! When last did you undertake an .. (Human Resources)

Conduct Effective Performance Reviews

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 Dave Arringdale (July 28, 2008)  There is an age old process conducted in most organizations, large and small, known as performance review or performance appraisal (the term performance review will be used primarily in this article). The importance of providing feedback to employees cannot be overstated. But doing so in the proper setting, context and manner is critical to carrying out successful performance reviews. .. (Human Resources)

Problems You Will Avoid by Screening Potential Employees

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 Simon M Skinner (July 28, 2008)  You've probably heard that it is always a good idea to screen potential employees, but what you might not have heard is what problems you will be avoiding by doing so. There are many problems that might come up with employees, and by screening them to see what they have done in the past and what behaviors they have shown in other jobs, you'll be able to make sure that you are hiring .. (Human Resources)

6 Good Reasons to Screen Potential Employees

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 Simon M Skinner (July 28, 2008)  There are many reasons why you might want to screen potential employees before you hire them. Even if you are desperate for an employee, it is still a good idea to know what you are getting into. To Know Their History It is important to know your potential employee's history so you can make a good judgment about what they will be like in the future for you. Knowing history means that .. (Human Resources)

Human Resources Its About the People

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 Kelley Rexroad (July 25, 2008)  Human Resources is THE topic in today's world. There are downsizings, union negotiations, pay issues, telecommuting, health insurance, retirement issues and how to save the historic memory in talent. The networking today is social media and that involves people. So, why is the HR department still talking about “getting a seat at the table?" This is the boardroom or executive table . (Human Resources)

HR Must Focus on Customization

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 Saif Chy (July 25, 2008)  Human resource development is a key to progress of an organization. This is a continuous process. The approach to human resource development should change to suit the trends of the labor market. The management of an organization must implement its human resource development initiatives considering each employee individually. The prerequisite to human resource development is accepting .. (Human Resources)

Managing Employees Problems in the Workplace

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 Chidozie Obasi (July 25, 2008)  Managing employees personal problems has become one of the tools, techniques and processes of modern human resources management. The problems may vary from marital strife, bereavement to financial matters etc. The resultant effect could be absenteeism, poor productivity and other negative behaviour in the workplace. It then becomes necessary that a Manager should be able to provide .. (Human Resources)

The Right Price In Todays Market, Salary Has to Be Competitive

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 Lynn Lochbihler (July 24, 2008)  Value is a slippery concept. A pound of gold isn't of any value to a man starving to death in the woods, but a chocolate bar is a treasure beyond price. The old saying goes “The value of a thing is what that thing will bring. " There's a lot of truth in that statement. Resources that are rare and highly desired by many people will fetch a much higher price than those that are .. (Human Resources)

Top Performers You Can Keep Them on Your Staff With the Right Incentives

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 Lynn Lochbihler (July 24, 2008)  There are more important things in life than money, at least when it comes to how people rate job satisfaction. Research shows that most workers don't put money as their number one concern. Things like flexibility, challenging work and recognition are very often rated higher. These and other non-monetary perks can have a big return for individual employees. Having a range of options .. (Human Resources)

The Value of the Mature Worker

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 Bob Poole (July 24, 2008)  According to Alicia H. Munnell and Steven A. Sass in their newly published book, "Working Longer: The Solution to the Retirement Income Challenge, " about 19 percent of men and 33 percent of women who survive to age 65 will live to age 90 or older and have to support themselves for almost 30 years. A recent review in the New York Times by Harry Hurt II states that the basic thesis of .. (Human Resources)

Defeating Harassment at Work

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 Shasta Daisy McCarty (July 24, 2008)  As I stated in my last post, assertiveness is an essential social skill. It is one that I learned the hard way. Nothing cheers the dark and crusty heart of the office predator like the certainty that he can do pretty much anything he wants to you and you will not speak up for yourself. Even worse than the initial humiliation you endure is the realization that, when you do speak up, .. (Human Resources)

Do the HR Certification Letters Spell Success?

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 Maurisa Westbury (July 23, 2008)  According to the most recent statistics from the U. S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupational outlook for human resources professionals appears quite promising. Overall projections indicate a growth rate for the job category of about 17% between the years 2006 and 2016. The bureau considers the predicted growth is faster than average when all occupations are .. (Human Resources)

Through Background Check, You Can Get the Right Employees

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 Maella Ayson (July 23, 2008)  Hiring an employee is the first step in making your business grow and be successful. In hiring employees, you should hire those who are skilled, intelligent, smart and industrious. But sometimes, hiring skilled, intelligent and smart applicant are not the only keys in gaining success with your business. You should also consider the character and if they are trustworthy and honest. But .. (Human Resources)

Learning the Acronyms Associated With Human Resources

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 Jeff Welcher (July 23, 2008)  Entering any new job is an exciting time, but this time is also filled with unpredictable frustrations and fast-paced learning. Nothing is a finer example of this than industry-specific acronyms. All jobs have them, with more and more being officially and unofficially created all the time. Increased productivity means increased speed, and increased speed creates a need for abbreviations . (Human Resources)

Job Evaluation Outdated Bureaucracy Or Modern HR Support Mechanism?

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 Sandra Beale (July 23, 2008)  Job evaluation has long been in operation in the UK as a tool to determine the relative worth of jobs. It is, in effect, a job sizing tool. For example using a points-based scheme a job worth 400 points is a bigger job than one with 200 points and should therefore, in practice, command a higher salary. Also when evaluated jobs are slotted into a single pay structure, work of equal value . (Human Resources)

HR Management Consulting

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 Steve Grant (July 23, 2008)  Management consulting is the broad term which encompasses all the activities associated with industrial management. Accounting to the escalating pressure on the industries to demarcate between the demands of work force and human resources, off late the HR consulting has emerged as an independent discipline of the Management consulting. Sometimes HR consulting is offered as the part of .. (Human Resources)

Hiring Restaurant Staff

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 Louise Schafer (July 23, 2008)  A new staff member has the best chance of becoming a reliable asset to your business when they are given clear information and a thorough introduction to their position from the beginning. New employees who are left to fend for themselves will form inefficient habits and may end up costing you time and money through mistakes, poor service and the need to re-hire when they quit .. (Human Resources)

Poor Application Management Streamline Your Hiring Process

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 Jim Sirbasku (July 23, 2008)  Are you frustrated with your organization's process for managing candidate applications and resumes? This article will provide you with information that can help you simplify streamline your candidate application management and hiring system. Whether you're an administrative assistant, a hiring manager or a recruiter, the following information will be beneficial to you. When you're .. (Human Resources)

Job Applicant Assessment Horoscopes Can Help!

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 Steven Mark Weiss (July 23, 2008)  When astrology is proposed as a hiring tool, the only practical solution for most HR pros is to publicly shout it down. And who would blame them? With careers and corporate integrity at stake, the violent rejection of the mystically-derived seems the only tolerable policy. And yet. . . and yet. . . Why do astrological descriptions so often resonate with the people sitting across the .. (Human Resources)

Follow SOP in Hiring Employee Conduct Background Check

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 Maella Ayson (July 22, 2008)  There are a lot of considerations that you need to do in hiring an employee. You should have to take some notes and follow standard procedures, so you won't regret something that you don't want to happen in the end. Before you hire an applicant, let me give you some situation that might happen just in case you have chosen a wrong applicant in your company: If you have chosen an .. (Human Resources)

Communicating Success Shut Down the Gossip Factory

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 Cissy Pau (July 22, 2008)  The rumour spread like a virus: the production department was going to lay off half the workforce and replace them with a batch of shiny new robots built in New Jersey. Of course it wasn't true. But by the time management found out what was happening, senior engineers were already submitting their resumes and cover letters to the competition. Some had already lined up interviews. .. (Human Resources)

Hiring Made Easy 15 Steps to Hire the Best Employees

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 Tom Jack (July 22, 2008)  1. Determine the jobs skills and traits that are needed to meet yours and the customers’ needs. 2. Ask yourself the following questions. “How often does my human resource team examine personnel files to extract the skills and abilities of my most successful employees?" “Do I review job performance information with the intention of duplicating these results during the .. (Human Resources)

Employers Guide to Avoiding Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

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 Christopher E Miller (July 22, 2008)  By some estimates, over 700 employees are attacked by their fellow workers each business day. Many of these incidents are the result of problems that existed at the time these workers were hired (such as drug abuse). Most states now recognize the potential liability that companies have in these matters. If an employer is held liable for the damaging actions of its employees, that .. (Human Resources)

Using Public Record Documents For Employee Screening

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 Christopher E Miller (July 22, 2008)  Your employees can either be your most valued assets or the cause your business goes bankrupt. That's why companies are establishing hiring practices that include extensive background checks. By looking closely into the history of their potential hires, businesses can get a grasp for which employees would be a good fit and which carry a high level of risk. With few exceptions, employee . (Human Resources)

I 9 Violations Bring Stiff Penalties

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 Cathy Baniewicz (July 22, 2008)  Employers can face stiff penalties for I-9 violations which include substantial fines and also debarment from government contracts. Penalties can be imposed for hiring unauthorized workers as well as simply for committing paperwork violations even if all workers are authorized to work. So how does an employer sort through the information and fully protect itself from fines? Knowledge is . (Human Resources)

Resumes They Can Tell a Lot!

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 Cathy Baniewicz (July 22, 2008)  They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but you sure can tell a lot about a candidate from the resume. At a minimum, the resume should have complete contact information: name, address, phone number(s). You should not have to be a detective in order to be able to contact the candidate. Typographical, spelling and/or grammatical errors indicate the person does not pay attention to .. (Human Resources)

Hiring Older Workers

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 L. Terry (July 22, 2008)  Has the U. S. Government been successful in its attempts to protect the middle aged worker from age discrimination? Has setting “older" as being 40 and over by the U. S. Government caused obstacles for job seekers who find themselves in this age group and unemployed? My concern is that setting these ages, 40, 65 (the government retirement age that was set in 1933) and 67 (for .. (Human Resources)

Creating Effective Teams

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 Magda Du Preez (July 22, 2008)  Choosing the right team members, whether it is for an executive team leading a multi-national corporation, a baseball team playing in an important game, or entrepreneurs striving to establish a start-up, having the right team composition makes the difference between winning and losing. Studies done by Belbin (1981), Margerison and McCann (1984) and others came to similar conclusions .. (Human Resources)

When Personal Values and Organizational Cultures Collide

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 Kevin R. Nash (July 22, 2008)  Assessing job candidates is a growing industry as organizations look for ways to reduce the risks of making poor hiring decisions. The risks can be considerable. Some estimates have put the cost of a bad hire as one-and-a-half to three times their annual salary. Assessments of job competencies, leadership abilities, and personality are routinely used to try and ensure a good .. (Human Resources)

5 Types of Colleagues That You Want to Avoid

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 Nick Cheng (July 22, 2008)  A friendly working environment is very important for an employee. Most jobs in today's job market request team work or “a good team player", and has became one of the most common basic requirements that employer seeking from their candidates. However, there are few types of colleagues that you should avoid and limit your contact with the person to a purely professional level. .. (Human Resources)

Increasing Staff Performance and Retention Using Benchmarking

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 Denis Wise (July 21, 2008)  What is Benchmarking? Benchmarking develops a staff profile using a range of psychometric assessments. Results from benchmarking enable organisations to objectively identify strengths and potential development needs in current staff, as well establish a dataset that will allow recruitment departments to identify the most suitable candidates for employment in the future. Benchmarking is . (Human Resources)

Integrating New Employees Successful First Days on the Job

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 Zohreh Piurek (July 21, 2008)  Do you remember your first day on the job? This might be a challenge as some of us have had quite of few “first days". A first day can be exhilarating, boring, overwhelming or a mix of all of these. Most importantly, the first day of a new job sets the tone for an employee's integration into your organization. Regardless of what the first day may be like - it always ends and is .. (Human Resources)

Easy Guide to Writing an Employee Handbook

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 Jane Schulte (July 21, 2008)  If your business is reaching a point where you have too many employees to have it run informally, it's time to write an Employee Handbook. First, keep in mind the laws of your state. Is it an employment at will" state? If so, make sure that the manual is not written as a legal document or it could be construed as an employment agreement, which you want to avoid. It is advisable to have .. (Human Resources)

Choosing Qualified Applicants Strategies to Follow Before Hiring

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 Tasha Cogan Nguyen (July 21, 2008)  So, you have advertised internally and externally for an open position, and you have sorted through the applicants and found a pool of potential employees. The stack is in front of you and you find that some applicants have a lot of related experience, some have just the right education, some look like they will bring a fresh perspective, and one or two seem to have the perfect .. (Human Resources)

How to Use Psychometric Testing to Find the Best People For the Job

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 Denis Wise (July 20, 2008)  Psychometric Testing Helps Find The Best People For the Job Initially developed primarily for educational psychology, psychometric testing has become a beneficial tool that companies use for recruitment as well as employee promotion. Utilizing psychometric tests allows companies to select the person most suited for the position that needs to be filled-either from a host of job .. (Human Resources)

Company Function and Event Planning in Todays Corporate Environment

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 Denis Wise (July 20, 2008)  Functions and events are necessary for companies to reach their public-consumers, trade partners, investors, suppliers and employees. In the past, companies usually formed committees to handle and organize their functions and events. With today's fast-paced corporate environment, however, companies can no longer afford to give select employees additional workload that would take them .. (Human Resources)

Employee Evaluation to Increase Employee Retention

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 Sean Clouden (July 19, 2008)  Is there an employee evaluation program that can increase employee retention? Yes! There are many types of employee evaluations out there, but how can you use them to increase employee retention? If you read up on employee retention strategies, you'll undoubtedly hear about performance evaluations, hiring strategies, managerial strategies, relationship strategies, business philosophies .. (Human Resources)




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