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Read up on the latest in learning and development, including valuable information on addressing skill gaps, attracting top talent, retaining and developing employees, and making a social impact.

6 Ways to Make the Most of a Long Commute
6 Ways to Make the Most of a Long Commute
by Helena Leung September 2018

Stuck in traffic on your way to work? Sitting on the train while commuting home after a long day? Take a look at some activities you can use to make the most of your long commute.

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How to Know If a Company Will Invest In Your Future
How to Know If a Company Will Invest In Your Future
by Daisy Rogozinsky September 2018

Are you in the process of evaluating whether a certain company is a good fit for you? Don't forget to determine whether or not the organization will invest in your future. Here's how you'll know.

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7 Things to Look For During Your Job Hunt
7 Things to Look For During Your Job Hunt
by Daisy Rogozinsky September 2018

Are you embarking upon a search for a new job? When seeking a new place to work, looking for these seven things can help you find a company where you'll be happy.

How to Land Your Dream Job Even When You Don't Meet the Requirements
How to Land Your Dream Job Even When You Don't Meet the Requirements
by Daisy Rogozinsky September 2018

Do you have a dream job that you wish you could apply to but that you don't quite meet the requirements for? Check out our tips for how to land the role anyway!

How to Update Your Tuition Reimbursement Program to Be a Benefit Employees Actually Use
How to Update Your Tuition Reimbursement Program to Be a Benefit Employees Actually Use
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

Are you worried than not enough of your employees are using your tuition reimbursement program? Do you think it might need an update? Here are our suggestions for how to go about refreshing this important benefit.

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How to Showcase Your Ability to Learn on Your Resume
How to Showcase Your Ability to Learn on Your Resume
by Michelle Baumgartner August 2018

Regardless of your field or desired professional position, one of your most valued skills as a prospective employee is your aptitude to learn. Here are several ways to use your résumé to impress potential employers by underscoring your learning skills.

5 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out
5 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out
by Michelle Baumgartner August 2018

In a highly competitive job market, your résumé can make or break your chances to be noticed and move on to the next phase in the hiring process. Follow these five suggestions to build a résumé that will help you stand out as a big fish in a crowded sea of applicants.

3 Ways Phones Can Help Improve Company Culture
3 Ways Phones Can Help Improve Company Culture
by Michelle Baumgartner September 2018

Smartphones have become ubiquitous, bringing great convenience into our everyday lives. You may be wondering what value they can deliver in the business world. Here are three ways phones can enhance your company culture.

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How to Find a Job Using Social Media
How to Find a Job Using Social Media
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

Are you in the process of looking for a new job? Read this blog post to find out how you can best use social media to help you make your next career move.

5 Workplace Perks That Are Better Than Food
5 Workplace Perks That Are Better Than Food
by Daisy Rogozinsky July 2018

Yes, we all love food. It's a fantastic, if obvious, workplace benefit. But some workplace perks are even better. Don't believe us? Here are five examples to change your mind.

How Company Culture Can Help You Retain Employees
How Company Culture Can Help You Retain Employees
by Bill Sands July 2018

Employee retention is crucial when it comes to saving time and money. One potential avenue to keep your workers longer involves creating a company culture that focuses on loyalty and engagement.

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4 Ways to Stand Out From Other Job Candidates
4 Ways to Stand Out From Other Job Candidates
by Daisy Rogozinsky July 2018

Looking for a way to differentiate your resume from the other hundred in the stack? Check out this list of four ways to stand out from other job candidates.

4 People Share Their Embarrassing Job Interview Moments
4 People Share Their Embarrassing Job Interview Moments
by Jessica Lyons July 2018

Want to feel better about your own interview experiences? These embarrassing interview moments will not only make you laugh but will also give you hope that you can recover from anything.

7 Strategies to Keep Employees Engaged All Summer Long
7 Strategies to Keep Employees Engaged All Summer Long
by Bill Sands July 2018

Keeping employees motivated and engaged in the summer can be a tall task, as the months between May and August are rough on motivation. Use these strategies to keep your office staff engaged and lively throughout the year.

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Proven Tips to Attract Top Talent to Your Company
Proven Tips to Attract Top Talent to Your Company
by Amanda Johnson July 2018

Finding ways to attract and bring in top talent to your company can be accomplished through a variety of ways. Proven tips for success include highlighting the company's mission, providing ongoing learning opportunities, creating a reward management plan, and offering flexible work schedules.

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If You Have One of These Work Habits, You Need to Break It Now
If You Have One of These Work Habits, You Need to Break It Now
by Meghan Cooney June 2018

Feel like you've been waiting years for a promotion? Maybe it's time to check your workplace habits. Newsflash: they can have a huge impact on your chances of getting that raise. Here are 7 habits you need to break right now.

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Easy Steps to Building a Successful Employee Referral Program
Easy Steps to Building a Successful Employee Referral Program
by Amanda Johnson June 2018

Bringing in new hires through employee referrals is a great way to save time and recruit like-minded job applicants. You can build your own successful program by recruiting employees, offering incentives for referrals, announcing job vacancies regularly, and promoting the program throughout the company.

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These Are the Careers Disney Princesses Should Have
These Are the Careers Disney Princesses Should Have
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

Sure, Disney princesses don't usually need to join the workforce, but that won't stop us from imagining the perfect careers for them. Check out a list of the careers Disney princesses should have.

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5 Techniques That Can Help You Improve Your Employees' Ability to Learn
5 Techniques That Can Help You Improve Your Employees' Ability to Learn
by Erin Riskey June 2018

As an employer, you likely know the importance of your employees' ability to learn and grow. However, what are the best ways to foster this ability so that your workforce and company benefits? Read on to explore five techniques that can help you improve your employees' ability to learn.

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6 Signs It's Time to Find a New Job
6 Signs It's Time to Find a New Job
by Meghan Cooney June 2018

We've all been there. What started out as a promising gig has left you stressed, bored, punching the clock, so on and so forth. Here are 6 tell-tale signs that it's time to go from passive to active job-seeking.

4 Unique Team-Building Activities HR Professionals Should Use More Often
4 Unique Team-Building Activities HR Professionals Should Use More Often
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

Are your employees tired of the same old team-building activities? Check out these four unique options that will help your employees bond as a team without boring them to tears.

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3 Reasons Why the Ability to Learn is the New In-Demand Soft Skill
3 Reasons Why the Ability to Learn is the New In-Demand Soft Skill
by Bill Sands June 2018

Setting yourself apart from the competition in the job market is no easy task. To improve your chances, consider improving your soft skills, particularly your ability to process and learn new information.

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4 Signs Your Employees Are Bored By Your Training Program & How to Engage Them
4 Signs Your Employees Are Bored By Your Training Program & How to Engage Them
by Amanda Johnson June 2018

Four signs that your employees are bored by your training program include a decrease in requests for training, workplace innovation, and employee morale as well as a decline in customer satisfaction. If these signs sound familiar, then it's time for you to revamp your employee training program.

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How Executives Can Benefit from Participating in an Exit Interview
How Executives Can Benefit from Participating in an Exit Interview
by Amanda Johnson June 2018

Exit interviews are a critical component of the hiring and firing process, making it an important part of HR that executives should take part in. Exit interviews give executives the ability to discover weak and strong points in company structure and operations, clear up misunderstandings, and reiterate reasons for termination if the employee was laid off or fired.

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Starting Your First Job After College? These 5 Tips Will Help You Shine
Starting Your First Job After College? These 5 Tips Will Help You Shine
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant June 2018

Starting your first job after college can be daunting. While you have a solid educational foundation, you're entering a new environment with unknown expectations. The five tips below will help you to thrive in your first job as well as prepare you for the successful career that will follow.

5 Jobs That Will Still Exist When Robots Take Over
5 Jobs That Will Still Exist When Robots Take Over
by Meghan Cooney May 2018

Automation is taking over. The robots are coming for your job. No one's career is truly safe. That's what recent headlines and news stories would have you believe. Thankfully, there's still hope for a variety of gigs that will still be around after the robot apocalypse.

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How to Get Your Employees to Open Up About Their Frustrations
How to Get Your Employees to Open Up About Their Frustrations
by Bill Sands May 2018

Before effective managers can handle employee frustrations, they first need to know what those frustrations are. If you're having a hard time getting your employees to open up, read on for some strategies on improving communication.

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How to Leverage Your Ability to Learn to Get Ahead at Work
How to Leverage Your Ability to Learn to Get Ahead at Work
by Michelle Baumgartner May 2018

You excelled at learning during your school years; now you're trying to move ahead at work, which can involve leveraging your learning abilities. Based on the needs of your workplace, these suggestions can help you turn your learning power into earning power.

3 Soft Skills That You Should Make Sure All New Employees Have
3 Soft Skills That You Should Make Sure All New Employees Have
by Amanda Johnson May 2018

Defining the top three soft skills that new employees should possess can help you quickly narrow down the field of qualified job applicants. Here's a look at why adaptability and flexibility, creative thinking and problem-solving, and the ability to learn make for the top three soft skills.

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6 Signs That You're Not Doing Enough to Engage Your Employees
6 Signs That You're Not Doing Enough to Engage Your Employees
by Rachael Pasini May 2018

Employee engagement has taken a plunge, yet many employers remain unaware of their employees' overall satisfaction. To prevent losing your company's valuable personnel, know the symptoms of employee disengagement and empower your human resources department to implement lasting solutions.

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Why HR Professionals Should Make Company Culture a Top Focus
Why HR Professionals Should Make Company Culture a Top Focus
by Laurie Smith May 2018

Company culture is critical to any business's success in today's marketplace, and HR departments can play a key role in that area. Read on to find out why HR professionals should be putting company culture at the top of their priority lists.

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How to Ask Your Manager for a Promotion
How to Ask Your Manager for a Promotion
by Rachael Pasini June 2018

Are you ready to move up the corporate ladder but don't know where to start? If you find the idea of asking your manager for a promotion intimidating, check out the following tips, which can provide you with a blueprint for taking your career to the next level.

3 Techniques You Should Be Using to Retain Your Employees
3 Techniques You Should Be Using to Retain Your Employees
by Bill Sands April 2018

Keeping employees on board is crucial to any company's long-term success. If you're having difficulty keeping your employees around, read on for some helpful employee retention strategies.

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You Had a Negative Performance Review. What's Next?
You Had a Negative Performance Review. What's Next?
by Bill Sands April 2018

Performance reviews are often nerve-wracking, and receiving negative feedback is always a disheartening experience. The following tips can help you recover from a bad performance review and bounce back stronger than ever!

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How to Evaluate Job Candidates' Ability to Learn
How to Evaluate Job Candidates' Ability to Learn
by Amanda Johnson April 2018

Evaluating a job candidate's ability to learn can be accomplished through reading resumes, asking the right kinds of application and interview questions, and presenting hypothetical situations and problem-solving exercises. Check out how you can measure your job candidates and their ability to learn.

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How to Motivate Your Employees After Performance Reviews
How to Motivate Your Employees After Performance Reviews
by Rachael Pasini April 2018

Though employees often dread annual evaluations, there are ways to leverage performance reviews to motivate your employees to achieve new goals. All it takes is a shift in mindset, purposeful communication, and a better understanding of what your employees value.

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Should You Have a Skills Section on Your Resume?
Should You Have a Skills Section on Your Resume?
by Bill Sands March 2018

Putting together an effective resume is an important part of the job application process. Adding a skills section can go a long way towards separating yourself from the competition and helping employers see your strengths.

Building a Fair & Effective Background Screening Process at Your Company
Building a Fair & Effective Background Screening Process at Your Company
by Amanda Johnson March 2018

Conducting a background screening or a background check is an important part of the pre-hiring process. If your company doesn't have a screening policy in place, check out the information below to create a fair and effective background screening process.

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What Employees Want in a Relocation Package
What Employees Want in a Relocation Package
by Amanda Johnson March 2018

A relocation package can make or break an employee's decision to join a company. Understanding what employees want in a relocation package can help HR establish and plan relocation policies with both the employee's and the company's best interests in mind. Here are a few suggestions on what to offer in your relocation package.

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The Role of HR in Promoting Diversity
The Role of HR in Promoting Diversity
by Bill Sands March 2018

Diversity has become a vital component of the modern workforce, and HR professionals play a crucial part in supporting and promoting inclusive offices. Read on for more information on how HR can help usher in this new era of equality.

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3 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements Your Employees Want
3 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements Your Employees Want
by Bill Sands March 2018

Updates to technology have made flexible work arrangements easier than ever. Read on for a few of the most common work arrangements and why employees may desire them.

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4 Skills You Need to Get Hired in 2018
4 Skills You Need to Get Hired in 2018
by Bill Sands March 2018

Hiring managers are looking for specific sets of skills when interviewing job applicants. Use the skills in this article to identify the most in-demand domains and improve your chances of getting hired.

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How to Handle Terminating an Employee In the Modern Workforce
How to Handle Terminating an Employee In the Modern Workforce
by Bill Sands March 2018

Firing an employee can be an uncomfortable experience, but it is a necessary part of any HR manager's job. Read on for helpful tips on how to go about the process in as smooth a manner as possible.

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Tips on Developing Emotional Intelligence for Every HR Professional
Tips on Developing Emotional Intelligence for Every HR Professional
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Emotional intelligence is an HR buzzword that has received a lot of attention over the past few years, especially because many believe that it can be improved. Read on to learn how to develop emotional intelligence in your workplace.

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Texting as a Recruiting Tool: How to Use SMS in HR
Texting as a Recruiting Tool: How to Use SMS in HR
by Bill Sands March 2018

SMS texting has become an increasingly popular option among HR professionals looking to fill vacancies. Read on for more information on this practice and how you can use it to improve the hiring process.

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How to Make the Open Enrollment Process Smoother - For You and Your Employees
How to Make the Open Enrollment Process Smoother - For You and Your Employees
by Amanda Johnson March 2018

Open enrollment doesn't have to be all hassles and headaches for you or your employees. Starting the process early, educating yourself and your employees, and maintaining an open line of communication can help the entire process run smoother.

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How to Earn HRCI Recertification Credits with Study.com
How to Earn HRCI Recertification Credits with Study.com
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant February 2018

HRCI recertification is required every three years, and many people recertify by earning credits for professional development activities. Read on to learn how to earn credits with Study.com, an approved recertification credit provider.

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Should You Get Your MBA or HR Certification First?
Should You Get Your MBA or HR Certification First?
by Bill Sands February 2018

If you're an HR professional looking to improve your credentials, both an MBA and HR certification can help you develop valuable skills and advance your career. But which one should you go after first?

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Top 5 Online HR Courses Worth Investing In
Top 5 Online HR Courses Worth Investing In
by Amanda Johnson February 2018

In order to move ahead in the field of HR, professionals should consider investing their time and money in online courses that cover key areas including compliance, crisis management, analytics, compensation and benefits, and talent acquisition. Here is a list of the top online courses that do just that.

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Don't Have an Employee Referral Bonus Program? You're Making a Mistake
Don't Have an Employee Referral Bonus Program? You're Making a Mistake
by Bill Sands February 2018

Offering employees incentives in exchange for referrals is an effective program that can reshape your entire hiring process. Read on for more information on how these programs can make your life as an HR professional much less complicated.

Common Mistakes New and Seasoned HR Managers Make and How to Learn from Them
Common Mistakes New and Seasoned HR Managers Make and How to Learn from Them
by Bill Sands February 2018

No one ever said being a manager is easy, and HR managers have their own slate of issues and problems to deal with. The following list contains a number of common mistakes that managers make and what you can do to overcome any missteps.

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Powerful Techniques to Remove Hiring Bias from the Recruitment Process
Powerful Techniques to Remove Hiring Bias from the Recruitment Process
by Amanda Johnson February 2018

Removing bias in the hiring process is possible when you understand what biases look like and how they find their way into important recruitment decisions. Once identified, those biases can be removed through a variety of powerful HR techniques.

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What HR Can Do to Improve Trust Among Employees
What HR Can Do to Improve Trust Among Employees
by Bill Sands February 2018

Fostering a corporate culture that promotes trust is an often-overlooked task for human resources departments. Use these tips and strategies to make it easy for your employees to trust one another.

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This is What Happens When You Hire an Overqualified Candidate
This is What Happens When You Hire an Overqualified Candidate
by Amanda Johnson January 2018

There are two sides to a story and two sides to a coin. The same is true when hiring an overqualified candidate. You can end up with a long-term happy employee or you can end up with a short-term disgruntled employee. HR can help determine which type is hired.

How to Get Rid of Your Unconscious Bias as an HR Professional
How to Get Rid of Your Unconscious Bias as an HR Professional
by Amanda Johnson January 2018

If you want to get rid of your unconscious bias as an HR professional, you need to admit the possibility of actually having a bias towards others based on categories such as age, sex and ethnicity. Once you've identified your bias you can address ways to remove it.

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Top Strategies for Keeping up with Emerging HR Trends
Top Strategies for Keeping up with Emerging HR Trends
by Bill Sands December 2017

HR is an evolving field and professionals will need to use all their skills to stay on top of new developments. Read on for more information on how to keep up with new trends in the human resources field

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The Dos and Don'ts of Internal Hiring
The Dos and Don'ts of Internal Hiring
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

Internal hiring is a great way to fill vacant company positions with qualified applicants already working in your company. The pros and cons depend on company needs and size. Before you get started, take some time to review these important do's and don'ts for internal hiring.

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Should You Encourage Anonymous Feedback at Your Company?
Should You Encourage Anonymous Feedback at Your Company?
by Bill Sands December 2017

Implementing an anonymous feedback policy can be a tricky proposition, as the practice has various benefits and issues. If you're considering implementing such a policy, read on for more information before making a decision.

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5 Employment Lawsuit Myths Every HR Pro Should Be Aware Of
5 Employment Lawsuit Myths Every HR Pro Should Be Aware Of
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

Whether you're in a small or a large business, if you work in HR then it's your responsibility to see that employment and labor laws are adhered to. If you think an employment lawsuit can't happen to your company, check out these five myths and think again.

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5 Great, Unique Holiday Gifts for Your Employees
5 Great, Unique Holiday Gifts for Your Employees
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

Holiday gift giving can be stressful, but if you really want to recognize your employees' hard work, consider these gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

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HR Certification vs. Certificate: Things to Consider Before You Make the Choice
HR Certification vs. Certificate: Things to Consider Before You Make the Choice
by Bill Sands December 2017

The decision between an HR certificate and certification is a momentous one that will have major effects on your career. Read more about these two options and see which one is best for you.

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What Every HR and Business Leader Should Know about Diversity in the Workplace
What Every HR and Business Leader Should Know about Diversity in the Workplace
by Bill Sands December 2017

Diversity is an important trend that permeates every aspect of the modern workplace. As an HR leader, you need to know how to understand and adapt to this changing landscape.

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Should You Outsource HR or Keep it In-House?
Should You Outsource HR or Keep it In-House?
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

Deciding whether or not to outsource HR is not a quick decision. Choosing how to handle your HR roles requires determining business size and HR needs, reviewing pros and cons, and researching how outsourcing has or has not worked for other businesses.

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What HR Professionals Really Think about Employment Gaps in Your CV
What HR Professionals Really Think about Employment Gaps in Your CV
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

Taking an employment break is a fairly common practice these days, but it's important to know how HR recruiters might view that gap when you finally decide to head back to work.

7 Tips for Presenting Yourself as a Professional in Your HR Interview
7 Tips for Presenting Yourself as a Professional in Your HR Interview
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

An interview can make or break the prospects of landing the perfect job. Whether you're a seasoned interviewee or a novice, it can be beneficial to review some useful tips on how to best present yourself as a professional in order to ace that next interview and get one step closer to the job of your dreams.

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The Best and Worst Times of Day to Schedule an Interview
The Best and Worst Times of Day to Schedule an Interview
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

Conducting an interview requires time, energy, and concentration. Read on to the find the best and worst times of day to get the most benefit out of the interview process.

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The 4 Most Common Mistakes Inexperienced HR Managers Make
The 4 Most Common Mistakes Inexperienced HR Managers Make
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

When you're new to the HR field, you're bound to make some mistakes as you learn your way around. Common mistakes include errors in the hiring process, indirectness with employees and lack of policies, procedures, and up-to-date job descriptions.

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A High-Performing Employee Wants to Resign - Here's How to Make Them Stay
A High-Performing Employee Wants to Resign - Here's How to Make Them Stay
by Michele Vrouvas December 2017

Each year, companies spend big bucks to replace top performers who leave for greener pastures. Competitive rewards, growth opportunities, and a vibrant employee experience could stop them from jumping ship.

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How to Create and Maintain a Learning Culture at Your Company
How to Create and Maintain a Learning Culture at Your Company
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

If you want to create and maintain a learning culture in your company, you'll need to map out your vision and make resources available, encourage innovation, equip leaders, and initiate learning at the first step of the hiring process.

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The HR Interview Questions You Are Guaranteed to Be Asked
The HR Interview Questions You Are Guaranteed to Be Asked
by Amanda Johnson October 2017

If you're interviewing for an HR position, expect to be asked questions that will dig deep into your personal and professional life with an objective of discovering your experience, knowledge, passion, vision, and integrity as an HR professional.

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Is Earning HR Certification Worth My Time & Money?
Is Earning HR Certification Worth My Time & Money?
by Bill Sands December 2017

HR certification is not mandatory in the HR field, which means professionals need to decide for themselves if the cost and time spent earning these credentials merit the potential advantages that come with them.

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Should I Get an HR Degree If I'm Making a Career Transition?
Should I Get an HR Degree If I'm Making a Career Transition?
by Bill Sands November 2017

Professionals looking to break into the human resources field will need a combination of education and experience to find a job. Getting an HR degree will go a long way towards making yourself a desirable candidate.

The Evolving Role of HR Professionals in a Modern Society: Things to Know & Ways to Adapt
The Evolving Role of HR Professionals in a Modern Society: Things to Know & Ways to Adapt
by Bill Sands December 2017

The field of human resources is experiencing a radical shift in priorities. As an HR professional, you'll need to know how the profession is changing and what you can do to make sure that you're on top of things.

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Which HR Certification Will Help Me Land a Good-Paying Job Faster?
Which HR Certification Will Help Me Land a Good-Paying Job Faster?
by Amanda Johnson October 2017

Holding certification in HR will increase your chances of being chosen for an HR position as well as increase your annual salary rate. When looking to obtain the best job in the quickest fashion, choose a recognized professional or senior professional certification program.

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How Careers in Human Resources Have Evolved in the 21st Century
How Careers in Human Resources Have Evolved in the 21st Century
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

Careers in human resources have evolved to include a variety of roles and responsibilities needed to meet the growing demand of an ever-changing workplace and keep up with a technologically advanced world.

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Why You Need a Human Resources Degree to Rise to the Top
Why You Need a Human Resources Degree to Rise to the Top
by Patricia Willis December 2017

The right education is paramount for professionals who want to make their mark in the ever-changing world of human resources. That includes a combination of university study, professional certification, and experience as well as a desire to continue learning throughout their careers.

Do I Need an HR Certification to Start My New Career?
Do I Need an HR Certification to Start My New Career?
by Bill Sands November 2017

HR certification isn't mandatory for those looking to start a career in the field, meaning aspiring HR professionals have the option to pursue or forego the process. Read more about the positives and negatives and decide which option is best for you.

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Your HR Resume: The Most Important Pieces of the Puzzle
Your HR Resume: The Most Important Pieces of the Puzzle
by Zach Griffin December 2017

As careers and wages in human resources continue to grow, many people hope to land an HR job after college. While your education and employment experience are important, you'll also need a stellar resume to set you apart.

Tips for Landing Your Dream Job in HR After Getting Certified
Tips for Landing Your Dream Job in HR After Getting Certified
by Bill Sands November 2017

Earning HR certification is a crucial step towards getting a fantastic job in HR, but it's far from the final obstacle. Use these tips and suggestions to improve your chances of finding and landing that elusive dream job.

Can You Work Anywhere in the World with American HR Certification?
Can You Work Anywhere in the World with American HR Certification?
by Bill Sands December 2017

Despite their strong reputation in America, much less is known about the value of HR certifications in other countries. If you're thinking of practicing HR abroad, you should know what international employers value most when reviewing job applications.

Which HR Certification Is Right for Me?
Which HR Certification Is Right for Me?
by Bill Sands December 2017

With so many HR certifications on the market, it can be hard to decide which one to pursue. Read on for more information on the most popular certifications and their various merits and disadvantages.

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What Competencies Should Every HR Professional Work on Right Now?
What Competencies Should Every HR Professional Work on Right Now?
by Bill Sands November 2017

As HR continues to evolve, the nature of the profession has changed dramatically. Professionals in this industry need to act accordingly and maintain a skill set that prioritizes the most important competencies.

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Tips for HR Professionals Transitioning from Small to Large Companies
Tips for HR Professionals Transitioning from Small to Large Companies
by Amanda Johnson September 2017

There are three key organizing, thinking, and marketing approaches that can help you transition from an HR professional in a small business to an HR professional in a large company, which we'll discuss in this article.

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7 Essential Components of a Company Everybody Wants to Work For
7 Essential Components of a Company Everybody Wants to Work For
by Bill Sands November 2017

Maintaining and sometimes reinventing a corporate culture that keeps workers happy and appeals to candidates in the hiring process is one of the essential function of HR. Learn more about the essential components that allow certain companies to consistently attract and retain top talent from the workforce.

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Tips & Tricks for Your Upcoming PHR Certification Exam
Tips & Tricks for Your Upcoming PHR Certification Exam
by Bill Sands December 2017

Passing the PHR certification exam requires plenty of preparation and a game plan for test day. Use these strategies to get ready for the test and earn your certification.

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What Men Should Know About Opportunities in the Female Dominated HR Profession
What Men Should Know About Opportunities in the Female Dominated HR Profession
by Bill Sands November 2017

The human resources profession may be dominated by women, but that doesn't mean that men do not have any opportunities when it comes to finding a job in the field.

4 Special Considerations for HR Professionals at Start-Ups
4 Special Considerations for HR Professionals at Start-Ups
by Michele Vrouvas December 2017

Signing on with a start-up can bring the chance of a lifetime but also enough work to inhale you. And that's not the only reason you should be skeptical.

How is HR in Small Businesses Different from Large Companies?
How is HR in Small Businesses Different from Large Companies?
by Amanda Johnson September 2017

Although all HR departments share the same goals of effective problem solving and plan development, they differ in the paths they take to reach these goals. Size, responsibilities, resources, and recruiting methods are the main differences between HR in small businesses versus large companies.

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Starting a Career in HR? Here's What You Need to Know
Starting a Career in HR? Here's What You Need to Know
by Michele Vrouvas December 2017

HR's landscape might not resemble the stock market's ebb and flow. But it does bring surprises and even risks that newcomers like you must know to plot your next career move.

5 Tips for Passing Your SPHR Certification the First Time
5 Tips for Passing Your SPHR Certification the First Time
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

Gaining extensive HR experience, developing test taking strategies, setting aside hours of study time, making use of practice tests, and even preparing your body for the physical strain of test taking are all key elements in taking the SPHR test and passing it the first time.

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New to HR? What Every Person Starting a Career in Human Resources Should Know
New to HR? What Every Person Starting a Career in Human Resources Should Know
by Patricia Willis November 2017

If you're considering a career as a human resources professional, these tips can help you ensure that you have the right skills to get your foot in the door and find the job of your dreams.

Here's How Human Resources Certification Proves Your Value
Here's How Human Resources Certification Proves Your Value
by Bill Sands November 2017

Certification for professionals in the human resources field is not mandatory, leading many to wonder how valuable these credentials really are. Earning an HR certification presents plenty of benefits, from new career opportunities to professional advancement.

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Why is the HR Profession Dominated by Women?
Why is the HR Profession Dominated by Women?
by Bill Sands December 2017

An overwhelming majority of workers in the human resources field are women. Is there a reason for this discrepancy, and what can it teach us about employment trends across the country?

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Employee Productivity Boosting Techniques You Should Start Using in Your Workplace
Employee Productivity Boosting Techniques You Should Start Using in Your Workplace
by Michele Vrouvas December 2017

A fired-up employee base is the mainspring of business, and pursuing one drives almost every decision a company makes. These tips for boosting productivity should be on every HR manager's morning agenda.

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How Do I Break Into the Human Resources Field?
How Do I Break Into the Human Resources Field?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

Regardless of your background, there are many ways to build your skills and break into the field of human resources. Read on to learn how to get into this growing field.

The Secret to Successful Online Recruiting
The Secret to Successful Online Recruiting
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

The secret to successful online recruiting is not spending hours hoping to find the right candidate for your company; instead, it is spending time making your company visible, desirable, and unique so that the right candidate will find you.

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5 Workplace Habits of Successful HR Professionals
5 Workplace Habits of Successful HR Professionals
by Michele Vrouvas December 2017

Their roles transformed by trailblazing CEOs and a hyped-up marketplace, HR professionals today do more than push paper. Here are five habits the all-stars have adopted to change the game.

3 Questions You Should Always Ask in a Preliminary Phone Screen
3 Questions You Should Always Ask in a Preliminary Phone Screen
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

Preliminary phone screenings can save you a lot of time by eliminating unnecessary in-person interviews with unqualified candidates. Multiple questions that address experience, logistics, and communication skills can make the process much more effective.

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What Every HR Professional Should Know About Work & Life Balance
What Every HR Professional Should Know About Work & Life Balance
by Michele Vrouvas December 2017

Aligning the demands of work, home, and everything else has never been easy. Find out why HR professionals today--more than ever--are helping employees make it all fit.

Will Getting an HR Certification Help You Earn More Money?
Will Getting an HR Certification Help You Earn More Money?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

As an HR professional, you may be considering earning certification through HRCI or SHRM. However, will getting an HR certification actually help you earn more money? Read on for the answer.

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3 Personality Tests All HR Professionals Should Know About
3 Personality Tests All HR Professionals Should Know About
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Finding the right people to fill your company's vacancies can be difficult, particularly when you receive dozens of applications for a single opening. The right personality test, however, can point you in the right direction and ensure that your hires are the right hires.

3 Strategies for Creating a Memorable HR Resume
3 Strategies for Creating a Memorable HR Resume
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

As an HR professional, you know the ins-and-outs of dynamic resumes, yet, writing your own can be difficult. There are three game-changing strategies to remember: layout is everything, information placement is key, and unique achievements are golden.

Will Certification Through HRCI Get Me Promoted?
Will Certification Through HRCI Get Me Promoted?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

If you're an HR professional interested in career advancement, you may be considering HRCI certification. However, will certification through HRCI be the key that gets you promoted? Read on to learn more.

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The Ins and Outs of Employee Exit Interviews for HR Managers
The Ins and Outs of Employee Exit Interviews for HR Managers
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

Employee exit interviews should be used as a tool to discover ways to improve the company and maintain a healthy working environment for employees. Knowing the purpose behind the exit interview can help HR managers make the most of the process.

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How the HR Department Can Build a Positive Company Culture
How the HR Department Can Build a Positive Company Culture
by Michele Vrouvas December 2017

CEOs today are finding it takes more than jeans Fridays and annual picnics to create a positive culture that attracts talent. Here are ways for HR to help them build an employee experience like no other.

How Much Do Human Resources Jobs Pay?
How Much Do Human Resources Jobs Pay?
by Patricia Willis December 2017

While the pay scale can vary depending on a number of factors, there is a general guideline you can follow as you enter into a career in HR to ensure that you get paid what you deserve.

3 Creative Team-Building Activities to Try at Your Company
3 Creative Team-Building Activities to Try at Your Company
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

Team building is an important aspect of any workplace. Done correctly, it can boost collaboration, productivity and team morale. If you've run out of ideas for your next team-building event, read on for three creative activities to try at your company.

Finding the Human Resources Job That's Right for You
Finding the Human Resources Job That's Right for You
by Erin Riskey July 2017

Are you looking for your first job in human resources or thinking of changing positions within the field? Keep reading for valuable information that can help you weigh your options and decide which HR job is right for you.

Are Salaries for Human Resource Professionals on the Rise?
Are Salaries for Human Resource Professionals on the Rise?
by Bill Sands December 2017

The job outlook for human resources professionals is an extremely encouraging one. Individuals working in this field can expect high earning potential, job stability, and rising salaries.

Help! I Need to Find a Job in HR Fast
Help! I Need to Find a Job in HR Fast
by Bill Sands November 2017

Working in human resources can lead to a promising career with an impressive salary and long-term stability. If you're interested in joining this field, here are a few tips to help you land a job sooner than you may think.

How to Handle These Popular HR Interview Questions
How to Handle These Popular HR Interview Questions
by Michele Vrouvas November 2017

Who are you, the person behind the resume? This is the question that drives all others during a job interview. And if you can match your skills to the position, a hiring manager will have but one answer.

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