April 26, 2011

The Right Talent Critical for Business Growth Strategy Implementation, Say Leading CEOs

The Right Talent Critical for Business Growth Strategy Implementation, Say Leading CEOs

The CEO Challenge 2011 cites Growth and Talent as the most critical challenges. After years of scaling back, driving business growth emerges as top concern for corporate leadership. Talent management and innovation are the most critical vehicles for business growth strategies today. (more…)

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April 25, 2011

Revisit Your Mission: Strengthen Corporate Culture and Better Serve Your Employees and Clients.

Revisit Your Mission: Strengthen Corporate Culture and Better Serve Your Employees and Clients.

Heidi Clark

Heidi Clark

By Heidi Clark, COO,CHO, Redfish Technology, Inc.

Change. It’s something that we naturally resist and yet is a very important part of any organization.  Redfish is, has been and always will be changing.  Since we opened our doors fifteen years ago, we’ve seen many cycles and shifts of the market – from the Dot Com to the Dot Bomb to the 2007 Recession.  We’ve seen the highest highs in the tech market and the lowest lows. As Redfish has grown, so have we and in that growth there has been a deepening of purpose.  In our efforts to embrace and reflect this change, reviewing our mission statement becomes our first priority. (more…)

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April 20, 2011

Do You Have Your References in Hand? You Should!

Do You Have Your References in Hand?

You Should!

 

Whether you are an active job seeker or not it is always good to be prepared.

Obviously if you are on an active job search, you want to be prepared. Some hiring processes are lengthy, but sometimes a job offer can come faster than you anticipated. If you have your references together, you demonstrate your professionalism and preparedness to move.

What if you are perfectly happy where you are and haven’t even thought of looking? (more…)

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April 14, 2011

How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way

By Shannon Tinker

Last month, I offered some pre-resume reviewing steps for preserving time and sanity during the hiring process.  Hiring isn’t rocket science.  You get approval, decide what you want and need and then go about finding “It.”  What’s surprising is what happens when you do find “It.”  Managers make tough decisions daily, yet when faced with a viable candidate they don’t always make their move.

Even veteran managers accumulate reasons for why they shouldn’t extend a job offer to the right candidate. I’m not suggesting that you should jump on any candidate with Java on his resume and a pulse.  (This isn’t 1999!)  But it is interesting and heartbreaking when “best practices” and fear get in the way of hiring your next star employee. (more…)

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April 4, 2011

Staffing & Employment News: Gaining Traction, Momentum Continues

Staffing & Employment News

Gaining Traction, Momentum Continues

We had good news on the hiring front last week as the Association of Executive Search Consultants proclaimed 2010 to be the “Year of Resurgence” and the Business Roundtable’s first quarter 2011 CEO Economic Outlook Survey anticipated higher sales, increased capital expenditures, and additional hiring over the next six months, as well as a predicted real GDP growth at nearly 3% in 2011.

The Jobs Report backed up this optimism last week; March’s payroll employment gained 216,000, higher than the 200,000 predicted. January & February revisions were also higher by 7,000. While this is below the approximately 300,000 jobs needed on a monthly basis for significant impact on the unemployment rate over the next 5 years, it does surpass the 150,000 needed to keep pace with population growth. (more…)

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