6 Steps to Build an Effective Team


Building an effective team is an ongoing challenge for all managers. Just when you think you have the right team, and they6 steps to build an effective team are performing at top capacity, life changes. The goals of your organization changes, one of your team members leaves, a business crisis emerges, and you are faced with a team out of balance. 1. Stop and take a breather. Unfortunately, many managers immediately go into survival mode and start reacting to the situation. It’s important to … [Read more...]

Common Challenges for First-Time Managers (and How to Overcome Them)


Congratulations! You’ve been hired for or promoted to a management position for the first time in your career! This truly is Common challenges for first-time managers an exciting day. It’s also a day that changes…everything. You were once the rockstar subject-matter or technical expert in your last role and, because of your success, they’ve asked you to lead others and coach them to be as good as you are. Yet, if you’re smart (and I know you are) you realize the being a manager, especially … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Effectively Use Social Media in A Job Search


As social media networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook continue to grow, their use in the professional world increases as well. According to Jobvite, 94% of recruiters are actively using social media sites to find potential job candidates. For companies, finding potential job candidates using social media is fast, low-cost and maximizes the pool of potential candidates. The flexibility of social media also allows employers to quickly target a specific field or experience … [Read more...]

Top 4 Things Every Employer Wants to Know in An Interview


Cracking the code of a great interview isn’t rocket science. But it does take preparation and practice to ensure you can present yourself as the answer to the hiring manager’s prayers. Review the job ad carefully to make sure you understand not only the job duties and requirements, but also read between the lines to catch any nuances of what’s most important to accomplish in the role.  Have your questions ready as well so you can gauge if it is a great job for you or not. And know that, even … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Be Viewed as a Vital Contributor to Your Organization


The economic climate continues to provide concern for many people with regard to job security and career opportunities.  Unfortunately, some people do not grasp a very important fact:  That companies today hire or retain people solely because they can effectively contribute to the success of their employer. Therefore, as an employee your key goal is to find ways to grow your role so that you are considered to be a vital contributor to your department and ultimately to the company. Here are … [Read more...]

Alternative Ways to Improve Employee Retention


When there is a problem of any kind, it seems most people think of “money” as the solution. But that really isn’t true. Sure, it can be a real boost to any person to find a $100 bill, or win a lottery, but if you check out what happens to people who win that lottery, most find that it leads to more problems. So what can an employer do to demonstrate he or she values his or her employees? What would employees appreciate? Employers should begin by not just “talking” to their employees but … [Read more...]

How to Best Partner with Recruiters, Internally and Externally

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With the economy picking up in 2015, it will be crucial to stay on top of recruiting to ensure that you are getting the top candidates in your industry. On top of all of the other duties required by today’s HR professional, recruiting is becoming a viable role to procure the next generation of leaders for your organization. To do this, you may have to look to outside resources to help with the sourcing of talent. Recruiting today is seen as a commodity, a value-added service, to a company’s … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Do Well in A New Position

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As you begin this New Year, you may have the opportunity to begin a new position as well. How exciting and yet scary! So where do you begin in order to make this opportunity one that helps you grow and enables you to make a positive contribution? Assuming that you have selected a progressive organization which encourages employees to tap into their creativity and maximize their talents to benefit the organization, this will provide you even more growth potential. It is when working for … [Read more...]

3 Reasons to Consider Creating A Website to Land A Job


Technology has shifted the entire dynamic of the job search and how recruiters find and evaluate job candidates. Even 3 reasons to consider creating a website to land a job if you have a strong brand on various social media channels such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, a website may give you the edge you are seeking. Here are three reasons why you should consider creating your own site when you are in a career transition: Have you Googled yourself? Having your own website allows you to … [Read more...]

Taking Charge of Personal Branding: Brand Yourself or Be Branded


Recently I participated in a workshop around personal branding. The first question asked by the facilitator was “Who here has a personal brand?” I was very surprised to see that less than half the people in the room raised their hands. Here is the reality—good or bad:  EVERYONE has a personal brand. So what is personal branding? Personal branding is essentially the process of establishing an impression in the minds of others about an individual—namely YOU. Everything we do either directs … [Read more...]