Self-Esteem and Success

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In our society, self-esteem is something we believe to be very important to achieve success. We won’t find that job, we are told, or have success in business if we are not supremely confident in our abilities. But the problem with self-esteem is that it is difficult to maintain in the face of reality. We… Read more »

Corporate Culture and Job Candidates

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Leaders at every company like to think that they have a corporate culture that is open, engaging and collegial. But if you allow job candidates to shadow some of your employees, what will the applicants see? Will they see outgoing, friendly, engaged workers, or will they see a lack of teamwork and a lot of… Read more »

Handling Our Fear

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Whether working at a job or looking for one, we constantly have to face the stress and anxiety of life. Each day we confront challenges, or foresee challenges, that raise our level of anxiety. In fact, almost 20 percent of Americans are diagnosed with anxiety disorders each year. What this means is that there are… Read more »

Credit and Background Checks Disappearing

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A recent report by the Society of Human Resource Management shows that companies are not doing the same number of credit and background checks today as they were two years ago. The Society polled almost 550 human resource professionals selected at random from among the membership. More than half of the companies reported that they… Read more »

Tips for Hosting Interns at Your Company

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Many companies offer internships, a program often administered by a firm’s human resources department. For the company, the intern provides another person to help out, a fresh perspective and youthful energy. The intern gets valuable work experience. But there are good ways to run an internship and not so good ways. HR specialist Susan Heathfield… Read more »

Employee Engagement Falling

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Employee engagement. It’s a phrase that means having workers who like that they do, like where they work – and with whom they work —  and who are committed, high-performing employees. But a recent survey by the consulting firm of BlessingWhite Inc. shows that most companies are not doing well at all in motivating their… Read more »

To Know What a Company Needs, Look at the Job Description

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When you go for a job interview, you naturally want to be as well prepared as possible. You want to stand out from what is likely a crowded field of applicants. But being well prepared may not be what you think it is, according to one career advisor. In an effort to become as knowledgeable… Read more »

Compensation and Morale

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As the economy continues to struggle worldwide, it is having an effect on how companies are looking at expenses. As they try to rein in costs, businesses are being stingy with compensation and benefits, especially given the fact that the unemployment rate is high. Pay is not going up, but healthcare premiums are. More companies… Read more »

Looking at the Right Data for Hiring

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In making hiring decisions, companies look at a lot of data to try and predict who would be the most productive employees. The problem, according to business consultant Daniel Enthoven, is that they look at the wrong data, information that has little if any relevance or predictive capacity regarding jobs. Many companies, for example, look… Read more »

Hiring Looking Up for 2012 College Grads

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If you’re graduating college this spring, consider yourself luckier than your counterparts of the last few years: a survey of businesses shows that most companies said they intended to hire more newly graduated college students this year than in recent years past. The annual survey by CareerBuilder.com and CareerRookie.com found that 54 percent of business… Read more »