References: Who to Ask, How to Ask and What They Should Say

Picking references can be a tricky proposition. You want to find people who say good things about your work, but maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve been in touch. Or maybe you had a bad relationship with your manager at one of your important jobs; should you put that name down? It’s important to get references right because of the weight employers tend to put on them. “Employers usually check your references as.. Read More

How to Give Polite, Effective Feedback

When it’s time to give constructive feedback, managers often get wrapped up in how it comes across rather than focusing on changing someone’s behavior. And that approach makes sense — as humans, we’re naturally empathetic, and we understand how feedback can be uncomfortable. But the reluctance to provide feedback can get in the way of an employee’s growth. It’s OK to worry about how people will take your feedback; you just can’t let.. Read More

Questions to Ask During Your Interview to Find Out About the Company’s Culture

Many companies today aim to hire for “fit” rather than specific skill sets. Skills can be taught, but the innate qualities an employee will need to fit in with the company’s culture and environment — those need to be present from the start. As a job seeker, it can be tempting to ignore any signs you see that you may not fit in. You really want to be hired, so what’s the harm.. Read More

What Can Your Office Do to Minimize the Risk of Workplace Violence?

Not every workplace violence incident makes national headlines, and most aren’t fatal, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t devastating for the victims, the witnesses and the business’ reputation. It’s a serious issue and as a responsible business owner, it’s your duty to take all possible steps to prevent violence, says Felix Nater, owner of Nater Associates, a security management consulting firm specializing in workplace violence prevention. The general duty clause of the Occupational.. Read More

What Is the Candidate Experience at Your Company and Why Should You Care?

Think about the past several résumés or applications you received at your organization. Surely you didn’t hire everyone. What would the candidates who were not hired say about your process? Was it a pain? Were they kept in the loop, including about their rejection? What about the ones who were hired? Would they say the process was easy, or did they have to jump through hoops? Were you accurate in describing the culture.. Read More