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  • How to Network to Find New Customers
    by Alexandra Levit - August 23, 2016
    According to the 2015 U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Survey, "67 percent of small-business owners reported that they maintain a social media presence for networking and marketing purposes." But in-person activities, such as belonging to and attending community or Chamber of Commerce events, were less common, despite the fact that using both may help answer the age-old question of how to find new customers. I tapped three s...
  • Overcome Career Challenges - One Step At A Time
    by Georgia Adamson - August 23, 2016
    If anyone has ever had a career that progressed without a hitch from start to finish, I’ve certainly never heard of it. (Note: If you’re the exception to that, more power to you!) Sometimes you run into a speed-bump or even a significant roadblock on your journey to career success, and you might wonder two things: 1.Why me? 2.Now what do I do? I have to say that in cases like this, I’m inclined to follow the advice abou...
  • Winning at Working: Progress Over Perfection
    by Nan S. Russell - August 23, 2016
    In the late 17th-century, Lord Chesterfield, an English writer and politician, wrote to his son, "Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well." Over three hundred years later, we still heed this advice from the fourth Earl of Chesterfield. Yet, doing something well doesn't mean doing it perfectly. The 21st-century workplace requires more than doing something well. Today's adage should be: "Whatever is worth doing, is...
  • 5 Words You'll (Still) Never Hear on the Campaign Trail
    by Steve Farber - August 22, 2016
    [Note to my readers: I first wrote and published this post four years ago in our last US presidential election cycle. Just out of curiosity, I flipped back into my blog archives to see if what I’d written then would still apply. Well, what do you know? Seems to me that, given this particularly unusual and contentious election contest, it’s even more relevant today. Whether you’re leaning left, right, or other–politically...
  • How to Recruit For A Small Business
    by Alexandra Levit - August 22, 2016
    In a recent Monster survey, 46 percent of respondents "indicated they would actually prefer to work at a business with between six and 100 employees." But despite the desirability, small businesses are at a disadvantage, as many may not have HR departments. They may have a harder time at each stage of the hiring process and have to be creative when it comes to recruiting new employees in particular. I sought insight from th...
  • The #1 Most Dysfunctional Belief of Successful People!
    by Marshall Goldsmith - August 22, 2016
    One of the most dysfunctional beliefs of successful people is our contempt for simplicity and structure. We believe that we are above needing structure to help us on seemingly simple tasks. For example, as Dr. Atul Gawande reported in his book, The Checklist Manifesto, central line infections in intensive care units virtually disappear when doctors follow a simple five-point checklist involving rote procedures such as washi...
  • Entrepreneur-ish: Are Millennials Shying Away From Business Ownership?
    by Lindsey Pollak - August 19, 2016
    There is a persistent belief that millennials are entrepreneurs. Maybe that’s because millennials are open about their desire to job hop. Maybe it’s because Gen Y workers have grown up expecting customization and specialization. Maybe it’s because of the prominence of Mark Zuckerberg. But here is a fact: While millennials might be “entrepreneurial” in nature, they’re not necessarily starting businesses. What the Numbers...
  • Getting Feedback When You Didn't Get The Job
    by Debra Wheatman - August 19, 2016
    For candidates, the most frustrating thing about the interview process is that it seems to be entirely one-sided. Although we can encourage candidates to look at the interview as a two-way street, and to use the interview to vet the employer, the reality is that the mechanics and power dynamics of the interview do make it seem as though the employer holds all the cards. Nowhere is this more evident than when candidates are rej...
  • Interview Accommodations for People with Disabilities
    by Sheryl Letwat - August 19, 2016
    When most employers think about accommodations for people with disabilities, they generally think about the period after hiring. Many persons with disabilities may require accommodations for the interview and application process. The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to job applications as well as to the hiring process. The trend for businesses that are hiring non-skilled workers is to have an...
  • Mid-Year Review: OFCCP Audits and What to Expect
    by Lynn Clements - August 19, 2016
    With summer coming to an end, activity at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) seems to still be heating up as the agency begins to wrap up its final full fiscal year of the Obama Administration—which closes September 30. In a surprise move, the agency has not yet issued a new scheduling list during this fiscal year. Instead, OFCCP continues to schedule compliance reviews from p...