Here are the top HR news stories as selected by SmartBrief on Workforce readers last week.
January 28, 2014
January 23, 2012
What are you worth to an employer? Quick, come up with a number. OK. Now, let’s come up with a realistic number. Negotiating salary is, for most of us, as difficult as getting past phone screens and interviews to the job offer. It can be tough to think of yourself in dollar terms. If you’re not prepared to negotiate, you’re sure to be unhappy with almost any offer. So don’t be caught flat-footed.
December 29, 2011
In compiling the Monster 11 for 2011 list of Top HR and Recruiting bloggers to follow, we fell for the shiny statistics and cool tools which were emerging from the margins to the mainstream, taking a highly analytical and ostensibly objective approach to building our list of recommendations. After all, no one argues with numbers. Which is really too bad. Because as we spent another year listening to, and engaging, with the HR and recruiting social media conversation (and another year of writing posts in the second person), we learned that online, like in war or the workplace, leadership isn’t a matter of consensus.
December 19, 2011
If you’d like to work in your corporation’s office in Barcelona or Bangalore or Brasilia, “raise your hand” and make your interest known, said Shafiq Lokhandwala, chief executive of NuView, a human resources software company. He hears from his clients, including many international companies, how difficult it is to choose the right people to send on overseas assignments, and then to keep them engaged once they’re there. Showing you’ve got what it takes to live and work in a foreign country can start with your approach right now, no matter how American your cubicle and coworkers are.
December 8, 2011
Your smartphone is always with you, and recruiters know that. That’s why growing numbers of them are utilizing mobile technologies to recruit and vet job candidates. Utilizing mobile technology in the hiring process can make the application and interview process move along much more quickly, says Erin Peterson, recruitment outsourcing practice leader with Aon Hewitt, a global leader in human capital consulting and outsourcing solutions.
November 23, 2011
The economic realities of the holiday season, for those of us struggling to make ends meet or to find a job, makes it difficult to be grateful. When you’re in survival mode, it’s pretty tough to step back and reflect. So, should we be grateful for a job these days, or merely relieved? Should we express that gratitude to a boss? And if we do, will it be viewed as sucking up?
November 18, 2011
Maybe you’ve heard your managers or HR or all the bigwigs themselves tout how you’re all one big happy camper community working together to build a better business and a better world.
You just threw up in your mouth a little, didn’t you? The reality is that there are more motivated “communities” than others in any business entity. But if you could more readily see lateral, ladder and lattice career moves internally, maybe you and the others wouldn’t jump ship, or sink it?
October 20, 2011
In our culture, the whole process of getting a job is more taboo than the sorts of steamy sex you can see on cable in the evening. It’s more okay to talk about the ways in which we are broken or are victims than it is to discuss the real challenges of finding work. From every corner comes the message that you should be ashamed if you are unemployed, underemployed or actively looking for work. If you’re in the market for a job, the competing ideas create a real box. Don’t let them know you are unemployed, but don’t lie on your job application. Hide your identity and preferences in order to avoid discrimination, but never, ever misrepresent yourself.
October 7, 2011
If you want luck in your job hunt this fall, make your own luck, and develop it the way you’d train for a marathon. If that sounds like a lot of hard work and dedication, it certainly is. “They need to be mentally prepared and physically prepared,” said Susanne Goldstein, author of Carry A Paintbrush: How To Be the Artistic Director Of Your Own Career. Her central message sounds simple, almost magical: Bring along an imaginary bucket and paintbrush, so when you see an opportunity, you paint a doorway.