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  • Delusions About Entitlement Will Not Lead You to a Job Offer
    by Sherri Edwards - May 2, 2019
    Throughout the news we can find reports of low unemployment and the availability of lots and lots of jobs. These statistics could lead you to believe that it is really easy to get a great job. In fact, you might believe it is so easy, you should sit back and wait until the right employer with the right opening knocks on your door. Right? No! (How do you think that is working for the people who actually believe it?) Can...
  • Curiosity: Let It Be Your Guide
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 1, 2019
    “I wonder…” Whenever I hear coaching clients start off a sentence with these two words, I feel heartened. It means wheels are turning…intuition is kicking in, and mobilization is in the offing. It means my clients are curious, and ready to move past what is safe…beyond the known. It signals that they’re ready to step out of their comfort zones. Curiosity does that. It’s the...
  • Who Moved Your Parachute? Job Search Advice from the Trenches
    by Paul Freiberger - April 30, 2019
    My conclusions about job search strategies come from years of experience with hiring managers, HR professionals, recruiters and from my own career changes: journalist to project manager to researcher to author to communications professional. They are conclusions drawn from years of helping applicants—at every level and in many different industries—make their way successfully through the hiring gauntlet. My fo...
  • Myths and Realities of Effective Career Decision Making
    by Carole Kanchier - April 29, 2019
    Have you ever noticed that chance happenings, unplanned events, often determine your life career decisions? A cancelled appointment, a spontaneous trip, are unplanned events that may lead to unexpected life career directions. A satisfying career is attained by making the most of new, unforeseen experiences, and creating your desired course. Below are common career decision making myths. To advance your career, challen...
  • The Problem with Problem-Solving Leaders
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - April 26, 2019
    Many employees long for leaders who can solve workplace problems—from flawed systems and procedures to inconsistent policies and managers. They want their leaders to see through the trees and attack forest-sized issues, with the discernment and authority to fix them one by one. While this sounds great on the surface, employees who report to problem-solving leaders cite challenges that dwarf the problems themselves....
  • Key Questions to Ask Your New Hires
    by Alexandra Levit - April 25, 2019
    Designing an effective onboarding experience requires some trial and error, and you can hone your approach by asking new hires some specific questions at each phase of the onboarding journey. Although new hires are usually ramped up to productivity quickly, taking time out to address these questions will provide valuable information, a sense of investment and caring, and the perception that continuous feedback is respected...
  • Follow These 6 Steps to Extreme Mentoring
    by Steve Farber - April 24, 2019
    Set audacious goals, and don't start the mentor relationship until you commit to these six steps. I recently Googled the word “mentoring,” and immediately noticed three things. One, it remains a trendy topic. Two, most everyone who writes about mentoring provides a definition of what mentoring is. And, three, many of them want to sell you a program on how to make mentoring work. Sadly, however, I notic...
  • Do the Supreme Court’s Holdings in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes Apply to OFCCP?
    by Bill Doyle - April 23, 2019
    In the prior article in this series, we concluded that the Supreme Court’s pattern or practice holdings in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 338 (2011), provide important guardrails applicable to OFCCP enforcement actions. The Supreme Court has addressed substantive discrimination standards under Title VII relatively infrequently, and, when it does, its holdings are quite consequential. In Dukes, the Supreme...
  • Missing Data and AAP/EEO Compliance - Applicant Data
    by Cassie Shamber, Dan Kuang - April 23, 2019
    On the face of it, missing data seems more of a mundane nuisance than a problem. This is particularly the case with applicants' voluntary self-reporting of race and gender data. Based on our experience, however, missing data is one of the most overlooked threats to AAP compliance. Unfortunately, most contractors do not realize this until they are deep in the middle of an OFCCP audit. The goal of this article is to help...
  • Section 503 Focus
    by T. Scott Kelly - April 23, 2019
    In August 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2018-04, identifying OFCCP’s plan to conduct compliance reviews focused on one of the three authorities that OFCCP is charged to enforce: Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). A “focused” review is toute...