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Why do people get fired? And how to do the firing

Getting fired, being sacked, getting the boot. However you phrase it, making someone redundant is a difficult job for a manager. Firing can be awkward, emotional or even embarrassing and there is almost never an easy way around it. 

There are many reasons one may be fired. Two of the most common are capability and conduct. From an employer’s perspective, to handle dismissals professionally, a manager must distinguish between the two. (more…)

What good leaders ask in a recruitment interview

Recruiting talent which fits the business needs is one of the leader’s most important tasks. Good leaders are magnets of talent. When meeting with a candidate in a recruitment interview, they will focus on this key question: What is the candidate’s most important quality and how would this make a real difference to the business?


Employee engagement: are we ready?

Self-driven employee engagement is passé. It is now time for employers to be as much concerned about engaging with employees and ensuring that work-life balance ceases to remain a mere rhetoric. Employee engagement can be successful if it is driven by employers. This can lead to an increase in employee motivation, morale and productivity. Driving the wellness agenda of employees can be a significant input for work-life balance.


A New Year, a new career, a new CV

Paul Brisk This is an article by Bookboon author Paul Brisk.

It’s that time of the year when New Year’s resolutions have been made and often relate to taking a fresh look at our jobs and taking stock of where we are going. Most importantly, we stop to see whether our current values and aspirations are being fulfilled.

We spend the majority of our time at work, so it’s vital that we are happy with what we are doing.

If a decision is made at this point that we need a fresh challenge, with or without additional responsibilities, the key driver in finding that position is a strong and meaningful CV.  (more…)

5 Ways To Help Your Resume Pass Through Automated Recruiting Software

Time To Find A New Job This is an article by Gavin Redelman.

Recruiting software and applicant tracking systems are increasingly used by employers to pre-screen job candidates’ resumes. While these programs save invaluable time for hiring managers and recruiters, they are also flawed and error-prone, sometimes even eliminating excellent job candidates from consideration.

To ensure that your professional resume isn’t mistakenly thrown out, follow these 5 easy steps. (more…)

10 Steps to Move You from Work to Successful Encore Volunteering

Volunteering This is a guest article by regular contributor Karl Burgher.

In a previous post, we spoke about “5 Key Action Steps to Help You Enjoy Volunteering.” This week’s blog builds on that theme for those encore volunteers who have left the working world with years of experience and wisdom to bring to the volunteer organization.

Let’s define the encore volunteer as the individual doing something in service after having done something else for much of their lives. Much has been written about the “encore” time of life, given that so many folks are living so much longer. Encores want, and very much need, to find something to occupy time purposefully for as much as a  decade or two after having finished their work-for-pay life. We discuss this at length in Chapter 8 of our free eBook Volunteering. (more…)

3 key questions for recruiters

Download Find the best candidate for the job! Download “Critical Touch Points of Recruitment” here!

Finding a job can be tricky, but it doesn’t get any easier, when you are the recruiter. Finding the right person for the job is just as difficult. There are many job candidates with great potential out there but how do you figure out who meets the job criteria and who can actually do the job?
Critical Touch Points of Recruitment”, co-written by the Robin Throckmorton , president of strategic HR, and colleagues, helps recruiters to find the best candidate for the job. The ebook contains advice on sourcing candidates, interview questions, assessments and many more topics around recruitment.
Find out here what the 3 key questions for recruiters are:


Is the “glass ceiling” starting to… crack?

Fundamentals of communication, P.R. and leadership This is a guest article by Bookboon author Georgios P. Piperopoulos

“Would things have been different in 2008 if instead of Lehman Brothers we had been dealing with Lehman Sisters?” This ironic question, heard recently in the British Media, is not completely irrelevant. The comment, caustic but succinct, brought forth a reality facing talented women in education, corporate life and politics.  (more…)

Turn your team into the best

“A functioning group can do anything,” says Piers Bishop in his ebook “Working with humans”

If you ask someone if they like being on their own most of us will answer with “no”. We like to have company, preferable our friends and family and also at the workplace it is nice to have a sociable bunch of colleagues.

“Geese gaggle, crows form Parliaments (why is that surprising) and cats – well – they do their own thing.
Little scamps. But we are a social species and the basic unit of human life is not the individual but the
Group,” explains Piers Bishop in his ebook “Working with humans”.

Are Your Job Postings Really Working?

strategic HR, inc. This is a guest post by Bookboon author Robin Throckmorton.

Are your ads catching the attention of the right candidates?  Do you wish more candidates would actually view your job postings?

A job posting is not a job description! To create an effective job posting, you need to put on your marketing hat and create a “job ad” instead.  Unfortunately, most HR folks are not marketers; so creating a job ad for an open position can be a challenge.

You should think of your job opportunity as your product and the individuals that will read the job ad as your potential customers. Your goal is to attract your “customers” interest, communicate the key points quickly and clearly, and leave the “customer” with a call to action. The only way you will accomplish this is to go beyond the basics of the job and grab potential candidates’ attention right away so they want to work for you.