How to Construct a Dynamite Resume

In a perfect world, no one would need a resume. The candidates most suited to a particular job would simply be summoned forth to interview, based on their reputation and word of mouth referral. Employers would carefully make their hiring decisions based on the candidates’ verbal account of their past performance, without regard to any

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HR Systems: Prevent Now or Pay Later

The chief financial officer (CFO) of a Midwestern insurance company bumps into the HR director in the men’s room and asks how his new benefits administration strategy is shaping up. Before the HR director can respond, the CFO declares his belief that benefits administration should be outsourced to avoid spending money on the new technology

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Interviewing Techniques and Tips

Interviewing for a job can be stressfull. You may have a feeling of vunerability “selling” your skills or answering unexpected questions from the interviewer.  However, interviewing is a skill you can learn. With the right tips and techniques, you can become an expert at sharing your positive traits with potential employers, presenting yourself effectively at

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How To Answer The Most Common Interview Questions

So you have managed to successfully stand out from dozens of applicants and you have been called for an interview. As much as writing your cover letter and resume were difficult, a job interview can easily make even the most composed of individuals nervous. For many, job interviews feel like they’re “do or die”, and feeling as if

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4 Reasons Why You Won’t Get Your Dream Job

Ready to get your dream job? It’s a complex process involving more than completing an application andnailing the interview. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details, and it’s definitely true for making a standout impression. If it seems like your job search is slow and unsuccessful, you may be making one of several common job search mistakes

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7 Signs You Hired the Wrong Employee

The Only Thing Worse Than Making a Hiring Mistake Is Not Catching It In Time Recognize the Problem Getting through the hiring process can be exhausting and time-consuming. We’ve been there and we get it. You found someone with a great resume, who has most of the skills needed, and seems like he’d be a

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Should You Hire a 10x Employee?

Pros & Cons of Hiring Superstar Employees Meet Martin In the mid 1990s I took a job at a growing startup. The delineation of talent at the office was pretty clear: Four partners (President, VP/Technology, VP/Sales, VP/Marketing) and four employees (Video producer, Graphic Designer, and two Application Developers). Then there was Martin. Martin didn’t work

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5 Hiring Tips for Startups

Startups Should Highlight Advantages to Overcome Hiring Challenges How Startups Can Hire More Effectively You just got funded, congratulations! By now, you’ve likely accepted the condition of working with limited resources as the price for entrepreneurship. It’s not typical to receive carte blanche from your investors when it comes to paying yourself or your people.

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A Sample Stock Option Plan

The intent of this article is to explain the components of an Employee Stock Option Plan to Human Resources professionals and managers that may need to explain the complexities of a plan to employees.  Stock option plans are the large contracts that govern stock options programs. Stock option agreements are the individual options grants, vesting

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Should Tattoos Be Allowed in the Workplace?

See How Corporate Policies About Tattoos Affect Hiring, Retention Maybe it’s a tribal arm band, orchids on the lower back playing peek-a-boo with coworkers, or—gulp!—they’re wearing it on their face a la Mike Tyson. But even if it’s that cute little leprechaun on their ankle, our latest survey results show visible tattoos at work could

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