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“…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
~ I Corinthians 10:31

THE WISDOM OF AGE

There has been a lot written of late about the aging population, baby boomers leaving the workforce, how technology may be outpacing the ability of some older workers, etc.  Consumer products companies, the media and others are changing their marketing efforts to attract and appeal to the younger generations.  Nursing homes and alternative care programs...
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WORK AT BEING PASSIONATE

A question I often ask job seekers who are looking to change careers is “what are you passionate about”?  I am convinced that the secret of being successful and being content in a job is directly related to how passionate are you about what you are doing.  Unfortunately most people spend more time at work...
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THE DRIVE BEHIND INTERVIEW

I am convinced that the best way to conduct a job interview would be follow the prospective employee as they drive down the road.  The actions that drivers demonstrate speak volumes about who they really are, what they believe, and how they will act on the job. Less than 50% of an employer’s hiring decision...
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FISHING FOR THAT NEW CAREER

  People who know me might say that this article is long overdue.  In my humble opinion, there are many analogies to be made with several areas of life and fishing.  Fishing after all is all encompassing.  This analogy however surfaced while fishing for Snook on a southwest Florida section of the inland waterway but...
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WORKPLACE TALENT SEARCH

One of the first questions both employers and job seekers ask me when they find out that I am a recruiter is “what does the employment market look like and do I need to use a recruiter”? The economy has improved enough that I am very confident when I answer in the affirmative. Despite many...
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

What Goes on in Vegas… What goes on in Vegas might stay in Vegas is not true when it comes to domestic violence and the workplace.  What goes on at home often shows up at work, and it’s frequently not pretty.  Domestic violence statistics indicate that 25% of all women will be abused at home,...
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SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS HR TOO

At what point does a small business need to recognize the value of human resources expertise? When does it make sense to consider moving your small business in a more formalized direction from a human resources perspective? How can a small business act more like a large company when dealing with employees, and why even...
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INTEGRITY IN LIFE AND THE WORKPLACE

When your life on earth is over, how do you want to be remembered? What would you like to have inscribed on your tombstone for friends, relatives and strangers to read as they stroll through the cemetery? As you run your business, lead your department, call or wait on a customer, what one thing should...
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COMMUNICATE AT ALL COST

The most common complaint I hear in companies of every size and type is that the communication stinks. I’ve conducted employee involvement surveys for over a hundred companies, held several hundred employee exit interviews, mediated employee- manager disputes and listened to way too many employees complain about how bad the communication is at their company....
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GRACE AT WORK

What did you think of when you read the title of this article? Did you think that it was about a flamboyant red head in the workplace or the political incorrectness of saying a prayer before you eat lunch in the company lunchroom? I am going to ask you to think about demonstrating grace at...
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LOVE THEM OR LOSE THEM

The way in which companies treat their customers really does make a difference. Business owners and stockholders should insist from their employees the highest level of honesty, integrity and responsiveness at every level when it comes to dealing with customers. Most customers have made contact with a business because they think they have a need...
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HOW TO TREAT OTHERS: YOU NEVER KNOW

You never know who or when you might be influencing a decision by how you act or when that action may shape an outcome that is important to your future or the future of your business. This statement may seem all too bland but the difference between understanding and practice is often all to different....
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Outsourcing HR Options Should Be Considered

It seems as though my human resource experiences have gone full circle. This isn’t all bad as it as enabled me to witness first hand most of the options available to companies related to how they carry out their human resource function. Every option is viable depending on many variables including number of employees of...
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THE HIGH COST OF TURNOVER

One of the most telling measurements of employee satisfaction with their employer is turnover. Asking employees what they find interesting and exciting about their jobs and employment situation as well as what they find challenging is a wonderful opportunity for employers to learn what is important to their employees as well as why they might...
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WHY NEW WORKERS FAIL

Companies and hiring managers spend many hours and high dollars sourcing candidates, screening candidates, interviewing candidates, background checking candidates, negotiating offers and training new hires. New hires spend many sleepless nights wondering if they made the right choice and months of on the job learning to get a handle on the new company’s policies, procedures,...
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BE CONSISTENTLY CONSISTENT

Treating employees in a consistent manner is more difficult than it might seem and causes more problems for supervisors, managers and business owners than most other issues related to talent management. Large company or small, structured or unstructured, private or public, for profit or not for profit, all organizations will deal with this issue as...
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E-MAIL, FRIEND OR FOE?

As a consultant to companies in the area of human resources and to individuals involved in career change decisions one topic consistent with both entities is communication. Some have labeled recent times as the age of communications yet employee surveys consistently rate poor communications at the top of their needs to change list with their...
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THE ETHICAL DILEMMAS AT WORK

We’ve all heard and read about the ethical choices made by the senior executives at Enron, Qwest and other high profile corporations.  We’ve watched as Martha Stewart went from CEO to jailbird and back to CEO again. We’ve read about the toilet seat costing $100,000.00 being sold to and installed on military toilets; and the...
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TIPS FOR A HOLIDAY JOB SEARCH

There is a saying in many business circles ( retail the exception ) that things pretty much slow to a halt between Thanksgiving and New Years. For many in a job search this has been a reason to hunker down and wait it out till the New Year. Allow me to suggest that this may...
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TOP 10 MISTAKES OF SUPERVISORS

Ask any business owner or human resource professional what their single most difficult position to fill or find qualified personnel for and I will assure you that it will be the first level supervisor.  These are individuals who must walk the tight rope between management and employees and must get the highest quality and quantity...
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THE OLDER WORKER

Maybe it is because of my many gray hairs or because of the age of the people with whom I hang out, but for whatever the reason, discussions often center on the older worker.  I used to think of the older worker as those over 40 folks who were everybody’s boss and just hanging out...
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ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION

Job interviewing should be a two way time of sharing information and asking the right questions to enable both employers and prospective employees to make good and informed employment decision choices.  Asking the right questions up-front may make all the difference between hiring the right person for the job and accepting the position that is...
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Written Communication : More Than a Resume

In today’s marketplace it takes more than a snappy resume to catch and keep the attention of savvy human resource professionals and hiring managers. Every contact with prospective employers must be a high quality self-marketing piece that demonstrates the applicant’s enthusiasm, creativity, attention to detail, and persistence. Cover letters, although old-school in today’s data base...
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JOB CHANGE: GRASS NOT ALWAYS GREENER 

So you think that it is time to start looking for a new job?  My phone is continuously ringing this time of year with people thinking about making a job change.  I don’t know what it is about Spring but it happens every year.  Perhaps it is simply the freshness of Spring or that the...
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HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

Almost every workplace regardless of size, industry or geographic location has had to deal with issues involving harassment in one form of another.  Workplace harassment is normally associated with sexual harassment and although it is the most frequently reported form of harassment, others exist as well. Harassment is actually a form of workplace discrimination, which...
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EMPLOYED OR UNEMPLOYED…VOLUNTEER

Volunteering your time makes sense whether you are employed or unemployed.  You may have the talent and expertise that non-profits need and the non-profits have needs that without volunteers might otherwise go unmet. There are dozens of non-profit organizations to choose from and with a little research you are bound to find one that fits...
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DRESS FOR SUCCESS STILL IMPORTANT

At a recent roundtable of Longmont area Human Resource professionals I asked the question, “What bothers you the most about interviewees?”  The overwhelming response was that they felt that people don’t know how to dress for success for interviews. Interviewing for a new job is serious business and first impressions are critical to the success...
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COMPANY INTERNET POLICIES HELPFUL

Access to the Internet is available at most every workstation in most every company.  Doing business in today’s global marketplace requires web accessibility. The Internet has changed the way business is conducted in companies of every size and description enhancing the ability to access information, reach new customers, conduct research, maintain data and more. Despite...
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EMPLOYERS… PAY CORRECTLY OR PAY

  Some employers, either through lack of knowledge or in an attempt to save money, may not be paying employees correctly.  Recent changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act have also affected overtime rates and who is eligible to receive them.  Employers and employees are both affected by these changes and should take notice. Employees...
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NETWORKING FOR SUCCESS

Whether you are in business for yourself, working with vendors, contemplating a job change or actively seeking employment, diligent and strategic networking will be a key factor to achieving a successful outcome. The old saying “it’s not what you know but who you know” is important when it comes to selling products, services and your...
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MARKET YOURSELF FOR THAT NEW JOB

When its time to look for that new position there are several key area of consideration related to how to get an interview.  All to frequently, people follow the Ready-Fire-Aim approach to finding and responding appropriately for their next position.  Whether you are unemployed and looking or employed and still looking these basic principles apply:...
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APPLICATIONS

I have found it fun lately to walk into a business and have the business owner recognize me as the author of these little articles and often begin to tell me their horror stories concerning a recent article topic and their business.  Whether small or large, public or private, profitable or on the verge going...
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ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE

Just like the old saying about the three most important aspects of real estate is location, location, location; the most important part of a job transition is Attitude, Attitude, Attitude.   Regardless of the reason you are initiating a job search it is important to keep a positive attitude about your former employer and people...
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RESUME REFLECTS WHO YOU ARE

Read five career counseling books, talk to five career counselors, search five career web sites and try and determine the best way to write your resume…chances are you will find that no two sources will provide you with the same format or prescription for content. Writing a resume is still an art form and not...
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