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Brad Remillard

Skills and Experiences Are Irrelevant When Hiring

By Brad Remillard A candidate’s ability to apply their skills is what counts Just to clarify, the word is “irrelevant.”  It doesn’t read “not important.” There is a difference between something being relevant and being important. Of course, having the right skills and experiences are important to performing the job, just not relevant when hiring. […]

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Farzanna Haffizulla

Negotiating a Flexible Work Arrangement with Your Employer

By Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla Every working professional should have the right to take time off, free from the pressures of work, but doing so requires some savvy planning with your supervisors and colleagues when you are gone. Check with your employer about your maternity, paternity and family leave options. The stress that many feel often […]

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Pat Heydlauff

Taking the Org Chart into the 21st Century

By Pat Heydlauff Running a business today with 15th Century tools is like driving a 1931 Model A Ford on the modern German Autobahn. Yes, the Model A is an automobile with wheels and a motor but it is not equipped to handle 21st Century demands for speed and peak performance. Back in 1931, the […]

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Patrick Valtin

Hiring: How to Attract Top Players

By Patrick Valtin Ann is a frustrated business owner who has been trying to hire a Marketing Manager for the last 8 months. Her last attempt was disastrous: over $6,200 spent on recruitment ad placements and 63 resumes screened. After 27 interviews is one week, 4 selected applicants were met for a second meeting. Not […]

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Brad Remillard

Two Reasons Interviewing Fails So Often: The Five Questions to Ask in an Interview

By Brad Remillard Do you have other people in your organization interview candidates that will end up working directly for you? Just about everyone answers “Yes” to this question. The follow up question to that is, “Have you ever sat in the interviews with these co-workers and assessed whether or not they are competent interviewers?”  […]

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Patrick Valtin

Hiring: Do It the Steve Jobs Way

By Patrick Valtin Jim was the perfect candidate with many years of solid experience as a professional sales rep and had an obvious talent of persuasion and communication skills. But the hiring manager had some strong reservations during the interview. Jim’s strong focus on results ‘right now’ and a certain aggressiveness that could probably overwhelm […]

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Peter DeHaan

A Different Perspective on Health Insurance

By Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD It happened again. It shouldn’t surprise me but it does. In fact, it has been said so often that most people believe it to be true and accept it as fact. What am I talking about? Once again, a politician has stood up and passionately, emphatically, and convincingly asserted that we, […]

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Nathan Jamail

Hire Fast, Fire Faster: Keep the Right Players on Your Team

By Nathan Jamail There is an old but true saying, “the best candidate doesn’t always get the job.”  If you have ever made a bad hiring decision, don’t worry you are in good company.  All leaders and managers select bad hires even if they don’t know it.  The difference is, really great leaders recognize their […]

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Gregg Gregory

Out With The Old And In With The New

By Gregg Gregory One of the great things I like about college sports is the true teamwork. What is interesting is that with more and more players turning professional early and not completing their four years of college, recruiting and keeping the team focused on the mission has become a real challenge for coaches and […]

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Patrick Valtin

In Hiring, Beware the “Ace of Spades:” Why Personnel Selection is No Poker Game

By Patrick Valtin John was a successful physical therapist. Pressured by the expansion of his practice, he decided to hire an office manager. Alice had the perfect resume – on paper, she was an “ace of diamonds.” She was hired the same day and started the next. What happened in the next 5 months unfortunately […]