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A job search tip: University Career Centers and Alumni Scholarships

Alumni Associations offer support for unemployed

If you are engaged in a job search, it is important to ensure you are taking advantage of every search resource at your disposal. For example, I recently received an email update from my local chapter of the…

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Added by Michael VanDervort on March 5, 2010 at 11:40am — No Comments

The Slow, Silent War on Talent

A lot of people don’t like their job



Shocking news from the Conference Board and MSNBC today folks! Americans are unhappy at work!



We can’t get no job satisfaction.



Even Americans who are lucky enough to have work in this economy are becoming more unhappy with their jobs, according to a new survey that found only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on January 6, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Your Social Media Moment is Coming Soon!

Are you ready?



It is coming soon. Maybe tomorrow, maybe sometime in 2010, but it is definitely coming to your office.



No, I’m not talking about Halloween, or Christmas. I’m not even talking about the end of open enrollment.



I am talking about the day in your HR career when you are confronted by the need to make a strategic recommendation about social media.



Most HR professionals won’t be ready!



If you will just invest a little… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on October 25, 2009 at 5:53am — 3 Comments

Why HR is like the Yellow Pages

Current Yellow Pages logo.

Image via Wikipedia



Message and Medium Matter



One of the more irritating things about living in an apartment complex are the constant attempts at outreach by… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on September 28, 2009 at 7:29pm — 4 Comments

This is your brain on HR

A human brain.

Image via Wikipedia



Bi-polar Functionality



Recently I have been working on an idea inspired by my attendance at the… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on September 20, 2009 at 9:40am — 4 Comments

This is your brain on HR

A human brain.

Image via Wikipedia



Bi-polar Functionality



Recently I have been working all week on a thought inspired by my attendance at the ERE Expo last week. I had been thinking… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on September 19, 2009 at 9:12am — No Comments

Workplace Porn: the next Killer app?



Building your firewall





You work in corporate HR and IT.



You put put up the latest advances in firewall protection and keystroke monitoring technology.



You block MySpace, Facebook, and numerous other sites with “dubious/unsavory” ratings.



You broadcast well drafted policies on the use of social media, the use of company computers for unauthorized or illegal purposes.



You are… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on September 15, 2009 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Onboarding and Engagement at Disney

One of the things we were exposed to at the Disney Institute was a presentation on People Management in the Magic Kingdom. We were told all kinds of general facts, including that:



At Disney, all employees are referred to as Cast Members

Disney has over 2200 job titles with specific position descriptions.

Disney promotes largely from within. Phil Holmes, VP of the Magic Kingdom started his Disney career as a part time 3rd shift cast member zeroing out cash… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on August 24, 2009 at 2:39pm — 5 Comments

Why Your Job is like a Hollywood Movie

supersta!

Image by Jason Drakeford via Flickr

How to interview like you are in show business!



My wife Kyle recently attended a writer’s workshop in Portland, Oregon where she got the opportunity… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on August 13, 2009 at 10:08pm — 2 Comments

Is your career dyeing?

Picture of a man named Jeff, with dyed blue ha... Image via Wikipedia

Monster.com and Just for Men (the hair coloring guys) have come out with a…

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Added by Michael VanDervort on August 2, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

15 Job Search Ideas for Uemployed Workers

Employ Older Workers

Image by kodama (home) via Flickr



This article started life as a comment on a blog.



I then posted "7 tips for 50+ workers" on my… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on August 2, 2009 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Don't commit these work place fouls!

Work is a not exactly a sport. Some people seem to think it is a game. Quite often, I write about places to identify career opportunities or assist with a job search. Let's take a different look today.



Let's look at some strategies regarding work that you might not want to copy.

Not to oversimplify a highly valuable skill, but one of the basic keys to hiring someone is knowing the skills and personality traits you are looking for in a candidate.



Some people are born… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on August 2, 2009 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Are resumes obsolete?

Resumes must die



It is time to revisit this idea again.



You need to kill your resume!



It is especially time for me to kill my resume.

For a lot of reasons.





Me, circa 2007





I dug up an old resume from Careerbuilder that I put out there a long time ago, like in somewhere around 2007.



It looks like this:



Experienced Human Resources… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on June 8, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Who owns the intellectual property of your social media accounts?

Zappos.com Pint Glass

Image by Laughing Squid via Flickr

Intellectual property takes new forms

An interesting question has been developing lately: If you work

with social media tools in a corporate… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on May 30, 2009 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Unorthodox Salary Boosters

Workplace Note Image by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com via Flickr

HR Manager Pay Do you work in HR and feel underpaid?



Has your employer announced a wage freeze…
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Added by Michael VanDervort on May 19, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Utilizing Social Media in Human Resources

City of New Orleans Image via Wikipedia

Human Resources and Social Media

"I don't have the time"....



"I'll get on there when the time is right is…
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Added by Michael VanDervort on May 15, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

7 People Who Will Bring Change to HR in 2009







Prepare for a Shock



These seven appointments by President Barack Obama are going to have a huge impact on practitioners in HR in 2009 and… Continue

Added by Michael VanDervort on May 14, 2009 at 10:27pm — No Comments

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