Do You Know How to Conduct a Job Interview … Really?

Conducting an effective job interview takes more than asking about a person’s experience and what they know about your organization — it’s a great opportunity to determine how they approach their work and challenges they face, and whether that approach would fit in your organization. To rush through it puts your culture at risk — not to mention your bottom line. “Turnover is expensive,” says Christina Boudreaux, owner and senior talent consultant at.. Read More

Do You Need a Cover Letter for an Online Job Application?

As you fill out an online job application you might feel like something is missing. Aha — did you include a cover letter? The application might ask you to upload only your résumé or — even worse — say a cover letter is “optional.” When applying online, what should you do? When in doubt, include a cover letter, says April Klimkiewicz, owner of Bliss Evolution career counseling. “If you don’t include a cover.. Read More

Small-Business CEO Training and Advice to Help You Grow

As the owner of a small business, you’re juggling a lot of priorities. How about your own learning and development? That education may take many forms. For example, you may find it helpful to join a peer-to-peer organization where you can get help from other business owners. Or maybe you’re more in the mood for a boot-camp-style business school? Whatever type of help or support you’re looking for, there’s likely a great resource.. Read More

Making a Job Offer 101

You wrote the job description, placed the ad(s), reviewed endless résumés, conducted interviews and picked your perfect candidate. Whew! The hard part is over, right? Well, ideally, yes, but that doesn’t mean you can phone it in for the job offer (literally). The candidate could still say no. This is a delicate time as you and the candidate get down to the specifics of money, schedules and benefits. To help you get through.. Read More

5 Mistakes That Make Your Résumé Look Outdated

Evolving technology and preferences mean the way you need to put together your résumé has changed. The smallest detail can make your résumé look out-of-date — or worse, imply that you’re out of touch with the needs of the hiring organization or recruiter. Advanced technology is the main reason résumés have changed. “Résumés have evolved to become more easily readable on computer and phone screens,” says Donna Svei, an executive résumé writer, LinkedIn.. Read More