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How to Run Successful Year-End Reviews for Your Team

It’s that time of year. The awkward, uncomfortable, excruciating time of year, when you’re forced to drop many of the natural rules of civility and decorum, and tell the people you spend most of your waking hours with what you really think of them. That’s right: year-end review time! And you’re not even allowed to… Read more »

5 Workplace Issues to Solve in 2019

The holidays are over and resolutions are in full swing. People have renewed their gym memberships, sworn off sweets and recommitted to invigorating their careers. Those first two promises might not last past March 1, but hopefully the career stuff stays in play throughout 2019. Still, however committed to a goal, nothing is ever easy.… Read more »

Workplace Trends You Might See in 2019

The story of 2019 will depend a lot on whether the strong labor market can continue. Going into 2019, economic stats point to a tight labor market, headlined by the lowest unemployment rate in decades. This fact gives skilled talent the upper hand in many job negotiations. There just aren’t a lot of people out… Read more »

Get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile With These 4 Tips

Getting your resume noticed doesn’t happen in a sudden, eureka moment. Instead, it’s more like winning The Bachelor. In order to get to the interview stage, your resume needs to survive a series of cuts. If you’re a strong enough candidate, you’ll still be around at the end, when it’s time to start meeting candidates… Read more »

New Hire With Hidden Potential? Here’s How to Use It to Your Advantage

You bring someone in for what basically amounts to a mindless task. But your new hire surprises you. They show ingenuity and pluck. You know they are being wasted in the entry-level position you hired them to handle. You know it’s only a matter of time before they get fed up and start looking for… Read more »

Changing Your Career Path? Use These 4 Tips!

The traditional life progression goes something like this: a few years learning how to talk and how to tie your shoes, 12-16 years of schooling, then about four decades in a single profession, followed by a couple of more decades spent in restful activities like golf, fishing or gardening. But that structure doesn’t really work… Read more »

What to Bring, and What to Leave at Home, When Attending a Job Interview

People will give you a lot of advice about getting ready, like “be prepared” or “by failing to prepare, you prepare for failure” or “never bring a knife to a gun fight.” All that’s fine, but being prepared comes with a basic sorting problem: There’s stuff you need and stuff you don’t. Most of the… Read more »

How to Show Your Staff You are Thankful For Them

The holidays are all about looking back at the year that’s ending and preparing for the year that’s about to start. At Thanksgiving, we think about the things we appreciate most. At Christmas, we gather with family and friends to celebrate togetherness. And at New Year’s, we make our resolutions for the coming year. The… Read more »

Run a Successful Reference Check With These 3 Tips

One of the biggest challenges of the hiring process is projecting how a candidate will perform on the job. Not just how they will fulfill the job description, but how they will fit into the team and into your company’s culture. A candidate’s skills are spelled out on their resumes and you can learn about… Read more »

How Your Nightly Routine Can Set You up for a Better Workday

We know the feeling. It’s 10 a.m. and you’re already behind. You’re tired, harried and overwhelmed. Somehow, everything gets (mostly) straightened out by the time you head home, but it’s just a few hours until you have to turn around and do it all over again. Is there a way to avoid that oh-my-gosh-the-water’s-already-up-to-my-neck feeling?… Read more »