personal branding

Aspiring to become an HR Executive? Earn a Graduate Degree and Establish a Stay With Your Company

Every HR professional aspires to earn a seat  at the C-Suite table, but how do you get there? Software Advice Analyst, Erin Osterhaus, decided to conduct an in-depth study of 100 top HR executives from some of the largest global organizations to find out if there were any trends in their professional tenures and academic backgrounds. The 100 executives sampled were compiled from HREonline’s list of the highest paid HR executives, HREonline’s list of top HR executives by number of employees, and Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2013.   In case you’re wondering how you stack up against these 100 HR executives at the top of their field, here’s a...

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How a Bad Online Reputation Can Kill Your Hiring Process

The new word of mouth about a company’s reputation can be found online. In a recent survey by the international contract employment firm Spherion, 47 percent of job-seeking respondents said a company’s online reputation matters as much as the job offer they receive. How candidates see or perceive you is based in part on what they read about your company on the Internet. Glass Door Talent Solutions recently posted a study that found even in a bad economy, job seekers care about a company’s reputation. Job Seekers Write Reviews, Too Your job postings go unanswered when your online reputation is poor. Companies that must go outside to find a new employee have...

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Guest post: 7 Must Have Attributes of an Effective Human Resources Manager

Many managers depend upon their HR counterparts to provide expertise on HR best practice and employment law. But what separates the good from the great? It goes without saying that an effective HR manager has years of experience, keeps up to date with new developments and has excellent interpersonal skills. What’s interesting, though, is that there’s often a debate within the HR community about the balance between the commercial strategy and staff welfare aspects of their roles. Is one more important than the other? Can one person be good at both? A great HR manager has to combine them to be effective within the management team and to demonstrate fairness to the...

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Poster giveaway and guest post from Live in the Grey

A few months ago, I was contacted by the good folks at Live in the Grey about doing a guest post and giveaway on my blog. The poster they sent me is super cool and will look great on your office wall! To be entered to win, please share this post on Twitter and tag me (@ahaddaway). I’ll pick a winner at random on June 20, 2013. Live in the Grey (Liveinthegrey.com) is a new, rapidly growing movement started by Maneesh K. Goyal (founder of award-winning marketing agency MKG) and David Munczinski (Wharton student) encouraging individuals to step outside of a black-and-white world by influencing the blend of a personal and professional lifestyle and inspiring others to...

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3 Questions to Ask Before You Quit Your Job

It’s normal to let your mind wander and entertain thoughts of a different career, a high-level position or change in your everyday work life. It’s even more so if you have had a couple rough days (or months) at the office or always dreamed of being a teacher, but now you’re an accountant. But before you make the decision thoroughly to leave your job behind, let’s determine if quitting is the right route for you: How Will You Explain This to Your Future Bosses? In the past, a resume with only one job on it showed loyalty. Now, employers look for adaptability and growth. A work history of several jobs with different companies shows you are just that...

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Guest post: 7 Mistakes That are Costing You a Promotion

When it comes to career advancement, dressing poorly isn’t doing you any favors. Neither is lying, attempting to hide problems, brown nosing or pretending you know things you don’t among others. In order to seriously evaluate what’s holding you back from being promoted at work, consider these seven common mistakes: Inability to Handle Criticism Sometimes you’re going to make mistakes and need to own up to and learn from them. Other times you will be criticized purely because someone usually your boss has a different idea about how you should approach your work, a certain project, etc. If you’re unable to handle criticism, engage in...

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