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How to Focus Your Job Search for Success

I speak with overwhelmed job seekers every week who can't seem to gain any traction in their job search. They tell me, "I'm applying for just about anything that will pay me". This, my friends, will get you nowhere. My suggestion to the job seeker is to stop the scatter-shooting and laser focus your search.

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Here is a great way to start narrowing your focus. Make some lists. Start with a list of things you have recently been paid to do. Your next list is of things you like to do. Then make a list of things that you...

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Post-Pregnancy Discrimination?

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Q: When is an employee who is not pregnant and not trying to become pregnant still covered under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)?

A: When she recently gave birth.

The PDA amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, covers employers with 15 or more employees and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Now here's the case. An employee returns

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Here's the wrong way to deliver FMLA notices to employees

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

But, if you send FMLA paperwork to an employee by first class mail, then you're asking for trouble.

I'll show you why after the jump...

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Did you read the lede and think to yourself, "FMLA notice? You mean there's a notice? You mean, like in our handbook right?"

Ah newbie. There's still hope for you. I have an FMLA PowerPoint. Just email me and I'll get you started on the right track.

(Also, if you missed...

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#Nextchat: Job Seekers Up Against an Algorithm

Job seekers are up against multiple hurdles these days as they look for meaningful work. While poorly written job descriptions and malfunctioning career sites hinder the job search, they now must face an even higher hurdle -- the algorithm.

Most job search websites have increased the use of software that uses complex algorithms to screen and sort resumes by searching for keywords that match specific skill sets and experience. Other programs, like LinkedIn’s “Recruiter,” can help talent managers find passive candidates by searching for a specific location, title or skill.

While...

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Talent Management Solutions Can Put Federal Hirers in the “Major League”

Recent findings from the Partnership for Public Service are raising cautionary flags when it comes to the government employment picture:

  •          Hiring for federal jobs has reached its lowest level in nearly a decade, as about 76,700 new employees entered the workforce in fiscal 2013 – a dip of more than 14.5 percent compared to 2012.
  •          At the same time, about 110,000 workers left – resulting in a 33,000-staffer gap with respect to incoming versus exiting personnel.
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Executive Book Club: August 2014

To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in.

Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture—congratulations—and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters.

Bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton return to answer the most overlooked leadership questions of our day: Why are some managers able to get their employees to commit wholeheartedly...

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#SHRMYP Chat – Dress Codes in the Workplace

Dress codes in the workplace are written (or more often unwritten) rules that dictate what we should and should not wear to work.  With summer coming to a close, many organizations will start to worry less about their dress code policies. 

Dress codes may be put in place to maintain professionalism, identify employees, and/or for safety purposes.  But do cooler temps ALWAYS mean there should be no enforcement of policy or cause for concern?

Please join the SHRM Young Professional Advisory Council and host @CallieZipple at 12 noon...

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Will We Be Able to Make the Case for HR De-Extinction?

Much like scientists who classify living and fossil organisms into domain, kingdom, class, family, genus and species, we in HR often do the same:

  •   small/medium-sized business or large business
  •   industry A or industry B
  •   traditional or cutting-edge
  •   local or regional or global
  •   stodgy industry or sexy industry
  •   well-known brand vs. unknown local organization (“She worked for Nike while he only worked for Acme Community Bank.”)

We use this shorthand in a misguided attempt to categorize the knowledge and competency of any given HR professional.  We...

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