Should You Hire Someone Who Didn’t Graduate College?

If they can do the job, then as a CHRO, I’d say: Absolutely. I certainly value formal education and for some roles it’s mandatory. (I wouldn’t hire a self-taught brain surgeon.) In most cases however, college is but one path to competence…and it’s not always the quickest or most financially sound road to travel. A good way to evaluate candidates and to eliminate […]

How Job Seekers Can Leverage Innovation

More than ever we are trapped in a sea of sameness. Want proof? Simply head to the grocery store and check out the 20 odd types of dental floss on display. Regardless of the space, from physical products and services to creative endeavors and even potential romantic partners, the choices are endless. Turns out there are plenty of fish in the sea. […]

The Power of Purposeful Collaboration

Collaboration takes work. Whether you need to walk across the hall or call around the world, stopping your activity to conduct research, investigate complimentary projects, or even ask for input can seem a painful proposition when customers are demanding results … yesterday. It’s no wonder that collaboration shares a similar fate to most New Year’s Resolutions. (Remember those?) Like working out, […]

The Problem of Candidate Exaggeration

Hiring managers aren’t expecting candidates to outright lie on an application or during an interview. It happens of course and unscrupulous applicants are weeded out by a series of HR-endorsed process checks. Exaggeration of accomplishments however is far more common. And while they are difficult to spot on a resume, gaps in knowledge, skills, and competencies appear quickly during an interview. So how […]

How to Deal with Salary Issues

Ah, the dreaded salary question. Candidates hate it. Hiring managers flub it. Even seasoned recruiters can get tongue tied when trying to navigate the increasingly sensitive legal waters surrounding the issue. It’s not surprising. Laws are changing and in many states you can no longer ask about a person’s salary history. On the surface this seems beneficial to candidates […]

Does Volunteering Help Your Career?

Dedicating a year or two to help others through service-oriented work experiences is a noble pursuit filled with potential benefits including hard and soft skill development, cross-cultural exposure, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from lending a hand. It can also be viewed as a positive differentiator in a world full of self-promotion and “company me” mindsets. However, before you head off to […]

Interview Red Flags Candidates Should Watch For

There’s a host of advice for HR and hiring managers on spotting red flags that may signal a problem or high maintenance employee, but little counsel is given on the reverse point of view. Because an interview is a two-way assessment, candidates should also be vigilant in their evaluation of the prospective employer and watchful of wording that could spell trouble down the line. Traditionally red […]

How to Save Time During a Job Search

Hiring cycles can be long, even when you’re the perfect fit. The quicker you can land a new gig, the lower the impact being out of work or underemployed has on your financial well being. When it comes to work, time truly is money. Try these hacks to beat the clock: Leverage Social Media: Whether you have 200 followers or 2 million, […]

Five People to Be Friendly with at Work

I’m a big fan of the saying, “In a world where you can be anything, it’s best to be kind.” There’s real value in a good-natured disposition, in a willingness to help and be humble, and to developing a reputation untarnished by scandal. No one’s perfect of course, but keeping your word and forging healthy relationships with co-workers provide a solid foundation […]

Four Advantages That Set Career Changers Apart

People often think they have to play catch up when they switch careers. While there will certainly be a fair bit of technical or job-specific learning to do, one shouldn’t discount the value of the skills and experiences they bring to the new profession. Specifically, career switchers have the following advantages over some traditional candidates: Optimism: When you’re new to […]