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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Man forgetting which company he is interviewing with

“Um, What Company is this Again?” Candidates’ Most Cringe-Worthy Interview Mistakes

Employers know as well as job seekers do that it’s still tough out there, and it seems they would be kind to overlook job seekers’ most innocent of mistakes, like spilling coffee on the boss’s suit, or letting it slip that “snugglebear” was one’s childhood nickname, or calling the hiring manager “Dad” in a moment of flustered introductions (No? Never happened to you?). Continue reading >>

By in Interviewing, Survey Results, Talent Acquisition


Hey, Employers! America Wants You (to Hire Veterans)

For U.S. veterans, returning to the workforce isn’t exactly easy. As of October 2011, more than 850,000 veterans were unemployed, and the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 12.1 percent — well over the national average. According to, more than 1 million service members are projected to leave the military between 2011 and 2016.


Despite these challenges, the situation just got brighter: Military veterans looking for work in this economy have a new champion in America Wants You, an effort bringing together the private sector and corporate America to find job opportunities for men and women who have served in the U.S. Continue reading >>

By in Announcements, Attracting Military Veterans, Diversity in the Workplace

generous leader

4 Mindsets of a Successful Leader

Are you trying to climb the corporate ladder while the company is working through the recession? In other words, are you aiming to be a leader?

Well, behind every great leader, at the base of every great tale of success, you will find an indispensable circle of trusted advisers, mentors and colleagues. These groups come in all forms and sizes, and can be found at every level and in nearly all spheres of both professional and personal life. Continue reading >>

By in Leadership Development

Mature worker lost in thought

Is Traditional Retirement Disappearing? How Older Workers Are Redefining Their Careers

“Hey, remember when retiring was a ‘thing’? Those were the days.” While hearing that phrase might sound odd now, the fading out of traditional retirement not be so far off the mark: Fifty-seven percent of workers ages 60 and older said in a new Harris Interactive© study they would look for a new job after retiring from their current company–a sign that these days, retirement doesn’t necessarily mean the end of someone’s career. Continue reading >>

By in Economy, Generational Hiring, Retention, Survey Results

Employee Survey

Stability and Culture Top Workers’ ‘Most Wanted’ Lists

A new survey sheds light on how employers can overcome their top staffing challenges.

Forty-three percent of hiring managers and human resource professionals are concerned top workers will leave their organizations this year, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

The survey of over 3,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals nationwide also revealed that 34 percent of human resource managers saw an increase in voluntary turnover (workers leaving organizations for other opportunities) last year. Continue reading >>

By in Insights & Trends, Survey Results

Office Romance

Who’s the Boss? Sometimes, Your Soulmate: Romance at the Workplace

It’s that time of year: People picking out the perfect card to express what the human heart cannot put into words; packing cupid-shaped PB&J sandwiches for that certain sweetie, and nervously squirming in their seats, palms sweaty, waiting to plunge into that bag of notes and suckers and candy “Tweet Me” hearts to see if their crush wrote them a special Valentine’s Day message. Continue reading >>

By in Employee Engagement, Infographics

hrpa annual conference

The Best Ideas from HRPA’s 2012 Conference–In 140 Characters or Fewer

I was at 2012′s HRPA conference last week, tweeting, blogging, jumping into sessions       about everything from the importance of cultural fit to the prevalence of age discrimination (more to come on those soon). I was also busy sneaking some peach gummy candy (CareerBuilder Canada had the most delicious booth ever, as evidenced by the picture on left of two of our CareerBuilder Canada employees, Jean and Brin, with a myriad of candy). Continue reading >>

By in Employee Engagement, Innovation, Talent Acquisition, Trade Shows


Innovative Companies Bring Out the Hacker in Every Employee

Whether the term ‘hacker’ brings to mind images of someone stealing your credit card information or of Angelina Jolie unleashing computer viruses on the federal government, chances are the last thing you want to associate with the term is your own staff.

And yet, several companies today are doing just that, launching what have become known as ‘hack days’ at their organizations. Continue reading >>

By in Employee Engagement, Technology, Trends

Candidate Communication

Recruiters, Have You Called a Candidate Today?

Want to build a better relationship with job candidates? All it takes is one thing.

For the New York Giants, it’s Eli Manning. For Rachel Ray, it’s EVOO. And for recruiting and staffing industry professionals, your most valuable resource is your talent pool.

And much the way Ray devotees (yes, we exist) rely on the Food Network star to provide fresh, quality(ish) 30-minute meals on a regular basis, your clients consistently rely on you to provide quality candidates to fill positions. Continue reading >>

By in Talent Acquisition, Talent Pipeline


Helicopter Parents: Are They Chopping Their Children’s Careers Short?

You know them (or you may even be one yourself): The parents who “pop in” at company brainstorming meetings, or call the Dean of Students at her house just as she’s digging into her mashed potatoes, or hand-deliver their son or daughter’s resume to the hiring manager, singing-telegram style. There have been adult books written about them–and even cautionary children’s tales. Continue reading >>

By in Generational Hiring, Talent Acquisition, Trends

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